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It now appears high ranking federal agency heads are pointing collective blame for the failed operation directly at Barack Obama’s Department of Justice.  A looming question yet unanswered is why would Attorney General Eric Holder make such an obvious and easily provable lie under oath to Congress?  Why risk both his career, reputation, and personal freedom in doing so?  His motivation to protect someone even higher up than himself in the Obama administration must have been significant.





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Weapons from the failed federal operation "Fast and Furious" have reportedly been linked to 11 more violent crimes in the U.S., including in place like Arizona and Texas where a total of 42 weapons were seized. 
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Several city officials of the New Mexico border town of Columbus recently admitted they smuggled firearms and tactical gear to the La Linea drug cartel. And now, it turns out, that case may be linked to "Operation Fast and Furious", the malevolent Justice Department project that shipped thousands of murder weapons to Mexican drug gangs.

http://directorblue.blogspot.com/2011/08/gunwalker-heard-about-city-officials-in.html

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Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson has been reassigned to a lesser post in the Justice Department and the U.S. attorney for Arizona was also pushed out Tuesday as fallout from Operation Fast and Furious reached new heights.
 
Melson's step down from his role as head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to the position of senior adviser on forensic science in the Department of Justice's Office of Legal Programs is effective by close of business Tuesday, administration officials announced. U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota B. Todd Jones will replace Melson.

U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke, one of the officials closely tied to Fast and Furious, is also a casualty in a shakeup tied to the botched gun-running program. Burke was on the hot seat last week with congressional investigators and, according to several sources, got physically sick during questioning and could not finish his session.
 
The purge of those responsible for the firearms trafficking scandal continued as new documents reveal a deeper involvement of federal agencies beyond ATF.
 
In Phoenix, Assistant U.S. Attorney Emory Hurley, who oversaw Fast and Furious on a day-to-day basis, was reassigned from the criminal to civil division. Also in Phoenix, three out of the four whistleblowers involved in the case have been reassigned to new positions outside Arizona. Two are headed to Florida, one to South Carolina.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/08/30/sources-atf-director-to-be-reassigned-amid-fast-and-furious-uproar/



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According to authorities global Islamic terrorist have moved into Mexico and other Latin American countries to open the door for Mexican cartels to have excess to Afghanistan opuim at bargain basement prices, those profits from those sales are being passed on to Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations worldwide to attack the states from within. Hezbollah is known to be raising money for their cause in the U.S and some Americans say they have brought suite case dirty booms into the U.S. and are waiting for further instructions.
 
High ranking Mexican army officers claim Hezbollah is currently training Mexican drug cartel enforcement gang members. They are teaching them their gorilla terror tactics that they use in the Middle East. One high ranking Mexican Army officer who will at his request remain anonymous says Hezbollah is now believed to be training Mexican drug cartel enforcers the art of bomb making. It is now feared that there will soon be car and truck bombings of Mexican solders at the many road blocks that they have set up throughout Mexico, their barracks, police stations and even government buildings are at risk. The training is designed to combat the Mexican Army federal police and the American Special Forces and DEA agents now operating in Mexico.
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Re-assigning an ATF Director Is Not Enough: Those Behind ‘Fast and Furious’ Must Be Prosecuted

by AWR Hawkins

News broke yesterday that punishment had been meted out for “Fast and Furious.” Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson had been re-assigned and U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke had resigned. There was no mention of pending criminal prosecution or jail time. Rather, we were politely informed that Melson would be moved to a new position at the DOJ in Washington DC while Burke would “return to private life.”

Hmmm. Let’s think about this: Over 150 Mexican law enforcement officials have been killed as a result of Fast and Furious. As have nearly 1,000 Mexican civilians, at least one U.S. Border Agent (God bless the family of Brian Terry), and who knows how many other humans on both sides of the border who have yet to be accounted for. And there are still over 1,000 weapons on the loose, although we are starting to find them more and more at crime scenes in America.

And all that happens in response to this is that an Acting Director gets re-assigned and a U.S. Attorney returns to private life?

Think about it: “Straw purchasers” went into gun stores to buy weapons they had pre-determined to pass on to criminals, and now those criminals have used the weapons against Mexicans and Americans alike. It has put us all at risk, and especially those living near the border in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.

No wonder Congressman Paul Gosar of the House Oversight Committee contends that “we (Americans) were the known collateral damage” in this whole plan.

