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Tself that struck me so much It was the whole chain that left me perplexed Id been contacted to write the story of a story of a story The sourcethe old ItalianI trusted instinctively A bit because when youre far from home whoever speaks your language I mean your very same languagesame codes same locutions same vocabulary same omissionsyou recognize immediately as one of your own as someone to pay attention to And also because his speech was delivered at the right time to exactly the people who needed to hear it If those words were true they signaled a most dreadful turning point The Italian bosses the last remaining Calvinists of the West were training new generations of Mexicans and Latin Americans the criminal bourgeoisie born of drug trafficking the most ferocious and hungry recruits in the worldI couldnt stay still My bed felt like a wooden plank my room like a cell I wanted to pick up the phone and call that police officer but it was two in the morning and I didnt want him to think I was crazy I went to my desk and started an e mail I would write about it but first I had to understandI wanted to listen to the actual recording That training lesson about how to be in the world wasnt only for mafia affiliates but for anyone who decides they want to rule on this Earth Words no one would utter with such clarity unless he were training people When you talk publicly about a soldier you say he wants peace and hates war but when youre alone with him you train him to shoot That speech was an effort to bring Italian organized crime traditions into South American organizations That kid wasnt boasting at allI got a text The young man the informer had wrapped himself around a tree while driving It wasnt revenge Just a fancy Italian car he didnt know how to drive and he slammed it into a tree End of storyG BANGDon Arturo is an elderly gentleman who remembers it all And hell talk about it to anyone whos willing to listen His grandchildren are too big hes already a great grandfather and he prefers to tell the little ones other stories Arturo tells of how one day a general arrived dismounted his horse which seemed incredibly tall but was merely a healthy animal in a land of skinny arthritic beasts and ordered that all the gomerosthe peasants who raised opium poppiesbe rounded up Burn all the fields It was an order Thats the way the government works Do it or end up in jail For ten years Jail the gomeros all thought the sooner the better Growing grain again was worse than going to jail But during those ten years their children wouldnt be able to grow poppies and the land would be seized or in the best of circumstances devastated by drought The gomeros merely lowered their eyes Their lands and their poppies would all be burned Soldiers arrived and dumped diesel fuel on the soil the flowers the mule tracks the paths leading from one estate to another Arturo told how fields once red with poppies were now stained black with buckets of dark dense diesel fuel how a foul smell saturated the air Back then the work was all done by hand those big poison pumps didnt exist yet Bucketfuls of stench But thats not the reason old Arturo remembers it all He remembers because it was there that he learned how to recognize courage and that cowardice tastes of human flesh The fields caught fire but slowly Not a sudden burst of flame but row by row fire contaminating fire Thousands of flowers stems and roots catching fire The peasants all watched and so did the police and the mayor the women and the children A painful spectacle Then all of a sudden they saw screaming balls of fire come shooting out of the nearby bushes Living flames it seemed leaping and gasping for breath But the fire hadnt suddenly come to lifethese were animals Asleep among the poppies they hadnt heard the noise or smelled the diesel fuel which theyd never smelled before Flaming rabbits stray dogs even a small mule All on fire There was nothing to be done No amount of water can put out diesel flames on flesh and besides the land all around was on fire The howling beasts were consumed right before the peoples eyes And that wasnt the only tragedy The gomeros who had gotten drunk while dumping the fuel they too caught fire They drank cerveza as they worked and then fell asleep in the brush The fire took them too They howled a lot less than the animals staggering around as if the alcohol in their veins were feeding the fire from within No one went to help them no one ran over with a blanket The flames were too fierceThats when Don Arturo saw a dog all skin and bones run toward the fire The dog dove into that inferno and came out with two three finally six puppies rolling each one on the ground to put out the flames Singed spitting smoke and ashes covered in sores but alive They stumbled after their mother who walked past the people gazing at the fire She seemed to look right at each one of them her eyes piercing the gomeros the soldiers and all the other miserable human beings who were just standing there An animal senses cowardice And respects fear Fear is thevital instinct and deservesrespect Cowardice is a choice fear is a state of mind That dog was afraid but she dove into those flames to save her young Not one man had saved another man Theyd let them all burn to death Thats how the old man told it There is no right age for understanding To him it came early when he was only eight And he remembered this truth till he was ninety Beasts have courage and know what it means to defend life Men boast about courage but all they know how to do is obey crawl get byFor twenty years there were only ashes where poppies had once grown Then one day Arturo recalled a general came Another one On estates in every corner of the Earth theres always someone who appears in the name of a powerful figure someone with a uniform boots and a horseor an SUV depending on when were talking about He ordered the peasants to become gomeros again Arturo remembered Enough with grain time for poppies again Drugs again The United States was preparing for war and before the guns before the bullets tanks planes and aircraft carriers before the uniforms and boots before everything else the United States needed morphine You dont go to war without morphine If any of you have been in pain excruciating pain you know what morphine is peace from suffering You dont go to war without morphine because war is suffering broken bones and lacerated flesh There are treatises and demonstrations candles and pickets for peoples outrage But for burning flesh theres only one thing morphine Maybe you live in the part of the world that is still fairly tranuil You know the cries of hospital wards of women in labor of the sick of children who scream and joints that dislocate But youve probably never heard the screams of a man hit by a bullet his bones shattered by a submachine gun or shrapnel his arm or half his face ripped off Those are real cries the only ones memory cannot forget Our memory of sounds is fleeting memories are linked to actions contexts But the cries of war never go away Veterans and reporters doctors and career soldiers all wake up to those cries If youve heard the screams of a dying man or one lying wounded in the middle of a battlefield theres no point spending money on psychoanalysts or seeking comfort Youll never forget those screams Only chemistry can stop them soothe them only chemistry can lessen the pain At the sound of those cries the other soldiers all turn to stone Nothing is less militaristic than the screams of someone wounded in battle Only morphine can silence those cries and let the others go on thinking theyll get off scot free come out unscathed be victorious And so the United States which needed morphine for war asked Mexico to increase its opium production and even helped build a railroad to facilitate transportation How much opium was needed Lots As much as possible Arturo had grown up by then He was almost thirty already had four kids He wasnt about to set fire to his fields as his father had done He knew what would happenfirst theyd ask then theyd order him to do it So when the general left Arturo took the back roads and caught up with him He intercepted the generals caravan and negotiated He would sell a portion of his opium on the black market The bulk would go to the government which would sell it to the United States military the rest hed smuggle out for those Yankees who wanted to enjoy a little opium or morphine The general accepted the proposal in exchange for a hefty cut And on one condition You get your opium across the border yourselfOld Arturo is like a sphinx None of his children are narcos None of his grandchildren are narcos None of their wives are narcos But the narcos respect him because he was the first opium smuggler in the entire area Arturo went from gomero to broker He didnt simply grow poppies he mediated between producers and traffickers He kept it up until the s and that was only the beginning because back then most of the heroin that made its way to America was handled by Mexicans Arturo had become a powerful well to do man But something ended his activity as opium broker That something was Kiki After the Kiki ordeal Arturo decided to