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Bob Owens is reporting that Phil Jordan, a former CIA operative and one-time leader of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s El Paso Intelligence Center, claims that the Obama administration is running guns to the violent Zetas cartel through the direct commercial sale of military grade weapons:

Jordan, who served as director of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s El Paso Intelligence Center in 1995, said the Zetas have shipped large amounts of weapons purchased in the Dallas area through El Paso.

Robert "Tosh" Plumlee, a former CIA contract pilot, told the Times he supported Jordan’s allegations, adding that the Zetas have reportedly bought property in the Columbus, N.M., border region to stash weapons and other contraband.

"From the intel, it appears that a company was set up in Mexico to purchase weapons through the U.S. Direct Commercial Sales Program, and that the company may have had a direct link to the Zetas."

The U.S. Direct Commercial Sales program is run from the U.S. State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. It regulates and licenses private U.S. companies’ overseas sales of weapons and other defense materials, defense services, and military training.  This does not include the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program, which authorized sales to foreign governments.

An El Paso Times article -- as of now ignored by mainstream media -- went into much more shocking detail:

"They’ve found anti-aircraft weapons and hand grenades from the Vietnam War era," Plumlee said.  Other weapons found include grenade launchers, assault rifles, handguns and military gear including night-vision goggles and body armor.

"The information about the arms trafficking was provided to our U.S. authorities long before the 'Columbus 11' investigation began," said Plumlee, referring to recent indictments accusing several Columbus city officials of arms trafficking in conjunction with alleged accomplices in El Paso and Chaparral, N.M.

Jesús Rejón Aguilar, the number three man in the Zeta’s hierarchy, disclosed last week that the Zetas bought weapons in the United States and transported them across the Rio Grande.  Mexican federal authorities captured Rejón on July 3 in the state of Mexico, and presented him to the news media the next day.  His recorded video statement was uploaded on YouTube.

Jordan agreed with Plumlee’s allegations that the Zetas are operating in the Columbus-Palomas border.

Plumlee, who has testified before U.S. congressional committees about arms and drug trafficking, said the roads in Southern New Mexico provide smugglers easy access to Mexico’s highway networks.

Insight.org provides a map of the air-smuggling route originating in Dallas at Alliance Airport and ending in Columbus, New Mexico -- a small town that has also been rocked by the arrests and guilty pleas of the town mayor and other elected officials who were running guns to a cartel safehouse, and then apparently into Mexico.

There is no direct link made as of yet between the Columbus, NM, officials case and the allegations of the Dallas-to-Columbus air smuggling route, but the possible connection should raise eyebrows.

If these allegations can be verified: what on Earth was the State Department thinking supplying the direct sale of military weapons to a cartel front company?  Weapons that were then smuggled out of the very airport used by the Drug Enforcement Agency charged with bringing down the cartels?

Anthony Martin at the Examiner brings up one of the most damning and compelling questions that the State Department and Obama administration must answer if this story is true:

The program is set up so that the sale of U.S. guns to foreign entities involve direct negotiations with the governments of those countries purchasing the weapons.  The description of the program specifically states that it regulates the sale of U.S. firearms to other countries or international organizations.

How, then, did a drug cartel purchase weapons through this program when it is neither an international organization nor a government?

At The Truth About Guns, Brad Kozak opines:

The ATF was not the only ones running guns to Mexico. Apparently the State Department was playing, too.  And then consider this angle -- was the State Department competing with the ATF for the hearts and minds of the Mexican drug trade?

If the ATF is supplying the Sinaloas (with Calderón’s tacit approval and/or help) and State is playing for the Zetas, where does that leave the rest of America?
It sounds like a fictional thriller, but considering what we’ve already learned of Operation Fast and Furious, the Justice Department, and the possibility of even more gunrunning operations (Operation Castaway) out of DOJ, is a rival program being run out of State really a bizarre accusation?

