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Why a gunrunning scandal codenamed “Fast and Furious,” a program run secretly by the U.S. government that sent thousands of firearms over an international border and directly into the hands of criminals, hasn’t been pursued by an army of reporters all trying to be the next Bob Woodward or Carl Bernstein is a story in itself.
But the state of modern journalism aside, this scandal is so inflammatory few realize that official records show the current director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), B. Todd Jones — yes the individual the Obama administration brought in to replace ATF Director Kenneth Melson Aug. 30 in an effort to deflect congressional criticism — also has questions to answer about his involvement in this gunrunning scandal.
Fast and Furious was an operation so cloak-and-dagger Mexican authorities weren’t even notified that thousands of semi-automatic firearms were being sold to people in Arizona thought to have links to Mexican drug cartels. According to ATF whistleblowers, in 2009 the U.S. government began instructing gun storeowners to break the law by selling firearms to suspected criminals. ATF agents then, again according to testimony by ATF agents turned whistleblowers, were ordered not to intercept the smugglers but rather to let the guns “walk” across the U.S.-Mexican border and into the hands of Mexican drug-trafficking organizations.
When the Gunrunning Program Began
A Jan. 8, 2010 briefing paper from the ATF Phoenix Field Division Group VII says: “This investigation has currently identified more than 20 individual connected straw purchasers…. To date (September 2009-present) this group has purchased in excess of 650 firearms (mainly AK-47 variants) for which they have paid cash totaling more than $350,000.”
This is an important fact because the U.S. Justice Department hasn’t made it clear to tell congressional investigators when the Fast and Furious operation began and who authorized it; as a result, this ATF briefing paper’s mention of September 2009 is thus far the earliest we can trace the operation.
Originally posted by stirling
Deserting from the Mexican Special Forces upon returning to Mexico, they began as hit men for the Sinaloa group i believe.
Brancing out when they realised that they had the muscle and talent to start their own org.
Since February 2010, the major cartels have aligned in two factions, one integrated by the Juárez Cartel, Tijuana Cartel, Los Zetas and the Beltrán-Leyva Cartel; the other faction integrated by the Gulf Cartel, Sinaloa Cartel and La Familia Cartel.
Originally posted by Vitchilo
The article is a long one and explains how really it all happened under Obama's watch.
Originally posted by VitchiloObama shouldn't just be impeached over this, he should be tried in a court of law, in the US and in Mexico.
. The wiggle room is being used up
Originally posted by stinger94
I would like to second the "thank you for keeping this going in ATS" for an operation like this to go on, the President would have to be notified, unless someone was trying to give him plausible deniability. Even then it wouldn't matter. The President has daily briefs that he receives everyday. I can hardly believe that no one informed him of this operation, considering it had to do with running guns from the US into Mexico. The sheer scope and magnitude of this, IMO, tells me the Pres. knew about this ahead of time.
Can we stay in the present though? This isn't about the former Presidents. We are focusing on the current Administration and bringing up the previous admin's doesn't further the conversation, it derails it. This President has benefitted from the media coverage and at other times lack of media coverage. It is very surprising to me that Forbes would have published this, shedding light on something many Americans don't think about anymore.
Los Zetas is one of the most powerful drug cartels in Mexico and considered by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration as the most violent drug cartel and paramilitary enforcement group in Mexico. Los Zetas is a criminal organization dedicated mostly to international illegal drug trade, assassinations, extortion, kidnapping and other organized crime activities. This drug cartel, now led by Heriberto Lazcano, was founded by a group of over 30 former Mexican Army Special Forces deserters, and includes corrupt former federal, state, and local police officers, as well as ex-Kaibiles from Guatemala.