John R. Houk
© June 20, 2014
Here’s your mini-history question: Did you learn about Pancho Villa in Middle School or High School? If you went to a public school after 1995 or so you probably don’t have a clue.
Doroteo Arango, alias Francisco “Pancho” Villa, was born in 1877 (1879 according to some sources) in San Juan del Rio, State of Durango, Mexico. During his lifetime, he was a ruthless killer (killing his first man at age sixteen), a notorious bandit (including cattle rustling and bank robbery), a revolutionary (a general commanding a division in the resistance against the 1913-14 Victoriano Huerta dictatorship), and despite his bloodthirsty nature, an enduring hero to the poor people of Mexico. In their minds, Villa was afraid of no one, not the Mexican government or the gringos from the United States. He was their one true friend and avenger for decades of Yankee oppression.
In late 1915 Pancho Villa had counted on American support to obtain the presidency of Mexico. Instead the U.S. Government recognized the new government of Venustiano Carranza. An irate Villa swore revenge against the United States. And began by murdering Americans in hopes of provoking President Woodrow Wilson’s intervention into Mexico. Villa believed that American intervention would discredit the Carranza government with the people of Mexico and reaffirm his own popularity.
While the presence of American troops served to deter Villa on the north of the Rio Grande, the murder of U.S. citizens in Mexico continued. One of the most heinous atrocities occurred January 11, 1916, when Villa’s bandits stopped a train at Santa Ysabel. The bandits removed a group of 17 Texas business men (mining engineers) invited by the Mexican government to reopen the Cusihuiriachic mines below Chihuahua City and executed them in cold blood. However, one of those shot feigned death and rolled down the side of the embankment and, crawling away into a patch of brown mesquite bushes, escaped. The train moved on, leaving the corpses at the mercy of the slayers, who stripped and mutilated them. After the escapee arrived back at Chihuahua City, a special train sped to Santa Ysabel to reclaim the bodies. When the people of El Paso heard of the massacre, they went wild with anger. El Paso was immediately placed under martial law to prevent irate Texans from crossing into Mexico at Juarez to wreak vengeance on innocent Mexicans.
Despite outrage in the United States and Washington over the Santa Ysabel massacre, President Wilson refused to intervene and send troops into Mexico. Two months later, Villa decided to strike again. This time he would invade the United States. At 2:30 a.m., on the morning of March 9, 1916, he and 500 “Villistas” attacked the 13th U.S. Cavalry at Camp Furlong near Columbus, New Mexico. Despite prior knowledge that Villa and his men were pillaging, raping, and murdering their way toward the border, the cavalry was caught completely by surprise. One reason for the cavalry’s sluggishness was because some of the troops had been drinking, but perhaps more importantly, all of the troops’ rifles were chained and locked in gun racks. Still, the cavalry managed to get organized and fought off the “Villistas” killing many of them in the process.
During their retreat, however, the “Villistas” stopped at Columbus, New Mexico for a looting and window-shooting spree that left several U.S. civilians dead. For three hours, bullets struck houses and shouts of “Viva Villa! Viva Mexico! Muerte a los Americanos!” (death to americans) were heard in the streets. The town was set afire, though Villa’s men realized nothing beyond a few dollars and perhaps some merchandise from the burntout stores. The terror continued until about 7 a.m., and when Villa finally rode off, the smoke-filled streets of Columbus were littered with the dead and wounded. Fourteen American soldiers and ten civilians were killed in the raid.
The populace of Columbus was in a state of hysteria. The American cavalry troops collected the bodies of the “Villistas” that had been shot in the streets and on the outskirts of town and piled them on funeral pyres and cremated them. For a day or more the fires smoldered and the odor of burning flesh permeated the air. Columbus lay virtually demolished, so completely burned and pillaged that it never recovered its former vitality.
To prevent repetitions of the Columbus outrage, President Wilson called out 15,000 militia and stationed them along the U.S. – Mexico border. Wilson also informed President Carranza that he intended to send a military expedition into northern Mexico to capture Pancho Villa, and Carranza reluctantly agreed. President Wilson then appointed Brigadier General John J. Pershing to lead 4,800 troops (mostly cavalry), supported by aircraft and motorized military vehicles (the first time either were used in U.S. warfare) on a punitive expedition into Mexico to capture Villa.
