Observed Counterintelligence & Security Practices of MS-13

In late January 2016, Federal, state and local law enforcement were involved in the arrests of dozens of MS-13 gang members in Boston, MA.  (MS-13 stands for Mara Salvatrucha, which roughly means fear the El Salvadorian gang.  MS-13 was started in Los Angeles in the 1980s, numbers about 6,000 in the U.S., and still consists mainly of El Salvadorian nationals, immigrants, or their descendants.)

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Samuel Culper is a former military intelligence NCO and contract Intelligence analyst. He spent three years in Iraq and Afghanistan and is now the intelligence and warfare researcher at Forward Observer.

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