Not a problem if Obama if Obama and Holder can continue with their 90% lie, and use that lie to infringe the rights of the American people, "under the radar," to "keep and bear arms." 

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I've been following this situation closely and it's down right scary, as more and more info comes to light.  We have some serious problems in our government and more and more people are becoming aware but not enough. 

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Check out these three related items.

Guns for Mexican cartels
 
Did Obama and Attorney General Holder secretly allow U.S. purchased weapons to wind up in the hands of the Mexican drug cartels to justify a new round of federal gun-control laws?  The evidence for this impeachable offense is growing.
 
On Tuesday, the House Oversight Committee will be convened by Chairman Darrell Issa to consider the latest revelations involving "Operation Fast and Furious," an exploding scandal now known as Gunwalker.

Obama 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.

I've never seen so many comments on a YouTube video.

Obama, Holder Busted in Gunrunner Cover-up

Roger Hedgecock says Kenneth Melson was supposed to be the fall guy, the sacrificial lamb, the guy thrown under the bus to protect President Obama.  Melson was "expected" to resign.  He refused.
 
Instead, Melson, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has turned whistle-blower and all hell is about to explode over the operation dubbed by Obama’s Justice Department "Fast and Furious" but now known as the Gunrunner scandal.



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And this from today...
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/07/25/feds-refuse-to-explain-why-proper-background-checks-werent-conducted-on-fast/


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Feds Silent On How Convicted Felons Bought Guns In "Operation Fast And Furious"

William La Jeunesse & Laura Prabucki are reporting that in the latest chapter of the gunrunning scandal known as Operation Fast and Furious, federal officials won't say how two suspects obtained more than 360 weapons despite criminal records that should have prevented them from buying even one gun. 
 
Under current federal law, people with felony convictions are not permitted to buy weapons, and those with felony arrests are typically flagged while the FBI conducts a thorough background check.

However, according to court records reviewed by Fox News, two of the 20 defendants indicted in the Fast and Furious investigation have felony convictions and criminal backgrounds that experts say, at the very least, should have delayed them buying a single firearm.  Instead, the duo bought dozens of guns on multiple occasions while federal officials watched on closed-circuit cameras. 
 
Congressional and law-enforcement sources say the situation suggests the FBI, which operates the National Instant Criminal Background Check System, knowingly allowed the purchases to go forward after consulting with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which initiated Operation Fast and Furious.
 
Under the failed anti-gun trafficking program, straw buyers -- those who legally purchase guns and illegally sell them to a third party -- were allowed to buy guns, many of which were sold to Mexican drug cartel members and subsequently lost.  Related to the case, the U.S. government in May charged Manuel Osorio-Arellanes with killing Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry last year using a gun purchased through the program.
 
Court documents show the breakdown involves suspects Jacob Wayne Chambers, 21, and Sean Christopher Stewart, 28, both of Phoenix.  Police arrested Chambers for felony burglary and trafficking stolen property in 2008, a year before he began buying more than 70 guns that ended up in the hands of the Sinaloa cartel.  Stewart pled guilty to resisting arrest and criminal damage in 2001 and was arrested on drug charges in 2010.  He was also charged with violating an order of protection and a local municipal court issued a warrant for his arrest.  Stewart purchased 290 weapons.

"You cannot sanction the violation of federal law by enabling or co-enabling prohibited persons, which includes felony convictions, from purchasing firearms," said Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., a former federal prosecutor and a member of the House Government Oversight and Reform Committee, which is investigating the botched ATF operation.  Gowdy said he would discuss the apparent violation with committee chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif.
 
When asked about the breakdown, Stephen Fischer, a spokesman for the NICS System, said the FBI had no comment.  However, an ATF agent who worked on the Fast and Furious investigation, told Fox News that NICS officials called the ATF in Phoenix whenever their suspects tried to buy a gun.  That conversation typically led to a green light for the buyers, when it should have stopped them.
 
