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The deadliest Obama scandal, Operation Fast and Furious, has been simmering for months now. Congressman Darrell Issa’s investigation has been getting stonewalled by the Administration and former AG Eric Holder, who oversaw the program, has since returned to life as a Beltway Bandit. But the arrest of Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman threatens to move the scandal off of the back burner.

When Mexican Marines caught up to Guzman (Tacos and Sean Penn were involved. I’m not making this up!), they recovered a .50 BMG rifle at the house where he was hidingEl Chapo's fiddyWanna take a guess where this particular rifle came from? You got it; Operation Fast and Furious. This was one of at least 34 .50 BMG firearms that the BATFE allowed to “walk” into Mexico. For those who don’t remember, this operation was supposed to catch gun runners taking guns into Mexico. There was, however, one problem: BATFE agents had no way of tracking the guns once they crossed the border. Perhaps it didn’t occur to them that the other side of the border is Mexico, and not the US, and that their jurisdiction ends at said border.

That theory, as attractive as it sounds, isn’t plausible. How do we know this? The agents involved are able to dress themselves. Were they really that stupid, they’d be showing up to work wearing Garanimals. Which means, of course, that their actions were deliberate.

So why would the Obama Administration allow firearms like this .50 BMG rifle to get into the hands of Mexican drug cartels? The theory I find more believable is that they were ginning up the “iron river of guns” that Hillary and others have been babbling about for years. Robert Farago at The Truth About Guns thinks that this particular seizure adds credence to an alternative theory: That the US was arming the Sinaloa cartel in their fight against the Los Zetas cartel. In either case, US officials didn’t seem to care that these same rifles were being turned on Mexican law enforcement. There are reports that the Sinaloa cartel was using them against drug surveillance helicopters piloted by Mexican police. Perhaps both theories explain the Administration’s actions. One motivation may have conveniently grown from the other.

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Acting ATF Director Ken Melson broke with the Administration and testified About Gun Walker On Independence Day. He appeared before Congressional investigators without the benefit of DOJ minders. Sen. Chuck Grassley and Congressman Darrell Issa reportedly told Attorney General Eric Holder “Acting Director Melson’s cooperation was extremely helpful to our investigation.”

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Congressman Darrell Issa told the DOJ (BATFE’s parent agency) that they should be ashamed of themselves for handing over heavily redacted documents in response to Issa’s requests…

After more than two months of back-and-forth between DOJ officials and Issa’s staff, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich told lawmakers that the department was cooperating and actively working to respond to the committee’s request.

Outraged, Issa held up a piece of white paper with a giant black box of entirely redacted text on it.

“You should be ashamed of yourself,” Issa said to Weich. “It doesn’t take so long if you don’t spend your life redacting it.

“The pages go on like this forever,” he said, referencing the blackened piece of paper. “You’ve given us black paper instead of white paper. You might as well have given us a ream still in its original binder. How dare you make an opening statement of cooperation.”

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The DOJ, of course, claimed that they redacted the documents because of ongoing investigations. But, we all know that they gunrunning investigations they’re supposedly protecting have produced next to no results. The lack of prosecutions lends credence to the theory that there was never any investigative intent behind ATF’s actions; but rather, the entire operation was designed to provide the Obama Administration with justification for more gun control laws

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Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) spoke with Fox News about the Obama Administration’s on-going stonewalling over the “Project Gunrunner” scandal. According to Rep. Issa, Project Gunrunner was “not a rogue operation”…

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Mike Vanderboegh at the Sipsey Street Irregulars reports on several new rumors floating around DC regarding the Obama Administration’s “Gunwalker” cover-up. The first is that a senior ATF official has approached Sen. Grassley’s office for protection as a Federal whistleblower. The second is that Rep. Issa was the recipient of a gift the other day: “VERY LARGE box of VERY SIGNIFICANT documents dumped on his desk on Tuesday from a VERY UNEXPECTED source.” This early Christmas gift reportedly points to the White House and the Administration’s involvement in the whole scandal.

Stay tuned!

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Seattle Gun Rights Examiner Dave Workman joined NRA News’ Ginny Simone to talk about the recent reshuffling of personnel at the ATF…

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House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa has again stated his belief that the decision to “walk” guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartels was not a made be rogue agents at ATF field offices in the Southwest. That decision came from Washington DC

Issa reaffirmed his certainty that the decision to allow guns to “walk” into Mexico was one made in Washington, not in border cities or local ATF offices as DOJ officials have contended.

“We’re not done but what we do know is that the decision for this was not made in Tucson or El Paso or anywhere else,” he said. “It was made in Washington.”

Congressman Issa compared the Gunrunner cover-up to the Iran-Contra cover-up of the 1980s. “This looks an awful lot like Iran Contra… When a government agency makes a mistake they stall, delay and cover up. That’s what’s happening here.”

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You know it’s getting bad when even NPR can no longer ignore the “Gunwalker” cover-up

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For his part, Holder said that he hadn’t been aware of the operation. He told lawmakers it’s on his radar screen now.

“What I have told people at the Department of Justice is that under no circumstances, in any case, in any investigation that we bring, should guns be allowed to be distributed in an uncontrolled manner,” he said.

Congressional Republicans say more than a dozen whistleblowers have come forward to express their concerns about the danger of Operation Fast and Furious. That includes ATF agents, their supervisors, and even an Arizona gun dealer.

The unnamed dealer sent e-mails to agents in Arizona last year, six months before Terry’s death, warning them that he had a bad feeling. In the messages, the dealer said he was worried the guns would make their way to Mexico and be used by “bad guys.”

Rush Limbaugh often calls the American news media “The State controlled Media”. From day one the members of The Fourth Estate have done all they can to advance the Obama agenda. Their support has been so complete that Rush’s joke no longer looks like a joke. But in the case of NPR, you can almost excuse them. They are, after all, a State controlled media outlet. (Do you doubt this? Ever heard of the power of the purse?) Thus one would have expected that the last media group to report on the Project Gunrunner cover-up would be NPR.

I guess I was mistaken.

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House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa(R-CA) has finally been able to question Attorney General Eric Holder about the Project gunrunner debacle.

From The Daily Caller:

At the hearing, Holder conceded to Issa that Congress has the authority to conduct investigations independent of the Justice Department. Holder also said the DOJ has 20 cases heading to trial in June on the subject. Issa doesn’t think much of those cases.

“Isn’t it true that those 20 cases going to trial in June are basically a bunch of meth addicts who were straw buying? You don’t have the kingpins,” Issa said. “What you have are the people you already had.”

Issa then asked Holder whether the Justice Department will cooperate with ongoing congressional investigations, which he says differ from the DOJ’s on who is being investigated. “We’re not looking at straw buyers, Mr. Attorney General, we’re looking at you,” Issa said. “We’re looking at you, we’re looking at your key people who knew or should’ve known about this.”

Mr. Holder feigned offense at the notion that his agency has gotten people killed; however, he could offer Congressman Issa no good answer when Mr. Issa asked what should be said to the mother of slain border patrol agent Brian Terry. Terry, who per department policy was armed with a bean-bag gun, was killed by thugs armed with guns “walked” into Mexico by the ATF.

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