I use “Fast and Furious” because Darrell Issa, Chairman of the Committee of Government Oversight and Reform prefers that media refer to it that way, rather then the more general “gunwalker”.
But this criminal enterprise involves several agencies; Departments of Justice, Homeland Security, Treasury, and State, including the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Border Patrol, and the Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigation Division (IRS-CID), and spans several states; Fast and Furious in Arizona, two suspected operations in Texas (out of Houston and Dallas), Operation Castaway in Tampa, allegations of “Gangwalker” in Indiana, and now “cashwalking” (yes”cashwalking”) to drug cartels in Mexico.
Because giving violent drug runners guns and military equipment apparently wasn’t good enough. We need to help them FUND their operations, too.
That’s right, hundreds of millions of dollars.
In a Dec. 5th letter to Holder, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) juxtaposed this scenario with the one used to justify Fast and Furious:
Apparently, this same goal of dismantling Mexican drug cartels motivated the Drug Enforcement Administration in aiding and abetting [the] same cartels in laundering millions of dollars in cash. In fact, the New York Times reports that agents needed to seek Department approval to launder amounts great than $10 million in any single operation. Officials quoted in the story said this $10 million cap was more of a guideline than a rule, noting it has apparently been waived on many occasions to “attract the interest of high value targets.”
This was part of Issa’s announcement that he’s broadening his investigation into Fast and Furious so as to include an investigation into cash-walker.
These allegations, if true, raise further unsettling questions about a Department of Justice component engaging in a high-risk strategy with scant evidence of success. Specifically, they raise questions about “the [DEA’s] effectiveness in bringing down drug kingpins, underscore diplomatic concerns about Mexican sovereignty, and blur the line between surveillance and facilitating crime.”
Wow—if it’s really an infringement on sovereignty and a blurring of the lines between surveillance and facilitation, then it’s a lot like Fast and Furious for sure. And that’s because it’s quite reminiscent of the way the ATF sold weapons which they wouldn’t allow their agents to follow and which crossed the U.S./Mexico border while the Mexican government was kept in the dark.
The bottom line: Holder’s D.O.J. is D.I.R.T.Y.
I don’t think the lines are blurred at all. It’s pretty damn clear to me that they were facilitating crime and mayhem. The question is, WHY? Besides the obvious ploy to blame the ensuing violence on American gun shops and take away gun rights. Yes, of course.
But there’s more to this than that.
Operation Castaway provided weapons to destabilize Central American countries and to help keep the cartel drug supply lines from Central and South America open. The unnamed gunwalking operations in Texas provided a steady flow of U.S. firearms to southern and central Mexico. Operation Fast and Furious provided the Sinaloa cartel more than 2,020 weapons in northern Mexico along the U.S. border. And to make sure the cartel wars didn’t get too one-sided, the State Department made sure the bloodthirsty Zetas were armed with American military equipment by selling them military hardware through a transparent front company.
Some of the Obama administration’s nefarious goals considered by Bob Owens at PJ Media:
1. Short-term: Increased illegal immigration from Mexico as people attempt to flee the increasing violence (allowing them to push the DREAM Act through, and “stacking the deck” in the next election via ACORN and SEIU);
2. Medium-term: Propaganda for tighter gun laws (possibly enacted by Executive Order, bypassing the Congress);
3. Long-term: Legalization of “recreational drugs,” helped by a “drug friendly” Mexican government, influenced by if not overtly controlled by the drug cartels.
And the ultimate goal?: Cloward-Piven:
Gunwalker purposefully increases social unrest (increased gun violence/destabilizing Mexico), with the possible result of overloading the U.S. public welfare system (more illegal aliens fleeing the violence in Mexico and Central America). Gunwalker’s perpetrators could then use that influx to create an insurmountable constituency of poor seeking handouts from the Democratic Party. The hope of the strategy is to force a system-wide collapse of the current system, and then to rebuild the government in a variant of the strongest socialist model they think the public will accept.
It sounds too devious. It appears to fit.
Take Operation Fast and Furious in Arizona, the two suspected operations in Texas, Operation Castaway in Tampa, and the newer allegations of “Gangwalker” in the Midwest — they make sense only in the larger context of a Cloward-Piven framework.
These operations could not possibly succeed at interdicting straw purchasers, smugglers, and cartel bosses. No one actually involved in law enforcement could possibly believe that such idiotic operations could work. But these operations are logical when viewed through the context of their implementation as tactical applications designed to support a Cloward-Piven strategy.
(It makes a whole lot more sense than, “they were trying to catch Mexican drug kingpins.”)
More gunwalking news courtesy of Sipsey Street Irregulars:
As we continue to watch the general uproar over the Operation Fast and Furious program, and specifically what Attorney General Holder knew and when he knew it, it needs to be noted that perjury is not the only apparent violation of law to have occurred.
I refer to the apparent violation of at least one (probably two) major U.S. laws by the Holder Justice Department. A few years ago, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701, the follow-on to the Trading with the Enemy Act) was expanded in order to criminalize any transactions between U.S. entities — to include departments and agencies of the U.S. government — and all foreign drug cartels.
