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Remember Fast and Furiousís Mexican Victims
National Review Online ^ | July 6, 2012 | Deroy Murdock

Posted on 07/06/2012 12:18:54 PM PDT by neverdem

The American people finally have heard of Brian Terry. He is the best-known victim of Fast and Furious, an Obama-administration conventional-weapons-proliferation program. Between November 2009 and January 2011, Team Obama arranged for licensed firearms dealers to sell guns to straw buyers, who transferred them to known violent criminals in Mexico. Two of these firearms, AK-47s, were found near Rio Rico, Ariz., where suspected smugglers fatally shot Terry, a 40-year-old former Marine, on December 15, 2010.

“I do not fear death,” Terry once wrote. “I do fear the loss of my honor, and would rather die fighting than have it said I was without courage.”

While Brian Terry is the most visible victim of this notorious policy, he is not its sole casualty.

On February 15, 2011, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata, 32, was shot mortally in San Luis Potosi, Mexico. Members of Los Zetas drug gang also hit ICE Agent Victor Avila in that ambush, although not fatally. This assault involved a rifle purchased in Dallas in another Obama administration “gunwalking” escapade.

Largely overlooked is this plan’s calamitous impact on Mexico, its people, and U.S.-Mexican relations. Fast and Furious has spilled American blood. But south of the border, it has made blood gush like an oil strike.

“One of the things that’s so offensive about this case is that our federal government knowingly, willfully, purposefully gave the drug cartels nearly 2,000 weapons — mainly AK-47s — and allowed them to walk,” Representative Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) told NBC News. These arms were supposed to lead federal agents in Phoenix to the Mexican thugs who acquired them. Instead, Fast and Furious guns melted into Mexico without a trace.

These weapons became invisible, but not silent.

Approximately 300 Mexicans have been killed or wounded by Fast and Furious guns, estimates former Mexican attorney general Victor Humberto Benítez Treviño. Now the chairman of the Mexican Chamber of Deputies’ Justice Committee, Benítez told the Los Angeles Times that Fast and Furious “was a bad business that got out of hand.”

Relevant details are scarce. However, at least one case generated enormous headlines in Mexico. Here is what happened, according to a July 26, 2011, joint report by House Government Reform Committee chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) and Senate Judiciary Committee ranking Republican Charles Grassley of Iowa.

On October 21, 2010, Sinaloa drug cartel members kidnapped Mario Gonzalez Rodriguez, brother of Chihuahua State’s then–attorney general, Patricia Gonzalez Rodriguez. She believed his abduction was in retaliation for her prosecution of Sinaloa narco-traffickers. A video promptly emerged showing Mario in handcuffs, surrounded by five armed, masked captors. That November 5, his tortured body was discovered in a shallow grave. Mexican police soon nabbed his suspected kidnappers after a shootout. Serial numbers confirm that two of the 16 weapons seized from eight of these hoodlums were Fast and Furious guns. These also were tied to the kidnappings of two people.

Patricia Gonzalez Rodriguez said, “The basic ineptitude of these officials caused the death of my brother and surely thousands more victims.”

Fast and Furious guns have befouled at least 200 crime scenes. Among them:

   Members of the La Familia drug gang fired at a Mexican Federal Police helicopter on May 24, 2011, wounding three officers and forcing it to make an emergency landing near Michoacán in western Mexico. Five days later, four more helicopters attacked La Familia. The gang returned fire, striking all four choppers and injuring another two government agents. The police prevailed, killing eleven cartel members and arresting 36 — including those suspected of targeting the first chopper and its passengers. Mexican authorities say La Familia possessed heavy-duty body armor and 70 rifles, including several Fast and Furious weapons.

   Two weapons purchased by Fast and Furious targets were recovered in Sonora on July 1, 2010, and tied to a “Homicide/Willful Kill — Gun,” the U.S. Justice Department revealed last September 9.

   Two Fast and Furious guns were linked to a February 2010 assassination conspiracy against Baja California’s then–police chief, Julian Leyzaola.

   Four Fast and Furious guns were found on January 8, 2010, and connected to a “kidnap/ransom.”

   Eleven Fast and Furious firearms were discovered in Atoyac de Álvarez after Mexican soldiers saved a kidnap victim on November 14, 2009.

As of December 2010, 241 Fast and Furious guns had been recovered in Mexico and 350 in America.