go back to growing grain He abandoned opium and the men who dealt in heroin and morphine Its an old story the one about Kiki From many years ago But its a story that Arturo never forgot So when his children said they wanted to traffic in coke just as he had in opium Arturo realized the time had come to tell them the story of Kiki If you dont know it its well worth hearing Arturo took his children outside the city and showed them a hole now full of flowers most of them dried A deep hole And he told them the story Id read it but hadnt understood how decisive it was until I got to know the strip of land called Sinaloa a paradise where people endure punishments worthy of the worst infernoThe story of Kiki is linked to that of Miguel ngel Flix Gallardo whom everyone knows as El Padrino the Godfather Flix Gallardo worked for the Federal Judicial Police of Mexico and then worked as a bodyguard for the family of Governor Leopoldo Snchez Celis from which perch he began amassing his understanding and his power As a police officer he tracked smugglers studied their methods uncovered their routes arrested them He knew everything He hunted them down Eventually he would go to their bosses and propose that they organize but under one conditionthat they choose him as their boss Whoever accepted became part of the organization whoever preferred to remain independent was free to do so And later killed Arturo agreed to join The era of transporting marijuana and opium on a large scale had begun for Flix Gallardo He got to know personally every inch of every access route into the United States where you could climb over where trucks or horses could slip through There werent any cartels in Mexico back then Flix Gallardo created them Cartels Everyone calls them that now even kids who dont really know what the word means Most of the time its exactly the right word Groups that manage coke coke capital coke prices coke distribution Thats what cartels are After all cartel is the economic term for a group of producers who agree on prices production levels and how when and where to distribute This holds for the legal as well as the illegal economy The prices in Mexico were decided by only a few drug cartels El Padrino was considered the Mexican czar of cocaine Under him were Rafael Caro uintero and Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo known as Don Neto In Colombia the rival Cali and Medelln cartels were in the midst of a full blown war to control cocaine trafficking and routes Massacres But Pablo Escobar lord of Medelln also had problems outside Colombia The US police whom he couldnt manage to bribe were seuestering too many of his shipments off the coast of Florida and in the Caribbean and he was losing tons of coke Airport bribes were getting so high that he was losing lots of money So Escobar decided to ask Flix Gallardo for help Escobar El Magico and Flix Gallardo El Padrino understood each other right away And they reached an agreement The Mexicans would get the coke into the United States Flix Gallardo knew the US Mexico border and for him all corridors were open He knew the routes marijuana tookthe same ones that opium tookand now cocaine would take them as well El Padrino trusted Escobar he knew he wouldnt become a rival because the Colombian boss wasnt strong enough to set up his own man in Mexico Flix Gallardo didnt guarantee Escobar exclusivity Hed give Medelln priority but if Cali or other smaller cartels asked him to handle their shipments of course hed take them on as well To profit from everyone without becoming anyones enemy is a difficult praxis in life but at that moment at least when lots of cartels needed to cross the border it was possible to sueeze money out of all of them More andmoneyThe Colombians usually paid cash for each shipment Medelln would payfirst in pesos then in dollarsand the Mexicans would get their load into the United States But after a while El Padrino realized that currency could depreciate and that cocaine wasprofitable It would be a real coup to distribute it directly in the North American market So when the Colombian cartel started commissioningshipments El Padrino demanded to be paid in goods Escobar accepted it even seemed like a better deal And in any case he couldnt not accept If a shipment was easy to transport if it could be hidden in trucks or trains percent of the coke went to the Mexicans If it was tricky and had to pass through underground tunnels the Mexicans got percent Those impassible routes that border those nearly two thousand miles of Mexico sutured to the United States became El Padrinos greatest resource The Mexicans went from being transporters to actual distributors Now it was they who would place the coke with the American organizations with the bosses area managers and pushers It wasnt just the Colombians any Now the Mexicans could aspire to have a seat at the business table too That andMuchThats how it works in big companies too the distributor often becomes the producers main competitor and its earnings surpass the head companysBut El Padrino was clever and understood that it was essential to maintain a low profile Especially with the whole world watching Escobar El Magico and Colombia So he tried to be prudent To lead a normal life to be a leader rather than an emperor And he paid attention to the details knew that every move had to be oiled that every checkpoint every officer in the area every mayor of every village they went through had to be paid off El Padrino knew he had to pay To make sure your good fortune was understood to be everyones good fortune Andmost importantto pay before anyone had time to talk betray blab or offerBefore he could sell himself to a rival clan or to the police The police were key Hed been an officer himself once Which is why they found someone who could guarantee their shipments would move smoothly Kiki Kiki was a cop who could guarantee impunity from the state of Guerrero to the state of Baja California From then on entry into the United States was smooth Caro uintero practically worshipped Kiki and often invited him to his home Hed tell him how a boss should live what his lifestyle should be how he should appear to his men rich well off but not too ostentatious You have to make them believe that if you thrive theyll thrive too That the people who work for you will thrive too They have to want your business to grow If instead you show them that you have it all theyll want to take something from you Its a fine line and success lies in never overstepping it never giving in to the allure of a life of luxuryKiki got drugs through everywhere with remarkable ease and El Padrinos clan paid willingly It seemed that Kiki could bribe everyone could get everything across the border smoothly It was because of this extraordinary trust which Kiki had earned over time that they began talking to him about something they never had mentioned to anyone El Bfalo After the umpteenth tractor trailer loaded with Colombian coke and Mexican grass made it over the American border Kiki was taken to Chihuahua Hed heard people mention El Bfalo a thousand times but hed never understood what it was exactly a code name a special operation a nickname El Bfalo was not the boss of bosses or some sacred venerable beast even though it was usually spoken of with reverence El Bfalo was one of the biggest marijuana plantations in the world Over acres of land and something like peasants working it Every protest movement in the world from New York to Athens from Rome to Los Angeles was characterized by marijuana use Parties without joints Political demonstrations without joints Impossible Weed the symbol of a light buzz of togetherness and feeling good of sweet relaxation and friendship For a long time almost all the marijuana that Americans smoked the grass consumed in universities in Paris and Rome the weed toked at Swedish demonstrations and on German picket lines was grown in El Bfalo thats where it came from before mafias delivered it around the world They needed Kiki to gettrucks throughtrains full of El Bfalo gold And Kiki agreedOn the morning of November Mexican soldiers invaded El Bfalo Helicopters rained down soldiers who ripped up marijuana plants and seized what had already been harvested entire bales ready for drying and chopping Between what was seuestered and what was burned billion worth of weed went up in smoke El Bfalo and all its plantings were under the control of Rafael Caro uinteros clan and it operated with the full protection of the police and army The ranch was vast and was the main economic resource of the area Everybody profited from El Bfalo Caro uintero couldnt believe that with all the money hed invested to oil the machine to bribe the police and the army a military operation of this scale could have escaped his notice Even the military planes in the area would notify him before taking off ask his authorization No one could understand what happened The Mexicans must have been pressured by the Americans The DEA the US Drug Enforcement Administration must have stuck its nose in El Bfalo businessCaro uintero and El Padrino were alarmed The two shared a deep trust they cofounded the organization that held the monopoly on drug trafficking in Mexico They