For many national analysts, the fundamental issue is the need to change the policy in the fight against narcoterrorism
. Several have proposed creating an autonomous ministerial-level authority, above the armed forces and the national police, to assume responsibility for the strategy in the anti-subversion and anti-drug effort in the VRAE.
McCaffrey (US Army, Retired), former head of the US Office of National Drug Control Policy, wrote that, "Mexico is not confronting dangerous criminality--it is fighting for survival against narcoterrorism
." (3) A growing number of scholars and commentators not only agree with McCaffrey's assertion but go even further.
This could involve smuggling, narcoterrorism
, illicit transfers of advanced munitions or weapons, or the exploitation of urban gang networks.
Ehrenfeld, the author of NarcoTerrorism
and Funding Evil, told THE NEW AMERICAN: "Both [Hamas and Fatah] carry out suicide bombings, murder, kidnapping, assassination, rocket attacks on civilian neighborhoods, extortion, drug trafficking--you name it.
Travel warnings in some countries, including the United States, still associate Colombia with narcoterrorism
25 in the eastern Pacific Ocean, while the ship was deployed for counter narcoterrorism
, or CNT, work, according to information provided by the U.S.
Today, we must ponder the implications of weapons of mass destruction (WMD)--chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear--as well as cyberterrorism, narcoterrorism
, and transnational groups and networks using increasingly powerful and sophisticated means and methods of mass communication, information, and propaganda.
One method that is increasing is the illicit drug trade--so called "narcoterrorism
." In many cases a terrorist group provides muscle to drug runners, including guns and bodyguards, and in exchange the terrorists are given a cut of the profits.
The Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC), the United Self Defense Forces of Colombia (AUC), and the National Liberation Army (ELN) are all involved in narcoterrorism
. These groups operate in areas where coca and opium poppy cultivation is concentrated.
"What we do--as far as the global war on terrorism--is counter narcoterrorism
," Colonel Bassett said.
Very early on the military was intimately linked with the paramilitary networks, and any concerns about human rights violations were overridden by the focus on narcoterrorism
. (50) Barco embarked on a broad plan of reorganization of justice, including broadened powers to the military judiciary, a reduction of the rights of the defendants, and a limitation of the rights of labor to strike (Decree 1196 of 1987, Decree 182 of 1988, Decree 474 of 1988, and Decree 2200 of 1988).
In all, four courses were offered to civilian police officers: Counterdrug Investigations, Field Tactical Police Operations, Special Reaction Team, and Narcoterrorism