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DOJís Fast and Furious head fake
Michelle Malkin.com ^ | July 12, 2011 | By Michelle Malkin

Posted on 07/13/2011 9:53:46 AM PDT by topher

In the wake of swelling outrage over the Obama administration’s fatally botched Fast and Furious straw gun purchase racket, the DOJ is punishing the very whistleblowers who protested the scheme in the first place.

This is a head fake.

Instead of exercising more control over lawless bureaucrats within its own agencies, the Obama administration is tightening its grip over law-abiding gun shops:

As a backlash mounts over the government’s failed Fast and Furious gun-tracing operation, the Justice Department will begin requiring firearms dealers in California and other border states to alert officials anytime they sell more than two semiautomatic rifles to someone in a five-day period.

The new reporting requirement will help the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives “detect and disrupt” border gun-smuggling operations, Deputy Atty. Gen. James Cole said Monday.

Once the ATF distributes its new reporting forms, about 7,000 dealers near the border must report multiple sales of semiautomatic weapons in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. Such weapons “are highly sought after by dangerous drug-trafficking organizations and frequently recovered at violent crime scenes near the Southwest border,” Cole said.

Republican critics quickly denounced the measure, saying it was wrong for the Obama administration to let illegal guns get into the hands of Mexican cartels in Operation Fast and Furious, and then require more monitoring of legitimate gun owners in the U.S. Under the program, the ATF permitted illegal straw purchasers to obtain weapons as part of a plan to trace the guns as they flowed to Mexico.

“It’s the height of hypocrisy,” said Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), who is leading the House investigation into Fast and Furious, called it a “political maneuver designed to protect the careers of political appointees at the Justice Department and not public safety.”

NRA will sue over the new regs.

Sipsey Street Irregulars sums it up best:

Ironic, ain’t it? It is as if the ATF is admitting that it was incompetent (deliberately or otherwise) in the Gunwalker Scandal and was having trouble keeping track of their cartel straw buyers so now they insist that the FFLs [federal firearms licenesses] who previously tried voluntarily to help them, now must help them.

Of course this is another ratchet on the attempt at back-door arms registration…

Ignore the distraction.

Keep your eye on the corruptocrats’ ball. The latest:

Are high-profile suspects in Mexican drug cartels also paid informants for U.S. federal investigators? If so, could a brewing scandal in Washington implicate more U.S. agencies in the ongoing drug-related violence in Mexico?

Kenneth Melson, the embattled chief of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), made the earth-shaking revelation in testimony early last week, The Times reports. Melson reportedly told congressional leaders that Mexican cartel suspects tracked by his agents in a controversial gun-tracing program were also operating as paid informants for the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the FBI.

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More: Here’s the latest on the brewing Tampa gunwalking allegations.

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On a side note: While I was on vacay, old news about Fast and Furious’s parent program, the stimulus-funded Project Gunrunner, somehow got recycled as new news. But if you read my column and extensive post with links back in March, you already are in the know. David Codrea and Bob Owens try to clear up confusion sown by latecomers.


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From the article: NRA will sue

This is a reference to an article from CNSNews.com...

NRA Will Sue Obama Administration Over New Gun-Control Measure
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
By Susan Jones

1 posted on 07/13/2011 9:53:57 AM PDT by topher
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To: topher

Something tells me this will go all the way to the top.

We have ATF agents and Drug Warlords that both say US Federal Government was selling weapons to them. At the very same time the Federal Government was saying that this is happening, but failed to mention it was because of them.

We have dead people because of it. It’s crime plain and simple and now it’s trying to be covered up at the top. This needs to be investigated all the way to the top.


2 posted on 07/13/2011 10:00:09 AM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/


3 posted on 07/13/2011 10:00:51 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: harpseal; TexasCowboy; nunya bidness; AAABEST; Travis McGee; Squantos; wku man; SLB; ...
Hmmmm... looks like Michelle Malkin has been reading posts here on FR by our very own 'Travis McGee'...

Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!


4 posted on 07/13/2011 10:13:13 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: topher

“It’s the height of hypocrisy,” said Lamar Smith

Just another day screwing the Republic for the Obama administration and its agenda.


5 posted on 07/13/2011 10:53:12 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: topher
The hubris is mind blowing. The Obama Administration is simply forging ahead with their gun grabbing plans as if they never got caught allowing these straw purchases.

"Yeah...you caught us. So what? Gimme that AR-15. We're from the Government. It's for your own safety."

6 posted on 07/13/2011 11:01:26 AM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (If you think it's time to bury your weapons.....it's time to dig them up.)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts

what is even more shocking is that our so called representatives in congress are allowing it all to take place.


7 posted on 07/13/2011 11:15:26 AM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
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To: Joe Brower

It looks like we’ll have to protect ourselves from these from these progressive fascists!!

Be Ever Vigilant!!


9 posted on 07/13/2011 11:52:48 AM PDT by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: topher

A very important logistical component of this operation was the believe of the Obama admin that DEATH —probably on a large scale— would eventuate.

Turn THAT over in your mind and what it says about the values of the people who used YOUR money to permit this. What things might they NOT be willing to do..?

Also, it appears that a part of Operation Castaway in Honduras had the FOREIGN POLICY objective of punishing the new Honduran Prez via creation of a new, de-facto narcoMarxist army there.