A violation of any of the IEEPA sanctioning programs or the Kingpin Act carries stiff penalties, both criminal and civil, and potentially totaling decades in prison and tens of millions of dollars in fines. It is not necessary that an individual or governmental entity be shown to have “knowingly” violated any of these programs: it is illegal for any U.S. entity or individual to aid, abet, or materially assist — or in the case of Operation Fast and Furious, to facilitate others to aid, abet, or materially assist — designated drug traffickers. There are no exceptions within IEEPA programs for unlicensed U.S. law enforcement or intelligence agency operations.
Issa broadens DOJ investigation to include drug money laundering report
And this is interesting—
Over the Fourth of July weekend earlier this year, Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson came in for a voluntary interview with staff members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He brought his own lawyer.
The reaction in the right-wing blogoshere was — Ooooh…he’s cooperating — turning against Holder because he was kept in the dark about these awful terrible gunwalking policies. I was skeptical. Still am – but I’m not sure this is smoking gun proof that he knew more than he was letting on.
On July 5, Senator Charles Grassley sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder regarding Melson’s testimony, which included:
Acting Director Melson’s cooperation was extremely helpful to our investigation. He was candid in admitting mistakes that his agency made and described various ways he says that he tried to remedy the problems. According to Mr. Melson, it was not until after the public controversy that he personally reviewed hundreds of documents relating to the case, including wiretap applications and Reports of Investigation (ROIs). By his account, he was sick to his stomach when he obtained those documents and learned the full story. Mr. Melson said that he told the Office of the Deputy Attorney General (ODAG) at the end of March that the Department needed to reexamine how it was responding to the requests for information from Congress.
According to Mr. Melson, he and ATF’s senior leadership team moved to reassign every manager involved in Fast and Furious, from the Deputy Assistant Director for Field Operations down to the Group Supervisor, after learning the facts in those documents. Mr. Melson also said he was not allowed to communicate to Congress the reasons for the reassignments. He claimed that ATF’s senior leadership would have preferred to be more cooperative with our inquiry much earlier in the process.
However, he said that Justice Department officials directed them not to respond and took full control of replying to briefing and document requests from Congress. The result is that Congress only got the parts of the story that the Department wanted us to hear. 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.
“Effectively muzzled.” Hmmm.
Recall that US Attorney Dennis Burke was a hardliner in his input to the DOJ on the response letter to Senator Grassley that has now been “withdrawn.”
Among his comments:
Over the course of the letter being prepared, Burke vehemently argued the department should more vigorously deny the allegations.
“What is so offensive about this whole project is that Grassley’s staff, acting as willing stooges for the Gun Lobby, have attempted to distract from the incredible success in dismantling [southwest border] gun trafficking operations … but, instead, lobbing this reckless despicable accusation that ATF is complicit in the murder of a fellow federal law enforcement officer,” he wrote in a Feb. 4 email.
“Well said Dennis. Thank you!” Hoover replied.
However, guns found at the scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s murder were eventually connected to the Fast and Furious operation.
Now we find out, thanks to an email provided to Sipsey Street, that Billy Hoover wasn’t the only ATF manager who thanked Dennis Burke for his hardline approach to the Grassley letter.
From: Melson, Kenneth E.
To: Burke, Dennis (USAAZ)
Sent: 2/3/2011 7:51:58 PM
Dennis: I just got back from the Interpol meeting and wanted to thank you for your help on the Grassley response and for your work on Fast and Furious. Ken
Of course, he could still have been a dupe in the dark at that point. He claimed in his testimony that “it was not until after the public controversy that he personally reviewed hundreds of documents relating to the case…” He could have expanded his knowledge exponentially in the ensuing weeks, and by “the end of March” have been so up to speed, he was recommending that the Department do a better job responding to the requests for information from Congress. It’s a stretch that the acting head of the ATF would be this friggin’ clueless, but I guess it’s possible.
And the very latest:
1. Committee is said to be ready for a document dump today, possibly emails from Dennis Burke to Holder and Napolitano, among others, that will blow those two Gunwalker conspirators out of their jobs.
2. Kevin O’Reilly, erstwhile State Department employee of Hillary’s, fresh from the desert clime of Iraq, is said to have retained his own attorney and either has, or soon will, make his statement before the committee investigators.
The Daily Caller: Sen. Kyl: ‘Country would be better off without Eric Holder’
Good morning Mr. Holder! Sleep well?
“There are a lot of reasons the country would be better off without Eric Holder as attorney general,” Kyl told TheDC. “Fast and Furious is just one of them.”
As the second-highest-ranking Republican senator, Kyl is by far the most prominent member of Congress to say Holder’s continuation as Attorney General isn’t good for the country. Kyl’s comment comes just a few days after Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney demanded Holder’s resignation during an interview with Fox News in New Hampshire on Saturday.
Kyl is also the third senator to make such scathing comments about Holder’s continuation as Attorney General, as Republican Sens. Johnny Isakson of Georgia and James Inhofe of Oklahoma have both demanded Holder’s resignation. Isakson and Kyl had both voted in favor of Holder’s confirmation as attorney general in 2009.
There are also 52 congressmen, four presidential candidates and two sitting governors demanding Holder step down immediately.
Breitbart TV: Congressman: Holder’s Handling Of Fast And Furious ‘Somewhere Between Deception And Flat-Out Lying’