Gunwalker: the scandal that breaks the Obama administration?

Posted by: Phineas on June 14, 2011 at 3:02 pm

**Posted by Phineas

I’ve said for a long time that I think Eric Holder is the worst Attorney General since the wretched A. Mitchell Palmer (1) and should be forced to resign or be impeached. From his failure to protect voting rights on a color-blind basis to his vindictive persecution of CIA interrogators questioning al Qaeda terrorists and his incompetence in handling the trials of terrorists, he’s not just incompetent — he’s doing genuine harm.

But it appears the scandal that may finally bring Holder down (and his boss?) is one that’s been simmering on the backburner for months and is only now coming to a boil: Operation “Fast and Furious,” aka “Gunwalker,” a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms plan to trace the flow of firearms to Mexican drug cartels by letting US gun-dealers sell them the weapons.

What could go wrong?

At Pajamas Media, Bob Owens (aka “Confederate Yankee“) looks at the forthcoming hearings, reviews the fatal results of Gunwalker, and concludes Obama and Holder have plenty of reason to stonewall Congress:

Rumors began to fly over a week ago that a .50 BMG weapon supplied to Mexican drug cartels by the U.S. Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) was used to bring down a Mexican military helicopter in May. According to CBS News, the use of that weapon can be confirmed, and it turns out the helicopter was one of two fired upon by suspected cartel members.

The raid on the cartel that the helicopters were supporting was successful, netting more than 70 weapons, including the helicopter-down .50 BMG rifle and other weapons traced back to the botched ATF Operation Fast and Furious, also know as “Gunwalker.”

To date, the ATF operation, which encouraged gun shops in the American southwest to sell weapons to suspected criminals and let them carry the weapons across the border, has resulted in an estimated 150 Mexican law enforcement officers and soldiers shot with ATF-supplied weapons. While the theory behind the plot was different, the end result is no more deplorable than Iran’s arming of Iraqi terrorists.

At least two American law enforcement officers have been murdered with ATF weapons as well. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed with “Gunwalker” firearms in Arizona, while ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata was killed in an ambush in Mexico with a gun the ATF allowed to be sold to a cartel gun smuggler in Dallas.

The damning evidence that the U.S. Department of Justice agency is a major supplier of cartel weapons will go in front of a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee this week, in what could be a damning indictment of the ATF’s senior leadership and Eric Holder’s leadership of the Department of Justice.

Attorney General Holder has apparently ordered the DOJ to fight Congressional oversight, with the DOJ and ATF ignoring seven letters and a subpoena from the committee. Neither Holder nor ATF Director Ken Melson will answer questions — which may lead to them being held in contempt of Congress.

Be sure to read the rest.

One can see why Holder would want to keep information from the House committee: if true, it reveals a mind-boggling level of stupidity and possibly criminal recklessness at ATF and Justice that has lead to the deaths of people on both sides of the border.

Owens hints at a hidden agenda behind the program, and one wonders if he isn’t on to something. Obama, as well as the Left in general, have long been advocates of strict gun-control, regardless of the plain meaning of the Second Amendment. Encountering resistance from the gun-rights lobby and conservatives in Congress, the administration has even worked to circumvent the Second Amendment via international treaty. The President has regularly lied about the role of US firearms in Mexico’s violence, far exaggerating their numbers. Could it be that one of the “side benefits” of Gunwalker was to provide more “ammunition” for the administration’s gun-control agenda?

I’d hate to think that was the case, but it can’t be completely discounted, either.

And that leads to the other reason Holder might rather risk a contempt citation at this week’s hearings than tell the truth: if Obama knew of this plan in advance and approved of it or at least didn’t stop it, or if he found out about it afterwards and didn’t do anything about it, then he bears responsibility for an operation that has cost the lives of US and Mexican federal agents and armed dangerous gangs allied with our declared enemies. It could easily be a fatal blow to his reelection chances.

Which means it’s time to ask The Question: What did the President know, and when did he know it?

BACKGROUND: CBS, in particular reporter Sharyl Attkisson, has been doing yeoman work on this story from its earliest days, reminding us of what the MSM used to be. Here’s one of her first reports. The whole series of articles is here.

RELATED: The Diplomad draws a connection from the ATF to… Thor Heyerdahl?


(1) Hmm… Also appointed by a progressive Democrat president. I detect a pattern.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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17 Responses to “Gunwalker: the scandal that breaks the Obama administration?”


  1. cuchieddie says:

    :-w The sooner Stedman and his messiah wannabe master of the universe are in prison, the better for the nation.

