By Doug Book, staff writer
On July 4th, Acting ATF Director Ken Melson testified for hours before representatives of the Grassley/Issa congressional committees. Personal counsel in tow, Melson made a number of allegations concerning the Department of Justice and two agencies under DOJ control—the FBI and the DEA.
According to his testimony, not only did the DOJ refuse his repeated requests that the ATF be permitted to provide information demanded by the congressional committees, the Department also arranged for tax dollars from the FBI and DEA to help finance Fast and Furious straw buyers.
And as Fast and Furious supplied weapons were found at the murder scenes of both ICE agent Jaime Zapata and Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, it means that both killings were financed by American taxpayers.
Equally disturbing to Grassley and Issa is the fact that the DOJ tried to “…conceal from congress the possible involvement of other agencies in identifying and maybe even working with the same criminals that Operation Fast and Furious was trying to identify.”
That is, the FBI and DEA were working with the same drug dealing, gun trafficking higher ups the ATF was ostensibly targeting and hoping to unmask with Fast and Furious.
One such individual, deported years earlier by the DEA, is now working as a “counter terror informant”, tasked with reporting to the FBI the possible presence of dirty bombs and al Qaeda members crossing the Mexican border into the US. Yet neither agency shared this information with the ATF. And, of course, neither did Eric Holder’s Department of Justice.
Two days after Melson’s testimony, the story broke of guns being walked out of the ATF office in Tampa, Fla. Their destination, Honduras, has become a major gateway for Colombian drugs entering Mexico and the United States. The weapons presumably went to Honduran M-13 and M-18 gangs which have taken over the drug trade in the nation, making deals with Mexican and Colombian cartels.
So these are the facts:
–Fast and Furious was not purely a Phoenix based operation. Guns are now known to have been walked from Houston and Tampa field offices and perhaps many others. This makes Gunwalker a NATIONWIDE federal scheme.
–The FBI and DEA employed drug dealers and gun traffickers who participated in Fast and Furious.
–One Fast and Furious weapon was found at the scene of Jaime Zapata’s murder, two at the scene of Brian Terry’s. Has anyone ever heard of murderers leaving their weapons at the scene of the crime, unless they were killed or captured on the spot?
–Although US procured weapons account for only about 14% of firearms found at Mexican crime scenes, 3 Fast and Furious guns mysteriously showed up at murder scenes–of American agents.
A surefire way for the 2nd amendment hating Obama Regime to secretly manufacture an outcry for tougher US gun control legislation is to create as much news, as many deaths and as many criminal firearms traces back to US gun sellers as possible.
Step one, the ATF made thousands of weapons available from gun stores across the nation to straw purchasers who then sent them where criminal activity was most rampant, in Mexico and Honduras.
Step two three of these weapons were deliberately left at scenes where US agents had been killed.
And finally, serial number traces revealed the origin of these firearms, along with hundreds of others, to have been United States gun stores.
Either that was all a remarkable coincidence benefiting a Regime intent upon undermining the 2nd Amendment rights of the American people, or Fast and Furious/Gunwalker is an even more perverse and despicable betrayal of the public trust than anyone has imagined. Given the histories of those involved, the choice is clear.
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