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Agenda Behind Fast & Furious Gunrunner Program

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6.18.2011

 

 

Department made a fatal error in instituting “Operation Fast and Furious,” whereby thousands of weapons were knowingly placed in the hands of straw buyers who illegally crossed our southern border, few are asking why such a dangerous program was created.

There was a definite agenda and we need to go back to 2009, shortly after Obama was sworn in as President, to understand its origin.

At the start of the Obama regime, Obama and Hillary Clinton publicized  90% of the guns used in crimes committed in Mexico came from the U.S.

By April of 2009, FOX News had investigated this assertion and proved it was false. Only 17% – not 90% – of the weapons confiscated in Mexico were U.S. weapons.

Trafficking Guns to Mexico from - FOXNews com

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYTJlZbMerk

Mainstream media did not report that Obama and Clinton’s claims were false and, instead, perpetuated the lie and the Obama administration moved forward with Operation Fast and Furious to make the lie a reality. To date, Obama has not been held to account for the false information he and his administration thrust forward for public consumption in 2009 and by the end of this article, you will see how this fits into a larger agenda with a purposeful outcome.

 

The Obama administration instituted their “bottom up” program – Fast and Furious. Their plan, aptly named, was designed to quickly and deliberately put as many U.S. weapons as possible into the hands of straw buyers who would bring them across the border into Mexico and into the hands of the drug cartels.

This would ensure that when those weapons were retrieved and counted by Mexico’s law enforcement units, the numbers would then show a larger percentage of weapons coming from the U.S.

 

Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has held congressional hearings on Fast and Furious and released redacted emails which described the following (emphasis added), as reported by Jordy Yager at The Hill: “In one of the emails, released by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), with the subject heading “Director’s questions,” the supervisor of the “Fast and Furious” operation wrote to the assistant special agent in charge of Phoenix field operations with an Internet Protocol address for one of the video monitoring units in a gun store which was authorized to sell guns to the suspects. 

The emails seem to indicate that ATF acting director Kenneth Melson had asked for this information. “With this information, acting Director Melson was able to sit at his desk in Washington and – himself – watch a live feed of the straw buyers entering the gun stores to purchase dozens of AK-47 variants,” said a Republican committee statement…

 

In another email dated March 10, 2010, the assistant special agent in charge

of the Phoenix field operations wrote to the supervisor of the “Fast and

Furious” operation and said, “Not sure if you know, but Mr. Melson and Mr.

Hoover are being briefed weekly on this investigation and the recent success

with [redacted] so they are both keenly interested in case updates.”

 

Prior to release of the emails, ATF’s letters to legislators denied that

they were selling these weapons to straw buyers and in fact they “made every

effort to prevent weapons from ending up in Mexico.”

 

However, the truth is documented (emphasis added) by Dave Workman at The

Examiner, who has been reporting on this story for over four months since

David Codrea (National Gun Rights Examiner) and Mike Vanderboegh

(independent blogger) first uncovered the program:

 

“Operation Fast and Furious was an off-shoot of the larger Project

Gunrunner, conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and

Explosives. This controversial operation allowed an estimated 2,000-2,500

guns to “walk” into Mexico as ATF field agents were repeatedly ordered to

“stand down” by their supervisors.”

 

“ATF agents have shared chilling accounts of being ordered to stand down as

criminals in Arizona walked away with guns headed for Mexican drug cartels.

With the clinical precision of a lab experiment, the Justice Department kept

records of weapons they let walk and the crime scenes where they next

appeared. To agents’ shock, preventing loss of life was not the primary

concern.” — Congressman Darrell Issa

 

“The Issa/Grassley report, The Department of Justice’s Operation Fast and

Furious: Accounts of ATF Agents, contains some chilling revelations:

 

Highlights of the report include:

* The supervisor of Operation Fast and Furious was “jovial, if not giddy,

but just delighted about” walked guns showing up at crime scenes in Mexico

according to an ATF agent. (p. 37)

 

* Another ATF agent told the committee about a prediction he made a year ago

that “someone was going to die” and that the gunwalking operation would be

the subject of a Congressional investigation. (p. 24)

 

* The shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords created a “state of

 panic” within the group conducting the operation as they initially feared a

“walked” gun might have been used. (p. 38)

 

* One Operation Fast and Furious Agent: “I cannot see anyone who has one

iota of concern for human life being okay with this …” (p. 27)

 

* An ATF agent predicted to committee investigators that more deaths will

occur as a result of Operation Fast and Furious. (p.39)

 

* Multiple agents told the committee that continued assertions by Department

of Justice Officials that guns were not knowingly “walked” and that the DOJ

tried to stop their transport to Mexico are clearly untruthful. (p. 45-50)”

 

Quick re-cap – Obama, Clinton and Holder deliberately instituted Operation

Fast and Furious for the sole purpose of increasing the number of U.S.

weapons that “walked” into Mexico. Remember some of the facts:

 

* ATF agents were repeatedly told to “stand down” as the guns “walked;”

* The supervisor of this operation was “jovial” and “just delighted” when

“walked” guns appeared at crime scenes in Mexico;

 

* No one had “one iota of concern for human life;” and

* “Acting Director Melson was able to sit at his desk in Washington and –

himself – watch a live feed of the straw buyers entering the gun stores to

purchase dozens of AK-47 variants.”

