Falcon Lake killing: Ooops! Our bad!

Posted by: Phineas on October 14, 2010 at 12:31 pm

David Hartley and his wife Tiffany were sightseeing on Falcon Lake on the Mexican Border near McAllen, Texas, taking photos of the abandoned, flooded town of Old Guerrero. The young couple was enjoying a happy day on the lake, as allowed under Article 18 of the Water Treaty of 1944.

Then the happy day turned into a nightmare.

David and Tiffany were ambushed at Old Guerrero by members of the Zeta cartel. They fled on their jet skis, pursued by “pirates” firing automatic weapons at them. David was hit in the head and killed. Tiffany tried to recover his body, but the Zetas kept shooting and she had to leave him to save her own life. To this day, David’s body has not been recovered, the killers have not been arrested, and the lead Mexican investigator into the case was beheaded.

But, let’s not get too upset. You see, the head of the Zetas, Miguel Treviño, feels really bad about what happened, because it was all a case of mistaken identity:

A global intelligence company Wednesday said the death of U.S. citizen David Michael Hartley on Falcon Lake was a case of mistaken identity in a turf war between rival drug cartels.

Hartley, who was shot during a Sept. 30 sightseeing trip to the Mexican side of the binational reservoir, was shot by Zeta cartel enforcers because he was mistaken for a spy of the rival Gulf Cartel, according to the report by STRATFOR, and Austin-based think tank specializing in intelligence and international issues.

The report goes on to say Hartley’s body likely was destroyed as Los Zetas went into “damage control” mode and that the lower-level operatives responsible for the unauthorized strike against him now are on the Zetas’ hit list.

“The cartel boss — Miguel Treviño — is highly upset over the fact that these individuals shot and killed Mr. Hartley and it’s our understanding that the cartel boss is hunting for the killers of Mr. Hartley so he can take care of them himself,” said Fred Burton, STRATFOR’s vice president of intelligence.

Oh, well, that makes all the difference in the world, doesn’t it? It was just a couple of mooks who screwed up the Zeta’s criminal and terrorist business; the Hartley’s were just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Miguel himself will put things right. Don’t worry, he’ll handle it.

Except David Hartley is still dead and his wife has no body to bury.

Screw you, Treviño. Screw you and all the Zetas. If it weren’t for you and your evil, this would never have happened; you are just as responsible as the idiots you hired. You are ruining lives on both sides of the border and you are no better than the barbarians we’re fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.

And just like them, you deserve to die.

Addendum: An Open Letter To President Barack Obama

Dear Mr. President,

Under Article 18 of the Water Treaty of 1944 between Mexico and the United States, American citizens have the right to use both shores of the lake freely:

Public use of the water surface of lakes formed by international dams shall, when not harmful to the services rendered by such dams, be free and common to both countries, subject to the police regulations of each country in its territory, to such general regulations as may appropriately be prescribed and enforced by the Commission with the approval of the two Governments for the purpose of the application of the provisions of this Treaty, and to such regulations as may appropriately be prescribed and enforced for the same purpose by each Section of the Commission with respect to the areas and borders of such parts of those lakes as lie within its territory. Neither Government shall use for military purposes such water surface situated within the territory of the other country except by express agreement between the two Governments.

I submit to you, sir, that, either through complicity or impotence, the Mexican government is unable or unwilling guarantee “free and common” use of its side of Falcon Lake, as it is obliged to do under the cited article. It is therefore your obligation as President of the United States to guarantee the safety of American citizens enjoying lawful use of the lake. This is not Texas’ responsibility; this is an international treaty entered into by the United States as a whole, and it your responsibility to see that its terms are met.

With respect, I request that you take steps to establish a Coast Guard station on Falcon Lake with sufficient personnel and arms to patrol the American side of the lake and come to the aid of anyone in distress who is enjoying its lawful use.

Thank you.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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16 Responses to “Falcon Lake killing: Ooops! Our bad!”


  1. Noelegy says:

    It truly angers me that the more we hear about drug-related border violence, the more we seem to be inundated with ads begging us to vacation in Mexico. I’ve been twice, and it was lovely, but Mexico will get no more of my filthy gringa turista dolares until they make it, oh, slightly less of a warzone down there.

  2. Paul says:

    Trevino could cry a river of crocodile tears and it wouldn’t bring David Hartley back. These thugs need to be ruthlessly pursued and dealt by any means possible !!

  3. Rovin says:

    (CNSNews.com) — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, while testifying before a Senate panel, said the United States southwest border is “as secure now as it has ever been.”

    “I say this again as someone who has walked that border,” she said. “I’ve ridden that border. I’ve flown it. I’ve driven it. I know that border I think as well as anyone, and I will tell you it is as secure now as it has ever been.” link

    Pehaps some one needs to take Janet on a boat ride?

  4. Steve Skubinna says:

    Maybe somebody could spread the rumor that Hartley was an illegal immigrant murdered by teabaggers. You know, homegrown right wing terrorists. That might get some attention.

    No, who am I kidding? If they believed that they’d already be blaming the murder on Glen Beck.

    Or maybe Obama might purchase a clue and figure which damn country he was elected to be President of. And no, ACORN and SEIU are not countries.

  5. Rovin says:

    Steve Skubinna

    Love your “shovel ready” sarc Steve.

  6. Carlos says:

    ACORN and SEIU? Aren’t those countries newly created (February, 2009) that border California, in what used to be Baja California?

    Beautiful, Steve. As good as it gets.

  7. MissJean says:

    I’m also angry at the American casual drug-users who think that “it’s no big deal” to buy it on the street. Who do they think they’re financing?

  8. Carlos says:

    @MissJean: Probably similar to the ones we finance with our gasoline. Murderous, callous and totally uncaring.

    And we will continue to finance those fascist/califatists until our so-called leaders open up our resources so we don’t have to depend on people who want to kill us.

  9. Marshall Art says:

    Covert mission to drop ordnance upon Trevino’s home in the dead of night. Problem solved.

  10. Don’t believe the mistaken identity theory for a minute. White male with small blonde woman? Not the description of a Zeta rival. Investigator’s head showing up at police compound? Not your typical cartel apology. Mistaken identity theory is BS.

  11. Carlos says:

    @So It Goes In Texas: So is Mexico.

    Lying, cheating stealing and murder are as ingrained in Mexico as the same are ingrained and promoted in Islam. Some do, some don’t, but the excuse is always there if you need it.

  12. Kate says:

    NEWS UPDATE….Mexico is suspending the investigation???? Why? Oh, maybe it was a case of mistaken identity…..the couple were obviously spies!

    You can’t make these things up….


  13. Peter Hyatt says:

    Interesting article.

    Is Tiffany Hartley telling the truth?


    This might of of interest to your readers.


    Peter Hyatt

  14. Peter Hyatt says:

    Also, the search will be resumed. Mexican prosecutors said that Tiffany Hartley spoke to US media for 3 days before making a report and has not been responding to their requests for a meeting.

    The FBI may request a polygraph.

  15. Jo says:

    Since I’m late to this thread, I’m sure no one will return to read this but I have a novel approach to this problem. All US citizens on ‘government assistance’ whether it be food stamps, Welfare, public housing, etc. must pass a drug test administered at un-announced times to continue to receive those benefits. I am sick of the generational welfare recipients with their tricked out cars, their cell phones, their hair weaves, gold teeth, designer sunglasses and their drug habits on our collective hard-earned money. That might put a dent in these Mexican drug cartel’s terrorist activities against the very country who feeds them. And don’t even ask this poser in chief for help. He’s still sitting with his calculator counting up the votes he will gain through blanket amnesty and wide open borders.