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Re: Janet Napolitano denies knowing about Fast and Furious DRUG operation.
« Reply #160 on: April 08, 2016, 07:24:33 PM »
a shoe drops:

Barack Obama Backs Down Over Operation Fast and Furious, Drops Executive Privilege Claim Over Some Documents

President Barack Obama, after years of fighting to hide Operation Fast and Furious documents, finally relented and officially dropped his claim to executive privilege over them.
by Matthew Boyle8 Apr 2016

“Four years after asserting executive privilege to block Congress from obtaining documents relating to a controversial federal gun trafficking investigation, President Barack Obama relented Friday, turning over to lawmakers thousands of pages of records that led to unusual House votes holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt in 2012,” Politico’s Josh Gerstein wrote on Friday.

Fast and Furious remains the only scandal over which this president has used executive privilege power to hide documents from congressional investigators. Obama did not use the highly controversial power in any other scandal, including the following: Benghazi, IRS, Department of Justice phone-tapping, Pigford, General Services Administration (GSA), Solyndra, LightSquared, or EPA administrator email aliases.


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Re: Janet Napolitano denies knowing about Fast and Furious DRUG operation.
« Reply #161 on: April 11, 2016, 03:16:33 AM »
Justice Department Reveals Controversial Gun Trafficking Sting Documents

Feds cornered on Fast & Furious scandal 

 April 10, 2016

The Justice Department met a deadline set by a federal court to provide Congress with documents regarding Operation Fast and Furious, the failed gun-walking sting during which the government allowed approximately 2,000 guns to flow to Mexican drug-trafficking organizations.

The Justice Department had previously withheld thousands of pages of documents from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about the scandal. Consequently the House held then-Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt in 2012. In 2016, President Barack Obama invoked executive privilege to shield the documents.

On January 16, US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, for the District of Columbia, ruled the Obama administration cannot use executive privilege to prevent Congress from accessing information on Operation Fast and Furious.

“The committee has a duty to understand and shine light on what was happening inside Department of Justice during the time of this irresponsible operation. Yet DOJ has obstructed our investigative work for years,” said Jason Chaffetz, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman.

The failed operation first came to light in late 2010 when one of the guns from the program was found at the murder scene of a US Border Patrol agent. More recently, the Justice Department confirmed that, according to Mexican officials, one of the guns found at the hideout of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera was associated with Operation Fast and Furious.


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Re: Janet Napolitano denies knowing about Fast and Furious DRUG operation.
« Reply #162 on: April 13, 2016, 12:02:44 AM »
Dealer Describes How He Sold ‘Fast & Furious’ Weapons for ATF 

Gun shop employee reveals how ATF’s gunrunning operation went downhill quickly

Adan Salazar
Prison Planet.com
April 12, 2016

An anonymous gun dealer in Arizona recently recounted how he participated in selling multiple guns to straw purchasers amid “Operation Fast and Furious” at the behest of the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The ill-planned scheme, which started in 2009 and reportedly ended in 2013 under the Obama administration, sought to trace guns sold to Mexican cartels by straw purchasers. The operation came to a head when a “Fast and Furious” weapon was found at the scene where US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was gunned down.

Sitting down with humor magazine Cracked, “James,” a former worker at a gun store in Phoenix, said he was contacted by the ATF after making a few sales of Barrett .50 caliber rifles to suspicious people.

“I was working in a very large gun store in Phoenix at the time, and we sold everything,” James says. “I got a phone call one day on the shop line, and a guy was looking for a Barrett .50 cal, which is not a crazy weapon in terms of how available they are.”

The dealer describes how the $10k high-caliber rifle, powerful enough to shoot through a light tank, was highly popular among straw purchasers, who would pay with bundles of cash, rarely purchased accessories and really knew nothing about the gun.

” … as I’m ringing up the transaction, he has one of those little drawstring backpacks. He pulls a paper bag out, takes out 10 grand in cash rubber-banded in thousand dollar increments. It was weird that, one, he came in with $10,000 cash. And he didn’t want any ammo for it or any optics for it. He didn’t know much about it beside the fact that he wanted it.”

The dealer said despite suspecting something was awry, the business continued to sell guns for literal bundles of cash.

” … then, we started getting more and more phone calls over the weeks. Same questions. We had four or five come in … that first guy came in five or six times, saying he was starting a collection. You don’t buy five to six of the same 10k rifle for a collection.”

