The Drug Cartels and paramilitaries are using the internet to spread propaganda, often on YouTube.

The “heroes” of these stories display dead bodies and decapitated heads of their enemies in rival gangs. They portray themselves as protectors of the people or some such.

Here’s the Washington Post report on the narcocorridos.

Elizalde’s narco-ballad video and its aftermath highlight a new surge of Internet activity by Mexican drug cartels, whose mastery of technology gives them a huge advantage over law enforcement agencies. Following the model of terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda, the cartels have discovered the Web as a powerful means of transmitting threats, recruiting members and glorifying the narco-trafficker lifestyle of big money, big guns and big thrills.

Elizalde’s narcocorrido, or drug trafficker’s ballad, sparked what is believed to be an unprecedented cyberspace drug war. Chat rooms filled with accusations that he was promoting the Sinaloa cartel and mocking its rival, the Gulf cartel. Drug lords flooded the Internet with images of beheadings, execution-style shootings and torture.

Within months, Elizalde was dead, shot 20 times after a November concert. His enemies exacted their final revenge by posting a video of his autopsy, the camera panning from Elizalde’s personalized cowboy boots to his bloodied naked body.

Mexican Cops are too lazy to watch YouTube to solve murders. I wish I was joking.

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