More about the Laredo “invasion” rumor

Posted by: Phineas on July 25, 2010 at 3:00 pm

Bob Owens at Confederate Yankee is doing great work debunking this nonsense. Here’s an excerpt from today’s entry:

Tell Chuck Norris to stand down. Invasion USA never happened.

I contacted both the Laredo Police Department and the Webb County Sheriff yesterday and debunked claims that Los Zetas gunmen from the Gulf Cartel has crossed the border from Mexico and took over two ranches in Texas. The Laredo Morning News also refuted the claim. Pro 8 News, the NBC affiliate, didn’t think enough of the absurdity to even comment on it… they found the installation of a new traffic light more newsworthy.

Absurdly, the same trio of sites that cried wolf are still sticking by their story, utter lack of credible evidence aside.

Cypress News publisher John G. Winder is sticking with the story, not because any additional evidence has been produced, but because the two sources for his version of the story, blog Digger’s Realm and Examiner.com’s San Diego (CA) County Political Buzz Examiner blogger Kimberly Dvorak are standing by their militiamen and anonymous police sources.

The original Cypress Times story? A re-publication of the original Digger’s Realm story.

The Digger’s Realm story? Two anonymous Laredo police sources and a San Diego California Minuteman named Jeff Schwilk who claims he got his information from… an anonymous Laredo PD officer.

San Diego County Poltical Buzz Examiner Kimberly Dvorak? She claims her information also comes from two anonymous Laredo PD sources.

Are we noticing a pattern here? Every bit of of this claim, which has now scattered far and wide across the Internet, can be traced back to two anonymous police department sources of a police department that does not even have jurisdiction where the alleged invasion is taking place.

Be sure to read the rest, as well as Bob’s follow up. And if you want some thoughts on what’s behind this latest example of Internet hysteria, check out Conservative Daily News:

That lead me to ask the age old question, what’s in it for the parties involved. For Los Zetas, not much. They get their drugs into the U.S. just fine. Taking over a few ranches in the U.S. brings the full brunt of the United States of America on them and will almost certainly (I say almost because of present leadership) lead to the absolute shut-down of the border. The Zetas don’t want that because it would kill-off a huge distribution channel. Keeping U.S. officials off of their back means they can concentrate on killing members of rival cartels.

What’s in it for Jeff [Schwilk, the Minuteman cited as the original source at Digger's Realm -Phineas]? Well, sudden recognition, media attention, perhaps interviews or a book deal.. maybe just some ego petting – unfortunately at the expense of America-loving Conservatives that might rush off to help defend our borders.

There is another portion of the population that would love to see this circus get out-of-hand – progressives. They would love nothing more than to use someone like Schwilk as a broad brush with which to paint all pro-immigration enforcement Conservatives. We should and will defend America if she truly comes under threat, but we can’t get taken down on a sham.

As I wrote yesterday, spreading unchecked rumors and relying on anonymous sources with no independent confirmation will only give the pro-illegal immigration crowd a large stick with which to beat border-security advocates and conservatives, in general. The situation there is bad enough without propagating falsehoods. If you are helping to spread this fairy tale, knock it off. Don’t just read and link or tweet about it: think about sources, follow the links back.

Read critically.

And, for Heaven’s sake, stop acting as if the sky is falling.

RELATED: A Fox video has been a source of confusion, as some people think it means Laredo, Texas, is under a lockdown. But watch the video: the city where Americans have been warned to stay indoors is Nuevo Laredo, across the border in Mexico.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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  1. pam mccollum says:

    I’m relieved it isn’t true. But how far out of the realm of possibility do you think this is? I would hope the full force of the military would be brought down on these creeps, but given the present administration, who knows? You’re aware that a part of Arizona national park is pretty much off limits at this point because of the potential for drug violence and illegals coming in. I think this is all a total possibility in the very near future that we will face something from south of our border.

  2. Dead on analysis. Good job! I don’t think leftists are picking up the story yet… thank goodness – it fits perfectly into their racist teaparty meme…

  3. nina says:

    This country is being invaded by thousands of illegals who are criminals in some cases and stealing American jobs on a daily basis.

  4. Steve Hussein Skubinna says:

    Justoneminute was on this, giving props to Bob Owens. He also noted that there appears to have been a major shootout between two drug gangs south of the border, and speculates that perhaps one gang, finding themselves on the losing end, decided that being taken into custody by US authorities was preferable to being killed by their counterparts. Thus, the “ZOMG Texas is being invaded!!!!11!!eleventy!!” story.

  5. Phineas says:

    Pam:

    But how far out of the realm of possibility do you think this is?

    It’s always possible, but look at it this way: Los Zetas are evil and vicious, but they’re in this business to make money, and their drug-smuggling routes into the US are working just fine. Seizing US territory as this story described would be a sure way to bring the Wrath of God down on them and likely wreck their business. Even Obama couldn’t ignore it. (It’s different from the park situation you describe, since the risk there is accidentally coming across smugglers, not smugglers seizing control of territory. Still unacceptable, but yet different.) I just don’t think Los Zetas are that stupid.

    Steve:

    He also noted that there appears to have been a major shootout between two drug gangs south of the border, and speculates that perhaps one gang, finding themselves on the losing end, decided that being taken into custody by US authorities was preferable to being killed by their counterparts.

    That seems much more plausible to me.

  6. Ken Price says:

    I know Laredo quite well- I was there a week ago. People in the area use “Laredo” to mean both Laredo Texas and Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas. Mines Road is quite close to downtown Laredo, TX. Anything happening on that road would become known almost immediately.

  7. Fedup says:

    Saw this rumor circulating heavily on an Alex Jones affiliate’s website 3 days ago. They where collecting phone numbers, and getting “confirmation” that Laredo was recruiting militia members not only from Texas, but other states as well.

  8. proof says:

    The rumor was plausible and that’s what gave it legs. But, not everything that is plausible is true or comes to pass.