Janet Napolitano denies knowing about Fast and Furious DRUG operation.

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http://www.examiner.com/article/lawmakers-file-lawsuit-against-holder-for-fast-furious-documents

Lawmakers file lawsuit against Holder for Fast & Furious documents
Attorney General Eric Holder
August 14, 2012
By: Jim Kouri

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Monday filed a civil lawsuit in federal court in the District of Columbia against Attorney General Eric Holder in an effort to compel him to surrender documents regarding to a failed law enforcement operation dubbed Operation Fast and Furious by the leaders at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive (ATF).
 
Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said the legal action was taken in response to President Barack Obama's executive privilege assertion that stonewalls the Republican congressmen from obtaining Justice Department documents related to the operation.
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Waiting nearly eight months after the subpoena had been issued to assert a meritless claim of privilege, the President's decision was a calculated political maneuver designed to stop the release of documents until after November's elections," Issa said in a statement Monday.
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Issa has subpoenaed documents that he says would show how much Attorney General Holder and his Justice Department minions know about Fast and Furious. Holder has insisted he did not know of the operation, but little by little he's had to back away from his assertion of ignorance of the operation.
 
"President Barack Obama also denies knowledge of Fast and Furious and no one appears to display even the slightest interest in finding out the truth, except for a few people on Fox News Channel, talk radio and conservative journalists mostly on the Internet," said Mike Baker, an attorney and political consultant.
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http://oversight.house.gov/release/house-asks-federal-court-to-rule-against-attorney-generals-stonewalling-in-fast-and-furious/
House Asks Federal Court to Rule Against Attorney General’s Stonewalling in Fast and Furious
August 13, 2012
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The civil suit was filed today in Federal District Court for the District of Columbia by the General Counsel to the House of Representatives on behalf of the Oversight Committee.
 
Click here for a copy of the civil action filed today.

http://oversight.house.gov/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Complaint-08-13-12-1.pdf
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related:

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/07/26/REVEALED-Corzine-s-MF-Global-Was-a-Client-of-Eric%20Holder-s-Law-Firm
REVEALED: Corzine’s MF Global Was Client of Eric Holder’s Law Firm
by Wynton Hall 26 Jul 2012

Those wondering why the Department of Justice has refused to go after Jon Corzine for the vaporization of $1.6 billion in MF Global client funds need look no further than the documents uncovered by the Government Accountability Institute that reveal that the now-defunct MF Global was a client of Attorney General Eric Holder and Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer’s former law firm, Covington & Burling.
 
There’s more.
 
Records also reveal that MF Global’s trustee for the Chapter 11 bankruptcy retained as its general bankruptcy counsel Morrison & Foerester--the very law firm from which Associate Attorney General Tony West came to DOJ.
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As Government Accountability Institute President Peter Schweizer explains in the Washington Times Thursday, the trustee overseeing MF Global’s bankruptcy is former FBI Director Louis Freeh. At Holder’s Senate confirmation hearing Freeh served as a character witness for Holder and revealed that Holder had previously worked for Freeh. “As general counsel,” Freeh said, “I could have engaged any lawyer in America to represent our bank. I chose Eric.”
 
Until now, the conventional wisdom for why Holder wouldn’t throw the book at Corzine was that Corzine is an Obama campaign bundler. Indeed, as Breitbart News reported, four of the top officials at the Department of Justice--Eric Holder, Thomas Perrelli, Karol Mason, and Tony West--were also big money bundlers for Obama.

But the newly understood crony connections reveal conflicts of interest that extend well beyond mere political support for a common candidate--they go to a tangle of prior business dealings that further underscore the need for a special prosecutor in the Corzine case.
 
At least 65 members of Congress have already signed a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder requesting that he appoint a special prosecutor to investigate MF Global’s collapse and the loss of $1.6 billion in customer money
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Question- How does Gun Walker/ Fast and Furious relate to Mexico Politics and elections?

http://congressmantomtancredo.com/category/gulf-cartel/
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Mexico busts ZETA cell - Rescues 10 kidnap victims
by Admin on August 17, 2012 in Gulf Cartel, Mexcan Extortion, Mexican Cartel War, Mexican Nationals
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Via: The Blaze

http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/the-next-bin-laden-raid-will-seal-team-six-strike-chapo-guzman-in-mexico/
 
The conflict in the Middle East is winding down, U.S. forces are withdrawing, and wars are being handed over to various proxy forces to fight in the context of the so-called Arab Spring from Egypt, to Libya, to Syria. Once Syria falls, more than likely after the U.S. presidential elections are complete, the Arab Spring with U.S. covert assistance will almost certainly shift its focus to the gem of Eurasia, Iran.  But that is another story.
 
Meanwhile, the policy makers and official white papers are talking about a strategic pivot, a realignment of U.S. forces to confront a real or perceived growing of Chinese spheres of influence in the Pacific Rim. This has already begun in earnest with China feuding with the Philippines and several South East Asian nations regarding territory disputes, mostly related to islands in the South China Sea.

Another realignment of U.S. military and intelligence assets is to the Southern Cone, Central and South America.
 
The third realignment is to turn the surveillance and intelligence gathering techniques and tactics developed for the War on Terror inward for domestic use, mostly under the banner of cyber-security. The defense establishment will not simply let contracts expire and shrink their margins, rather they will seek out new venues to apply the same methods of operation.


The second realignment involves various Unmanned Aerial Vehicles being reoriented into the Southern Hemisphere, but there are also a number of rumors that just don’t want to die. Has the Asymmetrical Warfare Group been south of the border to study cartel tactics, techniques, and procedures?  Are Spanish-speaking SEAL Team Six operators working with FES, Mexico’s Maritime Commando equivalent?  Many attribute the Mexican Marines, and other military forces recent successes in capturing high value targets to close cooperation and assistance from American military and intelligence sources, much of which was hashed out as a part of the Mérida Initiative.
 
All of this happens in the background of the so-called Fast and Furious scandal in which the ATF first ordered American gun shop owners to sell guns to straw buyers, and then intentionally allowed them to be smuggled across the border into the hands of cartel sicarios, or assassins.  The excuse given by ATF and the Justice Department was that the weapons were allowed to “walk” across the border so that law enforcement officials could track them to the recipients and use the information to make arrests. This excuse is just that, a pathetic cover story for what actually happened.  Why was no effort made to Tag, Track, and Locate the smuggled weapons?

The Sinaloa cartel is the oldest cartel in Mexico, with the deepest institution ties. This is a nice way of saying that the cartel cuts checks to government employees on both sides of the border. This cartel has been waging a war against their rivals and the idea that America is interested in managing the war on drugs rather than ending it is an old one. To that end, has the Sinaloa cartel been receiving covert assistance to help them wipe out their rivals and consolidate the drug trade under one organization?


Mexican President-Elect Nieto Pena with Sinaloa Cartel Honcho, Celaya Valenzuela who was busted in Spain this week with 337 Kilos of cocaine. (SOFREP)

Answers are not forthcoming, however some leaked information shows that CISEN, the Mexican Intelligence service along with American agencies may have their cross hairs on the Sinaloa cartel, whether or not they have actually been allied with them in the past.  According to leaked StratFor e-mails stolen by the hacker group called Anonymous and subsequently released by Wikileaks, we have an interesting account about a CISEN agent meeting with American officials at the El Paso intelligence center described by Wikipedia as “a federal tactical operational intelligence center…hosted at Fort Bliss. Its DoD (United States Department of Defense) counterpart, Joint Task Force North, is at Biggs Army Airfield. Biggs Field, a military airport located at Fort Bliss, is designated a military power projection platform.”
 
The Mexican counter-part to the El Paso intelligence center is more than likely the Office of Bi-National Intelligence in the business district of Mexico City, alleged to house the DEA, CIA, FBI, and CISEN under one roof where they receive direction from NORTHCOM, perhaps with National Security Council involvement.
 
In one of the StratFor e-mails, a Mexican diplomat identified as Fernando de la Mora writes, “Information about US military involvement in Mexico is provided only as a need to know basis. The Americans have been adamant about this, and we agree even more. Therefore, I can confirm that there is Marine presence, but I don’t know if it is MFR [Marine Force Recon].”
 
Take it for what it may or may not be worth, but I think this non-military diplomat may be confusing Force Recon with a certain Naval Special Warfare unit. To clarify, Force Recon still exists as a part of the Marine Corp and goes out to sea with the Navy to provide a Direct Action capability for the fleet they sail with as Navy SEALs no longer provide this function on any regular basis.



http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/spanish-police-foiled-cartel-expansion-16977330
Spanish Police Say They Foiled Cartel Expansion
By HAROLD HECKLE Associated Press
MADRID August 10, 2012 (AP)

Spanish police working with the FBI have halted an attempt by a major Mexican drug smuggling and distribution ring to establish a European operation, authorities said Friday. Four suspected Sinaloa cartel members, including an alleged cousin of the group's notorious leader, have been arrested in Madrid.

The Interior Ministry said the cartel wanted to make Spain a gateway for operations in Europe, even carrying out test runs using shipping containers without drugs. But investigators managed to monitor many of the group's activities and intercepted a container carrying 373 kilos (822 pounds) of cocaine in late July before moving in to make the arrests.
 
The ministry statement said Jesus Gutierrez Guzman, Rafael Humberto Celaya Valenzuela, Samuel Zazueta Valenzuela and Jesus Gonzalo Palazuelos Soto were arrested near their hotels in the Spanish capital. The statement did not say precisely when the arrests were made, and ministry officials reached by phone could not immediately give exact details of the dates.
 
The investigation was initiated by the Boston unit of the FBI's Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force in 2009, said Greg Comcowich, a spokesman for the Boston FBI. Comcowich said the FBI later worked with the Spanish national police.
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Along with the alleged link to the cartel leader, the arrests in Spain have attracted a great deal of media interest in Mexico because a Facebook page in Celaya Valenzuela's name appears to show a photograph of him alongside Enrique Pena Nieto, the man who won the July 1 presidential elections. The photo was posted on Feb. 11.
 
Pena Nieto's Institutional Revolutionary Party, the PRI, appeared to acknowledge he was a member, as Celaya Valenzuela claimed, but said he had not participated in Pena Nieto's campaign.
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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/08/22/atf-official-tied-to-fast-and-furious-on-leave-earning-second-paycheck/
ATF official tied to 'Furious' sting on leave, earning second paycheck, lawmakers allege
By William La Jeunesse
Published August 23, 2012

Republican lawmakers allege in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder that a key figure in the failed Fast and Furious anti-gunrunning operation has been allowed to earn a second paycheck while still receiving his government salary.

The new allegations come as Holder reviews the long-awaited internal report detailing what happened in -- and who is to blame for -- Fast and Furious, in which the U.S. knowingly let some 2,500 weapons slip into the hands of the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico, failing to track the guns as planned.
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Meanwhile, Sen. Charles Grassley and Rep. Darrel Issa, the two Republicans leading the charge against Holder on Capitol Hill, claimed in a letter Tuesday that ATF Assistant Deputy Director Bill McMahon has received a leave of absence allowing him to pull down two salaries. Taxpayers pay him six figures to do his ATF job while he's also reportedly pulling down in excess of $100,000 as the full-time director of global security and investigations for JP Morgan in the Philippines.

The arrangement allows McMahon to retire in December with a full government pension.

Records show McMahon approved Fast and Furious and supervised it as director of western operations. In July 2011, before a Congressional Committee, he apologized for his mistakes.

"As the ATF senior executive of the West Region, I share responsibility for mistakes that were made in the Fast & Furious investigation," McMahon said. "The advantage of hindsight, a thorough review of the case, clearly points me to things that I would have done differently."  

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Issa and Grassley demanded to know who approved McMahon's leave, the grounds for any waiver, and his current employment status

http://wsws.org/articles/2012/jul2012/pers-j17.shtml
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Executives at London’s HSBC, the world’s second largest banking group, are scheduled to testify before the US Senate today in response to a report by the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations charging the bank with laundering billions of dollars in Mexican drug cartel money.

In March of 2010, Wachovia, now owned by Wells Fargo, admitted to laundering $378.4 billion for the Sinaloa Cartel.
 
Not a single top executive of a major US bank has been criminally prosecuted, let alone convicted and jailed, for illegal activities before or since the bursting of the speculative housing bubble in 2007 and 2008 that plunged the world into the deepest economic crisis since the Great Depression. On the contrary, the financial oligarchy has been the recipient of trillions of dollars in public bailouts, which are being paid for through the destruction of jobs, wages, health care, education and pensions in the US and throughout Europe.

The crisis triggered by the banks has been used to consolidate the power of mega-banks such as JPMorgan and increase their control over the political system. What has been exposed with blinding clarity is the existence of an international financial aristocracy that remorselessly plunders society to increase its already obscene levels of wealth. It operates as a law unto itself.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2012/07/19/hsbc-report-shows-difficulty-of-stopping-money-launderers.html
Jul 19, 2012 4:45 AM EDT
HSBC's complicity in laundering money for Mexican drug cartels shows just how difficult it is to crack down on criminal cash.
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The money launderers are now making headlines, thanks in part to a U.S. Senate hearing held earlier this week, during which executives from the British bank HSBC were grilled for failing to stop Mexican drug cartels, subsidiaries linked to al Qaeda, and nations on the U.S. sanctions lists like Syria and Iran, from making illegal purchases and moving money into the United States.
 
HSBC executives admitted that a large portion of some $7 billion transferred by their Mexican subsidiaries into the bank's U.S. operation likely belonged to drug cartels. "In hindsight," said a sheepish David Bagley, head of compliance at HSBC, before resigning, "I think we all sometimes allowed a focus on what was lawful and compliant rather than what should have been best practices."

"Forget hindsight," admonished Sen. Carl Levin. "Is there any way that should have been allowed to happen?"
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http://www.theblaze.com/contributions/the-next-bin-laden-raid-will-seal-team-six-strike-chapo-guzman-in-mexico/
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The Mexican counter-part to the El Paso intelligence center is more than likely the Office of Bi-National Intelligence in the business district of Mexico City, alleged to house the DEA, CIA, FBI, and CISEN under one roof where they receive direction from NORTHCOM, perhaps with National Security Council involvement.
 
In one of the StratFor e-mails, a Mexican diplomat identified as Fernando de la Mora writes, “Information about US military involvement in Mexico is provided only as a need to know basis. The Americans have been adamant about this, and we agree even more. Therefore, I can confirm that there is Marine presence , but I don’t know if it is MFR [Marine Force Recon].”
 
Take it for what it may or may not be worth, but I think this non-military diplomat may be confusing Force Recon with a certain Naval Special Warfare unit. To clarify, Force Recon still exists as a part of the Marine Corp and goes out to sea with the Navy to provide a Direct Action capability for the fleet they sail with as Navy SEALs no longer provide this function on any regular basis.

[ Confimation of Marines in Mexico - On a Diplomatic mission?  Of course they do occupy/protect the Embassy there but...]

http://news.blogs.cnn.com/2012/08/24/3-u-s-marines-shot-in-mexico/
3 U.S. Marines shot in Mexico
Fri August 24, 2012

Three U.S. Marines were injured in a shooting south of Mexico City on Friday morning, a Mexican military official told CNN Mexico.
 
The motive behind the attack on the American servicemen, who were on a diplomatic mission, was not immediately known.
 
Unknown gunmen inside what was described as a Mexican federal police vehicle fired upon a U.S. Embassy vehicle that carried the U.S. servicemen, said the official, who declined to be named for security reasons.
 
The injured Marines were transported to a hospital in Cuernavaca, Mexico.

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Update: I wonder - were GunWalker/F&F weapons used against our Embassy armored truck - Let the spin begin... Reasd the whole article - its full of it...

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/L/LT_MEXICO_EMBASSY_VEHICLE_SHOOTING?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-08-24-13-56-48

Aug 24, 10:12 PM EDT
Mexican Navy: Police fired on US gov't vehicle
By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and E. EDUARDO CASTILLO
Associated Press

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Mexican federal police fired on a U.S. Embassy vehicle and wounded two U.S. government employees Friday after their vehicle drove into a rural, mountainous area outside the capital where the officers were looking for criminals, Mexican and U.S. officials said.
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It said at least four vehicles opened fire on the Americans' sport utility vehicle on a road south of Mexico City, but did not make clear if any of the four carried federal police officers.

A U.S. official who was briefed on the shooting said, however, that all the shots were fired by federal police, of which at least 12 officers were being held for questioning by Mexican authorities. The U.S. Embassy employees were on their way to do training or related work at a nearby military base, the official said.

"Apparently the police were looking for some bad guys and they ran into each other," said the official, who agreed to discuss the incident only if not quoted by name. "It looks like it was just a bad mistake ... they just shot and kept shooting."
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The U.S. vehicle appeared to be armored and it had diplomatic plates
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http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-57501237-10391695/exclusive-fast-and-furious-ig-report-slams-atf-phoenix-personnel/


Exclusive: Fast and Furious IG report slams ATF Phoenix personnel


A year and a half in the making, the report examines Operation Fast and Furious, which began under the Obama administration, and the smaller Operation Wide Receiver which started under the Bush administration and was prosecuted under the Obama administration. In both cases, ATF agents allowed guns to "walk" or fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. The idea was to see where the guns ended up and catch a "big fish" of a cartel.

The IG's report is expected to be publicly released in the next few weeks.

Those familiar with the contents say ATF Phoenix officials shoulder much blame, including then-Special Agent in Charge Bill Newell, the lead Fast and Furious case agent Hope MacAllister, and group supervisor David Voth.

Since the controversy was first exposed, a divide has developed between the ATF staff in Phoenix who oversaw and implemented Fast and Furious; and their supervisors at ATF headquarters and the Justice Department. The Phoenix officials say higher-ups approved of the case. But the higher-ups say it was all the brainchild of rogue ATF officials in Phoenix.

Phoenix ATF officials tell CBS News that higher-level officials were integral in shifting focus away from arresting ground level gun buyers, to "a cartel focused strategy" that allowed guns hit the streets in an attempt to make a bigger case. They say the idea was codified in the September 2010 ATF document "Project Gunrunner-A Cartel Focused Strategy." The document refers to using the tactic of "limited or delayed interdiction" of guns, while cautioning that such investigations "must be closely monitored."

When that document was published, Fast and Furious was already ten months old, and hundreds of weapons had fallen into the hands of traffickers for Mexican drug cartels with no arrests. Fast and Furious weapons were turning up at crime scenes across Mexico. Two would later be found at the murder scene of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
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  Check out this comment (after the article) about the article I just posted.
  I would have said about the same thing---Holder and Napolitano were/are in charge.



by garyfouse August 28, 2012 10:57 PM EDT

As a retired DEA agent who occasionally worked with ATF, I know that no street agent or supervisor could have ever concocted this scheme. This came from the highest levels of the DOJ and they are trying to lay it off on agents in Phoenix. How disgraceful. Holder has committed perjury over and over. What has happened to the DOJ I once worked proudly for? And where is Janet Napolitano, who had one if not two of her own agents murdered? Per her own testimony, she has not spoken to Holder since the scandal broke.
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The Phoenix officials say higher-ups approved of the case. But the higher-ups say it was all the brainchild of rogue ATF officials in Phoenix.

See, that's what state officials get for running with the feds! They will roll over on the state every time. It was a setup from the start on Arizona. And Washington is laughing it's backside off while they point the finger at Arizona as being the guilty party. Can you say immigration payback?  ::)
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http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/L/LT_MEXICO_EMBASSY_VEHICLE_SHOOTING?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-08-24-13-56-48
Mexican Navy: Police fired on US gov't vehicle -Aug 24, 10:12 PM EDT  
By MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN and E. EDUARDO CASTILLO
Associated Press

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http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/05/mario-cardenas-guillen-el-gordo-captured_n_1858178.html
Mario Cardenas Guillen, Alleged Gulf Cartel Leader, Captured In Mexico
AP/The Huffington Post  |  Posted: 09/05/2012
AP) MEXICO CITY -- The Mexican navy says it has detained a top leader of the Gulf drug cartel.

Navy spokesman Jose Luis Vergara says marines detained Mario Cardenas Guillen Tuesday in the northern city of Altamira.

Vergara says Cardenas Guillen is the brother of Osiel Cardenas Guillen, who led the cartel until he was detained in 2003. Osiel Cardenas was extradited in 2007 to the United States and sentenced to 25 years in prison.

According to the LA Times, Cardenas Guillen is also known as 'El Gordo' (roughly, 'The Fat One' in English). The Times describes his presentation to the media as follows:
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The Gulf cartel's rivalry with the notoriously brutal Zetas cartel has diminished [ with the help of the F&F/CIA ?  ] the group's power recently

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Now finally a report from the DOJ is issued and will be reported to congress on 9/11 2012

http://oversight.house.gov/release/doj-inspector-general-to-testify-next-week-following-release-of-investigative-report-on-operation-fast-and-furious/
DOJ Inspector General to Testify Next Week Following Release of Investigative Report on Operation Fast and Furious
September 4, 2012

WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa today announced that Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz, following the release of his report of the investigation into reckless conduct in Operation Fast and Furious, will testify before the Full Oversight Committee on Tuesday, September 11, 2012.  

In Operation Fast and Furious, agents failed to interdict firearms destined for Mexican drug cartels while hoping the guns, once recovered at crime scenes in Mexico, would lead them to higher ranking cartel officials.  Guns from the reckless Justice Department program, however, 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.
 
“For a year and a half, Attorney General Eric Holder has cited the ongoing Inspector General investigation as his reason for declining to hold those responsible for reckless conduct in Operation Fast and Furious to account.  Next week, this excuse for delaying action ends,” said Chairman Darrell Issa.  “Although I am concerned that the Justice Department has not given the Inspector General full and unfettered access to all relevant information, Inspector General Horowitz’s report and testimony should add to the understanding of the operation and numerous related management failures at the Department.”
 
Hearing Details
 
Title: “IG Report:  The Department of Justice’s Office of the Inspector General Examines the Failures of Operation Fast and Furious”
  
 
Time/Date/Location: 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11th in 2154 Rayburn House Office Building and streaming online at FastandFuriousInvestigation.com .
 
Witness
 
Inspector General Michael Horowitz, U.S. Department of Justice


http://m.cnn.com/primary/cnnd_fullarticle?topic=newsarticle&category=cnnd_us&articleId=urn:newsml:CNN.com:20120904:fast-furious-report:1

'Fast and Furious' report expected to be released by next Tuesday
By Terry Frieden, CNN Justice Producer

The long-awaited report on the controversial ATF gun-trafficking operation known as Fast and Furious will be issued by the Justice Department inspector general not later than next Tuesday morning.

The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform announced Tuesday that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz will testify before the committee headed by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, Tuesday morning after the report has been made public.

Attorney General Eric Holder has said he will await the report to decide what disciplinary actions he will take against those determined to be responsible for the flawed investigation.

The Justice Department Tuesday had no comment on the anticipated report. Republicans have used the issue to attack Holder and the Obama Justice Department, and the release comes as the election season heats up.
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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/10/issa-pushes-back-fast-and-furious-hearing-for-dojs-inspector-general-report-to/
Issa pushes back Fast and Furious hearing for DOJ’s inspector general report to next week
Published September 10, 2012

House oversight committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa announced on Monday that a Tuesday hearing at which Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz was set to testify about his forthcoming Operation Fast and Furious report has been rescheduled until next week.
 
The hearing is now scheduled for Sept. 19. Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz has confirmed his attendance for the September 19th hearing where he will discuss his report of the investigation into reckless conduct in Operation Fast and Furious,” a press release on the House oversight committee’s website reads.
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“In a letter to Capitol Hill, Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said his investigators now must pore over wiretap records, grand jury material and sealed court records to make sure nothing that should not be disclosed is inadvertently included in the final report,” the Los Angeles Times’ Richard Serrano wrote.
 
Horowitz told Issa that, because of those “legal restrictions, we cannot release the report or discuss its conclusions until the issues arising from this sensitivity review have been resolved


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Michael E. Horowitz, Esq., is a Partner of Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP and serves as a Member of its Business Fraud and Complex Litigation Group. Drawing on his experience as a high-level official at the Justice Department in Washington and the U.S. Attorney's Office in New York City, Mr. Horowitz counsels and represents corporations and individuals in complex civil litigation matters, and on a variety of criminal and regulatory issues, including securities, antitrust, health care, banking, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, and white collar crime matters.

He also has substantial expertise dealing with compliance, corporate governance, and sentencing issues. Prior to joining Cadwalader, Mr. Horowitz served from 1999 to 2002 in the Justice Department's Criminal Division, first as Deputy Assistant Attorney General and then as Chief of Staff. Mr. Horowitz serves as a Director of Ethics Resource Center and Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. He was Executive Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review at Harvard Law School. Mr. Horowitz is a Member of the Advisory Board of the Society for Corporate Compliance and Ethics.

He was nominated by President Bush and unanimously confirmed by the Senate in May 2003 as a Commissioner on the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

Mr. Horowitz was a Member of Advisory Group at the Sentencing Commission on the Organizational Guidelines, where he reviewed the impact of the guidelines on corporate compliance programs. While working at the Justice Department in 2001, Mr. Horowitz was appointed by the Attorney General to serve as the Department's Ex-officio Member of the Sentencing Commission, where he helped rewrite the sentencing guidelines for fraud and money laundering offenses. Mr. Horowitz holds a B.A., summa cum laude from Brandeis University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D., magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.

[ notice how this guy works for both sides of the fence Bush / Obama ]

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/07/29/president-obama-announces-more-key-administration-posts
President Obama Announces More Key Administration Posts 07/29/2011
WASHINGTON – Today, President Barack Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals to key Administration posts:

• Michael E. Horowitz – Inspector General, Department of Justice
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This kind of thing will continute until the People hold elected officials accountable for their appointees who claim not to know anything. Not knowing should be just as fireable.
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http://articles.cnn.com/2012-09-08/justice/justice_mexico-border-agent_1_operation-fast-arizona-border-border-patrol-agents
September 08, 2012
Mexico makes arrest in killing that sparked 'Fast and Furious' probe

Mexican authorities say they arrested a man wanted in the killing of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, whose death led to the public disclosure of the botched "Fast and Furious" gun-smuggling sting.

Leonel Sanchez Jesus Meza was arrested in Puerto Penasco, about 60 miles south of the Arizona border, the Ministry of Public Security said Friday in a statement.

The investigation into Terry's killing revealed the existence of Operation Fast and Furious, which sought to build arms trafficking cases against drug cartels and smuggling networks.
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Meza, who was arrested Thursday, is being held with an international extradition request by the United States, the ministry said.

Robert Heyer, Terry's cousin and chairman of the Brian Terry Foundation, said the arrest marked a milestone in the case. The family also is awaiting a pending U.S. Inspector General's report, he said
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Mexican authorities say the suspect in Terry's killing goes by the alias Lionel Portillo-Meza. He is the second person arrested in the case; three others are wanted and believed to be at large in Mexico.

The five were indicted by a federal grand jury in Arizona on several charges, including first degree murder, in connection with Terry's death.

The indictment, handed down last year in a federal court in Arizona, accuses the men of entering the United States illegally from Mexico intent on robbing drug traffickers of marijuana.

Terry was killed during a firefight on December 14, 2010, between Border Patrol agents and the men in rural Rio Rico, Arizona, near the border with Mexico, according to the indictment.
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Two guns found at the scene of the firefight were linked to Operation Fast and Furious.
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Mr. Horowitz holds a B.A., summa cum laude from Brandeis University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and a J.D., magna cum laude from Harvard Law School.

Well, of course he's from Harvard!  ::)
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Well, of course he's from Harvard!  ::)

Oh and he was an "ethics" lawyer - for clients with NO ethics!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadwalader,_Wickersham_%26_Taft
Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP is one of the oldest continuously operating law firms in the United States
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According to a 2009 survey by The American Lawyer, Cadwalader had profits per partner of $2.41 million in 2009, up 28% from 2008.

Cadwalader's fortunes suffered in 2008 as its once-booming mortgage-backed securities business, which catapulted it to the top of the profits per partner charts in 2006, dried up in the 2007–2008 credit crisis
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In January 2008, Cadwalader was forced to lay off 35 attorneys in its structured finance department, as it did not have enough business to provide them with work.[citation needed] Additionally, in July 2008 Cadwalader laid off 96 attorneys in the same practice area for similar reasons

http://www.whistleblower.org/press/gap-in-the-news/2203-corporate-counsel-new-ombudsman-to-set-the-tone-for-whistleblowers-at-doj
Corporate Counsel: New Ombudsman to Set the Tone for Whistleblowers at DOJ on August 14, 2012.
By Catherine Dunn

The U.S. Department of Justice is flashing a green light to whistleblowers in its own ranks. On Wednesday, the agency announced the creation of a new position in the Office of the Inspector General—that of "whistleblower ombudsperson," one of few such positions in the federal government.

Filling that new role is Robert Storch, a longtime federal prosecutor who has focused largely on public corruption and white collar crime. At the Justice Department, he's now tasked with training employees on the importance of whistleblowers in improving agency operations, in addition to educating them about protections against retaliation, according to an agency announcement.
 
"We see over and over again the importance of whistleblowers in bringing information to light," Storch said in a radio interview with The Federal Drive. "The purpose of the position is really to help ensure make that the IG's office continues to provide an appropriate forum to review those complaints, and that we do it properly."
 
The decision to field an ombudsman comes in the wake of two developments at the DOJ: revelations over the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms' failed Fast and Furious operation, and the arrival of a new Justice Department inspector general, Michael Horowtiz, this past April.
 
Whistleblower allegations have figured prominently in congressional hearings over Fast and Furious, which centers on an operation, meant to combat gun smuggling, that went awry.

In June, two Republican lawmakers questioned Horowitz [PDF] as to why two whistleblowers who had testified before Congress were placed "under the supervision of someone who vowed to retaliate against them."

Storch, however, in his Federal Drive interview, emphasized Horowitz's experience in the corporate world as a key driver. Prior to joining the agency, Horowitz specialized in compliance as a partner at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft, as a commissioner on the U.S. Sentencing Commission.
 
Horowitz, said Storch, "saw from his own experience in private practice, and the way corporations handle this—and then in his time since he's become IG—just how important whistleblowers can be in providing information that can lead to uncovering waste, fraud, abuse, mismanagement—even corruption."
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"This is a long overdue, much needed, and very healthy structural reform to start the long process of overcoming engrained bias against whistleblowers at the Justice OIG," says the advocacy group's legal director Tom Devine.

He continues: "Justice traditionally is counsel for the United States. They're trying to defeat whistleblower cases and rip out their charges. The [inspector general] can't avoid being part of that tradition, even though it has more of an internal watchdog role."
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http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/09/10/issa-pushes-back-fast-and-furious-hearing-for-dojs-inspector-general-report-to/
Issa pushes back Fast and Furious hearing for DOJ’s inspector general report to next week
Published September 10, 2012

House oversight committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa announced on Monday that a Tuesday hearing at which Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz was set to testify about his forthcoming Operation Fast and Furious report has been rescheduled until next week.
 
The hearing is now scheduled for Sept. 19.
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Can you say "Timed Release" ?

http://www.mainjustice.com/
Fast and Furious Hearing with Horowitz Rescheduled Again
By Elizabeth Murphy | September 12 6:00 pm

The hearing will now be held Thursday, Sept. 20.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has again rescheduled its hearing with Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz to talk about his pending report on Operation Fast and Furious.

The hearing will be held on Thursday, Sept. 20, in the Rayburn Office Building, according to a committee news release. The committee did not give a reason for the delay. The hearing had initially been scheduled for this past Monday and then it was  pushed back  until Wednesday, Sept. 19.


http://oneoldvet.com/?p=29350
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 The Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, is scheduled to appear Thursday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to undergo questioning about his findings regarding Operation Fast and Furious.

http://gunwatch.blogspot.com/
http://www.americanthinker.com/2012/09/fast_and_furious_embodies_corruption_at_highest_levels.html
Fast and Furious Embodies Corruption at Highest Levels

After government-trafficked guns were found at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in 2010, higher-ups all the way to the White House started scrambling to cover their tracks.

 The gun-walking program known as Operation Fast and Furious came to a head two years later on June 20, 2012, when the House voted to hold the United States attorney general in contempt for lying to Congress.
 
The same day of the House vote, the president himself publicly stepped into the fray. Obama invoked executive privilege in order to prevent long-awaited subpoenaed documents from seeing the light of day. Not surprisingly, the state-run media downplayed Obama's official entrance into the Fast and Furious scandal.
 
Now, after a 17-month-long investigation, the inspector general for the DOJ is releasing his findings. And another hearing has been scheduled for September 20 (the third time it has been rescheduled), with the IG appearing before Rep. Darrell Issa's House Oversight Committee.

Fox News has already obtained certain sections of IG Michael Horowitz's report. If this partial information is any indication of the rest of the report, it doesn't look like the investigation will be a shining example of transparency.
 
The IG's conclusion: Fast and Furious began in Phoenix, with most of the blame going to three ATF managers: Phoenix Agent in Charge Bill Newell, Supervisor Dave Voth, and Case Agent Hope MacAllister. Attorneys for all three vehemently defended their clients.
 
Debra Roth, an attorney for MacAllister, wrote to Inspector General Michael Horowitz that the report "fails to account for the abdication of oversight, guidance and responsibility by ATF headquarters and Main Department of Justice regarding the implementation of what is in essence a strategy to combat an international criminal enterprise.

 It looks like Horowitz plans to scapegoat ATF underlings who followed orders from higher-ups at the DOJ. What about DOJ U.S. Attorney in Arizona Dennis Burke, who talked openly about "the river of iron flowing from Phoenix to Mexico"?
 
The report also cites "a failure in leadership and a lack of accountability and oversight up and down the chain of command." Translation: nothing to see here -- just some negligent ATF agents and their supervisors looking the other way.

"We found no evidence in Operation Fast and Furious that the ATF or the (U.S. attorney's office) attempted at any point during the investigation to balance the risks to the public safety against the long-term benefits of identifying trafficking networks and participants," the draft report says.

 The Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives (BAFTE) receives its orders from the DOJ. And since the president made the decision to cover for his AG, Americans can safely assume he and Holder are up to their eyeballs in Fast and Furious.
 
Did Horowitz find a smoking gun leading directly to the White House? Did Obama know about Fast and Furious back in 2009? What about Homeland Security's Janet Napolitano and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton?
 
Maybe the IG will be able to explain Holder's and Obama's "under the radar role" in a plot that killed two federal agents and scores of Mexican citizens. Perhaps one of the representatives will ask Horowitz the exact location of White House National Security staffer Kevin O'Reilly. Is he still in Iraq hiding out?

Can the IG tell us when weapons possibly linked to Fast and Furious will finally stop showing up in Mexico?

Recently, a cache of firearms was found there when school authorities discovered a nine-year-old boy with a fully loaded semi-automatic gun stashed in his bookbag. A police SWAT team raided the boy's home, where they located powerful weapons -- some brand-new. The packaging suggested that they came from the United States, according to David Codrea at the Examiner. Sources will neither confirm nor deny whether the guns are tied to Fast and Furious.

Will Issa then ask Horowitz why he felt it necessary to run the report by White House lawyers before making it public? Why not just let the DOJ attorneys go over it? According to Issa, because of DOJ "pushback," Horowitz delayed the hearing a week in an effort to delete sensitive information and to allow any agencies named in his final report to refute his findings.
 
Congressman Issa told Greta Van Susteren he is "trying to be cautiously optimistic" and taht he hopes the report and hearing get to the bottom of who really authorized the gun-walking program.

After the last four years of this administration's "transparency," odds are Issa and the rest of us are going to be severely disappointed.
 
The reason the Fast and Furious scandal never gets off the merry-go-round is because the Obama administration is rife with corruption. Agencies like the DOJ that police an independent IG's reports through demands to review it before the final release to the public can mean only one thing: there's nowhere to turn for real justice.

 Read more M. Catharine Evans at Potter Williams Report. http://www.potterwilliamsreport.com/
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They keep delaying I guess because somebody can't find their big boy panties!
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Oh what a let down - but of course we knew no truth could go unpunished...

A Review of ATF's Operation Fast and Furious and Related Matters pdf redacted - www.justice.gov

NAKAMURA SHIDOU
Maybe it's more like a Chinese Opera? But no, that's more interesting than this paint drying...
Beijing opera Fire Spouting

Mask Changing - The Most Guarded Art

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/20/fast-and-furious-hearing_n_1899617.html
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The report proves that "you could do the job" of digging into the facts in Operation Fast and Furious, Issa told Horowitz.

The inspector general was walking a fine political line between vociferous Republican criticisms of the operation and Democratic defenses of Holder.

"We found no evidence that the attorney general was aware" of Operation Fast and Furious or the much-disputed gun-walking tactic associated with it, Horowitz told Democratic Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton.

House Republicans see the IG's report as vindication because it criticizes one of their favorite targets: Holder's Justice Department.