At that point the ATF was contacted, but rather than put a stop to the sales, they asked select gun shop employees at the store to keep selling to the suspected straw buyers, and in addition fill out paperwork for the agency.

    “The ATF said, ‘Don’t refuse ’em, just let ’em go. Do it.’ And we’re on commission at the time, so all of us involved are like … sweet! It got to the point where we would give the ATF our cellphone numbers. They only wanted a couple of us dealing with it … fill out this form, have the money counted, so we can bring drug dogs in to check the bills for drugs. There were undercover agents in the store, sometimes.”

    “Once the ATF was more involved, we had a separate set of paperwork. You took their 4473 [the form you fill out to buy a gun] and transcribed all that, then it asked what type of transaction it was, how many 100s, how many 50s, how many 10s, ones. Then, basic questions: Did you feel they knew what they were buying? Did they buy ammo? Accessories?”

“James” says after that, Barrett sales began to skyrocket.

” … it started to get more and more severe. We were placing special orders with Barrett because we couldn’t keep up [with] demand. At one point, it was probably four to five of these rifles a week. Also FN57 pistols … but, the Barretts were the big one.”

He also described how cartels would often choose inconspicuous people to make the purchases, including clean-cut white and hispanic men.

“These kids weren’t sketchy looking dudes; they were all clean-cut, and some were Hispanic. But, one boy was a white boy who told me he had served. We had a bunch of light machine guns, like an M249 SAW … what caught me off guard is that he and I shot the crap about that one day. Then, he says, ‘Oh, I’ve been interested in the Barrett.’ I’m like, ‘makes sense, he’s a military kid.’ But then, he broke out the huge bag of cash.”

After selling several firearms alongside the ATF, the dealer says he began to wonder whether the agency would do its part and follow-up on their locations.

“We were being told, ‘Oh, we’re tracking their phones, we’ve got their license plates,’ but it just kept happening. Excuse the pun, but when are you gonna pull the trigger on this? It was going on all over the city — we knew we weren’t the only store — you’ve got plenty of evidence, you know where they live. What ARE you waiting on?”

After being informed the ATF nabbed several of the straw buyers in 2011, James says he received a bombshell from an agent: none of them would be charged.

“Our agent was pretty candid with us: He let us know the guys doing it had been arrested. Then, they were let go, because what they had done hadn’t been illegal — they hadn’t seen a hand off. They weren’t tracking them well enough; everyone made it over the border.”

The operation resulted in over 64,000 weapons crossing the US border into Mexico, according to testimony from former Attorney General Eric Holder. Mexican lawmakers also grew upset after guns traced to the US operation began showing up at crime scenes across the country, with one prominent politician in 2011 attributing at least 150 Mexican deaths and injuries to Fast and Furious weapons.

Last month, a researcher looking into the suspicious circumstances surrounding CBP Agent Brian Terry’s death on behalf of his family revealed the botched operation transferred weapons abroad, noting particularly how Fast and Furious weapons had been located in Morocco.

“What I would speculate is – dovetailing on what Tosh Plumlee has been on your program before and talked about – this is, I think, part of a much larger international gun running operation,” Lt. Col. Matt Smith-Meck revealed on the Alex Jones Show.

“We know from accounts from folks that are actually involved in running these weapons, in September of 2010, weapons – separate from what we would call Fast and Furious – were run down to Mexico, down to a town in Mexico, Caborca actually, met with a international middle eastern arms dealer and en route over to the Middle East,” the retired US Marine said.

“And I think of great import, is a Moroccon DST commander – their DST is their internal security forces on 16 October 2010, reported to his supervisors that Fast and Furious weapons were in the kingdom of Morocco en route to arm the rebels in Algeria.”

Currently, US lawmakers led by the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Darrell Issa, are questioning why it took so long for the Obama administration to release documents under a court-ordered subpoena, and “why there has been no real accountability for the officials involved,” according to Issa.

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Re: Janet Napolitano denies knowing about Fast and Furious DRUG operation.
« Reply #163 on: June 02, 2016, 11:52:28 AM »
I'm looking for the article that links F&F to international arms shipments ... Heavy weapons went to Mexican drug cartels like Sinola  which in turn sold them, transferred them to the middle east ... anyway ...

International Fast and Furious Through Benghazi to Syria
Tim Brown — May 18, 2015

Well the truth about Benghazi is finally starting to see the light. As we have theorized in several articles, the Obama administration was involved in an international Fast and Furious by trafficking arms through Benghazi into Syria. Today that theory has been confirmed.

Newly released documents show that US intelligence agencies were fully aware that weapons were moving from the Islamic terror stronghold in Libya to Syria before the attack on the Benghazi compound on September 11, 2012.

The documents also contradict Hussein Obama's claim that the rise of the Islamic State came as a surprise to the administration.

FOX News' Catherine Herridge said the newly released documents "showed a serious disconnect between what the administration said and what was known by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA)."

Judicial Watch, who obtained more than 100 pages of previously classified documents reported


Judicial Watch: Defense, State Department Documents Reveal Obama Administration Knew that al Qaeda Terrorists Had Planned Benghazi Attack 10 Days in Advance

MAY 18, 2015

The DOD documents also contain the first official documentation that the Obama administration knew that weapons were being shipped from the Port of Benghazi to rebel troops in Syria. An October 2012 report confirms: [http://www.judicialwatch.org/document-archive/pgs-1-3-2-3-from-jw-v-dod-and-state-14-812/ ]

Weapons from the former Libya military stockpiles were shipped from the port of Benghazi, Libya to the Port of Banias and the Port of Borj Islam, Syria. The weapons shipped during late-August 2012 were Sniper rifles, RPG's, and 125 mm and 155mm howitzers missiles.

During the immediate aftermath of, and following the uncertainty caused by, the downfall of the ((Qaddafi)) regime in October 2011 and up until early September of 2012, weapons from the former Libya military stockpiles located in Benghazi, Libya were shipped from the port of Benghazi, Libya to the ports of Banias and the Port of Borj Islam, Syria. The Syrian ports were chosen due to the small amount of cargo traffic transiting these two ports. The ships used to transport the weapons were medium-sized and able to hold 10 or less shipping containers of cargo.


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Rocket Launchers, Grenades & C4 Tied to Obama’s Fast & Furious

Posted on September 19, 2011 by AWR Hawkins

Washington, DC –-(Ammoland.com)- When the news of Fast and Furious first broke months ago, President Obama and Attorney General Holder remained almost completely mute on the subject.

When they finally addressed it, it was to say they hadn’t heard of Fast and Furious until May 2011 (eighteen months after it started).

Slowly, however, as this ceased to satisfy questioners, they incorporated the simple assertion that neither of them had authorized walking guns into Mexico nor had they possessed detailed knowledge of the stateside inner-workings of the operation.

It’s ironic that their answer went from being one thing to being another thing to being yet another thing. And I point this because the weapons tied to Fast and Furious have gone from being assault rifles to sniper rifles to grenade components to (allegedly) a rocket launcher?

Yes – a rocket launcher.

For example, On July 27th I had a post on Big Government which highlighted reports in the El Paso Times detailing “an alleged gun smuggling operation in which Obama administration officials were selling military grade weapons to drug cartel members in Mexico.” Supported by at least one former DEA official and one “CIA contract pilot,” the allegations were that weapons had been regularly transported from the Dallas/Fort Worth area to El Paso, TX, and/or Columbus, NM. From either of those locations they then crossed into Mexico.

Now it appears some of those “military grade weapons” didn’t make it all the way to Mexico, because along with the rocket launcher, U.S. Border Patrol Agents found “a grenade launcher, and three packages of what appeared to be C-4 explosives” by the Rio Grande on September 13th.

What is going on here folks?
I almost forgot – along with the two launchers and the C4 there were also six assault rifles (and the assault rifles smell like Fast and Furious to me).

Read more: http://www.ammoland.com/2011/09/rocket-launchers-grenades-c4-tied-to-obamas-fast-furious/#ixzz4ARCmJ3pS
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Re: Janet Napolitano denies knowing about Fast and Furious DRUG operation.
« Reply #164 on: June 02, 2016, 12:40:11 PM »
By Jim Marrs  Sept. 20, 2013


The Direct Commercial Sales program also involves weapons sales to Central and South America, mostly connected to the War on Drugs, which often have backfired on the US. For example, a federal operation dubbed “Fast and Furious” allowed weapons from the U.S. to pass into the hands of suspected gun smugglers purportedly so they could be traced to Mexican drug cartels. The ATF lost track of hundreds of firearms, many of which have been linked to crimes, including the shooting death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010.

