We Dodged A Bullet!

From CNN:

“A top Mexican drug cartel suspect has been arrested along with 12 accomplices, including five women, federal authorities said. (…)

Rodolfo Lopez Ibarra, known as El Nito and believed to be a top lieutenant in the Beltran Leyva cartel, was arrested Monday at an airport in Nuevo Leon state, said the Mexican National Defense secretary.

Along with the suspects, officials said they also confiscated a Cessna 550 airplane, two cars, a large quantity of drugs and cash, firearms and a hand grenade. (…)

The Beltran Leyva cartel is one of the top drug organizations in Mexico, allied with the Gulf cartel in its battle against the Sinaloa organized crime syndicate. The Beltran Leyva group was formerly allied with the Sinaloa cartel, considered the largest drug-trafficking organization in the nation. The two other major drug organizations in Mexico are the Juarez and Tijuana cartels.”

I am so, so very relieved that we didn’t arrest Mr. Lopez Ibarra here in this country. Unlike Mexico, we do not have secure facilities here in the United States. We do have “prisons”, but they are just a charade designed to lull unsuspecting citizens into complacency. In fact, all of our prisons were eliminated years ago as a result of Republican budget cuts. When Ebenezer Scrooge asked “Are there no prisons?”, he was thinking of us.

I have it on good authority that the leaders of the Cali Cartel slip out for eight hours every day to pursue their boyhood dreams of working at Applebee’s. Ramzi Yousuf rearranges his body into a highly diffuse gas, slithers between the molecules of his cell walls, and floats about in the sky above his supermax facility in Florence Colorado. The Blind Sheikh manages to bend steel bars through the sheer force of his faith, leaps through the opening onto a winged white horse, and he is taken to paradise, where, much to his disappointment, he is given bunches of grapes.

And he’s blind! Just think what an actual drug kingpin could do, with all five senses intact and an army of henchmen at his back waiting to terrify the local citizenry. Thank God he was captured by a country that actually has secure prisons in which he can be safely locked away. The damage he might have wrought from the “confines” of a supermax “prison” in this country is too dreadful to contemplate.

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