asked everyone who worked for them at every level to investigate everyone in their pay Because they should have known about the raid in advance Normally they were warned if the authorities were going to strike and they themselves would make sure some drugs were found A good amount if the police officer responsible had news cameras with him or needed to climb the ranks A little less if he wasnt one of their men Kiki talked with everyone with Don Neto with El Padrinos political cronies He wanted to sound them out figure out what the cartel aristocracys next move would beOne day he was on his way to see his wife Mika they didnt meet for lunch very often only when Kiki was serene and not too swamped with work They would meet somewhere far from his office in one of the nicer neighborhoods of GuadalajaraKiki put his badge and pistol in a drawer left his room and stepped outside He went over to his pickup and five men three near the engine and two near the bed pointed pistols at him Kiki raised his hands tried to recognize the faces of the men threatening him He was loaded into a beige Volkswagen Atlantic His wife was waiting for him and when he didnt show she called his office Kiki was taken to Lope de Vega Street He knew the house well two stories with a veranda and a tennis court It belonged to one of El Padrinos men Hed been found out Because Kiki wasnt the umpteenth Mexican police officer in the pay of the drug lords he wasnt an extremely talented but corrupt cop who had become El Padrinos alchemist Kiki was with the DEAHis real name was Enriue Camarena Salazar An American of Mexican origins hed joined the DEA in He started working in California and then was sent to the Guadalajara branch For four years Kiki Camarena mapped the countrys major cocaine and marijuana trafficking networks He got to thinking about infiltrating because police operations were merely arresting campesinos dealers drivers killers little guys when the real problem was elsewhere He wanted to get beyond the mechanism of big arrests spectacular in terms of numbers but insignificant in terms of importance Between and when a joint task force of the DEA and Mexico set out to eradicate opium production from the mountains of Sinaloa there were four thousand arrests all growers and transporters But if you didnt arrest the bosses if you didnt arrest the people pulling the strings of the whole operation the organization was destined to live forever to regenerate continuously Kiki was trying to penetrate deeper and deeper into the Golden Trianglethe states of Sinaloa Durango and Chihuahuaa vast marijuana and opium production area Kikis mother was against the idea She wasnt happy about his work didnt want her son taking on the worlds drug kingpins all by himself But Kiki simply said Even though Im just one person I can make a difference That was his philosophy And it was true But they betrayed him Very few people knew about the operation and one of those very few had talked His kidnappers took him into a room and began torturing him They had to do an exemplary job No one was ever to forget how Kiki Camarena was punished for his betrayal So they recorded it all on tape because they needed to prove to El Padrino that they had done everything possible to make Kiki spill what he knew They wanted every word he uttered as he was beaten and tortured to be recorded so they could catch every clue even the most insignificant shred of information At that point anything could turn out to be useful They wanted to know how much Kiki had already talked and who the other members of his team were They started with slaps in the face and punches to his Adams apple to take his breath away They blindfolded him tied his hands and then broke his nose and the bone above his eyes When he lost consciousness his torturers called a doctor They washed the blood off and splashed ice water on him until he came to Kiki wept from the pain But he didnt talk They asked how the DEA got its information who gave it to them They wanted names But there were no names They didnt believe him They tied electric wires to his testicles and started giving him shocks The tape records screams and thuds as his body was hurled in the air by the electric current Then Kikis hands and feet tied to a chair one of his torturers placed a screw on his head and began turning The screw entered his skull piercing flesh and bone the pain was excruciating Kiki merely repeated Leave my family alone Please dont hurt my family At every slap every extracted tooth every electric shock the pain was made worse by the thought that it would be multiplied on Mika Enriue Daniel and Erik his wife and three children Its the thing he repeats most often on the tape No matter what sort of relationship you have with your family when you know they might pay for something youve done the pain becomes unbearable as does the thought that someone else will suffer because of you for a choice you madeWhen pain takes hold of your body it generates reactions that are unexpected unthinkable You dont produce some huge lie in the hope that it will end because you fear youll be found out and the pain will come back evenagonizing this time if such a thing is even possible Pain makes you say exactly what your torturers want to know But the most unbearable thing that happens when the pain becomes intolerable is the complete loss of psychological orientation Youre on the floor in a pool of your own blood and piss and drool your bones broken and despite all thisyou dont have any choiceyou continue to place your trust in them To trust their logic their nonexistent pity The pain makes you lose all judgment makes you blurt out your deepest fears It makes you beg for mercy above all for your family How could you possibly think that someone capable of burning your testicles or screwing a piece of metal into your head would heed your prayers to spare your family But Kiki begged anyway unable to gauge the rest How could he imagine that his prayers were feeding their hunger for revenge their savagery They broke his ribs At a certain point on the tape you hear him ask Could you bandage t.

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PDFEPUBTself that struck me so much It was the whole chain that left me perplexed Id been contacted to write the story of a story of a story The sourcethe old ItalianI trusted instinctively A bit because when youre far from home whoever speaks your language I mean your very same languagesame codes same locutions same vocabulary same omissionsyou recognize immediately as one of your own as someone to pay attention to And also because his speech was delivered at the right time to exactly the people who needed to hear it If those words were true they signaled a most dreadful turning point The Italian bosses the last remaining Calvinists of the West were training new generations of Mexicans and Latin Americans the criminal bourgeoisie born of drug trafficking the most ferocious and hungry recruits in the worldI couldnt stay still My bed felt like a wooden plank my room like a cell I wanted to pick up the phone and call that police officer but it was two in the morning and I didnt want him to think I was crazy I went to my desk and started an e mail I would write about it but first I had to understandI wanted to listen to the actual recording That training lesson about how to be in the world wasnt only for mafia affiliates but for anyone who decides they want to rule on this Earth Words no one would utter with such clarity unless he were training people When you talk publicly about a soldier you say he wants peace and hates war but when youre alone with him you train him to shoot That speech was an effort to bring Italian organized crime traditions into South American organizations That kid wasnt boasting at allI got a text The young man the informer had wrapped himself around a tree while driving It wasnt revenge Just a fancy Italian car he didnt know how to drive and he slammed it into a tree End of storyG BANGDon Arturo is an elderly gentleman who remembers it all And hell talk about it to anyone whos willing to listen His grandchildren are too big hes already a great grandfather and he prefers to tell the little ones other stories Arturo tells of how one day a general arrived dismounted his horse which seemed incredibly tall but was merely a healthy animal in a land of skinny arthritic beasts and ordered that all the gomerosthe peasants who raised opium poppiesbe rounded up Burn all the fields It was an order Thats the way the government works Do it or end up in jail For ten years Jail the gomeros all thought the sooner the better Growing grain again was worse than going to jail But during those ten years their children wouldnt be able to grow poppies and the land would be seized or in the best of circumstances devastated by drought The gomeros merely lowered their eyes Their lands and their poppies would all be burned Soldiers arrived and dumped diesel fuel on the soil the flowers the mule tracks the paths leading from one estate to another Arturo told how fields once red with poppies were now stained black with buckets of dark dense diesel fuel how a foul smell saturated the air Back then the work was all done by hand those big poison