“Essentially, the theory of the United States government in waging its ‘war on drugs’ has been and continues to be that the ‘end justifies the means’ and that it is more important to receive information about rival drug cartels’ activities from the Sinaloa Cartel in return for being allowed to continue their criminal activities, including and not limited to their smuggling of tons of illegal narcotics into the United States.” And there you have it. Confirmation [via narcosphere.narconews.com] that the U.S. government is in bed with Mexico’s favorite drug cartel. In recently filed court pleadings [click here], former Sinaloa Cartel jefe Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla doesn’t just imply that the ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious relied on this cooperation. He states it straight out . . .
This [agreement between the U.S. government and the Sinaloa Cartel] is confirmed by recent disclosures by the Congressional Committee’s investigation of the latest Department of Justice, DEA, FBI, and ATF’s “war on drugs” operation known as “Fast & Furious . . .”
It is clear that some of the weapons were deliberately allowed by the FBI and other government representatives to end up in the hands of the Sinaloa Cartel and that among the people killed by those weapons were law enforcement officers.
Mr. Zambada Niebla believes that the documentation that he requests [from the US government] will confirm that the weapons received by Sinaloa Cartel members and its leaders in Operation ‘Fast & Furious’ were provided under the agreement entered into between the United States government and [Chapo Guzman confidante] Mr. Loya Castro on behalf of the Sinaloa Cartel that is the subject of his [Zambada Niebla’s] defense [regarding] public authority.”
Given its source, previous info and common sense, I’m not taking Jesus’s claim at face value. The Sinaloas needed [relatively] expensive guns smuggled from Bob’s Gun Store like a Drug Lord needs to take out a car loan. The cartel has unlimited access to firearms (including fully automatic rifles and grenades) from its friends in the Mexican military and law enforcement.
But I do believe that America’s “look the other way” policy towards the Sinaloas enabled the ATF to enable straw purchasers to smuggle guns from the U.S. to Mexico. In other words, none of the ATF-enabled guns were intercepted at the border because all the other federal agencies understood the ground rules. Anything to do with the Sinaloas gets a free pass. Period.
Niebla’s pleadings put the ATF’s ops into their proper perspective:
Director Melson confirms what Mr. Zambada-Niebla is asserting in the matter before this Court; i.e. that the United States government at its highest levels entered into agreements with cartel leaders to act as informants against rival cartels and received benefits in return, including, but not limited to, access to thousands of weapons which helped them continue their business of smuggling drugs into Chicago and throughout the United States, and to continue wreaking havoc on the citizens and law enforcement in Mexico. It is clear that some of the weapons were deliberately allowed by the FBI and other government representatives to end up in the hands of the Sinaloa Cartel and that among the people killed by those weapons were law enforcement officers.
As we’ve said previously, this is one ballsy play. It makes Niebla an enemy of the Sinaloa Cartel and all the various agencies of the U.S. government implicated in the Gunwalker scandal (ATF, DEA, FBI, DHS, ICE, CPB, IRS, State Department and White House). Including, get this, the CIA.
The other possibility, the former DEA agent adds, is that Zambada Niebla was tricked on an even deeper level, and was, in fact, not dealing with US law enforcement agencies, but rather a CIA intelligence operation.
“This would not be the first time CIA has used an informant and led them to believe it was an FBI, ICE or DEA operation,” the DEA source said.
If [the U.S. government assured Niebla that his crimes would be exempt from U.S. law in exchange for providing information], the former DEA agent [says] Zambada Niebla’s case is sunk, since even if documents and other evidence exist to prove his allegations of US government complicity, that evidence would almost certainly be deep-sixed under claims of national security that would be invoked by that very same US government.
The investigation into the ATF’s Gunwalker scandal needs to broaden to include a close look into U.S. law enforcement policy towards Mexican drug smuggling. It’s time for America’s full complicity in the drug trade—including arming Mexican drug cartels—to see the cruel light of day.
Bringing this back to the ATF, it’s increasingly clear that the Agency was sucking-up taxpayer money to fight gun smuggling. By smuggling guns to American-supported narco-terrorists. How fucked-up is that?