Obama Administration - BATFE - Mexico - Fast & Furious Scandal
The Obama Administration Attempting To Subvert American's Second Amendment Rights?
10/3/12 Univision Does Its Homework: A drug cartel used guns that had walked into Mexico to shoot up a birthday party. Univision has made some startling new and tragic connections. On the night of September 2, 2009, twelve hit men, looking for members of the Sinaloa cartel and carrying AK-47s they had acquired thanks to Fast and Furious, forced open the main door of Casa Aliviane, a drug-rehabilitation center in Ciudad Juárez. Once inside, they sprayed the building with bullets. Of the 19 young recovering addicts, 18 were killed.
10/2/12 Univision Video: Fast and Furious Scandal. Univision explores how US Weapons, given to Mexican Drug Cartels have now been traced to numerous murders in Mexico via the gunrunning program known as "Fast and Furious"
10/5/12 Related: Obama appoints wife of Univision owner to UN diplomatic post. President Barack Obama appointed Cheryl Saban, wife of the owner of Univision, as U.S. representative to the United Nations, according to reports from various news blogs.
Issa Statement on DOJ IG’s Findings of Widespread Failures by Senior DOJ Officials in Operation Fast and Furious. WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, issued the following statement on Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s findings of widespread failures by both senior DOJ and ATF leaders in both Operation Fast and Furious and the Department of Justice’s false denials of reckless conduct to Congress. Issa and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) have led the Congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious following Justice Department denials of reckless conduct that were later retracted. Guns from the reckless program contributed to the deaths of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and an unknown number of Mexican citizens. It also created an ongoing public safety hazard on both sides of the border.
8/1/12 First of 3 reports point finger of blame towards ATF
6/29/12 Rep. Darrel Issa on the vote to hold A.G. Holder in Contempt of Congress
6/27/12 Rep. Darrel Issa on the looming Contempt Vote.
6/20/12 Issa Statement on Committee Approval of Fast and Furious Contempt Report. Washington, DC – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa issued the following statement on the Committee’s approval of a report finding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over his refusal to produce documents related to Operation Fast and Furious.
The Committee today approved the finding of contempt on a vote of 23 to 17. “The Oversight Committee voted to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt for his continued refusal to produce relevant documents in the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious. This was not the outcome I had hoped for and today’s proceeding would not have occurred had Attorney General Eric Holder actually produced the subpoenaed documents he said he could provide.
6/18/12. Gowdy will not accept compromise.
6/15/12 Holder Offers a "Compromised" Compromise. U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was again on the proverbial hot seat this week as investigations into the infamous "Fast and Furious" gun-walking scandal continue.
While a standoff in the investigation over providing subpoenaed information drags on, earlier this week, Holder suggested that he was willing to make "compromises."
In response, on Wednesday House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, (R-Calif.) opened the door to negotiating with Holder, asking the AG to make the committee an offer, so that he might potentially avoid a contempt of Congress vote that is scheduled for next Wednesday, June 20.
On Thursday, in a letter to Rep. Issa, Holder indicated his willingness to partially comply with the subpoena. In what he called "an extraordinary accommodation," Holder agreed to provide some additional documents, but said that other documents remained, "outside the scope of the committee's interest in the inappropriate tactics used in Fast and Furious." The question remains as to whether Holder now sees no other alternative but to comply, or if he is merely continuing to stonewall in an effort to delay the contempt vote, and perhaps even stall the process until after November's election.
1/31/12 Democrats Fully Engaged in Fast and Furious Coverup. Democrats on the House Oversight Committee are officially trying to cover for Attorney General Eric Holder just before he testifies on Thursday about Operation Fast and Furious, with anti-Second Amendment Ranking Member Elijah Cummings leading the way. Last night, Cummings released a 95 page
|12/8/11 Oversight Hearing - AG Holder argues the definition of lying and more.|
|10/4/11 Congress Asks W.H. For Special Prosecutor. House Republicans are calling for a special counsel to determine whether Attorney General Eric Holder misled Congress during his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on Operation Fast and Furious, Fox News has learned. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, was sending a letter to President Obama on Tuesday arguing that Holder cannot investigate himself, and requesting the president instruct the Department of Justice to appoint a special counsel.|
|9/26/11 Blockbuster! U.S. Government Bought and Sold Weapons During 'Fast and Furious,' Not only did U.S. officials approve, allow and assist in the sale of more than 2,000 guns to the Sinaloa cartel -- the federal government used taxpayer money to buy semi-automatic weapons, sold them to criminals and then watched as the guns disappeared. This disclosure, revealed in documents obtained by Fox News, could undermine the Department of Justice's previous defense that Operation Fast and Furious was a "botched" operation where agents simply "lost track" of weapons as they were transferred from one illegal buyer to another|
9/12/11 Congress expands Fast and Furious probe to White House. Congressional investigators reviewing the failed gun-tracking program Operation Fast and Furious have formally asked the Obama administration to turn over copies of "all records" involving three key White House national security officials and the program, other ATF gun cases in Phoenix, and all communications between the White House and the ATF field office in Arizona.
A White House official said that "no one at the White House knew about the investigative tactics being used in the operation, let alone any decision to let guns walk."
2011 - The Scandal Heats up.
|7/6/11 ATF Director Melson - "DOJ is obstructing the investigation." Ken Melson, the acting director of the ATF, lobbed the accusation when he sneaked in for an interview with congressional investigators on July 4. "If his account is accurate, then ATF leadership appears to have been effectively muzzled while the DOJ sent over false denials and buried its head in the sand," Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said in a letter Tuesday to Attorney General Eric Holder. "That approach distorted the truth and obstructed our investigation."|
2011 - The Scandal Develops.
5/6/2011 Three Men Charged In Murder Of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry; Questions Over U.S. Program Linger. Weapons recovered near Terry's body have been linked to an investigative program run by Justice Department officials aimed at Mexican cartels and their gun-traffickers. The investigation in Arizona was dubbed "Operation Fast and Furious," and it was part of a broader effort called "Project Gunrunner," launched in 2009 by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The plan was to follow suspected straw buyers to see if they would illegally traffic guns and, ultimately, lead investigators to the heads of the enterprise. But hundreds of high-powered rifles and other guns ended up in Mexico, and self-described whistleblowers now accuse ATF of letting the guns "walk" to Mexico even after safety concerns were raised.
2010 BATFE Uses Mexican Violence As Reason To Backdoor Anti-2A Legislation - Calderon Continues His Full Court Press on The Obama Administration To Renew AWB Ban - Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry Murdered.
|5/20/10 Calderón Calls for Restoring Assault Weapons Ban. On the gun question, Mr. Calderón said: “We have seized 75,000 guns and assault weapons in Mexico in the past three years, and more than 80 percent of those we have been able to trace came from the United States.” He said it did not seem coincidental that violence in Mexico had begun to grow in 2006, not long after the weapons ban expired in the United States. Drug-related killings are estimated to have approached 23,000 since Mr. Calderón began a war on trafficking that year.|
2009 Obama Administration - Hillary Clinton - Mexican President Calderon Blame American Gun Owners For Mexican Violence.
|4/19/09 Obama Repeats '90 Percent' Stat for U.S. Guns Recovered in Mexico. "This war is being waged with guns purchased not here, but in the United States. More than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States, many from gun shops that line our shared border," the president said.|
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