pumps didnt exist yet Bucketfuls of stench But thats not the reason old Arturo remembers it all He remembers because it was there that he learned how to recognize courage and that cowardice tastes of human flesh The fields caught fire but slowly Not a sudden burst of flame but row by row fire contaminating fire Thousands of flowers stems and roots catching fire The peasants all watched and so did the police and the mayor the women and the children A painful spectacle Then all of a sudden they saw screaming balls of fire come shooting out of the nearby bushes Living flames it seemed leaping and gasping for breath But the fire hadnt suddenly come to lifethese were animals Asleep among the poppies they hadnt heard the noise or smelled the diesel fuel which theyd never smelled before Flaming rabbits stray dogs even a small mule All on fire There was nothing to be done No amount of water can put out diesel flames on flesh and besides the land all around was on fire The howling beasts were consumed right before the peoples eyes And that wasnt the only tragedy The gomeros who had gotten drunk while dumping the fuel they too caught fire They drank cerveza as they worked and then fell asleep in the brush The fire took them too They howled a lot less than the animals staggering around as if the alcohol in their veins were feeding the fire from within No one went to help them no one ran over with a blanket The flames were too fierceThats when Don Arturo saw a dog all skin and bones run toward the fire The dog dove into that inferno and came out with two three finally six puppies rolling each one on the ground to put out the flames Singed spitting smoke and ashes covered in sores but alive They stumbled after their mother who walked past the people gazing at the fire She seemed to look right at each one of them her eyes piercing the gomeros the soldiers and all the other miserable human beings who were just standing there An animal senses cowardice And respects fear Fear is thevital instinct and deservesrespect Cowardice is a choice fear is a state of mind That dog was afraid but she dove into those flames to save her young Not one man had saved another man Theyd let them all burn to death Thats how the old man told it There is no right age for understanding To him it came early when he was only eight And he remembered this truth till he was ninety Beasts have courage and know what it means to defend life Men boast about courage but all they know how to do is obey crawl get byFor twenty years there were only ashes where poppies had once grown Then one day Arturo recalled a general came Another one On estates in every corner of the Earth theres always someone who appears in the name of a powerful figure someone with a uniform boots and a horseor an SUV depending on when were talking about He ordered the peasants to become gomeros again Arturo remembered Enough with grain time for poppies again Drugs again The United States was preparing for war and before the guns before the bullets tanks planes and aircraft carriers before the uniforms and boots before everything else the United States needed morphine You dont go to war without morphine If any of you have been in pain excruciating pain you know what morphine is peace from suffering You dont go to war without morphine because war is suffering broken bones and lacerated flesh There are treatises and demonstrations candles and pickets for peoples outrage But for burning flesh theres only one thing morphine Maybe you live in the part of the world that is still fairly tranuil You know the cries of hospital wards of women in labor of the sick of children who scream and joints that dislocate But youve probably never heard the screams of a man hit by a bullet his bones shattered by a submachine gun or shrapnel his arm or half his face ripped off Those are real cries the only ones memory cannot forget Our memory of sounds is fleeting memories are linked to actions contexts But the cries of war never go away Veterans and reporters doctors and career soldiers all wake up to those cries If youve heard the screams of a dying man or one lying wounded in the middle of a battlefield theres no point spending money on psychoanalysts or seeking comfort Youll never forget those screams Only chemistry can stop them soothe them only chemistry can lessen the pain At the sound of those cries the other soldiers all turn to stone Nothing is less militaristic than the screams of someone wounded in battle Only morphine can silence those cries and let the others go on thinking theyll get off scot free come out unscathed be victorious And so the United States which needed morphine for war asked Mexico to increase its opium production and even helped build a railroad to facilitate transportation How much opium was needed Lots As much as possible Arturo had grown up by then He was almost thirty already had four kids He wasnt about to set fire to his fields as his father had done He knew what would happenfirst theyd ask then theyd order him to do it So when the general left Arturo took the back roads and caught up with him He intercepted the generals caravan and negotiated He would sell a portion of his opium on the black market The bulk would go to the government which would sell it to the United States military the rest hed smuggle out for those Yankees who wanted to enjoy a little opium or morphine The general accepted the proposal in exchange for a hefty cut And on one condition You get your opium across the border yourselfOld Arturo is like a sphinx None of his children are narcos None of his grandchildren are narcos None of their wives are narcos But the narcos respect him because he was the first opium smuggler in the entire area Arturo went from gomero to broker He didnt simply grow poppies he mediated between producers and traffickers He kept it up until the s and that was only the beginning because back then most of the heroin that made its way to America was handled by Mexicans Arturo had become a powerful well to do man But something ended his activity as opium broker That something was Kiki After the Kiki ordeal Arturo decided to go back to growing grain He abandoned opium and the men who dealt in heroin and morphine Its an old story the one about Kiki From many years ago But its a story that Arturo never forgot So when his children said they wanted to traffic in coke just as he had in opium Arturo realized the time had come to tell them the story of Kiki If you dont know it its well worth hearing Arturo took his children outside the city and showed them a hole now full of flowers most of them dried A deep hole And he told them the story Id read it but hadnt understood how decisive it was until I got to know the strip of land called Sinaloa a paradise where people endure punishments worthy of the worst infernoThe story of Kiki is linked to that of Miguel ngel Flix Gallardo whom everyone knows as El Padrino the Godfather Flix Gallardo worked for the Federal Judicial Police of Mexico and then worked as a bodyguard for the family of Governor Leopoldo Snchez Celis from which perch he began amassing his understanding and his power As a police officer he tracked smugglers studied their methods uncovered their routes arrested them He knew everything He hunted them down Eventually he would go to their bosses and propose that they organize but under one conditionthat they choose him as their boss Whoever accepted became part of the organization whoever preferred to remain independent was free to do so And later killed Arturo agreed to join The era of transporting marijuana and opium on a large scale had begun for Flix Gallardo He got to know personally every inch of every access route into the United States where you could climb over where trucks or horses could slip through There werent any cartels in Mexico back then Flix Gallardo created them Cartels Everyone calls them that now even kids who dont really know what the word means Most of the time its exactly the right word Groups that manage coke coke capital coke prices coke distribution Thats what cartels are After all cartel is the economic term for a group of producers who agree on prices production levels and how when and where to distribute This holds for the legal as well as the illegal economy The prices in Mexico were decided by only a few drug cartels El Padrino was considered the Mexican czar of cocaine Under him were Rafael Caro uintero and Ernesto Fonseca Carrillo known as Don Neto In Colombia the rival Cali and Medelln cartels were in the midst of a full blown war to control cocaine trafficking and routes Massacres But Pablo Escobar lord of Medelln also had problems outside Colombia The US police whom he couldnt manage to bribe were seuestering too many of his shipments off the coast of Florida and in the Caribbean and he was losing tons of coke Airport bribes were getting so high that he was losing lots of money So Escobar decided to ask Flix Gallardo for help Escobar El Magico and Flix Gallardo El Padrino understood each other right away And they reached an agreement The Mexicans would get the coke into the United States Flix Gallardo knew the US Mexico border and for him all corridors were open He knew the routes marijuana tookthe same ones that opium