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Univision Does Its Homework
National Review Online ^ | October 3, 2012 | John G. Malcolm

Posted on 10/03/2012 12:47:55 PM PDT by neverdem

Univision has done some outstanding investigative reporting on Operation Fast and Furious, the ill-conceived and disastrously executed gun-smuggling operation that was designed to identify the kingpins of a Mexican firearms-trafficking network but resulted in the transfer of approximately 2,000 high-powered weapons into the hands of dangerous thugs connected with the drug cartels. A recently issued report(PDF) from the Justice Department’s inspector general criticizes the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona, and senior DOJ officials for their roles in this botched investi­gation. The report cites “a series of misguided strategies, tactics, errors in judgment, and management failures that permeated ATF Headquarters and the Phoenix Field Division, as well as the U.S. Attorney’s Office.”

President Obama remains in denial about Fast and Furious. When asked about it two weeks ago, he responded: “Well, first of all, I think it’s important to understand that the Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program, begun under the previous administration. When Eric Holder found out about it, he discontinued it.” This is wrong on two counts. First, Operation Fast and Furious began in the fall of 2009, under the current administration. Second, it ended on December 15, 2010, the day it was discovered that two Fast and Furious weapons were found at the scene where U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was murdered. That was two full months before Attorney General Eric Holder claims to have known about the operation.

Operation Fast and Furious began in 2009, after federally licensed firearms dealers informed ATF that several individuals were purchasing large quantities of AK-47-style rifles and FN 5.7 caliber pistols. These pistols are known as “cop killers” in Mexico because the bullets fired from them can penetrate the Kevlar vests worn by law-enforcement authorities. At the time, the northern Mexican states were a veritable battlefield, where the Sinaloa and Juárez drug cartels were fighting for control and the increasingly powerful Zetas were seeking to enlarge their territory. ATF encouraged gun-store owners to continue selling to the straw purchasers it was monitoring to avoid alerting the criminals to the presence of law enforcement.

Former Mexican attorney general Victor Humberto Benítez Treviño estimates that approximately 300 Mexican citizens have been killed with Fast and Furious weapons, and hundreds of guns remain unaccounted for. Some victims had been identified even before the Univision report. For example, there was Mario Gonzalez Rodriguez — the brother of former Chihuahua state attorney general Patricia Gonzalez Rodriguez — who was kidnapped by members of the Sinaloa drug cartel in October of 2010. His tortured body was later discovered in a shallow grave. Following a shootout with Rodriquez’s suspected kidnappers, Mexican police seized 16 weapons, two of which were traced to Operation Fast and Furious.

But Univision has made some startling new and tragic connections. On the night of September 2, 2009, twelve hit men, looking for members of the Sinaloa cartel and carrying AK-47s they had acquired thanks to Fast and Furious, forced open the main door of Casa Aliviane, a drug-rehabilitation center in Ciudad Juárez. Once inside, they sprayed the building with bullets. Of the 19 young recovering addicts, 18 were killed. The massacre was ordered by José Antonio Acosta Hernandez (also known as “El Diego”), the leader of La Linea, the enforcement arm of the Juárez cartel.

At the time, Acosta Hernandez was at war with José Antonio Torres Marrufo, an enforcer — he reportedly once skinned an enemy’s face to make a soccer ball — close to Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the head of the Sinaloa cartel. When Mexican authorities captured Marrufo in February 2012, they found a cache of guns that included powerful anti-aircraft weapons, as well as firearms linked to Operation Fast and Furious.

According to Univision, Acosta Hernandez was behind another bloodbath involving Fast and Furious guns. On January 30, 2010, a commando unit of at least 20 hit men parked outside a house in Ciudad Juárez. A birthday party of high-school and college students was going on inside, but Hernandez mistakenly thought it was occupied by members of the Sinaloa cartel. Around midnight, his men broke into the house and opened fire on nearly 60 teenagers. Outside, lookouts gunned down a screaming neighbor and several students who tried to escape. When the hit men fled, they left 16 young people dead and twelve others wounded. Three of the weapons used that night were traced to Operation Fast and Furious. When Acosta Hernandez was finally captured in July 2010, with Fast and Furious weapons in his possession, he confessed to Mexican authorities that he was responsible for nearly 1,500 murders.

