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Obama’s Justice Dept Flooded Mexico with Weapons in “OPERATION GUNRUNNER”. Scandal Ready to Explode.
The Department of Justice under Eric Holder and the ATF flooded Mexico with assault weapons in a secret project called “Operation Gunrunner” as well as an offshoot operation called “Fast and Furious“. This program was an ill fated attempt to track the weapons but they got out of control and fell into the hands of drug cartels. Many of these weapons are now being used against border control and anti drug agents. This scandal will go full broil when the Dept of Justice explains themselves in upcoming Congressional hearings. DOJ AND ATF HAVE KNOWINGLY FLOODED MEXICO WITH ASSAULT WEAPONS. It is also reported that Eric Holder is attempting to block the investigation into this matter.
All major news media are now reporting this story. This is real it is not from any right-wing conspiracy blogs but now reported by the main-stream media.
Earlier this month, documents revealed by Congressional investigators showed that under the Gunrunner operation the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives let high-powered weapons cross the U.S./Mexico border. The sting was supposed to trace weapons and lead to the prosecution of illegal drug sellers, but, as The Los Angeles Times reported, “three guns sold to suspects who were part of Project Gunrunner have since turned up at the scenes of the deaths of two U.S. agents — in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosi and near the Mexican border in Arizona.”
ATF arms linked to attempted shoot down of helicopter.
In this non-embeddable Youtube Video Obama denies neither he nor Eric Holder authorized or even knew about the these operations. Obama was speaking to Univision but Obama’s denial is not credible. Either Obama and Eric Holder knew about it and did nothing or actually authorized it or they are completely incompetent.
DEA finds stash of weapons supplied by the ATF.
Re-posted from Posted Without Comment a DailyKos diary.
Dear President Obama,
As someone who has been active in Democratic politics for decades and as someone who supported and worked to elect you both to the Senate and the presidency, I cannot begin to tell you how disappointed I have been by your performance.
From your selection of staff (Rahm Emanuel), and cabinet members and advisors (Geithner, Summers, et.al.), you have chosen to surround yourself with those with deep histories of favoring corporations and Wall Street over the average citizen.
The result is now clear to see: a year of work on your claimed biggest priority, health care reform, going down the drain. How sad and embarrassing, not to mention devastating, to those millions needing health care and to the Democratic Party and our hopes for 2010.
Your lack of leadership on the health care effort came back to bite you in a very big way. And your lack of urgent response to a banking and financial system run amok — a system that has consistently favored big money interests over those of the average citizen — may prove to be the undoing of both you and the party.
Your rhetoric today on breaking up the big banks may be too little, too late. You surrounded yourself with Wall Street sycophants who, apparently, insulated you from the anger that has been bubbling up from the streets for months.
It makes me sad to have to write this letter to you, but my disappointment is profound.
I hope you begin to understand the real pain people are experiencing in our country. And I hope you begin to see that the average citizen needs a voice — and an advocate — in our government.
The big money interests have increasingly dominated the policy machinery of government, much to the detriment of our democracy (made only worse by today’s Supreme Court decision granting additional campaign money powers to corporations).
And instead of stepping up and stopping this malignant spread, you and your team have embraced and even encouraged it.
I guess I’m not only sad and disappointed, I’m disgusted.
Count me out of your corner for 2012. If I had wanted more corporate-centric Clintonism, I would have worked to elect Hillary.
Perhaps you’ll change. But I’m not holding my breath…
Robert Reich – with many years experience in DC – offers interesting insights over at his place.
I like this post:
Obama’s immediate challenge is to fill the leadership vacuum created by a lame-duck president with historically-low approval ratings who seems to have lost interest in his job (at this writing, he’s out of the country) and who’s disappeared from the media, and a Treasury chief who has all but punted on coming up with any workable solution to the crisis. But Obama doesn’t become president until 12 noon eastern standard time on January 20 — and the national economy is imploding right now.
Reich describes Obama’s nominees in terms that I find oddly comforting:
All are pragmatists. Some media have dubbed them “centrists” or “center-right,” but in truth they’re remarkably free of ideological preconception. All have well-earned reputations as hard workers, well-versed in the technical details of public and private finance. They are not visible veterans of the old battles over supply-side economics or deficit reduction, nor are they well-known to the public. They are not visionaries but we don’t need visionaries when the economic perils are clear and immediate. We need competence. Obama could not appoint a more competent group.
I know it sounds modest, but after the last years, simple competence from our government is a major victory, a huge transformation. For years now, the progressive blogosphere has described itself as “reality based” – Atrios has a running joke about reality having a liberal bias. Simple, competent, pragmatism is going to be a good thing.