September 7, 2011

Gunrunners and Outlawry

Interesting bit from geoffB, in re: the “Washington Insider” update to this post.

From geoff:

Two new things popped up on the “Fast and Furious” investigation which lend some credibility to his idea that Holder will be gone before long.

There was another operation in Indiana, “Gangwalker”, supplying guns to gangs.

The apparent purpose of the operation was to lend the thinnest veneer of truth to the 90-percent lie spread by Barack Obama, Eric Holder, and Hillary Clinton from the very beginning of the Obama administration. It makes sense only as a plot to manufacture evidence for the punitive gun control laws that Obama has championed his entire political career. Indeed, even after Gunwalker was exposed, the number of U.S. guns in Mexico, many of which were put there by the actions of the government itself, was still brazenly used as the excuse for ATF long gun reporting requirements currently being challenged in courts.

Likewise, what Codrea has dubbed as “Gangwalker” appears to be another attempt to provide guns to criminals in order to generate more gun crime and then more calls for gun control.

The biggest difference between the two operations at this early date only seems to be that Gangwalker is a purposeful attempt to create the deaths of American citizens in order to pursue the administration’s fanatical anti-gun agenda.

American deaths, for political gain.

Think about that claim for a minute, and what that would mean.

Operation Fast and Furious (and the suspected operations in Texas and Florida) was reprehensible and more than likely calculated to raise the level of violence in Mexico, sacrificing the lives of law enforcement officers, soldiers, and civilians in order to pursue a policy goal. It wasn’t until an American agent died that whistleblowers finally arose and cried out. It was as if Mexican lives meant less than American lives … and in this sick political calculus, maybe that was exactly the mindset.

But if Gangwalker is what it appears to be, then we are staring down a president, attorney general, secretary of Homeland Security, and key members of the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security gone entirely rogue.

Then there is a new twist in the “Gunwalker” saga with there being IEDs and full auto weapons supplied and the confessed supplier being let go.

The WSJ reports today that federal authorities are now investigating why the U.S. Attorney’s office in Phoenix — the same office that oversaw Fast and Furious — released Jean Baptiste Kingery after he confessed to providing military-style weapons to the now-defunct La Familia Michoacana drug cartel.

Kingery, who was arrested and released in June 2010, confessed to manufacturing improvised explosive devices (IEDs) using grenade components from the U.S. He also admitted to helping the cartel convert semi-automatic rifles into machine guns. Mexican criminal organizations are increasingly using these military-style weapons as the cartels’ escalate their wars against the government and one another.

Despite Kingery’s confession, and over loud protestations from the arresting ATF officers, the U.S. Attorney’s office let Kingery go within hours of his arrest.

Plus this little added item.

The Arms Export Control Act is the same law that brought down the architects of Iran-Contra, officials who facilitated the illegal sales of weapons to Iran and to Nicaraguan rebels (Contras) during the Reagan Administration.

It’s a critical piece of legislation, especially for the ordinary American, who’s usually the one wearing the boots when they hit the ground in bad places. Americans have a hard time with the notion that the bullets, guns, missiles, tanks, and other military hardware the enemy may be using to kill their sons and daughters in the military may have been ‘made in the USA.’

Here’s how it’s supposed to work. The Arms Export Control Act prohibits US arms merchants and defense manufacturers from selling lethal weapons and sensitive or dual-use technology to people who may want to use those weapons and technology to fire back at US citizens—at the military, law enforcement agents, and more and more often, a lot of just plain Americans who routinely miss those signs 80 miles inland on the US side of the Mexico-Arizona border warning tourists to go no further–Mexican gunmen on the prowl.

US weapons cannot be sold and shipped to countries that support terrorism, or nations, states, groups, or other entities deemed unfriendly to the United States.

Los Zetas and US weapons

I’d say Mexican cartels, especially the violent assassination squads that comprise Los Zetas, fall into that category, wouldn’t you?

Even more importantly, the Arms Export Control Act is, in fact, a servant to Article Three of the United States Constitution, which defines the act of selling weapons to those who would ‘levy war against the United States’ or ‘giving aid and comfort to our enemies’ as treason. No kidding. Treason.

If a US law enforcement agency wants to involve itself in the sale of weapons purchased from US gun dealers for export purposes–sales that may be part of an legitimate enforcement or military operation–that agency, let’s say ATF, must apply to the State Department for an exemption from the licensing requirements normally imposed on the commercial sale and export of such weapons. If an enforcement agency or military entity intent on running a covert op involving the export of lethal weapons does not obtain the necessary exemptions from State, for–listen carefully–each weapon or bundle of weapons purchased, that agency or military purchaser has committed a crime. Consider. ATF sent more than 1700 weapons across the border into Mexico–that could translate into 1700+ violations of the Arms Export Control Act.

If Holden goes, Obama’s Justice Department shield — the “fire wall,” as others have called it — is greatly weakened.

In the end, though, the problem is systemic, and unless and until Obama is not only defeated but is replaced by a classical liberal / constitutional conservative with a reformer’s will, the bowels of our bureaucracy — a very real shadow government, operating through the production of ever more rules and regulations, and acting beyond the reach of voters and temporary politicians — will still be riddled with an activist, leftwing cancer that will go dormant during “off” administrations, only to resurface at the beck and call of the next “progressive” President and Congress.

Getting rid of Holder, then Obama, and following up with investigations into corruption and cover-ups within the Justice Department is a very small start. The next President and Congress, should the GOP be so fortunate as to regain power, simply must aggressively sell a severe restriction on the bureaucratic state to voters — and refuse to back down to the inevitable demagoguery the left-wing Democrats will use to protect their structural political advantage, itself becoming something of a permanent fixture of what was once supposedly a representative republican form of government.