… (Excerpted from: In Pursuit of Pancho Villa 1916-1917 (An Almost Forgotten Episode of Terrorism on American Soil); By Joe Griffith; Originally – Journal of the Historical Society of the Georgia National Guard [Dead Link], Vol. 6, No. 3-4, Summer/Fall 1997; Free Republic)
I found the rest of this Joe Griffith on a pdf page. You will learn that U.S. Army under General Pershing never caught Pancho Villa. However the chase was fairly successful to prevent Pancho Villa from committing heinous acts of terrorist depravity against Americans. In 1923 a group of assassins delivered a fusillade of bullets into his 1919 Dodge roadster:
But, a few years later, on Friday, July 20, 1923, Villa’s luck ran out. Accompanied by his entourage of Dorades (“Golden Ones”), which was what he called his bodyguards, Pancho Villa frequently made trips to Parral (Map 2) for banking and other errands. This day, Villa had picked up a consignment of gold with which to pay his Canutillo ranch staff and was driving through the city in his black 1919 Dodge roadster when a group of seven riflemen fired 150 shots in just two minutes into his car. In the fusillade of shots, 16 bullets lodged in his body and four more in his head. Villa was reported to have killed one of the assassins before he died. Truly, Pancho Villa had lived by the gun and died by the gun. (In Pursuit of Pancho Villa 1916-1917; By Joe Griffith; Original dead link: http://www.hsgng.org/pages/pancho.htm; Present location: University Texas Arlington [UTA.edu];9/12/2012 11:06:30 AM)
Pancho Villa’s enraged Americans in the early 1900s. What is going on NOW on American/Mexican border makes Pancho Villa look like a juvenile delinquent.
I ran into a disturbing SIOA Facebook Group post about the graphic unwieldiness on both sides of American/Mexican border. This post reads like there is a huge amount of lawlessness in place. You would expect this on the Mexican side; however the report explicitly tells us of the corruption occurring on the American side of the border. County Sheriff departments are bribed and the above board Sheriff Departments have an inadequate staff to deal with the billion dollar drug cartel business reach. Federal agencies which the author calls alphabet Federal agencies look the other way largely due to the Marxist-in-Chief of the United States of America. The author also explains that the American Border are the most effective deterrent against drug cartel power, BUT AGAIN the Obama Administration has reduced the Border Patrol to impotent observers unable to effectively engage drug cartel criminals.
Below is my initial comment to this expose which I include here because you might be unable to access the SIOA page because it is a Facebook closed group:
This is a great exposé! I wish it was sourced a bit better so it doesn’t read like a chain email. I understand the reluctance to be more specific with sourcing because the report implies the long arm of drug cartel threats to extend to family. But as you ask, I am going to share this report which will eventually be posted on my blogs primary of which is SlantRight 2.0 (http://slantedright2.blogspot.com/).
The essay is a fount of information minus the names of the authoritative sources. There is a huge indication that Militia Movement groups are armed and getting weary of the Federal government not upholding Constitutional protections for U.S. citizens. Unless Congress does something to force Obama to follow the law pertaining to the U.S. side of the border you can expect some vigilantism to become a problem. Vigilantes engaging themselves to protect border farmers and ranchers and catch illegal aliens will undoubtedly lead to erroneous decisions in which innocent people die. Unless Obama’s Administration acts I will not condemn vigilante action intended to make up for what the constitutionally empowered agencies are failing to do because of the Obama Administration.
One step Congress can take is to impeach Obama. Obama’s border failure can be included as one of the many infractions committed by his Administration.
The author uses many acronyms that I will probably be embarrassed to say that I am unaware of, because of this I am going to Google some of those acronyms to reference them. Perhaps a reader might be unaware just like me.
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First hand Observations from the Border (please share everywhere you can)
The information presented here is part observation and part interviews with people living this nightmare. The information is given by people that would never share these details on Facebook, email, phone, or texts. It was only secured after personal trust was won and only given in hushed voices in face to face conversations with no pictures or video allowed. Cartels have the technology to learn where any picture posted online was taken. The information was collected with old fashion pen and notebook.
