Operation Fast and Furious and the Massacre of Mexican Kids

Joseph Klein is a Harvard-trained lawyer and the author of Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom and Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations & Radical Islam.


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As Benghazigate continues to heat up, so too does the Operation Fast and Furious scandal. The gun-running operation was previously connected to the killing of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry after weapons found at the crime scene were traced back to a gun-walking scheme overseen by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Now a bombshell report that the Spanish language television news network Univision aired on Sunday evening has linked more of the program’s guns to the massacre of at least fourteen Mexican youths and to other horrific crimes committed by Mexican drug rings against innocent Mexican citizens.

ATF is a division of Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department. This agency, for which Holder is ultimately responsible, decided to use unsavory gun smugglers as intermediaries in the movement of guns the smugglers purchased from federally licensed firearms dealers in Arizona and sold to Mexican drug cartels. The idea was allegedly to follow the trail of the guns to locate the drug lords and put them out of business. Instead, the drug lords used the guns provided to them courtesy of ATF to continue their rampage of killings.

In April 2009, Holder delivered a speech at the Mexico/United States Arms Trafficking Conference held in Cuernavaca, Mexico. He said that he was “committed to putting the resources in place to increase our attack on arms trafficking into Mexico” and promised that the United States “will take responsibility by joining our Mexican counterparts in every step of this fight” against the Mexican drug cartels.

What happened instead?  The ATF launched Operation Fast and Furious in the fall of 2009 without informing the Mexican government.

On January 30, 2010, according to the Univision report, hired hit men working for the Mexican cartel La Linea invaded a house and opened fire on nearly 60 teenagers who had gathered there for a birthday party. More shootings occurred outside against neighbors and fleeing students. Univision reported that three of the high-caliber weapons used by the hit men were linked to Operation Fast and Furious.

This massacre does not appear to be an isolated incident. There is a disturbing pattern in which the ATF lost track of weapons provided to Mexican drug cartels via straw purchasers, some of which later ended up at crime scenes in Mexico. In other words, it allowed suspects to walk away with illegally purchased guns in order to try and catch bigger fish. But the big fish got away as well after using the guns to kill their prey.

“Many weapons cross the border and enter Mexico, but that [Fast and Furious] number, quantity and type of weapons had quite an impact in the war in this area” Jose Wall, an ATF agent stationed in Tijuana from 2009 to 2011, told Univision News.

Univision News reported that it had “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.”

Displaying the best of journalistic investigative reporting, Univision compared two lists and found some significant overlaps that had eluded congressional investigators – the list of serial numbers for weapons used in Fast and Furious and the list of guns seized in Mexico.

Mexican government officials claim that at least three hundred people in Mexico were killed with Fast and Furious weapons.

At least as far back as March 2010, some ATF agents were raising alarm bells about the operation, but were ignored by their superiors. ATF agents stationed in Mexico also expressed concern as they were aware that a large number of weapons being recovered at bloody crime scenes in Mexico were traced back to the beginning of the Operation Fast and Furious pipeline in Arizona. Still the operation continued.

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  • Larry

    If Holder didn't know about Fast and Furious it is criminal incompetence.

    If he did know about Fast and Furious it is criminal malfeasance.

    If he not only knew about it, but authorized it, and was involved in planning and organizing it, on no matter who small a level, it is criminal conspiracy.

    The Royal Navy had a perfect solution for Admirals guilty of criminal incompetence – they hanged them.

    • lindasduby

      Dittos and i would like to watch

  • sononthe_beach

    One most consistent response by the BO administration to such monumental failures is to try to downplay them as much as possible. The low-key approach is designed to encourage others to focus on something else. Another consistency is that BO's elite media bots come to his aid by also downplaying his disasters. The result, as the RINO David Brooks has recently stated, is to "give Obama a pass" after every one of his failures. Thank the Lord for alternative media, such as his site, because otherwise this monumental-huckster of a president would truly "get a pass."

