Friday, September 9, 2011

Gunrunner: betrayal and denial

The Examiner
William Heuisler

A third weapon smuggled by Fast and Furious was evidently found at Border Agent, Brian Terry’s murder scene.        

FBI investigators have, until yesterday, been able to conceal the fact that a Simonov Type-56 Russian semi-automatic rifle was also found at the Terry murder scene along with two AK-47s. (LaJeunesse, 2011)

Why was the Simonov SKS rifle concealed for so long by the FBI? Who gave the order?

The Terry murder is a betrayal of Law Enforcement that began with a decision to corrupt the Law for political purposes. Who had the power to make that decision?

On Wednesday, Attorney General (AG) Holder denied knowledge of Fast and Furious, the Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Gunrunner-off-shoot that smuggled 2,000 weapons to Mexican criminals. Two (now three) of those ATF-smuggled guns turned up at the murder of Tucson District Border Patrol Agent, Brian Terry.

AG Holder apparently wants us to forget his 2009 speech praising Gunrunner in Cuernavaca, Mexico. (Holder, 2009).

Citing a review by his own Justice Department, Holder said, “We’ll certainly see, I think, at the end of that exactly who was involved, exactly who made the decisions in what was clearly, I think, a flawed enforcement effort.  But the notion that somehow or other that this thing reaches into the upper levels of the Justice Department is something that at  this point I don’t think is supported by the facts. And I think as we examine and as all the facts are in fact revealed, we’ll see that that is not the case.”  (Ryan, 2011)

Involved? We know who had to be involved with an FBI cover-up. Now, what about the White House?
In March, President Obama denied knowledge of Gunrunner on Univision TV, “There may be a situation here in which a serious mistake was made. If that’s the case, then we’ll find out and we’ll hold someone accountable.”

But there are solid White House-Gunrunner connections. Outgoing ATF director Melson told Darrell Issa's Congressional Committee on Government Oversight orders for Gunrunner and Fast and Furious came from the White House.

In fact, Friday before Labor Day the Congressional Committee revealed that Dan Restrepo, senior director for Western Hemisphere affairs at the National Security Council,had received memos from the Arizona head of the  “Fast and Furious" gun-smuggling scheme. (IBD editorial, 2011)

Memos to update the White House? Who is Restrepo? According to the Investors Business Daily, Restrepo, in his position on the Security Council, has for years blamed U.S. gun dealers for violence in Mexico and has called for a U.S. assault weapon ban. During the meeting between President Calderon and President Obama, Restrepo told Mexican media, “The U.S. will work to inhibit the flow of weapons ... across our border". Restrepo has also worked for closer US ties with Fidel Castro and Cesar Chavez. (IBD editorial, 2011)

Prior to his appointment to the National Security Council by President Obama, Restrepo was director of the Americas Project at the Center for American Progress, a George Soros think tank, whose Chief Executive Officer is John Podesta.

Why would a US Attorney send Dan Restrepo memos on Fast and Furious gun smuggling?

Holder, E. (2009). Justice News. United States Department of Justice. Attorney General Eric Holder at the Mexico/ United States Arms Trafficking Conference.

IBD Editorial (2011). Investors Business Daily. A White House “Gunrunner”?

LaJeunesse, W. (2011). Fox News. Third gun linked to Fast and Furious identifiedat Border Agent’s murder scene.

Ryan, J. (2011). ABCNews. AG Holder distancesrole of top DOJ officials from gun scandal.

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