Sunday, September 30, 2012

Univision To USA: "Turn Around And Watch The Massacres"

In a program that aired tonight, Univision News reported that it has compared the serial numbers of weapons the ATF allowed to 'walk' into Mexico with those of weapons seized at crime scenes in Mexico and has found at least 100 matches. That is 57 more matches than have been disclosed by official U.S. government reports.

According to an English-language report on ABC Univision News:

Univision identified a total of 57 more previously unreported firearms that were bought by straw purchasers monitored by ATF during Operation Fast and Furious, and then recovered in Mexico in sites related to murders, kidnappings, and at least one other massacre.

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In Mexico, the timing of the operation coincided with an upsurge of violence in the war among the country's strongest cartels. In 2009, the northern Mexican states served as a battlefield for the Sinaloa and Juarez drug trafficking organizations, and as expansion territory for the increasingly powerful Zetas. According to documents obtained by Univision News, from October of that year to the end of 2010, nearly 175 weapons from Operation Fast and Furious inadvertently armed the various warring factions across northern Mexico.

"Many weapons cross the border and enter Mexico, but that [Fast and Furious] number, quantity and type of weapons had quite an impact in the war in this area" Jose Wall, an ATF agent stationed in Tijuana from 2009 to 2011, told Univision News.

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"Americans are not often moved by the pain of those outside [their country] …" Javier Sicilia, a Mexican poet whose son was killed in the midst of the violence, told Univision News. "But they are moved by the pain of their own. Well, turn around and watch the massacres."


Anonymous said...

TSB: Good post! The new total of 3500 guns is a lot more than that old 2200 number. I wonder how "inadvertent" the whole thing was? gwb

TSB said...

There was nothing inadvertent about it. The galling thing is that, so far, the administration has not paid any political cost. I'll be interested to see whether Univision makes any difference there.

Anonymous said...

TSB: The genesis of things like massive gun running to Mexico probably comes from meetings like this. Certainly the revolving door between corporate elites and "public service" comes from this. Funny to watch Charlie Rose afraid he might lose his "elite interviewer" status if he says one thing! gwb

James said...

If the Obamaites think they have the latino vote sewed up they are going to get a shock. I don't want to say too much at the moment, but I will later.

Anonymous said...

TSB: State finally get rid of that outrageous troublemaker Van Buren. My favorite charge was that he showed bad judgement in being critical of HC and Michelle Bachman. Bet 5 pesos his next book is a #1 Best Seller! gwb

TSB said...

Yes, Van Buren is now a retiree. About that bad judgment thing, I actually think that was the only legitimate charge against him.

The basis of that charge was a seriously obscene remark he made online about Hillary, and then deleted a couple hours later. I thought at the time that he was way over the line, maybe going unhinged from the investigation and harassment. He sounds much, much, calmer today.