Skip to comments.The Reese Family Railroad(NM ATF)
Posted on 02/26/2012 7:10:59 AM PST by marktwain
(17 February) The investigation into the ATF/DOJ Gunwalker scandal code-named Fast & Furious has passed the one-year mark. During that time Congressional investigators have put barely a chip in the stone wall established by Eric Holder and his Justice Department. So far, fewer than 20 percent of the documents requested by Congressional investigators have been produced by the DOJ. There have been a couple of resignations and a few reassignments, and one Justice Department official has refused to testify on Fifth Amendment grounds, but so far there hasn't been the slightest indication that anyone involved is going to spend a single day in jail.
In contrast, a family in New Mexico has languished in jail for almost six months. They have been denied bail, their assets have been seized, and threatened with civil forfeiture. They have yet to be convicted of anything.
Ive written previously of Rick Reese, his wife Terri, and their two sons, Ryin and Remington. They were arrested without incident last August in Las Cruces, New Mexico on charges that they had knowingly sold guns and ammunition to smuggled to Mexican drug cartels. While I dont personally know the Reese family, I have spoken with a number of people who do. The Reeses are by all accounts, well respected and liked within the Deming/Las Cruces area where they had lived for over 20 years, running a successful gun store for the past 17. Rick Reese had planned to retire from the business and close the store at the end of 2011 in order to make a run for sheriff of Luna County. Son Ryin was in the process of opening a store of his own in Las Cruces. The family was asked to come down to the ATF offices to discuss Ryins application for a Federal Firearms License where they were arrested. Requests for bail have, so far, been denied on the grounds that they are flight risks and a threat to the community. The government has also announced their intent to move forward with a civil forfeiture hearing to claim virtually everything the family owns as ill-gotten gains.
Prosecutors claim that denying bail to the Reeses follows a precedent set in a similar recent case in Columbus, New Mexico. In that case, the mayor and other prominent citizens all Mexican-Americans with close ties to Mexico were actively working directly with Mexican drug gangs in a trafficking scheme. Those defendants were held without bail as flight risks. The Reeses are accused of, at worst, selling to questionable buyers and have no personal or family connections with Mexico.
Terri Reese recently had a new bail hearing in which prosecutors showed a video of an informant purchasing ammunition. At the close of the sale Terri tore a mailing label off of a box with a comment about not wanting it to be traced back to them. The prosecutor insisted that this was proof that Terri knew the ammo was destined for Mexico. Terris lawyer explained that store labels on trash left at informal shooting areas had led to friction with local property owners. He also pointed out that Terri had called ATF about a woman she suspected might be making straw purchases. She was told they would look into it and that she should carry on as normal. The woman turned out to be a government informant. Sales to that informant constitute the core charges against Terri Reese. As of press time, we are still awaiting a bail decision from the judge.
Meanwhile Eric Holder again testified before the House Government Reform Committee investigating the Fast & Furious fiasco in which government agents instructed gun dealers to sell thousands of firearms to suspected gun traffickers. We now know that there was never any plan or attempt made to track or follow the guns and that Washington was actively seeking numbers from those sales to bolster support for a rule requiring dealers to report sales of multiple semi-auto long guns. Several federal agencies, including the Drug Enforcement Agency and the FBI have admitted knowing about the tactics and being advised by DOJ to leave it alone. The inter-agency cooperation clearly indicates very high-level involvement in keeping the Gunwalking scheme going, yet no one in a position of authority at the DOJ admits to authorizing the operation which has contributed to hundreds of murders including that of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
The callous indifference to human life, Constitutional liberties, and the lying and stonewalling from ATF and the DOJ are indications of serious corruption within those agencies. It all calls for an immediate and thorough investigation by an independent office with the authority to access every document and every witness. This investigation must be taken out of the political realm and those responsible brought to justice.
The comparison between the way the Reese family has been treated for supposedly selling some 16 guns, and how federal agents and bureaucrats are being given a pass on walking close to 2000, is chilling. If the Reeses are guilty that fact should be proven in court before the forfeiture trial and they should be released on bail in the meantime as guaranteed in the Constitution. The same goes for those responsible for Fast & Furious. The truth must be disclosed and everyone must be held accountable for their actions.
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It’s a new story to me. I had no ida this man Reese and his family were locked up.
It appears on the surface that ATF is being over zealous , and that Reese’s rights are being ignored.
Isn’t this how the First Revolutionary War started?
obama and Holder make Al Capone look like a sissy Girl Scout.
I'm actually surprised that Holder hasn't offered up a WHITE new-hire in the DOJ Typing Pool as the sacramental lamb who personally ordered and directed Gunrunner.
So What, just because The Current Administration and Numerous High Ranking Executives in our Government put a plan in motion to Institute More Gun Control
(Overthrow the Second Amendment of the US Constitution and the Constitution itself)
by willfully and knowingly giving Aid and Comfort to, Supplying Weapons to, Financing, Laundering Money for.. our Enemy in the War on Drugs, who just happens to have been infiltrated with a substantial percentage of our other Enemies in the War on Terror according to very same people.
And just because Hundreds if not thousands of innocent people have been murdered because of their plan to institut more gun control (Overthrow the Second Amendment of the US Constitution and the Constitution itself) Doesn’t mean they really did anything wrong. I doubt there is even a word to describe an Administration that broke more laws than the average public school graduate could count in an effort to OVERTHROW THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES ( institute strict Gun Control).