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'Fast and Furious' turns 'Slow and Seditious'Tim King Salem-News.com
The bizarre and tragic U.S. DOJ program has absolutely damaged relations with Mexico, where the president has been battling the cartels in a war in which tens of thousands have died.
(SALEM, Ore.) - Most readers by now are familiar with the firearms that were transported to Mexican drug cartels in an undercover ATF&E program over the last two years called 'Fast and Furious'.
A Border Patrol agent died a shootout with a killer who used one of the actual guns, a Mexican attorney was killed with one, and a second U.S. agent killed in a cartel shootout may have died from a bullet fired by one of the weapons.
Reuters now reports that at least 122 firearms from the botched U.S. undercover operation have been located. Some came from crime scenes in Mexico, and some were intercepted while being shipped to drug cartels there, according to a Republican congressional report that was issued on Tuesday.
No doubt the Republicans, desperate for the ball and very low on points, are trying to score a touchdown with this one, and who could blame them. The 'Gunrunner' project's undercover operation known as 'Fast and Furious', that could fairly be renamed, 'Slow and Seditious', is something Eric Holder denied knowledge of "until recent weeks".
In truth, according to a 2009 press release that was located, about a speech he made in Mexico, he knew about it in April 2009. We broke that story and Salem-News.com's coverage was written about and mentioned by media ranging from FOX News to the Mike Malloy Show.
According to the new information from Mexican authorities, the weapons they have found include AK-47 assault rifles, powerful .50 caliber rifles. These are weapons specifically linked to the U.S. sting operation that was supposed to trace weapons crossing the border to Mexico, the report said.
Of the nearly 2,000 weapons sold to the suspected gun traffickers, just over half remain unaccounted for, the report added. The ATF was unaware of most of the gun sales when they occurred, according to the Justice Department, which oversees it.
One thing is certainly true, the sting has become an embarrassment for the Obama administration and for the Justice Department, which is facing a very serious problem with the cartels who seem to become more powerful by the day.
We have released a number of stories based on the experience of our Photojournalist Robert Plumlee, who has been observing the cartel weapon stashes and other activities while accompanying a military joint task force of U.S. and Mexican forces for the past two years. Mr. Plumlee has been watching the drug war politics do little toward stemming the deadly criminal activity taking place Mexico from the Las Cruces, New Mexico area.
And the bizarre and tragic U.S. DOJ program has absolutely damaged relations with Mexico, where the president has been battling the cartels in a war in which tens of thousands have died. Learning that the U.S. is actually supplying the cartels with weapons, and as our previous reports indicate, that it is only the tip of the iceberg, could absolutely lead to a breakdown in national relations at a time when they are needed most.
Some of our more recent Mexico reports:
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