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U. S. Government May Be Primary Suppliers of Mexican Drug Cartel Guns ^ | 21 November, 2011 | Tom Stilson

Posted on 11/23/2011 5:39:19 AM PST by marktwain

With Operation Fast and Furious headlining the news, there is no doubt civilian arms have been trafficked into Mexico. However, many of the arms used by Mexican cartels are NOT supplied by civilian gun outlets in the United States. Based upon the statistics I have compiled, our State and Defense Departments may be the premier suppliers of weaponry to Mexican drug cartels — not the US civilian.

From 2003-2009, over 150,000 Mexican soldiers deserted from their ranks. Drug cartels became so confident in their recruitment of military personnel that they posted help wanted ads for hit men, traffickers, and guards. When these soldiers desert, their US-supplied weapons (grenades, sniper rifles, assault weapons, etc.) often accompany them over to the cartels. In 2008 and 2009, 13,792 and 20,530 small arms were exported to Mexico from the US. Over 92% of these arms were civilian legal semi-automatic or non-automatic firearms, a number eerily similar to the debunked 90% number echoed by the ATF. A 2008 State Department memo to then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi shows a $1,000,000 shipment of select fire M4A2 assault rifles to the Mexican Federal Police Force, (AKA Federales) one of the most corrupt Mexican government agencies.

The most recent numbers from 2010 show the Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) — the State Department agency responsible for overseeing the exportation of military goods — authorized the transfer of 2.5 million units of small arms, weapon optics, silencers, and related components. In that same year, over 11 million units of ammunition and 127,000 units of explosive ordnance were cleared for exportation to Mexico. This amounted to $25 million worth of small arms, ammunition, and explosives shipped to Mexico authorized by our State Department.

In recent months, allegations have surfaced that the State Department’s US Direct Commercial Sales Program and DDTC may have directly shipped arms to the Zetas, the Gulf Cartel’s hit squad. The Zetas were at one time trained and supplied with American weaponry by our own 7th Special Forces Group in the early 1990s. These claims against the State Department arose even after the DDTC recognized the Americas Region in 2009 as having the highest rate of unfavorable traces for their Blue Lantern Program. The Blue Lantern Program involves traces performed by the DDTC to ensure exported military weaponry does not end up with an unauthorized nation or organization. For the Americas, 80% of traces where unauthorized end users were identified involved small arms. Data specifically for Mexico was unavailable from the State Department.

From 2008 to 2009, when President Obama entered office, Defense Department expenditures to Mexico have increased from $12 million to $34,000,000 and State Department expenditures increased from $7.2 million to $356 million. While 2010 data is currently unavailable, it appears our foreign aid to Mexico has continued to increase for 2011. These statistics imply the State and Defense Departments may very well be the top suppliers of small arms to Mexico’s drug cartels and not civilians. Only the information obtained from ATF Firearms Traces will tell. However, those records are not public. After the DOJ and the White House knowingly pursued attempts at new gun control legislation, we are left to ask the question; is this just another case of government stupidity or is this something more premeditated?

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: atf; banglist; castaway; cia; clinton; dea; dhs; doj; fastandfurious; fbi; gunrunner; gunwalker; hillary; hillaryclinton; holder; ice; mexico; obama; statedept
This may have been posted already.
1 posted on 11/23/2011 5:39:21 AM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

If it was it needs to be seen again. Thanks!

2 posted on 11/23/2011 5:47:21 AM PST by Dusty Road
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To: Dusty Road

Good Googamooga.

What’s next?

We have a country on our Southern Border that is being run by criminals, and a President who appears to be in favor of it.

3 posted on 11/23/2011 6:24:31 AM PST by Venturer
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Perry has repeatedly requested Fed assistance on Security at the border.
Both Jan and Zero have refused.

I wonder if they were afraid the Gunwalker/F&F op would be found out?

4 posted on 11/23/2011 6:28:31 AM PST by marty60
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Hey, We’Re #1 in something at least.. but Woww!

.. and so they sewed the seeds of their own destruction.

.. a CONgRE$$ whose agenda is Constitutionally-based could change that sad fact.

5 posted on 11/23/2011 9:54:54 AM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Obama: Epic Fail or Bust!!!)
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To: marktwain
This may have been posted already.

Perhaps, but it's worth seeing again if so.

I've been saying for quite some time that it is obvious that mexicans haven't been walking into Texas gun stores to buy hand grenades and rocket launchers. The mexican government is a pseudo failed state. it's a kleptoocracy with little to no real rule of law.

Amazingly there are still folks who think it's a good idea to allow millons of mexicans to invade our country and bring their 3rd world worldviews with them.

6 posted on 11/23/2011 9:58:21 AM PST by zeugma (Those of us who work for a living are outnumbered by those who vote for a living.)
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With Operation Fast and Furious headlining the news....Where?

7 posted on 11/23/2011 10:04:15 AM PST by Safetgiver (I'd rather die under a free American sky than live under a Socialist regime.)
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"Grenade-walking" part of "Gunwalker" scandal

Worse Than Gunwalker? State Dept. Allegedly Sold Guns to Zetas

Phil Jordan, a former CIA operative and one-time leader of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s El Paso Intelligence Center, claims that the Obama administration is running guns to the violent Zetas cartel through the direct commercial sale of military grade weapons:

Jordan, who served as director of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s El Paso Intelligence Center in 1995, said the Zetas have shipped large amounts of weapons purchased in the Dallas area through El Paso.


“They’ve found anti-aircraft weapons and hand grenades from the Vietnam War era,” Plumlee said. Other weapons found include grenade launchers, assault rifles, handguns and military gear including night-vision goggles and body armor.

More about State Department involvement...

— has sources claiming “Obama’s man in the State Department,” (former) Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg, was the State Department operative who helped Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and the Department of Justice Deputy Attorney General David Ogden formulate the strategy that led to the tactics used in Operation Fast and Furious.

Steinberg took office as Deputy Secretary of State on January 28, 2009

A little more than two years later, it was announced that Steinberg's time in the Obama State Department was over. From the New York Times, 30 March 2011:

Mrs. Clinton heaped praise on Mr. Steinberg, describing him as an “indispensable” partner. “On every foreign policy challenge, big and small, he has helped formulate our policy and oversee its execution,” she wrote. Mr. Steinberg, she said, played “Oscar to Jack Lew’s Felix,” referring to Jacob J. Lew, her other deputy, who left earlier this year to become Mr. Obama’s budget director.

Want to read even more about State Dept. involvement? ...

Sipsey Street Exclusive: "In at the beginning." The State Department & the Gunwalker Scandal.

8 posted on 11/23/2011 10:22:46 AM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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Wait a minute now...

There’s a border??!!

9 posted on 11/23/2011 11:07:35 AM PST by Molon Labbie (Occupiers- The world is watching....and alternatively laughing and vomiting)
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