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“The level of involvement of the United States Attorney’s Office … in the genesis and implementation of this case is striking,” wrote Issa and Grassley.

The two claim witnesses have told them that recently reassigned Assistant U.S. Attorney Emory Hurley may have also prevented ATF agents from doing their jobs.


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The supervisor of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives operation in Phoenix specifically mentioned Fast and Furious in at least one email to a White House national security official, and two other White House colleagues were briefed on reports from the supervisor, according to White House emails and a senior administration official.

http://michellemalkin.com/2011/09/02/fast-and-furious-update-yes-the-white-house-got-e-mails/


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White House received emails about Fast and Furious gun-trafficking operation

The LA Times is reporting that newly obtained emails show that the White House was better informed about a failed gun-tracking operation on the border with Mexico than was previously known.

Three White House national security officials were given some details about the operation, dubbed Fast and Furious.  The operation allowed firearms to be illegally purchased, with the goal of tracking them to Mexican drug cartels, but the effort went out of control after agents lost track of many of the weapons.

Note:  The Feds didn't lose track of the weapons because they weren't tracking them in the first place.

The Hill reported Fast and Furious operation authorized gun dealers in the Southwest to sell more than 1,000 weapons to known and suspected straw buyers for Mexican drug cartels, with the stated hope of tracking the weapons to the eventual kingpins and dismantling the gun trafficking routes, but the federal officials in charge of the operation did not authorize enough surveillance of the weapons and offered no reliable method of tracing them other than if they were later recovered at a crime scene, according to ATF testimony before the committee last month.

The supervisor of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives operation in Phoenix specifically mentioned Fast and Furious in at least one email to a White House national security official, and two other White House colleagues were briefed on reports from the supervisor, according to White House emails and a senior administration official.

But the senior administration official said the emails, obtained Thursday by The Times, did not prove that anyone in the White House was aware of the covert "investigative tactics" of the operation.

"The emails validate what has been said previously, which is no one at the White House knew about the investigative tactics being used in the operation, let alone any decision to let guns walk," said the official, who was not authorized to speak about it publicly.  "To the extent that some [national security staff members] were briefed on the top lines of ongoing federal efforts, so were members of Congress."

He identified the three White House officials who were briefed as Kevin M. O'Reilly, director of North American Affairs for the White House national security staff; Dan Restrepo, the president's senior Latin American advisor; and Greg Gatjanis, a White House national security official.

"The emails were not forwarded beyond them, and we are not aware of any [additional] briefings related to that email chain," the official said.

The emails were sent between July 2010 and February of this year before it was disclosed that agents had lost track of hundreds of guns.  Many are thought to have fallen into criminal hands, and some [would you belive 100?] have turned up at crime scenes in Mexico and the United States, including at the fatal shooting of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

While Team Obama is attempting their best Sgt. Schultz, "We know nothing," routine, one simple fact remains:

Obama's Orders Launched Fast and Furious (video)

Project Gun Runner (Fast and Furious) was launched under the orders of Barack Obama with the knowledge of Attorney General Eric Holder.  Deputy Attorney General David Ogden announced the Obama Administration's new and aggressive "comprehensive plan" on March, 24, 2009.


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NOW ADD THIS TO THE SCENARIO:

According to authorities global Islamic terrorist have moved into Mexico and other Latin American countries to open the door for Mexican cartels to have excess to Afghanistan opuim at bargain basement prices, those profits from those sales are being passed on to Hezbollah and other terrorist organizations worldwide to attack the states from within. Hezbollah is known to be raising money for their cause in the U.S and some Americans say they have brought suite case dirty booms into the U.S. and are waiting for further instructions.
 
High ranking Mexican army officers claim Hezbollah is currently training Mexican drug cartel enforcement gang members. They are teaching them their gorilla terror tactics that they use in the Middle East. One high ranking Mexican Army officer who will at his request remain anonymous says Hezbollah is now believed to be training Mexican drug cartel enforcers the art of bomb making. It is now feared that there will soon be car and truck bombings of Mexican solders at the many road blocks that they have set up throughout Mexico, their barracks, police stations and even government buildings are at risk. The training is designed to combat the Mexican Army federal police and the American Special Forces and DEA agents now operating in Mexico.  More. . . .
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WSJ reports today that federal authorities are now investigating why the U.S. Attorney's office in Phoenix — the same office that oversaw Fast and Furious — released Jean Baptiste Kingery after he confessed to providing military-style weapons to the now-defunct La Familia Michoacana drug cartel.
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Indiana too?

