07-22-2011 09:56 AM - editado 07-22-2011 11:39 AM
IMPEACH NOW! Obama Sells Weapons To Drug Cartels
Obama, Holder Busted in Gunwalker Cover-up
by Roger Hedgecock
U.S. agents shot to death in Mexico by narcos with american guns provided
by Obama administration
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 Gunwalker scandal.
It looks like the Obama regime financed (partly with “stimulus” funds) an $80 million program to allow straw buyers to purchase hundreds of weapons from federally licensed gun shops in Southwest states, over the objection of the shop owners, and then allowed these weapons to “walk” across the Mexican border into the waiting arms of the murderous Mexican drug cartels.
At first, Justice Department spokesmen said it was a “sting gone wrong.” Then, when many pointed out that the ATF had no jurisdiction to follow the guns across the border to make arrests, the cover story fell apart.
These are the types of guns released by ATF into
Mexico source: today.msnbc.msn.com
Melson has told congressional investigators that there is a “smoking gun” internal memo withheld from Congress indicating that “political appointees” (Obama’s) in the Justice Department were involved. This memo and other documents are being withheld from Congress as part of a cover-up.
Melson has also told Congressional investigators that affidavits prepared by Justice Department lawyers to support wiretaps in the operation were “inconsistent” with public statements by Justice Department officials, meaning that the operation, it’s existence at first denied by the Justice Department, was detailed months before to a court in sworn statements by the same Justice Department.
Attorney General Eric Holder testified at a congressional hearing in March 2011 that he had just learned of the Fast and Furious operation “a few weeks ago.” However, Holder spoke at a joint Mexico-U.S. law enforcement conference in Mexico in April 2009, describing the operation and touting it as a way to combat the growing power of the Mexican drug cartels.
Publicado: 07-22-2011 09:57 AM
The explosive revelations continued. Melson told the investigators that during operation Fast and Furious, guns were bought by and sold to individuals connected with the Mexican cartels who were also paid informants for the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration. American taxpayers are funding all sides of this war.
When the Mexican government captured the third-ranking leader of the Los Zetas cartel, Jesus Enrique Rejon Aguilar , he bragged that the cartel’s guns were bought in the U.S. and that all the cartels were buying guns from the U.S. government.
The Mexicans are furious about all this. The Mexican congress has opened an investigation under the assumption that Obama’s operation was an act of war on Mexico. More than 200 Mexican law enforcement and military personnel have been killed in the last year by guns traced back to Gunwalker.
These guns, traced by serial number, have tragically also turned up at the scene of the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata by cartel gunmen.
The Mexican cartels get weapons from Mexican Army deserters, from leftist guerrilla groups in South America, and from international gun smugglers. Under Obama, they also got weapons from U.S. gun shops. We now know how this was done, in a story first told by CBS News. The question is why?
The answer fits a pattern described by then-Obama Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel of never letting a crisis go to waste if it can advance the agenda.
The crisis was the civil war between the Mexican government and the drug cartels, with violence spilling over into American cities. Obama, Janet Napolitano , and even Hillary Clinton, blamed this border violence on the easy availability of guns in U.S. gun shops and gun shows along the border. The agenda was gun control. Gun control laws needed to be strengthened to protect the lives of innocent Mexicans and Americans.
When statistics designed to show the cartels were armed primarily from American sources were proven false, the crisis had to be goosed a little. Operation Fast and Furious became the funnel for a self-fulfilling prophecy.
Despite all these revelations of Obama regime complicity in this gunrunning operation, the gun control agenda lives on.
Just last Monday, the Justice Department announced that all gun shops in four Southwest states will have to report to the ATF purchases of two or more of some types of rifles by the same person in a five-day span. With a straight face, a Justice Department spokesman described this as an effort to stem the illicit flow of weapons into Mexico.
Rep. Lamar Smith (R.-Tex.) called this new requirement the “height of hypocrisy ... when the administration knowingly and intentionally allowed guns to be trafficked into Mexico.” Smith concluded, “Limiting the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens is not going to solve the problem.” Thank you Congressman Smith.
Congratulations Ken Melson. Thank you for telling the truth. Without you, the American people might believe that more gun control is the answer. With your statements, we now know that controlling the corruption of the Justice Department is the answer.
Isn’t it time someone asked the age-old question, “What did the President know, and when did he know it?”
Publicado: 07-27-2011 02:15 PM
Bombshell: White House Knew About ATF Gunrunning Scandal
Well, today a bombshell dropped. It's not just the Justice Department that looks culpable -- it looks like the White House was briefed on the operation as well:
At a lengthy hearing on ATF's controversial gunwalking operation today, a key ATF manager told Congress he discussed the case with a White House National Security staffer as early as September 2010. The communications were between ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix office, Bill Newell, and White House National Security Director for North America Kevin O'Reilly. Newell said the two are longtime friends. The content of what Newell shared with O'Reilly is unclear and wasn't fully explored at the hearing.