And, as if letting 2,000 high-powered guns “walk” were not enough, it appears that the Obama administration launched other gun-walking operations as well. According to Univision, “weapons from [Florida-based] Operation Castaway ended up in the hands of criminals in Colombia, Honduras and Venezuela.” And the inspector general’s report states that his office is investigating “at least one other ATF [operation] . . . that involves an individual suspected of transporting grenade components into Mexico, converting them into live grenades, and then supplying them to drug cartels.”

The Mexican government has every right to be furious about this matter. If foreign law-enforcement agents had let nearly 2,000 weapons be delivered into the hands of U.S. gang-bangers — without any notice to or coordination with the feds — there would be serious repercussions.

Operation Fast and Furious is a disaster and a disgrace. Univision and the inspector general deserve credit for attempting to get to the bottom of this mess.

— John G. Malcolm is a senior legal fellow at the Center for Legal & Judicial Studies at the Heritage Foundation.



TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: banglist; fastandfurious; gunrunner; murdergate

1 posted on 10/03/2012 12:48:02 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: Travis McGee; Joe Brower; MestaMachine; JohnLott

If you didn’t check that video, it’s the first link.


2 posted on 10/03/2012 12:51:42 PM PDT by neverdem ( Xin loi min oi)
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To: neverdem

On this subject, just got an interesting email from Paul Ryan campaign....I hope they plaster Obama with this!

[snip]Friend,

It’s time for Attorney General Holder to step aside.

He’s misled Congress, and entirely botched the investigation of the Operation Fast and Furious debacle — yet he still leads our nation’s Justice Department.

It’s just another example of the Obama Administration’s transparent hypocrisy that despite the tragic and very human toll of this scandal, Attorney General Holder refuses to resign — and President Obama refuses to remove him.

It’s up to the American people to replace both of them on November 6. Let’s restore justice to the Justice Department.....

[please donate, blah, blah]

Thank you,

Paul Ryan


3 posted on 10/03/2012 12:54:08 PM PDT by AuntB (Illegal immigration is simply more "share the wealth" socialism and a CRIME not a race!)
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To: neverdem

4 posted on 10/03/2012 12:54:24 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Joe Brower; Travis McGee; LucyT; vette6387; MetaThought; 60Gunner; XHogPilot; FreedomPoster; ...

” And the inspector general’s report states that his office is investigating “at least one other ATF [operation] . . . that involves an individual suspected of transporting grenade components into Mexico, converting them into live grenades, and then supplying them to drug cartels.”

+Full Video


5 posted on 10/03/2012 12:59:12 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills and none dare call it treason.)
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To: dead

LOL!!!


6 posted on 10/03/2012 1:02:17 PM PDT by kidd
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To: neverdem
Univision Does Its Homework

Oh please, they should change the title to, Univision Scratches the Surface, and Then Sells Out, Cheap.

Did they tie F&F to the operation in Honduras? No.

Did they show the operational differences between F&F and Wide Receiver? Not really.

Did they ask why, if these were operations in multiple foreign countries, somehow, magically, there wasn't a single person in the Department of State or CIA who ever got wind of it and didn't scream about the illegal turf violation by the ATF? No.

Did they ask about the amounts of money involved and who approved of the expenses? NO.

Gimme a break.

I forget who that "wife of the founder" is who just took a job with the Bamster Administration. This stinks to high heaven.

7 posted on 10/03/2012 1:10:51 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The Slave Party: advancing indenture since 1787.)
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To: Carry_Okie

Yep, Univision in this context is like the occasional poll that shows Romney ahead, then it’s back to: “Comrades! We have glorious news for you! Obama soaring blah blah blah” and here, then it’s back to the usual Mexican Bund grievance politics and special-pleading.
Lame0 stream0 cyclopsvision, feck `em!


8 posted on 10/03/2012 1:38:19 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: All armed conservatives)
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To: dead; harpseal; TexasCowboy; nunya bidness; AAABEST; Travis McGee; Squantos; wku man; SLB; ...
Post #4 -- another masterpiece.

To everyone, I highly recommend watching this video. It's telling in itself that we have to get such news from Mexican television, not our own.

Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!