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has acknowledged an Indiana dealer’s cooperation in conducting straw purchases at the direction of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Exclusive documents obtained by Gun Rights Examiner show the dealer cooperated with ATF by selling guns to straw purchasers, and that bureau management later asserted these guns were being traced to crimes.


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Third "Fast and Furious" gun found at Arizona crime scene

Fox News is reporting that Authorities confirm a weapon from the failed ATF program "Operation Fast and Furious" was found at a violent crime scene in Maricopa, Ariz. in 2010.  This is the latest in a series of cases where Fast and Furious guns have been linked to violent crimes across the U.S. and Mexico.
 
The two guns found at the scene were an AK-47 and a Beretta pistol, according to the Arizona Department of Public Safety.  The AK-47 is linked to Fast and Furious, according to ATF.  The weapons were found inside a stolen truck in March 2010 after the driver slammed into two DPS vehicles while trying to evade members of the Arizona Vehicle Theft Task Force, ABC 15 reports.
 
The driver, Angel Hernandez Diaz, was reportedly arrested and charged with multiple crimes, including flight from a pursuing law enforcement vehicle, aggravated assault on an officer with a dangerous instrument or deadly weapon, theft of means of transportation and misconduct involving a weapon, according to court documents.

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Congressional investigators digging into Operation Fast and Furious have, for the first time, asked a senior White House official for documents and communications regarding the gun-walking scandal. In a Friday letter to President Obama’s national security adviser Thomas Donilon, House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa and Senate judiciary committee Ranking Member Sen. Chuck Grassley requested all records and communications involving three senior Obama administration officials regarding Fast and Furious and gun trafficking cases in Phoenix, Ariz.

Issa and Grassley also requested copies of all communications those three officials had with Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) field personnel in Phoenix.

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In their letter, Issa and Grassley asked the White House to provide the requested communications by noon on September 23, but sooner if possible. They are also requesting a transcribed interview with O’Reilly by the end of September, setting a September 14 deadline to set a date for that interview.

Though the White House has claimed these newly discovered emails did not contain any details about “investigative tactics” the executive branch of the U.S. government used in Operation Fast and Furious, one communication has surfaced suggesting otherwise.

In an August 18, 2010, email to O’Reilly, Newell described the course of one part of the investigation.

“I appreciate and respect the struggles the [U.S. Attorney’s Office] has to go through with juries in this State to convince them of the illegality of this,” Newell wrote. “We routinely have ‘straw’ purchasers tell us that ‘yeah, I knew what I was doing was wrong but the money was good and who cares — the guns are going to Mexico right?’”



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3 more murders linked to Gunwalker

Sharyll Attkisson is reporting that weapons linked to ATF's controversial "Fast and Furious" operation have been tied to at least eight violent crimes in Mexico including three murders, four kidnappings and an attempted homicide.

According to a letter from U.S. Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the disclosed incidents may be only a partial list of violent crimes linked to Fast and Furious weapons because "ATF has not conducted a comprehensive independent investigation."

When added to the guns found at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in the U.S., the newly-revealed murders in Mexico bring the total number of deaths linked to Fast and Furious to four.

According to the Justice Department letter:

One AK-47 type assault rifle purchased by a Fast and Furious suspect was recovered Nov. 14, 2009 in Atoyac de Alvarez, Mexico after the Mexican military rescued a kidnap victim.

On July 1, 2010, two AK-47 type assault rifles purchased by Fast and Furious suspects were recovered in Sonora, Mexico after a shootout between cartels. Two murders were reported in the incident using the weapons.

On July 26, 2010, a giant .50 caliber Barrett rifle purchased by a Fast and Furious suspect was recovered in Durango, Mexico after apparently having been fired. No further details of the incident were given.

On Aug. 13, 2010, two AK-47 type assault rifles purchased by a Fast and Furious target were recovered in Durango, Mexico after a confrontation between the Mexican military and an "armed group."

