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Jul-28-2011 03:50printcomments

'Fast and Furious' turns 'Slow and Seditious'

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.

Border Patrol mourning death
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(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:

Jul-20-2011" Former DEA and CIA Operatives: Los Zetas May Attempt to Overthrow Mexican Government in 2012 Salem-News.com

Jul-15-2011" Threats of Violence Against U.S. Government Interests in Chihuahua - Salem-News.com

Jul-14-2011" Report on Eric Holder & U.S. Weapons Smuggling Program to Mexico Making Rounds - Tim King Salem-News.com

Jul-12-2011" ATF's Fast and Furious Seems Colored With Shades of Iran/Contra Scandal - Bill Conroy - The Narcosphere Special to Salem-News

Jul-12-2011" LA Times Blazes Cartel Trail - Turns up Dirt on U.S. Informant Connections - Introduction by Tim King Salem-News.com

Jul-12-2011" Brian Terry (In Memorial) Border Patrol Agent - Poetry by Luke Easter Salem-News.com

Jul-01-2011: Feds Call Meeting with Journalist Who Reported Human Remains and Cartel Weapon Build up with U.S. Ties - Tim King Salem-News.com

Jun-28-2011: Migrants and a Crucial Mexican Election - Salem-News.com

Jun-27-2011: Is Los Zetas Military Cartel Planning a Bloody Revolution in Mexico? - Tim King Salem-News.com

Jun-23-2011: Salem-News Photojournalist with Army Task Force 7 in Mexico threatened with arrest by U.S. Border Patrol - Tosh Plumlee Salem-News.com

Jun-20-2011: Raided Mexican Ranch Linked to U.S. Drug War Corruption - Bill Conroy The Narcosphere

Other source and references:

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Tim King: Salem-News.com Editor and Writer Tim King is a former U.S. Marine with twenty years of experience on the west coast as a television news producer, photojournalist, reporter and assignment editor. In addition to his role as a war correspondent, this Los Angeles native serves as Salem-News.com's Executive News Editor. Tim spent the winter of 2006/07 covering the war in Afghanistan, and he was in Iraq over the summer of 2008, reporting from the war while embedded with both the U.S. Army and the Marines. Tim holds awards for reporting, photography, writing and editing, including the Silver Spoke Award by the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (2011), Excellence in Journalism Award by the Oregon Confederation of Motorcycle Clubs (2010), Oregon AP Award for Spot News Photographer of the Year (2004), First-place Electronic Media Award in Spot News, Las Vegas, (1998), Oregon AP Cooperation Award (1991); and several others including the 2005 Red Cross Good Neighborhood Award for reporting. Tim has several years of experience in network affiliate news TV stations, having worked as a reporter and photographer at NBC, ABC and FOX stations in Arizona, Nevada and Oregon. Tim was a member of the National Press Photographer's Association for several years and is a current member of the Orange County Press Club. Serving the community in very real terms, Salem-News.com is the nation's only truly independent high traffic news Website. As News Editor, Tim among other things, is responsible for publishing the original content of 82 Salem-News.com writers. He reminds viewers that emails are easily missed and urges those trying to reach him, to please send a second email if the first goes unanswered. You can write to Tim at this address: newsroom@salem-news.com




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COLLI August 1, 2011 11:30 am (Pacific time)

Steven: It certainly does seem that we are indeed living in a matrix of one sort or another doesn't it?


Strykewolf July 31, 2011 2:30 pm (Pacific time)

It's a lot deeper than just Fast and Furious. Dig further, watch the testimony so far. Watch reports from other states. This is just the beginning.

 Thanks Strykewolf, we're keeping our tracking devices in place, unlike the program you mention.  Much appreciated.  


burbanite July 31, 2011 2:03 pm (Pacific time)

One of you anonymi (my plural for the adjective anonymous) asked why Holder has not been charged with perjury. Well, there are at least two more Oversight Committee hearings scheduled for this year and the guest list is still being formulated. It is promised that the probe will now extend deeper and wider. Fortunately for the President the debt ceiling smoke screen has pushed this back during this news cycle but take it from me, this is very far from over...


stephen July 29, 2011 1:40 pm (Pacific time)

Colli..Stehen here, I will start putting my name in from now on. I was the first two anon's, not the third, and now I see it can be confusing, so will use my name from now on. But I am glad you see thru the circus.. I know this may sound silly, but if you ever have seen the movie "the matrix", well, after turning off the brainwashing tv, and began reading, researching, and searching my own heart for truth, I think we are living in "the matrix"..


COLLI July 29, 2011 7:37 am (Pacific time)

Once again, Anonymous has hit the nail on the head . . . we do not have a two party system - it is all a huge play meant to divert out attention for the underhanded and corrupt goings-on both parties take part in. Neither party gives a hoot about anything except gaining and retaining power. The people of the United States and the world pay a dear price for the greed that infests our government and the elected officials who are running it into the gutter. These officials take part in atrocity after atrocity while innocent civilians and their families are torn apart in Mexico. A tax cheat runs the IRS and Treasury while an arms dealer runs the DOJ. What is next . . . putting a pedophile in charge of Child Welfare? This is one fine mess we have voted ourselves into!


Bob Trent July 28, 2011 3:50 pm (Pacific time)

Obama not controlling guns? Obama's BATFE allowed over 2,000 guns to walk right out from under their surveillance and out onto the streets of Mexico and Phoenix! The DEA located 43 of them during the execution of a search warrant at a Phoenix address back in April. The local media found the information through federal court records. The gun that was used in the murder of ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata, reportedly came from a gun store in Texas. The BATFE had the store under surveillance when the murder weapon was purchased and the BATFE alloed their registered informant to transport the weapon to Mexico. Accessory after the fact of murder? How about total disregard for the safety of human life! The gun store owners had alerted the BATFE, in advance, saying they didn't want to make the sales. The BATFE told them to go ahead and make the sales. This is nothing short of an atrocity on the part of our government. I don't like Obama and surely didn't vote for him, but for America's sake, I pray he didn't know. I also pray that he does the right thing and appoints a special prosecutor to investigate and prosecute those responsible. I'm a former U.S. Border Patrol agent and I find this whole Fast and Furious case a disgusting mess. Pray for the Zapata and Terry families and give them justice they and America deserves.


Anonymous July 28, 2011 2:46 pm (Pacific time)

Funny how all these right wing extremists, who are always screeching with paranoia against gun control, are now attacking Obama for not controlling guns.


Anonymous July 28, 2011 11:54 am (Pacific time)

Why isnt Eric Holder arrested for perjury? same with obama? And a p.s. Tim, both parties are on the same payroll, we do not have a two party system, just a circus making people think they have a choice..Its time for people to swallow their pride and grow up. We do not have a two party system, get over it and search for truth as an individual, or you will live in the circus they made for ya, and NEVER find the real truth.


Anonymous July 28, 2011 10:38 am (Pacific time)

Its weird Tim...the military industrial complex to help over throw the mexican president, the overthrow of Gadaffi using AL CIADA? (obama is now friends with Al CIADA, http://www.infowars.com/obama-to-approve-al-qaeda-embassy-in-washington/).. the uprising in Egypt puts the muslim brotherhood and el baradei in power (both controlled by israel), etc etc.. what the heck is going on? I thought alCIAda was or enemy, now they are our friends? Then why are we still in Afghanistan? (answer: the oil pipeline,and the opium).

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