Posts Tagged ‘Operation Fast and Furious’

Grace Wyler
Business Insider
June 20, 2012

President Barack Obama has exerted executive privilege over documents related to the Fast & Furious gunrunning operation, stepping into the stand-off between Attorney General Eric Holder and House Oversight Chair Darrell Issa.

The Oversight Committee is demanding previously undisclosed documents about the DOJ’s response to Fast and Furious, a gunrunning operation in which U.S. agents allowed guns to “walk” across the border and into the hands of Mexico’s drug cartels.

Obama’s move today is surprising —this is the first time that he has invoked executive privilege — and comes on the same day that the Oversight Committee is set to vote on whether to hold Holder in contempt over the Department of Justice’s involvement in the botched operation.

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American Free Press
February 13, 2012

Republican lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee called on Attorney General Eric Holder to resign even as the country’s top lawyer dodged questions about his involvement in what many are calling a criminal scheme by the U.S. government to traffic weapons to Mexican drug gangs.

During his testimony, Holder ranted angrily about the alleged “unfairness” of him having to answer questions about why he used bogus documents to conceal the fact that weapons sold in the government gunrunning operation were used to murder U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

“Nobody’s been disciplined. Nobody’s been fired,” Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Texas) told the embattled Holder. “It might be time for you to resign.”

Holder opened his remarks by acknowledging that “Fast and Furious”—the U.S. governmental operation to supply arms to Mexican narco- guerrillas, who are waging veritable war against the governments of Mexico and the United States—was a mistake. However, he claimed it was cooked up by people in his employ and was something he could not personally be held accountable for.

Evidence presented to the committee during five previous hearings shows that Holder lied to Congress about Fast and Furious, claiming it did  not exist. Since then, he has changed his tune and also admitted that the Justice Department laundered money for Mexican drug gangs as well.

The Fast and Furious operation was the brainchild of Patrick Cunningham, the head of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Phoenix. It was Cunningham whom Holder referenced in comments he made claiming that his subordinates deceived him and other Department of Justice supervisors as to the nature of the program.

Cunningham recently took the Fifth Amendment and refused to testify before Congress, claiming he was under criminal investigation for his actions in setting up and controlling the Fast and Furious program.

Holder himself has been threatened with a criminal contempt of Congress citation for his continuing refusal to release almost 10,000 documents relating to the program.

Recently, the family of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was murdered by thugs using guns provided to Mexican narco-guerrillas by Holder, has filed a civil lawsuit seeking $25 million in damages from the Obama administration

Terry was killed in late 2010 during a cross-border raid conducted by Mexican drug traffickers. An investigation into the murder found that the guns used were provided to Mexican drug cartels by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and that the operation was conceived and carried out by the U.S. Attorney’s Office under the supervision of Holder.


Kurt Nimmo
February 2, 2012

The family of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the federal government. Terry was killed on December 14, 2010, by drug cartel bandits in Arizona. Investigators found two AK47s at the scene that were linked to the government’s Fast and Furious gun-running operation.

Under Fast and Furious, the ATF orchestrated the sale of guns originating in the United States to Mexican drug cartels financed by international banks.

According to William Newell, former ATF special agent in charge of the Phoenix Field Division, the Internal Revenue Service, Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement were “full partners” in Operation Fast and Furious.

The CIA was also involved, according to the Washington Times. The agency helped arm the Sinaloa cartel, described as the “preferred cartel on the street level near the American border.” Wachovia bank laundered Sinaloa money through foreign-exchange houses known as casas de cambio.

The relationship between Sinaloa, the Department of Justice, the DEA, FBI and presumably the CIA was revealed by Zambada Niebla, a key player in the Sinaloa organization, who is now in custody in the United States. In a court document filed last March, Niebla said he is an asset of the U.S. government.

“The notion that Fast and Furious was used as a cover through which to arm the the Sinaloa cartel would explain why the feds showed little interest in following up where guns ended up once they left the United States,” Paul Joseph Watson noted in August.

In December, it was confirmed that the government operation was also used to further whittle away the Second Amendment.