While critical, the IG's report knocks down some of the many accusations Republicans have made about the Obama administration during their year-and-a-half-long investigation of the operation by the Justice Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In places, the report actually reads like a rebuttal of House Republicans' past statements.

"We found no evidence" that staff at the department or at ATF informed the attorney general about Operation Fast and Furious before 2011, the report says. The operation begin in Phoenix in late 2009.
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Two of the 2,000 weapons thought to have been acquired by illicit buyers in the Fast and Furious investigation were recovered at the scene of a shootout that claimed the life of U.S. border agent Brian Terry. About 1,400 of the total have yet to be recovered.
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During the House committee's investigation, President Barack Obama ordered Holder to withhold from the House committee, under executive privilege, some documents describing how the Justice Department responded to the panel. The Republican-controlled House voted to hold Holder
 in contempt, and Issa's committee has filed a civil lawsuit to make the administration turn over the documents. Horowitz said he was not denied access to any of the documents.

http://dailycaller.com/2012/09/19/quayle-on-fast-and-furious-report-holder-lied-to-my-face-during-house-testimony

Arizona Republican Rep. Ben Quayle told The Daily Caller that Attorney General Eric Holder gave him false testimony under oath about Operation Fast and Furious wiretap application documents during a June 7 House Judiciary Committee hearing.
 
Quayle said the Department of Justice’s inspector general report proves that Holder lied to him while under oath during the hearing.
 
“I saw earlier that Holder is basically doing a victory dance and that he thinks this [inspector general] report exonerates him and there was no dishonesty with Congress — that’s just a blatant lie,” Quayle said in a phone interview. “I mean, he lied to me — to my face — during questioning, saying they had reviewed the wiretap applications after the fact and claiming that there was no reference to gunwalking, which is blatantly false.”

Read more: http://dailycaller.com/2012/09/19/quayle-on-fast-and-furious-report-holder-lied-to-my-face-during-house-testimony/#ixzz271of2C3o

White House Prevented IG From Pursuing Lead In "Fast and Furious"

During the House Government Oversight Committee Hearing, the Department of Justice IG says that the White House refused to share internal communications on Fast and Furious (September 20, 2012).


http://www.click2houston.com/news/DOJ-inspector-general-testifies-on-Fast-and-Furious/-/1735978/16672448/-/2uf5bm/-/index.html
DOJ inspector general testifies on 'Fast and Furious'

More than a dozen officials face punishment
 Author: From Terry Frieden CNN Justice Producer
Published On: Sep 20 2012 01:13:51 AM CDT Updated On: Sep 20 2012

WASHINGTON (CNN) -
The Inspector General of the Department of Justice, whose office published the report on the botched gun probe "Operation Fast and Furious," is testifying Thursday before a House oversight committee a day after the report's release.

More than a dozen officials at the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) are potentially facing punishment in the wake of the report.

Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz is in charge of identifying and preventing "waste, fraud, abuse and misconduct" at the Department of Justice, which oversees ATF.
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Okay, great, Holder didn't have a clue what was going on in his own Justice department down in Phoenix? So that means he's derelic in his duties! He ought to be fired for failing to keep track of the people he's over that resulted in at least one agents death.

Oh wait, his bro Obama gave him Executive Privilege. Never mind! ::)
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Re: Janet Napolitano denies knowing about “Fast and Furious” during operation.
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http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/spanish-police-foiled-cartel-expansion-16977330
Spanish Police Say They Foiled Cartel Expansion
By HAROLD HECKLE Associated Press
MADRID August 10, 2012 (AP)

Spanish police working with the FBI have halted an attempt by a major Mexican drug smuggling and distribution ring to establish a European operation, authorities said Friday. Four suspected Sinaloa cartel members, including an alleged cousin of the group's notorious leader, have been arrested in Madrid.

The Interior Ministry said the cartel wanted to make Spain a gateway for operations in Europe, even carrying out test runs using shipping containers without drugs. But investigators managed to monitor many of the group's activities and intercepted a container carrying 373 kilos (822 pounds) of cocaine in late July before moving in to make the arrests.
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[ So some cocaine goes to Spain while other cocaine goes???  Also remember the Bulgarian Bus bombing??? ]

Video - Cocaine Bulgarians Columbians

http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=143321
Bulgarian Sailors Arrested in Cocaine Bust [Off Spain coast ] Remain in Custody
Crime | September 17, 2012, Monday


On August 13, the Sveti Nikolay vessel was intercepted off Spain's southern coast with 3 tons of cocaine onboard. Photo by BGNES

All of the 21 Bulgarian sailors arrested onboard the cocaine-loaded  Sveti Nikolay (Saint Nikolay) ship off the coast of Spain will remain in custody until the investigation of the matter is wrapped up.
 
The decision of the Spanish court was reported Monday by private Bulgarian TV station bTV.
The 21 Bulgarian sailors face charges of crimes against public health.
It is not clear yet how long the investigation will continue.
 
According to Spanish legislation, a person can spend up to two years in custody without a sentence and the term can be extended by another two years.
 
The trial against the Bulgarian sailors is taking place in Spain.
On August 13, the Sveti Nikolay vessel was intercepted off Spain's southern coast with 3 tons of cocaine onboard.
The Spanish authorities detained 31 people, including 21 Bulgarians.

[ More Bulgarians... more coke ]

http://www.chronicle.gi/headlines_details.php?id=25894
UK authorities’ role in Spain cocaine operation
4th September 2012

Spanish police seized half a tonne of cocaine at sea yesterday in an operation that also involved Britain’s Serious Organised Crime Agency.

A yacht loaded with over 500 kilos of cocaine was boarded 500 miles off the Canary Islands as it sailed back to Spain from Venezuela. Spain’s Policia Nacional, which coordinated the operation, said two Bulgarian nationals were arrested.
 
A second ship that was to be used to smuggle the drugs ashore was also boarded by specialist teams from the Guardia Civil and the Spanish navy.
 
Another two Bulgarian nationals were also arrested on the second vessel.
 
An investigation is also under way in Bulgaria, where the criminal gang is based.
 
SOCAQ works closely with the Spanish authorities and has a permanent liaison team based on the Costa del Sol.

[ earliar this year - 3.3 tons bound for Mexico from Venezuela.... ]

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/27/3-tons-of-cocaine-seized_n_1458599.html
3.3 Tons Of Cocaine Seized At Venezuelan La Guaira Seaport
04/26/12



CARACAS, Venezuela -- Security forces seized 3.3 tons of cocaine during an anti-drug operation at one of Venezuela's main seaports Thursday, a top security official said.

Justice Minister Tareck El Aissami said National Guard troops found the cocaine inside 1,680 boxes containing ceramic mix at La Guaira port. The cocaine was destined for Mexico, he said.

El Aissami told state television that two Venezuelans and a Mexican were arrested.

Venezuela has become one of South America's most important routes for smuggling drugs to the United States and Europe due to its proximity to Colombia, where most of the world's cocaine is produced and smuggled abroad by drug traffickers
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http://bitterqueen.typepad.com/friends_of_ours/2012/06/calabrian-mafia-suffers-a-six-ton-coke-loss.html

06/05/2012
Calabrian Mafia Suffers A Six Ton Coke Loss

Police seized six tons of cocaine and arrested dozens of suspected mobsters in an international raid across Europe targeting the 'Ndrangheta or Calabrian Mafia as reported by Euro News.
 
The cocaine was smuggled into Italy from South America "in fleets of ships . . . that were fully crewed" said one police source as reported by UPI.
 
Police also seized ten million euros from Swiss bank accounts as reported by Adnkronos.
 
Among the non-Italians arrested were several Bulgarian nationals based in Milan with whom the 'Ndrangheta allegedly was working as reported by Tom Kington for The Guardian:  "'Bulgarians are better known as heroin smugglers, but they had been doing this for years,' said a Carabinieri police official on condition of anonymity."
 
The 'Ndrangheta has emerged as the world's most powerful crime group due to its obscene profits from the cocaine trade in Europe, and it further has become entrenched in Australia, Canada and the United States with surprisingly little push back from law enforcement in those countries.

video - Calabrian Mafia  

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jun/05/italian-police-break-mafia-drug-operation?newsfeed=true

"We now know a Bulgarian magistrate was tipping them off," said the official.

Among those arrested after a request to Bulgarian authorities is Evelin Banev, a Bulgarian businessman that the Italian police believe masterminded the trafficking. "Banev is extremely smart," said the official. "We think he was smuggling 40 tonnes of cocaine a year."
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Re: Janet Napolitano denies knowing about “Fast and Furious” during operation.
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from drudge:

http://www.toledonewsnow.com/story/19671161/mexico-finds-cartel-radio-network-300-foot-tower
Mexico finds cartel radio network, 300-foot tower
Sep 28, 2012

MEXICO CITY (AP) - Mexican navy personnel say they have found a radio communications network operated by a drug cartel, complete with a 300-foot (90-meter) transmission tower.
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Friday's statement does not say which cartel had operated the system. But the Gulf cartel and the Zetas gang operate in the area and have been known to operate such sophisticated communications systems.

http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/mexican-cartels-build-radio-network-for-military-precision-20111228-1pbyx.html
Mexican cartels build radio network for military precision
 
Date December 28,  2011


The Mexican Navy stands guard over seized telecommunications equipment, allegedly built by the Zetas drug cartel

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The network allowed Zetas operatives to conduct encrypted conversations without depending on the official cellphone network, which is relatively easy for authorities to tap into, and in many cases does not reach deep into the Mexican countryside.
 
