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Those ATF people – not so great at relationships

Seven months after federal agents began the ill-fated Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation, they stumbled upon their main suspect in a remote Arizona outpost on the Mexican border, driving an old BMW with 74 rounds of ammunition and nine cellphones hidden inside.

Detained for questioning that day in May 2010, Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta described to agents from theBureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosiveshis [sic] close association with a top Mexican drug cartel member, according to documents obtained this weekend by the Times/Tribune Washington Bureau.

The top Fast and Furious investigator, Special Agent Hope MacAllister, scribbled her phone number on a $10 bill after he pledged to cooperate and keep in touch with investigators.

Then Celis-Acosta disappeared into Mexico. He never called.

I bet Special Agent MacAllister spent many sleepless nights next to her cell phone, desperately awaiting his phone call.  I bet she pondered endlessly on whether she should send him another text, or if she should wait until the next morning, afternoon, or evening, or if that would make her look too needy and she didn’t want to push him away, after all, they had just met.

Relationships can be so difficult.

And so can facilitating the sale of thousands of illegal guns to Mexican criminals, only to have them turn up at crime and murder scenes for years afterward.

via Gun-tracking operation netted its top suspect, then let him go – latimes.com.

Sheriff Paul Babeu: Fast and Furious scandal is far from over

Thankfully, over a year after Fast and Furious broke, certain people are still pursuing justice and truth, despite the mainstream media have lost interest long ago.

Congressional democrats are still using the results of Fast and Furious to justify calling for more gun control, so it’s even more important that the full story about this travesty of justice be revealed.

No Fast and Furious fatigue for Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, who has been on the front lines fighting to tell the truth about the Justice Department’s disastrous program from Day One. The longer the Justice Department stonewalls the congressional investigation into the gunrunning program, the more ardent becomes Babeu’s desire to hold the administration accountable.

“Many of us, including me, feel that whoever made these decisions should be held criminally accountable because people have been murdered,” Babeu told me today. “Our hero in the Border Patrol — Agent Brian Terry — was murdered in my state. Two of the guns that were used to kill him — on the scene — were from Fast and Furious. There’s no accountability; Eric Holder still hasn’t come clean to say who made these decisions and it’s been over a year.”

“This is a larger scandal than anything like Watergate,” he explained. “Nobody died there. People lied and there was a cover-up. Here, there’s lies and cover-ups and we still don’t have the answers, but people have been killed. Fourteen hundred of these guns are still outstanding; other people will die from actions of Eric Holder and the Department of Justice.”

via Sheriff Paul Babeu: Fast and Furious scandal is far from over « Hot Air.

ATF used “Fast and Furious” to make the case for gun regulations

It’s the kind of thing that those of us who distrust government and who have some knowledge of how politics work and have seen it in action before would have suspected, but for which we would have been accused of being paranoid or nuts.

Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation “Fast and Furious” to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales.

But low and behold, from the people who said “never let a tragedy go to waste,” comes the tried and true practice of creating an emergency, and using it as justification to do what you already wanted to do.

via Documents: ATF used “Fast and Furious” to make the case for gun regulations – CBS News Investigates – CBS News.

U.S. Drug Agents Launder Profits of Mexican Cartels – NYTimes.com

Wait, so the ATF sells guns to the drug cartels, and the DEA launders their money?  With law enforcement like this, who needs criminals?

WASHINGTON — Undercover American narcotics agents have laundered or smuggled millions of dollars in drug proceeds as part of Washington’s expanding role in Mexico’s fight against drug cartels, according to current and former federal law enforcement officials.

The agents, primarily with the Drug Enforcement Administration, have handled shipments of hundreds of thousands of dollars in illegal cash across borders, those officials said, to identify how criminal organizations move their money, where they keep their assets and, most important, who their leaders are.

via U.S. Drug Agents Launder Profits of Mexican Cartels – NYTimes.com.

And on top of that, law enforcement gets really mad when you point out how they are trampling their oath to defend the Constitution, and to, you know, uphold the law.

When a war is not going well, one response is to escalate. There has been a lot of escalation in the drug war. Here are two recent examples:

1. Federal agent loses his job for questioning the wisdom of the drug war. Some government officials do not like the fact that the group “Law Enforcement Against Prohibition” (LEAP) has a growing membership.

2. Police agents tell judge in a warrant application that DVDs that educate citizens about their constitutional rights make certain organizations suspicious. Really. Since the film in question, “10 Rules for Dealing with the Police” premiered at Cato, maybe undercover officers are now attending our events. Neill Franklin, executive director of LEAP, spoke at Cato about the 10 Rules educational DVD and he says that film ought to be used in police training–to show agents how to respect the constitutional rights of people in the community.

via Drug War Update | Cato @ Liberty.

12/13 edit: Feds Palling Around With Mexican Cartels | Cato @ Liberty.

Issa’s Gunwalker Subpoenas a Virtual Non-Story; AP Furiously Spins False ‘Bush Did It Too’ Meme

The Obama Media Outlets continue to utterly ignore that his administration facilitated illegal gun sales to Mexican drug cartels, and the new story about how many officials in the administration have been subpoenaed to appear before Congress for their involvement in the conspiracy:

As evidence, ladies and gentlemen of the jury of history, I present the undisputed fact that on the evening news shows of NBC, ABC and CBS this week not one — NOT ONE — mentioned the unprecedented subpoena by a Congressional committee of information regarding the entire top echelon of the Justice Department in the Gunwalker Scandal.

via Issa’s Gunwalker Subpoenas a Virtual Non-Story; AP Furiously Spins False ‘Bush Did It Too’ Meme | NewsBusters.org.