For various reasons relating to the White House's gun policies and relations with Mexico, many have speculated that the White House was involved. (This involves a lot of political posturing on guns by the White House, which I explain in detail in my piece mentioned above.) But this is the first concrete proof that the White House knew what was going on.
If the White House knew what was going on, this very, very serious charge. Did the White House knowingly let guns fall into the hands of criminals to make the case for more liberal gun laws? I imagine GOP congressional investigators will proceed cautiously here, but Fast and Furious is so far has been a slow-burning, but deadly serious scandal. But a deep exploration of level of White House involvement now seems warranted -- the scandal may have just become huge.
Publicado: 07-30-2011 11:10 AM
EDITORIAL: America abandons Obama GOP chief believes Tea Party and conservatives key to defeating Barack
So much for hope and change. With the economy growing worse and worse (see nearby editorial), the grand promises of Barack Obama's 2008 campaign have faded as the reality of malaise takes hold.
Mr. Obama has vowed to spend $1 billion in advertising dollars to counteract the effect his policies have had on the nation. The GOP's campaign chief met with The Washington Times on Friday to discuss why that's not going to work. "I think this [election] is a referendum on Barack Obama," said Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus. "The people in this country are going to ask themselves a question: 'Am I better off than I was three or four years ago?' And the answer is clearly no."
Candidate Obama's pledge to go "line by line" through the budget to get the deficit under control has become little more than an inside-the-Beltway joke as his spending levels rival those of an Egyptian pharaoh. Even liberals feel betrayed on a number of pet causes like torture and Guantanamo Bay, and they're jumping ship. The Pew Research Center for the People & the Press released a survey July 22 that found Republicans were making huge gains among white voters. In 2008, 46 percent of this demographic group sided with the GOP while 44 percent preferred Democrats. Today, the Republican advantage has grown to 13 points, with the biggest gains found among those under the age of 30.
In other words, the young voters who once identified with the youthful, relatively unknown senator from Illinois are having a severe case of buyer's remorse. The survey showed Republicans also made a small 2 percent gain among black voters, but larger inroads ought to be possible given the astonishing figure that 16.2 percent of blacks can't find a job in Mr. Obama's economy - double the figure for whites. "People are hurting," said Mr. Priebus. "The problem that Obama has is that he has had results of his presidency, and these results are awful and people know it."
High unemployment, low growth and reckless spending sparked a Tea Party movement demanding real change. Some establishment types in Washington and New York have seen this as a threat. They've even taken to deriding Tea Party members as "Hobbits." When he was leader of the Wisconsin GOP, Mr. Priebus attended and spoke at Tea Party rallies. "I don't believe the Republican Party or the RNC is in competition with the conservative movement in America," he explained. "We're part of the conservative movement in this country."
As long as the focus remains on the Obama administration's fiscal policies, conservatives are going to win the spending showdown. Our freedoms, in fact, depend on that victory. "We're at an almost standstill in Washington debating about what we need to do to increase the credit card yet again because we need to pay our bondholders in China and we can't possibly default," Mr. Priebus explained. "This is a little glimpse of what it's like when you have to surrender a little bit of your sovereignty... because we can't get spending under control."
Mr. Obama should be nervous. There's a focused leader at the helm of the RNC who's committed to making sure "The One" is a one-termer.
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Publicado: 09-06-2011 10:28 PM
Expert: Drug gangs control half of Mexico
August 26, 2011
Mexico City – Violent crime has become a problem of national security in Mexico, where half of the territory is outside of state control and “we’re in the hands of the narcos,” an intelligence expert and author of a new book on Mexico’s public safety woes, said.
Jorge Carrillo Olea, founder of Mexico’s leading intelligence center, said the “state has lost territorial control, and therefore governability,” over roughly 50 percent of the country.
The government has been incapable of fully enforcing the law and ensuring justice is upheld, said Carrillo, who spoke to Efe while in Mexico City to promote his new book, “Mexico en riesgo; una vision personal sobre un Estado a la defensive” (Mexico at Risk: A Personal Vision of a State on the Defensive), published this year by Grijalbo.
Carrillo, who in 1989 founded the Center for Research and National Security, or Cisen, a civil entity overseen by the interior ministry, said Mexico’s crime and public safety problems will last for decades because the society has “reached a point of no return.”
He said the country has neglected to combat money laundering and weapons trafficking to avoid stepping on the toes of big Mexican and foreign capitalists, particularly from the United States.
Mexico has shirked its commitment to halt this traffic and “things go no further than empty rhetoric,” said Carrillo, who formerly held top posts in the country’s public administration.
