Even Fox News is still characterizing Fast and Furious as a “botched” gunwalking operation. There was nothing botched about it. The guns walked just as Obama’s honchos in the ATF and DOJ had planned. The high powered weapons walked right into the hands of criminal gangs on both sides of the border.
Fox News today, is reporting on a new F &F link to the shooting death of border patrol agent, Brian Terry.
New emails suggest a cover-up of a third gun found at the crime scene which was secured by a member of the Sinaloa Cartel.
Willim La Jeunesse has the exclusive:
A third gun linked to “Operation Fast and Furious” was found at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, new documents obtained exclusively by Fox News suggest, contradicting earlier assertions by federal agencies that police found only two weapons tied to the federal government’s now infamous gun interdiction scandal.Sources say emails support their contention that the FBI concealed evidence to protect a confidential informant. Sources close to the Terry case say the FBI informant works inside a major Mexican cartel and provided the money to obtain the weapons used to kill Terry.
Unlike the two AK-style assault weapons found at the scene, the third weapon could more easily be linked to the informant. To prevent that from happening, sources say, the third gun “disappeared.”
In addition to the emails obtained by Fox News, an audio recording from a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent investigating the Terry case seems to confirm the existence of a third weapon. In that conversation, the agent refers to an “SKS assault rifle out of Texas” found at the Terry murder scene south of Tucson.
Asked about the content of the emails, a former federal prosecutor who viewed them expressed shock.
“I have never seen anything like this. I can see the FBI may have an informant involved but I can’t see them tampering with evidence. If this is all accurate, I’m stunned,” the former prosecutor said.
“This information confirms what our sources were saying all along — that the FBI was covering up the true circumstances of the murder of Brian Terry,” added Mike Vanderboegh, an authority on the Fast and Furious investigation who runs a whistleblower website called Sipsey Street.
“It also confirms that the FBI was at least as culpable, and perhaps more culpable, than the ATF in the Fast and Furious scandal, and that there was some guiding hand above both these agencies (and the other agencies involved) coordinating the larger operation,” Vanderboegh said.
Asked about the new evidence, Terry family attorney Pat McGroder said, “The family wants answers. They’d like to put this to rest and put closure to exactly what happened to Brian.”
Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars, (mentioned in the La Jeunesse piece, above) says “this FOX exclusive blows the Terry murder cover-up to pieces, and the Gunwalker Plot cover-up with it.”
His friend, a long-time observer of federal scandals in Northern Virginia reacts:
Let’s be clear: serious felonies have been committed if these allegations are confirmed. Obstruction of justice, tampering with evidence, and making false official statements are only the most prominent charges that would seem to apply. Given that this crime scene involved the murder of a federal law enforcement officer, even more serious charges might be brought if the right legal talent was applied to exacting some modicum of accountability, as opposed to aiding and abetting the continuing cover up which is where the smartest and most cunning attorneys in DOJ are normally assigned. (Yes, Mr. Margolis, this flattery applies to you, in spades.)
A parting thought: do wholesale numbers of bureaucratic hacks in DOJ need to go back to Stupid School? That certainly appears to be the case, because if there’s one truism that Versailles on the Potomac has proven in the last 50 years, it’s that the cover up is often more deadly to careers and reputations than the original crime.
Sad to reflect that the future of our grand Republic could well depend on the degree of arrogance and stupidity that can be attached to the arses of a number of highly-placed donkeys at Main Justice and the Hoover Building (not to mention 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue).
Oh, and add to that slim reed, the degree to which Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, might be willing to place the pursuit of justice for the Terry family ahead of partisan political interests. (BTW — I’m not holding my breath.)
(I guess you could call the Obama administration’s gunwalking scheme “botched” or “failed” in the sense that agents on the ground resisted, and blew the whistle on what was going on.)
Sipsey Street Irregulars: CBS: ATF investigation expands to White House staffers.
Today, the Congressional investigation into ATF’s Fast and Furious scandal officially expanded to include White House staffers. In a letter to President Obama’s National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) asked for records involving three current and former White House staffers.
The staffers are: Kevin O’Reilly, former Director of North American Affairs, National Security Council; Dan Restrepo, Special Assistant to the President, National Security Council; and Greg Gatjanis, Director for Terrorist Finance and Counternarcotics, Counterterrorism Policy, National Security Council.
(I notice no morons have commented, yet.)