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WAS CIA BEHIND OPERATION FAST AND FURIOUS?

Friday, September 2nd, 2011

New and troubling motive for Team Obama’s illegal gunrunning scheme

By Robert Farago and Ralph Dixon-

The Washington Times

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Illustration: Fast and Furious by Alexander Hunter for The Washington TimesIllustration: Fast and Furious by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

Why did the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) let criminals buy firearms, smuggle them across the Mexican border and deliver them into the hands of vicious drug cartels? The ATF claims it launched its now-disgraced Operation Fast and Furious in 2009 to catch the “big fish.” Fast and Furious was designed to stem the “Iron River” flowing from American gun stores into the cartels’ arsenals. The bureau says it allowed gun smuggling so it could track the firearms and arrest the cartel members downstream. Not true.

During the course of Operation Fast and Furious, about 2,000 weapons moved from U.S. gun stores to Mexican drug cartels – exactly as intended.

In congressional testimony, William Newell, former ATF special agent in charge of the Phoenix Field Division, testified that the Internal Revenue Service, Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement were “full partners” in Operation Fast and Furious. Mr. Newell’s list left out the most important player: the CIA. According to a CIA insider, the agency had a strong hand in creating, orchestrating and exploiting Operation Fast and Furious.

The CIA’s motive is clear enough: The U.S. government is afraid the Los Zetas drug cartel will mount a successful coup d’etat against the government of Felipe Calderon. (more…)

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TIME TO FIRE ERIC HOLDER

Monday, July 25th, 2011

Posted 07/25/2011 ET
Updated 07/25/2011 ET

[The following was originally published as the editorial in the July 25 issue of Human Events newspaper.]

It has been strange to watch the mainstream media ignore the most incredible scandal of the modern era—the “Gunwalker” program used by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to pump American guns into Mexico—while lavishing obsessive coverage on the News of the World phone-hacking debacle in England.

Of course, the motivations of the media are not difficult to understand.  There has been absolutely no evidence that News Corp. owner Rupert Murdoch had anything to do with the invasions of privacy carried out by certain employees at one of his many newspapers.  But because he also owns influential conservative American media properties such as the Wall Street Journal, and especially, Fox News, media liberals find themselves looking at a very large domino and praying for it to fall.

Meanwhile, more than 150 Mexicans and at least one U.S. government agent, are dead because of Gunwalker.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) videotaped the sale of the gun that killed Border Patrol agent and military veteran Brian Terry.  Weapons waltzed into Mexico under its “Operation Fast and Furious” have begun turning up in American cities.  A second program called “Operation Castaway” has been discovered, walking guns into Honduras.  MS-13, the most dangerous gang in the world, has strong ties to Honduras.

Operation Fast and Furious was run out of Phoenix.  Operation Castaway bubbled forth from the Tampa office of the ATF.  Some of the ostensible gunrunning “targets” of these operations turned out to be paid FBI informants.  The programs enjoyed funding from the Obama “stimulus” package.  These factors combine to make regional ATF supervisors, or acting ATF Director Ken Melson, unsuitable as fall guys.

Ken Melson doesn’t want to be a fall guy.  He’s cooperating with congressional investigators, but their requests for information have been stonewalled by Attorney General Eric Holder at every turn. (more…)

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ARIZONA BORDER SHERIFFS UNDER ASSAULT FROM THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

Wednesday, June 8th, 2011

http://takeaction.conservativesactionalert.com/emk/link.php?M=2662496&N=1542&L=1902&F=H
Obama Assaults Border Sheriffs
Sheriff Larry Dever and Border Sheriffs Need Your Help
To Continue Their Battle Against Illegal Immigration


http://takeaction.conservativesactionalert.com/emk/link.php?M=2662496&N=1542&L=1902&F=H

If you live in or near Cochise County, we are probably already acquainted in some way. We may have met on the streets or remote roadways, or in the grocery store. And even if we haven’t already met, you’ve probably heard about the double barreled assault I and my community are facing.

I say ‘double barreled’ because not only are we faced with a dangerous, unrelenting flow of illegal aliens across the border, but we are also under assault from the highest levels of our own government – who would rather we look the other way… Our duty to protect American citizens and enforce the law be damned.