Governments also have undermined the nation’s sovereignty with their policies, ceding authority to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the FBI - “who act like lords and owners in our country” - and even openly requesting assistance from the United States, he said.
The national security expert said drug gangs receive huge profit margins on their business and their battles for control of territory can pose enormous national security risks to countries like Mexico.
Publicado: 09-06-2011 10:30 PM
Cartels have weapons to combat Mexican security forces, although “with enormous losses for (the gangs)” because they recruit young men without military training, “give them an AK-47 and they use it as if they were watering a garden,” Carrillo said.
The expert said that although the army keeps killing young men recruited by drug mobs, these groups will continue to find more impoverished persons willing to earn between 8,000 and 12,000 pesos ($650-$970) a month and gain a sense of power, obtain women and defy authority.
“If policies are measured by their results, there haven’t been any positive results so far. Even though the authorities say they’ve decapitated the (criminal) organizations, these have multiplied and extended (their reach),” Carrillo, who also once served as governor of the central state of Morelos, said.
Only the formal structures have changed and President Felipe Calderon’s 2006-2012 administration will conclude with some 50,000 drug-related deaths, according to the expert, who worked closely with the previous administrations of Luis Echeverria, 1970-1976; Jose Lopez Portillo, 1976-1982; Miguel de la Madrid, 1982-1988; and Carlos Salinas, 1988-1994.
More than 40,000 deaths attributed mainly to turf battles among the cartels and clashes between gangsters and the security forces already have occurred since Calderon took office in late 2006.
While the president’s militarization of the drug war has led to high-profile arrests and slayings of drug lords, it also has coincided with a sharp increase in drug-related violence.
The growth of the cartels also has sparked a rise in the number of small-time criminal outfits who commit robberies, kidnappings and, especially acts of extortion, against law-abiding citizens, Carrillo said.
Referring to Cisen, the expert said that its original mission was to create a national security system to safeguard the Mexican state but that in recent years it has been placed at the service of each successive administration.
He added that previous intelligence agencies, such as the Federal Security Directorate, had always acted as espionage mechanisms that defended the administration in power from subversive threats.
In that regard, he said Mexico must establish a National State Security policy that is enshrined “in the constitution and other laws, create awareness in Congress and among the citizenry so they monitor its enforcement and prevent it from being changed (with each new president) every six years.”
“We’ve passed the point of no return and no president,” regardless of party affiliation, can do much to solve the security woes, Carrillo said, adding that Calderon’s successor will have to have a “very serious, large team in place to analyze and tackle the problem.”
But “that won’t satisfy people,” the expert predicted. He therefore called for a grand national alliance that promotes long-term solutions, which he said must be in the hands of institutions, not individuals.
Publicado: 04-13-2012 09:32 PM
KUHNER: Obama’s Watergate Officials cover up culpability for gun smuggling and murder.
The Washington Times
Thursday, December 15, 2011
A year ago this week, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered. He died protecting his country from brutal Mexican gangsters. Two AK-47 assault rifles were found at his death site. We now know the horrifying truth: Agent Terry was killed by weapons that were part of an illegal Obama administration operation to smuggle arms to the dangerous drug cartels. He was a victim of his own government. This is not only a major scandal; it is a high crime that potentially reaches all the way to the White House, implicating senior officials. It is President Obama's Watergate.
Operation Fast and Furious was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and overseen by the Justice Department. It started under the leadership of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. Fast and Furious enabled straw gun purchases from licensed dealers in Arizona, in which more than 2,000 weapons were smuggled to Mexican drug kingpins. ATF claims it was seeking to track the weapons as part of a larger crackdown on the growing violence in the Southwest. Instead, ATF effectively has armed murderous gangs. About 300 Mexicans have been killed by Fast and Furious weapons. More than 1,400 guns remain lost. Agent Terry likely will not be the last U.S. casualty.
Fast and Furious is even worse than Watergate for one simple reason: No one died because of President Nixon's political dirty tricks and abuse of government power. But Brian Terry is dead; and there are still 1,500 missing guns threatening still more lives.
Mr. Holder clearly knew about Fast and Furious and did nothing to stop it. This is because the administration wanted to use the excuse of increased violence on the border and weapons-smuggling into Mexico to justify tighter gun-control legislation. Mr. Holder is fighting ferociously to prevent important internal Justice documents from falling into the hands of congressional investigators. If the full nature of his involvement is discovered, the Obama presidency will be in peril.
What did Mr. Obama know? Massive gun-smuggling by the U.S. government into a foreign country does not happen without the explicit knowledge and approval of leading administration officials. It's too big, too risky and too costly. Mr. Holder may not be protecting just himself and his cronies. Is he protecting the president?
