Feds used taxpayer dollars to buy and sell illegal weapons to Mexican drug lords in “Operation Fast & Furious”
Oh, I’m furious, no doubt. New details:
Not only did U.S. officials approve, allow and assist in the sale of more than 2,000 guns to the Sinaloa cartel — the federal government used taxpayer money to buy semi-automatic weapons, sold them to criminals and then watched as the guns disappeared.
This disclosure, revealed in documents obtained by Fox News, could undermine the Department of Justice’s previous defense that Operation Fast and Furious was a “botched” operation where agents simply “lost track” of weapons as they were transferred from one illegal buyer to another. Instead, it heightens the culpability of the federal government as Mexico, according to sources, has opened two criminal investigations into the operation that flooded their country with illegal weapons.
So what was Operation Fast and Furious?
Operation Fast and Furious began in October 2009. In it, federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives encouraged gun stores to sell weapons to an arms smuggling gang, then watched as the guns crossed the border and were used in crimes. Each month, the agency allowed hundreds of guns to go South, despite opposition from some agents.
All told, the gang spent more than $1.25 million for the illegal guns.
In June 2010, however, the ATF dramatically upped the ante, making the U.S. government the actual “seller” of guns.
According to documents obtained by Fox News, Agent John Dodson was ordered to buy six semi-automatic Draco pistols — two of those were purchased at the Lone Wolf gun store in Peoria, Ariz. An unusual sale, Dodson was sent to the store with a letter of approval from David Voth, an ATF group supervisor.
Dodson then sold the weapons to known illegal buyers, while fellow agents watched from their cars nearby.
This was not a “buy-bust” or a sting operation, where police sell to a buyer and then arrest them immediately afterward. In this case, agents were “ordered” to let the sale go through and follow the weapons to a stash house.
According to sources directly involved in the case, Dodson felt strongly that the weapons should not be abandoned and the stash house should remain under 24-hour surveillance. However, Voth disagreed and ordered the surveillance team to return to the office. Dodson refused, and for six days in the desert heat kept the house under watch, defying direct orders from Voth.
A week later, a second vehicle showed up to transfer the weapons. Dodson called for an interdiction team to move in, make the arrest and seize the weapons. Voth refused and the guns disappeared with no surveillance.
David Voth and a slew of others within the administration should be fired over this. With the exception of FNC, the rest of the MSM is quieter than MSNBC’s prime time coverage of the Solyndra scandal.
That’s the new MSM meme, folks. Joe Wilson (R-SC) must be hopped up on some kind of drug in order to think B.O. is a liar. Judging by the polls, most Americans must be hopped up, too. Excerpt:
Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.), who shouted “you lie!” at President Obama during his Wednesday night address to Congress, admitted to regularly consuming caffeine pills in 2007.
It is unclear if Wilson still takes NoDoz, a brand of pill that contains 200 milligrams of caffeine a pop. By comparison, a seven ounce cup of drip coffee contains 115 to 175 milligrams of caffeine.
A source told The Hill in 2007 that the congressman ingested the tablets “like candy,” but Wilson insisted he was not addicted despite the fact that he had been taking them since high school. …
NoDoz…a legal product that can be bought at any drugstore or gas station. And the MSM is all atwtitter about this? Seriously?
In other news, our president used to be an admitted cokehead. If Wilson’s not careful, that NoDoz could wind up being an intro drug. You know, one day you’re popping NoDoz trying to stay awake for a college exam, and then the next day, you’ve moved on to harder drugs like…well, like cocaine, which would qualify you to be president of the United States.
Nope…no liberal media bias!
It’s a good thing we’ve got the bastion of clean campaigns with a distaste of special interests like John McCain. When he’s not busy finding ways around his own campaign finance reform law, he’s busy poormouthing an industry from whom he’s received much campaign cash. From Politico:
In an exchange with Mitt Romney in tonight’s debate, John McCain slammed pharmaceutical companies.
