Skip to comments.Univision report connects Operation Fast and Furious scandal to murders of Mexican teenagers
Posted on 09/30/2012 11:58:51 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
The Spanish language television news network Univision unleashed a bombshell investigative report on Operation Fast and Furious Sunday evening, finding that in January 2010 drug cartel hit men slaughtered students with weapons the United States government allowed to flow to them across the Mexican border.
On January 30, 2010, a commando of at least 20 hit men parked themselves outside a birthday party of high school and college students in Villas de Salvarcar, Ciudad Juarez, according to a version of the Univision report in English, on the ABC News website.
Near midnight, the assassins, later identified as hired guns for the Mexican cartel La Linea, broke into a one-story house and opened fire on a gathering of nearly 60 teenagers. Outside, lookouts gunned down a screaming neighbor and several students who had managed to escape. Fourteen young men and women were killed, and 12 more were wounded before the hit men finally fled.
Citing a Mexican Army document it obtained and published, Univision reported that [t]hree of the high caliber weapons fired that night in Villas de Salvarcar were linked to a gun tracing operation run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
That operation was Fast and Furious.
The massacre, as Univision described it, was not the only bombshell the network unveiled in its Sunday evening report.
Univision News identified a total of 57 more previously unreported firearms that were bought by straw purchasers monitored by ATF during Operation Fast and Furious, and then recovered in Mexico in sites related to murders, kidnappings, and at least one other massacre, the Univision report reads.
The network also uncovered another Fast and Furious weapons massacre. On September 2, 2009, 18 young men were killed at El Aliviane, a rehabilitation center in Ciudad Juarez, according to the report.
Univision found many of these victims through access to the list of serial numbers for weapons used in Fast and Furious and the list of guns seized in Mexico, according to English subtitles on the Spanish-language video.
After cross-referencing them both lists, it became clear that a least a hundred of them were used in crimes of all kinds, the subtitles read. We found 57 weapons that were not mentioned in [the U.S.] Congress investigation.
Though Univision tracked many more victims down, it said that the death toll that this free flow of weapons authorized by ATF had in Mexico has not been tallied.
Univision held nothing back in its broadcast, airing images and video of bloodied, dead bodies. The network showed the faces of the dead and walked viewers through how cartel operatives hunted their victims down with the weapons President Barack Obamas administration allowed straw buyers to traffick to them.
One photo, for instance, showed pools of blood in the streets of a Mexican town after a massacre committed by murderers armed with Fast and Furious weapons. Video footage showed where some of the victims were killed and how the cartels chased their helpless victims to their deaths.
The Univision broadcast implicitly suggested that Americans have no regard for the victims of violence American policy helps fuel that is, until one of those victims ends up being an American.
It wasnt until U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terrys murder prompted whistle-blowers to come forward to Congress to publicly voice concerns about ]he program that the Obama administration stopped allowing firearms to flow into Mexico.
One victims father, Mexican poet Javier Sicilia, told Univision he thinks Americans are not often moved by the pain of those outside [their country].
But they are moved by the pain of their own, Sicilia added.
Well, turn around and watch the massacres.
Univision says the Obama administrations actions inadvertently helped fuel violence and a war between the cartels.
In Mexico, the timing of the operation coincided with an upsurge of violence in the war among the countrys strongest cartels, according to Univision.
In 2009, the northern Mexican states served as a battlefield for the Sinaloa and Juarez drug trafficking organizations, and as expansion territory for the increasingly powerful Zetas. According to documents obtained by Univision News, from October of that year to the end of 2010, nearly 175 weapons from Operation Fast and Furious inadvertently armed the various warring factions across northern Mexico.
An English-subtitled translation of one experts comments indicated that the weapons the Obama administration allowed to flow to the cartels through Fast and Furious were capable of not only penetrating an armored vehicle but also a whole house from wall to wall.
According to the Univision report, it wasnt weak gun laws that made Fast and Furious possible, as some liberal commentators have suggested.
If up to this point drug dealers could easily obtain and smuggle guns, the United States government made it easier, English subtitles on one part of the report read.
When Fast and Furious began in 2009, the ATF and Arizona prosecutors told [gun] store owners to sell weapons without restrictions to suspicious buyers.
