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LFM The Wackiest Cartel..Information-mantas-history-..and El Chayo not dead?

Chivis
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Seems everyone is hanging mantas in Michoacán, contradictive information is flying out of there faster than puffed rice out of a cannon.  People demonstrating in the streets, thanking the military and KTs for ridding Michoacán of El Chango.  EL Chango says LFM…no more.  Zeta alliance, military collusion, LFM hanging mantas sending a message to Calderon, Calderon tweeting his Micho news, and the family hangs dozens of mantas thanking KTs for their help in ousting El Chango and that is just news for the past 5 days or so.….ok  WTF is going on??  Seems everyone is dipping into the home state product resulting in some major psychosis.  This has to be the wackiest cartel ever.  I thought it was a good time to check out an overview of the cartel , I have determined the best presentation is chronological, I am included a report released  5 months ago, with important elements, and history of the entire mess. Also a couple of links with articles of this week and a poll out today.  So read and YOU tell ME…Buela

In the beginning..
The road was paved with good intentions; let this story be a lesson to those who propose vigilantism as a solution to the violence in Mexico.  For that is how “The Family” began in the 80s.  The vigilante group organized to provide help and protection, especially to the poor and indigenous people of Michoacán,
 ironically to counter drug dealers and kidnappers.  Catapulting into power they became the paramilitary arm of CDG (90s) subsequently evolving into a criminal gang its self.  After training with the last letter in 2006 the family splintered into an independent DTO. Maintaining a strong rivalry with Zs and BLC, and strong allies with the Sinaloa Cartel.   Not too long ago it was one of the fastest growing cartels in Mexico.
Religion Infused Cartel:
LFM  is  described as quasi-religious and its leaders consider their assassinations as divine justice.   Their leader Nazario MorenoGonzalez “EL Chayo” published his own bible infusing self-help-evangelical teachings.  He was killed in December 2010.  His body was never recovered. The relationship between LFM and their role in the state is unique.  Michoacán is the most corrupt state in the Mexican union.  Every aspect of government, every agency is corrupt.  It is considered ungovernable. It is for all intents narco-ran state until recently headed by LFM.  The cartel also has enjoyed the support and respect of the citizens.  Primarily poverty stricken and indigenous peoples, they are grateful to the support they have received from the cartel.
EVENTS:

November 10 LFM Manta’s Appear:
Mantas were a long rambling tirade which offered to retire the group if the government would agree to protect the people; here is a portion of the message:
“Our own personal reflections of what has happened have derived from these atrocities against the innocent people of Michoacan. We have been left wondering if: THE MICHOACAN FAMILY SHOULD OR SHOULDN'T CONTINUE TO EXIST, IF WE SHOULD OR SHOULD NOT, REGARDLESS OF THE VIOLATIONS BEING COMMITTED BY AUTHORITIES AGAINST OUR CIVIL SOCIETY, and CONTINUE GUARANTEEING THE SECURITY OF OUR STATE. This organization does not want to be the pretext for the authorities to continue walking over and degrading the basic human rights of our fellow people.
For those reasons and with the uncertainty of once again leaving the security of our State in the hands of authorities, WE HAVE DECIDED TO RETREAT and reintegrate ourselves into productive activities.
If the government accepts this public commitment and meets these terms, if they are willing to use strength and conviction to take control of this state and honestly serve the people, if they safeguard, without fear, the security of the Michoacán people, from those attempting to take over and destabilize our beautiful State, in essence if they are willing to die in the line of fire to protect Michoacán, THE FAMILIA MICHOCANA WILL DISBAND, leaving no further reason for the federal government to abuse the human rights of our people.”

January 2011
Manta’s appeared signed by a group calling itself The Knights Templar, announcing dissolution of LFM, which is the main meth trafficking organization in Mexico.  The mantas stated they were seeking to preserve order and protect the status of rival groups.


