This is an important story and you'll be hearing more about this gang, as well as a couple of others.
The "Truthout" article is pretty seriously biased in assigning "blame." If you read the whole article, you'll notice it implies in its opening
that MS members were "trained by the Reagan administration," when in fact, the majority of them were actually pro-communist insurgents in both
Honduras and El Salvador. Not that it matters much, but it shows how media events are ALWAYS being exploited by someone to flavor your world-view.
More importantly, is the "Conspiracy" and exploitation question:
How is this story being spun by law enforcement, the media, our own (US) and foreign governments?
Well, here's my cynical editorial take on the situation:
1. Central American governments are nervous about the amounts of US dollars flowing into the underworld in their nations, with threatens to overturn
several ruling cartels.
2. The Mexican government, which has a racist attitude toward non-mexican latin americans, seeks to blame a 'non-mexican' entity for increasingly
violent assaults on US border officers.
3. Liberal journalists, looking to frame Reagan-era foreign policy in a bad light, since most of the people who voted for Bush reported in exit poles
that they would have preferred to vote for a candidate "more like Reagan."
4. The US federal law enforcement system, which wants more tax dollars to combat "domestic terrorism."
5. The Bush administration, which wants more money to police the border. This is really ironic: The only reason they want more money and agents, is
because the MS-13 has threatened to take out members of the "border militia" groups in TX and AZ. The white house fears a bloodbath of US
vigilante/civilan deaths, which in turn will FORCE them to police the border properly.
No one but ATS was paying attention to ms-13 back in March, when they threatened to "wipe out" US civilians like the Minuteman Project
interefereing with their border traffic: