Skip to comments.“Drug Lords” Targeted in Fast & Furious Worked for FBI (Suprise!)
Posted on 03/29/2012 7:35:49 AM PDT by Mikey_1962
In another significant embarrassment to the scandal-plagued Obama administration, newly released documents revealed that the supposed drug lords being targeted in the deadly federal Fast and Furious gun-running operation were actually working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) all along.
Thousands of American weapons were illegally offered to violent Mexican cartels by the Justice Department as part of the controversial program many of them paid for by U.S. tax dollars through the two FBI assets supposedly being targeted in the investigation. Those guns were later linked to hundreds of murders, including the killings of U.S. federal agents.
The operation came to a screeching halt after it was exposed in Congress and the media by whistle-blowers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (still known as ATF). The government responded to the scandal by claiming it was simply attempting to investigate Mexican cartels using a program that went tragically wrong.
But the facts paint a much different picture. According to documents obtained recently by the Los Angeles Times, the ATF zeroed in on a suspected gun trafficker named Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta. He was detained in May of 2010, questioned, and eventually released after promising to cooperate with investigators seeking to track down two supposed drug lords.
Those two cartel chiefs, it turned out, were actually already on the FBIs payroll. According to a source cited by Fox News, both of the men were considered "national security assets" who were "off limits and untouchable." The ATF apparently did not find out until mid-2010.
"This means the entire goal of Fast and Furious to target these two individuals and bring them to justice was a failure," noted Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif., pictured above) and Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), who are investigating the scandal, in a memo to other members of Congress. ATF has refused to comment, citing ongoing investigations.
Rep. Issa and Sen. Grassley also noted that the agency should have known the two supposed targets of the purported investigation were working for the FBI, blasting "the serious management failures that occurred throughout all levels during Fast and Furious." That would have allowed the deadly operation to be shut down before thousands of taxpayer-funded high-powered firearms were handed over to violent cartels.
A lawyer representing Celis-Acosta, the alleged gun runner who was arrested and released by the ATF, suspects that the various federal agencies involved in the scandal purposely withheld the critical information. "When one hand is not talking to the other, perhaps somebody is hiding something," attorney Adrian Fontes told the Times. "Was this intentional?"
Supporters of the Second Amendment had long suspected that the administrations firearm-trafficking operation was aimed at demonizing gun rights and imposing more unconstitutional restrictions on Americans right to keep and bear arms. Official documents later confirmed those suspicions, revealing that the bloody fallout from the scheme was being used to advance more gun control.
More recently, analysts have pointed to scandalous video footage of Attorney General Eric Holder before he took over the Justice Department. In the speech, then-U.S. Attorney Holder proposes a massive tax-funded propaganda campaign to brainwash in his words Americas youth against gun rights.
His anti-gun campaign, however, appears to have backfired spectacularly. After bragging about the gun-running program in Mexico during a 2009 speech, Holder later claimed under oath that he had not heard of it until it was exposed in the media. He later admitted that was not true.
Since then, Holder has been caught lying repeatedly even as he lashed out at the media and investigators. Over 100 members of Congress are already calling for his resignation. And if he continues his efforts to cover up the Fast and Furious scandal, Rep. Issa has warned that he could be held in contempt.
Incredibly, after the latest public disclosures surrounding the two FBI drug lords, the Department of Justice vowed to break more federal laws by refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas. In a letter to Rep. Issa and Sen. Grassley, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich claimed their staffs were exposing the criminality to the public.
"While we do not know who provided these letters to reporters, we are deeply disturbed that the sensitive law-enforcement information contained in them has now entered the public realm," Weich wrote. "This public disclosure is impeding the department's efforts to hold individuals accountable for their illegal acts." He also said the Department would not be handing over any more information due to the purported sensitivity of supposed ongoing operations.
A spokesman for Rep. Issa, however, said the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee would not put up with such lawlessness. "It is troubling that the attorney general continues to express the outlandish view that his compliance with lawful and binding subpoenas is merely optional," Issa spokeswoman Becca Watkins told CNN.
Issas Committee is also attempting to investigate a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) scheme to launder the profits of Mexican drug cartels. The Justice Department has so far refused to cooperate, but pressure is still growing after the New York Times blew the whistle on the program late last year.
And it is not just Congress that is growing weary of the administrations antics. A recent survey of ATF agents reveals an extreme lack of trust in leadership. According to the study, less than half of those surveyed believed the agencys senior leaders maintained high standards of honesty and integrity.
The Fast and Furious scandal and the retaliation against brave whistleblowers who exposed the scheme contributed to the dismal results. "The controversies plaguing ATF over the last year have weighed heavily on the morale of employees and their faith in senior leadership," ATF spokesman Drew Wade told Fox News. "Mistakes were made."
More than a few top drug bosses and even government agents have claimed the U.S. government is arming and protecting certain drug cartels. And as the administration continues to stonewall while top Justice officials plead the Fifth Amendment, public suspicion is only growing.
It just keeps getting worse.
Did all the weapons go to one particular dope gang?
Floyd Brown and I are trying to locate a person who has lost a family member due to Mexican drug violence.
We are working on a Fast and Furious ad.
This was never about bringing drug lords to justice. This was an attempt to push gun control.
A deliberate attempt by our federal government to push gun control.
In case you missed it ping,
Could someone explain to me where this investigation is right now?
The last I read, Holder was given a drop dead date (I think it was March 9) to supply requested documents.
Did Holder comply, or not?
What’s the next step?
Obama needs to be impeached and he and Eric Holder prosecuted for their actions to undermine the United States Constitution by illegally selling weapons to foreign criminals that used those weapons to kill US and Mexican citizens and federal agents and then claiming those weapons are the reason the US should ban private possession of firearms in violation of the Seconds Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Is this new news...or have we known about it for awhile?
“This was an attempt to push gun control.”
Maybe. Or an attempt to help particular gangs of narcotics smugglers over others, to open some channels and eliminate competition. And undermining the official Mexican government at the same time.
Calderon has made it plain he’s tied in with F&F.
Let’s get real, gun control is certainly something the federal”gangsta” would like but fast and furious is multi faceted, supplies arms to the friends of “the revolution”, and act like the war on drugs is anything else besides a corrupt US government creating an industry of sales, distribution, and then they even make money on the prisons, it was easy divide and conquer..for a people so willing to hate each other..
Are there in fact, any “real” badguys out there? Or, are they all U.S. Government employees committing crimes in order to keep us safe?
Sometimes you got to wonder.
“Obama needs to be impeached...”
I am sure Boehner is right on it.
‘Are there in fact, any real badguys out there? Or, are they all U.S. Government employees committing crimes in order to keep us safe?
Sometimes you got to wonder.’
There is sort of and end game stage to degenerated and tottering governments where this is a common feature. In Czarist Russia, it was the Okhrana. Other examples exist, but the main feature is that the incompetent and unpopular State adds paranoia to its qualities, and begins to cannibalize and destabilize itself with inept agitation and activity which contributes to make itself even more unpopular. Not sure we have reached that point, but it would not surprise me.
Bonehead no doubt had a law waiting to be presented banning guns!
They did not sell firearms to anyone.
THEY GAVE FIREARMS TO KNOWN MURDERERS!!!
Gun Control for Democrats means that they get to control the guns and decide who they’re aimed at.