On Nov. 14, 2010, two AK-47 type assault rifles purchased by Fast and Furious targets were recovered in Chihuahua, Mexico after "the kidnapping of two individuals and the murder of a family member of a Mexican public official." Sources tell CBS News they believe this is a reference to a case we previously reported on: the terrorist kidnapping, torture and murder of Mario Gonzalez Rodriguez. Rodriguez was the brother of then-attorney general Patricia Gonzalez Rodriguez. The terrorists released video of Rodriguez before his death, in handcuffs surrounded by hooded gunmen.

On May 27, 2011, three AK-47 type assault rifles purchased by Fast and Furious targets were recovered in Jalisco, Mexico after having been fired. No other details of the incident were provided, but the date and location match with another incident previously reported by CBS News. On May 27 near Jalisto, cartel members fired upon a Mexican government helicopter, forcing it to make an emergency landing. According to one law enforcement source, 29 suspected cartel members were killed in the attack.


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Between this and the "green" scams being investigated, BHO should be in prison for life!

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For those who are not familiar with the gun purchase procedure in the US:

A prospective purchaser of a firearm in the US must be 18 yrs old and a US resident. There are rules for green card people as well. To purchase a handgun you must be a resident of the state where you are purchasing the handgun. To purchase a rifle or shotgun you can be a resident of another state but you must prove with ID that you are a resident of that state. If you are buying the weapon from a licensed gun dealer commonly known as a FFL (federal firearm licensee), then you must complete ATF form 4473. This form has all the questions you must answer to determine whether you are eligible to purchase the firearm. If you answer any of the questions in a way that makes you ineligible, then the FFL cannot sell you the weapon. Assuming that you pass this checkpoint, the FFL dials up the NICS to perform the so-called Brady check. In most states, this is a human to human contact with an FBI agent/clerk. The clerk takes the ID info that the dealer reads off of the form 4473 and enters it into the NICS data base system. The dealer is given a go/no go answer whether the purchaser is eligible to purchase the firearm. The dealer is never given a reason for non-eligibility. If OK the dealer enters the transaction code number given to him by the NICS agent on the 4473.

Some localities have an additional waiting period of several days before the purchaser can take delivery of the firearm. In these cases, the FFL notifies local law enforcement of the pending purchase. Local law enforcement can take further action if warranted. In many localities, the waiting period is waived for concealed weapon permit holders. Some states have computer terminals at the FFL dealer to speed up the process (e.g. Virginia). The national exceptions and variations to this procedure are myriad

Why all this explanation?

Because for Fast and Furious transactions to have taken place whereby a felon could purchase a firearm, this very involved process would have to have been subverted at many levels up to an including removing the felon's data from the  NICS database IN ADVANCE or the extensive use of "straw purchases" i.e. people who have no records or clean records in the NICS database. Straw purchasing is a felony.

For law abiding citizens who go through this involved process every time they purchase a firearm, Fast and Furious is a travesty.

Sadly, the anti-gun movement will use this mess to promote even more restrictions on law abiding gun owners.


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More trivia:  the AK47 so called assault rifle is commonly available in the US legally. However, it is the semi-automatic version. Semi-automatic means that with one pull of the trigger, you fire one shot. You must pull the trigger each time you wish to shoot one round. A fully automatic AK47 keeps on firing as long as you press the trigger until all rounds in its magazine are spent. Automatic weapons can be purchased in the US through a very involved costly ATF procedure and are tightly regulated.

However an AK47 can be easily modified to become an automatic weapon if you have the parts. No doubt in Mexico they have the parts. In the US it is illegal to possess the parts when you own one of these weapons.

The AK47 is by no means a "powerful" weapon. It is constructed of stampings and has no high precision parts. It can be thrown about in a pickup truck and can be operated dirty and dusty. Cleaning is optional. It's a cheap, reliable but deadly firearm as all firearms are.
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Deep corruption at the Obama Justice Department

Long, but you should read this one.

Quin Hillyer says Americans should get furious, and fast, about the abuses.

Start rattling the chains.  Start ratcheting up the hue and cry.  Fire up the masses.  It's long past time to force mass resignations at, and possible prosecutions of members of, the Obama Justice Department -- and, more broadly, of the West Wing itself.
 