“There’s plenty of evidence showing that this administration planned to use the tragedies of Fast and Furious as rationale to further their goals of a long gun reporting requirement,” Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said during the Fast and Furious investigation. “But, we’ve learned from our investigation that reporting multiple long gun sales would do nothing to stop the flow of firearms to known straw purchasers because many Federal Firearms Dealers are already voluntarily reporting suspicious transactions. It’s pretty clear that the problem isn’t lack of burdensome reporting requirements.”

The Brian Terry lawsuit comes as Department of Justice boss Eric Holder prepares to face House Republican Darrell Issa’s Oversight and Government Reform Committee today.

Holder’s appearance comes after the Justice Department Wednesday sent a letter to Issa rejecting his demands Tuesday that certain documents be turned over by next week.

The documents reveal that the DOJ allowed “guns to walk” into Mexico.

Issa promises to cite Holder with contempt of Congress if he fails to turn over the documents.

In their lawsuit against the government, the Terry family argues that the top federal prosecutor in Phoenix lied to them about the AK47s found at the murder scene in an attempt to hide the connection of the weapons to the ATF’s Fast and Furious gun-running operation.

Following a memorial service for the murdered Border Patrol agent, the Terry family met with Border Patrol, FBI and Justice Department officials in a hotel conference room in Tucson, Arizona. “But the officials gave them almost no information and wouldn’t answer the family’s questions,” a notice of claim filed in court explains.

“The federal officials were obviously covering something up, and their actions only added to the family’s grief,” the notice says.


Aaron Dykes
January 28, 2012

In an end-run around an all out gun ban, the New Jersey Assembly Law & Public Safety Committee is set to consider legislation that would ban ammunition under the auspices of protecting police.

The language seemingly targets the already prohibited ‘armor piercing ammunition’ but would encompass any ammo that is deemed to “pose a threat to the safety and well being of law enforcement.” Ammoland is reporting that “Common hunting, target, and self-defense ammunition would be subject to ban, along with BB’s, airgun pellets, and non-metallic ammunition like plastic airsoft pellets.”

The NRA concurs with Ammoland, reporting that while the language of the bill seemingly deals only with handgun ammo, the actual legislation could include the ban of many rifle ammunition, particularly as there is a bleed over between cartridges that work with both types of firearms:

Although the bill only mentions handgun ammunition, it is in fact not limited to handgun ammunition, and would apply to all rifle ammunition for which a handgun is ever made. As an increasing number of gun manufacturers make handgun models that shoot rifle caliber ammunition, the line between “handgun” vs. “rifle” ammunition has become blurred, and the New Jersey State Police have already begun treating rifle ammunition in this category as if it were handgun ammunition for regulatory purposes. As long as a handgun exists that shoots a particular caliber of rifle ammunition, New Jersey treats that ammunition as if it were handgun ammunition.


The bills would also “criminalize the use of a defaced or stolen firearm,” which would again, through vague and ill-defined language, deceptively restrict the lawful ownership of virtually any modified or restored firearm.

The Judiciary Committee, sister to the Law & Public Safety Committee in the New Jersey assembly, has previously pushed sweeping gun ban legislation, as in 2008 where it passed 5-to-1 out of committee a long-list of firearms, including modern weapons, traditional muzzleloaders, older guns and even replicas that were targeted for a ban.

Police have repeatedly admitted that they can’t protect us and have pointed out that they have no liability to do so. Yet, this and other legislation proves that they don’t want us to be able to protect ourselves either. Further, it is the criminal intent of the aggressor, not the tool he holds, that poses the threat to law enforcement or anyone else targeted. Leaving all the tools in the hands of criminals and taking them away from law abiding citizens does nothing to even the score and makes little sense, despite what may well be good intentions. Still, lawmakers are ever eager to encroach on the guarantee of the right to bear arms so clearly outlined in the Bill of Rights of the Constitution.

Assembly Bill 588 and Assembly Bill 1013 are scheduled for hearing on January 30, and would enable the state’s Attorney General to instate a de facto restriction of the Second Amendment via executive fiat.

There are, of course, many pushing for whatever restrictions can be sustained under the current political climate at any given time.