June 17th Mantas:  
Narcomantas were hung in public areas that read:
WE ASK FOR THE ATTENTION OF ALL MICHOACAN SOCIETY
 We express our gratitude to all of Michoacán society for granting us the opportunity to intervene with the problems you have had with the criminal organization of Chango Mendez, and we also ask that you pay attention to our suggestions and recommendations that any person who is discovered and proven to be providing support or communicating with the people of Chango Mendez will suffer punitive measures up to the death penalty based on the infraction. For us Chango Mendez and all the group that follows him are traitors to the fatherland based on their decision to unite with Los Zetas.
And we all know that every traitor to the fatherland deserves the death penalty
 attn:  the Knights Templar GUARDIANS OF MICHOACAN


June 21 Twenty Three  Bodies dumped:
The bodies of 23 murder victims were dumped at various locations close to Morelia Michoacán from June 19-21.  Messages left with the victims indicated KT claimed responsibility.

June 21- El Chango is arrested
In an operation in the state of Aguascalientes, and after weeks of brutal fighting with KT Alejandro Poire announced that the “principal head” of LFM was captured, Poire further stated that the capture was the most overwhelming blow to what remains of the group.  “This destroys what had remained of the leadership structure of this criminal group”   At the time of his arrest, Jose de Jesus “El Chango” Mendez Vargas and his branch of the LFM were under heavy pressure from the other LFM faction, known as the Knights Templar (KT) and led by Servando “La Tuta” Gomez Martinez, as well as from Mexican authorities and the Sinaloa Federation.

June 21- Calderon Tweets:
“A large blow by federal police to organized crime.  One of the most wanted criminals is captured.  Congratulations.”
June 22- Twenty Bodies found

22 additional bodies discovered all appeared to be strangled.  KT is suspected of responsibility.

June 23- Citizens Demonstrate:

Demonstrations in the street of Morelia by citizens holding signs thanking KT and the state guard for capturing Chango.  The signs clearly depicted a respect for KT and hate of the last letter. (Zs)

June 26-Muliple mantas appear signed LFM

Mantas appeared signed by LFM addressed to Calderon and Alejandro Poire.  Included was a cryptic message stating that El Chayo was alive, and the government knew this.  They refuted El Chango’s statement that LFM “was destroyed” further stating they are alive and well and are prepared for “war” against KT.
 
“Mr President Felipe Calderón;  the war that is being initiated between La familia Michoacána and Los Caballeros Templarios  is lead by Nazario Moreno Gonzales "El Chayo," who your government declared dead but you know he is alive. . . . But you are embarrassed to admit this or do you protect him through an agreement by your government? This is provoking a wave of insecurity in Michoacán of which you are the sole one responsible for so many deaths of innocent people.   Sincerely: L. F.M."

 Another:
"To society: La Familia Michoacána is united in our strength which is superior to any problem and we are letting the secretary of security Alejandro Poire know that La Familia Michoacána remains alive and prepared for the war against Los Caballeros Templarios. Sincerely: La Familia Michoacána

June 26-Executed Bodies and Mantas Left In Two Mexico State Municipalities;

Executions in Mexico State.   Bodies left at two municipalities included cards with narcomessage signed by LFM..they read:

To the hijackers (kidnappers, this will happen to all those attempting to come into our territory.   You want to betray the enterprise, come pick up your garbage.
We will keep cleaning and guarding our field of opponents.  ATTN: La Familia Michoacána


June 28 Mantas:
Additional Manta’s appeared signed by LFM were seen in different parts or Morelia and multiple other municipalities in Michoacán.  The message states that El Chango was expelled from the group for failure of the code of honor, additionally because of the discovery of his link tho the “social cancer” Los Zetas.   The message included a thank you to KT.  
In part it read:
Thank you to the Michoacán Guard and Knights Templar for their support of expelling Chango Mendez de Michoacán, he that robbed, extorted, violated, causing a bad name of the Michoacána Family.
VIVA THE MICHOACANA FAMILY!


June 23-Statement from George Grayson:
George Grayson, a professor at William & Mary and author of “Mexico: Narco- Violence and a Failed State,” says that the arrest effectively decapitates the organization. But with alliances that La Familia made with other groups, including the Sinaloa cartel, against the Zetas group, many secondary leaders could simply get absorbed into the Sinaloa group. “The Sinaloa cartel will spread into Michoacan,”  And this does not mean peace. For starters, the group had already begun to splinter, like so many other groups who face a vacuum at the top ranks. And Professor Grayson says that the Zetas are likely “rejoicing” at the possibility of making greater inroads into the state, which usually means more fighting as various groups vie for control.

