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‘Fast & Furious’ Armed Drug Cartel For War

From Fox News:

ATF Accused in Congressional Report of ‘Arming’ Cartel for ‘War’ Through Operation Fast and Furious

By William Lajeunesse
July 26, 2011 | FoxNews.com

The failed federal anti-gunrunning program known as Operation Fast and Furious got so out of control in November 2009, it appeared the U.S. government was single-handedly "arming for war" the Sinaloa Cartel, documents show, even as U.S. officials kept lying to fellow agents in Mexico about the volume of guns it helped send south of the border.

Those shocking allegations are revealed in the latest congressional report investigating the operation.

At one point, agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives say guns sold under the program took just 24 hours to travel from a gun store in Phoenix to a crime scene in Mexico. ATF agents there pleaded for help but were told nothing about Fast and Furious, which was intended to let guns "walk" in order to track them to higher-profile traffickers.

Meanwhile, the report claims the agents’ superiors in Washington met every Tuesday, to review the latest sales figures and the number of guns recovered in Mexico.

"How long are you going to let this go on?" Steve Martin, an assistant director of intelligence operations asked the ATF top brass at meeting Jan. 5, 2010, according to a transcript of the meeting contained in the congressional report. None of the men responded and several quickly left the room, the transcript reveals.

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…

For the record, here is a little more background on the Sinaloa cartel, via the archives of the Washington Times:

100,000 foot soldiers in Mexican cartels

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico — The U.S. Defense Department thinks Mexico’s two most deadly drug cartels together have fielded more than 100,000 foot soldiers – an army that rivals Mexico’s armed forces and threatens to turn the country into a narco-state.

“It’s moving to crisis proportions,” a senior U.S. defense official told The Washington Times. The official, who spoke on the condition that he not be named because of the sensitive nature of his work, said the cartels’ “foot soldiers” are on a par with Mexico’s army of about 130,000.

The disclosure underlines the enormity of the challenge Mexico and the United States face as they struggle to contain what is increasingly looking like a civil war or an insurgency along the U.S.-Mexico border. In the past year, about 7,000 people have died – more than 1,000 in January alone. The conflict has become increasingly brutal, with victims beheaded and bodies dissolved in vats of acid

The biggest and most violent combatants are the Sinaloa cartel, known by U.S. and Mexican federal law enforcement officials as the “Federation” or “Golden Triangle,” and its main rival, “Los Zetas” or the Gulf Cartel, whose territory runs along the Laredo, Texas, borderlands.

The two cartels appear to be negotiating a truce or merger to defeat rivals and better withstand government pressure. U.S. officials say the consequences of such a pact would be grave

And the Obama administration has allegedly given these monsters 1,026 weapons worth more than $650,000.

It is simply unbelievable.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 26th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

7 Responses to “‘Fast & Furious’ Armed Drug Cartel For War”

  1. proreason says:

    Chaos. The theme that ties it all together.

    1. The border
    2. The Mexican cartels
    3. Egypt
    4. Libya
    5. Afghanistan
    6. GM, bond holders
    7. unemployment
    8. SEIU
    9. economic policy
    10. debt limit “positions”
    11. obamycare
    12. Sept 2008
    13. Loans to deadbeats
    14. Black Panthers
    15. Department of Injustice
    16. the “czars”
    17. more taxes more taxes more taxes
    18. the Stickittous

    and on and on and on

    chaos chaos chaos

    • Right of the People says:

      If you were trying to write an action/adventure novel and put all this stuff in it wouldn’t fly. Publishers would tell you it was too unbelievable.

      In the dictionary next to the words bunglers and inept they should have a picture of the BATFE logo. Just what in the hell were they thinking?

    • JohnMG says:

      …..” Fast and Furious, which was intended to let guns “walk” in order to track them to higher-profile traffickers…..”

      Bullshit! It had nothing to do with making high-profile arrests, or the agents south of the border would have been informed. This has liberals’ fingerprints all over it.

      I’m not one for conspiracies, but take it from a thirty-plus-year FFL holder, they were letting these guns be deliberately used and found at these crime scenes in order to create the illusion that most of the illegal guns were coming from US dealers. When enough of this “evidence” had accumulated, a push would be made for ratification of the UN gun-bans treaty and stricter gun laws here at home to remedy a non-existent problem. So what if a few legitimate field agents in the Border Patrol or other law enforcement officials had to become cannon foder? The end always justifys the means, doesn’t it?

      It does if you’re part of the Obama cabal.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    Here is a “crisis” that dingleBarry wishes would go away.
    Keep a watchful eye on the other hand because this dude lives on the razzle dazzle.

  3. faxforsen says:

    In the very recent Tom Clancy novel, “Against All Enemies”, the US government is actively helping one of the cartels – I think Sinaloa – against the Juarez cartel.

    I have a feeling that Tom and his co-author were getting lots of direct leaks from contacts who have a deep level of knowledge about Fast & Furious.

    One of the main plots involves high levels of inter-agency cooperation while another deals with information about embedded sources being withheld. I am going to dig around to see if anyone has interviewed Clancy on the “timeliness” of his novel. It is entertaining but appears to be rushed out.

  4. Papa Louie says:

    When they identify the guys at the top who authorized this fiasco, they should be sent into Mexico and told not to come back until they have recovered every weapon they lost. In fact, it would make a great reality show. Equip them with hidden cameras so we can watch as they knock on the doors of Sinaloa cartel members and ask them to return the guns.

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