New Jersey, like other big city venues including New York and Chicago, has long been a hotbed for victim disarmament. Newark Mayor Cory Booker has been publicly demonizing gun ownership for some time, offering a $1000 reward for anonymous tips and warning that ‘illegal’ firearm possession will lead to jail time. Booker is a prominent member of the national Mayors Against Illegal Guns Coalition, who advocate many of the same restrictions.

Meanwhile, the resignation of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords a year after her attempted assassination has prompted renewed cries to embrace federal legislation to ban certain ammo-clips, backed by the vigilant anti-2nd Amendment Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, the Brady Center and other disarmament advocates.

According to reports, President Obama secretly vowed to the Brady Center last year to work on gun legislation “under the radar,” prompting many commentators to connect it with the Fast & Furious gun-walking scandal, as well as many other related covert operations, asserting that it was in part an attempt to demonize the 2nd amendment and garner support for firearm legislation.

Further, efforts are being made in 2012 to coerce that U.S. Senate into ratifying the United Nation’s Small Arms Treaty, an international agreement that seeks to disarm ordinary Americans and limit the ability to purchase a wide array of products in the firearm industry. See the Lou Dobbs report below:


Minuteman PAC
December 16, 2011

In Washington’s latest outrage against Americans, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice has just found American’s toughest Sheriff Joe Arpaio guilty of a wide range of civil rights violations against illegal immigrants. If the sheriff’s office doesn’t stop its crackdown on illegal immigration, the federal government is threatening to pull millions of dollars in federal funding – a move that will effectively scrap any police presence or border control in the busiest human- and drug-trafficking corridors along the U.S.-Mexico Border.

Isn’t that convenient.

Right now, we’re calling on you as an American Citizen to defeat the Obama administration at its own game by demanding a citizen’s impeachment of Eric Holder.

Obama intentionally put in charge ineffective, yes-man Eric Holder as U.S. Attorney General in order to pull the Department of Justice into his sick determination to destroy America by destroying law and justice in this country. No longer are we going to sit on our hands waiting to take back America until November 2012. Impeachment is the only way to rid America of the corrupt and conniving U.S. Attorney General. But America desperately needs your help.

Through our investigation, we have discovered a little known rule in the House handbook on how to impeach Eric Holder and every other Obama official abusing his or her power.

According to  the legislative manual of the House of Representative (and a case from 1826 which saw just such a thing happen for a federal judge), U.S. citizen’s have the right and the ability to take back Washington by impeaching failed officials at the highest levels of government.

Taken from the commentary on Thomas Jefferson’s Manual:

“In the House various events have been credited with setting an impeachment in motion: charges made on the floor on the responsibility of a Member or Delegate (II, 1303; III, 2342, 2400, 2469; VI, 525, 526, 528, 535, 536); charges preferred by a memorial, which is usually referred to a committee for examination (III, 2364, 2491, 2494, 2496, 2499, 2515; VI, 543); a resolution introduced by a Member and referred to a committee (Apr. 15, 1970, p. 11941; Oct. 23, 1973, p. 34873); a message from the President (III, 2294, 2319; VI, 498); charges transmitted from the legislature of a State (III, 2469) or territory (III, 2487) or from a grand jury (III, 2488); or facts developed and reported by an investigating committee of the House (III, 2399, 2444).” 

So far, 53 members of Congress have called on Holder to resign over the Operation Fast and Furious cover-up by the Department of Justice under Holder’s leadership, but he refuses to listen to the American people and our elected representatives just like his buddy, Barack Hussein Obama.

Once your petition is filed with a member of Congress, the next step is to be brought before the House by a willing representative – according to the 110th Congress House Rules Manual – House Document No. 108-241, petitions, memorials and other papers addressed to the House may be presented by the Speaker as well as by a Member (IV, 3312) AND a Member may present a petition from the people of a State other than his own (IV, 3315, 3316).

And finally, the House must approve the impeachment.

Folks, taking back Washington from Obama’s out-of-control appointees and other cronies in power doesn’t get any easier than that, especially when we’ve got the House majority in our favor…

Republican congressman Jim Sensenbrenner opened up the possibility for a Citizen’s impeachment of Eric Holder just a few days ago in front of Congress, and so far it remains overlooked as a far-shot by the major media news outlets – even by the conservative ones.

