TORCHSTONE IN THE NEWS

  • Vanity Fair

    Inside a Fathers Desperate Quest to Sue the Juarez Cartel

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    Featuring TorchStone VP, Scott Stewart

    Adrian LeBaron’s daughter was one of three women killed with their children in a horrific attack on a caravan of Mormon families in Mexico in 2019. Two years after the murders, and with the help of an American law firm, he’s seeking a novel approach at bringing those responsible to justice. However, Scott Stewart does not agree with Motley Rice, the law firm, on the ability to tie the cartel financially to the killers responsible.

     

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    La Línea cartel leader No. 1 target on border’s Most Wanted list

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    Featuring TorchStone VP, Scott Stewart

    EL PASO, Texas – The reputed leader of the La Línea drug cartel is target No. 1 on the recently released border’s Most Wanted list, the U.S. Border Patrol has confirmed. Jesus Venzor Salas-Aguayo is wanted by the FBI on charges of conspiracy, possession of 100 kilograms or more marijuana with intent to distribute and operating a continuous criminal enterprise. The Border Patrol says he is also wanted on homicide and weapons charges in the United States.

     

  • The State of Jihadist Terrorism and the Situation in Afghanistan

    Featuring TorchStone VP, Scott Stewart

    Scott Stewart, vice president of intelligence for TorchStone Global, joins SM Highlights host Chuck Harold to discuss the history and current status of two major jihadist terrorist groups—al Qaeda and the Islamic State—and what their shift toward grassroots terrorism means for security professionals. In addition, Stewart explains the current situation in Afghanistan, the Taliban’s aims, and what the latest upheaval in the Middle East may mean for global security and terrorism.

     

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    Alleged La Línea cartel member linked to mass grave near border

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    Featuring TorchStone VP, Scott Stewart

    EL PASO, Texas – At least 11 bodies have been pulled since late last week from clandestine graves near a Chihuahua state town three hours southwest of Juavrez, a newspaper reported. The graves were found in a farming community near Nuevo Casas Grandes after Mexican federal officials looking into the Nov. 4, 2019, mass murder of nine Americans captured and interrogated an alleged member of La Línea drug cartel, Diario de Juarez reported.

     

  • Asia Times: White supremacists beat jihadis to no-leader model

    By TorchStone VP, Scott Stewart

    The threat posed by US right-wing extremists, and specifically white supremacists, has been receiving a lot of publicity lately as a presidential election looms in the midst of crises over the coronavirus and police treatment of black suspects. The name of one right-wing extremist group was attached to emails sent to Democrats in Florida and other states threatening dire consequences if they failed to vote to re-elect President Donald Trump. A false alarm, it appears. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe on Wednesday said these were “spoofed” emails, sent by Iran to “incite social unrest.”

     

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    The Hunt: Could a hotly contested presidential election lead to domestic terrorism?

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    Featuring TorchStone VP, Scott Stewart

    This week’s edition of “The Hunt with WTOP National Security Correspondent J.J. Green,” Scott Stewart, Vice President of TorchStone Global said we should prepare for the possibility of left- and right-wing extremist violence if the election result don’t go their way.

     

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    The Hill: Countering Mexico’s criminal insurgency means offsetting largesse and threats

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    By TorchStone VP, Scott Stewart

    Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is wrapping up a three-day trip to the states of Guanajuato, Jalisco and Colima, some of the Mexican states most impacted by criminal violence. AMLO, as the president is called, undertook the trip to demonstrate his support for efforts to pacify those violence-wracked states. But with Mexico in the midst of a full-blown criminal insurgency, a presidential visit likely will do little to quell the violence. Mexico’s criminal insurgency can be solved only through a holistic counterinsurgency strategy.

     

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    The Hunt: Iran promises retaliation for cyber attacks, terrorism likely

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    Featuring TorchStone VP, Scott Stewart

    After a string of attacks on its weapons systems and nuclear facilities, Iran is warning that it will retaliate. On this week’s edition of The Hunt with WTOP national security correspondent J.J. Green, Torchstone Global Vice President Scott Stewart says terror attacks are very probable.

     

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    Leaked police docs reveal crypto’s role in dark web bioweapons trade

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    Featuring TorchStone VP, Scott Stewart

    A leaked INTERPOL manual covering the trade in chemical and biological weapons on the dark web includes advice for transacting in and seizing cryptocurrencies. The manual, titled ‘Investigating Biological and Chemical Terrorism on the Darknet,’ coaches law enforcement on best practices for infiltrating the dark web’s contrabandist subcultures. As well as advising investigators on how to transact in cryptocurrency, it also explains how to create an undercover identity, use the Tor browser and access dark web community forums such as Dread.

     

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    Analyst: Lopez Obrador trying to show drug cartels not in control of Mexico

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    Featuring TorchStone VP, Scott Stewart

    EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) — Facing heat over increasingly bold acts of narco-violence, the president of Mexico is set to begin a tour of states being disputed by the drug cartels.

    His first stop on Wednesday is Guanajuato state, where gunmen on July 1 murdered 27 recovering drug addicts in Irapuato. There, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador will talk with Gov. Diego Sinhue about crime and tour a gasoline refinery in Salamanca — where a criminal group last month abandoned an explosives-laden car after being spotted by the army.

     

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