In one striking case, these weapons did not walk across the border; they ran. “Within a span of 24 hours,” Issa and Grassley learned, “a straw purchaser bought guns at a gun store in Arizona and facilitated their transport to Naco, Mexico with the intent of delivering the guns to the Sinaloa cartel.” On November 20, 2009, 42 AK-47 assault rifles and a Beowulf .50-caliber rifle were recovered. In just one day, 20 of these guns traveled from Arizona to Sonora, Mexico.

The woman who transported these armaments told investigators that she planned to deliver them directly to the Sinaloa mob. Noting that this was the first Fast and Furious repossession, Issa and Grassley explained: “From the very first recovery of weapons, ATF officials knew that drug trafficking organizations (DTOs) were using these straw purchasers.”

Team Obama’s defenders correctly argue that Bush-administration investigators distributed some 450 guns in Mexico. But there are several key differences: Operation Wide Receiver caused no known deaths. Many of that program’s weapons (unlike most Fast and Furious guns) featured radio tracking devices. Also, Mexico’s government knew about and supported Wide Receiver.

In contrast, Issa and Grassley observed, “ATF and DOJ leadership kept their own personnel in Mexico and Mexican government officials totally in the dark about all aspects of Fast and Furious.”

Mexican attorney general Marisela Morales told the Los Angeles Times that she first learned about Fast and Furious via news accounts. “In no way would we have allowed it,” she said, “because it is an attack on the safety of Mexicans.” In June 2011, a U.S. official informed Morales that, eight months earlier, Mario Gonzalez Rodriguez’s murderers used Fast and Furious guns. 

Hijole!” Attorney General Morales replied. Roughly translated: “Damn!”

Consequently, another casualty here is America’s friendship with Mexico. Though not mortally wounded, this relationship is in serious condition.

“Fast and Furious has poisoned the well-spring of public opinion in Mexico as it relates to the cooperation and engagement with the United States,” Mexico’s envoy to America, Ambassador Arturo Sarukhan, told Washington, D.C.’s New Democrat Network on May 31. “The thinking that you can let guns walk across the border and maintain operational control of those weapons is really an outstanding lack of understanding of how these criminal organizations are operating on both sides of our common borders.”

This foreign-policy fiasco is the brainchild of an administration whose transparency was supposed to stun the world and whose sagacity promised to smooth international relations after the alleged small-mindedness of the G. W. Bush years.

Diplomatic headaches aside, the real victims of Fast and Furious are those whom this policy helped kill, and the Team Obama–supplied firearms that still haunt the horizon.

“This is the perfect storm of idiocy,” ATF’s Carlos Canino told Representative Issa’s investigators: “Unfortunately, there are hundreds of Brian Terrys probably in Mexico. . . . We [ATF] armed the [Sinaloa] cartel. It is disgusting.”

And, as Issa and Grassley concluded last July 22, 1,048 of those weapons “remain unaccounted for.” Unlike carrier pigeons, these Fast and Furious guns will not fly safely home. Instead, for years to come, they will keep drawing blood in Mexico — and points north.

New York commentator Deroy Murdock is a Fox News contributor, a nationally syndicated columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service, and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution, and Peace at Stanford University.



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Mexico; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2deadfeds; 300deadmexicans; atf; banglist; brianterry; dea; dhs; doj; fandfmexicanvictims; fastandfurious; fbi; gunrunner; gunwalker; holder; ice; jaimezapata; murdergate; obama; terry; zapata
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I don't see how we are not on the hook for reparations?
1 posted on 07/06/2012 12:19:11 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

From the same administration (Regime!) which intends to sign and ratify a U.N. “treaty” they claim has the power to override our U.S. Constitution!

This is more of their “working under the radar” gun control (Citizen control!) agenda.

I’ve got news for these seditionist, no U.N. or other “Treaty” may abridge my inalienable rights.

None.


2 posted on 07/06/2012 12:25:28 PM PDT by Loyal Sedition
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To: neverdem
When Mexicans stop killing my fellow citizens at the rate of twenty-four a day, when Mexicans stop sneaking into America like they have some God-given right, when Mexicans stop disrespecting my country's flag, it's laws and it's borders and when Mexicans finally take responsibility for the land God gave them and FIX IT!, then maybe I'll weep for dead Mexicans.
3 posted on 07/06/2012 12:32:34 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: neverdem

I wonder why the mexican government hasn’t called for Holder’s arrest. They blame the US for everything, and this time they would have a point. I guess the fix is in.