A likely secondary aim of Castaway; the new Honduran admin there would be embattled with completely new levels of violence from US guns, and would complain to the UN, which would then demand that the US sign the UN charter on small-arms trade.

So:

1. A Honduran Obama enemy would be punished
2. US gun-owners would lose their rights
3. Obama could cast himself as simply bowing to foreign pressure

ALL THAT WAS REQUIRED WAS FOR A BUNCH OF FOLKS TO DIE

A leftist will always accuse YOU of the thing they’re about to do —”Bush lied and people died...”

Where is Drudge and Breitbart on all this? This is bigger than Monica...


10 posted on 07/13/2011 12:31:53 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: gaijin

Finished cocaine is bought by Mexies for $3,000 per key, while unprocessed BASE is just $1,000. How might Mexies TRIPLE their profits with about the same risk? A bit like the oil industry; by moving upstream and also owning the mechanism for processing cocaine base in central America.

Docs related to F&F and Castaway show an interesting confluence of Mexy narco financial interests with Obama political interests:

Mexicans wanted a Honduran operating environment permitting for their own cocaine processing there, further south to the source of the product. This would permit Mexicans to bypass middlemen, collecting the profits these others had enjoyed to that point.

Meanwhile, via arms sales to these dangerous Mexican criminals, Obama would win its own new friends in Central America. As a topper, in the process he would also end up disallowing easy gun sales to law-abiding Americans —call it the Chicago-ization of the whole USA.

Note that more and more docs uncovered refer to “DEA, ATF **AND OTHER AGENCIES” —so this imbroglio clearly had SECRET FOREIGN POLICY OBJECTIVES.

—>THIS IS IRAN-CONTRA ALL OVER AGAIN<—


11 posted on 07/13/2011 12:47:16 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: gaijin
2. US gun-owners would lose their rights

I gotta say...that's not possible. US gun owners can be enjoined by a repressive government from exercising their God given rights. But pukes like Obama can't cause us to lose them.

Semantics? Perhaps. But it is a distinction that will be made very clear to anyone who knocks on my door trying to confiscate my firearms.

12 posted on 07/13/2011 12:56:52 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (If you think it's time to bury your weapons.....it's time to dig them up.)
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To: topher

Obama sold guns to the Mexicans.

The Americans caught him.

Now Americans have to report to Obama when they sell guns to Americans.

Am I following this right?


13 posted on 07/13/2011 1:00:01 PM PDT by The Toll
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To: Joe Brower

I think I copied it from MM!


14 posted on 07/13/2011 2:34:14 PM PDT by Travis McGee (Castigo Cay is in print and on Kindle.)
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To: topher
"...so now they (0bama) insist that the FFLs [federal firearms licenesses] who previously tried voluntarily to help them, (and were told by ATF to make the sales) now must help them."
15 posted on 07/13/2011 3:00:10 PM PDT by TigersEye (Wranglers not Levis. Levi Strauss is anti-2nd Amendment.)
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To: gaijin

Great summation!


16 posted on 07/13/2011 4:33:06 PM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is essential to examine principles, Kill the EPA!!!)
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To: The Toll
Even worse then that. They have armed the Mexican War Lords to the teeth with military class weaponry, and after getting caught they still refuse to admit the border needs to be locked down, and they refuse to go after the guns they gave to the war lords. DC is conducting a war against citizens of Mexico and citizens of the United States. The reason is that DC is working for foreign globalist interests. For example - Our Current President was not even born here. And they are now demanding a QE3 so they can bail out their Socialists Euro Globalists friends (Italians, Greeks and Portuguese). Who cares that it is currently physically impossible for American citizens to pay that debt off.
17 posted on 07/13/2011 4:38:00 PM PDT by justa-hairyape
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To: Nachum

Issa and Grassley and whoever else is on this better not let go.


18 posted on 07/13/2011 5:01:41 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: little jeremiah

I hope they follow this all the way to the White House.


19 posted on 07/13/2011 5:03:42 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

They need to hold on like pit bulls.


20 posted on 07/13/2011 6:03:21 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: little jeremiah

They will need to make sure about their personal security too.


21 posted on 07/13/2011 6:04:23 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: topher

Under the radar!


22 posted on 07/13/2011 6:05:33 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: prairiebreeze

marker


23 posted on 07/13/2011 7:26:51 PM PDT by prairiebreeze
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To: prairiebreeze
Good morning. I hope you are doing well.

This Fast & Furious stuff is amazing, isn't it? Methinks the marxist in the White House thinks he is king.

No matter, kings don't last very long in the colonies, do they?

5.56mm

24 posted on 07/14/2011 5:09:14 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: M Kehoe

Depends whether the colonists are STOOPID enough to reelect the king.

I am doing well, thanks for asking. Hope all is likewise for you and yours.

Fast and Furious is.....InFuriating. Feh..!


26 posted on 07/14/2011 8:24:37 AM PDT by prairiebreeze
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To: M Kehoe

Depends whether the colonists are STOOPID enough to reelect the king.

I am doing well, thanks for asking. Hope all is likewise for you and yours.

Fast and Furious is.....InFuriating. Feh..!


27 posted on 07/14/2011 8:24:44 AM PDT by prairiebreeze
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