Source: GNN Liberia

Mexican border security forces struggle with cartels for control

February 6, 2018 | Brainwave Science



Mexican law enforcement in Reynosa struggles to gain back control from the feuding gangs that are responsible for the border war. Last year the state of Tamaulipas recorder its highest homicide peak – 805 homicides. This is a 35% increase over 2016 and the highest criminal peak since this war began, in 2012. In addition to these records, there are a lot of other victims whose bodies have not been found.

Due to these violent outbursts in Reynosa, Tamaulipas Gov. Francisco Garcia Cabeza de Vaca ordered state police to set up checkpoints across the city in 2017. Officials have declared that they reduced the number of auto thefts and violent carjackings in the area, due to these checkpoints that are still in place in 2018.

As a result, the U.S. State Department issued recently a travel warning that advises Americans to avoid five states in Mexico, putting the regions at the same level of danger as Syria, Yemen, and Somalia.

In addition to a large number of homicides, the kidnapping rate of 3.84 per 100,000 residents is devastating, being the worst in Mexico. Cabeza de Vaca took office in 2016, promising that under his administration that conditions in Tamaulipas will improve, although the recent numbers show otherwise.




In today’s world, porous borders are a real problem across the world. From terrorists to transnationally organized crime acts, countries are faced with a wide array of threats at their borders. The infrastructure-based security measures such as the erection of walls, wire fences on the walls, surveillance cameras, drones, balloon systems and sensors are used to protect external borders but are exorbitantly costly and time-consuming to build and sustain.

The current biometric devices can only go so far, as they can’t find the missing link between a person’s identity and hidden criminal information. Moreover, a large number of travelers and migrants at the border make law enforcement’s mission to effectively vet every person a real challenge.

With the concerning increase of criminal acts at Mexico’s border, authorities need a holistic and integrated approach that will streamline the process and provide real results in deterring, preventing, detecting and responding to a variety of threat networks. With such a large number of people crossing the borders, an efficient method to screen them is a must.




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For many countries, the primary gap in securing both internal and external borders is the ability to objectively screen a person using a knowledge-based form of identification. Specific screening tests with iCognative empower border protection departments with the agency to vet whether a suspect is concealing privileged information. A 45 minutes test with iCognative can offer useful insights and make connections between suspects and criminal acts that occurred or are about to take place. Moreover, the test provides 99% accuracy. iCognative measures brain patterns called P300 to detect whether information under test is present or absent in a suspects brain. The human brain reacts involuntarily, hence countermeasures, false positives and false negatives take no effect.

In the current issue in Mexico, iCognative can help border security personnel successfully screen travelers to identify which are innocents and which are suspects. Further on, this useful intelligence can lead to strong actions that will provide citizens with more safety and reassurance that their local authorities are doing everything to stop this crime wave.

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Security forces in Mexican border state struggle to wrest control from cartels

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