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Fast & Furious on @Univision

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Due to a prior commitment, I couldn’t watch Univision’s broadcast of their Fast and Furious investigation last night. Univision has the videos here, where you can watch the entire series without English subtitles. Among their findings,

  • Some of the Mexican authorities knew about F&F, which contradicts statements from Mexican functionaries saying they had no knowledge of the program.
  • An ATF source asserts that Operation Castaway, launched in Florida, allowed weapons to end up in the hands of  drug cartels in Honduras, Colombia and Puerto Rico.
  • Lawyers of ICE agent Jaime Zapata, who was murdered in a Mexican highway, state that the weapons were used by a gang being investigated by the ATF on a separate investigation.

Sooper Mexican has video with subtitles of part of the show:

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Bob Owens:

The hour-long Univision report revealed the existence of another 57 guns recovered by Mexican authorities, including some of those used in the mass-murder at a party just one year after Obama’s inauguration...

These 57 recovered weapons discovered are in addition to the 122 weapons referenced in a congressional report. It is chilling to learn that each weapon recovered was dumped at the scene of a crime by cartel members who had attempted, and in most cases completed, the crime of first-degree murder. It is even more disturbing to know that American Department of Justice officials knew that most of the weapons walked over the border would only be discarded by the police and recovered by Mexican authorities after they were used in a crime, and that they were indifferent to the body count being racked up, callously noting that to make an omelet, eggs had to be broken.

Additionally,

While the Univision report focused on guns the DOJ ran to Mexican cartels, there is enough evidence to suggest other Obama administration-sanctioned gun-walking plots arming domestic criminal gangs, such as the so-called Gangwalker plot in Indiana, which supplied Chicago street gangs, and similar rumored operations in California, North Carolina, northern Florida, and elsewhere, which provided weapons to gangs in U.S. cities. Nor has the Univision report focused on weapons that have found their way to cartels via the State Department or the Department of Defense.

More captioned video at ABC:

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Plus the Daily Caller:

And a question from Bob Owens: Will Romney mention Fast and Furious during the debates, to help force an issue to the surface that the palace guard MSM are “unexpectedly” reticent to discuss?

UPDATE,
In today’s WSJ,
Bullets Follow Guns to Mexico
Ammunition Is Easier to Buy and Hide Than Weapons; Smuggling Is Harder to Stop

Holder plays the race card UPDATED

Monday, December 19th, 2011


What took you so long, Eric?
Justice Dept. silent as Holder charges critics with racism

Attorney General Eric Holder accused his growing chorus of critics of racist motivations in a Sunday interview published in the New York Times. When reached by The Daily Caller Monday morning, the Department of Justice provided no evidence to support the attorney general’s claims.

Holder said some unspecified faction — what he refers to as the “more extreme segment” — is driven to criticize both him and President Barack Obama due to the color of their skin. Holder did not appear to elaborate on who he considered to make up the “more extreme segment.”

Eric forgets that thousands of weapons sold to Mexican drug cartels, along with money laundering, have caused hundreds of deaths in Mexico, along with Brian Terry’s death; all of the dead won’t see the color of Eric’s skin.

Meanwhile, the NY Times wants us to believe Eric’s the victim.

Apparently Eric’s an old hand at crying racism. Christian Adams posts,

Of course none of this should surprise anyone who read my book Injustice.  The book opens with rotted racialist views that Holder holds near and dear, very near.  It describes a clipping Eric Holder carried in his wallet for decades – a clipping from Harlem preacher Samuel Proctor.  From Injustice:

For much of his life, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. carried around something peculiar. While most people keep cash, family photos, and credit cards in their wallets, Holder revealed to a reporter in 1996 that he keeps with him an old clipping of a quote from Harlem preacher Reverend Samuel D. Proctor. Holder put the clipping in his wallet in 1971, when he was studying history at Columbia University, and kept it in wallet after wallet over the ensuing decades.

What were Proctor’s words that Holder found so compelling?