The apparent corruption of the system concerns Gowdy.  "It is unconscionable and goes beyond just being a terribly ill-conceived investigation to bordering, if not crossing, into criminal activity," he said.
 
The investigation into why these men were able to purchase weapons and this sting operation gone wrong continues on Tuesday.  The House Oversight Committee will hold a third hearing, focusing on what was happening on the other side of the border in Mexico.
 
The former and current ATF attachés to Mexico will testify that their agency never informed them of this operation.
 
Issa and his colleagues will also have their first opportunity to question ATF supervisors who have defended Operation Fast and Furious and the Justice Department's decisions to committee investigators.


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Obama and Holder could face felony charges for Fast and Furious

Doug Book says why waste time asking "What did you know and when did you know it?" when the Obama Regime might already face felony charges?

That’s the question Attorney David Hardy and others are asking those investigating the role of Regime members in the deadly gun walking fiasco,  Fast and Furious.
 
Since whistleblowers brought this scheme to the attention of Congress early this year,  Senator Charles Grassley and Congressman Darrell Issa have been frustrated by Department of Justice stonewalling, subterfuge, and misrepresentation.

As Grassley wrote to Attorney General Eric Holder in a July 18th correspondence,  "If the attorneys working on the [Justice]  Department’s  response to the Committee spent less time redacting documents and more time producing them, we would be much closer to understanding the failures in leadership surrounding Operation Fast and Furious."

But it is Hardy’s contention that the leadership at the Department of Justice,  the ATF and perhaps the FBI and DEA are in violation of the Arms Export Control Act of 1976.

Written to make certain that members of the executive branch do not "mistakenly" sell arms to terrorists or tyrants, the Act clearly states that a president selling "defense articles" to another nation must first receive a permit from the Secretary of State. Nevertheless, no permit is necessary if those articles are:

1.  For official use by a department or agency of the United States government; or

2.  For carrying out any foreign assistance or sales program authorized by law…


As Hardy rightly concludes, "the firearms involved  [in Fast and Furious]  were not being exported for official use by an agency, nor as part of foreign aid."

And although the people who made the straw purchases or transported the weapons across the border are obviously guilty under the Act, administration officials who encouraged or permitted these violations are equally liable,  as "principles."

"Whoever commits an offense against the United States or aids, abets,  counsels,  commands,  induces or procures its commission, is punishable as a principle."

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I don't remember if this has been shown here or not but it's worth showing again.  Video from 2009 stating that Obama ordered and knew about it.



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“They’re looking at straw purchasers, they have cooperative Federal Firearms Licensees and it sounds like a significant investigation,” Gil said Kumor told him, adding that “he didn’t have access to the trace information either.” But, Gil said Kumor told him every official “on the chain” up to Kumor from Phoenix was “aware of the investigation.”

Gil said he wasn’t satisfied with the lack of answers from Washington-based officials, and got into “screaming matches” with Kumor. “Hey, when are they going to shut this, to put it bluntly, damn investigation down, we’re getting hurt down here,” Gil told Congressional investigators he’d scream at Kumor.



http://dailycaller.com/2011/07/26/new-details-about-operation-fast-and-furious-effects-in-mexico-surface-before-hearing/


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The video was posted above, in Post #3, but this is a good reminder.

It has been posted as the feature video on The Obama File YouTube channel.  Link in left column.


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Today is going to be a busy day on this topic I believe with the hearings going on (except on msnbc).  Here's an interview with Issa.
Issa: Obama admin intimidating witnesses in ATF gun probe - Washington Times: http://wtim.es/pIGwV5 via @washtimes
 
If this was a republican president he & Holder would have been impeached and looking at jail time already and this would be splashed on every newspaper and news channel in the world.


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Beckwith, hope you don't mind that I keep adding to this!  Every time something comes out, I'm just amazed that it lasted as long as it did.  This had to got all the way to BO!

