Mark Tapscott lets it rip on Dana Milbank’s allegations that the decapitations are “tall tales“:
MEMO TO MILBANK: You’re a head behind the facts on Arizona border decapitations
Tapscott has a material witness – a ranch owner who found a decapitated head:
A friend on the Hill read Milbank’s piece and pronounced it “utter BS,” then produced a copy of a July 8, 2010, letter to Brewer from Arizona rancher J. David Lowell describing a recent incident involving one of his ranch hands:
“In January 2010, Congressman Rob Bishop visited our ranch here in Santa Cruz County, Arizona. During that visit, I related to him an incident that occurred on June 27, 2008, in one of our pastures west of the ranch house.
“On that day, one of our ranch hands was working horseback and discovered a human head near a trail believed to be used by drug and alien smugglers.
“Although the head was missing the lower jaw, it was immediately apparent that much of the mass and flesh of the head was still present. The cowboy searched the area in hopes of finding the remainder of the body to no avail.
“The Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office was notified and they took possession of the head on that same date. We suspect that the head may have been placed along side the trail as a warning to other drug and alien traffickers using the trail.”
A spokesman for Rep. Bishop told me they had confirmed the details of the incident described by Lowell.
Curious, I contacted Lowell and asked him if he was willing to talk to Milbank. Here’s what Lowell said:
“I would be happy to talk to Dana Milbank and, in fact, I would like to invite him to a picnic. We could walk a mile or so up Peck Canyon from the Atascosa Ranch headquarters past where the body was found, which is being autopsied to the place where five (or more) innocent Mexicans (who claim they had broken only a few Federal laws) were fired on about two weeks ago by gentlemen in black camo shooting AK 47’s, he said.
Lowell added that “there’s been one other shooting incident seven days ago in about the same place. We will supply the weenies and potato salad but Dana will have to walk about 200 yards ahead.”
So, Mr. Milbank, I hope you will take him up on that picnic and the stroll. But if I were you, I’d wear a flak jacket because the druggies with the AKs couldn’t care less that you’re such a smart guy.
If you, dear readers, can read Spanish, read the Narcotráfico section of Mexican newspaper El Universal. The reports of beheadings are not tall tales at all. Beheadings are a form of execution by the drug cartels operating across Mexico and in the US-Mexico border area. It behooves the governor of a state bordering with a drug war zone to ensure the safety of her state’s citizens by enforcing the law.
How many decapitated heads found would Milbank consider acceptable in order for the Arizona governor to justify enforcing the law? One? Fifty? Ten thousand?
If Milbank took some time to actually travel to the location, and see the evidence available, he also would not be making this statement,
Ay, caramba! Those dark-skinned foreigners are now severing the heads of fair-haired Americans?
Playing the race card is standard operating procedure among some, such as Milbank, who is ignorant of – or prefers to ignore – the fact that the large numbers of drug war casualties are Mexicans of any race, as you can read in El Universal, and from Tapscott’s eyewitness.
Too bad Milbank can’t be bothered.
THE FOLLOWING LINK HAS PHOTOS WHICH ARE GRUESOME AND GRAPHIC
The Westener has graphic photos of beheadings in the border area.