How do 700 tobacco farmers uncover a highly secretive criminal operation generating millions of dollars in fraudulent cigarette sales? By going into business with the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), as they sold millions of dollars of cigarettes, the number one cause of preventable death, that’s how. And the operation may be as scandalous and controversial as the famed Fast and Furious gun running program with which the ATF was also involved.
United States — On Tuesday a federal judge ruled President Obama cannot use executive privilege to deny Congress access to records related to failed gun running scheme, Operation Fast and Furious.
U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that the Department of Justice’s prior release of information related to Fast and Furious invalidated President Obama’s claim that releasing details of the program would cause harm.
“The Department itself has already publicly revealed the sum and substance of the very material it is now seeking to withhold. Since any harm that would flow from the disclosures sought here would be merely incremental, the records must be produced,” Jackson wrote.
– Book by whistleblower at center of ‘Fast and Furious’ blocked by the ATF (RT, Oct 8, 2013):
A book authored by an agent at the center of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ “Fast and Furious” gun running debacle has been rejected and barred from being published by the agency, citing concerns for morale.
Special Agent John Dodson, who became a whistleblower in 2011 when he approached Republican lawmakers in Congress with details of a botched attempt by the ATF to allow sales of firearms in order to build a case against Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa cartel, has already penned a book on the saga, though it was unclear on Monday whether it will ever see the light of day.
“This would have a negative impact on morale in the Phoenix [field division] and would have a detremental [sic] effect on our relationships with [the Drug Enforcement Administration] and FBI,” the ATF’s rejection letter stated.
Current restrictions prevent federal employees from profiting from “any source other than the government for teaching, speaking or writing that relates to the employee’s official duties,” ruling out the possibility for Dodson to cash in on any book deal.
– More Fast and Furious guns surface at crimes in Mexico (CBS News, Aug 14, 2013):
Three more weapons from Fast and Furious have turned up at crime scenes in Mexico, CBS News has learned, as the toll from the controversial federal operation grows.
According to Justice Department tracing documents obtained by CBS News, all three guns are WASR-10 762-caliber Romanian rifles. Two were purchased by Fast and Furious suspect Uriel Patino in May and July of 2010. Sean Steward, who was convicted on gun charges in July 2012, purchased a third. The rifles were traced yesterday to the Lone Wolf gun shop in Glendale, Ariz.
During Fast and Furious and similar operations, federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) encouraged the Lone Wolf and other gun stores to sell massive amounts of weapons to questionable purchasers who allegedly trafficked them Mexican drug cartels.
– Exclusive: FBI allowed informants to commit 5,600 crimes (USA Today, Aug 4, 2013):
USA TODAY exclusive: New documents show FBI agents gave their informants permission to break the law thousands of times in 2011.
WASHINGTON — The FBI gave its informants permission to break the law at least 5,658 times in a single year, according to newly disclosed documents that show just how often the nation’s top law enforcement agency enlists criminals to help it battle crime.
– ATF Recruits Brain-Damaged Black Man As Stooge For Trumped-Up Gun Crimes (Natural News, April 9, 2013):
When the ATF can’t find real people committing gun crimes, it must fabricate those crimes itself in order to justify its very existence. The latest victim to be ensnared in the ATF’s ongoing racket of trumped-up “gun crimes” is a brain-damaged, mentally retarded black man named Chauncey Wright. He nearly drowned as an infant, and the sustained lack of oxygen to his brain caused permanent brain damage.
This, in the view of the ATF, made him the “perfect stooge” to carry out their devious entrapment plot. He was also targeted because he had a felony conviction on his record from 2007 when he was caught selling $10 bags of cocaine on the street. This felony record meant that handling a gun was itself a whole new felony.
To entice Wright into committing “crimes” for the ATF, he was given cigarettes, cash and gifts by the ATF to distribute flyers for an undercover storefront set up by the ATF itself. He rode his bike around town and handed out flyers, talking up the store to friends and town residents. The ATF also had Wright stock store shelves with “shoes, clothing, drug paraphernalia and auto parts,” according to press reports (see source, below).
After six months of entrapping this brain-damaged man and enticing him with cigarettes and cash, the ATF arrested him and charged him with gun crimes and drug violations.
This is your government at work, building a police state system of entrapment and exploitation of innocent victims.
“I have never heard of anything so ludicrous in my life,” said Greg Thiele, who spent 30 years working for the Milwaukee Police Department including on undercover stings with federal agents, including those with the ATF. “Something is very wrong here.”
The story goes on to state:
“This is real exploitation,” said Shirin Cabraal, managing attorney for Disability Rights Wisconsin. “It’s morally outrageous.”
ATF and FBI actively carry out terrorist plots against America
What we’re dealing with today is an arrogant police state where both the ATF and the FBI routinely plan, engineer and carry out elaborate criminal operations, then arrest some stooge they set up to take the fall.
– REPORT: Senior ATF Agent In Charge Of Fast ‘N Furious Gun Running Program Was Also Working For JPMorgan (The Daily Bail/Washington Post)
Update on Sep 19, 2012: Is This A Joke? – DOJ Review Says Holder did not know about ‘Fast and Furious’
– Obama admin. let grenades walk in Fast and Furious, documents show (Daily Caller, May 2, 2012):
In a shocking development in the Operation Fast and Furious investigation, documents show Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents allowed grenade parts to walk in addition to guns.The emails also show Obama administration officials acknowledging that they may lose track of grenades but would still be able to accomplish their original objective even if the grenades explode.
According to an internal email that was provided to Congress by the Department of Justice and first reported by CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson — who’s been the media’s most dogged reporter in tracking down facts on Fast and Furious – ATF began watching accused smuggler Jean Baptiste Kingery’s AK-47 purchases in 2004. In the 2009 internal ATF email, Obama administration officials admitted they believed Kingery was “trafficking them into Mexico.”
The 2009 email shows the ATF officials had then become aware of Kingery’s alleged grenade trafficking.
– Drug lords targeted by Fast and Furious were FBI informants (Los Angeles Times, Mar 21, 2012):
Federal agents released alleged gun trafficker Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta to help them find two Mexican drug lords. But the two were secret FBI informants, emails show.
Reporting from Washington — When the ATF made alleged gun trafficker Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta its primary target in the ill-fated Fast and Furious investigation, it hoped he would lead the agency to two associates who were Mexican drug cartel members. The ATF even questioned and released him knowing that he was wanted by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
But those two drug lords were secretly serving as informants for the FBI along the Southwest border, newly obtained internal emails show. Had Celis-Acosta simply been held when he was arrested by theBureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in May 2010, the investigation that led to the loss of hundreds of illegal guns and may have contributed to the death of a Border Patrol agent could have been closed early.
Documents obtained by the Los Angeles Times/Tribune Washington Bureau show that as far back as December 2009 — five months before Celis-Acosta was detained and released at the border in a car carrying 74 live rounds of ammunition — ATF and DEA agents learned by chance that they were separately investigating the same man in the Arizona and Mexico border region.
– Justice Department reveals false statements over flawed Operation Fast And Furious (Daily Mail, Dec. 3, 2011):
The Justice Department on Friday provided Congress with documents detailing how it gave inaccurate information to a U.S. senator in the controversy surrounding Operation Fast and Furious, the flawed law enforcement initiative aimed at dismantling major arms trafficking networks on the South west border.
In a letter last February to Charles Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Justice Department said that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms had not sanctioned the sale of assault weapons to a straw purchaser and that the agency makes every effort to intercept weapons that have been purchased illegally.
In connection with Operation Fast and Furious, both statements have turned out to be incorrect.