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Updated: Washington Post Reports That Story About Escaped Mexican Drug Lord ‘El Chapo’ Threatening to ‘Destroy’ ISIS Is a Hoax

'El Chapo' Guzman

‘El Chapo’ Guzman

Updated: Monday, 11:37 a.m. — The Washington Post reports that a number of publications including Forbes, New York Post and Fox News Latino, were duped when it reported that escaped Mexican Drug Lord  Drug Lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman had fired off an angry email to ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The paper reports that the story started as joke and apparently spun out of control. reported the story, using information from Forbes.

The paper reported:

Most English-language accounts of the story trace its origins to Cartel Blog, a small publication which published a report detailing Guzmán’s alleged email to Baghdadi on Monday. “It turns out a Mexican blogger leaked the message after it was sent email encrypted directly to the Abu Bakr al Baghdadi, a prominent ISIS leader,” the unnamed author of the post writes. “The blogger has intimate ties with actual Sinaloa cartel members, so it looks as if the warning is indeed legit.”

The Post goes on to report:

However, it appears that the email appeared first on an American website called Thug Life Videos on Nov. 30, a website that publishes a mixture of music videos, news and satire. The story is quite clearly the latter. “We write funny ‘satire’ stories occasionally which we assume are taken as jokes, and generally they are,” Steve Charnock, a writer for Thug Life Videos, told “Maybe I didn’t make this El Chapo story funny or weird enough, though. Or I just have an uncanny ability to ape how Mexican drug cartel kingpins talk.”


By Steve Neavling

It sounds like the plot of an action-packed movie: An escaped Mexican drug lord is threatening to take on the world’s most hated terrorists.

Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the escaped boss of the notorious Sinaloa Cartel, has threatened to eliminate ISIS for destroying drug shipments to Middle East countries, Forbes reports. 

Guzman reportedly sent a harshly-worded email to the head of ISIS, Abu Bakd Badhdadi, threatening to wipe out the terrorist group.

“My men will destroy you. The world is not yours to dictate. I pity the next son of a whore who tries to interfere with the business of the Sinaloa Cartel. I will have their  heart and tongue torn from them.”

He added: “You [ISIS] are not soldiers. You are nothing but lowly p *ssies. Your god cannot save you from the true terror that my men will levy at you if you continue to impact my operation.”

Federal investigators have not yet been able to authenticate the threat.

“I don’t have any information to weigh in either way,” DEA spokesperson Rusty Payne told Forbes.

ISIS is opposed to drug use and reportedly has destroyed shipments wending their way through Iraq and Syria.

FBI Investigates Mentally Unstable Friend of San Bernardino Shooters

San Bernardino couple who opened fire at a holiday party.

San Bernardino couple who opened fire at a holiday party.

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is investigating a friend of the San Bernardino shooters to determine whether he was involved or assisted in the attack, the Washington Post reports.

Soon after the holiday party massacre, Enrique Marquez checked himself into a mental-health facility.

Authorities said he is cooperating and that Marquez acknowledged he was planning an attack with Syed Rizwan Farook in 2012 but backed off after four local men were arrested for plotting to kill Americans in Afghanistan.

Officials don’t believe he had prior knowledge of the holiday party attack, but he still faces the possibility of being charged.

Minnesota Man Charged with Threatening FBI After Friend Arrested on Terrorism Charges

Data securityBy Steve Neavling

A Minnesota man is accused of threatening FBI agents on social media following the arrest of his friend who was charged with conspiring to help ISIS, Fox News reports.

Khaalid Adam Abdulkadir, 19, was charged Friday with making the threats on Twitter after the FBI arrested his friend, 20-year-old Abdirizak Mohamed Warsame.

In grammatically challenged messages, he threatened to “kill them FBI” and wrote, “I’m kill them FEDS for take my brothers,” according to court documents.

“While there are many legitimate means in the United States to voice dissent and difference of opinion with our government, threatening violent retaliation against federal agents is both illegal and outrageous,” U.S. Attorney Andy Luger said in a statement.

He is being held without bail until a court hearing on Wednesday.

Agents Not Fooled by SUV Painted to Look Like Border Patrol Vehicle

Fake Border Patrol car spotted by agents.

Fake Border Patrol car spotted by agents.

By Steve Neavling

Border Patrol agents often come across vehicles disguised to look like delivery or telecommunications trucks to fool law enforcement.

But what they came across last week was very rare. A Chevy Tahoe was painted took like a Border Patrol vehicle, Fox News reports. 

Agents noticed the cloned vehicle and pulled it over, finding 12 people stuffed in the back.

“There’s no fender, there’s no ground effect on any of our vehicles, Omar Zamora, an agent with the Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley sector, told KRGV-TV. “They’re actually pretty bare and about as high as we get the vehicle, because we do go off road.”

