Faria: Gunrunning ATF Runs Amok!

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Monday, July 18, 2011

As more details emerge about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearm’s (ATF, formerly BATF) gunrunning shenanigans, the more incredible the revelations become. Unfortunately, they are true!

And don't hold your breath waiting for the mainstream media to report this news and place their imprimatur on yet another strange episode in the annals of corrupt government. The media opinion cartel molders are waiting for this storm to blow over, hoping to protect President Obama and his Attorney General Eric Holder from a looming scandal!

ATF's Kenneth MelsonWe are referring to the ATF’s “Project Gunrunner" now known as “Operation Fast and Furious.” And, it is proving the aphorism that very frequently facts are stranger than fiction. Yes, ATF received $10 million in taxpayers' money from Obama's 2009 American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (aka "the Stimulus Bill") to protect the border. Instead, ATF used the money to buy and procure weapons to be transferred illegally to Mexican drug lords--- talk about the proverbial fox guarding the hen house!

The revelations have come to light thanks to the ever-vigilant Larry Pratt, President of Gun Owners of America (GOA):

"We can say there's one thing that was stimulated by the stimulus bill and that was the Mexican undertaker business. Mexican authorities say that 150 people were murdered using these guns."

American citizens have also been killed in the border by activity in part funded and facilitated by the ATF’s corruption and illegality. Probably, we would not have known about this had not a US Border Patrol Agent, Brian Terry, been murdered in 2010 with two guns found at the scene. These guns were traced and found, according to CNSNews, to have been “purposely sold to gun traffickers in a program hatched by the Obama Administration.”

According to GOA, the scandal was revealed through an FBI informant who was investigating the ATF’s "Operation Fast and Furious"; the ATF agents “had no idea that he was an FBI informant."

Confirmation of what really went on has been provided by the recent capture of the third Attorney General Eric Holderhighest-ranking member of the drug gang, Los Zetas, by Mexican authorities. Under arrest, Jesus Aguilar, El Mamito ("loved boy"), admitted they were buying guns directly from ATF agents.

What is the purpose of this criminal duplicity? “The Obama Administration, according to ATF agents who blew the whistle on the illegal plot, intended to use statistics concerning U.S. guns in Mexico to call for more stringent gun control,” GOA reported.

Yes, to blame it on “easy gun availability” and provide “evidence” for the need for more gun control in the U.S. Even Mexican officials, taking the hint from the Obama administration, have blamed their inherent corruption, gang slayings, drug wars, and utter chaos on “too many guns” in the U.S.!

U.S. Congressman Allen West (R-FL) has called for the Attorney General's resignation, but--- like the mainstream media’s (non)reporting of this scandal--- don't hold your breath waiting for that to happen!

Several ATF whistleblowers have come forth testifying that acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson approved the procurement and transfer of hundreds of AK-47 semi-auto, assault weapons and sniper rifles for the drug lords in Mexico. Melson’s defense is that he was ordered to do so by the Department of Justice (DOJ); in other words, the orders had to come from Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder!

Congressman Darrell IssaIn fact, Congressman Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, believes the operation goes higher in the chain of command.  And to make matters more difficult for Attorney General Holder, Melson has not been willing to play the fall guy and resign. Instead he has reportedly stated that he is more than willing to testify in front of Congress, but alleges that the DOJ has not allowed him to do so. Where are mainstream media investigative journalists? Where are the journalism hounds that didn’t let go of their prey during Watergate and brought down a president and an administration---but wait, that was a Republican president!

Congressman Issa has been diligently investigating this scandal stating that as a result of Operation Fast and Furious “2,000 AK-47s and derivatives and some 50-caliber sniper rifles and 10,000 or more rounds of live ammunition went into the arsenals of the Mexican drug lords.”

When one considers that AK-47s and 50-caliber sniper rifles are exactly the types of “assault weapons” the president and the Attorney General are including in the assault weapons ban they want to reinstitute because of unrest on our southern border--- the cynicism and hypocrisy of the administration are beyond comprehension!

Have you contacted your congressman yet? It is time to shut down this corrupt government agency.


Miguel A. Faria, Jr., M.D testified in 1996 before a U.S. Congressional Committee regarding the misuse of science and taxpayer funding in gun (control) research. He is a former Clinical Professor of Surgery (Neurosurgery, ret.) and Adjunct Professor of Medical History (ret.) Mercer University School of Medicine; Former member Editorial Board of Surgical Neurology (2004-2010); Ex member of the Injury Research Grant Review Committee (later known as the Initial Review Group [IRG]) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) 2002-05; Founder and former Editor-in-Chief of the Medical Sentinel (1996-2002); author, Vandals at the Gates of Medicine (1995), Medical Warrior: Fighting Corporate Socialized Medicine (1997), and Cuba in Revolution: Escape From a Lost Paradise (2002).

This article may be cited: Faria MA. Gunrunning ATF Runs Amok! Hacienda Publishing. July 18, 2011.  Available from: http://haciendapub.com/articles/faria-gunrunning-atf-runs-amok

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The shameful saga of "Fast & Furious"!

From Gun Owners of America

"The Continuing, Sad Saga of Fast and Furious,"GOA, August 14, 2012

"The continuing saga of Eric Holder’s efforts to block the release of documents pertaining to the Fast and Furious "gunwalking" scandal has tarred the Department of Justice with a black mark of shame it will not overcome for years.
"Yes, the ATF has long been known by gun owners as a rogue and unconstitutional agency, but this scandal has now made most Americans aware of its unlawful tactics and disrespect for the rights of law-abiding citizens.
"The actions of Attorney General Holder, a man who once said he wanted to brainwash Americans into supporting gun control, have left a bad taste in the mouths of Americans.

"There is no doubt that one of the unspoken objectives of Fast and Furious was to forward the cause of domestic gun control. If any Mexican citizens or American law enforcement personnel happened to get in the way? Well, that was just too bad.
"The Department of Justice is so out of control that the House of Representatives recently voted to find an Attorney General of the United States in civil and criminal contempt of Congress. This is the first time in the history of the republic that this has happened.
"Does this move Holder to cooperate with Congress? No. He continues to hide behind President Obama’s use of executive privilege and has forced Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to file suit in U.S. Federal District Court to perhaps finally get the documents out of Holder and his cronies (that’s assuming said documents haven’t been shredded and deleted from hard drives).
"Gun control has been a pet cause of Mr. Holder’s since his days in the Clinton Administration. He’s after our constitutional rights and he won’t be happy until he gets them, no matter how much blood is on his hands, directly or indirectly.
"Just ask the families of Brian Terry and Jamie Zapata, who were American law-enforcement officers, killed by guns the ATF “lost” as part of Fast and Furious.
"Or how about Mexican citizens such as Mario Gonzalez, brother of Chihuahua State Prosecutor Patricia Gonzalez, who was tortured and killed by members of a drug gang. When the Mexican authorities raided the place where he had been held, they recovered two AK-47s that were known to be part of the Fast and Furious program?
"All of these deaths and hundreds more can be laid at the feet of Eric Holder. All of them are why Darrell Issa is suing his office and it is why GOA is suing the ATF for more documents related to Fast and Furious. We want answers, Mr. Holder..."

dreadful scenarios!

Ben, you describe some dreadful scenarios with some reported documentation. I do hope you are right that if disorders do occur, the people will not be shot down by the military as in authoritarian countries.

The election will be decided by the direction the economy takes in the next couple of months– and the "wisdom" of the undecided independents.

Hope springs eternal! MAF