Jeffrey T. Kuhner is a columnist at The Washington Times and president of the Edmund Burke Institute.
Publicado: 05-10-2012 12:41 PM
Chaffetz to Democrats: Where Are Your Guts on Fast and Furious?
By Katie Pavlich 5/10/2012
Last night the House of Representatives passed the Fast and Furious Accountability Amendment as part of the Commerce-Justice-Science Appropriations Act. The amendment passed by a vote of 381 to 41 and was sponsored by Republican Reps. Jason Chaffetz, Paul Gosar and Blake Farenthold. Rep. Trey Gowdy wasn't a co-sponsor, but offered strong support for the amendment which prohibits the Department of justice from spending money to cover-up the Fast and Furious scandal. "Covering up" includes making materially false statements, or crafting documents that contain false or fraudulent information.
During debate on the amendment, Chaffetz called on Democrats to step up and hold the Justice Department accountable and to demand documents requested from DOJ about Fast and Furious be provided to Congress.
My challenge to members on both sides of the aisle is to stand up and have the integrity to say that we have a dead U.S. agent; we have a department of justice that lied to congress. Where are the guts in this body to stand up and say, "we're not going to put up with that." We're going to demand these documents be provided to the congress. We know because the inspector general within the Department of Justice has said they have 80,000 documents, they've given congress about 7,000 of those documents. This is the test of principle, this is the test of integrity, and when you can't stand up and take on your own party, that's a lack of guts. This congress has got to stand up for itself, and demand that these documents be released. I would encourage members on both sides of the aisle, at the very least, vote for this amendment. I can't imagine any reason why anybody would deny the passage of this amendment. We're not going to allow taxpayer dollars to be used to lie to congress, unfortunately we have been lied to. That's the reason why we have to do this amendment. It's embarrassing that you have to even get to this point, but, madam chair, Brian Terry's family expected the integrity of -- expected, the integrity of this body demands and we cannot rest until we get to the bottom of that, regardless whether it's republican or democrat.
Chaffetz's remarks came just one day after Chairman of the House Oversight Committe Darrell Issa sent a letter to Democrat Rep. Jason Altmire reminding him of the bipartisan push for Fast and Furious accountability a year ago.
"On June 3, 2011, you and 30 fellow House Democrats wrote to the President 'to express [your] serious concerns about the Administration's response' to the congressional investigation into Operation Fast and furious. In your letter, you urged the President to 'instruct the Department of Justice to promptly provide complete answers to all Congressional inquiries on the issue.'
Publicado: 05-10-2012 12:42 PM
Eleven months later, the Department of Justice has failed to provide those complete answers," the letter read. "Given the special interest expressed in your prior letter, I now write enclosing a package of documents sent to Members of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform last week. This package includes a a draft contempt report detailing the Justice Department's refusal to cooperate with the congressional inquiry into Fast and Furious. You will find the Departments' actions fail woefully short of full compliance with a congressional subpoena. Thank you for your continued support of our efforts to fulfill our shared constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch."
Issa has given Eric Holder the option avoid contempt charges so long as he complies with a congressional subpoena issued back in October 2011.
President Obama has done anything but hold his attorney general accountable for Fast and Furious. In fact, Obama has said he has "full faith and confidence" in the way Holder has handled things. Not to mention, Obama has threatened to veto the latest House budget because it doesn't include funding to enforce DOJ's new long gun reporting/gun control measure. The measure was issued after DOJ used law abiding gun shop owners in southern border states as a scape goat for their deadly Operation Fast and Furious and requires dealers report the sale of one or more semi-automatic rifles larger than a .22-caliber to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.
Unfortunetly, according to the Washington Examiner, the House budget does include a funding increase for ATF, the agency DOJ used to carry out gunwalking during Fast and Furious.
House appropriators are set to give the agency that handled Operation Fast and Furious the exact funding requested by Obama, which is an increase in funding since last year.
"The legislation contains $1.2 billion for the [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] ATF, $1 million above fiscal year 2012 and the same as the [president's] request," the House Appropriations Committee explained last month.
Obama has threatened to veto this appropriations bill because, among other things, it limits the gun control authority of ATF.
"Preventing the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from requiring licensed firearms dealers in four border States o report information on the sale of multiple rifles or shotguns to the same person would hamper efforts to address the problem of illegal gun trafficking along the Southwest Border and in Mexico," the Executive Office of the President said in a statement on the legislation.
Today, Rep. Gosar, who drafted a "no confidence" resolution against Holder that now has 108 co-sponsors, will lead a Special Order on the House Floor in an effort to open the Fast and Furious debate to the entire Congress.
The bottom line: Brian Terry is dead, Jaime Zapata is dead, hundred if not thousands of Mexicans are dead as a result of Fast and Furious. We need answers.