Fast and Furious Scandal -- The U.S. government intentionally sells assault weapons to Mexican drug cartels using unwitting and now confused American shop owners as the front men. The government just lets them walk right over the border without so much as a parking ticket Those cartels use those weapons to kill, among others, a U.S. law enforcement officers. The White House deflects questions on the subject, refuses to cooperate in the investigation and intimidates witnesses. The director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), who watched the gun sales on video in his office, stonewalls Congress. So does the Justice Department. The whistleblower that exposed it all is fired. Read more. . . .
Under the Direct Commercial Sales program, the U.S. State Department regulates and licenses businesses to sell weapons and defense services and training for export. Last year, according to U.S. statistics, the program was used to provide Mexico $416.5 million worth of weapons and equipment, including military-grade weaponry.
The program is different from the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program, which operates on a government-to-government basis.
Plumlee said military-grade weapons were found in a Juárez warehouse two years ago, and some of them were moved later to a ranch elsewhere in Juárez. Arms stash houses have also been reported in places across the border from Columbus and Antelope Wells, N.M.
"They've found anti-aircraft weapons and hand grenades from the Vietnam War era," Plumlee said. Other weapons found include grenade launchers, assault rifles, handguns and military gear including night-vision goggles and body armor. El Paso Times
Obama's National Security Director for North America Kevin O’Reilly, knew about operation Fast and Furious as early as September 2010, but for some reason seems unwilling to testify before the investigating committee. Conversely, those who "share responsibility for mistakes that were made,” as ATF supervisor William G. McMahon said in testimony to the Oversight committee, got promoted for taking one for the team.
Issa, head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, noted that there has been “political interference at the highest level” throughout the Oversight committee’s Fast and Furious investigation.
It really makes a person quake in their boots when they hear that certain Muslim terrorist organizations are training just south of the border, being trained to pass for Mexican illegals because even terrorists know that nothing happens to illegals when they break the law.
So what are the Cartels doing with these weapons? Of course some are being used to protect their drug trade from legitimate law enforcement in Mexico but is it possible they are selling them to the terrorist training camps? Merely harmless training aids, right. I'm sure the terrorists would pay good money for them. The question is, "Was it really poor management on Holder and Obama's part, or was it a deliberate attempt to arm enemies of the United States?" What is known for sure is that hundreds of guns are now being used to commit crimes against not only border agents, but Mexican and American civilians as well.