Forgive all the links, but the scope of the corruption is so large as to defy adequate descriptions, in a single column, of each abomination.  The reality is that these Obama/Holder minions at DoJ are dangerous to the very heart of constitutional, republican (small 'r') government.  Last fall in the Spectator's print edition I did a broad overview of the problems.  In the September issue of The New Criterion, Andy McCarthy does a wonderful job outlining the problems with the Holder department and with other examples of Obamite executive overreach.  Of course the Black Panther case, the dismissal of which I (on the Washington Times editorial page) and the Times' ace reporter Jerry Seper on the news side were the first to report in print (I later discovered that the fabulous Michelle Malkin wrote on it online a day or two earlier), still hasn't been adequately handled.  And the outrageous DoJ blocking of non-partisan elections in Kinston, N.C., solely to benefit the Democratic Party, is now being examined in the courts, with the administration having lost, big, in the latest round.
 
More recently, the burgeoning scandal of the "Fast and Furious" gun-running blow-up, already a huge embarrassment for the Justice Department, keeps moving closer to the White House. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, for her part, denied direct knowledge of this dangerous idiocy but as Dexter Duggan reports at the Wanderer (sign-in required), the U.S. Attorney who ran the moronic program, Dennis Burke, has been sponsored throughout his entire career by Napolitano.  First he worked for her when she was a prosecutor; then (quoting Duggan), "After Napolitano ascended to the governorship in 2003, her chief of staff was none other than Dennis Burke, who went on to be a senior adviser to Napolitano when Obama made her his secretary of Homeland Security in 2009.  Obama, however, soon put Burke into Napolitano's old U.S. attorney job in Phoenix.  Like Napolitano, Burke got the post as a political plum.  It was expected the plum would ripen into bigger fruit, as it had for Napolitano."
 
This week, meanwhile, Christian Adams continued Pajamas Media's mind-boggling series of stories on blatantly illegal hiring practices at DoJ.  Please read that linked story, and all the previous stories linked therein.  This is amazingly disturbing stuff.  Of 106 supposedly apolitical hires by the Obama/Holder Civil Rights Division, all 106 are demonstrably, irrefutably leftist activists.  Again, these are for "career" slots for which no political bias is supposed to be used to hire them.  Simple random distribution would assure than in a center-right country, at least a couple of dozen of these hires would be either right of center or at least apolitical -- but not a single one has been anything but a hard-left radical.  Look in particular at the summary of the background of Nicole Ndumele, who in addition to a host of other left-wing causes managed "to find time to co-author a wacky 'shadow report' for the United Nations blasting the United States' efforts to combat race discrimination.  The report -- titled 'Unequal Opportunity: A Critical Assessment of the U.S. Commitment to the Elimination of Racial Discrimination' -- reads like exactly what it is: a product of the professional racial grievance culture."
 
As I noted a few weeks ago when writing about this scandal, "These people were members of groups like 'Queer Resistance Front,' 'Intersex Society of North America,' and of course People for the American Way.  Their published essays focused on issues such as 'Genital Normalizing Surgery on Intersexed Infants' and on arguing that providing material support for terrorism isn't a war crime.  They, or those promoted, have histories of extracurricular activities that include getting arrested at a World Bank protest, going on a hunger strike while chaining oneself to an oak tree and doing advocacy work for 'the rights of incarcerated native Hawaiians to dance the hula and perform Hawaiian chants and rituals in privately owned prisons in Arizona.'  A large number of them have donated significant campaign funds to Barack Obama, and some to other liberal candidates."
 
Buried in Christian Adams' latest story on this scandal comes what should be an incredibly explosive allegation: "Worse, Loretta King, while serving as the acting assistant attorney general for civil rights at the outset of the Obama administration, ordered the resumes of highly qualified applicants to be rejected only because they didn't have political or left-wing civil rights experience.  Multiple DOJ sources with direct knowledge of hiring committee practices have confirmed this to me."
 
Where, oh where are the New York Times and the Washington Post?  This is a direct violation of the law that these "news" organizations are deliberately ignoring.
 
Then there is the continuing failure of systems that are supposed to ensure that military personnel abroad can get ballots cast and counted, which is part of a seemingly deliberate pattern of obstruction by the Obama/Holder Justice Department.
 
The Obamites at Justice (and elsewhere in the administration) stonewall and prevaricate repeatedly (with spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler also known for one of the most unprofessional and witchy tempers, along with ongoing lack of truthfulness, that some of us have ever seen in decades of dealing with government public relations officials), and they (again illegally) don't even comply with legitimate Freedom of Information requests.
 