    • http://www.facebook.com/blossom.kelley.9 Blossom Kelley

      Barry would call the slaughter of the Mexican teens just "another bump in the road"

  • kafir4life

    Eric and Stinky (BO) are murderers…..straight up They earned nice commissions thru the sale of those guns to their idiological equals in Mexico. Stinks had ordered the murder of Brian Terry, when it was learned that Agent Terry had information that would lead driectly to the Stinky White House. Do I have proof of that? Stinks is the one who is hiding behind executive priviledge to cover up his part in the affair, and has the documents that prove it.
    They don't call him Stinky for nothing.

  • Bamaguje

    Unfortunately, the Romney-Ryan campaign isn't making the most of the numerous scandals plaguing Obama administration… Fast & Furious, shovel ready jobs, Benghazigate, failed wasteful stimulus, blocking prosecution of unindicted Jihadi conspirators and crony socialism (Solyndra, Lightsquared, A123 etc) .

  • EthanP

    Unfortunately, the "enemedia" will cover up for Obama and Holder. They want the far left policies of this administration (regime) to prevail to such an extent they are ignoring things that would have seen Bush impeached.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      Of course, when the media is owned and staffed by the left what can you expect?

      Pravda wasn't this controlled.

  • tagalog

    Why do I believe that a high-level Mexican drug lord, the kind of guy the Fast and Furious gun program was supposed to bring to justice, would never be anywhere around when somebody got killed with one of those U.S. guns? Somehow I think it's not like the movies; I bet that high-level Mexican drug lords are always somewhere else, with lots of witnesses, when the trigger gets pulled. You would expect the U.S. Attorney General and the Department of Justice to be acquainted with the idea of the alibi defense, but not with this crowd.

    Just another reason why Obama and his crowd have to go.

  • Steve Chavez

    WHY ARE HOLDER AND OBAMA LYING OUTRIGHT? Mexican officials have called for the EXTRADITION OF ALL INVOLVED which is just like we would demand, and do, with criminals from all over the world. The DAY HOLDER RESIGNS is the day Mexico will file the extradition papers.

    As a frequent visitor to nearby JUAREZ, no obvious looking American, meaning the clothes we wear like sandals, will be immediately walked back across the bridge. NO TOURISTS and the famous "Mercado Juarez" has closed but people have started to come out from their homes and are back in the park across the street from the Cathedral. Street markets are also opening. Word is that when the Army came in to counter the drug lords, there was rampant killings, beheading, and bodies hung from bridges. When the Army left, so did the drug lords and are now in the interior causing panic and fear among that population.

    OBAMA AT THE EL PASO/JUAREZ BORDER: "You know, they (REPUBLICANS AND THOSE WHO WANT SECURE BORDERS WHICH IS 80% OF AMERICANS) said we needed to triple the Border Patrol. Or now they're going to say we need to quadruple the Border Patrol. Or they'll want a higher fence. MAYBE THEY'LL NEED A MOAT. MAYBE THEY WANT ALLIGATORS IN THE MOAT. They'll never be satisfied. And I understand that. That's politics." What this means is that those Americans who want a secure border want MEXICANS TO BE EATEN ALIVE while trying to cross the Rio Grande. ONE PROBLEM. Mexicans are really getting KILLED by the TENS OF THOUSANDS by the drug war and by guns given to them by FAST AND FURIOUS!

  • Demetrius M

    Obama and Holder lied, little kids and border agents died.

  • BS77

    Two more border patrol agents have been shot….one killed, as stated in the morning news today OCT 2.
    I wonder if the guns were from F and F.

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

      We'll never know. The administration won't ever admit to the time of day, and the incompetent republicans in the House don't have a clue how to do anything to check this corruption.

    • PaulRevereNow

      And they were murdered near Bisbee Arizona, near a monument to Brian Terry. If it can be proved that the guns used were from F & F, this is more evidence against Holder & Stinky.

