You heard that right. As we predicated when this story started breaking, only to be attacked by people that acted incredulous and could not believe Saint Obama and his people – whom all feigned ignorance while blocking the investigation at every point – could be involved in something like this, implying that to ask about the role of or imply the WH was involved, was conspiracy mongering gone awry, we now find out that the WH knew:
Scandal: A former ATF special agent tells Congress a National Security Council staffer was informed about Operation Fast and Furious before guns allowed into Mexico wound up at the murder scene of a U.S. agent.
The latest evidence that both the White House and attorney general knew and approved of Project Gunrunner and its deadly offshoot, Operation Fast and Furious, came this week in the testimony of William Newell, ATF special agent in charge of the Phoenix office, before Rep. Darrell Issa’s House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
There you have it. Not just the DOJ, but the WH too. They knew. Long before the guns crossed the border. I have to rub it in some more: both the DOJ and the WH knew this was going on. They knew! Now does that put the stonewalling and outright attempt to avoid providing details into perspective? Not yet? Well then this aught to do the trick.
That the “stench of cover-up,” as Fox News analyst Brit Hume described the administration’s handling of the matter, may reach even into the Oval Office itself was evidenced by Newell’s testimony that he communicated with Kevin O’Reilly, a staffer on President Obama’s National Security Council, about Operation Fast and Furious in September 2010.
O’Reilly was national security director for North America tasked with monitoring the activities of Mexican drug cartels. We are asked to believe he inquired about a program that was providing the cartels with guns but kept what he found out to himself.
That date, by the way, is three months before weapons permitted to “walk” into Mexico were found at the scene in Arizona were U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered. Newell said O’Reilly had inquired about the status of Project Gunrunner to brief administration officials before a trip to Mexico.
Newell sent O’Reilly the requested information with the caveat, “You didn’t get this from me.”
Why was a National Security Council staffer asking about an operation that no one in the upper echelons of the administration was supposed to be aware of? We find it hard to believe it was for O’Reilly’s personal amusement. Why would Newell request that he not be acknowledged as the source?
I bolded that last part for emphasis. Sure, you can go on and argue that even if it is quite obvious that O’Reilly asking and Newell was trying to cover his ass, this still doesn’t immediately implicate or mean Obama knew about this operation directly. But the point remains that the WH staff knew about this and had an interest in following this, and that was because they requested information.
I would be very curious to know how the timing of this request and Obama’s announcement that “they had something in the works”, to deal with the whole negative turn of events and the set backs in court after court that the left’s campaign to deprive law abiding citizens of weapons to defend themselves with had been enduring and still is being beat down by, correlate. I suspect there is a lot more here than we know, and hopefully we will find more out.
Certainly the whole area of drug cartels, cross-border violence and gun trafficking are matters of national security. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has made a cause celebre of blaming the easy access to U.S. weapons for Mexican violence.
That cause célèbre wasn’t by accident, I tell you. The LSM will ignore it until they either find a way to lie the crooks out of being associated with this, or they simply can not. But enough of the truth will come out to prove the point. And as this drags out, those of us that where accused of being crazy conspiracy theorists for believing this was no accident and part of a plan that goes all the way to the WH, are going to get vindicated. Our own government ran a covert operation that cost lives to sway public opinion their way on gun ownership. I don’t expect an apology will ever come, but I will rub it in.