NEWS FLASH! The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (and Really Big Fires) let one of their chief gun smuggling suspects—Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta [above]—walk. No c’mon. Really? Really. “Seven months after federal agents began the ill-fated Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation, they stumbled upon their main suspect in a remote Arizona outpost on the Mexican border, driving an old BMW with 74 rounds of ammunition and nine cellphones hidden inside,” latimes.com reports . . .

Detained for questioning that day in May 2010, Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta described to agents from the ATF his close association with a top Mexican drug cartel member, according to documents obtained this weekend by the Times/Tribune Washington Bureau.

The top Fast and Furious investigator, Special Agent Hope MacAllister, scribbled her phone number on a $10 bill after he pledged to cooperate and keep in touch with investigators.

Then Celis-Acosta disappeared into Mexico. He never called.

No, you are not reading a Carl Hiaasan novel. These are real taxpayer-funded fuck-ups letting goons with guns—in this case ammo and cell phones—walk across the U.S. border into Mexico, never to be seen again. Until, of course, they were. Speaking of which, let’s recap and put this strange inability to understand the ATF’s motives for giving Celis-Acosta a pass into perspective . . .

According to a large assortment of liars and dupes, the ATF’s “Guns for Goons” program (and other similar efforts which involved grenades and machine guns) was a “botched sting.” In other words, the ATF let, nay encouraged gun smugglers to smuggle guns from US gun stores to Mexican compadres so the Bureau could catch the really big gun smugglers. Only the guns “went missing.” You know: oops!

It’s a nice theory—if you’re trying to hide a government conspiracy to arm Mexican drug thugs (as in one side against the other). Well, not that nice. ‘Cause ATF agents at the sharp end testified in front of Congress that they called their boss from the field and asked if it was OK to do their job (i.e. arrest the bad guy before he got away). The ATF jefe said no, let my people (with illegally purchased guns heading across the border) go.

So the idea that some 2000 illegally purchased guns somehow slipped out of the ATF’s control and into the hands of vicious criminals known to man is complete and utter horseshit. Celis-Acosta and Co. were our criminals smuggling guns at our behest. Ipso ‘friggin’ facto.

You know that. I know that. The ATF knows that. Representative Issa knows that. Senator Grassley knows that. The Attorney General of the United States of America knows that. So the sudden appearance of documents that show that the ATF let their “prime suspect” go should come as no surprise to anyone except those people who haven’t spent ten seconds thinking about Fast and Furious.

Why in Hell would the ATF stop Celis-Acosta? What would be the point of that?

In fact, arresting and incarerating Celis-Acosta would scare the shit out of the other gun smugglers, and gum-up the whole program. Which was gummed-up but good when cartel members murdered U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and U.S. Immigrations and Custom Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata with a gun or guns walked by ATF-sponsored scum. In case anyone’s forgotten.

So now [via politico]. . .

In a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Republican lawmakers are demanding to know why one of the main gun trafficking suspects in the Fast and Furious operation was released after being interrogated by an ATF agent in 2010.

Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta was not arrested until February 2011, another eight months after he was first questioned, over which time five straw purchasers the ATF knew to be working with Celis-Acosta illegally acquired more than 284 weapons, say Rep. Darell Issa (R-Calif.), the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, in a joint letter.

Snuff out that joint fellas. I think we’ve already answered that one. Although I can’t wait to here the AG talk about “not compromising an ongoing investigation” and what a “valuable asset” Celis-Acosta was. And how Celis-Acosta wasn’t the REALLY big fish. Who shall remain nameless because there wasn’t one. Minus that last bit, obviously.

Hey, here’s a question: why? Why was the ATF working with Celis-Acosta and the DEA, ICE, FBI, DHS, CPB and other players that will not be named later to get illegally purchased firearms from U.S. gun stores to Mexico? There are only two possible answers (which are not mutually exclusive): to arm the Sinaloas against Los Zetas and/or to gin-up support for more gun control in the U.S.

Which makes the Celis-Acosta story a storm in a tea cup. As is the lesser known fact that U.S. judges are busy handing down light sentences for the other Mexicans caught doing the ATF’s bidding.

