Tag: Crime in Mexico

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?

Another shoe drops…

The El Paso Times has this article dealing with a new accusation made, in court, by the defense for a Mr. Vicente Zambada-Niebla, who was extradited to the United States to face drug-trafficking charges in Chicago of all places, a top lieutenant in the Sinaloa cartel, that’s very disturbing. The accusation? Heck, let me just post the article and let you know what this lawyer is alleging that agents in employ of our federal government have basically done:

U.S. federal agents allegedly allowed the Sinaloa drug cartel to traffic several tons of cocaine into the United States in exchange for information about rival cartels, according to court documents filed in a U.S. federal court.

The allegations are part of the defense of Vicente Zambada-Niebla, who was extradited to the United States to face drug-trafficking charges in Chicago. He is also a top lieutenant of drug kingpin Joaquin “Chapo” Guzman and the son of Ismael “Mayo” Zambada-Garcia, believed to be the brains behind the Sinaloa cartel.

Now let me state that so far this is just a lawyer making the accusation in court, and not much more, but there is a lot of other information in this article that is quite pertinent to recent discussions about another such case involving federal agents engaging in what would amount to an grievous violation of their powers, in order to turn public opinion against the second amendment of our constitution – the right to bear arms against to protect oneself from a tyrannical government – which I found quite interesting.

The first of course is this revelation:

The case could prove to be a bombshell on par with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ “Operation Fast and Furious,” except that instead of U.S. guns being allowed to walk across the border, the Sinaloa cartel was allowed to bring drugs into the United States. Zambada-Niebla claims he was permitted to smuggle drugs from 2004 until his arrest in 2009.

If this turns out to be true it now shows a second operation where federal agents simply ignored precedent and law to further a goal. While not as harmful and frightening as your government running an operation so they could then create evidence to back their lies that the private US gun dealers seem to be the main suppliers of arms to the warring Mexican cartels just so they could sway public opinion in favor of their gun grabbing political agenda, it nevertheless shows a pattern of serious disregard for the security and safety of the American people. Again, if the story bears out, our government, in order to score a victory, allowed a Mexican cartel to sneak drugs into the US for information. Usually the left goes bullshit nuts when stuff like this is revealed, but then of course, it doesn’t get wide press coverage unless the news hurts non-democrats.

The government’s response to this allegation?

Randall Samborn, assistant U.S. attorney and spokesman for the Justice Department in Chicago, declined comment.

The court in Chicago had a status hearing on Wednesday and ordered the government to respond to allegations in Zambada-Niebla’s motion by Sept. 11.

I understand that. This guy simply might not know anything. I am certain that the people behind this – if it turns out to be true – wouldn’t advertise they did this, or, ever want to admit they did it. Let’s see how they respond.

However, what really intrigued me is the fact that this attorney doesn’t plan to just take the government’s likely answer that this didn’t happen at face value, but is expanding his probe to another real serious series of criminal acts by our feds, with full knowledge and consent for what was done going through the DOJ all the way up to the WH, for what now seems obviously done to sway public opinion and serve a dastardly political agenda.

Zambada-Niebla’s motion seeks U.S. government records about the 2003 Juárez case involving an informant who participated in several homicides for the Carrillo-Fuentes drug cartel, while under ICE’s supervision.

He also requested records about the ATF’s “Operation Fast and Furious,” which permitted weapons purchased illegally in the United States to be smuggled into Mexico, sometimes by paid U.S. informants and cartel leaders.

This is gonna be interesting. I wonder if Eric Holder will suddenly find a reason to declare this guy a terrorist and demand he be shipped to Gitmo and face a military tribunal so they can avoid the headache this would cause them. Of course, since Holder also guaranteed us that they would get a guilty verdict if they brought terrorists to non-military courts – something he could only do if the outcome was already predetermined, making the whole thing nothing but a sham and show trial – I am sure he wouldn’t have trouble “bending” the law to somehow make this all go away or be delayed forever.

Finally I wanted to point this little tidbit out, because it is relevant to a conversation discussing casualty counts because of operation “Fast & Furious”:

“It is estimated that approximately 3,000 people were killed in Mexico as a result of ‘Operation Fast and Furious,’ including law enforcement officers in the state of Sinaloa, Mexico, the headquarters of the Sinaloa cartel,” the court documents allege. “The Department of Justice’s leadership apparently saw this as an ingenious way of combating drug cartel activities.”

That’s a lot of dead people. Far more than a few hundred. I wonder where they got their numbers, but I am not surprised considering that this war has casualties in the double digits daily…

Gunrunner update: AP covers the story

While the AP tries real hard to remain neutral – funny how that always happens when the story hurts the left, huh – the fact remain that they have been the only ones covering the”Gunrunner” scandal and the involvement of the DOJ & the WH in the whole sordid affair. The rest of the MSM has simply been ignoring this to cover for team Obama. Breibart news has another in the latest & greatest AP stories covering “operation Fast & Furious a.k.a. Gunrunner”. It’s a must read (and read it all), because it is damning.