Zamora said the clone was an obvious fake.

“In the 18 years that I’ve been in the Border Patrol, we’ve seen UPS, FedEx trucks, Time Warner trucks, any kind of clones. Any business you can think of. The smugglers are trying to clone it to avoid law enforcement detection,” Zamora added.

Disgraced Police Chief Thwarted Federal Investigation into Serial Killer in Long Island

Ocean Parkway, Long Island, where bodies were found.

Ocean Parkway, Long Island, where bodies were found.

By Steve Neavling

Former Suffolk County Police Chief James Burke, who was arrested last week for allegedly assaulting a man in 2012, stymied a federal investigation into a suspected serial killer in the Gilgo Beach murders, the New York Post reports. 

A source close to the investigation said Burke didn’t keep the feds updated on the unsolved murders of eight women, a man and a toddler in Long Island because he was under an FBI investigation for assaulting a man accused of stealing his sex toys.

“Burke never wanted us involved in this [serial killer] case because he knew we were ­investigating him,” said a federal source.

Burke was charged last week with viscously attacking a handcuffed suspect who stole items from his car, including pornography and sex toys.

“We’re going to take a good, hard look at this case with fresh eyes,” the federal source said. “We have the extensive resources and experienced investigators to solve this type of case.”

Other Stories of Interest

Column: IEDs, San Bernardino and a ‘Landslide’

William “Bill” Harris is a nationally certified paramedic and decorated special operations combat medic with multiple overseas deployments.  He now works for the U.S. State Department preparing government personnel for overseas assignments.  Joshua P. Bobko is an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Loma Linda Medical Center, and a tactical physician with various law enforcement teams. He is a national authority on high-threat civilian medicine and has authored the landmark papers on pediatric casualty care and the civilian First Care Provider.


By William H. Harris and Joshua P. Bobko, MD

Words are powerful. We all know the pen is mightier than the sword, but what if we told you that one word trumps all other words in a terrorist attack or active shooter situation?  That one word, “landslide,” sends elite military units and experienced SWAT teams scrambling out of a building and headed for cover, even as innocents remain in danger.

“Landslide” in law enforcement speak is a code word for the presence of an improvised explosive device, better known as an IED. Landslide is used to notify all members of a law enforcement team to immediately stop what they are doing and get out.  A Landslide call can be made by anyone on a team and often goes out verbally in lieu of using radios for fear of inadvertently triggering an IED.

In the wake of the recent San Bernardino terrorist attack, which killed 14 people, it has become evident that Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik intended to use IEDs, along with firearms, to inflict a higher casualty rate. Although IEDs are most often associated with the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, the use of IEDs in domestic attacks is by no means a new phenomenon.  IEDs were used in the Columbine High School shooting, the Aurora Colorado theater shooting, Columbia (Maryland) mall shooting, and the Boston Marathon bombing. Fortunately, in many of these horrific attacks, like the one in San Bernardino,  the IEDs did not detonate.  The reason for IEDs not detonating can be attributed to a number of factors, including, but not limited to, things not going as planned, inexperience in bomb making, and luck.

Another plausible explanation for the IEDs failure to detonate in San Bernardino is the IEDs used by the terrorists may not have been intended for the employees. Instead, the IEDs may have been intended to kill the first responders, law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services personnel.  But some how, the attackers weren’t able to detonate the IEDs by the time the responders arrived.

“Baiting” responders is a tactic commonly used by terrorists in Iraq and Afghanistan against our troops. Terrorists plant smaller IEDs with the intent of damaging and disabling vehicles, causing a convoy to stop and provide the terrorists an opportunity to detonate a larger IED in a target rich environment filled with multiple vehicles and a much larger number of troops.  Often times, the troops killed and injured by the larger IED are the protection force and medics treating the initial casualties from the smaller IED.

The military tactics perfected by terrorists in the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan are now coming home to be used against civilian and domestic law enforcement agencies. These aggressive and deadly tactics are causing domestic law enforcement agencies to adapt at a rapid rate.

For instance, mobile threats preclude domestic law enforcement agencies from being able to cordon off and setup a perimeter around a situation. Instead, law enforcement personnel run toward the sound of gunfire in hopes of minimizing civilian casualties.  Negotiations have taken a backseat to stopping active shooters as quickly as possible.  Terrorists use our innate goodness and desire to help one another against us.

This changing threat places first responders on the frontline of a new conflict, one we know all too well from facing it on the other side of the world. This conflict may lead to increasing numbers of causalities in our communities and first responders.

The Dec. 2, 2015 attacks are a reminder that we need to be prepared that the wartime tactics are coming home and of the importance of the term “Landslide.”