Mexican Fast and Furious Warrants Ignore Roles U.S. Government Played

(Note: This report includes several links to stories published a decade or more ago on a website that no longer exists except via web crawls on the Internet Archive “Wayback Machine.” As such, those links may load slowly.)

Operation Fast And Furious Scandal
The same lies that were told before “Project Gunwalker” was exposed are now being told again — and for the same reasons.

U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “Mexico issues arrest warrants in ‘Fast and Furious’ gun trafficking case,” Reuters reports.  “A Mexican judge has issued seven arrest warrants related to a decade-old cross-border arms trafficking sting, including for the country’s most notorious drug lord and an ex-security minister…”

“The Mexican attorney general’s office announced the warrants Sunday, naming three of the targets, including drug kingpin Joaquín ‘El Chapo’ Guzmán,” The Hill elaborates. “The other two targets named were Genaro García Luna, who served as Public Security secretary under former Mexican President Felipe Calderón, and Luis Cárdenas Palomino, a close collaborator of García Luna’s and former head of intelligence for Mexico’s now-defunct Federal Police.”

So, it was a “public/private partnership”? Conducted by higher-ups in the virulently anti-“lax U.S. gun laws” Calderón administration while El Presidente was demanding a renewed U.S. “assault weapons ban” and the usual gang of domestic useful idiots was cheering him on…? At the same time, his military guard was leaking secrets to the cartels?

I never did get an answer to my tweet. And it does raise questions into how much corrupt Mexican functionaries knew about “gunwalking” while those tasked with officially coordinating such information were being restrained from doing so by higher-ups. As if U.S. semiautos being walked across the border was the real source of supply for cartels that got military-grade weaponry from their Mexican government partners (who got them from “authorized” U.S. exports) and from shipments coming across its southern border.

The ubiquitous “botched gun sting” characterization mentioned in the lede is a good indication that the public is once more being steered toward a narrative parroted by a “mainstream press” that had to be dragged kicking and screaming into the story in the first place.

How can you have a “sting” if you allow the guns to cross the border and escape into the wild, making no attempt to track them? And how can you attempt that with the Mexican government kept in the dark? That at least is the official story and attempts to pierce the U.S. government’s veil of obfuscation have been successfully deflected so far.

Colleague Kurt Hofmann came up with an apt analogy showing the “sting” model was every bit as ridiculous and unbelievable as South Park’s “underpants gnomes” business model:

Phase 1: Allow guns to “walk,” Phase 2: ? and Phase 3: Take down the cartels.

How do you get from here to there?

Chillingly, it looks like Phase 2 was “Count on guns being recovered next to bodies at Mexican crime scenes.” And it looks like phase 3 was really “Use that to trick the public into demanding more U.S. gun laws.”

And an incontrovertible fact remains: Either ATF engineered this violation of Arms Export Control Laws into a sovereign foreign nation and either left Hillary Clinton’s State Department in the dark or it didn’t. Why has Congress, with House Oversight and Senate Judiciary running tag team investigations, and the “independent” Office of Inspector General report, never definitively resolved that? Why are a handful of motivated citizens with extremely limited resources the only ones asking, like Kent Terry, brother of slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, whose murder was the beginning of ATF’s unraveling?

We know part of the answer was so that ATF management could treat Gunwalker crimes as personnel policy violations. And we saw how that worked out in the case of one of the key players, with a lucrative double-dipping  “sweetheart deal” (that also got him out of the country) courtesy of the Bureau’s credit card provider (which also “just happens” to financially discriminate against “companies that make military-style weapons for consumers”).

And when things started getting too hot for the DOJ, the Fifth Amendment came into play. It shows how unjustifiably optimistically wrong I was when I speculated:

“This could be huge: The monolithic front presented by the administration is crumbling. Career law enforcement personnel are in fear of being charged as criminals and are looking to protect themselves. That could mean ultimately implicating higher-ups, as opposed to falling on their swords and taking one for the team.”

That never happened (you’ll have to ask the Republicans why), so nothing to see here, folks.

Back to the present, what’s happening now may as well be labeled “lather, rinse, repeat.”

“DEA says cartels are arming themselves with military-grade weapons coming from the US,” San Antonio’s Fox 29 claims. “The Mexican government says 70% of crimes committed with guns in Mexico are linked to guns that came from the U.S. and of those, more than 40% come from Texas alone.”

They’re using the same old lies they used to prime the public for more citizen disarmament until that got interrupted by Fast and Furious being exposed. First, it’s not military-grade weaponry, and second, the percentages are being deliberately misrepresented: It’s not “crimes committed with guns in Mexico,” it’s gun information submitted by the Mexican government to ATF for tracing. The ones they didn’t submit are for obvious reasons.

With this as the backdrop, the domestic agents of a foreign entity over at the  Brady Campaign are partnering with the Mexican government in its $10B lawsuit against U.S. gun manufacturers to try to do through the courts what they can’t get accomplished through legislation – destroy the firearms industry, disarm the citizens and undermine what the Founders knew as “being necessary to the security of a free State.”

It would seem the wrong people are on trial for seditious conspiracy.

And I don’t suppose controlling the border might be an option to reduce the flow of guns, or is the flow of future Democrats more important to the people who want us disarmed?

Afterword:

On Saturday, I discussed much of this with Lies of Omission producer T.L. Davis on his Texas TL in Exile podcast:


About David Codrea:

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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Cam

They don’t mention the us government because it was a project set up by both governments to try and get guns in civilian hands banned.