In 2012, Danny Cruz Morones, 24, of Phoenix became the first of 20 Fast and Furious defendants indicted in 2011 for buying high-powered firearms in Arizona to be used by Mexican drug gangs. Morones pled guilty to acting as a “straw purchaser” of weapons, including AK-47 assault rifles, as well as recruiting others to buy the weapons. He was sentenced to 57 months in prison. The Fast and Furious cases were shifted to San Diego after the U.S. attorney’s office in Phoenix recused itself because of its ties to the local ATC office.

According to investigative reporter Bill Conroy writing for Narco News, in 2006-2007 alone the DCS program involved the sale of $3.3 million in ammunition, explosives and ammunition-manufacturing equipment; $11.6 million in semiautomatic rifles and pistols, $518,531 in grenade launchers; $78,251 in explosive projectiles including grenades; and $963,201 in night-vision equipment.

The San Antonio Express News reported Mexican authorities in Reynosa across the border from McAllen, Texas, recently seized the country’s single largest stash of cartel weapons — nearly 300 assault rifles, shoulder-fired grenade launchers and a half million rounds of ammunition.But weeks later, Mexican authorities still have not allowed the ATF access to serial numbers that would help them track down the buyers and traffickers on the U.S. side.

One Blue Lantern report detailed how a Latin American arms dealer served as a front for another company which only existed on paper and provided small arms to “gangs in [a] third country”.

Mexican President Felipe Calderon told the Associated Press in 2009, “…[W]e’ve seized in this two years more than 25,000 weapons and guns, and more than 90 percent of them came from the United States, and I’m talking from missile launchers to machineguns and grenades.”

Conroy said his investigations confirmed that the deadliest weapons now in the hands of Mexican drug gangs came from perfectly legal private-sector arms exports measuring in the billions of dollars and sanctioned persons within the US State Department.

In July 2013, retired United States Border Patrol agents, writing on behalf of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO), issued a public letter warning that violent Mexican drug cartels are operating all across the US. In part, the letter noted, “Organized crime on [the] scale we are speaking about cannot exist without political protection.”

Such activities prompted Mexican presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador to complain in a 2006 letter to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, “You surely know that all of this began when a group of about 30 traffickers of influence and corrupt politicians, using the cover of so-called neoliberal economic policies, took control of the Mexican State…these policies of pillaging that has enriched a minority in an exaggerated and obscene manner …[and] has condemned the Mexican people to exile and survival.”

The arms pipeline begins with the large multinational banks which loan and manages the large sums of money involved. Next, private US arms manufacturers gain licenses from the State Department to sell arms to other nations. But the status of the end use of such weapons then becomes murky. For instance, in Mexico, arms were sold to the government of former President Vicente Fox and then were diverted to drug gangs, such as the violent Zetas, by Mexican soldiers who defected from the military. Plumlee said American agents could not have been unaware of such activities in corruption-ridden Mexico.

Conroy cited a former US Customs Inspector, who requested anonymity, as saying, “I would agree entirely [that] DCS (and DoD gifted, as opposed to DCS sold) weapons are obviously the simplest explanation for the massive rise in the number of fully automatic weapons, grenades, rockets, etc., obtained by the narcotics gangs…That is to say, they are obtaining their weapons from their own, Mexican, government, by various illegal means.”

Plumlee revealed the Zetas have reportedly bought property in the Columbus, NM, border region to stash weapons and other contraband. “From the intel, it appears that a company was set up in Mexico to purchase weapons through the US Direct Commercial Sales Program, and that the company may have had a direct link to the Zetas,” he said. According to US Government statistics, the DCS program has approved more than $4.7 billion in private-sector weapons exports to Mexico since 1996. In 2010 alone, Direct Commercial Sales provided Mexico with $416.5 million worth of weapons and equipment.

Phil Jordan, who served as director of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s El Paso Intelligence Center in 1995, told the El Paso Times the Zetas drug organization shipped large amounts of weapons purchased in the Dallas area through El Paso. However, a spokesperson for the El Paso DEA office said the agency does not have any information about the Zetas operating in the border region.

Recipients of arms sales include the Department of Homeland Security, which, according to mainstream media reports, has been buying millions of rounds of ammunition, much in calibers not used by the US military. Such ammo stockpiling promoted retired United States Army Captain Terry M. Hestilow to write Texas Sen. John Cornyn on Facebook labeling the Obama administration’s recent appropriation of weapons a “bold threat of war” against citizens of the United States of America.

