Mexican Cartel Snuffs Social Media Star as Violence Nears ‘Civil War’ Proportions | Danger Room | Wired.com

Mexican Cartel Snuffs Social Media Star as Violence Nears ‘Civil War’ Proportions | Danger Room | Wired.com. By Robert Beckhusen – September 28, 2011

The execution of Marisol Macias Castaneda — known online as “The Laredo Girl” and as “Nena de Laredo” — is the latest in a series of attacks against Mexicans who go online to discuss drug violence. It’s an epidemic which a new report describes as “so horrific as to approach a civil war.”  … The report, released Monday by the Texas Department of Agriculture and authored by retired Major General Robert Scales and retired General Barry McCaffrey, describes a conflict in which drug cartels have forced the “capitulation” of Mexican border cities, killed more than 40,000 people and have fueled “an internal war in Mexico that has stripped that country of its internal security to the extent that a virtual state of siege now exists adjacent to our own southwestern states.” … go here.