Hello FDL readers
My name is Sam Quinones. I’m a reporter with the LA Times, author of two books of nonfiction stories about Mexico. I’ll be moderating today’s chat.
Today, we’ll be talking with Sylvia Longmire about Mexico’s drug war, now in its 7th year, as I believe it’s actually been going on since at least 2005 — and not 2006 when Felipe Calderon came to office.
I welcome your comments, questions and observations. Please don’t be shy – I’m sure you won’t be, as the topic is fundamental, engrossing, and controversial.
Having followed Mexico’s cartels for years, border security expert Sylvia Longmire takes us deep into the heart of their world to witness a dangerous underground that will do whatever it takes to deliver drugs to a willing audience of American consumers. The cartels have grown increasingly bold in recent years, building submarines to move up the coast of Central America and digging elaborate tunnels that both move drugs north and carry cash and U.S. high-powered assault weapons back to fuel the drug war. Channeling her long experience working on border issues, Longmire brings to life the very real threat of Mexican cartels operating not just along the southwest border, but deep inside every corner of the United States. She also offers real solutions to the critical problems facing Mexico and the United States, including programs to deter youth in Mexico from joining the cartels and changing drug laws on both sides of the border.
Sylvia Longmire is a retired Air Force Captain and former Special Agent in the Air Force Office of Special Investigations.
She has worked as an intelligence analyst for the state’s Emergency Management Agency, focusing on drug trafficking and border violence.
Please welcome Sylvia Longmire.