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Almost To The Top

Let’s knock off the BS already DC. It’s pretty clear that the Operation Fast And Furious / Project Gunwalker awareness went all the way up the pyramid from the very beginning.

I’ll keep it short and concise. Here’s 98% proof that Holder is lying. The 2% part is that this operation has two names, so he can play the “depends what the definition of ‘is’” is card:

Operation Fast and Furious, begun in 2009, purposefully allowed known and suspected smugglers to purchase weapons at licensed gun dealers in the United States—sometimes while under active surveillance by U.S. law enforcement--and then allowed the smugglers to get away with the weapons, in some cases delivering them, as the government expected, to Mexican drug cartels. Agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) were specifically ordered not to stop the purchases, not to intercept the smugglers after they made the purchases, and not to retrieve the weapons.

The purpose of the operation was to let the Justice Department trace the movement of the guns and uncover the full structure of the gun-smuggling operations.

However, on Dec. 14, 2010, two rifles sold to one of the smugglers that the Justice Department had allowed to buy guns turned up at the scene of the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

Within 24 hours of Terry’s murder, according to an internal ATF email released by Issa, the FBI had definitively traced the rifles found at the murder scene back to Operation Fast and Furious and had so notified ATF.

Six weeks later, on Jan. 27, 2011, Senate Judiciary Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R.-Iowa) wrote a letter to ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson asking him to explain Operation Fast and Furious in light of the weapons found at the scene of Terry’s murder. Five days after that, on Feb. 1, 2011, the story of Operation Fast and Furious broke in the press—with multiple reports referencing Grassley’s letter to Melson. By Feb. 3, 2011, the operation, its link to the murder of Border Patrol Agent Terry, and Grassley’s inquiry to the ATF about it, had been reported in USA Today, The Arizona Republic, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Associated Press.

Yet, three full months after these public news reports, at a May 3 Judiciary Committee hearing, Attorney General Holder, under questioning by Issa, testified that he had “probably” only learned about Operation Fast and Furious in “the last few weeks.”

“We believe that he was aware of it much earlier than he said in his testimony and questioning before the Judiciary Committee,” Issa told CNSNews.com in an interview.

OK - Here it is: in the above excerpt we see that Holder testified May 3 2011 that he only learned about Fast and Furious “in the last few weeks”.
But here is Holder talking in Mexico, April 2, 2009, more than TWO YEARS before that:

“Attorney General Eric Holder at the Mexico/United States Arms Trafficking Conference
CUERNAVACA, MEXICO ~ Thursday, April 2, 2009
...
Last week, our administration launched a major new effort to break the backs of the cartels. My department is committing 100 new ATF personnel to the Southwest border in the next 100 days to supplement our ongoing Project Gunrunner, DEA is adding 16 new positions on the border, as well as mobile enforcement teams, and the FBI is creating a new intelligence group focusing on kidnapping and extortion.  DHS is making similar commitments, as Secretary Napolitano will detail.”


That pretty much clinches it for me. The glove fits so I don’t acquit. But it doesn’t stop there. As I pointed out yesterday, this “rogue action” was specifically funded in the bail-out bill. By name, for $10,000,000. The implication, and it’s a damned strong one, is that for things to be that out in the open then a tremendous amount of backroom action in DC had to have already taken place. Meetings, analysis, proof of concept, all sorts of sign-offs that Agency X wasn’t stepping on the toes or the turf of Agency Y, etc. Lots of documents, lots of meetings, lots of emails, lots of signatures. Updates every 6 months and another round of approvals. In other words, everyone knew. Everyone.

Here is a really long post from someone who understands how the federal government actually works. It was written in early June and labels this whole mess “weaponsgate”. And it points out that it is almost a written in stone guarantee that Janet Napolitano, the Director of Homeland Security, and Hillary Clinton, the Secretary of State, were completely aware of everything, from the very beginning. Oh, and Felipe Calderon, the President of Mexico as well, because of that sticky little treaty thingy called the Brownsville Agreement ( you don’t run ops in my country, senor, and I don’t run them in yours. Si? ) So ask yourself this: If DHS and SoS and El Presidente de Mexico knew, what are the odds that POTUS didn’t?

An operation like Fast and Furious doesn’t just happen. Not if it’s legal.

A Group One Undercover Investigative Operation, and Fast and Furious fits that bill, would first require departmental approval from ATF and, second, approval from its parent organization, DOJ—plans and proposals, with mission, targets and specific outcomes ready for scrutiny.

That means signatures—a senior executive at ATF, and a John Hancock from no less than an Assistant Attorney General at Justice.

After Fast And Furious gets a green light from ATF and DOJ, the same fully fleshed-out proposal, the power-point presentation and the agency-department signoff travel upwards (step three) to what’s called an Undercover Operational Proposal Committee, a body composed of senior executives from every US enforcement agency—Justice, ATF, DEA, DHS, ICE, FBI, Secret Service et al—any department or agency whose interests might be affected or intersected by the operation.

Committee approval doesn’t happen easily.

And had it not been for John Dodson, the one lone whistleblower at ATF, this whole thing would have been the perfect PR storm to re-instate the Assault Weapons Ban, ban semi-automatic firearms, and start a gun grabbing putsch the likes of which haven’t been seen since Hitler came to power in the 30s.

Read the stories at the links. “"I just want you to know that we are working on it,” said Obama some time ago when asked about gun control by his base, “We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.” Maybe so, but all the stealth technology in the world is useless if the pilot turns on the IFF. And Dobson was the pilot. Ping! Contact!

And yet the White House is still playing stupid.

It’s high time we pulled the covers off this cover-up. All of them.

Read more at these:
a timeline of events

Jan. 8, 2011: U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is shot while meeting with constituents in Tucson. ATF agents were initially worried she might have been shot by a gun sold through Operation Fast and Furious.

The implication there is that ATF already knew damn well that some of those guns smuggled into Mexico were making their way back into the USA.

Issa Says He Doesn’t Believe Holder’s Testimony Was Accurate Grow a pair already Darrell. Holder is lying out his ass, and the absolute proof is posted right here. Would it be raaaacist for me to say it’s time to call a spade a spade?

Obama Administration Not Enforcing Gun Laws, Issa Says Crivens, what an understatement. Water is wet, who knew???


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