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The Department of State’s Blue Lantern Program

The DoS program to conduct pre-license, pre-shipment/post-license, and post-shipment checks of defense articles and services transferred through direct commercial sales is called the Blue Lantern program.

Blue Lantern end-use checks are conducted by U.S. mission personnel abroad or personnel from DoS’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) to verify the destination and specific endues and end-users of U.S. commercial defense exports and transfers. Blue Lantern cases are targeted based on potential risk, and are not randomly selected. These end-use checks encourage compliance with legal and regulatory requirements and have proven effective in addressing the growing problem of gray arms trade – the use of fraudulent export documentation or other techniques to acquire defense articles through legitimate channels for unauthorized end-users.

The U.S. chief of mission can request assistance from the security assistance office (SAO) to conduct Blue Lantern checks in country.

[SAMM C8.2.3. and C8.T2.] If there are expected TDY costs the SAO should request funding from the Embassy.

The Department of Defense’s Golden Sentry Program

The AECA requires a comprehensive end-use monitoring program for arms sales and transfers authorized by the AECA and the FAA to verify with reasonable assurance a recipient’s compliance with USG export controls. The DoS actively monitors, reports, and addresses unauthorized arms transfers and diversions in accordance with Section 3 of the AECA, and some of the procedures and
considerations used in the DoS Blue Lantern program are incorporated into the framework of the DoD Golden Sentry program

The Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) is responsible for administering the review of requests for government-to-government exports of defense articles, defense services, and related technical data. DSCA provides significant details for the EUM program in Chapter 8 of the SAMM.
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Re: Janet Napolitano denies knowing about Fast and Furious DRUG operation.
« Reply #165 on: January 17, 2017, 04:05:57 PM »
Janet Napolitano Hospitalized for Cancer Treatment
an hour ago

Janet Napolitano, the former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and current president of the University of California, has been hospitalized for cancer treatment, the school announced on Tuesday. Napolitano was diagnosed with the unspecified cancer last August, after successfully beating a previous cancer, the university said in a statement. She was brought to the hospital on Monday after experiencing negative side effects.

 The current treatment is “nearly complete,” and the school added: “According to her physicians, she is doing extremely well.”
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Re: Janet Napolitano denies knowing about Fast and Furious DRUG operation.
« Reply #166 on: June 08, 2017, 04:48:26 PM »
A worm turns ...

Fast and Furious hearing rips Holder, DOJ for deception in gun-running scandal
By William La Jeunesse,  Andrew O'Reilly     Published June 07, 2017 
Fox News

Members of a congressional committee at a public hearing Wednesday blasted former President Barack Obama and his attorney general for allegedly covering up an investigation into the death of a Border Patrol agent killed as a result of a botched government gun-running project known as Operation Fast and Furious.

The House Oversight Committee also Wednesday released a scathing, nearly 300-page report that found Holder’s Justice Department tried to hide the facts from the loved ones of slain Border Patrol Brian Terry – seeing his family as more of a “nuisance” than one deserving straight answers – and slamming Obama's assertion of executive privilege to deny Congress access to records pertaining to Fast and Furious.


“More than five years after Brian’s murder, the Terry family still wonders about key details of Operation Fast and Furious,” the committee’s report states. “The Justice Department’s obstruction of Congress’s investigation contributed to the Terry family’s inability to find answers.”

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, testified Wednesday in front of the committee, accusing DOJ and ATF officials of obstructing the investigation and working to silence ATF agents who informed the Senate of Fast and Furious.


Several emails revealed in the report appear to indicate that some Justice Department staffers were working to keep information from political appointees at the department.

“I don't want to jinx it but it really is astounding that the plan worked -- so far,” former Deputy Attorney General James Cole wrote in an email to Holder, according to the report.

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One of those silenced ATF agents, John Dodson, testified Wednesday that he remains “in a state of purgatory” since objecting to Fast and Furious and has been the subject of reprisals and ridicule at the agency.

“That decision, the single act of standing up and saying, ‘What we are doing is wrong’… instantly took my standing from being that of an agent of the government – to an enemy of the state,” Dodson said. “ATF and DOJ officials implemented an all-out campaign to silence and discredit me… Suffice to say, the last six to seven years at ATF have not been the best for me or my career.”

Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth: therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty: For he maketh sore, and bindeth up: he woundeth, and his hands make whole ; He shall deliver thee in six troubles: yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee. - Job 5