And, of course, their ranks have been filled with an unusually high number of lawyers who considered it pro bono (literally, for the public good!) to represent terrorist detainees held in Guantanamo.  When a lawyer or two take up a constitutional issue, it's one thing; but when a whole department is lousy with such lawyers, one starts to see an ideological identification with detainees as supposed "victims" of the very system of justice and ordered liberty that the terrorists have dedicated their lives to destroying.
 
In the weeks before Eric Holder was confirmed as Attorney General, Jennifer Rubin kept up a steady drumbeat of blog posts warning us all what a dishonest, radically leftist problem he would turn out to be. Rubin was absolutely right.  Somehow, though, Holder's dastardliness has outstripped even the stern warnings Rubin issued. Under Richard Nixon, John Mitchell was as corrupt as they come.  But that was all for protecting political power.  The Holder Justice Department is equally as corrupt, but in worse ways even than Mitchell. Holder's team is out for raw political power unmoored from the law, of course -- but also for hard-leftist ideological ends that undermine the entire tradition of American jurisprudence and legal practice.  They are a menace, and they must be stopped.

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Today’s special: Rocket launchers (from a Fast and Furious dealer near you)

AWR Hawkins is reporting that when the news of Fast and Furious first broke months ago, Obama and Attorney General Holder remained almost completely mute on the subject.   When they finally addressed it, it was to say they hadn’t heard of Fast and Furious until May 2011 (eighteen months after it started).  Slowly, however, as this ceased to satisfy questioners, they incorporated the simple assertion that neither of them had authorized walking guns into Mexico nor had they possessed detailed knowledge of the stateside inner-workings of the operation.

It’s ironic that their answer went from being one thing to being another thing to being yet another thing.  And I point this because the weapons tied to Fast and Furious have gone from being assault rifles to sniper rifles to grenade components to (allegedly) a rocket launcher?

Yes -- a rocket launcher.

And I add the word "allegedly" not because there’s any doubt over whether a rocket launcher has been found near the Mexico/Texas border, but because its origin in the Fast and Furious operation has yet to be established beyond a doubt.  The jury’s still out because the launcher could be associated with another gun-smuggling operation the administration seems to be involved with in El Paso, TX and Columbus, NM.

For example, On July 27th I had a post on Big Government which highlighted reports in the El Paso Times detailing "an alleged gun smuggling operation in which Obama administration officials were selling military grade weapons to drug cartel members in Mexico."  Supported by at least one former DEA official and one "CIA contract pilot," the allegations were that weapons had been regularly transported from the Dallas/Fort Worth area to El Paso, TX, and/or Columbus, NM.  From either of those locations they then crossed into Mexico.

Now it appears some of those "military grade weapons" didn’t make it all the way to Mexico, because along with the rocket launcher, U.S. Border Patrol Agents found "a grenade launcher, and three packages of what appeared to be C-4 explosives" by the Rio Grande on September 13th.

What is going on here folks?

I almost forgot -- along with the two launchers and the C4 there were also six assault rifles (and the assault rifles smell like Fast and Furious to me).

Let’s review: When we first learned about Fast and Furious, the news was that a number of assault rifles had been sold to straw purchasers.  Soon, we learned that the number was approximately 2,500 and that some of those were .50 caliber sniper rifles.  Then we learned that somewhere between 1,200 and 1,300 of the weapons were unaccounted for, and that the ATF had allowed another upstanding gentleman to walk grenade components into Mexico (I guess he ended up in Mexico: no one knows because the ATF lost him).  And finally, we’re learning that just a few days ago, on our side of the border, U.S. Border Patrol Agents found rocket and grenade launchers, assault rifles, and C4 explosives.

We’ve got to get to the bottom of this mess.  But until we do, everyone who’s interested ought to head down to their local Fast and Furious dealer and get a rocket launcher while supplies last.
 

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House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) held a bloggers' conference call this morning where he discussed his plans to further investigate this fiasco. And he wants a special prosecutor to investigate the scandal. "It's a little hard to get the Justice Department to prosecute the Justice Department," Issa lamented.

http://marathonpundit.blogspot.com/2011/09/report-from-issas-conference-call-on.html

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Secret Fast and Furious recordings name names (Holder and Burke among them)

AWR Hawkins is reporting that CBS News recently got their hands on secret recordings of conversations about Fast and Furious that took place between an ATF agent and a gun store owner, both of whom were located in the Phoenix area (and both of whom were thoroughly acquainted with Fast and Furious).

