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“Drug Lords” Targeted in Fast & Furious Worked for FBI(gunwalker)
The New American ^ | 28 March, 2012 | Alex Newman

Posted on 03/28/2012 6:22:34 PM PDT by marktwain

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 FBI’s 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 administration’s 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 — America’s 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.

Issa’s 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 administration’s 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 agency’s 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.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: atf; banglist; dea; dhs; doj; fastandfurious; fbi; gunrunner; gunwalker; holder; ice; obama
Suspicion that has basis in fact. At what point does what might appear to be incompetence become malice or treason?
1 posted on 03/28/2012 6:22:43 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: MestaMachine

Gunwalker ping.


2 posted on 03/28/2012 6:23:31 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

The gov’t needs to supply ammo and gun stamps to facilitate the arming of those on Social Security.


3 posted on 03/28/2012 6:25:38 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: marktwain

For later.


4 posted on 03/28/2012 6:25:51 PM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: marktwain

Fast and Furious and something like the Trayvon Martin case were designed to create the perfect storm of anti-gun hysteria just prior to the election, except that the Ubama administration got caught red-handed.


5 posted on 03/28/2012 6:32:01 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: marktwain

“At what point does what might appear to be incompetence become malice or treason?”

Anyone with an ounce of common sense would have pulled the string on this a long time ago. Makes me wonder why no charges have been filed.

Its like all other cases involving the power brokers. The case goes on and on, and on and on, until everyone forgets about it and moves on to the next Dancing With The Stars installment.


6 posted on 03/28/2012 6:34:21 PM PDT by mark3681
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To: marktwain
"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),...

That's if you accept the ridiculous premise that F&F was only about targeting those two individuals. The whole thing sounds like a cockamamie "oops" excuse to cover both the FBI and ATF. I sure hope Issa and Grassley aren't really buying that. Keep digging!

7 posted on 03/28/2012 7:32:36 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: TigersEye

maybe what we really have here is Federale Drug running Operation trying to be papered over as something else entirely...


8 posted on 03/28/2012 7:38:27 PM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: mo

I wouldn’t doubt that a bit. There are some questions about the FBI and DEA setting up offshore bank accounts for the cartels but never seeming to make any arrests. Just helping them launder millions of dollars.


9 posted on 03/28/2012 8:01:52 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: marktwain; Joe Brower; MestaMachine; CodeToad; Lazamataz; Eaker; Squantos; Lurker; hiredhand

Outstanding F&F essay. Really, maybe the best.


10 posted on 03/28/2012 8:37:03 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: TigersEye

Exactly. It’s what they used to call a limited hangout fallback position. Totally absurd cover story on its face.

But it ain’t a story unless ABCNNBCBS covers it. And they won’t. ABCNNBCBS = GGTV, Gangster Govt TV.


11 posted on 03/28/2012 8:39:30 PM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: marktwain

LOL! Turns out (predictably) the moly criminal involved (besides Holder and Zero) in the loop was the schmuck who humped the guns over the border. Everyone else was on th US Gummint payroll. Of course, had this broken the way O’Bozo planned we would never have been “informed” by the Brown Shirt Media of these minor details. O’Bozo botter hope he gets re-elected so he can avoid prison for four more years.


12 posted on 03/28/2012 8:40:22 PM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: marktwain

LOL! Turns out (predictably) the only criminal involved (besides Holder and Zero) in the loop was the schmuck who humped the guns over the border. Everyone else was on th US Gummint payroll. Of course, had this broken the way O’Bozo planned we would never have been “informed” by the Brown Shirt Media of these minor details. O’Bozo botter hope he gets re-elected so he can avoid prison for four more years.


13 posted on 03/28/2012 8:40:47 PM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: mark3681

The RINOS don’t want to actually prosecute anyone they just want to “squeeze” the stooped libtards. They are as bad as O’Bozo and team, IMHO.


14 posted on 03/28/2012 8:45:54 PM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: Travis McGee
Totally absurd cover story on its face.

Good, I'm glad I'm not the only one who sees that. 2,500 guns to the cartels to catch two guys!?! Yeah, right.

15 posted on 03/28/2012 8:49:19 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Paladin2

Not only is it a health matter, but unless the government does this at taxpayers expense we’re being denied our second amendment rights!


16 posted on 03/28/2012 9:06:40 PM PDT by Vesparado
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To: Travis McGee; Joe Brower; LucyT; vette6387; MetaThought; 60Gunner; XHogPilot; FreedomPoster; ...

Until I see these bachards in shackles, all the summaries in the world aren’t going to do anything but just pi$$ me off more.

weich is on his way to becoming president of a law school. Betray the country, move on up to the East Side. Blow the whistle and get your house burned down.

What is wrong with this picture?

Ping.


17 posted on 03/28/2012 9:14:31 PM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: marktwain

This makes Watergate look like chicken scratch and the MSM snores.


18 posted on 03/28/2012 10:02:24 PM PDT by TASMANIANRED (We kneel to no prince but the Prince of Peace)
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To: MestaMachine; marktwain

I will be sharing this new and explosive information with some interested local parties. Please keep posting F&F news and we will keep up the exposure on a local level.


19 posted on 03/28/2012 10:17:49 PM PDT by Upstate NY Guy
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To: TigersEye
Good, I'm glad I'm not the only one who sees that. 2,500 guns to the cartels to catch two guys!?! Yeah, right.

Two guys who just HAPPENED to be FBI "informants." Yeah, right.

Now, give me that contract for the Brooklyn Bridge again. I want to look it over one more time before I buy it.

20 posted on 03/29/2012 4:45:10 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: MestaMachine
Until I see these bachards in shackles, all the summaries in the world aren’t going to do anything but just pi$$ me off more.

I like your style.

21 posted on 03/29/2012 4:49:25 AM PDT by GOPJ (Democrat-Media Complex - buried stories and distorted facts... freeper 'andrew' Breitbart)
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To: Travis McGee
If we pulled all the Federal agents off of the border (chasing each other around) it might reduce crime there by 50%! /s

It would sure make things safer for the BP.

22 posted on 03/29/2012 1:24:07 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: MestaMachine

http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/10997-ag-holder-could-be-jailed-for-ongoing-fast-a-furious-cover-up


23 posted on 03/30/2012 7:50:03 AM PDT by Principle Over Politics (Romney 2012 is McCain 2008. No more RINOs!)
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