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Report: "Fast & Furious" Designed to Justify Gun Control (NRA) ^ | 11 December, 2011 | NRA

Posted on 12/12/2011 3:51:09 AM PST by marktwain

From the first moment that the American people became aware that senior BATFE officials ordered agents in the field to allow guns sold in the U.S. to be smuggled on an all-but-certain path to Mexico’s vicious drug cartels, many of us have wondered “why.”

What possible legitimate purpose could be fulfilled by allowing a large number of guns—over 2,000, by some estimates—to disappear across our southwestern border without the Mexican government’s knowledge?

There has been only one logical answer possible. Someone within the BATFE or higher in the Department of Justice wanted the smuggled guns to be recovered at crime scenes in Mexico, and traced to sources within the U.S., so that the Obama Administration could claim a need for one or another gun control measure being pushed by anti-gun groups. Someone who values gun control more than the lives of innocent people killed by cartel operatives armed with the BATFE’s “walked” guns. Someone who believes, as one BATFE official put it, that “to make an omelet, you have to break some eggs.”

Until now, there was no proof, however. But this week, CBS News reported that the BATFE “discussed using their covert operation Fast and Furious to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales.” In particular, agency officials wanted guns to fall into Mexican drug cartel hands and be traced back to gun dealers in the U.S. to make a case for requiring dealers to report individuals who buy more than one detachable-magazine semi-automatic rifle over .22 caliber in a five day period.

According to CBS, “emails show they discussed using the sales, including sales encouraged by ATF, to justify a new gun regulation called Demand Letter 3. That would require some U.S. gun shops to report the sale of multiple rifles or ‘long guns.’”

CBS singled out a July 14, 2010 email sent by BATFE Field Operations Assistant Director Mark Chait to Bill Newell, the agency’s Special Agent in Charge in Phoenix, from which Fast and Furious was based. In the email, Chaits asked Newell to “see if these guns were all purchased from the same [licensed gun dealer] and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales.”

Pro-Second Amendment U.S. Senator John Cornyn (Texas), the senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Immigration, Refugees and Border Security subcommittee, quickly responded to CBS’s revelation, saying “If these reports are true, even by Washington standards this reaches a new level of arrogance and corruption.” With Attorney General Holder again appearing before Congress to testify about Fast and Furious this week, Sen. Cornyn added, “again, the Attorney General has some explaining to do.”

Also this week, CBS reported another means by which Mexico’s drug cartels have acquired a large enough number of U.S.-made firearms to partially explain the high tallies repeated time and again by Mexican president Felipe Calderon, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Eric Holder, and other gun control supporters.

Apparently, hundreds of firearms sent to Mexico by U.S. firearms manufacturers, through Direct Commercial Sales approved by the State Department since 2006, cannot be accounted for by Mexican officials and are presumed to have made their way to the cartels. As CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson relates it, “The Mexican military recently reported nearly nine thousand police weapons missing. Yet, the U.S. has approved the sale of more guns to Mexico than ever before.” The government of Mexico now buys more U.S.-made firearms than Iraq, whose security forces American and allied troops trained from the ground up, after the fall of Saddam Hussein.

Providing some insight into the scope of the problem, after one U.S.-made rifle sold to the Mexican military ended up in a cartel arms cache, the State Department asked Mexico to account for 1,030 more rifles, but received no reply. Between 2006 and 2009, 2,400 firearms were sold to Mexico through direct sales. But trying to avoid further embarrassment, State refuses to provide the numbers for 2010 and 2011. Attkisson says, “With Mexico in a virtual state of war with its cartels, nobody is tracking how many U.S. guns are ending up with the enemy.”

TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: atf; banglist; dea; dhs; doj; fastandfurious; fbi; gunrunner; gunwalker; holder; nra; obama
It is good that the NRA is helping to get the word out. We can count their publications as part of the new media.
1 posted on 12/12/2011 3:51:15 AM PST by marktwain
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To: MestaMachine

Gunwalker ping.

2 posted on 12/12/2011 3:52:08 AM PST by marktwain (In an age of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.)
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To: marktwain

‘Bout time, too.
This stuff is about a year old.

3 posted on 12/12/2011 4:01:27 AM PST by Flintlock (Photo ID for all voters. Let the dead rest in peace.)
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To: Joe Brower; Travis McGee; LucyT; vette6387; MetaThought; 60Gunner; XHogPilot; FreedomPoster; ...

Wake up ping.

4 posted on 12/12/2011 4:19:43 AM PST by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: marktwain

Obama, Holder, and the rest of the DC goons are guilty of murder. They deliberately allowed over 300 people to die, including a border patrol agent, so they could pass stricter gun laws.

