Tuesday, March 12, 2013
Fast And Furious: 22 Shocking Facts
About The Scandal That Could Bring Down The Obama Administration
Could Fast and Furious be the scandal that brings down the Obama administration?
With the full knowledge of the Department of Justice, ATF agents facilitated the sale of thousands of guns to Mexican drug cartels and dropped all surveillance of those weapons once they crossed the border.Weapons sold during Operation Fast and Furious have been used to shoot U.S. border control agents.Weapons sold during Operation Fast and Furious have been found at dozens of crime scenes in Mexico.
Nobody has been held accountable for this scandal yet.U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has been stonewalling all efforts by members of Congress to look into Fast and Furious.A CBS reporter that has been aggressively investigatingthis story was recently screamed at and cussed at by a high ranking official that works in the White House.It has become abundantly clear that the Obama administration desperately wants to hide what went on during Operation Fast and Furious.So will they succeed or will we eventually find out the truth?
What you are about to read should shock the living daylights out of you.The U.S. overnment purposely armed Mexican drug cartels with thousands of guns and then ordered agents not to follow the weaponsacross the border. This should be a story that the mainstream media is pounding on every single day. But they aren't. In fact, they are mostly ignoring it.
However, if the truth starts getting out and the American people start grasping what really happenedthis thing could become absolutely huge. In fact, this could end up being Obama's Watergate.
The following are 22 shocking facts about the scandal that could bring down the Obama administration....
#1 During Operation Fast and Furious, ATF agents purposely allowed thousands of guns to be sold to individuals that they believed would get them into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
ATF agents were specifically ordered not to intercept the guns before they crossed the border.The following is a brief excerpt from a CBS News reportthat detailed the fierce objections that many ATF agents expressed when they were ordered to stand down....
On the phone, one Project Gunrunner source (who didn't want to be identified) told us just how many guns flooded the black market under ATF's watchful eye. "The numbers are over 2,500 on that case by the way. That's how many guns were sold-including some 50-calibers they let walk." 50-caliber weapons are fearsome. For months, ATF agents followed 50-caliber Barrett rifles and other guns believed headed for the Mexican border, but were ordered to let them go. One distraught agent was often overheard on ATF radios begging and pleading to be allowed to intercept transports. The answer: "Negative. Stand down."
CBS News has been told at least 11 ATF agents and senior managers voiced fierce opposition to the strategy. "It got ugly..." said one. There was "screaming and yelling" says another. A third warned: "this is crazy, somebody is gonna to get killed."
#3 Operation Fast and Furious remained a secret until the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry last December.Two guns that were sold during Operation Fast and Furious were found at the scene of the murder
#4 ATF Special Agent John Dodson was one of the first to blow the whistle on Operation Fast and Furious.Dodson explained to the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee on June 15, 2011 that many ATF agents were becoming extremely frustrated when they were ordered to cut off surveillance on the weapons that were being sold because they knew "that just days after these purchases, the guns
that we saw these individuals buy would begin turning up at crime scenes in the UnitedStates and Mexico."
#5 It appears that Operation Fast and Furious began some time around September 2009.At that time, the ATF began pressuring gun shops near the border with Mexico to participate in a new covert operation that was being set up.The gun store owners were told to help the ATF get guns into the hands of people that would take them back o the Mexican drug cartels.
The following description of the mechanics of Operation Fast and Furious comes from a recent Los Angeles Times article
In the fall of 2009, ATF agents installed a secret phone line and hidden cameras in a ceiling panel and wall at Andre Howard's Lone Wolf gun store. They gave him one basic instruction: Sell guns to every illegal purchaser who walks through the door. For 15 months, Howard did as he was told. To customers with phony IDs or wads of cash he normally would have turned away, he sold pistols, rifles and semiautomatics.
He was assured by the ATF that they would follow the guns, and that the surveillance would lead the agents to the violent Mexican drug cartels on the Southwest border. WhenHoward heard nothing about any arrests, he questioned the agents. Keep selling, they told him. So hundreds of thousands of dollars more in weapons, including .50- caliber sniper rifles, walked out of the front door of his store in a Glendale, Ariz., strip mall.
#6 In some gun stores, cameras were set up so that top ATF officials could actually watch these transactions take place.Back in June, U.S. Representative Darrell Issa stated the following ....
"Acting Director Melson was able to sit at his desk in Washington and himself watch a live feed of straw buyers entering the gun stores and purchasing dozens of AK- variants."
#7 It has also come out that in some cases ATF agents were actually the ones buying the guns and getting them into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.The following is how author Michael A. Walsh recently explained this in an article in the New York Post....
This just might be the smoking gun we’ve been waiting for to break the festering “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal wide open: the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives apparently ordered one of its own agents to purchase firearms with taxpayer money, and sell them directly to a Mexican drug cartel. Let that sink in: After months of pretending that “Fast and Furious” was a botched surveillance operation of illegal gun-running spearheaded by the ATF and the US attorney’s office in Phoenix, it turns out that the government itself was selling gunsto the bad guys.
#8 According to the Los Angeles Times, guns that were purchased during Operation Fast and Furious have"turned up at dozens of additional Mexican crime scenes, with an unconfirmed toll of at least 150 people killed or wounded."
Mexican authorities were never informed that thousands upon thousands of guns were being allowed into Mexic0.
#10 Authorities in Mexico have asked the U.S. government over and over to explain what in the world happened during Operation Fast and Furious but they have not been given an adequate answer.In fact,
according to the Los Angeles Times , the Obama administration has not even responded to questions from the attorney general of Mexico....
Posted by John Etherington at 5:16 AM