  2. Gladius says:

    Here in the US one just cannot go to the nearest gun store or show and buy automatic weapons in spite of what some say. You need a couple thousand dollars and a 30/60day backround check…for each weapon. There is no good reason to sell semiautos that look like M16’s and AK47’s to bad guys unless it is for nefarious reasons. What Army does anyone know of that would prefer semiauto to autos( which are asault weapons )

  3. Anna Puma says:

    I feel a bumper sticker coming on – “Holder lied/Zapata died”

  4. Marilyn says:

    Waiting with bated breath. But I won’t hold it too long. Given the level of lawbreaking that has been going on for so long, what’s one more crime? Our laws are now routinely trashed…I doubt any serious consequences will come of this.

  5. Frank Nitti says:

    oh, what a wicked web we weave, when we practice to deceive…….

    holder is such a piece of crap, saying i don’t know who authorized, but we are investigating fully…my @@@.

    thanks for the links sis….. good read

  6. Carlos says:

    As noted earlier, the definitions of “high crimes” and “misdemeanors” will eventually have to be decided by the SCOTUS, mostly because if this administration has not committed “high crimes and misdemeanors,” then we might as well pack up and go home because the executive is free to do whatever it wants with absolutely no fear of being hassled.

    Our Founding Fathers must be weeping, wherever they are.

  7. carla says:

    The “high” in high crimes and misdemeanors refers to the station of the person accused, not the character of the crime or misdemeanor itself.


  8. “…but it [all decisions driven by party politics] can’t be completely discounted…” when applied to BHO and the Progressives should be “…it [all decisions driven by party politics] should always be the immediate suspicion.” So, round up all the usual suspects, Chairman Issa.

    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  9. Brontefan says:

    There is just something about reaching the WH that makes one feel invincible… and able to do anything you want to do. I hope this mess catches up to BO and takes both down. Some of us are sick and tired of these so-called “Elitists” who think they are better than we are and that they know what’s best for us.

  10. While CBS (and FOX News to a lesser degree) deserve credit for FINALLY bringing this into the mainstream media…the REAL credit on breaking this story goes to bloggers David Codrea (, War on Guns) and Mike Vanderboegh (Sipsey Street Irregulars) who initially were in contact with the ATF agents who came forward and carefully vetted this story many, many weeks before CBS even touched. They were also in contact with Issa and Grassley likely before Sharyl Attkisson had even heard of this scandal.

    Check out “A Journalist’s guide to ‘Project Gunwalker'” for the REAL backstory on this situation:

    Part One:

    Part Two:

    Part Three:

  11. Carlos says:

    Doesn’t ruffle my feathers that elitists think they’re smarter than everyone else.

    But it really rags on me that they feel competent enough to know what’s best for me, and everyone else, in every situation every time. That’s enough to make those inflated egos and narcissistic demeanors seem as stupid as they really are.

  12. Roy Lofquist says:

    When meeting with a pro gun control group Obama was asked why he was not pursuing it. Obama answered (pp) “Don’t worry about it. We’re working on that by other means”.

    That to me indicates that Obama knew of and encouraged the plan. That’s what the cover up is about.

    Obama’s support amongst the Congressional leadership is fracturing. Hoyer and another membership of the leadership strongly disagreed with Obama’s attempt to require federal contractors to disclose political contributions.

    Elijah Cummmings, the number three Dem in the House was asked if thought Boeing had violated labor laws as charged by the NLRB. He promptly answered no.

    I believe Obama has finally alarmed the Dems in Congress by his usurpation of power from the Legislative branch. They are seeing what is going on and firing shots across his bow. I don’t think that this administration understands what that means.

  13. Drew the Infidel says:

    “Fast and Furious” is such a fitting term for this op since BO, Holder, and Melson are busier than a cat covering crap in an ash pile trying to cover their involvement in this scandal. Trust me, this was not a rogue operation by ATF. As we used to say in the Navy, s–t runs downhill.

  14. Kate says:

    So we are to believe that these guns had some kind of trackability?

    If anything, they made an unstable Mexico even more unstable thereby forcing more Mexcians to risk entering the U.S. illegally to get away from the violence and potentially creating more new votes for Obama in 2012.

    Case closed.

  15. Jim McDonald says:

    The idea of Coward Holder getting some down low in prison just makes my morning.

  16. Carlos says:

    It will be interesting to see if this gets ANY traction whatsoever, or if the MSM (those lovers of everything anti-gun) will ignore it to the point it just goes away? Other than a couple of quick sound bites on Fox News, I haven’t seen anything about it except in the blogosphere.