Comprehensive New Report:
William & Mary recently produced a report regarding Michoacán-(LFM).


Summary begins;
 La Familia Michoacána, also known as La Familia, is one of the most bizarre and deadly cartels in the world. Its Bible-pounding leaders recruit young people from rehabilitation centers, insist that they throw off their dependence on alcohol, drugs, and other addictive substances, and, once clean, apply to join their organization. The novitiates must submit themselves to 2 months of brainwashing that includes scripture readings, exposure to motivational speakers, and long periods of silence and meditation. Upon completing their “instruction,” they may become couriers, lookouts, or drivers. Those who show an aptitude for violence are taken in groups of 40 to a wilderness area known as the Jesús del Monte. There, they are directed to shoot, butcher, and cook 15 victims to demonstrate that they are neither squeamish about killing innocents nor repulsed by handling bloody body parts.

 The leaders of La Familia—known as ”El Chango” (José de Jesús Méndez Vargas) and “El Chayo” (Nazario Moreno González) assure those who successfully complete this exercise that they are prepared to do the Lord's work—that is, safeguarding women, combatting competing cartels, and preventing the local sale of drugs.

 This syndicate burst onto the national stage on September 6, 2006, when ruffians crashed into the seedy Sol y Sombra nightclub in Uruapan, Michoacán, and fired shots into the air. They screamed at the revelers to lie down, ripped open a plastic bag, and lobbed five human heads onto the beer-stained black and white dance floor. The day before these macabre pyrotechnics, the killers seized their prey from a mechanic's shop and hacked off their heads with bowie knives while the men writhed in pain. “You don't do something like that unless you want to send a big message,” said a U.S. law enforcement official, speaking on condition of anonymity about an act of human depravity that would “cast a pall over the darkest nooks of hell.”

 This action, the first time that severed heads had been used for completely propagandistic purposes, was designed to strike fear into the hearts of the community. Local lore has it that the five decapitated men were involved in the murder of a waitress/prostitute who worked in the bar and had been impregnated by a member of La Familia. A few days before the ghastly incident, she allegedly refused to have sex with these men, who raped and killed her. La Familia began its own investigation and found these individuals guilty.

 The desperados left behind a note hailing their act as “divine justice,” adding that: “The Family doesn't kill for money; it doesn't kill women; it doesn't kill innocent people; only those who deserve to die, die. Everyone should know . . . this is divine justice.”
 Such acts of savagery, combined with the wealth accumulated from exporting methamphetamines (meth) and other narcotics to America, have enabled La Familia to form cells in the major municipalities of Michoacán and in neighboring states. Their strength has fostered what the late historian Crane Brinton referred to as “dual sovereignty” in his classic study, The Anatomy of Revolution

CONTINUE FULL SUMMARY HERE:  http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/summary.cfm?q=1033

DOWNLOAD & READ FULL 126 PAGE REPORT HERE:
http://www.scribd.com/doc/51406317/La-Familia-Drug-Cartel-Implications-for-U-S-Mexican-Security
 http://www.strategicstudiesinstitute.army.mil/pubs/display.cfm?pubID=1033