KDad

Obama and Holder were butt-hole deep in Fast & Furious. They counted on the scheme to reinforce the need for more gun control in America. They both are as guilty as anyone in this fiasco.

Considerthis

Don’t forget Hillary ! For a while she and Holder were full court press in the media about an “Iron River” of guns flowing from the U.S. to Mexico.

CaptainKerosene

Back in early 70s I was at a flight s school in Texas working toward a career in aviation. Another student was a Mexican policeman and pilot who was learning to fly the helicopters the US was provi d ing the Mexican police. This officer had been patrolling for drug fields in a fixed wing Piper and would radio for ground troops to go to the grow field. Helicopters would end the often days it took to get to the grow by truck. Even back then big gums were not an issue for the cartels. My friend told me about… Read more »

swmft

they have all kinds of russian stuff provided by cuba, like panama there are tons of guns(nice rhyme) from us too iran contra undoo jimmy carter mess anyone, oh wait we are still living that

Wild Bill

Interesting.

CaptainKerosene

Way back in the day the US Congress didn’t pass some gun law here to fix Mexican corruption and crime. FAST AND FURIOUS GUN RUNNING was deep state tactic to create Mexican crime to retail American trade. So ATF required FFLs to sell guns despite the dealers concerns. ATF wanted American retail guns traced to Mexican crime. Why the Mexican cartels would spend. $ 2, 000 or more ( our retail the was 500 ) when AKs were were sold by the ton f o r a few dollars. The Mexican gov’t also got guns from or gov’t that were… Read more »

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swmft

it is not cartels buying them it is coyotes ,and many of them are local criminals without good conections

Orion

exactly! why would the cartels buy semi’s when the bosses can transport hundreds of full auto AKs unchecked and unmolested right into their personal airparks.

JPM

Who actually believes that the cartels are buying black market semi-auto civilian market weapons in or from the USA at double or triple the retail prices when they can simply purchase full-auto, military grade weapons directly from arms dealers and foreign governments at half of what the semi-autos sell for (legally) here in the USA?

Wild Bill

I think that soccer moms, libtards, and various sundry politicians that want to believe do believe that the cartels are buying American semi-autos. I could be wrong.

nrringlee

ATF does not track the many, many, many cases of military grade weapons we transported to once legitimate governments and their military branches in Central and South America. DoD and the Department of State do but you have to go deep in to the archives to find the data. During the 1970’s we armed Samosa in Nicaragua. We heavily armed Venezuela for decades. WE also documented traffic of military weapons and hardware going in to ports along the Pacific Coast of Central and South America coming from arms dealers dealing in the contents of warehouses in Da Nang and elsewhere.… Read more »

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Wild Bill

Tepic! I’ve been there. Interesting. I’d like to hear more.

Montana454Casull

Where are the warrants for Eric Holder and Barrack Obama ? They both are criminals that orchestrated the Fast and furious scheme . They both are criminals that need to be held accountable for thier criminal activity while in office . The evidence is there that they are responsible unlike the January 6 th hoax and Trump . But yet they are exempt from being held accountable. The double standard is on full display and we the people can see it clearly . Democrats are complete liars and criminals that are exempt from accountability .

Steelbustr

When it started to look bad for the administration during the psuedo investigation Obama declared “executive privilege” on all comms between him and Holder, effectively closing off evidence collection.

musicman44mag

and now that it is all over it should come to light as to what was said and what happened.

OlTrailDog

WTF? PS has a fetish for earlobes??? errrppp, gag, puke.

Finnky

I for one do not doubt that 70% of violence in Mexico are linked to guns originating in the US. See statistics can be true AND misleading at the same time. For example you could have a bar fight in Cabo (violence) in a bar where an American tourist once stopped for a drink. Some years before, that tourist rented a pistol for a new hour at a range in Texas. See – we’ve linked violence in Mexico to a gun which was in Texas. Given vagueness of the description, i’m almost shocked they don’t say 100% – except brainwashed… Read more »

swmft

their military does not buy 70% of its guns from us ,so no way in hell ;they loose more guns in a ten year period than biden gave the taliban

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Larry

Let us think of governments as criminals with flags.
–ALAN TURIN, ATTY (July 25, 2002)

nrringlee

And nuclear weapons.

Jaque

WOULD CHINA OR RUSSIA PUT UP WITH A NEIGHBORING COUNTRY THAT HOSTS MULTINATIONAL DRUG CARTELS THAT SMUGGLES TONS OF DEADLY DRUGS AND OTHER CONTRABAND INTO THEIR COUNTRY THAT IS KILLING MILLIONS OF ITS CITIZENS ? HELL NO SO WHY HASNT THE US GIVEN MEXICO 90 DAYS TO SEAL ITS BORDERS AND TAKE DOWN THE CARTELS AND DRUG LABS OR THE US WILL LAUNCH A MILITARY OPERATION TO SIEZE CONTROL OF 200 MILES DEEP INTO MEXICAN TERRITORY ALONG THE ENTIRE LENGTH OF THE BORDER TO SEARCH AND DESTROY THE CARTELS AND DRUG LABS. AND REMAIN THEIR FOR AS LONG AS IT… Read more »

Orion

lmao! Trump is executing ex-presidents and commanders??
see your doc ASAP. whatever meds you’re on now, they ain’t workin’ !

Russn8r

Which ex-presidents and military commanders has Trump executed?