4 posted on 07/06/2012 12:36:36 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: jmacusa

Nobody’s asking you to “weep for dead Mexicans”. The point is that Holder and Obama are responsible for a criminal act that has resulted in the deaths of hundreds of Mexican citizens, and the Mexican government should be demanding accountability.


5 posted on 07/06/2012 12:39:54 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: MestaMachine; LucyT

Ping to a long-overdue article.

“Largely overlooked is this plan’s calamitous impact on Mexico, its people, and U.S.-Mexican relations. Fast and Furious has spilled American blood. But south of the border, it has made blood gush like an oil strike.”


6 posted on 07/06/2012 12:42:04 PM PDT by thouworm (.)
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To: neverdem; bcsco

Anyone know someone who can translate this article into Spanish? Needs to be distributed to all Spanish speaking news, and radio stations this side of the Rio.


7 posted on 07/06/2012 12:43:16 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: ozzymandus

What you say is true but then the Mexican government and its citizens should be held accountable with their costs in lives etc to us the US taxpayer.


8 posted on 07/06/2012 12:45:42 PM PDT by Ratman83
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To: jmacusa
When Mexicans stop killing my fellow citizens at the rate of twenty-four a day...

So you're saying that Mexicans commit over 60% of the murders in the US?

9 posted on 07/06/2012 12:46:20 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep

The 24 a day includes Car accidents and the like.


10 posted on 07/06/2012 12:48:23 PM PDT by Ratman83
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep

Those are the Justice Depts. stats. Take it up with them.


11 posted on 07/06/2012 12:48:40 PM PDT by jmacusa (Political correctness is cultural Marxism. I'm not a Marxist.)
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To: neverdem

It’s time for one of the Mexican Presidential candidates to demand the extradition of Eric Holder as an accessory to the murders of hundreds of Mexican citizens.


12 posted on 07/06/2012 12:51:51 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is, it is the only answer.)
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To: neverdem

[sarcasm, deep] Well, yeah, but it’s okay, because I’m sure the Mexican narcotics cartels made large contributions to President Food Stamps’ reelection campaign. [/sarcasm]


13 posted on 07/06/2012 12:52:29 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: neverdem

It’s time for one of the Mexican Presidential candidates to demand the extradition of Eric Holder as an accessory to the murders of hundreds of Mexican citizens.


14 posted on 07/06/2012 12:54:34 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is, it is the only answer.)
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To: Ratman83

True, but that problem could be solved if we actually guarded our own borders and deported illegal aliens. Mexico is a corrupt and lawless county, always has been, and probably always will be. We can’t depend on them for anything.


15 posted on 07/06/2012 12:57:17 PM PDT by ozzymandus
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To: ozzymandus

You are right that we cannot depend on the Mexica government. As far as guarding the borders we should treat them as an invading force and use force back against them.


16 posted on 07/06/2012 1:00:08 PM PDT by Ratman83
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To: jmacusa
Those are the Justice Depts. stats. Take it up with them

14700 murders in the US last year. Divided by 365 equals 40 murders a day nationally. Maybe you can point to where the Justice Dept says that 60% of those are committed by Mexicans.

17 posted on 07/06/2012 1:09:43 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: jmacusa

maybe you could weep for the brave Mexican lawyers, judges, police and journalists, and their family members, among the dead

After all, they were killed for trying to confront the cartels and to stop what you claim to abhor

Who knew they would become pawns in Hillary Clinton/Eric Holder and obamas cynical incompetent attempted vendetta against the Second Amendment rights of US citizens


18 posted on 07/06/2012 1:13:56 PM PDT by silverleaf (Every human spent about half an hour as a single cell)
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To: Standing Wolf

Money? And who do you think supplies his recreation use?


19 posted on 07/06/2012 1:20:10 PM PDT by hoosiermama
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To: neverdem

What we’re NOT seeing:

200+ sets of empty tennis shoes on the quad of colleges, to represent the Poor Mexican Victims of this insane plan.

Red paint or chalk silhouettes to represent the Poor Mexican Victims.

How interesting that Universities DO NOT CARE.


20 posted on 07/06/2012 1:27:19 PM PDT by insideguy
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