Skip to comments.ATF Death Watch 132: Operation White Gun Revealed(gunwalker)
Posted on 01/14/2012 7:18:55 AM PST by marktwain
On yesterdays John Gibson radio show, a caller defended presidential candidate Ron Pauls plan to eliminate the CIA. The caller repeated Pauls claims that the CIA is helping drug smugglers ply their trade in the United States. The talk show host pressed the cuckoo clock sound effect and dropped the call. Yes, well, the facts speak for themselves: the CIA has a long and well-documented history of enabling drug trade to support our friends in Bolivia, Nicaragua, Afghanistan and, of course, Mexico . . .
Even if the Company didnt plan Operation Fast and Furiousthe ATF program that channeled some 2000 U.S. gun store guns to Mexican drug thugsthe CIA certainly knew about it. The CIA was also in the loop on Operation Wide Receiver: the ATF op that exported an unknown number of U.S. gun store guns to Honduras. Why wouldnt the CIA be situationally aware? Thats their job.
This website has always maintained that the American gun running programs were designed to arm the Sinaloa cartel against Los Zetas. Uncle Sam supported the former against the latter to prevent Los Zetas from assuming control of the country, either by the ballot box or the imposition of a military junta.
As part of this grand strategy, the DEA laundered tens of millions of dollars for the Sinaloas (sometimes by wire, sometimes by trailer truck). Immigrations and Customs Enforcement let cash go south and drugs come north. The FBI allowed Sinaloa surrogates to bypass their NICS check system to buy guns illegally; in some cases, providing the cash to do so.
The ATF supplied the guns. Not all the guns. Mexico is awash with firearms, grenades, grenade launchers and ammunition that somehow leaked to the cartels via officially sanctioned sales to the Mexican (and other Latin American) military and law enforcement organizations. The cartels are also armed with weapons imported from China and Eastern Europe. But the ATF did their part to keep the Sinaloas sweet.
Yesterday, the latimes.com revealed yet another ATF guns for goons program: Operation White Gun.
MacAllister was the lead agent. Her supervisor, David J. Voth, was head of the ATFs Group VII field office in Phoenix. His boss was William D. Newell, then the special agent in charge in Phoenix . . .
According to documents that the ATF sent to the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces, an umbrella group of U.S. agencies that seeks to disrupt major drug trafficking and money laundering, White Gun targeted nine leaders of the Sinaloa cartel. The list included Joaquin Chapo Guzman, who heads the cartel and is Mexicos most wanted drug suspect.
In ATF reports, MacAllister wrote that U.S. intelligence showed cartel members were setting up military-type training camps in the Sierra de Durango mountains, near Guzmans northern Mexico hide-out, and wanted to bolster their arsenal with grenade launchers and .50-caliber machine guns.
The agents focused first on Vicente Fernando Guzman Patino, a cartel insider who was identified as one of their weapons purchasers and who often used code words and phrases, saying 57″ for OK, for instance.
In fall 2009, the ATF team sent an undercover agent posing as an arms dealer to Guzman Patino. Photos of weapons, including a Dragon Fire 120-millimeter heavy mortar, were emailed to his Superman6950″ Hotmail account.
According to the ATF documents, Guzman Patino told the undercover agent that if he would bring them a tank, they would buy it. He boasted he had $15 million to spend on firearms and not to worry about the money. He wanted the biggest and most extravagant firearms available.
The two met again outside a Phoenix restaurant, and the undercover agent showed Guzman Patino five weapons in the trunk of his vehicle, including a Bushmaster rifle and a Ramo .50 heavy machine gun [above]. The undercover agent said he could get that kind of firepower for the Sinaloans.
Just as Guzman Patino seemed ready to buy, according to the ATF records, the investigation into his activities abruptly ended. The documents do not explain why, and they dont indicate whether he obtained any weapons.
When Fast and Furious first came to lightvia the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry at the hands of drug thugs using ATF-enabled weaponsthe Bureau claimed they launched F&F to link U.S. gun store guns to the Mexican cartels. They were trying to catch the big fish. They lost the guns purchased with their blessing.
The botched sting defense was a ludicrous idea (the ATF never followed the guns); immediately adopted by an all-too-credulous press. The new information about ATF Operation White Gun establishes the fact that the ATF was already in contact with the Sinaloa cartels big fish.
And did . . . nothing? If weve said it once weve said it a dozen times: follow the guns. How many? Why type? Where are they? If Patino received firearms from the ATF and wasnt arrested by the ATF on weapons charges, what does that tell you? Was Operation White Gun another AFT fup or part of a larger conspiracy to provide logistical support to the Sinaloas in accordance with unofficial (i.e. CIA) policy? Or both?
Senator Grassley and Representative Issa are on the case. Expect more fireworks from their respective committees, even as the U.S. Presidential race heads to its denouement. Meanwhile, the Obama administration is set to throw all the ATF agents involved with Fast and Furious under the proverbial bus. The big question: which one of them will turn against their taskmasters and what will they say? Someone will crack. Its only a matter of time.
If, by some miracle, Ron Paul got nominated then it would be a matter of survival between RP and the CIA. Mr. Paul would get the Huey P. Long treatment.
Why it always have to be a White Gun?
Runaway totalitarian, social-engineering government will crack when "we the sheeple" catch up to "we the people". It's only a matter of time.
Sounds like the F&F is about gun control BS is starting to fall apart too.
Who would have ever guessed.
It’s pitiful to read assertions regarding the CIA from folk who have no clue and no facts.
The CIA needs as much staff replacement as most Fed agencies, but that’s an ideological issue, not a charter issue.
Folks would be surprised to learn how many liberal academics occupy senior offices at the agency.
That atf, boy, they sure have a sense of humor....
This is why Gibson doesn't have a job at Fox News anymore. He thinks he's edgy but he's really not that bright or well informed.
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 Administrations 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 Administrations El Paso Intelligence Center in 1995, said the Zetas have shipped large amounts of weapons purchased in the Dallas area through El Paso.
Theyve 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 Obamas 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.
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 Lews Felix, referring to Jacob J. Lew, her other deputy, who left earlier this year to become Mr. Obamas budget director.
Want to read even more about State Dept. involvement? ...
NO one is going to “crack” so long as the only penalty is to be forced to resign and quietly take a better paying job.
Now if they were arrested and held for extradition to Mexico they’d all sing a very sad tune of everything they know. No reason to crack without arrests.
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