"They're doing what any sensible military unit would do," said Robert Killebrew, a retired U.S. Army colonel who has studied the Mexican drug cartels for the Center for a New American Security, a Washington think tank. "They're branching out into as many forms of communications as possible."

Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/technology/technology-news/mexican-cartels-build-radio-network-for-military-precision-20111228-1pbyx.html#ixzz27txZmuNe
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http://www.theblaze.com/stories/report-mexican-drug-cartel-boss-arrested-with-fast-and-furious-weapons/#

Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez, 33, is presented to the media by federal police officers in Mexico City, Sunday July 31, 2011. (Photo: AP)

According to Univision’s recent investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, when Juarez cartel boss Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez was taken into custody by Mexican authorities in 2011, he was in possession of weapons from U.S. Operation Fast and Furious
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http://abcnews.go.com/ABC_Univision/News/cartel-leader-mexican-massacres-linked-operation-fast-furious/story?id=17362442
Cartel Leader Behind Mexican Massacres Linked to Operation Fast and Furious

Twelve hit men break into El Aliviane rehabilitation center in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and shoot 20 young men who were reportedly praying. The weapons used in this massacre have been linked to Operation Fast and Furious. (Mexican Federal Government)


By GERARDO REYES and SANTIAGO WILLS

Sept. 30, 2012

 On the night of September 2, 2009, twelve hit men carrying AK-47s forced open the main door of Casa Aliviane, a drug rehabilitation center in Ciudad Juarez. Inside, they started shooting at a group of 19 young recovering addicts and alleged cartel members. From a hallway overlooking an inner courtyard, the hit men riddled their victims with bullets.
 
In photos taken the following day, there are blood-soaked footprints in various sizes under a small tiled roof that decorates the half-pink, half-magenta façade of the Casa Aliviane. Thicker tracks mark the path of a wounded man who managed to crawl outside just before he died. In total, the gunmen killed 18 young men.
 
The massacre at the Aliviane rehabilitation center was ordered by Jose Antonio Acosta Hernandez, alias "El Diego", the same man who ordered the massacre of Villas de Salvarcar, an action in which three weapons from an ATF gun-tracing operation were used to murder 16 teenagers. At the time, Acosta Hernandez was one of the alleged leaders of La Linea, the armed branch of the Juarez Cartel.

After he was captured on July 29, 2010, Acosta Hernandez told Mexican authorities that he was responsible for nearly 1,500 murders, including the 18 at the Aliviane rehabilitation center and ten more at another similar facility called Centro Anexo de Vida. "Someone told us that they were using them as safe-houses -- people from the other gang who belonged to the Sinaloa Cartel," he told authorities.
 
"I instructed them to go and murder some groups of opponents in two rehabilitation centers," he said later on.
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Mexican authorities captured Torres Marrufo in Guanajuato last February. Behind the mirrors of his apartment's gym, they found a cache of guns that included powerful anti-aircraft weapons and firearms linked to Operation Fast and Furious

http://blog.chron.com/texassparkle/2012/10/univision-reports-more-disturbing-information-on-fast-and-furious/
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According to ABC News, “Univision News identified a total of 57 more previously unreported firearms that were bought by straw purchasers monitored by ATF during Operation Fast and Furious, and then recovered in Mexico in sites related to murders, kidnappings, and at least one other massacre.”
 
Although the mainstream media have tried their best to ignore Fast and Furious, Univision, which is no conservative place, feels a bit differently about it since it is Mexicans that are being brutally murdered with our guns.


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http://www.therightscoop.com/univision-exposes-mexican-massacre-by-the-cartel-using-guns-from-fast-and-furious/
Univision exposes Mexican massacre by the Cartel using guns from Fast and Furious

Below is the video with English captions and a separate article from ABC News and Univision.

http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/10/more-fast-and-furious-guns-linked-to-mexican-crimes/


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http://www.khou.com/news/texas-news/Capture-of-Zeta-leader-leads-to-bloodshed-on-border-171629701.html
Capture of suspected cartel leader leads to bloodshed on Texas border
by Angela Kocherga /11 News
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Posted on October 1, 2012 at 5:38 PM

NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico—The arrest of a suspected leader of a Mexican drug cartel has triggered a series of gun battles in towns along the Texas border.
 
Firefights were reported in both Piedras Negras and Nuevo Laredo hours after Mexican marines captured an alleged Zeta capo nicknamed "El Taliban."
 
A spokesman for the Mexican Navy announced the Ivan Velazquez Caballero, 42, nicknamed "El Taliban" was taken into custody in San Luis Potosi Wednesday night.
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Nearly everyone who can has fled to the U.S. as the fighting escalated.
 
A U.S. official in Mexico confirmed the battle has created a need for manpower so the Zetas staged a massive jail break in Piedras Negras last week, freeing 132 inmates.
 
The split within Mexico’s most brutal cartel has led to a breakdown of law and order in Nuevo Laredo. Residents say kidnappings, carjacking and armed robberies are rampant.
 
The streets of Nuevo Laredo are nearly deserted and eerily quiet even during broad daylight. So far this month, at least 100 people have been killed.
 
The U.S. Consulate in Nuevo Laredo is urging Americans to register with State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). The system warns U.S. citizens by email and text about possible threats in Mexico and other countries.
 
As security deteriorates, many in Nuevo Laredo are hunkering down and hiding in their homes. There’s growing fear Z-40 will hunt down rivals who backed "El Taliban."

http://www.drugwar101.com/blog/archives/1222
7 brutally murdered in Nuevo Laredo



10/01/2012
 
NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico – Police on Sunday found the remains of seven people whose bodies were chopped up and dumped in cars in northern Mexico, near the US border.
 
Police in Nuevo Laredo received a phone tip Sunday reporting bodies found in two cars that had been abandoned in a shopping center, state prosecutors said in a statement.
 
A source with the prosecutors’ office, speaking privately, said the bodies were those of six men between 30-35 and another person whose age and gender had not been confirmed.
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Mexico has been in the grip of a massive crime wave in recent years, with more than 60,000 people killed in drug-related violence since the launch of a military crackdown against the cartels in 2006.

http://www.drugwar101.com/blog/archives/1277
Arizona: 2 Border patrol agents shot, 1 killed (update2)

Update 2
 
10/02/2012
 
Tucson News
 
NACO, AZ (Tucson News Now/AP) – One Border Patrol agent has died and another has non-life threatening injuries following a shooting in Naco, according to a Border Patrol spokesperson.
 
Both agents were assigned to the Brian Terry Station in the Tucson Sector. They were shot while patrolling shortly after midnight Tuesday.

A third agent was patrolling with these agents, but was unharmed during the shooting, according to Carol Capas of the Cochise County Sheriff’s Department.
 
The shooting occurred off of Highway 80, seven miles east of Bisbee, Capas stated.
 
The injured agent was airlifted to University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson, according to a UAMC spokesperson. Homeland Security says the agent was shot in the ankle and buttocks.
 
Names of the agents are being withheld until next of kin has been notified, Border Patrol stated.
 
The investigation is being led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office.
 
The last Border Patrol agent fatally shot on duty was Brian Terry, who was killed in a shootout with Mexican bandits near the border in December 2010. The shooting was later linked to the U.S. government’s Fast and Furious gun smuggling operation.


http://www.drugwar101.com/blog/archives/1202
Fast and Furious Scandal: New Details Emerge on How the U.S. Government Armed Mexican Drug Cartels
09/30/2012
By GERARDO REYES and SANTIAGO WILLS / ABC, Univision


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The Univision News investigation also found ATF offices from states besides Arizona pursued similar misguided strategies. In Florida, the weapons from Operation Castaway ended up in the hands of criminals in Colombia, Honduras and Venezuela (link audio crumpler), the lead informant in the case told Univision News in a prison interview.
 
“When the ATF stopped me, they told me the guns were going to cartels,” Hugh Crumpler, a Vietnam veteran turned arms trafficker, told Univision News. “The ATF knew before I knew and had been following me for a considerable length of time. They could not have followed me for two months like they said they did, and not know the guns were going somewhere, and not want for that to be happening.”
 
Other firearms under ATF surveillance were permitted to leave the country from Texas, according to court documents and the exclusive testimony of Magdalena Avila Villalobos, the sister of an ICE agent who survived a confrontation with cartel hit men on a rural highway in Mexico on February 15, 2011. His fellow agent, Jaime Zapata, was killed during the attacks.
 
“It’s not from Arizona and Fast and Furious,” Avila Villalobos told Univision News, speaking in her brother’s stead for the first time, “but it’s a very similar operation…” She later added, “Those weapons that have been recovered, it’s been confirmed that they were weapons used in the shootout that killed Jaime Zapata and wounded Victor Avila.”
 
The Texas-based operation and the firearms linked to the attack were bought by two trafficking rings in the state, according to Raymond Thomas, the Zapata family’s lawyer.
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Latest Fast and Furious Report Incriminates DOJ

http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/13447-latest-fast-and-furious-report-incriminates-doj

The controversial Fast and Furious gun-walking operation has prompted members of Congress to take a closer look at the Department of Justice. An October 29 report on the Fast and Furious investigation reveals that Justice Department officials “failed to identify red flags” in the gun-walking operation.

Operation Fast and Furious was a gun-running operation led by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), in which the ATF "lost track" of 1,700 guns. The operation resulted in the death of border patrol agent Brian Terry, and a number of the guns lost during Fast and Furious appeared at a variety of crime scenes. Investigation into the operation has been particularly incriminating for the ATF.