But, it turns out, McCain has accepted nearly $70,000 from the pharmaceutical and health products industries — behind only Romney (who received $260,000) and Rudy Giuliani ($140,000) among Republican candidates, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
McCain, in response to a question about making health care more affordable, said the attorneys general of Iowa and South Carolina have both sued pharmaceutical companies for overcharging Medicaid.
Romney began his answer to the question by warning McCain not to make pharmaceutical companies “the bad guy” in the discussion over health care costs.
“Well, they are,” shot back McCain.
The center’s analysis of FEC records found that through the end of September, McCain had received $69,300 from PACs representing the pharmaceutical and health products industries, as well as employees of companies in those fields and their families.
The two campaigns that got the most cash from those industries were those of Hillary Rodham Clinton, who received $270,000, and Barack Obama, who brought in $260,000, according to the center.
“Big Pharm” is soooooooo evil that…uh…McLame tells them that they’re money is welcome. Bit of a hypocrite, are we?
This is quite the hoot:
Billy Shaheen, the co-chairman of Hillary Clinton’s campaign in New Hampshire, raised the issue of Sen. Barack Obama’s past admissions of drug use in discussing the relative electability of the Democrats seeking the presidential nomination today.
In an interview, Shaheen said, he remains perplexed about why, at this fraught point in history, voters and the media are not giving more attention to experienced Democratic candidates such as Sens. Chris Dodd and Joe Biden and are instead elevating into the first tier alongside Clinton a pair of candidates with less experience in Washington, Barack Obama and John Edwards. Shaheen also expressed his personal misgivings about whether Obama or Edwards would be electable if they became the party’s nominee.
Among his concerns about Obama as the nominee, he said in an interview here today, is that his background is so relatively unknown and that the Republicans would do their best to unearth negative aspects of it, or concoct mistruths about it. Shaheen, a lawyer and influential state power broker, mentioned as an example Obama’s use of cocaine and marijuana as a young man, which Obama has been open about in his memoir and on the trail.
“The Republicans are not going to give up without a fight … and one of the things they’re certainly going to jump on is his drug use,” said Shaheen, the husband of former N.H. governor Jeanne Shaheen, who is planning to run for the Senate next year. Billy Shaheen contrasted Obama’s openness about his past drug use — which Obama mentioned again at a recent campaign appearance in New Hampshire — with the approach taken by George W. Bush in 1999 and 2000, when he ruled out questions about his behavior when he was “young and irresponsible.”
Shaheen said Obama’s candor on the subject would “open the door” to further questions. “It’ll be, ‘When was the last time? Did you ever give drugs to anyone? Did you sell them to anyone?’” Shaheen said. “There are so many openings for Republican dirty tricks. It’s hard to overcome.”
Ah, now I get it. The only reason that Her Highness’ handlers are dredging up Obama’s past drug use has nothing to do with her wanting to take down Obama in the primaries, but is instead for the purposes of preparing Barry O to deal with the “evil Republican attack machine.” That’s mighty big of her, wouldn’t you say?
By the way, how funny is it that the couple who brought us “I didn’t inhale” are attacking anyone for past drug use? Pots and kettles are coming to mind right now.
Government schools. ‘Nuff said. From KDKA:
Two students at Waynesburg Central High School have been suspended for 10 days because of the way they depicted an activity they were trying to discourage.
John DiBuono and his classmate made a public service announcement for a TV workshop. They used crushed Smarties candies. In the video, his friend pretended to snort cocaine. It was supposed to be a message against using drugs.
In a statement, the Jerome Bartley, superintendent of the Central Greene School District, said: “Although the individuals involved were not using illicit drugs, the district’s policy prohibits look-a-like drugs, substances, liquids or devices.”
It’s listed in the student handbook, but DiBuono’s father says the punishment doesn’t fit.
“I believe that the discipline is a bit excessive, and you know this was clearly an anti-drug statement,” he said.