“Blackness is another issue entirely apart from class in America. No matter how affluent, educated and mobile [a black person] becomes, his race defines him more particularly than anything else. Black people have a common cause that requires attending to, and this cause does not allow for the rigid class separation that is the luxury of American whites. There is a sense in which every black man is as far from liberation as the weakest one if his weakness is attributable to racial injustice.”

When asked to explain the passage, Holder replied, “It really says that … I am not the tall U.S. attorney, I am not the thin United States Attorney. I am the black United States attorney. And he was saying that no matter how successful you are, there’s a common cause that bonds the black United States attorney with the black criminal or the black doctor with the black homeless person.”

What is surprising that Charlie Savage even published Holder’s racialist gripe at the New York Times.  Two possibilities.  Savage is so in the tank for the administration, something the same article reveals on other points, that he simply did not recognize the volcanic nature of the complaint.  Savage perhaps agrees with it.  The second possibility is that Holder is performing his best Marc Antony act (the Roman, not the singer) and giving himself up as gone.  Nothing stokes the base like a progressive who met his demise because of the perceived evil racial motivation of his enemies.  The two possibilities are not mutually exclusive.

Indeed.

UPDATE,
The race card: The last refuge of a scoundrel.

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Fast and Furious documents dumped last Friday afternoon UPDATED

Monday, December 5th, 2011

More on Fast and Furious,
Gunwalker: Justice Dept. Violated U.S. Laws Beyond Those Being Investigated
I know, because I was the principal drafter of some of the legislation.

White House denies reports Obama knew of ‘Fast and Furious’ in 2010, and tells the Daily Caller to read a post by Media Matters.

Ariz. congressman: Pressure to resign is getting to Eric Holder

Scott Johnson writes about the Fast And Furious Lies,

In its execution of best scandal management practices, the Obama administration orchestrated another Friday night document dump last week. The Department of Justice released some 1400 pages of documents related to the Fast and Furious operation. The documents purport to explain why at least two statements made by Department of Justice officials to Congress regarding the operation turned out to be false.

Michael Walsh exhorts the Justice Department to come clean and answer these questions,

the man who supervised it, Attorney General Holder, will appears before Congress again Thursday to testify in the exploding fiasco. But there’s really only one question he needs to answer: Why?

Why did Justice, the ATF and an alphabet soup of federal agencies facilitate the transfer of guns across the border — without the knowledge of Mexican authorities — when they knew they couldn’t trace them properly?

While we wait for answers, the Administration sealed the court records relating to agent Terry’s murder.

More links on Fast and Furious in today’s Carnival.

UPDATE,
DEA laundering money for drug cartels?

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Brian Terry killed by Mexicans armed by F&F hunting for U.S. Border Patrol

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

Ace has the link,
Armed illegals stalked Border Patrol
Mexicans were ‘patrolling’ when agent was slain, indictment says

Five illegal immigrants armed with at least two AK-47 semi-automatic assault rifles were hunting for U.S. Border Patrol agents near a desert watering hole known as Mesquite Seep just north of the Arizona-Mexico border when a firefight erupted and one U.S. agent was killed, records show.

A now-sealed federal grand jury indictment in the death of Border Patrol agent Brian A. Terry says the Mexican nationals were “patrolling” the rugged desert area of Peck Canyon at about 11:15 p.m. on Dec. 14 with the intent to “intentionally and forcibly assault” Border Patrol agents.

At least two of the Mexicans carried their assault rifles “at the ready position,” one of several details about the attack showing that Mexican smugglers are becoming more aggressive on the U.S. side of the border.

According to the indictment, the Mexicans were “patrolling the area in single-file formation” a dozen miles northwest of the border town of Nogales and — in the darkness of the Arizona night — opened fire on four Border Patrol agents after the agents identified themselves in Spanish as police officers.

Two AK-47 assault rifles found at the scene came from the failed Fast and Furious operation.