There are six main players in the south Texas border area. Cartels or Narco terrorists, Border Patrol, Sheriff Departments, Land Owners, Militias, other Federal and local Agencies. Seventh would be Muslim groups.
The Cartels partially operate like a corporation, their higher echelon have families and well groomed lawns. Lower echelon are less than animals. They have a pyramid style organization.
Family at the top, security and soldiers in the middle working their way into the family, and then on the ground gangsters motivated to kill anyone to gain the upper tiers.
They also pay mercenaries to come from all over the globe to carry out missions on American soil. East Europeans and Russians are used to assassinate and terrorize people on the lookout for Latin descendant cartels. They are paid in drugs and women for their loyalty. The Cartels have unlimited supply of cash and resources. They can and will buy anything they need to achieve their goals. They have used IEDs to move Border Patrol away from areas they want and the Border Patrol often complies. Most police and agencies simply avoid them.
The cartels have a dumping ground below a cliff. Standing at the top you think you are looking at clothes strewn everywhere when in fact it is bodies. Recently in New Laredo (Mexico) 60 headless bodies were found. In Laredo (Texas) 60 heads were found.
Two families run New Laredo and are at constant war. One family runs Laredo with an iron fist. There is no police in New Laredo. The Mexican Army makes token patrols wearing masks.
The Cartels come out in the South Texas night in trucks with 360 swivel .50 Cals installed in the bed terrorizing any rancher who has stepped out of line. They know how many police are in which town and what their weaknesses are. They use Hwy 16 through McMullan County, town of Tilden to run product north because the county has only 2 deputies and a sheriff with no or little aid from the Feds or State. Cartels have little to fear. Their reach has grown to the point that whites are members. All and any race can possibly be cartel or working for the cartel.
A little known aspect of cartel operations is the slave trade. Members often move product north and are expected to bring kidnap victims back when they return south. Four attractive women were stolen from the small town were staged at this year alone. If a cartel family member sees a woman he wants, his soldiers will follow her until taking her becomes possible. Rancher family members are often kidnaped for ransom and treated well and returned because ransom is often paid with no involvement with Authorities.
The Border Patrol is the most dedicated and honorable force of good in the area. Not perfect but the closest thing to effective determent on the border. They use high technology like blimps and drones. They are handcuffed by the Federal government that cuts their hours and reduces their mission scope. Rules of engagement often make Border Patrol agents little more than observers. The agents work off duty for the ranchers, they are better armed off duty. They wear brown uniforms similar to their official uniforms with no patches or insignia, when they capture illegals they turn them over to their on duty comrades and the reports are written as “illegals turned in by ranch hands”. This method may be the most effective means of slowing the “bleeding”. The border patrol knows when they are outgunned which is often the case when the cartels are serious about moving product and they pull back or look the other way so they can live to fight another day.
All sheriff departments on the border, save two are paid off by the cartels. The two county Sheriffs that are fighting back are often handcuffed by the Feds. Sheriffs recently asked militias for help but after the recent cop killings in Las Vegas, the Feds leveled a huge amount of pressure on local authorities not to collaborate with militias and to send them home which is exactly what happened. Makes one question what was really behind that event in Las Vegas.
The landowners and ranchers dance to a dangerous tune between the devil and a tyrant. They must make agreements with the cartels about what can or will happen on their land under the threat of having their land confiscated by the Federal government. If the Feds can make the case that the ranchers know drugs are being smuggled on their land they use imminent domain or RICO type laws to confiscate their land. The ranchers often make agreements allowing people smuggling if the cartels will not smuggle drugs. A rancher recently became fed up with this arrangement and decided he would not allow anyone on his property be they Fed or cartel.
He hired armed men to police his land. All of his men were systematically assassinated with silenced weapons and he and his family were killed in his home including a 6 month old infant. This event was written up by the Feds and local official as inter-gang warfare.
If a rancher confronts the cartel he goes into the “book”. They often begin killing his extend family, meaning cousins, aunts, uncles, brothers, sisters working through the family all the way to the rancher himself. The ranchers have been mostly reduced to making a token phone call to the Border Patrol that they know will bring no response so they can say they reported activity and keep their land. It is a dance. They must live “tactically” at all times. They live in a war zone and they know it.