I however want to focus on the latest and newest revelation that came out of this story, and that’s the role played by gun dealers and their reaction to demands from the ATF – which got its orders from the DOJ and they got theirs it now looks from the WH – to basically ignore their concerns that these weapons could not be tracked and would end up in the hands of the Cartels:

But soon, the agents weren’t the only ones voicing concerns. Gun dealers also grew wary as more and more weapons were sold. Speaking on condition of anonymity because of ongoing inquiries, one dealer described the pace of the sales as “unprecedented … It had never happened like that before.”

Still another said that because of the volume, “our sales people would go behind the door and have a direct dial to ATF, speak to somebody and they’d say, `Yup, they’re on our list. Go ahead and make the sale.’ Otherwise, we probably wouldn’t have.”

One dealer even met with Voth and the lead prosecutor on the case, Assistant U.S. Attorney Emory Hurley, to seek assurances that guns weren’t going south of the border. That same dealer emailed Voth in June 2010, saying he was worried for friends who were Border Patrol agents. “I want to help ATF with its investigation but not at the risk of (agents’) safety,” wrote the dealer.

What this revelation tells me is that despite the left’s constant attempt to paint dealers as part of the problem when they where selling the whole “weapons are to easy to get in the US, and these weapons are being sent south where they are used in the Mexican drug war” meme, that the problem lay with them and this scandalous operation. Dealers seemed to be far more responsible and concerned about what was going on than most at the ATF, or those driving the operation from higher up levels like the DOJ and the WH, and when you apply Ockham’s razor here, the only reason left why this could be the case simply leaves you shuddering.

The attempts to cover-up and misdirect, from the Obama Administration, are in high gear, and most in the LSM are ignoring the story, but the facts are coming out. I am starting to think that it’s time for a special prosecutor.

Gunrunner update: WH was in the loop..

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.

UPDATE: Looks like we might need a special prosecutor to get to the bottom of this, since the DOJ is doubling down on

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Gunrunner update

For those still grasping at straws and pretending operation “Fast & Furious” was legit, in which case the intent would have been to track the weapons at a minimum, and as with all such operations, to do everything possible to prevent these weapons from ending up in the wrong hands where they are used to commit crimes, we have some reality bitch slaps courtesy of this beltway confidential piece in the Washington Examiner.

In the fall of 2009, American officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who were stationed in Mexico started noticing a sharp spike in the number of guns heading into the country. But what made things especially strange was that many of them were being traced back to the ATF’s own field office in Phoenix.

Over the next year, ATF’s Mexico-based officials raised louder and louder alarms all the way to Washington, as the number of guns flooding into Mexico grew from the hundreds into the thousands, and even more disturbingly, a number of them flowed into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

During this time, the United States representatives in Mexico were kept completely in the dark about the so-called “investigation.” Little did they know that the surge in guns heading into Mexico was no accident, but part of an elaborate but ill-conceived effort by the Obama administration to allow front men to purchase guns in Arizona and sell them to smugglers, in the hopes that it would eventually lead U.S. law enforcement officials to Mexican drug cartels.

Ask yourself why things went like this. Simple ineptness on the part of both the DOJ – they drove this operation – and the ATF? Did these people all suddenly lose all their common sense and/or decades of know-how when Obama’s team took over? Was there some clever plan they might have had that we idiots simply can’t see? Or where they hoping we wouldn’t see it? Hold on. I think I have some more details you need to know to put this all into perspective.

From at least early 2010, their superiors assured the ATF officials in Mexico that everything was “under control” and that that the investigation would soon end. Yet it only ended in January 2011. By then, guns that were part of the investigation had already been linked to the tragic murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

These revelations are the latest in House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa’s probe into the ATF’s bungled “Operation Fast and Furious” program. A new report, released to coincide with a Tuesday hearing on the issue, focuses on the dangerous impact that the misguided program had on the Mexico side of the border.

Seriously, think hard here. What could or would be gained by the ATF/DOJ team behind this operation by not informing the ATF people on the Mexican side about the operation? Where they worried that the Mexican members where on the Carter payroll and would thus compromise the operation? That’s a scary thought there, but with all the heat going on now about the problems this caused, I would suspect they would come clean to save their asses. I have not gotten the impression that anyone on team Obama puts country above either their own hide or their party.

It doesn’t stop there though. Why, when it’s noticed that weapons from the US are popping up and being used in crimes, the doubling down by them and the pretending they have control. Once the weapons crossed the border they lost any ability to track them. Did they have people inside the Cartels that where giving them intel? Shit, why the need for this operation then? Was this suddenly going to give them some kind of leverage to bring charges? This scenario is so implausible and dumb that it doesn’t even merit the time.

What they did get is the ATF in Mexico reporting that they noticed a pattern of US weapons being used to commit crimes in Mexico! Then those pesky guards went and got killed. There is a connection between that and Team Obama intimidating witnesses. Of course those of us pointing that out are just conspiracy nuts. Everyone knows that a Nobel Peace prize winner and great worldly statesman like Obama would never try to pull such a stunt to advance a key platform on the left –to disarm the stupid proles – at a time when the courts where smashing them for their overreach and unconstitutional gun control measures.

