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Fast And Furious Immunity?
Commonly Known As Stonewalling
Unbelievable If Found To Be True...
I've been writing about Operation Fast And Furious since the death of Border Agent Brian Terry and the scandal began to surface. It now appears that the longer AG Eric Holder stomewalls the issue and has his department continue the cover up in progress that the more digging is done behind the scenes. What you are about to read here you won't hear from The Lame Stream Media. I am certain of this.
Here's the headline that drew my attention to the story I am about to relate and it isn't a pretty picture: 'Fast and Furious' Linked to Immunity Deal Between US and Sinaola Cartel, Trafficking Defendant Alleges in Court Papers. I have to give the story at least an ounce of credibility because it seems in this administration that they want to play by their own rules rather than the rule of law and doing the right thing. That's the Chicago way. This is disturbing if found to be true and with the federal government running amok like it is it is entirely possible.
If you've followed the case as it winds its way through both Senate and House investigative committees you should pick up on the fact that the Department of Justice is deep into the cover up of the actual facts concerning this gun running operation that has resulted in many deaths since its inception. Subpoenaed documents have been redacted to the point that maybe one sentence on a page can be read. Holder has stonewalled Congress about the production of evidence and personally appeared now many times before the committees acting like the falsely accused choir boy with his panties in a bunch. If he didn't know anything about the operation, which he should have as the Attorney General, he is guilty of dereliction of duty if nothing else. But he knew and no matter how he wants to present it the evidence says he knew long before he contends he was made aware of the facts. But he sure isn't telling what the facts actually are.
There is a Mexican cartel drug trafficker, Vicente Jesus Zambada-Niebla, in custody in northern Illinois of all places awaiting trial for smuggling tons of drugs into our nation. In a court pleading this past July in federal court, he contends that the Sinaola cartel received guns from Operation Fast And Furious under an immunity deal worked out with the cartel and the US government. That deal was made in exchange for information being supplied about rival cartels. He went on further to claim that the deal allowed the Sinola cartel to continue smuggling drugs into this nation.
He is asking that documents be provided concerning Operation Fast And Furious be supplied to his defense team in order to prepare for his defense. Good luck with that because the United States Congress can't seem to get what they ask for. Representative Issa's investigation has found that the majority of the guns involved were supplied to the Sinola cartel. Just coincidental I suppose. Zambada-Niebla supposes that the documents will show that our government has a pattern of providing bennies such as immunity to cartel leaders, including his own, who are willing to rat out rival gangs. He claims that he was granted immunity from prosecution from 2004 through 2009 covered by the immunity agreement with the Sinaola cartel. Court documents show that Zambada-Niebla alleges that the Sinaola gang was given carte blanche to smuggle massive amounts of drugs into the Chicago area and other parts of the nation for snitching on other gangs. Somehow I personally have to believe that is possible in light of the scope of Fast And Furious.
Of course federal prosecutors deny the existence of any such deal having been made. So why did the majority of the 2,000+ guns end up in the hands of the Sinola's? Then try to explain why the feds filed a motion to suppress under the Classified Information Procedures Act this past September. According to federal prosecutors back in the September hearing Zambala-Niebla's allegations have no merit. They contend that the documents aren't relevant and not part of the discovery process.
At the time of his arrest in March of 2009 he was working on behalf of the Department of Justice, The DEA, the FBI and Customs and Immigration Enforcement. It is also interesting to note that sent a letter to Holder in July of 2011signed by Grassley and Issa, stating that it appears that not one, but multiple agencies within the DOJ were employing informants inside the drug gangs in Mexico.
Then this question arises. If all the evidence indicates that the DOJ was allowing this gun running to occur, and it does, whose money was being used to pay for the employment of these informants as the weapons were fed through the pipeline to them? Yes, it would be the US tax payer on the hook once again.
Have a Happy 2012. Fast And Furious isn't going away. The plot just seems to thicken as it goes along.
The Frog Prince