Texas congressman seeks to label cartels 'terrorists'

There are 42 comments on the El Paso Times story from Apr 22, 2011, titled Texas congressman seeks to label cartels 'terrorists'. In it, El Paso Times reports that:

A Texas congressman is seeking to designate seven of the top Mexican cartels as "foreign terrorist organizations," a move he says would give law enforcement in the U.S. enhanced tools to combat the cartels.

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Aha

El Paso, TX

#1 Apr 22, 2011
It is what it is! Why do we want to make it politically correct??
Jake

El Paso, TX

#2 Apr 22, 2011
I agree with the Congressman in-so-far-as if the cartels come into this Country and/or cartels are caught in a crime in this Country.
Obama bin Biden

El Paso, TX

#3 Apr 22, 2011
“The definition under federal law of terrorism says ‘to intimidate a civilian population or a government by assassination or kidnappings.’

I am shocked Sufferin Suckotash Sylvestre Reyes is approving of this new proposal.
It's about TIME Suckotash!!!!

Now that he is on his way out, I guess he thinks he should do something worthwhile.

This is a good idea.
The cartels are terrorists.
Mr-D El Paso

United States

#4 Apr 22, 2011
Who in the hell are these Critics stand up idenfiy your selves some dim wits in some la la land ? More than likley could't find Mexico on a world map.
El Zorrro

El Paso, TX

#5 Apr 22, 2011
The real criminals and terrorist are those people that continue to smoke pot and snort coke. We have the top mangers of the drugs cartels here in the US.
James

Mesquite, TX

#6 Apr 22, 2011
the drug cartels are established in over 260 american cities.
Lalo

El Paso, TX

#7 Apr 22, 2011
El Zorrro wrote:
The real criminals and terrorist are those people that continue to smoke pot and snort coke. We have the top mangers of the drugs cartels here in the US.
Hmmm! Every time I read a post like this it makes me wonder if he/she is somehow benefitting from the cartels.
Sam

El Paso, TX

#8 Apr 22, 2011
Mr-D El Paso wrote:
Who in the hell are these Critics stand up idenfiy your selves some dim wits in some la la land ? More than likley could't find Mexico on a world map.
As a person with multipe spelling errors in your comment you should not be pointing fingers.
Foxyj

Bridgeport, TX

#9 Apr 22, 2011
I don't think it will help to lable them. The government needs to do something about what's going on. The united states invaded Iraq for a lot less. Instead of talk let's do something.
Stinky Pete

El Paso, TX

#10 Apr 22, 2011
If US law enforcement cannot operate with weapons in Mexico, what is the point? Not like Al Quaeda, where we are in Afghanistan chasing them.

If cartels commit some offense here, we have laws on the books.
The Wall

El Paso, TX

#11 Apr 22, 2011
F#$K Mexico and the rest of the left wing nut jobs.
JOHNNY

Las Cruces, NM

#12 Apr 22, 2011
McCaul and his types- say we can't hurt Mexico's elitists feelings, even though the cartels are killing our kids with their dope and our citizens with their violence.
Why would it hurt their feelings, except they are involved in it up to their necks, as are many of our own political elite.
james russell ret

El Paso, TX

#13 Apr 22, 2011
Sam wrote:
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As a person with multipe spelling errors in your comment you should not be pointing fingers.
Spelling gestapo.
james russell ret

El Paso, TX

#14 Apr 22, 2011
We need to have them declared a terrorist organization and thereby allowing the officers along the border and the national guard troops to be called in to fight the incursions and shot to kill anyone crossing the border with any type of arms or drugs without asking questions. Sorry of the sentence is toooooo long. Our delightful president, director of homeland security and u.s. attorney general need to get off their collective kisters and barricade the border with our troops and armor, stop all south bound traffic and check them for money and weapons and turn these people apprehended as enemy combatants and ship them off to GITMO for several years without phone service or attorney privileges.
It is time

United States

#15 Apr 22, 2011
It's clear Mexico doesn't have the guts to finish the fight, time to adopt the whole mess and fix it.

After all, if we invade Libya to avoid the mass graves,
and the graves are on our border,
Whatsamatter obammmmma?

Not snuff oil ?
Bird

Billings, MT

#16 Apr 22, 2011
If designating them as terrorist allows us to kill them on site and anywhere they're found great! But where do you draw the line? There are many gangs here in the U.S. who are basically associates and storefronts for the cartels product. Can we kill them on the spot too? Can the slaves they sell businesses here in the U.S. be a part of the terrorism and are the businesses going to be held accountable for aiding and abetting? How much responsibility does our own BATF, DEA and DHS for their support of the Cartels and the Mexican government figure in to aiding and abetting. I'm all for locking Janet Napolitano and her higher ups in Gitmo for their role as sponsors of terrorism.
nkotb

United States

#17 Apr 22, 2011
If this proposal does pass, then would drug users be considered "enemy combatants"? They are after all assisting drug cartels moneteraly. So should then these "enemy combatants be tried by a military court? If someone assists the taliban, then they are considered a danger to the U.S. if someone assists the drug cartels, shouldn't the same be said? Keeping in mind of course, that most drug users in the U.S. are american citizens.
seabass

Cape Coral, FL

#18 Apr 22, 2011
If they are terrorist then perhaps we can used more aggressive measures at the border. Of course Nobama is getting ready to pucker up again as he bows to Calderone. Let the Citizens take care if this if the Feds. won't.
Rey

AOL

#19 Apr 22, 2011
Terrorist use intimidation and violence to upsurp the government and gain the peoples' support. The support is gained by causing choas and the government has to implement strict security, thus the people feel oppressed and turn against the government.

Yeah, I would say the label NACRO-TERRORIST fits.
Quit

El Paso, TX

#20 Apr 22, 2011
The US needs to quit kissing Mexico's a$$ and tell straight up. I get tired of Mexico telling the US how it should operate. Mexico has no business telling the US what to do in light of the fact that country is self-destructing. Calderon needs to place a bag over his face out of sheer embarassment for allowing his country to fall into ruin and not helping the good people in Mexico. I am tired of having to subsidize Mexicans for problems that belong to Calderon. For any Mexicans reading, yes, we are tired of you coming into the US, waving your flag, demanding rights, and demanding benefits that ultimately US taxpayers have to pay. Grow a set and knock down your own governments doors and make those demands. OOPS!!! I forgot the US presidential election is in 2012, and the Democrats need to appease the Hispanics to gain their votes. Oh well, at least from now until the next election, our president will continue to cow-tow to Mexico.

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