Hundreds of Mexicans have died because of Fast & Furious weapons. When you hear people say that there is no scandal attached to Obama or Holder, you might want to take a close look at Fast & Furious, the failed gun operation in which ATF sold guns to drug traffickers in an effort to trace them to drug cartels. The biggest problem is they didn’t trace them. They also didn’t tell the Mexican government what they were doing in their sovereign nation.
According to the LA Times, last Fall, Mario Gonzalez, the brother of a Mexican state prosecutor, was tortured, forced to make a videotaped “confession” that his high-powered sister was on the take, and was then murdered by a drug cartel assassin who had kidnapped him. One thing that was not publicized was that Fast & Furious guns were found in the murderer’s arsenal.
U.S. authorities never said a word about the guns and they never said a word when dozens of Mexican crime scenes turned up with Fast & Furious guns which included a total of 150 woundings and murders.
Marisela Gonzalez, Mexico’s Attorney General, found out about the guns from news reports. No one in our government told her or has ever apologized.
“At no time did we know or were we made aware that there might have been arms trafficking permitted,” Morales, Mexico’s highest-ranking law enforcement official, said in a recent interview. “In no way would we have allowed it, because it is an attack on the safety of Mexicans.”
Patricia Gonzalez, the top state prosecutor in Chihuahua at the time of her brother’s 2010 kidnapping, said that she had worked closely with U.S. officials and was “stunned” to find out they kept this secret from her. “The basic ineptitude of these officials [who ordered the Fast and Furious operation] caused the death of my brother and surely thousands more victims,” Gonzalez said.
The U.S. Embassy was also kept in the dark. The DOJ’s response has been that they had to keep it secret because of the widespread corruption in the Mexican government and law enforcement.
Then there is the Justice Department document dump of last Friday which contains details of how the department gave inaccurate information to Senator Grassley in the Fast & Furious operation. The Justice Department said that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms did not authorize the sale of assault weapons to a straw purchaser and that the agency makes every effort to intercept weapons that have been purchased illegally. Both statements are false.
…In an email four days later to Justice Department colleagues, then-U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke in Phoenix said that “Grassley’s assertions regarding the Arizona investigation and the weapons recovered” at the “murder scene are based on categorical falsehoods. I worry that ATF will take 8 months to answer this when they should be refuting its underlying accusations right now.” That email marked the start of an internal debate in the Justice Department over what and how much to say in response to Grassley’s allegations. The fact that there was an ongoing criminal investigation into Terry’s murder prompted some at the Justice Department to argue for less disclosure.
Some of what turned out to be incorrect information was emailed to Lanny Breuer, the assistant attorney general in charge of the Justice Department’s criminal division. Breuer sent an email saying “let’s help as much as we can” in responding to Grassley.
The emails sent to Capitol Hill on Friday showed that Burke supplied additional incorrect information to the Justice Department’s criminal division that ended up being forwarded to Breuer. For example, Burke said that the guns found at the Terry murder scene were purchased at a Phoenix gun shop before Operation Fast and Furious began. In fact, the operation was under way at the time and the guns found at the Terry murder scene were part of the probe...Read here: Google News Via the AP
Another thing we are not hearing about, according to the Examiner.com, is that Fast & Furious weapons brought down a military helicopter.
…CBS’ investigative reporter Sharyl Atkisson, the story has not received even a mention from the mainstream press.
In May 2011, a Mexican military helicopter was forced down after sustaining fire from a .50 caliber rifle that was later traced back to the gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious.
In June, Atkisson reported that suspected drug cartel operatives shot at several helicopters in western Mexico, with the damage to one being so severe that its crew was forced to land. Mexican forces engaged the suspects on the ground and reportedly seized more than 70 assault rifles.
The serial numbers on many of those weapons were eventually traced back to the ATF operation…Read more: at the Examiner
In the meanwhile, President Obama has sealed the records of murdered border agent, Brian Terry. The public and media will have no access to the records. Sealing the records