Bachmann, Palin, and Cain are the only candidates and potential candidates I believe are both capable and willing to carry out such a excising of the Nanny State’s primary and entrenched defenses.

The fact is, it will take a kind of anti-establishment political outsider. Gaining the Presidency is a start, sure. But it’s not enough — and it matters who we entrust with the job.

We really don’t have the option of kicking the can down the road much longer — and to those who believe the endgame is merely regaining the Presidency and control of Congress by putting up the most “electable” candidate, with the resultant lower taxes and proposed “compassionate conservative” edge fixes to entitlement programs (which, after media pressure and Democrat spin will likely stall), I ask, as I’ve done for several years now, is it really better to win and, in so doing, lose more slowly? Or is it best to put up a real classical liberal / constitutional conservative candidate, provide a stark contrast between that vision of America and the one being offered up by establishment politicians (of both parties), and, having made our best pitch, let the chips fall where they may…?

Posted by Jeff G. @ 9:04am
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Comments (22)

  1. Holder ain’t going anywhere, except possibly to Fannie Mae, where he can continue to fail up and earn millions while doing so.

  2. Palin has already shown she can’t handle the stress of governing

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  4. Nice post Darlene. You know, an aspiring journalist from the… oh I don’t know, New York Times, could really dig into this investigation and I bet he/she would find lots to write about it. Unfortunately, I think our best bet is the National Inquirer.

  5. this is a Mr. Jeff post

  6. Palin has already shown she can’t handle the stress of governing

    You forgot to add the part about there being no fame and fortune for a celebriwhore to sellout to in taking on the entrenched bureaucratic interests.

  7. I think it’s tough question.

    Until recently I have been assuming that it’s more important to win this time because we can’t take much more damage to the nation and another four years of this nut could mean some very, very, very serious damage.

    But I am starting to think you are right, Jeff, that a pseudo-solution in the form of a Big Government go-along-get-along crony capitalist Republican would actually be a worse outcome.

    On a positive note, I’m psyched that the term “crony capitalism” is catching on. Gives us a great platform for an important discussion.

  8. Feet off, happyfuck. Spout off your misogynistic dishonest bullshit in the appointed thread from yesterday.

  9. blame neato

  10. David Kahane seems to agree: there’s no time left to waste.

  11. what sucks is the fridge at work doesn’t have an icemaker

  12. From the article sdferr linked:

    Your society is reeling, sick, possibly terminal — just the way Cloward and Piven and the Frankfurt School and Saul Alinsky and Herbert Marcuse and the Weather Underground and George McGovern and Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin and Tom Hayden and Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn and Kathy Boudin and the authors of the Port Huron Statement drew it up on the blackboard jungle way back when “Che” was a dope-smoking, rock-throwing pup. Yippie!

    I like Kahane’s work, but can’t say I cared for his book.

  13. I haven’t read his book Ernst (and to say more than necessary, don’t plan to, but . . .) so what was it about it you didn’t like?

  14. If Holder goes, Obama’s Justice Department shield — the “fire wall,” as others have called it — is greatly weakened.

    If Holder goes, Obama drops out.

  15. The descriptive stuff was good sdferr, the prescriptive —in order to defeat the left, you must become the left— not so much.

  16. Stephen Carter is a law prof I thought, not an economist.

  17. So.
    Who has the power to assemble a grand jury?

  18. Sorry Jeff, my bad. I flipped past the name too quick. Its a good article JEFF. =)

  19. OT but tangentially related: Libyan missiles looted

    Suddenly, President SCOAMF’s genius plan to outsource the Libyan Kinetic Military Action to clearly-less-than-capable NATO doesn’t sound like such a hot idea.

    A potent stash of Russian-made surface-to-air missiles is missing from a huge Tripoli weapons warehouse amid reports of weapons looting across war-torn Libya.

    […]

    The governments of neighboring Niger and Chad have both said that weapons from Libya are already being smuggled into their countries, and they are destined for al Qaeda. They include detonators and a plastic explosive called Semtex. Chad’s president said they include SA-7 missiles.

    When the first civilian airliner goes down, the Organizer-in-Chief can take a bow.

  20. “OT but tangentially related”

    Geez Dave, I’d say directly related.

    There seems to be a pattern here.

  21. See, this right here is OT but tangentially related.

    I’m reading Tom Clancy’s(with Peter Telep. To get totally OT, I hate that coattails shit, and it’s becoming a real blight) new book “Against All Enemies”, and it seems to describe the mindset of this kinda thing.

    The book involves Arab terrorists and Mexican cartels, and the Navy SEAL CIA operator(with all the appropriate inner demons) “taking them out”. Anyway, the plot involves heavy surveillance, and the tracking of drugs and weapons for “intelligence” useful to the spooks.

    I’m pretty sure the book was already developed before GunWalker was exposed, and it’s interesting to see the mindset, and obliviousness of law enforcement to the obvious risks of the strategy.

  22. The apparent purpose of the operation was to lend the thinnest veneer of truth to the 90-percent lie spread by Barack Obama, Eric Holder, and Hillary Clinton from the very beginning of the Obama administration. It makes sense only as a plot to manufacture evidence for the punitive gun control laws that Obama has championed his entire political career. Indeed, even after Gunwalker was exposed, the number of U.S. guns in Mexico, many of which were put there by the actions of the government itself, was still brazenly used as the excuse for ATF long gun reporting requirements currently being challenged in courts.

    What.

    What.

    What.

    Get this man out of office immediately.

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