We need you to ask Congress to impeach Eric Holder since he is unwilling to resign despite our demands and the demands of our elected officials. Holder is feeling so secure in his position that he even recently scolded members of Congress for ‘inappropriate rhetoric’ during their investigation of the botched gun-running program known as “Operation Fast and Furious.” Then he had the gall to admit that more violent crimes on both sides of the border could result from the Obama Administration’s failed plot to destroy the Second Amendment. And now, with the biased, self-serving investigation of Sheriff Joe – they’ve brought the fight to us.

There is less than one year left before the Presidential Elections – that gives us one year to chip away at the Obama administration’s clutch on Washington that is destroying America. But we don’t have to sit by and watch him do it. Right now, we’re begging you – for the future of our country – demand a citizen’s impeachment of Eric Holder TODAY.


Please, exercise your right as a U.S. Citizen today. Help free America from the grips of the Obama administration, one official at a time. SELECT HERE!

As U.S. Citizens, we HAVE the right and the power to impeach Eric Holder. We MUST exercise that right!

For America,

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Kurt Nimmo
December 9, 2011

A CBS report on December 6 reveals that the U.S. government has legally sold thousands of weapons to the Mexican government and the firearms have ended up in the hands of the country’s violent drug cartels.


The Mexican military puts the number of police weapons “diverted” to the cartels at nearly 9,000, a number that overshadows the reported 2,500 firearms sold illegally to known or suspected straw purchasers under the ATF’s Fast and Furious operation.

The ATF subsequently used their covert operation to blame the Second Amendment for cartel violence and argue for new rules restricting gun sales in the United States.

“The problem of weapons legally sold to Mexico – then diverted to violent cartels – is becoming more urgent. That’s because the U.S. has quietly authorized a massive escalation in the number of guns sold to Mexico through ‘direct commercial sales.‘ It’s a way foreign countries can acquire firearms faster and with less disclosure than going through the Pentagon,” reports CBS News.

Mexico is one of the world’s largest purchasers of U.S. guns through direct commercial sales.

Larry Keane of the National Sports Foundation told CBS that more than 150,000 Mexican soldiers have defected to the drug cartels and this likely attributes for guns purchased by the Mexican government ending up in the hands of criminals.

Another reason may be that Mexico is essentially a failed state run by drug cartels financed by international banks.

A report published earlier this year claimed the notorious drug gang Los Zetas will attempt to overthrow the Mexican government next year using weapons sent by the United States.

In addition to the U.S. government directly arming the drug cartels under Fast and Furious, the DEA allegedly allowed the Sinaloa drug cartel to traffic several tons of cocaine to the United States over a five year period. The DEA also stands accused of laundering Mexican drug money.

According to a 1998 GAO report, Citibank helped the brother of a former Mexican president secretly funnel as much as $100 million in alleged drug money out of Mexico and into Swiss bank accounts. In Hidden Fortunes: Drug Money, Cartels and the Elite Banks, author Eduardo Varela-Cid documents how the Bank of Boston laundered $ 1.2 billion for the trafficker and mob boss Genaro Angiullo.

According to former Wall Street insider Catherine Austin Fitts, the liquidity of the NY Stock Exchange is so dependent on high margin cocaine profits that the Chairman of the New York Stock Exchange acknowledged he made “cold calls” in rebel controlled peace zones in Colombian villages.

“I presume [Richard] Grasso’s trip was not successful in turning the cash flow tide. Hence, Plan Colombia is proceeding apace to try to move narco deposits out of FARC’s control and back to the control of our traditional allies and, even if that does not work, to move Citibank’s market share and that of the other large US banks and financial institutions steadily up in Latin America,” she writes.


Obama Admin Seals Records of Murdered Border Patrol Agent Implicated in Fast and Furious

Freedom Watch
November 11, 2011

Judge Napolitano explains how the government fools us with inaccurate economic measurements, sells illegal drugs to foreign cartels and why it’s time to alter or abolish it.