"By Feb. 27, 2010, Lanny Breuer, the head of the Criminal Division of the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., was allegedly told that the ATF had successfully helped sell 1,026 weapons worth more than $650,000 to members of the Sinaloa cartel. The briefing included all top ATF officials, including the agents in charge in Los Angeles and Houston, as well as a half dozen top Justice Department attorneys."
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/07/26/atf-accused-in-congressional-report-arming-cartel-for-war-through-operation/#ixzz1TF0sDqAK



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Watch the investigation on CSpan, Issa does a good job picking apart their stories and lies.  Anything less than a conviction of Holder will be a hollow victory.
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ATF agents denounce rogue guns transfers

Chuck Neubauer is reporting that ATF field agents working in Mexico broke ranks with their supervisors Tuesday during a rancorous five-hour House committee hearing, saying they were kept in the dark about a controversial undercover operation in which hundreds of guns ended up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent Carlos Canino, the ATF acting attache to Mexico; Darren Gil, former attache; and Jose Wall, senior agent in Tijuana, told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee they had serious concerns about the alarming rate of guns found in violent crimes in Mexico whose source was "Operation Fast and Furious" in Arizona.

"I would like to apologize to my former Mexican law enforcement counterparts and to the Mexican people for Operation Fast and Furious," said Mr. Gil.  "I hope they understand that this was kept secret from most of ATF, including me and my colleagues in Mexico."

Mr. Gil said he found it "inconceivable" that any competent ATF agent would allow "firearms to disappear at all," especially on an international border.  As a result, he said, the Mexican people will continue to suffer the consequences of narcotics-related firearms violence.

In emotional and often angry comments, Mr. Canino said "walking guns" was not a recognized investigative technique, adding that hundreds of weapons ultimately went to ruthless criminals in Mexico.

"It infuriates me that people, including my law enforcement, diplomatic and military colleagues, may be killed or injured with these weapons," he said, describing the Fast and Furious program as "insane" and adding that he was unable to defend it to government officials in Mexico who already think the U.S. is indifferent to Mexican violence and death.

"I have reason to believe we were kept in the dark because the ATF leadership in Phoenix feared we would tell our Mexican partners," he said, adding that "never in my wildest dreams" would he have thought that ATF agents would allow guns to be walked to Mexican criminals.

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ATF mgr shared info about F&F in Sept 2010 with White House...
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-20083772-10391695.html

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Darrell Issa says the Obama admin intimidating witnesses in ATF gun probe

Stephen Dinan and Chuck Neubauer are reporting that The Obama administration sought to intimidate witnesses into not testifying to Congress on Tuesday about whether ATF knowingly allowed weapons, including assault rifles, to be "walked" into Mexico, the chairman of a House committee investigating the program said in an interview Monday.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell E. Issa, California Republican, said at least two scheduled witnesses expected to be asked about a controversial weapons investigation known as "Fast and Furious" received warning letters from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to limit their testimony.

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Yet Again, the ObamaMedia repeats the "90% lie"

Yesterday, the San Francisco Chronicle printed a story by Hearst reporter Dan Freedman which uncritically regurgitated a Democratic press release from June 13 as the latest news.  It included the "I told you so" arrogance one should expect from today’s under-educated class of journalist, stating:
 
The claim that Mexican cartels rely on huge stocks of military surplus weaponry from civil wars in Central America is the mantra of pro-gun organizations fearful that linking drug violence to U.S.-purchased weapons could lead to more gun control.
 
Though gun-rights advocates and at least one prominent U.S. senator ferociously stand by that politically charged theory, federal firearms data show only a tiny percentage originate south of Mexico’s border.
 
Indeed, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and others have cited the Mexico-bound flow of weapons from firearms dealers in border states including Texas and California in arguing for restoring the expired federal assault-weapons ban and other gun restrictions.
 
