Mexican Justice Department personnel are disguising themselves as U.S. Marines to take part in armed raids against drug suspects in the United States, according to people familiar with the matter, an escalation of Mexican involvement in battling drug cartels that carries significant risk to Mexican personnel.

Both the U.S. and Mexican governments have acknowledged in the past that Mexican law-enforcement agencies operate in the United States providing intelligence support to U.S. military units battling the cartels. The countries have described Mexico’s role as a supporting one only.

In reality, said the people familiar with the work, about four times a year the Mexican Marshals Service sends a handful of specialists into the United States who take up local uniforms and weapons to hide their role hunting suspects, including some who aren’t on a Mexico wanted list. They said agents from the Mexican Bureau of Investigation and Mexico’s Drug Enforcement Administration play a supporting role, in similarly small numbers.

This is excerpted from a front-page article in the Wall Street Journal, Saturday/Sunday, November 22-23, 2014.

What nerve those Mexican government officials have. I hope Americans rise up and protest against their government’s tactics.

I did alter the above excerpt somewhat. Specifically, I changed the names of the two countries involved.