USA –-(Ammoland.com)- The National Security Council issued a “butt out” response to CIA and DEA complaints about ATF and FBI weapons smuggling operations in Mexico, and a security advisor close to President Obama was in the loop, Mike Vanderboegh reported in an exclusive story broken last night on the “Armed American Radio” program and his Sipsey Street Irregulars blog.
Citing confidential sources, Vanderboegh writes that NSC Deputy Director Denis McDonough was also “protecting” another NSC operative discussed before in this column, Kevin O’Reilly, who received intelligence on the Fast and Furious criminal “gunwalking” operation directly from then-Special Agent in Charge of ATF’s Phoenix Field Office, William Newell. O’Reilly was subsequently assigned to Iraq, where he remains effectively out of House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa’s reach, both geographically and because Counsel to the President Kathryn Ruemmler has forbidden his cooperation.
“McDonough, described in one biographical sketch as a ‘tough guy’ and ‘Obama’s single most influential foreign policy adviser,’ is also a personal friend and ‘basketball buddy’ of the President of the United States,” Vanderboegh writes, then providing an in-depth look at McDonough’s career and affiliations.
This, the third scoop ignored by “Authorized Journalist” media in less than a week by the Pinson, Ala., blogger, places one more circumstantial piece of an incomplete picture puzzle on the desk in the Oval Office.
As reported last week on “Hannity,” National Security Advisor and “political operative” Tom Donilon was alleged to be behind leaks that again point to presidential involvement, and that investigation under Attorney General Eric Holder has been criticized by Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans as instead shielding the administration. The point is, there is an apparent and repeated pattern that replicates throughout the administration on multiple allegations that makes plausible deniability of knowledge or involvement on the part of senior officials, right up to the president, increasingly difficult to accept on faith.
Vanderboegh and this correspondent appeared last night on the nationally-syndicated “Armed American Radio” program to talk about his latest findings with host Mark Walters and the discussion lasted for two of the program’s three hours. Readers who could not listen live can do so at their convenience by accessing segment archives on the AAR site. Walters and producer Sean Young occupied Hour 1 with news and commentary and the discussion turned to Fast and Furious in Hour 2, followed with a continuation in the Hour 3 “Roundtable.”
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David Codrea is a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He is a field editor for GUNS Magazine, and a blogger at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance. Read more at www.DavidCodrea.com.