TIME MAGAZINE;  Crusaders of Meth: Mexico's Deadly Knights Templar

 At first, the amateur video shows a normal evening in the seething valley town of Apatzingán, in Mexico's western Michoacán state. But as residents and stall owners mix jovially on the sidewalk, the calm is broken by the sinister appearance of masked men gripping machine guns mounted on more than 50 pickup trucks, Hummers and Jeeps. The gangsters cruise openly down Apatzingán's main drag, a frightening show of force even by the brutal standards of Mexico's drug-war bloodbath. The propaganda video was sent to media outlets by the newest players in that conflict, the bizarrely named Caballeros Templarios (Knights Templar). As the name suggests, these narcos are inspired by the Jerusalem-based crusaders who fought in the name of Christ between 1119 and 1312, at which point the Pope disbanded them. But unlike their medieval idols, these thugs cook up methamphetamines, or crystal meth, and have left scores of mutilated corpses strewn about Michoacán since their emergence as a group in March.
Anyone who follows Mexico's mayhem, which has resulted in almost 40,000 gangland murders since 2007, will find the news of drug-dealing Christian zealots unsettlingly familiar. The Knights are a breakaway group from the "narco-Evangelical" cartel known as La Familia Michoacána, which burst onto the scene in Michoacán five years ago by throwing five severed heads onto a discotheque dance floor. La Familia's criminal and spiritual leader, Nazario Moreno, a.k.a. el Más Loco (the Craziest One), even wrote his own bible of religious ramblings, which was compulsory reading for his troops. Mexican President Felipe Calderón, himself from Michoacán, sent thousands of federal troops to stop the psychopathic gang from unleashing what it called Old Testament justice on everyone from rivals to politicians. In December, federal police allegedly shot Moreno dead; on June 21, police arrested his No. 2, José de Jesús Méndez, whose alias was el Chango (the Monkey). As the Monkey was paraded before reporters on June 22, Mexican police said La Familia had been devastated — a vindication of Calderón's controversial military campaign against the cartels.

Continue Reading Full Time Mag Article Here: http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2079430,00.html#ixzz1QhMWs1Si

STRATFOR:

El Chango’s Arrest.. Mexico Security Memo: Michoacán After LFM Chief's Arrest
The leader of a faction of La Familia Michoacána (LFM) — the faction that continues to use the LFM name — was arrested June 21 without incident in Aguascalientes state in central Mexico. At the time of his arrest, Jose de Jesus “El Chango” Mendez Vargas and his branch of the LFM were under heavy pressure from the other LFM faction, known as the Knights Templar (KT) and led by Servando “La Tuta” Gomez Martinez, as well as from Mexican authorities and the Sinaloa Federation.
Mendez Vargas’ arrest clearly is a short-term blow to his faction of LFM, but it is too early to tell if it will result in the end of the group. More important, it is unclear what effect it will have on the battle for control of the drug flow through Michoacán state.

 Mendez Vargas’ faction of the LFM is the weaker of the two currently fighting for control of the LFM territory and business. In fact, STRATFOR sources and media reports indicate that Mendez Vargas’ faction was losing the battle against the Knights Templar. Mendez Vargas’ forces had experienced some significant losses in the weeks prior to his arrest, and banners posted by the Knights Templar alleged that Mendez Vargas was so desperate that he had even reached out to his former enemies in Los Zetas for assistance.

Presently, it appears that the Knights Templar has placed itself in a position to assume control of the LFM empire. The Knights Templar is a local organization with local support, and many of its members have a long history of close ties to the community. However, after being weakened by the fight with Mendez Vargas’ faction, it is not altogether clear if the Knights Templar will have the strength to fend off a renewed push by its enemies in the Sinaloa Federation. It is also possible that the remnants of Mendez Vargas’ organization will become even more closely aligned with Los Zetas, which will allow the Zetas to expand their presence in Michoacan by working through locals. All this means that the capture of Mendez Vargas may have removed one cartel leader, but it will likely do little to quell the violence in the state.

Insight's  Analysis of El Chango' arrest and LFM posted today:
With a series of public banners posted around the Mexican state of Michoacan, the Familia drug gang has sought to distance itself from recently arrested boss Jose de Jesus Mendez, alias 'El Chango,' and his alliance with the Zetas.

After Mendez, one of the Familia's leading figures, was captured some days previously, the government said the group was in its death throws. But the new messages cast doubt on that diagnosis, and suggest that with Mendez out of the picture, the split between the Familia and splinter group Los Caballeros Templarios may be salvageable. Far from heralding its decline, this could clear the way for the gang to become still more powerful.
 
