“Citizen journalist” and blogger Mike Vanderboegh passed away this week after a long fight against cancer. Mr. Vanderboegh made many contributions to freedom and liberty, but he’ll be best remembered for his work exposing “Fast and Furious.” That’s the ATF’s secret program that armed Mexican drug thugs, facilitating the shooting death of dozens of Mexicans, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and even French citizens murdered in Paris.
Before leaving CBS, reporter Sheryl Atkinson pursued the Fast and Furious story. She wrote this week of Vanderboegh’s perseverance and dedication, exposing this evil scheme.
It seems fitting to stop and recognize Vanderboegh upon his passing (I also wrote of him in my book Stonewalled). If it weren’t for him, it’s entirely possible that the government’s scheme that put thousands of weapons into the hands of Mexican drug cartels would still be going on today.
Vanderboegh and fellow blogger David Codrea were originally contacted by ATF insiders via CleanUpATF.org. The insiders were outraged by the secret government operation “Fast and Furious” that eventually resulted in an unknown number of deaths on both sides of the border including Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. Terry was murdered by illegal immigrants armed with the government’s Fast and Furious guns.
The mainstream media tried to portray Mr. Vanderboegh as one of those “dangerous” anti-government, right-wing militia-types. The Obama administration surely had him in mind when they talked about “domestic extremists” and “insurrectionists.”
Vanderboegh was a freedom-loving patriot who pulled no punches in defense of liberty. His Sipsey Street Irregulars website offers a potent mix of anti-statist analysis and rock solid reporting. With attitude. I particularly loved his little slogan next to a photo of an M1A:
“When Democracy becomes tyranny,
I STILL get to vote.“
To paraphrase George Patton, “It is foolish and wrong to mourn the death of Mike Vanderboegh. Rather we should thank God that such men like him lived.”