However, investigations into the Operation Fast and Furious revealed a number of startling items.

Representative Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight Committee that is leading the investigation into the operation, told ABC News’ Jake Tapper that pertinent e-mails revealed that the agenda of the operation was to advocate for greater gun control, not, as was alleged, to pursue criminal prosecutions of drug cartel members.

CBS had made the same determination in 2011. According to CBS, “ATF officials didn’t intend to publicly disclose their own role in letting Mexican cartels obtain the weapons, but emails show they discussed using the sales, including sales encouraged by ATF, to justify a new gun regulation called ‘Demand Letter 3.’ That would require some US gun shops to report the sale of multiple rifles or ‘long guns.’”

Likewise, allegations made in August by a high-ranking Mexican drug cartel operative in American custody show that Fast and Furious was an agreement between the U.S. government and the Mexican Sinaloa drug cartel to help take down rival cartels. Likewise, the operative indicates that drugs were permitted to be trafficked across the U.S. border from 2004 to 2009, incriminating both the Bush and Obama administrations, if proven true.

The findings did not stop there.

In the latest report from Rep. Issa’s and Senator Chuck Grassley’s final investigation into Fast and Furious, several members of the Department of Justice have been incriminated. Fox News reported Monday, “The 140-page report singles out five senior agency officials: Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, acting Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein and Associate Deputy Attorney General Ed Siskel.”

The first installment from the investigation focused on the role of the ATF. The latest installment addresses the role of the DOJ.

The report’s findings are based on testimony by senior Department of Justice officials.

According to the report, Grindler and Siskel were provided details about Fast and Furious during a March 2010 brief that dealt with the illegally purchased firearms that were recovered in both the United States and Mexico. The report notes that despite the evidence brought before Grindler and Siskel at the brief, they did not ask questions or “take any significant follow-up action to monitor and supervise the conduct of the case.”

“Officials in the Justice Department saw countless warnings and some even had the gun-walking information right in front of them, yet nothing was done to stop it, said Grassley, an Iowa senator and ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The report also states that DOJ officials did not take proper action when asked by the ATF to speed up indictments in the Fast and Furious scandal, with a greater focus on the press’ response to the indictments.

Issa contends that the DOJ has taken very limited action against the “negligent managers” and has not made any indications that they would see to it that a similar “disaster” is not repeated.

The failures happened because of conscious decisions to encourage gun dealers to sell to known traffickers and avoid interdicting … all in the hope that would lead law enforcement to cartel connections,” the report concluded.  

Congressional investigators had already determined that Attorney General Eric Holder had been trying to cover-up some of the necessary facts for the investigation of Fast and Furious and the DOJ’s role in the operation.

The U.S. House of Representatives voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for failing to comply fully with the congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious. The vote was 255 to 67 with 17 Democrats breaking from their party to vote in favor of the contempt measure along with Republicans.

A second resolution, the civil contempt charge that would authorize the House Oversight Committee to seek judgment in federal court requiring Holder to comply with subpoenas, passed by a vote of 258 to 95, with 21 Democrats voting with Republicans.

Congress has been investigating the Fast and Furious operation for well over a year, and has grown infuriated with Holder’s refusal to adequately comply with the investigation. The New York Post reported June 13:

Holder has provided 7,600 documents while the [House Government and Oversight] Committee has issued subpoenas asking for tens of thousands more over a botched federal program that resulted in guns getting into the hands of Mexican criminals.

Holder has defended his refusal to hand over documents for the congressional investigation by asserting that it would violate the “separation of powers.”

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F&F is all but over post selection , no one has lost a job or? but the death toll continues...

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http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/L/LT_DRUG_WAR_MEXICO?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2012-12-07-21-32-46
Dec 7, 9:32 PM EST
13 bodies found in vehicles in northern Mexico

MEXICO CITY (AP) -- Police found the mutilated bodies of 13 people inside two vehicles abandoned in separate towns of the northern border state of Tamaulipas, an official said Friday.
 
Authorities first found the cut-up bodies of two women and three men late Thursday in a potato chip delivery truck abandoned in the parking lot of a supermarket in the town of El Mante, a Tamaulipas state official said.
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An hour later, police found eight bodies in the town of Soto la Marina along with a message alleging the victims were members of the Gulf cartel.
 
Northeastern Mexico along the border with Texas has been a war zone of shootouts and gruesome mass killings as the Zetas and Gulf drug cartels battle each other in the states of Coahuila, Nuevo Leon and Tamaulipas - a region that is home to cattle ranches, sorghum fields and the industrial city of Monterrey. The Zetas were hit men for the Gulf cartel until they split in 2010, unleashing their bloody war.
 
In Coahuila on Friday, police found the bodies of four men hanging from a highway overpass in the capital city of Saltillo.
 
Coahuila state security spokesman Sergio Sisbeles said the victims had been tortured and had their feet and hands bound with duct tape. None had been shot and authorities were still trying to determine the cause of death, he said.
 
On Sunday, police found the mutilated bodies of seven men in Torreon, a city in southern Coahuila.
 
Southern Coahuila also is an arena for fighting between the Zetas and the Sinaloa drug cartel.
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bump for gun control

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandy_Hook_Elementary_School_shooting
On December 14, 2012, Adam Peter Lanza, age 20, fatally shot twenty children and six adult staff members and wounded two at Sandy Hook Elementary School in the Sandy Hook village of Newtown, Connecticut
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http://townhall.com/tipsheet/leahbarkoukis/2012/12/18/eric-holder-wants-to-talk-about-gun-control-as-fast-and-furious-weapon-found-at-mexican-crime-scene-n1469940

Eric Holder Wants to Talk About Gun Control as Fast and Furious Weapon Found at Mexican Crime Scene

After the Sandy Brook massacre, Attorney General Eric Holder said “we need to discuss who we are as a nation, talk about the freedoms that we have, the rights we have and how those might be used in a responsible way.”

Indeed, Mr. Holder. Let’s talk about this:

http://washington.cbslocal.com/2012/12/18/cbs-news-fast-and-furious-gun-found-at-site-where-mexican-beauty-queen-killed/
12/18/2012
A gun found at the scene of a shootout between a Mexican drug cartel and soldiers where a beauty queen died was part of the botched “Fast and Furious” operation, CBS News reports.

 Authorities had said that Maria Susana Flores Gamez was likely used as a human shield and that an automatic rifle had been found near her body after the Nov. 23 shootout.

 Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, tells CBS News that the Justice Department did not notify Congress that a Fast and Furious firearm was found at the scene in Sinaloa.

 CBS News learned the Romanian AK-47-type WASR-10 rifle found near her body was purchased by Uriel Patino at an Arizona gun shop in 2010. Patino is a suspect who allegedly purchased 700 guns while under the ATF’s watch.

As Katie wrote in her post today:
http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2012/12/18/its-coming-obama-asks-for-gun-control-proposals-n1469483

The same Department of Justice that allowed the illegal transfer of 2500 semi-automatic AK-47 assault rifles to ruthless Mexican cartels, which resulted in the murders of hundreds in Mexico (including children) and two U.S. federal agents, is going to be dictating and enforcing the prohibition of sane law abiding U.S. citizen's owning semi-automatic rifles. Fantastic."
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Discredited  FastandFurious Eric Holder continues to offend U.S.

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/276415-holder-back-at-the-table-for-obamas-gun-control-push
Attorney General Holder back at the table for Obama’s gun-control push
By Jordy Yager - 01/10/13 05:00 AM ET

Attorney General Eric Holder will be the nation’s top law enforcement official as the administration tackles new restrictions on guns in a major initiative of President Obama’s second term.
 
The administration announced Wednesday that Holder, a longtime foe of the National Rifle Association (NRA), would remain with Obama for a second term.

The announcement came the same day Holder sat shoulder to shoulder with Vice President Biden and gun-control advocates in a meeting at the White House.
 
Holder’s attendance at the talks suggests he will have a major role in the gun violence task force established by Obama in the wake of the killing of 26 people — including 20 6- and 7-year-olds — at an elementary school in Connecticut last month.

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http://www.infowars.com/mexican-drug-cartels-thank-obama-for-gun-control-push/

Satire: Mexican Drug Cartels Thank Obama for Gun Control Push Jon Rappoport
 Infowars.com
 January 12, 2013

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http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/54000-mexicans-sign-petition-us-gun-control-18213562
54,000 Mexicans Sign Petition for US Gun Control
MEXICO CITY January 14, 2013

More than 54,000 Mexicans have signed a petition calling on the United States to take further steps to combat weapons trafficking. Mexico says the majority of guns used by the country's violent drug cartels are smuggled over the border from the United States.
 
Mexico's best-known anti-violence activist and a prominent intellectual presented the petition at the U.S. embassy Monday.
 
Activist Javier Sicilia said "The United States is partly responsible for our humanitarian tragedy."
 
About 70,000 people have died in Mexico in drug violence since 2006, according to the written copy of a speech presented by Mexico's interior secretary in December.
 
Before the activists presented their petition, President Barack Obama said Monday he would present a new U.S. gun control plan within days.
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Wow - now Holder is reacting... No F&F for the new arms  laws....