  • LindaRivera

    The Obama-Clinton-Holder administration criminally provided guns to the extremely barbaric Mexican drug cartels, facilitating the murders of hundreds of innocents. The administration have blood on their hands. MURDER is against the law. Why are the guilty not being prosecuted? Is it now ACCEPTABLE for the government to cause the cruel murders of innocent children and adults? NO ONE IN THIS COUNTRY or ANY other country will be safe from now on!

    The great nation of America was once a light to the whole world. How dim that light has become.

  • LindaRivera

    Beautiful and innocent Mexican children and adults, rest in eternal peace.

  • Idylewylde

    Oh please … Eric is trying to keep the price of street drugs down … and he's getting his own cut of the action .. he even armed his business partners.

    Uber-Liberalism in action …………… Change we can believe in.

    Hey Eric, you left your crack pipe at the party last night, it's in the pocket of one of the dead bodies we had to dump next to the border.

  • Mutantone

    if only that were the extent of the "Fast and Furious" agenda Obama's agenda was to make a reason to further restricting Citizens from having guns to that end.
    Rahm Emanuel reports that he knew about the operations while he was at the White House so if he did Holder sure did. Not only high caliber weapons but conversion kits to make semiautomatic weapons full auto, and explosives as well and the makings for grenades and an uncounted number of rocket launchers.
    Operation Gunrunner–in which the government authorized the sale of weapons with the intent of letting these weapons fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels, which were used to Kill an American border agent.

    Operation Castaway–in which the government authorized the sale of weapons knowing they would fall into the hands of Honduran gangs, such as MS13 and the Mara Salvatrucha and the rival Mara 18, An estimated 20,590 people died violently here in the last five years, according to the Madrid-based nonprofit Observers of Violence in massive shoot outs to control the drug industry.

    Project Gangwalker the ATF and the DOF allowed the straw purchases of weapons which eventually ended up in the hands of United States gang members in Indiana” Operation Community Shield,” individuals are from El Salvador, three are from Mexico, one is from Honduras and one is from Haiti. ICE said the individuals are members or associates of the following street gangs: MS-13, Sur-13, and Zoe Pound.  Charged in connection with the shooting of an Indianapolis police officer last week are gang members, the Marion County Prosecutor's Office Gonzalez-Ramirez is a member of the Puros Vatos Locos street gang, and Taboada-Perez is a member of the SCT-13 gang. Both have tattoos that express allegiance to those gangs, authorities said. and other weapons have been found at crime scenes in that state and surely have spread out from there to other gangs.

  • Ar'nun

    Holder is simply playing the Plausable Deniability game. Everyone knows that Eric Holder knew, I would bet it was even his idea. This administration constantly is in cover-up mode. Time to replace them.

  • Ghostwriter

    The problem for the Obama administration is that the scandal is getting too big to ignore. If anything,this scandal and what's been going on in Libya is going to derail his chances for re-election.

  • SHARU

    EXTRADITE TO MEXICO TO FACE JUSTICE.!!!!

  • Barbara

    And what difference will these facts make to the American people if they never hear about, if the MSM conspire to downplay or simply not report this story?

    And why don't the Romney people hold national press conferences about it?

    And why don't the Romney people have ads running about it?

    They are running such a stupid campaign that they will probably lose to Obama, with the help of the mainstream media (MSM).

  • PhillipGaley

    "“Well, first of all, I did not authorize it,” being the immediate response to query for knowledge of pertinent elements, how is that not an implicit admission of prescient apprehension of the very thing in question?

    • tagalog

      And then, of course, there's always the question of what did the President and the Attorney-General lead people to believe WAS authorized? Businesses are liable for acts done by their agents under apparent authority, why not Presidents and Attorneys-General?

  • george

    this nation and it's clueless voters will one day soon pay "dearly" for the stupidity of electing criminals !!!!!!!

  • Rwolf

    Should U.S. Government Pay Americans’ Drug Rehab Costs—If the Government Is Helping–Cartel(s) Import Illegal Drugs?