In response to a query from Feinstein, the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives reported last month that of the 29,284 weapons recovered in Mexico and submitted for tracing in 2009 and 2010, a total of 20,504 -- 70 percent -- were "United States-sourced firearms."  Virtually all of the remaining weapons were not traceable because insufficient information was submitted.

 
PJM readers know exactly what’s happening here: it’s the "90 percent lie," again.
 
All of Freedman’s "content" comes from a dishonest claim made in Senator Dianne Feinstein’s dishonest June 13 press release:
 
About 70 percent of the guns seized in Mexico and submitted to a U.S. gun-tracing program came from the United States, according to a report released by three U.S. senators Monday.
 
Of the 29,284 firearms recovered by authorities in Mexico in 2009 and 2010, 20,504 came from the United States, according to figures provided to the senators by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
 
Most of those weapons -- 15,131 -- were U.S. made, while another 5,373 were of foreign manufacture but had moved through the United States into Mexico.
 
The ATF said the remainder of the weapons total -- 8,780 arms -- were of "undetermined origin due to insufficient information provided."
 
Freedman is obviously parroting the Feinstein press release and is simply too incurious to investigate the liberal anti-gun senator’s claim.

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Is "Fast and Furious" just the tip of Obama's gun smuggling iceberg?

AWR Hawkins is reporting that it was just over two and half years ago that the Obama administration entered the White House under promises of transparency and restoring America’s image abroad.  Yet now we know that at the same time they were promising these things, Obama was simultaneously setting aside $10,000,000.00 for operation "Gun Runner" (via the stimulus package) and the ATF was looking the other way while 2,500 guns were sold to suspicious characters in Arizona who were supposed to take the weapons to Cartel members in Mexico.

Now we all know that "Gun Runner" was followed by operation "Fast and Furious," which quickly proved to be an utter disaster.  Run from the top down, from the DOJ to the ATF and FBI, "Fast and Furious" turned out to be slow and impotent.  Only 1,300 of the 2,500 weapons sold were recovered and what was supposed to be a sweep of the Mexican cartel turned instead into a gift of 1,200 weapons that we failed to find.

In the aftermath of these operations, Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson has given testimony under oath indicating that Attorney General Eric Holder pressured him not to speak openly with members of Congress about the operations, Obama has denied knowledge of either, and the crime rate in Mexico has jumped exponentially.

Could it get any worse?  Maybe so.

For instance, over the weekend the El Paso Times detailed 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 are that weapons have been regularly transported from the Dallas/Fort Worth area to El Paso, Texas and/or Columbus, New Mexico.  From either of those locations they then crossed into Mexico.

What kind of weapons are we talking about?  According to Pajamas Media the weapons in view include "'anti-aircraft weapons and hand grenades from the Vietnam War era,'…[as well as] grenade launchers, assault rifles, handguns and military gear including night-vision goggles and body armor."  The theory is that said weapons are being stockpiled in Mexico for a specific place and time: perhaps even the 2012 Mexico elections.

It is alleged that these weapons were sold "through a little-publicized program…[referred to as] 'U.S. Direct Commercial Sales.'"  The program was put in place to "regulate the sale of U.S. firearms to other countries," but if the allegations are true, the program has more or less served as a cover for other operations (like selling military grade weapons to drug cartels in Mexico).

As a matter of fact, one Mexican drug cartel member who has been questioned claims that all the weapons he and his men possess "were obtained in the U.S., many of which were sold to them by the United States government."  It’s important to note that the difference between these guns and those tied to "Gun Runner" is that the DOJ was over "Gun Runner" but the State Department was allegedly behind direct sale to Mexican drug cartels.

In other words, it’s a whole new level of crookedness and corruption.

I know this is a lot of information coming at us awfully quick.  And in a way it’s hard to believe.  However, "Gun Runner" and "Fast and Furious" were also hard to believe when we first heard of them.  But now it’s more than evident that the details of those two operations were true.