 

Why did Obama, Clinton and Holder do this? It’s obvious to even the most

casual observer; they did this to further the propaganda they pushed in

early 2009 – that the U.S. has a gun problem because “90%” of the

confiscated weapons in Mexico are coming from the U.S. – in order to justify

more aggressive restrictions on gun ownership in the U.S.

 

Keep in mind that when the operation was created in 2009, the Obama

administration had not anticipated that it would be exposed. The Democrats

had a majority in both the House and Senate and any investigation would have

had to have been brought forward by their own party – which Obama, Clinton

and Holder knew would not happen. But there were several things they didn’t

anticipate:

 

* Agent Brian Terry’s murder whereby two of the weapons found at the scene

were tracked to straw purchasers who bought the weapons under ATF’s

supervision via Operation Fast and Furious.

 

* David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh’s discovery of this operation.

* Democrats’ loss of their majority in the House, with Republicans taking

over in January 2011.

 

* CBS coverage of this operation.

* David Workman’s exceptional and diligent reporting on this operation.

* Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) pursuit of the truth through Congressional Hearings.

Marxists will always tell you that the ends justify the means. Creating the

very problem they can claim they’re prepared to solve isn’t a new tactic for

Progressives, but this is only part of the story.

 

Congressman Issa will fail the American people if he stops short and fails

to investigate and determine the true purpose of Operation Fast and Furious.

To say that it was a dumb program and needs to stop will miss the true

agenda behind the creation of the operation in the first place.

 

While the “bottom up” Operation Fast and Furious continued, so too has Obama’s

“top down” operation – the United Nations (UN) Small Arms Treaty.

 

Did you know that the UN has an Office for Disarmament Affairs? Did you know

the Obama administration has been working closely with the UN and firmly

supports the UN Small Arms Treaty, which Obama and Clinton fully intend to

thrust upon America?

 

As I reported on April 18, 2011 in the article “THE GLOBALISTS’ TAKEOVER OF

AMERICA: Part 3 – WEAKEN MILITARY & CIVILIAN DEFENSE”…

 

“In addition, the globalists (including Obama and Hillary Clinton) intend to

enact the Small Arms Treaty which will restrict gun ownership for American

citizens under the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs. Harm our soldiers and

disarm our citizens and America is ripe for attack and invasion on our own

soil. Couple the Small Arms Treaty with the President’s Executive Order

granting international police (INTERPOL) full immunity on American soil,

along with the National Civilian Security Force that Obama has been

creating, and the clear and present danger to America is obvious.

 

The danger to America is reinforced by Eric Holder’s DOJ secretly arming

Mexico’s drug cartel to put American citizens at greater risk in

border-states, and Obama arming radical Islamists in Libya to put American

soldiers at greater risk under UN control in Libya.”

 

If the Obama administration’s agenda isn’t yet clear, despite the facts from

emails, testimony, investigations, reports and the links in this article,

add the fact that during the Operation Fast and Furious hearings, Mike

Lillis at The Hill reported what ensued when ATF Special Agent, Peter

Forcelli, stated the following (emphasis added):

 

“I think perhaps a mandatory minimum one-year sentence might deter an

individual from buying a gun,” Forcelli said.

 

He was responding to a question from Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), who said

the current penalties are so weak that they discourage state prosecutors

from pursuing straw-purchase cases. Forcelli agreed the current penalties do

little to intimidate straw purchasers.

 

That brief exchange prompted Issa to intervene.

“We’re not here to talk about proposed gun legislation,” Issa said…

Maloney defended her line of questioning, saying she was “trying to figure

out why … prosecutors often decline these gun cases.”

 

Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD), the senior Democrat on the oversight panel, also

questioned Issa’s authority to mute Forcelli.”

 

Then Paul Helmke, President of the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence,

reinforced the fact that it’s really about gun control when he said in a

statement on Wednesday:

 

“It’s also critically important that we examine why our gun laws are so weak

that they make trafficking so easy in the first place.”

 

No mention was made by the Democrat representatives or by Paul Helmke that

the Obama administration is aiding and abetting the transfer of U.S. weapons

into Mexico via a program they designed, implemented and oversaw – complete

with “acting Director Melson who was able to sit at his desk in Washington

and – himself – watch a live feed of the straw buyers entering the gun

stores to purchase dozens of AK-47 variants,” and “ATF field agents were

repeatedly ordered to “stand down” by their supervisors.”

 

The agenda behind Operation Fast and Furious is only one piece of a larger

operation to diminish and ultimately extinguish the 2nd Amendment rights of

law-abiding Americans. The 2nd Amendment, as ratified by the States, reads:

 

"A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free State,

the right of the People to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed."

 

Food for thought:

* “…to disarm the people – that was the best and most effectual way to

enslave them.” (George Mason, 3 Elliot, Debates at 380)

 

* “No Free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.” (Thomas Jefferson,

Proposal Virginia Constitution, 1 T. Jefferson Papers, 334, [C.J.Boyd, Ed.,

1950])

 

* “The whole of the Bill (of Rights) is a declaration of the right of the

people at large or considered as individuals…. It establishes some rights of

the individual as unalienable and which consequently, no majority has a

right to deprive them of.” (Albert Gallatin of the New York Historical

Society, October 7, 1789)

* “Congress have no power to disarm the militia. Their swords, and every

other terrible implement of the soldier, are the birthright of an American…

The unlimited power of the sword is not in the hands of either the federal

or state government, but, where I trust in God it will ever remain, in the

hands of the people” (Tench Coxe, Pennsylvania Gazette, Feb. 20, 1788)

 


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