Agent Terry was killed by a gun provided by the US government:

In the Terry killing, two Romanian-built AK-47 assault rifles found at the scene were identified as having been purchased in a Glendale, Ariz., gun shop as part of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) failed Fast and Furious investigation.

Fifty-one Congressmen and Senators have requested that Eric Holder resign. Why hasn’t he?

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The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, October 17th, 2011

LatinAmerARGENTINA
Flights cancelled due to volcano ash

Falsifican las cifras en Buenos Aires
Argentina tiene una de las tasas de inflación más altas del mundo. Pero, sobre la base de los datos oficiales, nadie lo sabría.

BRAZIL
Sao Paulo’s ‘Big Worm,’ an elevated highway, must go, urban planners say

CENTRAL AMERICA
Central America Death Toll at 45 From Heavy Rains

CHILE
Fading miracle: rescued Chilean miners return to harsh realities, via The Latin Americanist

Mining safety in Chile
An ounce of prevention

COLOMBIA
The Colombia-United States free-trade agreement
Get cracking

CUBA
Cuban-American relations
And then there were four

Remembering Laura Pollán

Laura is gone, Laura is no more

FRENCH GUIANA:
Video at this link First Soyuz launch from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana

More,

GUATEMALA
Justice in Central America
Parachuting in the prosecutors
Two failing states in Latin America have turned to outsiders for help. We report first from Guatemala, on a UN effort to fight organised crime

HONDURAS
Drudge: Honduras on course to break world records with murder rate…

MEXICO
CBS: Don’t forget Grenadewalker, too

Mexico’s drug war
The Perry doctrine

Mexico’s President Works to Lock In Drug War Tactics

Jailhouse Mayhem

PANAMA
Admit It: It’s Victory

PUERTO RICO
Llegó lo que faltaba, Puerto Rico launches its own Occupy Wall Street

VENEZUELA
Free gas for the rich

PDVSA Now Giving Away Gasoline to Gas Stations

Hugo Chávez, Deadbeat

While Hugo Chávez is in Cuba “for medical tests”, his former doctor says he only has 2 years left to live due to an aggressive sarcoma of the pelvis. He also stated that Hugo has been under long-term treatment for manic depression.

The week’s posts,
Lady in White Laura Pollan died.
Los Zetas: Organized crime puts the brakes in illegal immigration to the USA, aids Iranian terrorism
Soyuz launching from French Guiana
House approves Colombia/Panama/SKorea free trade agreements
The Iranian plot to kill Saudi Ambassador involved Mexican cartels
The Mounting Hezbollah Threat in Latin America

At Conservative Commune,
Laura Pollan: The heroic life of a courageous woman

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Fast and Furious: The map

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

ATF Fast and Furious: New documents show Attorney General Eric Holder was briefed in July 2010

New documents obtained by CBS News show Attorney General Eric Holder was sent briefings on the controversial Fast and Furious operation as far back as July 2010. That directly contradicts his statement to Congress.

UPDATE,
Doug Ross has the memo.

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Found in the Fast and Furious documents today…

Saturday, October 1st, 2011

CBS News:

Among the documents produced: an email in which ATF’s Newell sent the White House’s O’Reilly an “arrow chart reflecting the ultimate destination of firearms we intercepted and/or where the guns ended up.” The chart shows arrows leading from Arizona to destinations all over Mexico.

Newell email (09.03.10) (pdf)
Arizona Gunrunner Impact Team chart (pdf)

In response, O’Reilly wrote on Sept. 3, 2010 “The arrow chart is really interesting – and – no surprise – implies at least that different (Drug Trafficking Organizations) in Mexico have very different and geographically distinct networks in the US for acquiring guns. Did last year’s TX effort develop a similar graphic?”

The O’Reilly mentioned is White House National Security Staffer Kevin O’Reilly.

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The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, September 19th, 2011

LatinAmerLATIN AMERICA
India Eyes Latin America
The South Asian giant’s burgeoning presence in the Western Hemisphere is unambiguously good for both Latin America and the United States.

