Jun 21, 2011

Whack-a-mole Drug War: Sylvia Longmire: The Drug War Consultant Who Knows Everything

From the Center for International Policy's TransBorder project, a critique of a new "drug war expert" who just had an OpEd published in the New York Times. We did not post a link to the OpEd because of the very reasons stated here.

Border Lines: Sylvia Longmire: The Drug War Consultant Who Knows Everything: "Sylvia Longmire is a former fusion-center analyst, counterintelligence agent, and self-described “intelligence professional.”

Former Air Force captain Longmire has successfully and rapidly leveraged her security credentials to gain some prominence as a drug-war analyst in the U.S. media.

Her analysis of the drug-related violence in Mexico and of the purported threats to U.S. national security comes not from any extensive personal experience in Mexico or in the U.S. borderlands.

Rather, typical of the new wave of computer-bound pundits, Longmire sifts through news reports and commentary, mostly from U.S. media, to produce a stream of blog posts, online news articles, op-eds, and a new book titled Cartel: The Coming Invasion of Mexico’s Drug Wars."

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