There are three well known militias. TSM [Texas State Militia] which allows almost anyone in. TCM which is filled with Vets, some trained better than others, some not. Bowie Volunteer Militia where one must be able to pass a PT test [Personal Training or Personal Fitness Test] and have training. There are meetings and lots of training but lots of infighting and frustration at the handcuffing and ROE [Rules of Engagement] forced on them by authorities. They have mostly all dispersed. I personally heard some say they are not going back to border region unless to shoot, fight, and kill.
The alphabet soup agencies are mostly inept. They make appearances and little more, they are outgunned and they know it. They show badges and make threats towards the local LEO [Local Enforcement Officer] that can and do actually make a difference. They are hated by all including locals and cartel. They often show up unprepared and wholly uninformed with what they face, some agents have parked their vehicles returning later to view them stripped of all gear including full auto M4s.
One of the most troubling aspects of the border is that Muslim groups have bought huge swaths of land that they operate 24/7 training for Jihad. 30 such camps are reported to exist in south Texas. They are waiting for opportunity. They also send fighters overseas. This is how many American Citizens are found fighting in places like Afghanistan. What is more troubling is that the cartels and the Muslim groups are fighting over the lucrative drug trade in faraway lands in South America. If the Muslims secure even a small portion of this billion dollar racket, they can finance chaos all over the planet. Now that they have established a foothold in south Texas they are dispersing into other states and protected by the Feds under the auspice of freedom of religion. They are just waiting for the right opportunity to start Jihad in America.
South Texas is an occupied land. It is not the Wild West where there was at least a hint of honor and respect for traditional American chivalry. It is a tactical battle zone with competing interest constantly at battle with one another. Politics and Federal Tyranny exasperate the conditions on the ground. It is Afghanistan plopped onto the American Map with literally the same players on the ground thrown into the mix with the worst criminals Mexico and South America can produce alongside Americans who are looking for advantages. All preying on true local patriots trying to scrape out a living on lands long passed down through the generations. What solution is there? Most often I hear we should send our military to take back the land and secure the border. This is partially plausible but only if it is viewed as a deployment with war zone ROE. You will not succeed in South Texas if you go there to stand around looking tough. The enemies must be defeated. Like many Texas Militia, I will never return to the area unless I go there to fight and eliminate the invaders. Make no mistake, we have been invaded and are being occupied. South Texas is no longer America. When a country refuses to defend its borders it ceases to be a country. This gaping hole in our southern border will soon effect the entire nation. You must begin to prepare.
URGENT ****Articles, news reports, pictures, videos, and letters from state governors to the White House included in the links below**** PLEASE SHARE with your contacts, networks, groups and pages!
–The WAR on the Border-
As of Friday, June 13, 2014, the White House tells Border Patrol Agents not to speak to reporters or face criminal charges!
After the leaked Breitbart photos of the children and sick that they were able to catch, some with MERS [Middle East Respiratory Syndrome] and other viruses, overwhelming our bases and turning them into day care centers, DHS and border patrol is threatened to shut up. Meanwhile, here come the cartels we have been warning about, moving in to take full advantage! This photo was taken in Texas. This is what people in the north don’t see. DHS and ICE have been neutered and are powerless to stop it. Now they are even getting threats from the Oval Office to shut up and stop talking to the press or face felony criminal charges!
WASHINGTON (AP) – The surge in immigrant children caught crossing the southern border in Texas that has dominated headlines and risks becoming a political crisis for President Barack Obama and Congress includes a new threat facing Border Patrol agents: reporters. An assistant chief patrol agent, Eligio “Lee” Pena, warned more than 3,000 Border Patrol agents that journalists looking for information about what Obama has described as a humanitarian crisis are likely to ask for information and “may try to disguise themselves.” The email, obtained by The Associated Press, said agents should not speak to reporters, on or off duty, without advanced permission and warned that anyone who does could be charged with a crime or disciplined administratively. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske told the AP on Friday he was not aware of Pena’s email warnings but said generally, “I am not a fan of telling people not to talk.” Kerlikowske, who has pledged greater transparency since taking over the agency earlier this year, did not formally disavow the directive but added that Border Patrol agents should be focused on their jobs while on duty. Pena’s email was issued as national news organizations descended on the border to cover the immigration surge, especially children crossing the border alone from Central America. The problem has overwhelmed the Border Patrol. More than 47,000 children traveling alone have been found at the border since the start of the budget year in October. Pena did not describe what sorts of disguises could be employed by reporters. ~Houston Chronicle
They don’t want to release our soldier who had legal weapons in Mexico? How about this, we have over 300 instances of Mexican Soldiers coming over our border and not a one of them is in Jail.