The recordings captured agent Hope McAllister talking with Andre Howard, owner of Lone Wolf Trading Company, at a time when Howard was noticeably worried that Fast and Furious was going to become public knowledge or be put under the microscope of a congressional investigation.  Howard especially feared that Senator Charles Grassley might push for an inquiry of some kind.  Thus at least four times in the recordings he can be heard mentioning Grassley, and one of those four times it's to say someone needs to tell Grassley "to sit [his] a—down."

What’s also interesting about the recordings is that although they were made in mid-March 2011, Attorney General Eric Holder’s name comes up quite a bit.  And his name doesn’t come up because they’re afraid he’s going to find out about Fast and Furious but because he was the one they were counting on to deflect attention from it.

In other words, he was well aware of the operation by mid-March 2011, and this is somewhat ironic because in answering questions from Congressman Darrell Issa on May 3 he said he only learned of Fast and Furious "over the last few weeks."  This means he led Issa to believe the earliest he knew anything about the operation was sometime in April.  Yet on the recordings (from mid-March), it is clear Holder was the one Howard hoped would stop the investigative momentum by responding to a letter regarding Fast and Furious from the House Oversight Committee:

HOWARD: "Holder has to respond to this tomorrow."

McALLISTER: "Yeah, he’s gonna respond."

HOWARD: "I know he is. And I assure you the media isn’t gonna like his response, because basically it’s gonna mirror what he’s told Grassley."

McALLISTER: "Yeah."

HOWARD: "He can’t deviate." (Italics added.)

As Howard continues to express concern over what Holder will say, Agent MacAllister tries to calm him by saying she believed Holder & Co. would "come out with [something a] little more um b—-y…than they [had] in the past."

In the next portion of the recording, former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke’s name is referenced.  This is where agent MacAllister admits Burke had been more tenacious in handling Fast and Furious inquiries than Holder would be:

McALLISTER: "Well if, I mean, I’ve seen a rough copy of what our U.S. attorney here has sent up.  Whether or not [Holder] has the balls to actually use it or not, I doubt it.  But I mean, it’s pretty aggressive.  The way I see it, our local U.S. attorney is extremely aggressive.  [But] when it gets to D.C. …"

HOWARD: "Who, Emory [Hurley]?"

McALLISTER: "No, the U.S. attorney."

HOWARD: "Burke, yeah, used to work under Clinton. …Talking about [Dennis] Burke?"

McALLISTER: "Mmm hmm."

It’s somewhat surreal to hear Holder’s name, and to come to the immediate recognition that some of his answers to Issa don’t add up.

And it strikes a strange chord within one’s psyche to hear Burke’s name thrown around as the go getter and the hard hitter on Fast and Furious, and then to remember he’s the one who denied victim of crime status to the family of U.S. Border Agent Brian Terry.  (God bless the family of Brian Terry.)

Hopefully these recordings will pull back the sheets on this massive cover-up once and for all.


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Alt, ATF agent, stepped forward after hearing MacAllister disparage his wife and family on the tapes. He felt it was necessary to defend them, and his own reputation. A decorated soldier and police officer, an instructor at the ATF academy, Alt says he and fellow whistleblower John Dodson were transferred to dead-end jobs after standing up to Agent-in-Charge Bill Newell. The ATF in Phoenix and U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona then attempted to conceal the role they played in directing area gun dealers to sell weapons to buyers the agency knew were breaking the law.

"We were transferred from the group. We were placed in positions away from the investigation itself, denied access to the investigation," said Alt. "I would view that as a measure of control and if you want to call it a cover up, that would be an accurate statement."




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The United States government has yet to brief Mexican authorities on the failed Fast and Furious gun-running operation that led to scores of American weapons being smuggled purposefully into a raging drug war, Mexico’s top law enforcement official told The Times.

“At no time did we know or were we made aware that there might have been arms trafficking permitted,” said Atty. Gen. Marisela Morales in comments from a recent interview with Times reporters published Tuesday. “In no way would we have allowed it, because it is an attack on the safety of Mexicans.”

Morales said she first learned about the program — which U.S. officials contend was meant to trace weapons up cartel ranks to top capos — through news reports.

http://hotair.com/archives/2011/09/23/u-s-has-yet-to-explain-fast-and-furious-to-mexico/


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