9 posted on 10/03/2012 1:49:59 PM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: tumblindice

TTIWWP

We need Univision Hosts


10 posted on 10/03/2012 1:50:23 PM PDT by EQAndyBuzz
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To: neverdem

it’s enough to make Democrats join English Only....


11 posted on 10/03/2012 1:57:02 PM PDT by Buckeye McFrog
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To: dead
Wow, that's bad -- in a good way.

I wish this could go viral like Sore Loserman.

12 posted on 10/03/2012 2:16:06 PM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: justlurking
Glad you like it. I added a banner to the bottom.


13 posted on 10/03/2012 2:41:12 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: dead

bttt


14 posted on 10/03/2012 2:44:18 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: neverdem

I’m glad Univision did this service; I wish more English language media / reporters did.


15 posted on 10/03/2012 2:56:04 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: dead

I do like it. I hope you don’t mind if I keep it. If you don’t beat me to it, I’ll post it every time I see a mention of F&F or ObamaPhone.


16 posted on 10/03/2012 2:57:08 PM PDT by justlurking (The only remedy for a bad guy with a gun is a good WOMAN (Sgt. Kimberly Munley) with a gun)
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To: neverdem
Univision will shut their pieholes about Fast and Furious any second now.

Obama has appointed THE WIFE OF THE OWNER OF UNIVISION to be UN ambassador.

17 posted on 10/03/2012 3:34:16 PM PDT by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: AuntB
I got the same e-mail. "He’s misled Congress, and entirely botched the investigation of the Operation Fast and Furious debacle — yet he still leads our nation’s Justice Department."

No, Paul.

Try: 'He lied to Congress, he obstructed the investigation of the Operation Fast and Furious crimes...

He shouldn't soft-peddle it, just call it what it is. When the rocks are peeled back and the maggots are squirming in the sunlight, saying anything less will just look naive.

18 posted on 10/03/2012 11:23:04 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Carry_Okie
Did they tie F&F to the operation in Honduras? No.

Different op, not the same as Fast and Furious.

I think F&F is just the tip of the iceberg, as Operation Castaway was the setup responsible for the arms which went to Honduras. That, and the 'grenadewalker' operation almost had to have approval from the State Department.

By partitioning the operations those not uncovered can continue and the can of worms is actually a case of smaller cans, each of which will have to be discovered and peeled open. For an administration which has such callous disregard for OPSEC in warfare, they do know how to cover their butts (and each other's)--which makes the wartime 'leaks' all the more egregious.

I recall hearing just a little about a possible operation in Indiana aimed at arming gangs in Illinois, and the firearms from that operation may be taking part in the seemingly escalated violence in Chicago and elsewhere in that area.

Remember Obama's private civilian army? I think they've been working on that or something like it all along.

Otherwise, what we see is a widespread criminal conspiracy delivering arms to disqualified persons for the purpose of enabling violent acts which, incidentally or otherwise would provide the statistics needed to push for more gun control (the denial of a fundamental Right, also a criminal offense).

There aren't enough lamp posts in Washington D.C. to take care of the offenders in this, you'd likely have to double them up.

19 posted on 10/04/2012 1:05:42 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Smokin' Joe
Different op, not the same as Fast and Furious.

I know. I couldn't remember the name.

That, and the 'grenadewalker' operation almost had to have approval from the State Department.

All of it did, at least tacitly, else there would have been too much internal noise about it that would have produced a boatload of "smoking gun memos" as to what the administration knew and when.

For an administration which has such callous disregard for OPSEC in warfare, they do know how to cover their butts

She's a Clinton.

Remember Obama's private civilian army? I think they've been working on that or something like it all along.

I've used the tag line below (among others) upon occasion for well over a year.

There aren't enough lamp posts in Washington D.C. to take care of the offenders in this, you'd likely have to double them up.

Curly Howard was being led before a firing squad, presumably in Mexico. Oblivious to the soldiers, he noted the wall behind him. He tapped Moe on the shoulder in excitement and exclaimed, "LOOK! Woodpeckers!!!"

20 posted on 10/04/2012 6:55:03 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (GunWalker: Arming "a civilian national security force that's just as powerful, just as well funded")
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Bump for later


21 posted on 10/04/2012 8:30:30 PM PDT by Ghengis
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