Hannibal at the Gate by Arthur Rizer

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Hannibal at the Gate: Border Kids, Drugs, and Guns – and the Mexican Cartel War Goes On by Arthur Rizer

West Virginia University

Georgetown University

From the SelectedWorks of Arthur Rizer

August 27, 2014

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HANNIBAL AT THE GATE: BORDER KIDS, DRUGS, AND GUNS – AND THE

MEXICAN CARTEL WAR GOES ON

Arthur Rizer1

  1. INTRODUCTION
  2. A NEW BREED OF GANGSTERS: A HISTORY OF THE MEXICAN CARTELS’ RISE TO POWER AND CURRENT DISPOSITION
  3. The Cocaine Trail: The Colombian Cartels
  4. Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party and the Politics of Narcotics
  5. Insatiable Appetite: Americans Funding the Cartels
  6. The United States Firearms Market Arming the Mexican Drug Cartels
  1. Surrogate Buyers and “Straw” Purchasers
  2. The Gap in Federal Firearms License and Background Check Laws
  1. The Current Players
  2. The Mexican Government’s Offensive Against the Cartels and the Security Crisis in Mexico

III. SPILL OVER: THE NATIONAL SECURITY THREAT OF THE CARTEL WAR

  1. Border Control is a Linchpin of Security
  2. The Humanitarian Crisis Caused by a Civil War in Mexico
  3. Our Way of Life
  4. Cancer Spreading: The Destabilization of Other Central and South American Countries

IV.

ANALYSIS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

  1. Reforming the Policy, Revaluating the Mission, and Rethinking the Taboos of U.S. Drug Policy B. Preventing the Trafficking of Firearms to Mexico C. Providing Additional Assistance to the Mexican Government D. Re-identify the Targets: Classifying the Cartels as Terrorist Organizations

V.

CONCLUSION

1 Arthur Rizer is Associate Professor of Law at West Virginia University School of Law and a Visiting Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center. Rizer is also a former criminal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division where he worked on prosecutions that targeted the Mexican and Colombian Cartels’ leadership. The author would like to thank “AWM,” an individual who now works in the intelligence community and who cannot have his name associated with published articles. I would like to thank the Hodges Faculty Research Grant for its support of this project. I would also like to thank my student Stacey Eunnae for her work on this article, especially the section: Reforming the Policy, Revaluating the Mission, and Rethinking the Taboos of U.S. Drug Policy and my student William Burner for his help on this article.

  1. INTRODUCTION

The United States has been “at war” with Islamic fundamentalism for over 10 years. The wars in Iraq and now Afghanistan have been the tip of the spear in the national security realignment where we have lost nearly 7,000 men and women.2 Yet a new threat is upon us – one that is a greater danger to the American way of life than the Mujahideen3 foot-soldier who is 7,500 miles from our borders. This threat exists at the very edges of our nation and our society – the Mexican Cartels.

Some have estimated Mexico, one of the United States’ closest allies, has lost more than 60,000 people in its drug war.4 That is approximately a murder every hour related to cartel violence.5 Some experts claim the death toll has been greatly soft-pedaled, with narcotic trafficking deaths underreported by half or more and with the government reducing violence by simply not reporting it.6 Indeed, Borderland Beat, a blog that uses open source media to help the public “understand how mayhem and ruthless violence from organized crime touches the people on the borderland,”7 reported

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Hannibal at the Gate: Border Kids, Drugs, and Guns – and the Mexican Cartel War Goes On by Arthur Rizer