“On Jan. 19, federal Judge Amy Berman—an Obama appointee—ordered the administration to produce the [ATF’s Fast & Furious gun running] documents demanded,” the NRA’s americas1stfreedom.org reminds us. “The deadline Berman set for the administration to comply was this past Tuesday, Feb. 2.” And . . . ? Crickets chirping. I wouldn’t hold my breath for news of the big reveal. As we reported, Judge Berman . . .
left open the possibility in her ruling Tuesday that some of the disputed records could still be held back from Congress because they contain sensitive information on law enforcement techniques, implicate foreign policy concerns or discuss matters covered by attorney-client privilege. [via politco.com]
Call it “the ATF accountability loophole.” Anyway, americas1stfreedom.org provides a helpful guide to crimes where [we know] criminals used some of the 2000 Fast and Furious guns allowed to “walk” by ATF agents over a 10-month period in 2009.
- In the 2009 seizure by police in Mexicali, Mexico, of 42 firearms from the Sinaloa drug cartel—every one of which could be traced back to Fast and Furious.
- At a 2010 massacre in Juarez, Mexico, where cartel members murdered 16 people, mostly teenagers, at a birthday party.
- In a stolen vehicle used to ram two Arizona Department of Public Safety cruisers in Maricopa, Ariz., in 2010, whose driver thereupon disappeared into the desert.
- In the private armory of a Sinaloa cartel boss discovered in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, where at least 40 of the weapons in the cache were linked to Fast and Furious.
- In a shootout with cartel members who had interrogated, murdered and dumped the body of the brother of the Chihuahua, Mexico, state attorney general.
- At a November 2012 shootout between Mexican soldiers and drug cartel members who used a 20-year-old Mexican beauty queen, María Susana Flores Gámez, as a “human shield” before she was killed.
- At the scene of a 2013 gang assault on a Phoenix apartment building that left two people wounded. The man who had bought the AK rifle found at that crime scene also bought at least 39 other firearms on the same day.
- At the crime scenes of “hundreds of murders” in Mexico; and
- In connection with Nadir Soofi, who with Elton Simpson launched a terrorist attack, opening fire outside a “draw Muhammad” cartoon contest in Garland, Texas, last May. Five years earlier, Soofi had obtained a 9 mm pistol linked to Fast and Furious.
[Lest we forget, ATF-enabled drug thugs shot and killed U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, whose sacrifice will never be forgotten by those of us determined to unearth the truth about Fast & Furious.]
While the NRA continues to see F&F as a plot to subvert Americans’ natural, civil and Constitutional right to keep and bear arms — which may have played a role in the black bag job’s genesis — I’ll leave you with this from Carlos Canino [above], ATF’s deputy attaché in Mexico, back when F&F was first uncovered.
“Brian Terry is not the last guy, okay, guys? Let’s put it out there right now. Nobody wants to talk about that. Brian Terry is not the last guy unfortunately … Unfortunately, there are hundreds of Brian Terrys probably in Mexico … the ATF armed the [Sinaloa] cartel. It is disgusting.”
Pay no attention to the corruption behind the bureaucratic curtain.
I am shocked. SHOCKED I tell you.
You mean the same people who are lying to us, ignoring judicial deadlines and keeping all manner of secrets from us… and these are the same people who tell us we don’t need firearms to protect ourselves because ‘they got that’?
You mean those people?
Filled with confidence I am.
The deadline passed because they haven’t finished shredding papers. They called up Judge Berman and she gave them a continuance.
“the possibility in her ruling Tuesday that some of the disputed records could still be held back from Congress because they contain sensitive information on law enforcement techniques, implicate foreign policy concerns or discuss matters covered by attorney-client privilege.”
The second half of that sentence; foreign policy concerns & law enforcement techniques is literally the entirety of what the case is about, and the entirety of any illegality which may have transpired. This ‘judge’ basically stated up front that they will not be revealing anything incriminating (didn’t realize the 5th Amendment extended to the government; rather, I thought it was imperative that it does NOT apply to the government), so we should not be surprised that nothing is being revealed to us. How in the hell does “illegal gun-running to Mexican cartels on behalf of favorable US/MEX interests by American police assets” not fall into ‘foreign policy concerns & law enforcement techniques?’
Your list omits El Chapo’s personal 50BMG, which I’m totes sure is the only F&F weapon found in that raid. God only knows what it was used for (yeah; I’m sure a guy who burns his enemies alive in drums of diesel wasn’t using it for anything but fun blasting of paper targets)
Smuggling war materiel to foreign interests for the purpose of fomenting a crisis that can be used to overthrow the rule of law in the nation. Fast & Furious is as close to an act of high treason by some of our highest federal officials as anything the public has yet been made aware of. No different than slipping a nuclear bomb to Al Qaeda for the purposes of eliminating a politically inconvenient metropolitan area & instituting Martial Law as part of the wartime response. Just less dramatic.
High Crimes and Misdemeanors are definitely in order.
And will never be prosecuted. We are well past that now.
what if they wound up pushed out a small plane in a surplus parachute over a cartel compound? It would be quicker and more just than anything the courts would give em…
Redemption is at hand. Go ahead and think It cannot happen to the USA.
Economic and political collapse is coming soon.
I’m sure that the G will release the documents on November 9, 2016.
I’m completely, totally cool with that, provided Cruz/etc. make it clear well in advance that hell will follow with them, come the inauguration.
If I were the federal judge, I’d send U.S. Marshals to the White House and DoJ to arrest eveyone responsible for this contempt of court. Everyone.
Unfortunately, the US Marshal Service is part of the Executive branch and doesn’t take orders from any judge.
Courts actually have no power to enforce any edict or ruling. They depend on the Executive to do so. As Andrew Jackson purportedly said in response to a Supreme Court case, “John Marshall has made his decision; now let him enforce it.”
I know. As a judge, I would invite, welcome and conjure that unignorable constitutional crisis. Let the executive branch dare to stand in uniform naked revolt against the rule of law. Let the “constitutional scholar” get schooled in the intricacies of the Constitution, particularly the Bill of Rights.
Darrell Issa and congress are still working on it Just wait (until hell freezes over)
Me thinks someone wasn’t telling the truth.
These scum sucking parasites will be brought to justice the same time that Hillary, the tyrannical bush pig is indicted. This countries lowest life form, all of them and their kind.
Yea, it is about time for USA citizens to clean out the Whitehouse/government.
Vote Cruz. Nobody else running is both anti-establishment and sane/capable to do it.
I think people forget here that the ATF does not see itself as an agency.
Because they think like that they feel they are above the law and any rulings. This also plays in to why they are difficult to deal with sans their routine tyranny.