There are two points I wish to make wrt this article. Firstly, when a government decides to create a corps of 'super-soldiers', it must be done with rigorous civilian oversight or not at all. For every elite unit that is created, there has to be a civilian (preferably with a defense background) to oversee and possibly disband that unit in a moment's notice should the members of that unit go rogue and join the criminal ranks. Without that control, there is a chance of 'blowback'. What is blowback you ask? Well, this neatly segues into my second point. Blowback is NOT the unintended consequences of a military action/policy. Blowback is the unintended consequences of a COVERT military action/policy. You see, many of these (now delinquent) military elements have received both training from American military cadre and given American equipment to boot. Naturally, this is not the kind of thing that Donald Rumsfeld is going to discuss on CNN. In Latin America, these 'special ops' soldiers have gone awry, giving the drug cartels the muscle it requires for 'security' (racketeering, kidnappings, murder and other sordid activity). After all, running a lucrative drug trade is not for the meek nor for the faint of heart. Not a cool scene if you ask me.
The Man in Black.