• Government quietly releases 64,000+ pages on Fast and Furious gunrunning debacle.
• Did Eric Holder resign in pathetic bid to avoid criminal prosecution over illegal op?
By Victor Thorn —
On November 4, while every major media outlet was focusing on candidates and ballot counts, Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department surreptitiously dumped 64,280 pages of previously unreleased documents related to the “Fast and Furious” gunrunning scandal into the public domain. It was a deliberate scheme to avoid any more scrutiny over an official program that allowed violent Mexican drug gangs to buy guns in the U.S. and take them back to Mexico.
The operation involved Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents coercing federally licensed gun dealers from southwestern states to sell thousands of semi-automatic weapons to known Mexican drug cartels—the very types of weapons that President Barack Obama, Holder and then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sought to make illegal under an assault weapons ban.
The Fast and Furious files, many of them still heavily redacted, are considered so explosive that Obama did everything he could, even invoking “executive privilege,” to prevent their release in hopes of protecting Holder, the nation’s first attorney general to be held in contempt by Congress.
Further proof that smoking guns exist within these reports arose when Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) acknowledged that, due to highly sensitive information, these documents wouldn’t be publicly released. Despite several federal lawsuits, thousands of Fast and Furious pages are still being concealed, many of which allegedly relate to Holder’s direct complicity in overseeing this operation and lying about it before Congress. Ironically, in an October 2o interview, Holder said one of his biggest regrets was his failure to pass gun control legislation.
“The inability to pass reasonable gun safety laws after the Newtown massacre is something that weighs heavily on my mind,” Holder told CNN.
Seeking some straight answers, on November 5, this reporter interviewed Robert Farago, the founder of pro-firearms organization The Truth About Guns.
When asked about the real story behind Fast and Furious, Farago began, “The government wants us to believe Fast and Furious was a sting operation gone wrong, but that explanation makes no sense at all because law enforcement didn’t keep track of the guns going into Mexico. In fact, ATF agents were specifically told to let these weapons go without any supervision.”
After debunking that angle, Farago continued. “Another theory involves a conspiracy to enact gun control laws. In other words, these guns went south and would then be found at crime scenes. Thus, Holder’s people would say America needs an assault weapons ban. ATF agents actually high-fived one another after learning Fast and Furious guns were located in Mexico.”
Still, this line of reasoning doesn’t reach the crux of the issue. According to Farago, “Most Fast and Furious guns went to the Sinaloa drug cartel. They’re at war with another cartel, the [Los] Zetas. What Obama and Holder desperately don’t want the American public to learn is that they were favoring the Sinaloa cartel and allowing them to smuggle guns and drugs into our country. Furthermore, there was also a Sinaloa money-walking scandal where millions of dollars were being smuggled into America and laundered between the various parties involved.”
Without hedging his bets, Farago insisted, “Under Fast and Furious, the Obama administration allowed guns and drugs to go south into Mexico in exchange for the Sinaloa cartel’s shipment of drugs north. They were in bed with this cartel, and all kinds of agencies assisted in the operation, including Hillary Clinton’s State Department, the Drug Enforcement Agency, CIA [Central Intelligence Agency] and [United States] Border Patrol. We’re talking about highly illegal arms trafficking, an international crime. For Obama, Fast and Furious is definitely an impeachable offense.”
Farago backed up his claims. “Here’s what we know. First, the head of ATF, Ken Melson, watched guns ‘walk’ via CCTV cameras. Secondly, ATF special agent John Dodson told his men to stand-down and let the guns go. Lastly, ATF never monitored these weapons or tried to recover them. There were also no arrests or any investigations. Holder and the ATF knew their guns went into the hands of cartel members. They were actively helping the Sinaloa cartel by aiding the flow of guns, money and drugs back and forth across our southern border. The Obama administration helped the bad guys who were supplying drugs to America.”
Strangely, in the beginning Holder and company deemed their Fast and Furious operation a success. That was until a pivotal event changed everything. Farago filled in the details. “We know for a fact that Holder was involved in Fast and Furious, but once Border Agent Brian Terry was murdered, the whole thing blew wide open. At that moment Holder went into cover-up mode. Since he knew what was happening, it’s certain that Obama did, too.”
Fitting a final piece to the puzzle, Farago told AMERICAN FREE PRESS, “Brian Terry was shot with a gun provided to the bad guys by his own government, and our president has sold him out. Terry was a man who genuinely believed in his mission to protect our border against illegal aliens. But did you know that Obama’s Department of Homeland Security head Janet Napolitano only allowed her Border Patrol agents to carry bean bag ammo? So, when a team of U.S. border agents, including Terry, confronted a gang of criminals, they shot bean bag ammunition at them. Their adversaries returned fire with AK-47s and killed Terry. That’s how he got murdered.”
Victor Thorn is a hard-hitting researcher, journalist and author of over 50 books.