Univision also said that it was Phoenix ATF office leader Bill Newell who ultimately concluded that the only way to track the guns was to wait for weapons to be recovered in crime scenes in Mexico.
That charge, if true, would mean the Obama administration decided to allow cartel operatives to kill and injure people with the weapons it gave them, and to recover the guns only after criminals ditched them at brutal often deadly crime scenes.
Univision also found additional details about other gunwalking operations the Obama administration undertook.
In Florida, the weapons from Operation Castaway ended up in the hands of criminals in Colombia, Honduras and Venezuela, the lead informant in the case told Univision News in a prison interview, the network reported. The informant Unvision interviewed was Vietnam veteran-turned-arms-trafficker Hugh Crumpler.
When the ATF stopped me, they told me the guns were going to cartels, Crumpler said. The ATF knew before I knew and had been following me for a considerable length of time. They could not have followed me for two months like they said they did, and not know the guns were going somewhere, and not want for that to be happening.
The US media refuse to put a face on those murdered with weapons provided by the Obama Administration to the deadliest criminals in the western hemisphere.
If this happened under Bush, the stories would be daily.
But this could not happen under Bush as that was a mature, responsible administration of adults, not arrogant juvenile liberals that fill the halls of the Obama administration.
THANK YOU, UNIVISION for putting a human face on the hundreds of murders caused by President Obama!
Murdered Mexicans and Americans...roadkill on obama’s bumpy, bloody road. Ping.
What’s the URL you’re trying to download from?
Im going nuts trying to download the spanish videos.
cclive fails also. youtube changes up their pages every once in a while.
I wish they would just MENTION that the whole POINT of F & F was to attack our 2nd ammendment.
Using the DEAD bodies of innocent Mexicans, to boot.
How callous and EVIL is that?? Can it get any worse?
“To: Cincinatus’ Wife
The entire administration is full of crooks and liars.”
Too bad there aren’t more who see the light. But then, a free phone is nice........(sarc)
” “tracking” system “
What a perfect use of quote marks!
They already knew they were going to the cartels. They sold them to people they knew were funneling them to the brutal murderers.
Can anyone explain how guns showing up at crime scenes helps law enforcement accomplish anything? Law enforcement on our side had to know they would be used by the people they were funneling them to. DUH.
The most logical thought I have about this is that the United States government was instigating the arming of criminal violent gangs. So in tracking from specific crime scenes, the finger of guilt pointed back at THEM.
And why would they be doing this????????????????
To point the finger of blame at U.S. gun dealers and gun laws...
But a few honest people spilled the beans.
Univision report [with English subtitles]
Thank you, but that is the nine minute teaser vid. I watched it last night on the abc network site. Waiting, hoping for the full hour somewhere.
Sheesh! I looked at the minutes and read 54 -— it was 9:54...
Sorry bout that.
No worries, Mate. I’ll get it eventually.
The White Houses refusal to release communications related to the Fast and Furious gun-walking program and the refusal of a White House official to be interviewed about the matter made it impossible for the inspector general (IG) of the Justice Department to pursue that aspect of the case, the IG, Michael Horowitz, testified.
He added that the sought-after White House interview and communications constituted a lead we wanted to follow.
At a hearing of the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee on Thursday, Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-Tex.) asked Horowitz, You noted also in your report that the White House refused to share internal communications with you during your investigation of Fast and Furious. We've noted a connection into the White House through Kevin O’Reilly at the National Security Council. Do you think the White Houses refusal to share these documents limited the scope of your investigation? Would this committee be well served by pursuing an investigation into that avenue?
Horowitz answered, Well, as we noted in the report, and as you know, congressman, we did not get internal communications from the White House and Mr. OReillys unwillingness to speak to us made it impossible for us to pursue that angle of the case and the question that had been raised.”
Farenthold: “So it would probably be worthwhile for us to pursue?”
Horowitz: “Well, certainly we have sought to pursue every lead we could. So, I can tell you, from our standpoint it was a lead we wanted to follow.
If Mitt loses, impeachment is coming. If not with the 2013-14 Congress, then the pressure will be enormous to throw the Dem bums out, and it will happen beginning in 2015.
“Stand up, Joseph Robinette Biden, 45th President of the United States.”
Media says “but how about Romney’s 47% remark?”