Roh roh, Shaggy. Issa wants special prosecutor to investigate Fast & Furious.

It now looks like operation “Fast & Furious”, the famous “Gunrunner” scheme that I pointed out long ago, when the facts started dribbling out, despite a concerted effort by the LSM to keep the story and the reason & role the 2nd Amendment haters the members of Team Obama behind it under wraps, was a run around to affect American public opinion and help the left roll back defeats to disarm the people at large, is panning out into a scandal for Team Obama, and an international one at it:

The stench from Washington is getting stronger. Rep. Darrell Issa has called for a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of the festering mess known as Operation Fast and Furious.

Hatched somewhere in the bowels of the Justice Department, that misbegotten scheme had the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives deliberately allowing high-powered guns to “walk” from Arizona and elsewhere into Mexico: Our agents turned a blind eye toward the straw purchasers who were funneling the weapons to the drug cartels.

The (dumb) idea was to trace cross-border arms trafficking, and so prove the (false) claim that 90 percent of the guns seized in Mexican drug war zones originate in the US. (The real figure is closer to 17 percent.) But, as Issa’s Oversight and Government Reform committee continues its investigation, that pretension has evaporated — and a major international scandal has been born.

Marisela Morales, the Mexican attorney general, estimates that at least 200 Mexicans have been killed with Fast and Furious weapons — among them, a powerful Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifle that took down a federal helicopter. Morales, who calls the program a “betrayal” of her country, told the Los Angeles Times that she first learned about Fast and Furious from news reports, and that US officials still haven’t briefed their Mexican counterparts on it.

More and more people are actually accepting the obvious conclusion, left when all other avenues that have been explored have lead to dead ends, that the sole remaining purpose for this operation was so the Obama administration could blame non-existing lax US gun policies for deaths in Mexico, as the blatantly false media campaign to convince people that 80% of the guns used in the drug wars there came from the US. This was being done so they could then demand they be allowed to add and enforce tighter controls that would violate 2nd Amendment rights that would otherwise never pass muster, in order to again take the lead in the fight to disarm the people, after their agenda recently suffered a humiliating defeat in the SCOTUS. This is obviously what Obama told us was under works to get them back in business on taking guns away from people during one of his speeches.

Attempts by the LSM to ignore the story and by the Obama Administration to avoid disclosing the facts have not succeeded in preventing us from learning the facts, and we are finally getting calls for a special investigation. As Holder and other higher ups behind this all now claim amnesia, frustrated officials in the Mexican government, whom it seems where not a willing participant as was first suspected, whom weren’t even briefed are themselves asking for answers. Maybe they should involve the criminal court in The Hague. I would love to see the left’s reaction to that one.

She shouldn’t feel lonely: The administration has been notably unforthcoming to everybody on this one. Eric Holder’s Justice has engaged in a rearguard battle against Issa’s committee — turning over subpoenaed documents only slowly and heavily redacted, making witnesses unavailable and transferring or retiring implicated officials such as former ATF head Kenneth Melson. Issa has publicly accused Holder & Co. of “gaming” congressional investigators.

Yet the drip, drip, drip of revelations continues. A third “Fast and Furious” gun has now been linked to the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, whose death in Arizona last December at the hands of Mexican bandits started to crack the scandal open.

In addition to the ATF and the FBI, other agencies already implicated include the Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the IRS. Other tidbits suggest involvement by higher-ups at the Department of Homeland Security and the White House itself.

It’s a scandal, and the stench seems to come from all the way to the top. And it’s going to be fun to watch the left now pretend there is nothing here or better yet, defend what now appears to be turning into a real international crime. How are they going to blame Bush? Can I say I told you so , already?

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  1. CzarChasm

    I’m more than happy to see a special prosecutor assigned to investigating F&F, but I honestly believe that, as far as its significance to the 2nd Amendment surviving intact, it’s already too late. Both D.C. and Chicago (Heller and McDonald cases) have virtually ignored the rulings that they suffered “defeats” in, and SCOTUS seems completely uninterested in imposing any penalties for it. Certainly Holder isn’t going to autonomously decide to enforce those decisions.

    I don’t mean to thread-jack Alex. Like I said, F&F deserves a complete anal exam, along with a hemorrhoidectomy, represented by indictments and convictions of the buffoons behind it. I just don’t want to be fooled or distracted into believing that it’s a 2nd Amendment fight. While all this is going on and they’ve got our attention focused on it, ObamaCare and alphabet-soup agencies are working behind the scenes to attack the 2nd Amendment by fiat, rather than by statute. I wish that Issa or other prominent legislators who claim to be pro-2nd Amendment would advise the public not to focus exclusively on F&F from a 2nd Amendment perspective. He (or others) should keep us informed alongside that investigation of all the threats to the 2A that are being worked separate and apart from F&F.

