Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Holder’s Hollywood manqué: About Death

The Examiner
William Heuisler

Tucson’s “Wide Receiver” is the latest government gun-smuggling code.

Hollywood could have invented cute names for ATF agents smuggling guns to criminals. Maybe even introduced a plot twist where a brave Border agent is murdered because of gun smuggling. But even Hollywood would realize Eric Holder’s Project Gunrunner - and all its foul brood - is about Death.

The American people are slowly learning about a sinister scheme, concocted in the US Government's Executive Branch, that was then enabled by Chiefs of nearly every Federal Law enforcement Agency. Gunrunner, Fast and Furious and Wide Receiver are all stylized, trivialized names for government agents who helped smuggle American guns to Mexican drug cartels.

Playful names mask deadly crimes and deep corruption too serious to invent. ATF agent whistleblowers say that ATF's Operation Fast and Furious (with Justice Department direction) enabled thousands of weapons to be smuggled into Mexico and sold to drug cartels.

The smuggling, gun-walking project called Gunrunner (proudly announced in 2009 by Attorney General, Eric Holder in Cuernavaca, Mexico) has cost the lives of Tucson Sector Border Agent, Brian Terry and ICE Agent, Jaime Zapata, along with hundreds of Mexican military and law enforcement.

We learn more about this bizarre Hollywood manqué disaster through e-mails and phone calls between ATF’s Phoenix Chief, Bill Newell, and a White House National Security Staff member, Kevin O’Reilly.

Newell email (09.03.10)(pdf)
Arizona Gunrunner Impact Team 
O'Reilly email (09.03.10)(pdf)

(Attkisson, 2011)

ATF Chief Agent (Phoenix) and National Security Staff member (White House) talked and wrote about Fast and Furious, always avoiding names. But they slipped. They carelessly mentioned a group called “OCDTF”. Newell sent O’Reilly e-mail photographs including a .50 caliber rifle that Newell says, "Was purchased in Tucson as part of an OCDTF case."

This is a significant admission. OCDTF means “Organized Crime Drug Task Force” - a joint task force that operates under the Department of Justice, and includes US Attorneys, ATF, DEA, FBI, ICE and IRS.

Newell admits OCDTF smuggled guns in Tucson as part of Fast and Furious.

And then a little plot twist: Congressional investigators Issa and Grassley asked to interview O'Reilly by September 30. But the Administration said O'Reilly is on assignment for the State Department in Iraq. (Attkisson, 2011)

Convenient. This script would be laughable if reality were not so deadly.

No matter what these cuff-linked, capitol-city heroes dream up for politics, a wide receiver plays in a game.

Holder’s schemes are not games. Gunrunner has always been about Death. Gunrunner means gun smuggler; Fast and Furious means car chases. And Americans should never forget the common denominator - the ultimate moment, the final play – is desert death, a spray of bullets, or a spike of black-tar heroin in a ruined arm.

Attkisson, C. (2011). CBS News. Investigation. New Fast and Furious Docs released by White House. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-20114184-10391695.html

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