UPDATE: Seems the Feds where also not too concerned with doing back ground checks on the people used in this operation to the point where they let criminals buy the guns. No wonder they are not disclosing any details. The more you know, the more obvious it is that this was never about actually building a criminal case against anyone.

That ATF sting operation: who was it really targeted at?

What am I talking about? Well, this story about a border patrol agent shot and killed by Mexican drug cartel members:

On the night of December 14, 2010, Agent Terry was on duty in the Rio Rico area of Southern Arizona about 15 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border. He and three fellow BORTAC agents were summoned to Peck Canyon, one of the many rural pathways alongside Interstate 19 that are notorious as transport routes for smugglers of drugs, humans, and other contraband. Peck Canyon is also notorious as an area plagued by Mexican bandits known as “rip crews” who prey not only on the smugglers and illegal aliens, but also on hikers, ranchers, local police, and Border Patrol agents. Robbery, rape, and murder have become the bandits’ stock in trade. As in so many other areas along our southern border, the rip crews are usually heavily armed, with full-auto machine guns. These areas are assigned to BORTAC Units, a sort of Special Forces for the Border Patrol, composed of tough, highly trained, well-armed, expert marksmen who know the terrain. They are the only units deemed capable of handling both the harsh physical environment and the vicious desperados that populate it.

Something went terribly wrong on that night in Peck Canyon. Agent Brian Terry’s BORTAC Unit reportedly confronted at least five bandits in the darkened ravine. Agent Terry was shot in the back (some reports say pelvis). He shouted he couldn’t feel his legs, and later fell unconscious prior to being pronounced dead. One of the bandits was wounded and captured, along with three other members of the gang. A fifth suspect was apprehended later by Santa Cruz County Deputy Sheriffs. It’s believed several other suspects, including the suspected murderer, escaped back into Mexico.

The murder of Agent Terry was a tragic blow to his family and friends, his fellow Border Patrol agents, and the entire border community. However, to the sorrow and anguish that is natural to a violent death of this sort has been added a sense of frustration, outrage, and suspicion, as a number of troubling discrepancies and changes in the official story of the shooting event have developed. The official veil of secrecy, denial, and stonewalling that has descended over the case has caused members of Brian Terry’s family, members of Congress, and federal whistle-blowers to cry “coverup.”

First, we had the cover ups and the denials. Then the accusations that it was guns, too easy to get in the US and then shipped to the cartels that were responsible for this horrible incident. Easy access to guns allowed the cartels in the Mexican wars to escalate their conflicts to the point they were now shooting American border patrol agents that got in the way of their operations. Of course, the whole thing was a reason that the anti 2nd Amendment crowd, and especially the ones in government, immediately began making calls to basically do away with our basic 2nd Amendment rights, to protect the innocent and prevent such a tragedy from ever happening again, of course.

Remember that this happens right around the time that big cases like District of Columbia v. Heller and McDonald v. Chicago are not just going the way of the anti-gun leftists in power, but coming up at a crucial time they are in power, during a big crisis, when some of their elites tell us they wish they could juts act like the Chinese government does and do whatever they want, and, frightening to the anti-gun left, threatening to end their big battle in what they supposed was friendly courts to circumvent or deny us all our second Amendment rights. Say what you will, but I believe the left doesn’t want the citizenry armed for the same reason every totalitarian state from Nazi Germany to Fidel’s Cuba disarmed their citizen, and that’s to destroy the citizenry’s ability to fight back.

Anyway, the stories flood the airways after this border patrol agent’s death that it is easy access to guns in America, and like I already mentioned, in what looks almost like an orchestrated campaign, the verdict is that it is our own 2nd Amendment and easy access to guns is what are allowing the Mexican cartels to arm themselves and be so dangerous. Search for the stories, there are hundreds of news and blog posts making precisely this accusation and many others responding to them and pointing out that is highly unlikely to be the case with our current levels of control. These stories are so numerous I couldn’t pick out which one to include to do this accusation justice. You can do the leg work yourself. But let’s carry on. What’s the answer to the problem then according to our leaders and elite? Of course, that the ONLY way to stop the weapons from going to Mexico, is to deny American citizens their second Amendment.

Unfortunately for the people and the narrative, not everyone buys this bullshit, and especially the proposed and convenient solutions being offered, and thus, they start digging deeper: looking for clues and answers. They hit gold, and while the right was on this more than 6 months before, even the MSM finally admits that what we have is a gunrunning scandal uncovered at the ATF. It seems the ATF, which when caught decided to pretend they were running a “gun running sting operation”, to track where the guns went and how, was the primary source and the bulk supplier of those US guns the left kept telling us about were being used by the Mexican cartels. We are told we are going to get investigations! We find out top officials knew about what the ATF was doing with the guns, despite a lot off effort to hide that. These officials realizing how that this is going to blow up in their faces then resolve to fight back, and what we get is the agencies involved stalling the investigations: its now about the ATF and DOJ doing damage control.

It looks like the whole thing went south, and while some might just blame this on the ineptitude of these people, one thing stand out to those of us that expect this from the people that tell us that they will never let a crisis go by without taking advantage of it.

Beyond f-ing scary!