The bottom line is that the mantra about transparency and restoring America’s honor abroad has become but a distant memory at this point.  Now, nothing this administration does comes as a real surprise.


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I do not think it is beyond imagination that there is an attempt to destabilize things in Mexico to create a crisis -- and BHO can then step in and say "Only I can fix this"  

Obama's leadership model is the model of subversive leadership. Subversive leaders in democracies do not tell their citizens where they wish to lead their societies. They hide their goals from their citizens, because they understand that their citizens do not share their goals. Then once they achieve their unspoken goals, they present their people with a fait accompli and announce that only they are competent to shepherd their societies through the radical shift they undertook behind the public's back.
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The Associated Press covers Gunwalker

John Hinderaker says the Associated Press reporting on the Gunwalker ("Fast and Furious") scandal has been sporadic but fair.  However, not many newspapers around the country have picked up the AP’s stories on Gunwalker, apparently because they would rather cover up than expose scandals that originate in the Obama administration.  (That’s only my theory, but if anyone can think of a better one, feel free to propose it.)  Today, the AP released its longest and most thorough story on the scandal so far. Written by Pauline Arrillaga, the AP article is "based on interviews with ATF agents, past and present; gun dealers who cooperated in Fast and Furious; court records in the Fast and Furious case; the testimony of current and former ATF agents before congressional committees and to congressional investigators; and a review of internal ATF emails and investigative documents assembled as part of the congressional inquiry into Fast and Furious as well as government strategy documents and reports regarding ATF’s approach to gun probes."  Ms. Arrillaga’s story is a very good starting point for those who are new to the story.

The article needs to be read in its entirety to get the full impact, but one notable point is that firearms dealers made sales of AK-47 type weapons that they normally would not have, because they were encouraged to do so by ATF:

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.

The dealers' fears, of course, turned out to be prescient.  It was the shooting of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry that finally brought the scandal to light:

The very day after the shooting, ATF agents arrested Jaime Avila.  According to court documents, Avila allegedly admitted on the spot to buying some 40 AK-47 variants.

Dodson, who had been transferred out of Group VII several months earlier, figured that at last his supervisors would admit mistakes had been made.  Then he saw the ATF’s initial investigative report regarding the shooting, and it made no mention of the fact that Avila had been a known suspect for months on end.

Fearing a potential cover-up, he tried calling the ATF’s chief counsel in Washington but got no reply.  He called the inspector general’s hot line and again got nothing.

Then he learned that U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley’s office might be looking into the operation and sent a note via an email address set up for potential whistleblowers.

Talk to me, he wrote.


The Obama administration’s cover-up continues to this day, as Eric Holder’s Department of Justice stonewalls Congress, seemingly in order to prevent the investigation from reaching into the highest levels of Obama's administration.   If the media’s need to protect the fast-sinking Obama administration were not so acute, this would be quite a scandal.  It will be interesting to see how many newspapers outside the Southwest border region print the AP’s latest story.


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Thanks Beckwith.  I keep looking for additional info on this (and with the hearings this week there should have been) but it was sparse.  This is going to blow up in the medias face too if they don't start paying attention and reporting.

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April 16, 2009 Joint Press Confereence with Barack Obama and Felipe Calderon of Mexico

In this video, Obama detailed the plans behind Fast and Furious to Mexican President Felipe Calderón.  During a joint press conference in April 2009, Calderón specifically mentions reviewing the flows of gun traffic (tracking) from the United States to Mexico. 

Calderón says:

"President Obama has made recent decisions in the last few weeks, and we value them and appreciate them -- for example, to reinforce the operational capability of U.S. border agencies in order to comply with this legislation and with other laws, in order to review the flows of entry not only into the United States, but also the outgoing flows, outgoing from the U.S., to make sure that there is no illicit money, in strict compliance with United States legislation.  I think these are very important steps."