tookand now cocaine would take them as well El Padrino trusted Escobar he knew he wouldnt become a rival because the Colombian boss wasnt strong enough to set up his own man in Mexico Flix Gallardo didnt guarantee Escobar exclusivity Hed give Medelln priority but if Cali or other smaller cartels asked him to handle their shipments of course hed take them on as well To profit from everyone without becoming anyones enemy is a difficult praxis in life but at that moment at least when lots of cartels needed to cross the border it was possible to sueeze money out of all of them More andmoneyThe Colombians usually paid cash for each shipment Medelln would payfirst in pesos then in dollarsand the Mexicans would get their load into the United States But after a while El Padrino realized that currency could depreciate and that cocaine wasprofitable It would be a real coup to distribute it directly in the North American market So when the Colombian cartel started commissioningshipments El Padrino demanded to be paid in goods Escobar accepted it even seemed like a better deal And in any case he couldnt not accept If a shipment was easy to transport if it could be hidden in trucks or trains percent of the coke went to the Mexicans If it was tricky and had to pass through underground tunnels the Mexicans got percent Those impassible routes that border those nearly two thousand miles of Mexico sutured to the United States became El Padrinos greatest resource The Mexicans went from being transporters to actual distributors Now it was they who would place the coke with the American organizations with the bosses area managers and pushers It wasnt just the Colombians any Now the Mexicans could aspire to have a seat at the business table too That andMuchThats how it works in big companies too the distributor often becomes the producers main competitor and its earnings surpass the head companysBut El Padrino was clever and understood that it was essential to maintain a low profile Especially with the whole world watching Escobar El Magico and Colombia So he tried to be prudent To lead a normal life to be a leader rather than an emperor And he paid attention to the details knew that every move had to be oiled that every checkpoint every officer in the area every mayor of every village they went through had to be paid off El Padrino knew he had to pay To make sure your good fortune was understood to be everyones good fortune Andmost importantto pay before anyone had time to talk betray blab or offerBefore he could sell himself to a rival clan or to the police The police were key Hed been an officer himself once Which is why they found someone who could guarantee their shipments would move smoothly Kiki Kiki was a cop who could guarantee impunity from the state of Guerrero to the state of Baja California From then on entry into the United States was smooth Caro uintero practically worshipped Kiki and often invited him to his home Hed tell him how a boss should live what his lifestyle should be how he should appear to his men rich well off but not too ostentatious You have to make them believe that if you thrive theyll thrive too That the people who work for you will thrive too They have to want your business to grow If instead you show them that you have it all theyll want to take something from you Its a fine line and success lies in never overstepping it never giving in to the allure of a life of luxuryKiki got drugs through everywhere with remarkable ease and El Padrinos clan paid willingly It seemed that Kiki could bribe everyone could get everything across the border smoothly It was because of this extraordinary trust which Kiki had earned over time that they began talking to him about something they never had mentioned to anyone El Bfalo After the umpteenth tractor trailer loaded with Colombian coke and Mexican grass made it over the American border Kiki was taken to Chihuahua Hed heard people mention El Bfalo a thousand times but hed never understood what it was exactly a code name a special operation a nickname El Bfalo was not the boss of bosses or some sacred venerable beast even though it was usually spoken of with reverence El Bfalo was one of the biggest marijuana plantations in the world Over acres of land and something like peasants working it Every protest movement in the world from New York to Athens from Rome to Los Angeles was characterized by marijuana use Parties without joints Political demonstrations without joints Impossible Weed the symbol of a light buzz of togetherness and feeling good of sweet relaxation and friendship For a long time almost all the marijuana that Americans smoked the grass consumed in universities in Paris and Rome the weed toked at Swedish demonstrations and on German picket lines was grown in El Bfalo thats where it came from before mafias delivered it around the world They needed Kiki to gettrucks throughtrains full of El Bfalo gold And Kiki agreedOn the morning of November Mexican soldiers invaded El Bfalo Helicopters rained down soldiers who ripped up marijuana plants and seized what had already been harvested entire bales ready for drying and chopping Between what was seuestered and what was burned billion worth of weed went up in smoke El Bfalo and all its plantings were under the control of Rafael Caro uinteros clan and it operated with the full protection of the police and army The ranch was vast and was the main economic resource of the area Everybody profited from El Bfalo Caro uintero couldnt believe that with all the money hed invested to oil the machine to bribe the police and the army a military operation of this scale could have escaped his notice Even the military planes in the area would notify him before taking off ask his authorization No one could understand what happened The Mexicans must have been pressured by the Americans The DEA the US Drug Enforcement Administration must have stuck its nose in El Bfalo businessCaro uintero and El Padrino were alarmed The two shared a deep trust they cofounded the organization that held the monopoly on drug trafficking in Mexico They asked everyone who worked for them at every level to investigate everyone in their pay Because they should have known about the raid in advance Normally they were warned if the authorities were going to strike and they themselves would make sure some drugs were found A good amount if the police officer responsible had news cameras with him or needed to climb the ranks A little less if he wasnt one of their men Kiki talked with everyone with Don Neto with El Padrinos political cronies He wanted to sound them out figure out what the cartel aristocracys next move would beOne day he was on his way to see his wife Mika they didnt meet for lunch very often only when Kiki was serene and not too swamped with work They would meet somewhere far from his office in one of the nicer neighborhoods of GuadalajaraKiki put his badge and pistol in a drawer left his room and stepped outside He went over to his pickup and five men three near the engine and two near the bed pointed pistols at him Kiki raised his hands tried to recognize the faces of the men threatening him He was loaded into a beige Volkswagen Atlantic His wife was waiting for him and when he didnt show she called his office Kiki was taken to Lope de Vega Street He knew the house well two stories with a veranda and a tennis court It belonged to one of El Padrinos men Hed been found out Because Kiki wasnt the umpteenth Mexican police officer in the pay of the drug lords he wasnt an extremely talented but corrupt cop who had become El Padrinos alchemist Kiki was with the DEAHis real name was Enriue Camarena Salazar An American of Mexican origins hed joined the DEA in He started working in California and then was sent to the Guadalajara branch For four years Kiki Camarena mapped the countrys major cocaine and marijuana trafficking networks He got to thinking about infiltrating because police operations were merely arresting campesinos dealers drivers killers little guys when the real problem was elsewhere He wanted to get beyond the mechanism of big arrests spectacular in terms of numbers but insignificant in terms of importance Between and when a joint task force of the DEA and Mexico set out to eradicate opium production from the mountains of Sinaloa there were four thousand arrests all growers and transporters But if you didnt arrest the bosses if you didnt arrest the people pulling the strings of the whole operation the organization was destined to live forever to regenerate continuously Kiki was trying to penetrate deeper and deeper into the Golden Trianglethe states of Sinaloa Durango and Chihuahuaa vast marijuana and opium production area Kikis mother was against the idea She wasnt happy about his work didnt want her son taking on the worlds drug kingpins all by himself But Kiki simply said Even though Im just one person I can make a difference That was his philosophy And it was true But they betrayed him Very few people knew about the operation and one of those very few had talked His kidnappers took him into a room and began torturing him They had to do an exemplary job No one was ever to forget how Kiki Camarena was punished for his betrayal So they recorded