FBI highlights similarities between al Qaeda, cartels
I didn’t know whether to put this one under “Crime” or “Terrorism”.
(CNN) — An FBI webpage quoted an agent calling Mexico’s drug cartels more violent than al Qaeda — a comment sure to grab attention, but which doesn’t tell the whole story, the agency said.
On its website, the FBI was highlighting a special series of stories on law enforcement challenges along the Southwest border.
The report includes a quote from an unidentified senior agent based in El Paso, Texas, who says, “We think al Qaeda is bad, but they’ve got nothing on the cartels.”
The controversial-sounding comment was just one of point of view that exists on the ground, the FBI said, explaining the remark.
“The quote is the opinion of one FBI agent who lives and works on border violence every day,” said Special Agent Jason Pack, an FBI spokesman in Washington. “The FBI does not believe the cartels are any more dangerous than al Qaeda.”