Calderon and Obama were in on it together


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Issa to NRA: Two more Fast & Furious hearings planned this year

Dave Workman is reporting that Congressman Darrell Issa on Friday told NRA News that he is planning at least two more hearings on Operation Fast & Furious this year before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and that he will follow the investigation "up."
 
Fallout from last Tuesday’s hearing is still being felt, as gun rights forums (Hunting-Washington, Northwest Firearms, GunRightsMedia, OpenCarry.org) follow this growing scandal

Issa, in the telephone interview with NRA News’ Ginny Simone, audibly marvels at the testimony from former Phoenix Special Agent in Charge William Newell, which this column discussed.  During the hearing, Issa called Newell the "paid non-answerer" on the panel of agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  While other agents, most notably former attaché to Mexico Darren Gil and the current acting attaché Carlos Canino repeatedly denounced the Fast and Furious operation, Newell repeatedly insisted it was a good idea that essentially just didn’t work out.

That obviously frustrated Issa, who told Simone:
 
"You can play semantics all you want.  Very clearly, four agents all knew what was being done was gun walking while the agents involved tried to defend that this wasn’t technically gun walking, but the guns walked and people died."

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100 "Fast and Furious" weapons linked to crime scenes

Jordy Yager is reporting that more than 100 weapons linked to crime scenes were sold under a federal gun-tracking program, according to a new congressional report.

The report from two Republican lawmakers says the program was allowed to continue despite pleas from U.S. agents stationed in Mexico to stop arming the country’s drug cartels.

Issued by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Tuesday, the report found that Mexican law enforcement officials and U.S. attaché agents stationed in Mexico were kept largely in the dark about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' (ATF) gun-tracking operation known as Fast and Furious.

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The 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 lawmakers want to find out who gave the ultimate authorization for the operation.  Both Obama and Holder have decried the program.  Holder called for the inspector general to investigate the issue, and Obama has declined to comment on the issue until that probe is complete.


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Obama & Holder are intimidating and threatening Gunrunner whistleblowers

The YidWithLid blog is reporting that it appears that the Obama administration is forgetting a key rule of politics, its not the mistake that gets you, it's the cover-up.

For the second time in less than a month they are being accused of obstructing the Congressional inquiry into Operation Fast and Furious, the ATF operation which allowed Mexican drug cartels and convicted felons to obtain weapons.  The purpose of these committee hearings is to discover how such a lame-brained scheme was allowed to proceed.

Today the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is holding hearings continuing its investigation into Operation Fast and Furious.  
According to Committee Chairman Issa, the Obama administration sought to intimidate witnesses into not testifying before his committee.  Issa said at least two scheduled witnesses ”received warning letters from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to limit their testimony.

Issa made this revelation in an interview last night with the Washington Times.

But after receiving subpoenas, at least two of the agents got letters from ATF Associate Chief Counsel Barry S. Orlow warning them to keep certain areas off-limits, including those still under investigation.  Neither of the targeted agents was identified.
 
Mr. Issa said at least one witness wanted to back out of testifying to his committee after receiving the letter, but the chairman declined that request.  Instead he fired a letter back to William J. Hoover, deputy director of ATF, saying the "timing and content of this letter strongly suggest that ATF is obstructing and interfering with the congressional investigation."

This is the second time, there have been charges of obstruction made against the Obama administration regarding the Fast and Furious scandal.  On July 4th ATF Director Ken Melson testified before Darrell Issa's Committee.  As a result of the meeting, Issa along with ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Chuck Grassley fired off a letter about Melson's charge that he had been directed to obstruct the Congressional investigation.
 
"If his account is accurate, then ATF leadership appears to have been effectively muzzled while the DOJ sent over false denials and buried its head in the sand," Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said in a letter Tuesday to Attorney General Eric Holder.  "That approach distorted the truth and obstructed our investigation."