ARGENTINA
Cristina, Guevara, la patria liberada

Big Fears on Big Food Prices

BOLIVIA
Evo Morales llegará a Cuba el domingo para reunirse con Raúl Castro
El presidente de Bolivia, Evo Morales, llegará el domingo a Cuba para una visita de trabajo de dos días durante la que se reunirá con el gobernante Raúl Castro, informó este sábado un comunicado oficial.

BRAZIL
Bush, Bismarck and Brazil

Brazilian politics
A packed chessboard

The Road to Rio is America’s Road to Ruin

CHILE
Rescued Chilean miner in rehab

New Chilean telescopes push the boundaries of astronomy
With two gigantic telescopes coming in the next decade, Chile is gaining a reputation as one of the best places in the world for stargazers.

COLOMBIA
Libyan rebels execute 10 Colombians thought to be FARC mercenaries

Paramilitaries and Colombia’s government
The biggest fish so far
: Jorge Noguera

Six Months for Letting Grandma Do His Laundry

Colombian mountain cyclists try to pedal out of poverty toward glory in Europe

CUBA
Bill Richardson went to Cuba to intercede on Alan Gross’ behalf and was resoundedly turned down: Alberto de la Cruz writes on how the Obama State Dept. authorized Richardson to offer concessions in exchange for Gross

Taxes in Cuba
Get used to it
The Castros’ subjects get acquainted with that other sure thing

Trips Back to Cuba Draw Fire

GUATEMALA
Big Labor’s Yanqui Imperialism
The U.S. trade representative is trying to deny due process to Guatemala in defiance of free-trade agreement rules.

MEXICO
Good news: ATF’s Gunwalker may have helped Mexican cartels buy rocket launchers

Cloward-Piven: The Ultimate Goal of Gunwalker?
It’s hard to think of a more logical reason for Gunwalker to exist.

Free speech in Mexico
Be careful what you Tweet

PANAMA
Time for Another Reminder

Panamanian politics
With friends like these

PUERTO RICO
Masked intruders rob casino in Puerto Rico

Officials: Teen goes on rampage at Puerto Rico school, stabbing 37 classmates with needle

VENEZUELA
Venezuelan government providing support to terrorist Carlos the Jackal

Human Rights Court rules in favor of Leopoldo Lopez, slaps Chavez tactic of illegally disqualifying opposition

Chavez is in Cuba for a 5th round of chemo, instead of going to the UN this week. He claims it’s “the last round.” Evo Morales stopped in Caracas and they both flew together.

Since Chavez is not going to NY, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will visit him in Caracas on his way back from the UN Assembly.

Smoke and Mirrors in the Chavez Revolution: Oil and Research

This is the lawyer of Chavez defending what cannot be defended

The week’s posts:
The AFL-CIO vs. Guatemala
Mexico’s cartels vs bloggers, part 3
Mexican cartels now going after bloggers, part 2
Venezuela to withdraw from the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes

At The Green Room,
Mexican cartels now going after bloggers

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The Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, September 12th, 2011

LatinAmerARGENTINA
Falkland Islands’ bid to grow its own food amid fears of Argentina blockade
The Falkland Islands has announced a plan to become self-sufficient in meeting its food needs amid increased concern about Argentine efforts to blockade surrounding waters.

BOLIVIA
Mother Earth now has legal standing in Bolivia

BRAZIL
A Reality Check for Brazil

Comparing Brazilian states with countries
Brazilian equivalents
Which countries match the GDP and population of Brazil’s states?

CARIBBEAN
Panel on Caribbean migration opens 2nd day of Austin Forum

COLOMBIA
FARC Kill 13-year-old Girl for Desertion

Colombian President Overhauls Military

The reshuffling and rise in defense outlays, along with Mr. Santos’s tough talk, are a tacit recognition of the belief among many Colombians that he and his administration haven’t been hard enough on the leftist rebels, mainly the country’s biggest guerrilla group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

CUBA
Good News: Oil Drilling Off Florida Begins Nov. 1. Bad News: It’s in Cuba. As if that weren’t enough, U.S. Is Urged to Plan to Aid Cuba in Case of an Oil Spill.