In addition to the suspension, DiBuono, a 4.0 student, said he was told to attend drug counseling.
“The only words said in the entire public service announcement was, ‘Don’t do drugs,’ and now I’m being sent to rehabilitation conference,” he said. “I think it’s a little ridiculous.”
Sending kids to a rehab conference and drug counseling because they…um…don’t do drugs is friggin’ genius, Waynesburg. “Don’t do drugs! Wait, you don’t do drugs? OK, well, uh, still don’t do drugs, m’kay?” What a generation of future leaders your hallowed halls are churning out, huh?
Rudy Giuliani defended Barack Obama’s decision to publicly discuss his past drug abuse problems. From Carl Cameron’s FNC blog:
Rudy Giuliani declared that Americans should not expect a “pretense of perfection” from candidates running for office and says he respects Barack Obama’s “honesty” for discussing his previous drug use with a group of high schoolers today.
The Illinois Senator is receiving criticism from Mitt Romney, among others, for opening up and discussing past mistakes during a town hall at a Manchester, NH High School Tuesday.
“I made some bad decisions that I’ve written about, there were times when I got into drinking and experimented with drugs.. there was a whole stretch of time when i didn’t really apply myself a lot,” Obama told the group.
Giuliani said he believes Obama’s topic of conversation was completely appropriate.
“I respect his honesty in doing that. I think that one of the things we need from our people who are running for office is not this pretense of perfection,” Giuliani said. “The reality is all of us that run for public office, whether its governor, legislator, mayor, president–we are all human beings. If we haven’t made mistakes don’t vote for us cause we got some big ones that are gonna happen in the future and we wont know how to handle them.”
The former NYC mayor has been forthright about admitting his own mistakes during the campaign–most recently dogged by his connection to indicted former NYC Police Commissioner Bernie Kerik–even noting in two recent television ads that he is not perfect.
Mitt Romney, however, apparently thinks Barry O should be disqualified from consideration of the electorate based on this incident alone:
But fellow Republican contender Mitt Romney feels differently, saying Obama committed a “huge error.”
“It’s just not a good idea for people running for presoident of the United States who potentially could be the role model for a lot of people to talk about their personal failings while they were kids because it opens the doorway to other kids thinking, ‘well I can do that too,’” Romney told an Iowa audience today.
My take? Obama is hugely unqualified to be president of the United States for a plethora of reasons, none of which are related to his past drug use. If the man has been clean for this many years, that’s fine with me. Obama’s left-wing quasi-Marxist ideology, his pitiful record in public office, and his “let’s go bomb Pakistan” foreign policy gaffes are more than enough reasons to not vote for that empty suit.
Only in San Franfreakshow does this make sense to people. From San Franistan’s fishwrap:
Two months ago I wrote about an idea for a place in San Francisco where intravenous drug users could shoot up under the supervision of trained personnel. A lot of people thought it sounded crazy.
Well, get ready to hear about it again, because the idea is gaining momentum.
On Thursday, an all-day symposium – co-hosted by the city Department of Public Health – will examine the idea of creating safe injection centers where users could bring their drugs, shoot up and leave, without fear of arrest.
The idea is to decrease overdoses, keep dirty needles off the street, and cut the risk of spreading HIV and hepatitis C. Those are all good things. It is the idea of providing addicts with their own injection clinic that riles people up.
“What’s next?” a reader wrote when the first column appeared. “Giving them the drugs, too?”
No. But there’s no doubt that if San Francisco ever established such a center, even as a pilot program, there would be an enormous brouhaha.
“It would be huge international news,” said Peter Davidson, a researcher at UCSF in the epidemiology and biostatistics department. “It would be the first facility in the United States, and there would probably be a firestorm for a while.”
You can count on that. The conservative radio talk show hosts (and bloggers – Ed.) are probably already jump-starting their tonsils. Wacky San Francisco, providing a party room for junkies. (Guilty as charged. – Ed.)
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