5 posted on 12/12/2011 4:43:19 AM PST by Jaidyn
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To: Jaidyn
Obama, Holder, and the rest of the DC goons are guilty of murder. They deliberately allowed over 300 people to die, including a border patrol agent, so they could pass stricter gun laws.

Why aren't Janet El-Renio and Weasely Clark in prison for murder?

6 posted on 12/12/2011 4:57:21 AM PST by ROCKLOBSTER ( Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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To: marktwain
I heard Rush explain this on Thursday. I thought Gunwalker and F&F was only major government stupidity until this...TREASON...was pointed out. Then, I got mad...really, really mad! Folks, we can't trust them anymore, any you know who THEY are. I doubt very much now that a change at the head will fix this. It's gonna have to come from the roots. I believe the quote from Jefferson went something like this:

"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."

We were the ones who let it get away, and now it's time to us to pay. If not for us, then for our children and grandchildren...

7 posted on 12/12/2011 5:12:47 AM PST by Dubh_Ghlase (Therefore, send not to know For whom the bell tolls, It tolls for thee.)
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To: Dubh_Ghlase
Then, I got mad...really, really mad! Folks, we can't trust them anymore

What took YOU so long?

When you figure out the rest of their plans, your anger will turn to FEAR.

Global warming? When the idiot Muslim playing POTUS shuts down all the coal plants and your electric rates skyrocket, what will you do?

What will you do when the dollar and our banking system collapse? The Muslim playing POTUS never saw a $Trillion he didn't want to spend on $hit.

The other day the idiot was saying that he thinks unemployment could be down to 8% by election time. Are you stupid enough to still believe anything he says?

The Muslim POTUS is going for it, using the radical Demo party to destroy America and the Press who controls America don't have a clue.

8 posted on 12/12/2011 6:07:36 AM PST by politicianslie (plug in RADICAL MUSLIM into Obama's idiotic actions and you can figure out his next moves)
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To: Dubh_Ghlase
Yes, it is pretty bad alright. For whatever good it will do I sent this to my Congressman and two Senators...

December 8, 2011
Dear Representative Gardner:
Dear Senator Udall:
Dear Senator Bennet:

Let's call Fast and Furious, Castaway, "Grenade Walker" and "Cash Walker" what they are. State-sponsored terrorism.

On this side of the border they are violations of the RICO Act. In Mexico and Honduras it is state-sponsored terrorism.

What else would you call heavily arming international criminal syndicates within foreign countries wherein those countries are in a death struggle with those syndicates?

Especially when it goes beyond thousands of assault rifles to include grenades, RPGs, shoulder fired rockets, anti-aircraft guns, night vision equipment, body armor and special deals to bring their drugs onto our soil with legal impunity?

Not to mention the just-revealed news that the rip crew that killed BP Agent Brian Terry was there with DEA and FBI assistance and approval to attack and kill a rival cartel's smuggling crew.

Let's not leave out the FBI and DEA laundering millions of dollars for the drug cartels by setting up bank accounts for them that they otherwise couldn't do.

It is organized, it is spread throughout every Federal LEA and it violates numerous domestic laws and numerous statutes and treaties that deal with foreign nations. Yet none of it has been officially sanctioned by Congress. (that I know of) It is the Federal government acting like mafioso.

Pres. Obama, AG Eric Holder and Sec. State Hillary Clinton are all deeply involved in this and it is unquestionably state-sponsored terrorism by the definition used to define states like Iran and North Korea.

PS: if you think I am wrong or exaggerating any of this I will be glad to bring you up to speed with very well sourced articles, legal depositions (publically available) and other public information that verifies every word I have said.

Either you are with these criminals or you are with U.S. I implore you to get informed, get involved and act or get run over by this. This lawless scandal is not going away.


Mr. (TigersEye)
Town, State, Zip


Here is a petition to call for Eric Holder's impeachment.
Tea Party Petition to Prosecute Eric Holder

After signing the petition you will get an automatic way to send an e-mail to your Congressman and Senators. You can use their text or fill in your own.

I strongly encourage all FReepers to sign that petition and to send their own thoughts about this to their Congress critters. Let them know that you are aware of this issue and that you are not going to forget about it. Let them know you will be watching to see what they do about it.

9 posted on 12/12/2011 12:17:36 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: TigersEye

I sense an audit coming soon.

10 posted on 12/12/2011 3:09:53 PM PST by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: GlockThe Vote

Doesn’t bother me. I haven’t had any reportable income since 1993. The IRS wrote me a letter telling me to stop sending in returns. The unspoken inference was ‘stop wasting our time processing paperwork, you lazy bum.’ One of the proudest moments of my life! LOL

11 posted on 12/12/2011 4:40:56 PM PST by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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