it all on tape because they needed to prove to El Padrino that they had done everything possible to make Kiki spill what he knew They wanted every word he uttered as he was beaten and tortured to be recorded so they could catch every clue even the most insignificant shred of information At that point anything could turn out to be useful They wanted to know how much Kiki had already talked and who the other members of his team were They started with slaps in the face and punches to his Adams apple to take his breath away They blindfolded him tied his hands and then broke his nose and the bone above his eyes When he lost consciousness his torturers called a doctor They washed the blood off and splashed ice water on him until he came to Kiki wept from the pain But he didnt talk They asked how the DEA got its information who gave it to them They wanted names But there were no names They didnt believe him They tied electric wires to his testicles and started giving him shocks The tape records screams and thuds as his body was hurled in the air by the electric current Then Kikis hands and feet tied to a chair one of his torturers placed a screw on his head and began turning The screw entered his skull piercing flesh and bone the pain was excruciating Kiki merely repeated Leave my family alone Please dont hurt my family At every slap every extracted tooth every electric shock the pain was made worse by the thought that it would be multiplied on Mika Enriue Daniel and Erik his wife and three children Its the thing he repeats most often on the tape No matter what sort of relationship you have with your family when you know they might pay for something youve done the pain becomes unbearable as does the thought that someone else will suffer because of you for a choice you madeWhen pain takes hold of your body it generates reactions that are unexpected unthinkable You dont produce some huge lie in the hope that it will end because you fear youll be found out and the pain will come back evenagonizing this time if such a thing is even possible Pain makes you say exactly what your torturers want to know But the most unbearable thing that happens when the pain becomes intolerable is the complete loss of psychological orientation Youre on the floor in a pool of your own blood and piss and drool your bones broken and despite all thisyou dont have any choiceyou continue to place your trust in them To trust their logic their nonexistent pity The pain makes you lose all judgment makes you blurt out your deepest fears It makes you beg for mercy above all for your family How could you possibly think that someone capable of burning your testicles or screwing a piece of metal into your head would heed your prayers to spare your family But Kiki begged anyway unable to gauge the rest How could he imagine that his prayers were feeding their hunger for revenge their savagery They broke his ribs At a certain point on the tape you hear him ask Could you bandage t.

[Reading] ➶ ZeroZeroZero: Look at Cocaine and All You See Is Powder. Look Through Cocaine and You See the World. By Roberto Saviano – Blackswantea.co.uk The guy sitting next to you on the train uses cocaine he took it to get himself going this morning or the driver of the bus youre taking home he wants to put in some overtime without feeling the cramp[Reading] ZeroZeroZero: Look at Cocaine and All You See Is Powder. Look Through Cocaine and You See the World. By Roberto Saviano Blackswantea.co.uk The guy sitting next to you on the train uses cocaine he took it to get himself going this morning or the driver of the bus youre taking home he wants to put in some overtime without feeling the cramp The at Cocaine and All PDF/EPUB ² guy sitting next at Cocaine PDF to you on the train uses cocaine he took it to get himself going this morning or the driver of the bus youre taking home he wants to put in some overtime without feeling the cramps in his neck The people closest to you use coke If ZeroZeroZero: Look PDF \ its not your mother or father if its not your brother then its your son And if your son doesnt use it your Look at Cocaine and All Kindle boss does Or your bosss secretary but only on Saturdays just for fun And if your boss doesnt his wife does to let herself go And if not his Look at Cocaine PDF/EPUB wife then his loverhe gives her cocaine instead of earrings in place of diamonds And if they dont the truck driver delivering tons of coffee to cafs around town does he wouldnt be able to hack those long hours on the road without it And if he doesnt the nurse whos changing Look at Cocaine and All Kindle your grandfathers catheter does Coke makes everything seem so much easier even the night shift And if she doesnt the painter redoing your girlfriends room does he was just curious at first but wound up deep in debt The people who use cocaine are right here right next to you The police officer whos about to pull you over has been snorting for years and everyone knows it and they write anonymous letters to his chief hoping hell be suspended before he screws up big time Or the surgeon whos just waking up and will soon operate on your aunt Cocaine helps him cut open six people a day Or your divorce lawyer Or the judge presiding over your lawsuit he doesnt consider it a vice though just a little boost a way to getout of life The cashier who hands you the lottery ticket you hope is going to change your life The carpenter whos installing the cabinets that cost you a months salary Or the workman who came to put together the IKEA closet you couldnt figure out how to assemble on your own If not him then the manager of your condo building who is just about to buzz you Or your electrician the one whos in your bedroom right now moving the outlets The singer you are listening to to unwind the parish priest youre going to talk to about finally getting confirmed because your grandsons getting baptized and hes amazed youve put it off for so long The waiters who will work the wedding youre going to next Saturday they wouldnt be able to last on their feet all that time if they didnt If not them then the town councillor who just approved the new pedestrian zones and who gets his coke free in exchange for favors The parking lot attendant whos happy now only when hes high The architect who renovated your vacation home the mailman who just delivered your new ATM card If not them then the woman at the call center who asks How may I help you in that shrill happy voice the same for every caller thanks to the white powder If not her your professors research assistantcoke makes him nervous Or the physiotherapist whos trying to get your knee working right Coke makes himsociable The forward who just scored spoiling the bet you were winning right up until the final minutes of the game The prostitute you go to on your way home when you just cant take it any and need to vent She does it so she wont have to see whoever is on top or under or behind her any The gigolo you treated yourself to for your fiftieth birthday You did it together Coke makes him feel really macho The sparring partner you train with in the ring to lose weight And if he doesnt your daughters riding instructor does and so does your wifes psychologist Your husbands best friend uses it the one whos been hitting on you for years but whom youve never liked And if he doesnt then your school principal does Along with the janitor And the real estate agent whos late just when you finally managed to find time to see the apartment The security guard uses it the one who still combs his hair over his bald spot even though guys all shave their heads these days And if he doesnt the notary you hope you never have to go back to he does it to avoid thinking about the alimony he has to pay his ex wives And if he doesnt the taxi driver does he curses the traffic but then goes all happy again If not him the engineer you have to invite over for dinner because he might help you get a leg up in your career The policeman whos giving you a ticket sweating profusely even though its winter The sueegee man with hollow eyes who borrows money to buy it or that kid stuffing flyers under windshield wipers five at a time The politician who promised you a commercial license the one you and your family voted into office and who is always nervous The professor who failed you on your exam Or the oncologist youre going to see everybody says hes the best so youre hoping he can save you He feels omnipotent when he sniffs cocaine Or the gynecologist who nearly forgets to throw away his cigarette before going in to examine your wife who has just gone into labor Your brother in law whos never in a good mood or your daughters boyfriend who always is If not them then the fishmonger who proudly displays a swordfish or the gas station attendant who spills gas on your car He sniffs to feel young again but cant even put the pump away correctly any Or the family doctor youve known for years and who lets you cut the line because you always know just the right thing to give him at Christmas The doorman of your building uses it and if he doesnt then your kids tutor does your nephews piano teacher the costume designer for the play youre going to see tonight the vet who takes care of your cat The mayor who invited