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/01/17/Holder-begs-court-to-indefinitely-delay-group-s-lawsuit-fighting-for-release-of-Obama-s-executive-privilege-Fast-and-Furious-documents
Holder Begs Court to Stop Document Release on Fast and Furious
by Matthew Boyle,17 Jan 2013

Attorney General Eric Holder and his Department of Justice have asked a federal court to indefinitely delay a lawsuit brought by watchdog group Judicial Watch. The lawsuit seeks the enforcement of open records requests relating to Operation Fast and Furious, as required by law.
 
Judicial Watch had filed, on June 22, 2012, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking all documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious and “specifically [a]ll records subject to the claim of executive privilege invoked by President Barack Obama on or about June 20, 2012.”
 
The administration has refused to comply with Judicial Watch’s FOIA request, and in mid-September the group filed a lawsuit challenging Holder’s denial. That lawsuit remains ongoing but within the past week President Barack Obama’s administration filed what’s called a “motion to stay” the suit. Such a motion is something that if granted would delay the lawsuit indefinitely.
 
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said that Holder’s and Obama’s desire to continually hide these Fast and Furious documents is “ironic” now that they’re so gung-ho on gun control.

 “It is beyond ironic that the Obama administration has initiated an anti-gun violence push as it seeking to keep secret key documents about its very own Fast and Furious gun walking scandal,” Fitton said in a statement.

“Getting beyond the Obama administration’s smokescreen, this lawsuit is about a very simple principle: the public’s right to know the full truth about an egregious political scandal that led to the death of at least one American and countless others in Mexico. The American people are sick and tired of the Obama administration trying to rewrite FOIA law to protect this president and his appointees. Americans want answers about Fast and Furious killings and lies.”

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In Fast and Furious, the ATF “walked” about 2,000 firearms into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels. That means through straw purchasers they allowed sales to happen and didn’t stop the guns from being trafficked even though they had the legal authority to do so and were fully capable of doing so.
 
Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and hundreds of Mexican citizens–estimates put it around at least 300–were killed with these firearms.
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http://www.judicialwatch.org/press-room/press-releases/obama-justice-department-seeks-to-stall-judicial-watchs-lawsuit-seeking-access-to-fast-and-furious-records/

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DOJ Seeks to Stall JW Lawsuit Seeking Access to Fast and Furious Records

(Washington, DC) –Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a brief on January 15, 2013, in response to an Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) motion to indefinitely delay consideration of Judicial Watch’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit seeking access to Operation Fast and Furious records withheld from Congress by President Obama under executive privilege on June 20, 2012 (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:12-cv-01510)).

Rather than respond substantively to Judicial Watch’s FOIA lawsuit, the DOJ argued in court that the lawsuit should be subject to a stay of proceedings because it is “ancillary” to a separate lawsuit filed by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee against the DOJ. The Court “should let the process of negotiation and accommodation [between the House Committee and the DOJ] run its course, and then decide with the input of the parties whether and how this action may appropriately proceed at that time,” the DOJ argued, effectively abrogating the FOIA.  The Obama DOJ even suggested that the Judicial Watch litigation might encourage the Congress to fight harder to get the same documents in separate litigation.

Judicial Watch counters that FOIA demands a response and that its lawsuit is more straightforward than the House lawsuit and ripe for consideration on its merits. A decision on the House Committee lawsuit, meanwhile, could be delayed for months, if not years:

This notion that [Judicial Watch’s] lawsuit is in some way inferior [to the House lawsuit] is simply incorrect. [Judicial Watch] has as much of a right under the law as the House Committee to seek access to records of Defendant. In fact, since Defendant does not challenge [Judicial Watch’s] claim on jurisdictional grounds, it could be reasonably argued that [Judicial Watch’s] right is greater – it is certainly clearer and simpler – than that of the House Committee…Whereas [Judicial Watch’s] FOIA lawsuit is ripe for adjudication on the merits, the House Committee suit could be months, if not years, away from reaching the same stage.

The DOJ also argued that Judicial Watch’s lawsuit might somehow interfere with negotiations between the president and Congress. Judicial Watch countered: “Regardless of any potential resolution in that case, Defendant in this action will still be required to satisfy its obligations under FOIA, including justifying its withholdings. [Judicial Watch’s] lawsuit simply does not vanish if and when the House Committee suit is resolved.”


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Fast And Furious Scandal: Man Claims To Have Shot U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

Video and article at the link.
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from drudge:
http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2013/01/house-holder-may-near-deal-on-fast-and-furious-contempt-155525.html
House, Holder may near deal on Fast and Furious contempt

A deal may be near in the Operation-Fast-and-Furious-related dispute that led the House of Representatives to cite Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt last year.
 
U.S. District Court Judge Amy Jackson was set to hold a key hearing next week in the lawsuit the House filed seeking to enforce its subpoena for records of how the Justice Department responded to Congressional inquiries about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives gunrunning investigation that may have resulted in as many as 2000 weapons flowing to Mexican drug cartels.

However, both the Justice Department and the House asked Jackson Tuesday to put the scheduled hearing off for more than two months as the two sides try to work out a deal that could obviate the need for the lawsuit.
 
"The parties have continued to engage in settlement talks. Without divulging the substance of those talks, the talks are progressing sufficiently such that the parties believe that further talks may be fruitful," Justice Department lawyers wrote in the new motion (posted here). "Accordingly, the parties believe that, in order to enable the parties to focus their efforts on settlement and avoid the potentially unnecessary expenditure of judicial resources, the hearing on the Motion to Dismiss should be rescheduled for the week of April 15, 2013."
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A spokeswoman for House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) did not immediately respond to an inquiry about the status of the talks.
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from drudge:
http://www.politico.com/blogs/under-the-radar/2013/01/house-holder-may-near-deal-on-fast-and-furious-contempt-155525.html
House, Holder may near deal on Fast and Furious contempt

A deal may be near in the Operation-Fast-and-Furious-related dispute that led the House of Representatives to cite Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt last year.
 
U.S. District Court Judge Amy Jackson was set to hold a key hearing next week in the lawsuit the House filed seeking to enforce its subpoena for records of how the Justice Department responded to Congressional inquiries about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives gunrunning investigation that may have resulted in as many as 2000 weapons flowing to Mexican drug cartels.

However, both the Justice Department and the House asked Jackson Tuesday to put the scheduled hearing off for more than two months as the two sides try to work out a deal that could obviate the need for the lawsuit.
 
"The parties have continued to engage in settlement talks. Without divulging the substance of those talks, the talks are progressing sufficiently such that the parties believe that further talks may be fruitful," Justice Department lawyers wrote in the new motion (posted here). "Accordingly, the parties believe that, in order to enable the parties to focus their efforts on settlement and avoid the potentially unnecessary expenditure of judicial resources, the hearing on the Motion to Dismiss should be rescheduled for the week of April 15, 2013."
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A spokeswoman for House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) did not immediately respond to an inquiry about the status of the talks.

  a deal-----translation---- a cover up
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Drugs Sinola Cartel - Spain - Money laundering - Russian mob

http://www.euronews.com/2013/01/30/spanish-police-make-fifth-arrest-in-russian-money-laundering-ring/
Spanish police make fifth arrest in Russian money laundering ring
30/01 2013 01:05 CET

The deputy mayor of a Spanish coastal resort has been arrested as part of expanding inquiry into money laundering.

Josep Valls was taken into custody over claims he used a local football club in Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava as a front for a Russian mafia multi-million euro operation.

Detectives believe the network is linked to one of the ten criminals most wanted by the FBI. Four people have already been detained over the affair including Russian estate agent, Andrei Petrov, who’s the presumed head of the laundering ring.

During his arrest on Friday, police found a Kalachnikov rifle at his home. Authorities believe the funds come from Russia and passed through a third “fiscal paradise country” before being used to buy property and fund other diverse investments on the Costa Brava.
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http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/24/us/politics/napolitano-says-immigration-bill-would-bolster-security.html?_r=0
Immigration Bill Would Aid Security, Napolitano Says
By ASHLEY PARKER

Published: April 23, 2013


WASHINGTON — Legislation to overhaul the nation’s immigration laws would further strengthen the country’s security system to guard against cases like the Boston Marathon bombings, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday in the last of three hearings on a bipartisan immigration proposal.
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http://nation.foxnews.com/amnesty/2013/04/26/holder-calls-amnesty-civil-right
April 26, 2013
 
Holder Calls Amnesty a 'Civil Right'
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NXj0hl5T3o&feature=player_embedded

During a April 24th speech to the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Attorney General Eric Holder said that creating a "pathway to earned citizenship" was a "civil right.”
 
"Creating a pathway to earned citizenship for the 11 million unauthorized immigrants in this country is essential. The way we treat our friends and neighbors who are undocumented – by creating a mechanism for them to earn citizenship and move out of the shadows – transcends the issue of immigration status. This is a matter of civil and human rights. It is about who we are as a nation. And it goes to the core of our treasured American principle of equal opportunity."
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Obama Blames U.S. For Gun Violence In Mexico

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/video/2013/05/03/obama_blames_us_for_gun_violence_in_mexico_pushes_for_gun_control.html

  There is no end to Obama's BS.

"Most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States," President Obama said during a speech at Mexico's Anthropology Museum. "I think many of you know that in America, our Constitution guarantees our individual right to bear arms. And as president, I swore an oath to uphold that right, and I always will."

"But at the same time, as I’ve said in the United States, I will continue to do everything in my power to pass common-sense reforms that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people. That can save lives here in Mexico and back home in the United States. It’s the right thing to do," Obama added.
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