Lest we forget, there’s a war going on south of our border. It’s just as violent as anything happening in Afghanistan. And it’s on our border (worth mentioning twice). Another non-revelation: the U.S. is right in the thick of things, providing troops, training, guns (!), drones, secret agents and every single thing that a war requires. Including billions of dollars of funding for the main combatants through illegal drug sales.

And no one’s talking about it.

You know what? I agree with the Democrats: the Fast and Furious investigation is little more than “gotcha politics.” The Republicans keeping the scandal on drip feed seem hell-bent on doing nothing more than getting Holder out and a few minions fired, preferably right before election time. It’s slow and ridiculous.

Congressional investigators need to blow the Fast and Furious scandal wide open. They need to hold a hearing on U.S. foreign policy towards Mexico that includes all the CIA-inspired perhaps even orchestrated and certainly ATF-enabled wet work. While we’re sleeping, Mexico is dying. And the cancer’s spreading north. It’s not about blue state or red state politics. It’s blue pill vs. red. And the stakes couldn’t be any higher. Or so I hope.

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16 Responses to ATF Death Watch 141: Why Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta Walked

  1. Let criminals walk. Law enforcement officers and citizens can die by the hundreds and the ATF will let criminals walk.

    • I think the ATF really just likes and believes in all VinDiesel movies. Sadly, that means the rest of us are still stuck in reality.

  2. This has simply become a pattern. Two of the leaders of 9/11 were trailed from a Malaysian terrorist meet-up to LA. The CIA insisted on handling them alone, no FBI. Then, well, they just stopped following them, lost tract of them. Really. Now MacCallister catches a big fish with some ammo at the border, and, well, she gives him her phone number. Oh, and ten dollars. We pay an enormous amount of our money to pay these professionals. Then, after they experience a brain-freeze, what do they propose? A pay cut? No. A whopping increase in their budget. We’ve got to do better with the tax-payers’ money. We’ve got to focus less on empire in Central Asia and much more on violent crime in north america.

  3. You’re right about the war, and that word is no exaggeration. We’re fast approaching 50,000 dead in Mexico since 2006. That’s the equivalent wiping out a medium sized town here in New Mexico. And all of it from fighting over who gets paid for getting other people high.

  4. This is treason Pure and Simple.

    Americans are dying because of it and both sides should be charged.

    ISSA you are aa cowardly phony , but more importantly you will never be a REAL MAN!

    WE should start a treason list and add all their names

    Oh I wish I had a rich backer.

    • Even if we created a list, that list would just set on the desk and gather dust. We have no will to uphold and defend the Constitution from domestic enimies. Look at the trash that Rs are choosing for their nominee and tell me we give a damn!

  5. Robert:

    You and I disagree on the motivation for F&F. You say it was to arm the cartels that we like against the Sinola gang while I say it was to undermine the Second Amendment.

    Several days ago you reported on an AP story on the real source of illegal guns going to the cartels … legal sales by the US government to the Mexican Authorities. That story is not consistent with F&F as an operation to “arm the less bad guys.” We have many ways to send arms to the guys we like that are far more efficient and covert than F&F. F&F was a piggy back operation designed to create an atmosphere that would allow the government to restrict US citizens access to several classes of firearms. If it weren’t for the unfortunate death of an ICE agent they might have succeeded.

    • I also am not sold on the “F&F arming the sinaloas” bit. The CIA could easily just air drop some crates into a Sinaloa controlled city if they’re gonna do it. F&F would seem to be a very round about way of getting a few guns into Mexico that may or may not find a way to the sinaloas.

      It’s entirely possible that both reasons are true though I guess.

  6. OMG, he had 74 cartridges and 9 cell phones! Why so few? Had he used some of them?

    If F&F were to arm the cartels against others, our government would have just handed off military firearms and not involved FFLs. They were trying to make it look like FFLs were all rogue. Had Dave C., Mike V., Sharyl atkinson assisted the whistle blowers in exposing this treasonous scheme, I’m sure many of the FFLs would have already been prosecuted and jailed with all evidenciary documentation disappearing. We would also have antis pushing bans of all kinds. F&F was only a “failed operation” in the sense that it failed to reach their final goal. It fully succeeded up until a few corrupt agents finaly grew a set!

  7. Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta was released because Eric Holder is on the take along with his partner in crime barack obama, when are the ignorant blacks in America going to wake up and realize the obama is not one of them and is using them for what they are FOOLS.

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