you over for dinner recently The contractor who built your house the author whose book youve been reading before falling asleep the anchorwoman on the evening news But if after you think about it youre still convinced none of these people could possibly snort cocaine youre either blind or youre lying Or the one who uses it is youE LESSONThey were all sitting around a table right here in New York not far from hereWhere I asked instinctivelyHe gave me a look that said he couldnt believe I was stupid enough to ask a uestion like that What I was about to hear was an exchange of favors The police had arrested a young man in Europe a few years back A Mexican with an American passport He was sent to New York where they let him stew in the swamp of the underworld instead of in jail Every now and then hed spill some news to keep from being arrested Not an informer exactly but pretty close something that didnt make him feel like a rat but not one of those silent as stone types either The police would ask him generic uestions nothing specific enough to expose him in front of his gang They needed him to say which way the wind was blowing what the mood was rumors of meetings or wars No proof or evidence just rumors Theyd collect the evidence later on But now that wasnt enough The young man had recorded a speech on his iPhone at a meeting hed gone to A speech that made the police uneasy Some of them whom Id known for years wanted me to write about it somewhere to make noise to see what sorts of reactions it got in order to find out if the story I was about to hear really went the way the young man said it had or if it had been staged a little theater piece They wanted me to shake things up in the world where those words had been uttered where theyd been heardThe police officer waited for me in Battery Park on a little jetty No hat or dark glasses no ridiculous disguise He showed up in a brightly colored T shirt and flip flops with a smile that said he couldnt wait to spill his secret His Italian was full of dialect but I could understand him He wasnt looking for complicity of any sort he had orders to tell me about the speech and didnt waste time I remember the story perfectly it has stayed inside me The things we remember arent stored merely in our heads Im convinced that other parts of our bodies remember too The liver testicles fingernails ribs When you hear such words they get lodged there Each body part sends what it remembers to the brain More andI realize that I remember with my stomach which stores up the beautiful as well as the horrendous I know that certain memories are there because my stomach moves My diaphragm that membrane rooted at the very core of my body creates waves The diaphragm makes us pant and shudder but it also makes us piss defecate and vomit Thats where the pushing during childbirth starts Where everything starts And Im sure there are places that collect much worse that store up the waste I dont know exactly where that place is inside of me but I know its full My place of memories of waste is saturated That might seem like a good thing but it isnt Because if the waste doesnt have anywhere to go it starts worming its way into places it shouldnt It thrusts itself into places that collect different sorts of memories That policemans story filled up forever the part of me that remembers the worst things Those things that resurface just when you start thinking everythings going better when you start imagining youll finally be able to go home when you tell yourself it really was worth it after all Its in moments like that when the dark memories resurface from somewhere like an exhalation like trash in a dump buried and covered over by plastic that somehow finds its way to the surface and poisons everythingThe police officer told me that the young man his informer had heard the only lesson worth learningthats what he called itand had recorded it on the sly Not to betray anyone but to be able to listen to it again A lesson on how to be in the world And he let the officer hear the whole thing they listened together sharing the young mans earbudsNow you have to write about it Lets see if somebody gets pissed off which would mean that the young mans telling the truth If you write about it and nobody does anything then either its just a load of crap from some B grade actor and our Chicano friend is making fools of us or nobody believes the bullshit you write He laughedI nodded without promising anything I was just trying to understand the situation Supposedly it was an old Italian boss talking to a group of Latinos Italians Italian Americans Albanians and former Kaibiles the notorious Guatemalan elite soldiers At least thats what the young man said No facts statistics or details Not something you learn against your will you just enter the room one way and you come out changed Youre still wearing the same clothes have the same haircut your beard is still the same length No signs of being initiated no cuts over your eyebrows no broken nose and you havent been brainwashed with sermons either You go in and when you come out at first glance you look exactly the same as when you were pushed through the door But only on the outside Inside youre completely different They didnt reveal the ultimate truth to you they merely put a few things in their proper place Things you hadnt known how to use before that youd never had the courage to take inThe police officer read me the transcription hed made Theyd met in a room not far from where we were seated in no particular order randomly not in a horseshoe like they do at ritual initiations Seated like they do in a club in some small town in southern Italy or on Arthur Avenue in New York City to watch the soccer game on TV But there was no soccer game on TV in that room and this was no gathering of friends They were all members of criminal organizations of all different ranks The old Italian gets up They knew he was a man of honor that hed come to the United States after living in Canada for a long time He begins talking without even introducing himself he doesnt need to He speaks a bastard Italian some dialect thrown in mixed with English and Spanish I wanted to know his name so I asked the police officer trying to sound casual as if it were a passing curiosity He didnt bother answering me There were only the bosss wordsThem folks who think they can get by with justice with laws that are eual for everybody with hard work dignity clean streets with women same as men its only a world of fags who think its okay to make fools of themselves And everyone around them All that crap about a better world leave it to them idiots To the rich idiots who can afford such luxuries The luxury of believing in a happy world a just world Rich people with guilty consciences or with something to hide Whoever rules just does it and thats that Sure he can say he rules for the good for justice and liberty and all But thats just sissy stuff leave all that to the rich fools Who rules rules PeriodI tried asking how he was dressed how old he was Cop uestions things a reporter or a nosy obsessive would ask believing that the typology of a boss whod give this sort of speech can be had in the details The police officer ignored me and kept on talking I listened sifting his words like sand in hopes of finding the nugget the name I listened to his words but was searching for something else I was searching for cluesHe wanted to explain the rules to them capish the police officer said He wanted them to really get into it Im sure hes not lying This isnt some lazy Mexican wank Im telling you I swear on my life even if no one believes meThe police officer buried his nose in his notebook and started reading againThe rules of the organization are the rules of life Government laws are the rules of one side that wants to fuck the other side And we aint gonna let ourselves get fucked by nobody Theres people who make money without taking any risks and theyre always gonna be afraid of those who make money by risking everything If you risk it all you have it all capish But if you think you gotta save yourself or that you can do it without jail time without fleeing without going into hiding then let me make it clear right from the start you are not a man And if youre not a man you can leave this room right now and dont even hope to ever become one cause you will never ever be a man of honorThe police officer looked at me His eyes were two narrow slits as if he were trying to see words he remembered all too well He had read and listened to that testimony dozens of times Crees en el amorLove ends Crees en tu coraznYour heart stops No No love and no heart So do you believe in coo in pussy Well even pussies dry up after a while You believe in your wife Soon as your money runs out shell tell you youre neglecting her You believe in your children As soon as you stop giving them money theyll say you dont love them You believe in your mama If you dont nurse her shell say youre an ungrateful child Listen to what Im tellin you You need to live vivir You got to live for yourselves Its for yourselves that you need to know how to be respected and how to show respect La famiglia Respect the people who are useful to you and despise the ones who arent The