Iran’s Energy Min: Sanctions cannot halt expansion of Iran’s ties with Cuba and Ecuador
Havana, Sept 8, IRNA – IRI Energy Minister Majid Namjou emphasized here Wednesday Western-imposed sanctions can by no way halt process of expansion of Iran’s trade and business relations with Cuba and with Ecuador.

The Queen in Queen Street

Cuba and the Elephants

GUATEMALA
Guatemala’s presidential election
The return of the iron fist
A former general promises a crackdown on violence

Guatemala’s presidential election
The Sandra Torres question

HAITI
Haiti’s tent cities
Nowhere to go
The government’s housing plan faces an uphill battle

HONDURAS
Corruption but no corruptos in Honduras

MEXICO

Gunwalker Explodes: FBI Hid Weapon, Tax Dollars Subsidized Murder
The depth of the scandal dramatically widened yesterday.

Peña Nieto’s Empty Applause Line

Mexican Finance Minister Quits to Seek Presidency

NICARAGUA
La Constitución Apócrifa de Daniel Ortega

PANAMA
International Mover Question

PERU
Humala’s Drug Czar Vows to Halt Growth in Peru Coca Output

VENEZUELA
U.S. Sanctions Venezuela Officials, Citing Drug Ties

The U.S. added a Venezuelan general, two legislators and a top intelligence official to a kingpins list for their alleged involvement in drug dealing and arms trafficking with Colombian guerrillas, the U.S. Treasury said Thursday.

Is Chavez in such trouble that international pariah statute does not rattle him?

Yes, They Really Said That!

The week’s posts,
After Fast and Furious, Mexican narco’s defense: He was aiding the US
After 20 years, Cuba revokes Spanish journalist’s creds
Chavez throws BRICs for Gaddafi
Jane <3 Che

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After Fast and Furious, Mexican narco’s defense: He was aiding the US

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

More unintended consequences for Fast & Furious:

Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla, aka “El Vicentillo,” son of the Sinaloa Federation’s top guy, is standing trial in the US, and has come up with a new line of defense,

The Zambada legal team’s July 29 motion caused quite a stir by claiming that the U.S. government had cut a deal with the Sinaloa Federation via the group’s lawyer, Humberto Loya Castro, in which El Chapo and El Mayo would provide intelligence to the U.S. government regarding rival cartels. In exchange, the U.S. government would not interfere in Sinaloa’s drug trafficking and would not seek to apprehend or prosecute Loya, El Chapo, El Mayo and the rest of the Sinaloa leadership — a deal reportedly struck without the Mexican government’s knowledge.

Hey, considering the Fast and Furious operation, it was only a matter of time before someone tried this line.

The Stratfor analysis agrees,

The allegations generated such a buzz in part because they came so soon after revelations that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and the Justice Department had permitted guns illegally purchased in the United States to “walk” into Mexico in an operation called “Fast and Furious.” Marked differences separate the two cases, however, making the existence of any deal between Sinaloa and the U.S. government highly unlikely. Accordingly, the government will likely deny the allegations in its impending response. Even so, the July 29 allegations still could prove useful for El Vicentillo’s defense strategy.

Particularly,

Large portions of the discovery request also focus on obtaining documents from the Fast and Furious hearings, and the defense team appears to be attempting to establish that if the U.S. government was willing to let guns walk in Fast and Furious, it also would be willing to let narcotics walk into the United States.

Additionally, as Bob Owens points out,

Operation Fast and Furious only made logical sense if the goal of the operation was first and foremost to put U.S. guns in the hands of the Sinaloa cartel, and at Mexican crime scenes.

Now that a high-ranking Sinaloa criminal is on trial in the US, will the defense be able to persuade the media and a jury to the point where El Vicentillo is acquitted?

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