But my fellow border sheriffs and I would never do that!

So, over the last several months, I have unintentionally become a part of history, as I am told.

I am a sheriff…

To me that means I ENFORCE the law.

I don’t make the laws, I don’t favor one set of people over another, hate anyone or ask for any special favors from my friends and family.

Evidently, Washington has a different idea of what “Law Enforcement” is supposed to look like.

(more…)

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR – BORDER IS LESS SAFE THAN REPORTED

Thursday, April 14th, 2011
The Wall Street Journal

  • APRIL 12, 2011
  • Regarding “The Southwest Border Is Open for Business” by Janet Napolitano and Gary Locke (op-ed, April 4): As a representative from a border district in New Mexico, I must take issue with claims by Secretaries Locke and Napolitano that things on the border are not as bad as they seem.

The border situation is not something easily understood through statistics. It is far more easily seen in the fear in people’s eyes. A constituent who lives 20 miles from the border in the boot heel of New Mexico said that although there are more Border Patrol vehicles in southern New Mexico than in years past, the bulk of them are patrolling along Highway 9, some 50 miles from the actual border in some areas. Stunningly, Secretaries Napolitano and Locke did not mention the murder of Robert Krentz, a rancher from rural Arizona, or the recent murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Wearing rose-colored glasses will not change the fact that our government is failing us.

Just last week, a southbound van was stopped at a border checkpoint with 148 AK-47 magazines and 6,000 rounds of ammunition. Secretaries Napolitano and Locke will point to such an event and claim that the situation is improving because border agents stopped the truck. I look at such an event and wonder how many trucks we didn’t stop. If our borders are really as secure as Ms. Napolitano and Mr. Locke claim, then no smuggler would be so bold as to use our highways to carry weapons by the score straight through our checkpoints.

While those in Washington want to talk about “the progress we’ve made over the past two years,” I don’t have that luxury. As long as I see fear in the eyes of my constituents, I will hold our leaders to a higher standard.

Rep. Steve Pearce (R., N.M.)

Hobbs, N.M.

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CONGRESS FINALLY EARNS ITS PAY

Saturday, February 19th, 2011
  • The Wall Street Journal
    • FEBRUARY 18, 2011

    Unlike years past, the budget debates in the House were vigorous and democratic, not stage-managed by the leadership of the majority party.

    • By KIMBERLEY A. STRASSEL

    Washington and Lincoln—those birthday boys—ought to be smiling.

    The 112th House of Representatives spent the week debating how to fund the rest of fiscal 2011. In sharp contrast to his recent predecessors, Speaker John Boehner is sticking to his vow to make the chamber more open and accountable. His committee chairmen having presented a base spending bill, Mr. Boehner threw open the floor for full discussion. Some 600 amendments came pouring in.

    “Chaos,” “a headache,” “turmoil,” “craziness,” “confused,” “wild,” “uncontrolled” are just a few of the words the Washington press corps has used to describe the ensuing late-night debates. There’s a far better word for what happened: democracy. It has been eons since the nation’s elected representatives have had to study harder, debate with such earnestness, or commit themselves so publicly. Yes, it is messy. Yes, it is unpredictable. But as this Presidents Day approaches, it’s a fabulous thing to behold. (more…)

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    BEAN BAGS VS. AK-47’S – OUR SOUTHERN BORDER

    Thursday, January 6th, 2011



    Bean bags vs. AK-47s


    Posted: December 18, 2010
    1:00 am Eastern

    © 2010 

    Another Border Patrol agent on the Arizona border was shot and killed by Mexican drug smugglers last Tuesday. Of the eight attackers, four are in custody and a fifth is under surveillance by Border Patrol Blackhawk helicopters as he tries to make his way back to the Mexican border.

    BP Agent Brian Terry was part of a BORTAC team (for border tactical unit) tracking armed drug smugglers 15 miles northwest of Nogales, Ariz., (and only three miles west of Interstate 19) when they were attacked with automatic weapons fire. The area is well-known as a major drug-smuggling corridor, and the smugglers are known to frequently be armed with AK-47s and other long rifles.