US ‘losing battle’ to stem flow of illegal guns into Mexico – attorney general

Chris McGreal
London Guardian
November 9, 2011

The Obama administration has warned that the US is “losing the battle” to stem the flow of weapons from American guns shops to Mexican drug cartels responsible for tens of thousands of killings.

The US attorney general, Eric Holder, told a Senate hearing that Congress is in part to blame because of its hostility to gun control, even going so far as to try and block federal law enforcement agencies from requiring gun shops to report multiple sales of automatic weapons.

Holder described as “flawed” American attempts to break the cycle, in which the profits from selling illegal drugs in the US are used to buy guns that are shipped across the Mexican border to the cartels which use them to protect their operations – and conduct a small scale war in which 40,000 Mexicans have been killed over the past five years – in order to send more drugs to the US. He noted that of 94,000 weapons captured from drug traffickers by the Mexican authorities, more than 64,000 originated in the US.

“We are losing the battle to stop the flow of illegal guns to Mexico,” said Holder.

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Over two dozen Republicans call for Holder to resign

Paul Joseph Watson
Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu joined over two dozen Republican lawmakers in calling on Attorney General Eric Holder’s to resign over Operation Fast and Furious, the gunrunning program that saw the ATF deliver some 2,000 guns directly into the hands of Mexican drug gangs, labeling the scandal worse than the Watergate cover-up that brought down the Nixon White House.

Eric Holder

Noting that two of the guns involved in the program were found at the scene where U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was shot to death, Babeu warned that if Holder attempted to stay in power, he could bring down the entire Obama administration.

“I thought it was a telling sign when President Obama embraced him and gave him the Al Capone hug and the Scarface whisper in the ear that I support you. He did this publicly. I thought, `Wow, this is his last hours here, that he’s on his way out,” Babeu told KTAR News.

Holder is set to testify once more on the subject in front of a Democratic-led Senate committee on November 8.

By no means for the first time, if Eric Holder repeats his dubious contention that Fast and Furious only came to his attention when it became public knowledge, he will be knowingly committing perjury.

The head of the Justice Department’s criminal division, Lanny A. Breuer, Holder’s subordinate who first learned of Fast and Furious in April 2010, sent Holder briefings concerning Fast and Furious in July 2010, almost a year before Holder told a Judiciary Committee hearing, “I’m not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.”

Holder also received the same briefing from the head of the National Drug Intelligence Center, internal DOJ documents obtained by CBS News show.

“Internal Justice Department documents show that at least ten months before that hearing, Holder began receiving frequent memos discussing Fast and Furious,” states the report.

The CBS News journalist behind the scoop, Sharyl Attkisson, was subjected to verbal abuse by the White House merely for asking questions about the controversy, and was warned not to pursue the story.

Though heavily redacted, the documents directly discuss “Operation Fast and Furious” and how it involves “trafficking firearms to Mexico”.

In addition, Holder himself gave testimony to Congress in May 2009 in which he spoke of efforts on behalf of the DOJ and the DHS to track weapons going from the U.S. into Mexico under Project Gunrunner, which was the umbrella program for subsequent operations like Fast and Furious.

It now appears as though Breuer is attempting to throw himself under the bus in an attempt to take the heat off his boss and be the fall guy for Fast and Furious.

Over two dozen Republican lawmakers have called for Holder to resign over his stonewalling on Fast and Furious, which is the subject of a congressional probe.

As we highlighted last week, Holder is not alone in his willingness to risk charges of perjury by lying in front of elected representatives.

Despite telling a House Judiciary Committee that she only learned of operation Fast and Furious in December last year when the controversy went public, Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano actually helped launch the previous incarnation of the program, Project Gunrunner, at a White House press conference in March 2009.

“Napolitano, at one point likening the questioning to a cross-examination, said repeatedly she only learned of “Fast and Furious” after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in December,” reported Fox News. “She emphasized the operation, conceived and run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, “was an ATF operation,” under the auspices of the Justice Department, not her department.”

However, as the video below illustrates, not only was Napolitano aware of the ATF program to put guns into the hands of Mexican drug lords, she actually helped launch the previous incarnation of it, Project Gunrunner, at a White House press conference alongside Deputy Attorney General David Ogden in March 2009.

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