    If The latest revelations are true, mentioned in the October 5, 2012 New American article “Stratfor Sources: U.S. Troops in Mexico as Feds Aid Cartels” that U.S. Government supports certain drug cartels as “first reported by Narco News”, after WikiLeaks released hacked e-mails from Stratfor, it would appear to confirm accusations made last year by a top Sinaloa operative Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, that U.S. government offered his criminal syndicate virtual immunity to import multi-ton quantities of drugs across the border.

    If U.S. government is helping the Sinaloa Cartel criminal racketeering enterprise or other Cartel import tons of drugs into the United States—Americans injured by those illegal drugs should not hesitate to file Civil Racketeering Lawsuits against the U.S. Government and the law enforcement agencies that participated in helping Cartels import illegal-drugs.

    U.S. criminal courts order defendants as a condition of probation, to attend and pay for expensive private and non-profit drug rehab programs creating a $12-Billion dollar industry. If e.g. the Sinaloa Drug Cartel is the predominant importer of drugs into the United States because of U.S. Government support, shouldn’t the U.S. Government pay the drug rehabilitation costs of American drug users? It would appear Californians injured by a Cartel’s illegal-drugs that U.S. Government helped import into the United States, could sue U.S. Government and any law enforcement agency that assisted the Cartel import illegal-drugs under The California Drug Dealer Liability Act Effective January 1997. In brief the “Act” provides a civil remedy for damages to persons in a community injured as a result of the use of an illegal controlled substance. These persons include parents, employers, insurers, governmental entities, and others who pay for drug treatment or employee assistance programs, as well as infants injured as a result of exposure to controlled substances in utero (" drug babies"). This “Act” enables them to recover damages from those persons in the community who have joined the marketing of illegal controlled substances. A further purpose of this Act is to shift, to the extent possible, the cost of the damage caused by the existence of the market for illegal controlled substances in a community to those who illegally profit from that market.

    Consequently if U.S. Government supports the Sinaloa Cartel or other Cartel that import illegal-drugs into California, victims of illegal-drug use should be able to sue the U.S. Government along with all other participants.

    Every year innocent landlords of residential rental property and motels defend their property against Government Civil Asset Forfeiture because unbeknownst to an owner, a tenant or guest at their property is alleged by government to have sold or distributed illegal drugs. It is a conflict of interest for U.S. Government to forfeit real estate from innocent landlords if Government participates is supporting illegal-drug Cartel criminal enterprise to import illegal drugs into America—foreseeable to taint innocent landlords’ property.

    Many U.S. Cities have blocks of blighted buildings caused by illegal drug activity that collapsed real estate values and collected property taxes communities depend on to support their infra structure. If U.S. Government is helping the Sinaloa Drug Cartel or other cartel flood America with illegal drugs, cities and counties economically damaged by U.S. Government’s illegal-drug activities should file Civil RICO Suits to recover damages from the U.S. Government and law enforcement agencies that helped a Drug Cartel import illegal drugs into the U.S. See California Drug Dealer Liability Act Effective January 1997, other states passed similar bills.

    Illegal-drug distribution in America increasingly corrupts police. If U.S. Government actually offered or actually helped the Sinaloa Drug Cartel or other Cartel import illegal-drugs into the U.S as alleged in numerous reports, what kind of message is U.S. Government sending law enforcement. Almost every week the news reports police arrested for selling illegal drugs, taking bribes, falsifying evidence to arrest U.S. Citizens. Police corruption can only get worse if U.S. Government supports drug-Cartels import illegal-drugs into the United States.

    See the October 5, 2012 New American Article at:
    http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/1

  • KineticExpediency

    Nothing happened to Holder. No one cares. Could have been a hundred border patrol agents and a thousand Mexican children.

    As long as the media is protecting the administration, they will continue to spin Fast and Furious, and any other scandal like so much used toilet paper spinning down the toilet.