How corrupt is the Obama administration?
So corrupt that the combination of the Solyndra and Lightsquared scandals — either of which should be enough not only for Obama’s impeachment, but prison time for many of those involved — don’t even begin to compare to the Operation Fast and Furious and Operation Gun Walker scandals, where people are dying because of the ATF (via Eric Holder, via Obama) handing out free guns to Mexican drug cartels — all so Obama can manufacture a gun crisis in order to crack down on law-abiding citizens’ second amendment rights.
Not only are US Citizens and US Border Patrol agents now being killed by the guns that Eric Holder’s ATF handed out as part of Operation Fast and Furious, but now the Mexican government is claiming that at least 200 Mexican citizens have been murdered using Holder’s guns:
In a conference call this morning with Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa, reporters were told the Attorney General in Mexico has confirmed at least 200 murders south of the border happened as a result of Operation Fast and Furious. Eleven crimes in the United States have been linked to Operation Fast and Furious up to this point. Issa said he expects as the investigation in the operation continues, more crimes connected to Fast and Furious will come to light and be exposed. This is not surprising, considering out of 2500 weapons the Obama Justice Department allowed to “walk,” and that only 600 have been recovered, the rest are lost until they show up at violent crime scenes. The damage from Operation Fast and Furious has only started to be seen. Remember, the Mexican Government and ATF agents working in Mexico were left completely in the dark about the operation.
Marisela Morales, Mexico’s attorney general and a longtime favorite of American law enforcement agents in Mexico, told The Times that she first learned about Fast and Furious from news reports. And to this day, she said, U.S. officials have not briefed her on the operation gone awry, nor have they apologized.
“At no time did we know or were we made aware that there might have been arms trafficking permitted,” Morales, Mexico’s highest-ranking law enforcement official, said in a recent interview. “In no way would we have allowed it, because it is an attack on the safety of Mexicans.”…
In March 2010, with a growing number of guns lost or showing up at crime scenes in Mexico, ATF officials convened an “emergency briefing” to figure out a way to shut down Fast and Furious. Instead, they decided to keep it going and continue to leave Mexico out of the loop…
Mexican Congressman Humberto Benitez Trevino, who heads the justice committee in the Chamber of Deputies, said the number of people killed or wounded by the weapons had probably doubled to 300 since March, when he said confidential information held by Mexican security authorities put the figure at 150. The higher number, he said, was his own estimate.
Our national media should be covering this (and Solyndra) around the clock, assigning their best and brightest investigative journalists to uncovering the truth about this illegal and corrupt operation under the Obama regime. But they won’t. They’re still to busy digging through Sarah Palin’s garbage cans while others are setting up camp in Paint Creek, TX looking for any dirt they can find to help Obama beat Gov. Rick Perry.
As Erick Erickson points out, this is A Point Without Partisanship — A Scandal Everyone Should Be Concerned About
The lack of media attention may be about to change. This is a huge and troublesome scandal. The left is, I think, afraid to touch it because of just how far up within the Obama Justice Department the scandal appears to go. The right has been focused more on other fights. The media is focused elsewhere. But the wind is shifting. Without throwing any partisan punches, let me just objectively get in to this business and why the left, the right, and the media should be paying attention.
I wrote about Operation Gun Walker back in March. In short, the ATF allowed Mexican drug lords to buy guns in the United States and walk them across the Mexican border. The too clever by half theory was that the American government would be able to then track the guns via their serial numbers and paint a picture of drug cartel activity by where the guns showed up.
The federal government never advised Mexico nor sought Mexico’s permission. Perversely, the ATF reported decided to then use the gun sales it authorized as evidence that the federal government needed more gun regulations.
As you might expect, the whole operation blew up in the ATF’s face. Using a Gun Walker gun, Mexican drug lords killed an American border patrol agent. Recently another murder on this side of the border turned up tied to a Gun Walker gun.