    Here’s the part Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Border Patrol management are trying to hide: Border Patrol Agent Terry and the BORTAC team were under standing orders to always use (“non-lethal”) bean-bag rounds first before using live ammunition. When the smugglers heard the first rounds, they returned fire with real bullets, and Agent Terry was killed in that exchange. Real bullets outperform bean bags every time.

    The larger, ugly truth Napolitano and senior managers in the Border Patrol want to hide is that the rules of engagement and inadequate weaponry of the Border Patrol place the lives of all agents at grave risk. The National Border Patrol Council, which represents over 15,000 field agents, believes the border is too dangerous for officers to patrol without body armor, armored vehicles and automatic weapons. (more…)

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    MEXICO – MOTHER MURDERED FOR SEEKING JUSTICE FOR DAUGHTER’S MURDER

    Thursday, December 23rd, 2010

    Dec 18, 2010

    Grieving mom’s slaying

    reverberates in Mexico

    MEXICO CITY A mother campaigning to bring the confessed killer of her 16-year-old daughter to justice was herself gunned down Thursday night in view of a closed-circuit camera, leaving images that shocked Mexicans over the impunity of the killers.

    The killing of Marisela Escobedo unfolded on the sidewalk in front of the governor’s palace in the capital of Chihuahua state.

    Escobedo was at a protest booth in the main plaza across the street demanding that the man who confessed to killing her daughter and dismembering her body in 2008 be hunted down.

    A closed-circuit camera captured the 20 seconds or so at 8:10 p.m. when a man got out of a white Volkswagen Jetta and approached Escobedo in the square. Frightened by him, Escobedo ran across the street, dodging busy traffic, the assailant only footsteps behind her. He shot her with a 9mm pistol in the head at the entrance to the governor’s palace. (more…)

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    BORDER FENCE, MISMANAGED AND OVER BUDGET

    Tuesday, November 9th, 2010

    WASHINGTON TIMES

    GAO: Border fence lagging, over

    budget

    Home Security mismanaged project, report says

    By Jerry Seper

    The Washington Times

    October 24, 2010

    The Department of Homeland Security has “largely defined but has not adequately implemented” controls over a “virtual fence” along the U.S.-Mexico border promised for completion in 2009 and, as a result, the multibillion-dollar project is behind schedule and over budget, a government report says.

    The Government Accountability Office (GAO), in a 63-page report released last week, said the department had failed to effectively manage the project, known as the Secure Border Initiative Network (SBInet), or give sufficient oversight to its prime contractor — resulting in costly rework and contributing to SBInets “well-chronicled history of not delivering promised capabilities and benefits on time and within budget.” (more…)

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    ECUADOR – A COCAINE-SHIPPING HUB

    Monday, October 4th, 2010

    Colombia drug trade knows no borders

    Ecuador a ‘victim of geography’

    (Photo: U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration) A submarine, seized on July 2 in a shallow river inlet close to the Ecuador-Colombia border, was thought to be intended for smugglers to transport tons of cocaine.(Photo: U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration) A submarine, seized on July 2 in a shallow river inlet close to the EcuadorColombia border, was thought to be intended for smugglers to transport tons of cocaine.

    By Kelly Hearn – The Washington Times

    September 16, 2010

    SAN MIGUEL RIVER, Ecuador | Some say it is a river with eyes: A swimming child bolts from the water and disappears into the jungle. A boatman revs his outboard engine. A chain saw grinds to an ear-splitting whine – all potential warnings of illegally armed groups operating in this dense jungle, where a sizable portion of the world’s cocaine is produced and shipped.

    On the north side of the San Miguel River, hundreds of millions of U.S. tax dollars have gone to fumigating Colombia‘s coca farms and destroying its cocaine-producing labs.

    But it is the south side, in Ecuador, that has escaped the calamity of large-scale coca production only to emerge as a major cocaine-shipping hub, where drug traffickers have taken their billion-dollar smuggling operations to new technological heights.

    According to the U.N. World Drug Report 2010, drug traffickers are turning Ecuador into a key transit point for cocaine, largely because the Colombian government has taken greater control of its territory. (more…)

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    VIDEO – OBAMA AND HOLDER AGAINST ARIZONA ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION LAW

    Thursday, August 19th, 2010

    a video of Professor Terry J. Lovell speaking regarding the federal lawsuit against the Arizona illegal immigration bill

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