That’s right, over 300 instances of the very same thing they accuse our marine of doing, including shooting people and landing helicopters on our farm property and our federal government hasn’t done a thing. Instead, they threaten border agents against speaking out, and they use these kids in a sick and twisted human trafficking scam to punish the states that speak out against the President’s bid for Amnesty and complete and utter disregard for border security.
Yes, he is using the children to punish anyone that speaks out. Oklahoma has made headlines with their recent bucking of the Federal Common Core. They now have 600 to 1200 children at Ft. Sill, turning an Army post into a day care center! What about anyone else that spoke up? Well, isn’t it amazing that their State bases have also had children shipped to them, slowly neutralizing the military. Do you want to call out the National Guard? The Oval Office says too bad, if you do we will press federal charges on you for subverting the government. Ask Governor Perry and Governor Brewer about the e-mails they received from the Pentagon.
It also seems that people think that the individuals Obama released from prison were nice criminals. The government didn’t keep tabs on them. In fact, DHS doesn’t know where many of them went. So out of the 37,000 he used to punish Texas, let’s take a close look at what these individuals did.
The document reveals that the 36,007 convicted criminal aliens freed from ICE custody in many instances had multiple convictions. Among them, the 36,007 had nearly 88,000 convictions, including:
193 homicide convictions (including one willful killing of a public official with gun)
426 sexual assault convictions
303 kidnapping convictions
1,075 aggravated assault convictions
1,160 stolen vehicle convictions
9,187 dangerous drug convictions
16,070 drunk or drugged driving convictions
303 flight escape convictions ~Center for Immigration Studies
These are not the nice guys you hire at the Home Depot to fix your roof to undercut the labor unions. By the way, did you know that 88% of those send 90% of their pay checks back to their country of origin and live almost free in the United States on your tax dollar? They have no intention of becoming US Citizens. Governor Perry offered them in state tuition if they became American Citizens in 3 years. Less than 15% of all Illegals take them up on the offer. They don’t because why should they? We pay for everything for them anyway, to the point that our own sovereign people and veterans are having issues getting benefits.
Meanwhile, people don’t get it. The children are pawns, a distraction. Of the 6000 people that come across daily, only 2000 of the children and the weakest physically are being rounded up. Where are the other 4000? Do people not realize that they are connected to people like CAIR, the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, and the drug cartels? Do they not care that these people have infiltrated from New York to Seattle? They are branching out from California to Florida. They are making camps in all 48 of the Continental States (no confirmed camps in Alaska or Hawaii). Does no one care?
On live television, a film maker exposed the drug boats coming back and forth across the border, and yet people still choose not to believe their country is being invaded.
I leave you with this thought: As you watch this, you need to be concerned. You need to get in touch with your governor and Congress. The United States has got to do something to secure the border. You cannot tell me if the government can declare a 100 mile radius around the border of the continental states a Constitutional free zone and patrol it with drones, it could not have stopped this. You cannot tell me that with the militarization of DHS and adding MRAPs [Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected] to police forces it couldn’t have stopped the invasion. And make no mistake, this is an invasion that threatens your very freedom, liberty, Social Security system, jobs, education, and the very sovereignty of the United States of America. I have no clue how the Representatives of Congress or the President can sleep at night selling out our country and committing high treason against the Constitution of the USA.
Texas – http://www.krgv.com/files/PerryLetter.pdf
Arizona – http://azgovernor.gov/dms/upload/PR_060214_GovernorBrewerLetterPresidentObama.pdf
Edited by John R. Houk
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