people who can give you something get your respect and the ones who are useless lose it Somebody who wants something from you doesnt he respect you Somebody whos afraid of you So what happens when you got nothing to give When you got nothing left When youre no longer useful Then youre basura rubbish If you have nothing to give then youre nothing nada nullaSo the police officer said I understood right then and there that the boss this Italiano was somebody who counts who knows what lifes about Really knows That Mexican kid couldnt have come up with that speech on his own The spic dropped out of school at sixteen they fished him out of a gambling den in Barcelona And the way this guy talks his Calabrian dialect how could some actor or braggart ever invent that If it werent for my wifes grandmother I never would have understood a word of itId heard dozens of speeches on Mafia moral philosophyin penitents confessions and wiretappings But this was different it was like training for the soulIm talkin to you I even like some of you Some of you Id like to smash your face But even if I like you the best if you gotpussy ormoney than me I want you dead If one of you becomes my brother and I make him my eual in the organization then one thing is clear Hes gonna try to fuck me over Dont think a friend will be forever a friend Ill be killed by somebody I shared my food with my sleep everything Ill be killed by somebody I ate with somebody who gave me shelter I dont know who itll be or Id already have eliminated him But itll happen And if he doesnt kill me hell betray me Rules are rules And rules are not laws Laws are for cowards Rules are for men Thats why we have rules of honor Rules of honor dont tell you you have to be good just upright Rules of honor tell you how to rule What you have to do to handle people money power Rules of honor tell you how to behave if you want to rule if you want to fuck the guy above you if you dont want to be fucked by the guy below you Theres no sense explaining them Rules of honor exist period They evolved on their own on and through the blood of every man of honor How do you choose Was that uestion for me I searched for the right answerHow can you choose in a few seconds a few minutes hours what you should do If you choose wrong youll pay for it for years for that uick decision The rules are always there but you got to know how to recognize them you got to understand when they really count And then theres Gods laws Gods laws are contained in the rules Gods lawsthe real ones though not the ones they use to make poor fools tremble with fear But remember this You can have all the rules of honor you want but still only one things for certain Youre a man only if you know deep down what your destiny is Poor fools grovel because its easier Men of honor know that everything dies everything passes away nothing lasts forever Journalists start out wanting to change the world and end up wanting to be editor in chief Its easier to condition them than to corrupt them Each one matters only for himself and for the Honored Society And the Honored Society says you matter only if you rule You can choose how later You can rule with an iron fist or you can buy consensus By spilling blood or giving it The Honored Society knows that every man is weak depraved vain It knows that people dont change thats why rules are everything Bonds of friendship are nothing without rules Every problem has a solution from your wife who leaves you to your group that splits up The solution merely depends on how much you offer If things go poorly you merely offered too little Dont go looking for other explanationsIt seemed like a university seminar for aspiring bosses What was this You have to know who you want to be If you rob shoot rape deal drugs youll make money for a while but then theyll take you and crush you You can do it Sure you can do it But not for long cause you dont know what might happen to you people will fear you only if you stick a pistol in their mouth But as soon as you turn your back what happens As soon as a job goes wrong If you belong to the organization you know theres a rule for everything If you want to make money theres ways to do it if you want to kill there are motives and methods if you want to get ahead you can but you have to earn respect trust you have to make yourself indispensable Theres even rules for if you want to change the rules Whatever you do outside the rules you never know how it might end But whatever you do that follows the rules of honor you always know exactly what its going to get you And you know exactly how the people around you will react So if you want to be an ordinary man just keep doing what youre doing But if you want to become a man of honor you got to have rules And the difference between an ordinary man and a man of honor is that the man of honor always knows whats happening while the ordinary man gets screwed by chance bad luck or stupidity Things happen to him But the man of honor knows whats gonna happen and he knows when You know exactly what belongs to you and what doesnt you know exactly how far you can push yourself even if you want to push past every rule Everybody wants three things power pussy and money Even the judge when he condemns bad people even the politicians they want dinero and pussy and power but they want to get it by showing theyre indispensable defenders of the law or the poor or who knows what Everybody wants money even though they go around saying they want something else or doing things for other people The rules of the Honored Society are rules for controlling everybody The Honored Society knows you can have money pussy and power but it also knows that the man whos capable of giving up everything is the one who decides everybody elses fate Cocaine Thats what cocaine is All you can see you can have it Without cocaine youre nothing With cocaine you can be whoever you want If you sniff cocaine you screw yourself all on your own The organization gives you rules for moving up in the world It gives you rules for killing and for how youre gonna be killed You want to lead a normal life You want to be worth nothing Fine All you need to do is not see not hear But remember this In Mexico where you can do whatever you want get high fuck little girls drive as fast as you like the only ones who really rule are the ones who have rules If you do stupid stuff you got no honor and if you got no honor you got no power Youre just like everybody elseThe police officer pointed his finger at a particularly worn page of his notebook Look look at this he wanted to explain absolutely everything How to live not just how to be a mafioso How to liveYou work a lot You have some money algo dinero Maybe some beautiful women But then they leave you for somebodyhandsome withdinero than you You might have a decent lifepretty unlikelyor a shitty life like everybody else But when you end up in jail the ones on the outside who think theyre clean will insult you but you will have ruled Theyll hate you but youll have bought yourself everything good in life everything you wanted Youll have the organization behind you It might happen that you suffer some and maybe theyll even kill you The organization backs whoevers strongest obviously You can climb mountains with rules of flesh blood and money But if you become weak if you make a mistake youre fucked If you do good youll be rewarded If you make a bad alliance youre fucked if you make a mistake in war youre fucked if you dont know how to hold on to power youre fucked But these wars are permitted theyre allowed Theyre our wars You might win and you might lose But on only one condition will you always lose and in the most painful way possible if you betray the organization Whoever tries to go against the Honored Society has no hope of surviving You can run from the law but not from the organization You can even run from God cause God can wait forever for the fugitive But you cant escape the organization If you betray it and run if they screw you and you run if you dont respect the rules and you run somebodys gonna pay Theyll come looking for you Theyll go to your family to your allies Your name will be on the list forever And nothing can ever erase it Not time not money Youre fucked for all eternity you and your descendantsThe police officer closed his notebook The kid it was like he came out of a tranceAnd then the officer told me what the young man had asked him So am I betraying the organization now letting you listen to this Write about it the police officer said to me We got our eye on him Ill put three guys on his ass twenty four hours a day If someone tries to close in on him well know he wasnt bullshitting that it isnt some joke this is a real boss talkingThat story really stunned me Where I come from its what theyve always done But it was strange to hear those same words in New York Where I come from you dont join merely for the money you do it above all in order to belong to have a structure to move as if on a chessboard To know exactly which piece to move and whenIts risky I think I said to himDo it he insistedI dont think so I repliedI couldnt sleep I tossed and turned It wasnt the story i.

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