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When the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee released a report — “The Department of Justice’s Operation Fast and Furious: Accounts of ATF Agents — it infuriated law enforcement officers and American citizens throughout the nation. Besides that, it showed the true need for the United States to build a security wall that separates the U.S. from Mexico.
One police commander in New Jersey told Conservative Base that “we need to get to the bottom of this renegade operation. I am furious that our government actually contributed to the killing of two American law enforcement officers — one in the U.S., the other in Mexico.” J. Thomas Pierson, a former police captain and director of security also said, “The Fast and Furious operation should be held up as proof of the need to built barriers — a wall — at our southern border but it calls for even more: a policy to screen traffic that flows back and forth at the borders in Arizona, California, New Mexico and other locations.”
At times shocking reports have included testimony from agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) offering firsthand accounts about the controversial Operation Fast and Furious that allowed suspects to walk away with illegally purchased guns right across the border into Mexico..
The gunrunners reportedly smuggled the weapons into Mexico and the agents, who were supposed to conduct surveillance, lost track of the suspected gun smugglers and the weapons which are believed to still be in the hands of Mexican drug cartel members.
“This is a prime example of an [Obama] administration that is clueless in running a law enforcement operation,” said former intelligence officer and police detective Mike Snopes.
As proof of Obama’s clueless one need only see that the ATF’s scandalous Mexican gunrunning operation could help in the defense of a notorious drug lord on trial in New York City with the feds trying to ban it being mentioned in the federal courtroom. I
It’s yet another ripple effect of a shameful Obama experiment known as Fast and Furious that let Mexican drug traffickers obtain U.S.-sold weapons. The failed program was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and allowed guns from the U.S. to be smuggled into Mexico so they could eventually be traced to drug cartels. Instead, federal law enforcement officers lost track of hundreds of weapons which were used in an unknown number of crimes, including the murder of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in Arizona.
Now Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, head of the Sinaloa drug cartel, wants to use Fast and Furious to strengthen his defense. The Sinaloa cartel is one of Mexico’s most powerful criminal organizations and Guzman has been charged with a multitude of crimes, including drug trafficking, illegal firearms, money laundering, and conspiracy. Federal prosecutors say Guzman smuggled enormous amounts of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and marijuana into the U.S. and, as the leader of a multi-national criminal enterprise, used violence—including torture and murder—to maintain an iron-fisted grip on the drug trade across the U.S.-Mexico border. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) refers to Guzman as one of the most dangerous and feared drug kingpins. He was extradited from Mexico last year.
The well-respected government watchdog group, Judicial Watch, obtained Justice Department documents showing that Fast and Furious weapons have been widely used by members of major Mexican drug cartels, including Guzman. The documents reveal that 94 Fast and Furious firearms have been recovered in Mexico City and 12 Mexican states, with the majority being seized in Sonora, Chihuahua, and Sinaloa.
Of the weapons recovered, 82 were rifles and 12 were pistols. Twenty were involved in “violent recoveries,” which means they were utilized in several mass killings. Among them was a .50 caliber rifle seized from Guzman’s hideout in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, where he was eventually arrested.
Guzman’s attorneys want to use Fast and Furious as part of their defense strategy, according to a New York newspaper covering the trial, and federal prosecutors are trying to stop it. “They’re asking a federal judge to block any defense questions about the program in which federal agents allowed illegal weapons to flow over the border to Mexico in an effort to gain intelligence on drug cartels,” the article states. Why? Prosecutors assert that, by focusing on the failures of the Fast and Furious (and there are many), Guzman will “distract and confuse the jury.
Even Mexican media has reported that the Sinaloa drug cartel was able to access more weapons thanks to Operation Fast and Furious. One outlet published an in-depth piece titled “Fast and Furious: Arms for El Chapo” that reveals U.S. intelligence agencies knew from the start that the Sinaloa cartel was the prime recipient of weapons. Regardless, the U.S. continued the operation and lied to the Mexican government, the article states.