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  2. Poosh

    Marisela Morales, the Mexican attorney general, estimates that at least 200 Mexicans have been killed with Fast and Furious weapons — among them, a powerful Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifle that took down a federal helicopter.

    Told you so.

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  3. AlexInCT *

    I’m more than happy to see a special prosecutor assigned to investigating F&F, but I honestly believe that, as far as its significance to the 2nd Amendment surviving intact, it’s already too late. Both D.C. and Chicago (Heller and McDonald cases) have virtually ignored the rulings that they suffered “defeats” in, and SCOTUS seems completely uninterested in imposing any penalties for it. Certainly Holder isn’t going to autonomously decide to enforce those decisions.

    My hope is that when Holder is finally carted off to serve his jail time, well actually before then, when he and his boss are sent packing in 2012, someone that will take the ruling seriously takes over the office and makes the DOJ punish these scumbags. Of course, big government types prefer a citizenry that’s disarmed, because they are far less like to fight back when government bends them over. And you can take D.C. and Chicago as examples of government bending people over.

    I don’t mean to thread-jack Alex. Like I said, F&F deserves a complete anal exam, along with a hemorrhoidectomy, represented by indictments and convictions of the buffoons behind it.

    Did not precieve it as such at all. It isa valid argument which I did not focus on because I was pointing out that F&F was neither an accident or due to ineptness, but another deliberate attempt by the left to undermine the 2nd.

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  4. AlexInCT *

    You expect the people that called you and anyone else that said this a liar, saying that without a hrad link there was no proof, to come back and acknowledge they got it wrong? Shit, don’t hold your breath man.

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  5. Poosh

    It should be kept in mind that the original project, I don’t know if it was called Gunrunner I forget, started on a much smaller scale “under” the Bush Admin. There were some differences I recall, but it would serve to clarify this point with more information, and keep this in mind.

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  6. CzarChasm

    Actually Poosh, I think it confuses the point rather than clarifies it to include Project Gunwalker and Bush’s involvement in discussions of F&F under Holder and Obama.

    The only similarity between Gunwalker and F&F that I can uncover is that purchasers of questionable eligibility were allowed to buy and take possession of guns from American sellers. Under Gunwalker though, either the guns or the purchasers were electronically tracked, and I have not been able to find one verified case of a “walked” gun having crossed the border under that program. I’m definitely not saying, “Great job Bush!” It was still a stupid idea to put weapons in the hands of people the government knew were not legally eligible to buy them. I am saying though that there are clear distinctions between how the two administrations handled the umbrella program, and illegally sending weapons south of the border as Obama and Holder et al did should remain disconnected from how the Bush administration handled it on their end.

    F&F is/was a very different kettle of worms though. It clearly changed the focus from an attempt to quantify the number of guns going south of the border, to actually facilitating the crossings in an attempt to influence political issues (support/opposition for/to the 2A) here in the States. Not even Bush’s harshest critics are suggesting that Gunwalker either had the potential or the intent to do that.

    I’m not a Bush guy. I did not jump in here to defend Bush. I just think that if we allow a yeah-but-Bush-did-it-too meme to be included in the scrutiny of F&F, the issues get completely obfuscated, not clarified, simply because of the specter of Bush Derangement Syndrome that unfairly, and as far as I can tell, inaccurately, pollutes that scrutiny.

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  7. Poosh

    No that’s exactly what I mean Czar. I think we just lay out these points and clarifications. I read up on this a few months back but have forgotten everything, I do recall that it ‘started’ in a limited manner under Bush but was accelerated and enhanced under the current admin. I could not remember the details but I thought I’d just write that we/one should get this information and the differences down. It’s an obvious ‘issue’ we can see coming, that they will say “this was started by Bush” or “Bush did it too”, so it does well to prepare and clarify things. That’s all I meant by it.

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  8. AlexInCT *

    Actually Poosh, that attempted defense was already used by the left – Blame Boosh! – and it went nowhere fast, just like this covert operation against the American people on foreign soil, no less. As soon as they mentioned that this program to track weapons started under Bush – and conveniently did not mention that none of the agencies involved would ever have gotten permission to do what they did from Bush but that this went south as soon as Team Obama decided to push the “American weapons account for 80+% of the arms used in Mexico” lie they hoped to use to turn public opinion against gun ownership – they where shot down with the facts.

    This incident was before, but just more of the same that they did when they tried to say Solyndra went to the Bush WH first. It did not work. That’s why it is no longer brought up, because it allows those of us that know better to stress that differentiation in a way that is damning of team Obama. I think by now the elft would have learned that no matter how much they hope people don’t know the facts & details, that every conservative will go out of his way to find out the facts of any involvement by anyone in the Bush Administration, in preparation to exploit their tired bullshit “Blame Boosh!” attempt to deflect.

    Personally I was hoping this would be tried again so they could be smacked with a rotten fact fish yet again. It’s fun. But you gave away the ambush man. :)

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