Posts Tagged ‘Project Gunwalker’

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, 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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The postponed Carnival of Latin America and the Caribbean

Monday, September 5th, 2011

After last week’s Carnival got postponed due to hurricane damage, the Carnival is back, on Labor Day!

This week’s featured article is on the Cuban Communist regime’s war on freedom: Castro vs. the Ladies in White
Rocks, iron bars and sticks are no match for the gladiolas and courage of these peaceful Cuban protesters.

ARGENTINA
Brush fires in Argentina: No logran controlar varios focos de incendio en Córdoba
El gobierno provincial combate las llamas en la zona de Punilla y en Traslasierra, pero no consigue extinguir las llamas

Argentina Debates Foreign Land Buys

BRAZIL
China tries to win over Brazilian consumers

Brazil’s economy
Changing direction
Fiscal tightening, monetary loosening

CAYMAN ISLANDS
Are Tax Havens Moral or Immoral?

CHILE
Chile: All 21 aboard crashed military plane died

COLOMBIA
Brazil and Colombia
Less far apart
A wary friendship begins

CUBA
Hezbollah in Cuba for Attacks on Israeli Targets in the Americas

Cuba’s Terror Smoking Gun

Blogger sends uncensored news to Cuban cell phones
A Spanish blogger said the Cuban government cannot block or censor texts he’s sending to cell phones on the island.

Hello USA: Was it really 47 years ago?

Alan Gross: An American Prisoner in Cuba
The Castro government should not receive any concessions until USAID worker Alan Gross is released.

Castro regime marks another Sunday of repression

DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
As Refugees From Haiti Linger, Dominicans’ Good Will Fades

ECUADOR
Chevron says rule of law no longer exists in Ecuador

JAMAICA
Jamaican Kingpin Pleads Guilty in New York

MEXICO
GunWalker Cover-Up Comes Apart At The Seams, and White House Cover-up Makes Continuation of Fast and Furious Investigation Imperative

More Confusion, Now From the F.T.

Mexico Sets Guinness Record for Largest Folk Dance Performance

Not surprisingly, Casino arson massacre in Mexico may be rooted in corruption

Fox’s “plan” in Mexico

The Rise of the Cult of Death
The origins of the Santa Muerte are a mystery even to adherents.

PANAMA
Panama’s ruling alliance is dead

Sunday Morning in the Park

PERU
Peru’s new government
Mining and the man
A calm start for Humala
. Mining, in the hands of a culture minister who’s a singer – what could go wrong?

PUERTO RICO
Puerto Rico businessman accused in $7M money laundering case

Ronald Fernandez, Scholar on Plight of Puerto Ricans, Dies at 67

VENEZUELA
Plastics

The Fonden Papers Part V: More Information Suddenly Available

The week’s posts,
New rumors on Fidel Castro
Tuesday night tango: 2011 Salon world championships
Plan Colombia?

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Gunwalker in 1 equation

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

Gunwalker Synopsis: ATF + FBI = FUBAR

I’ve been vacillating on this thing wondering whether it was: (a) a plan to support gun control legislation by goosing the “X% of guns used in Mexico come from the US” stat or (b) a bureaucratic clusterfuck so massive that it could only be pulled off by the federal government.

The right answer, of course, is “yes.”

Read the whole post.

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Fast and Furious from stimulus money?

Friday, July 8th, 2011

Michelle Malkin had written about it back in March, and Hot Air is also posting on it now

You’ll find complete PDF and text versions of the final stimulus bill right here. Scroll down to page 16 (of 407!) in the PDF version and behold:

For an additional amount for ‘‘State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance’’, $40,000,000, for competitive grants to provide assistance and equipment to local law enforcement along the Southern border and in High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas to combat criminal narcotics activity stemming from the Southern border, of which $10,000,000 shall be transferred to ‘‘Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Salaries and Expenses’’ for the ATF Project Gunrunner.

Bob Owens points out that (emphasis added)

Please Keep in mind that Gunrunner is a long-term cartel weapons interdiction program that kicked off during the previous administration. there is no indication that Gunrunner has ever been anything but above-board. The program/project framework has long been used in business and government, with the program being the general vision, with individual projects.

Gunwalker/Fast and Furious was a specific secret operation or project within the much larger framework of Gunrunner. A list of all operations with the Gunrunner program is not publicly available, but I would be stunned if the total number of projects wasn’t several dozen, or more, with many or most of them being covert and unknown to the public.

Gunwalker and Gunrunner are not the same thing even though they are related. We have enough evidence coming in—at a pace “fast and furious,” one might say—and do not need to make leaps of logic. There is no need to jump the gun or make wild accusations.

How much of Gunwalker, then, was financed by the stimulus?

Related:
Honduras? Why would ATF walk guns to Honduras?

Dozens of ‘Fast & Furious’ guns were confiscated from illegal aliens in Phoenix

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