As the banner’s authors wrote:
 
To the society of Michoacan as a whole: you are hereby informed that the Familia Michoacana distances itself from all acts carried out by El Chango Mendez and his people, who were part of the Familia Michoacana, in fact Chango was one of the bosses but with his degrading actions, a front was formed to combat him, and he was later expelled upon the discovery of his links to the social cancer the Zetas.
 
We wish to make clear, we the Familia are Michoacanos, not Chango Mendez. We appeciate the support of the Michoacan guard and the Caballeros Templarios for their assistance in expelling Chango Mendez from Michoacan, because his group stole, extorted, raped, while unfairly using and referring to the sacred name of the Familia Michoacana.

Continue Reading Full Article Here:  
http://www.insightcrime.org/insight-latest-news/item/1156-familia-claim-split-with-el-chango-over-zetas-alliance


POLL:
The capture of El Chango does not give  citizens expectations of less violence.


59%  Say violence will increase

62%  Feel arrests of capos have little effect

63%  Support for Calderon's effort has increased from 48%-However most agree his plan has not worked

77%  Grade good to very good Calderon's effort

And a bit of surprise but the overwheming majority of Mexicans DO NOT FAVOR MILITARY WITHDRAWAL, in fact they favor military increases.  78%

 
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Chivis
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Though I am not a huge fan of Insight..I earlier added their post of today with respect to LFM and the Split because of El Changos connection to Zs.

It is included on the post with the other reference articles.

I do not have any sources on the ground in Michoacán ..it's a real different mentality there towards cartels, as I said in my post that is what happens when governments ignore their poor in such a glaring disregard for their welfare.
 
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El Regio
Did you happen to see all the paid idiots supporting the KT? I sure hope the average Michoacano doesn't have that mentality because KT is no better that FM, they are the same group!!! Just like CDG and Zetas, both the same animals.
"The Tea Bag Party has a 10-15% approval rating. Depending on who you ask. ja ja ja" The wise Ajulio.
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ArmChairIntellect
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Great meta-analysis Buela, this has truly been a strange series of events.  My take, it seems that LFM is very splintered, fractured.  Communication must be sporadic at best and many cells must be completely cut off.  Many seem to be on their own at this point and each is trying to figure out how they can survive.  Some are most likely trying to vie for control, while others must be trying to assimilate.   Others are wanting to keep LFM separate but seems to be seeking a truce with the Templers?  Mass confusions with nothing really holding them together, this problem is what the remnants of LFM face.  I have to agree with insight, it seems like the most likely outcome but who knows?  What if Mass Loco is alive, that would have to rank as one of the strangest twists in this war.  I strongly doubt it but one thing I have learned from this conflict is to expect the unexpected.  
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Chivis
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The entire thing is wacky.  If we believe what is left of LFM (not KTs) did not support an alliance with Zs then  Chango was not speaking for the group when he made an alliance.  I agree with you it does seem the remainder of LFM is offering an olive branch to KT, however if what is left of LFM had splintered into two or more groups they would make more sense to me, one being Z allied and the other going for KT to perhaps merge.  I do not think Loco is alive or it would have been highly doubtful to have any type of split within the group to begin with.

Just do not know..as you say expect the unexpected
 
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ArmChairIntellect
I am with ya, but what if he did survive?  What if he is just incapacitated, he did have a serious head injury that required a metal plate being place inside his skull.  I am just saying with this war anything is possible, if Mayo and Chapo split tomorrow I would not be shocked.  If 40 kills Lazca I would not be surprised.  Hell if Viceroy retired I'd believe it, if it was proven true.  I was just saying it's possible.  If Mas Loco is in a comma, infighting would be likely if not imminent.   I know it's s stretch and do I think that's reality, no, but is it possible, absolutely.
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Chivis
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very true.  and yes it is possible, no body means there is that possibilty.  wouldn't that be strange.  but if he was alive i still contend the fracture would not have happened and why pretend being dead?  BUT..it is LFM so anything could be possible
 
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Who knows maybe they thought he was gonna die, perhaps they thought he would never recover, there could be many possibilities.  I bet we could do this all day, this is the media though, just blood splatted, bullet blasted houses and hijacked buses shown in clips and pictures in papers.  We never get the whole story, we never really know whats going on on the inside.