Skip to comments.ATF's mysterious grenade smuggler case: new photos, documents turned over to Congress
Posted on 04/25/2012 3:10:19 PM PDT by brityank
ATF's mysterious grenade smuggler case: new photos, documents turned over to Congress
Evidence photos just turned over to Congress under subpoena show a frightening stash of grenade parts, fuse assemblies and more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition. It was all hidden in a spare tire of an SUV crossing from the US to Mexico in 2010. The accused smuggler, an alleged drug cartel arms dealer named Jean Baptise Kingery, was questioned by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) but released.
Documents handed over to Congress by the Justice Department shed new light on missteps in the grenades case, and how ATF tracked the suspect for years.
ATF started watching Kingery in "2004 related to AK47 purchases," according to an internal email, "it is believed that he is trafficking them to Mexico." A full five years later in late 2009, ATF also learned Kingery was dealing in grenades: he'd ordered 120 grenade bodies on the Internet.
Grenades are weapons of choice for Mexico's killer drug cartels. An attack on a casino in Mexico last year killed 53 people.
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However, some of the empty grenade bodies should have had transmitters in them if they were delivered empty to Kingery and he was taking them to Mexico to fill them.
Risky, yes, but the handle marking was just stupid and deadly to the innocent.
I am constantly amazed how the higher-ups in law enforcement continually fuck up operations. This is not the mark of a professional but of an asskisser in search of a promotion.
Glad this happened on Obama’s watch. Same for Holder, DOJ, ATF, ICE, etc. They all need a purge at the top.
Same mentality was present in upper administrative FBI managers before 9/11. They refused to listen to their agents in the field about what they were seeing that was unusual.
I don’t understand this story.
If I am not prohibited I can have as much ammunition as I want (assuming I don’t violate local laws/codes). Grenade hulls with spent or used fuze casings are not illegal either. I can buy 1, 5, 100, 1000, or 10,000 of them. I see them at surplus stores all the time and you can order them on the internet. I just searched and they are not regulated at all. No different than a box of screws.
I think the State Department controls the export of firearms (these are not firearms - they are legal to own parts). If they could not prove that this man was prohibited from possessing ammunition he committed no crime. If they could prove he intended to reassemble the parts into remanufactured grenades in Mexico the crime would occur in Mexico. Maybe they could prosecute him under laws governing the exportation of firearms or destructive devices if they could prove that was his intent but that falls under exportation laws and the State Department - not firearms laws?
As I understand it, I can possess all the parts of a grenade and it’s only illegal if I remanufacture the grenade using powder and a means of initiation. If grenade parts are illegal why do they sell them everywhere? I can buy as much powder and as many primers as I want too.
I can own machinegun parts kits and it’s not illegal. I can own 1, 1000, 10000 of them (I wish). I am not violating the law and I am actually sitting on a nice investment since they can’t be imported anymore. Is’nt it the same thing?
I really don’t understand this story. As far as I know, the only laws a U.S. Citizen can be prosecuted for that occur outside the United States are the sex travel act, espionage, and hiding money from Uncle Sam. There may be some others that I don’t remember. However, I don’t think our gun laws are enforceable in another country.
I might need to start a paperweight collection soon!
He is just arming his private army, and getting rid of agents who work for the USA...replaced with his own commie /islamo thugs...that’s all, nothing to see here..move along sheeple../sarc
That's a good start, but I'm not ready to party until they overturn Wickard v Filburn.
Something so lawless about this - feels of deep corruption... what was the ATF thinking? Who was making the calls?
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.
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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.
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