Issa told the Washington Times he is certain Fast and Furious was known about by most top officials at the Justice Department and that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. either knew and misled Congress, or was so out of the loop that he’s guilty of mismanagement


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ATF Death Watch 50: "The cover-up is probably worse than the crime"

Robert Farago says notice the word "probably."  Then note the source of this quote: UCLA Law Professor Adam Winkler [above].  And here’s the coupe de grace: Winkler’s qualified pronouncement appears in The Huffington Post.  That would be the left-leaning website that spent the early part of the ATF’s Gunwalker scandal ignoring it.  And then prevaricated on behalf of the ATF, claiming the Agency was guilty of nothing more than over-exuberance caused by a lack of funding (despite the extra funding that funded the anti-gun running gun running operation).  And now the HuffPo’s legal eagle is raising the red flag in an article entitled Obama’s Growing Gun Problem.  So it’s official: Obama’s in deep shit.  Oh, and about that "probably" . . .

The Gunwalker coverup is NOT worse than the crime.  Operation Fast and Furious armed Mexican narco-terrorists who used ATF-enabled weapons to murder U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.  And, it seems, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata.  And, for sure, dozens if not hundreds of Mexicans.
 
This isn’t Watergate.  It’s much worse than that.  No one died bugging the Democratic National Committee headquarters.  Operation Fast and Furious is drenched in blood.
 
What’s more, the aforementioned ATF conspiracy is part of a wider effort to arm drug thugs.  The United States government has been aiding and abetting Mexican narco-terrorists for at least a decade.  Uncle Sam has sanctioned hundreds of millions of dollars of American arms sales to the Mexican military and law enforcement -- knowing full well that U.S. guns and grenades have been "seeping" to Mexican drug cartels.
 
More to the point, Operation Fast and Furious would not have been possible without the direct cooperation and informed consent of the DOJ, ICE, FBI, CIA, DEA, DHS, State Department and White House.
 
Anyone who believes that the Team Obama didn’t know that American guns were flowing to Mexican drug cartels via the ATF and official sales must then conclude that the Obama administration was wholly incompetent.  As an NRA email blast put it this morning, either DOJ jefe Eric Holder lied to Congress about his knowledge of Fast and Furious or he’s a nincompoop [paraphrasing].
 
Even the liberal media is beginning to get it, with a growing inkling of what’s at stake.  Truth be told, the Gunwalker scandal could bring down Barack Obama.  That distant vision has the late-to-the-party (that they didn’t want to attend in the first place) MSM spooked.  And rightly so.  Winkler:

"The administration should waste no time and come clean about what happened, who approved it, and how it can be avoided again."
 
This the Obama administration cannot do.  To "come clean" on Gunwalker would be to admit that the White House -- including Obama himself -- approved a program that knowingly armed narco-terrorists.  A criminal conspiracy that contributed to the death of an American Marine.  And that would lead to even less palatable revelations, including the ones mooted above.
 
Winkler’s naiveté is no surprise.  The law guru and his media cohorts live a long way from the Mexican border.  More importantly, they haven’t been paying attention to the man behind the curtain.
 
Blinded by Obama’s promises and rhetoric, the MSM has singularly failed to understand the ruthlessness of his ambition, and the pusillanimous perfidy of those who helped elevate him to the highest office in the land.  They’re beginning to wake-up and BOY are they grumpy.

Obama took office promising unparalleled transparency, yet top officials have been anything but with regard to Fast and Furious.  Instead of addressing the questions head on, which might end the controversy quickly, the administration is guaranteeing that the investigation will drag on and on.  Soon it will develop into a full-blown political scandal and Obama will wish that instead of ignoring this controversy, he’d dealt with it fast and furious.
 
As greater thinkers than I have asserted, the wheels of justice grind slowly but they grind exceedingly fine.  In fact, those of us who believe ours is a nation of laws may one day thank the ATF for its hubris.  Gunwalker is the first crack in the corrupt foundation of the current executive branch.  By no means will it be the last.


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