Fast and Furious: DoJ-supplied guns used in Mexican lawyer’s murder

Posted by: Phineas on May 2, 2012 at 3:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Well, ain’t that just dandy.

I’ve said before that the number of Mexican soldiers, federal agents, police and civilians killed by weapons allowed to “walk” over the border into Mexico under the Department of Justice’s “sting” operation has amounted to at least 300, per the Mexican Attorney General.

Here are some specifics, courtesy of Borderland Beat:

Firearms connected to Operation Fast and Furious were used in the 2010 slaying of the brother of the former Chihuahua state attorney general, according to a U.S. congressional report.

The report said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives traced two of the weapons suspected in the murder of lawyer Mario González Rodríguez, but did not report this fact to the Mexican government until eight months after the tracing.

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A video of Mario González Rodríguez’s “interrogation” by armed men was carried on YouTube. The body of the well-known Chihuahua City lawyer was found Nov. 5, 2010, in a shallow grave.

Then, Mexican federal authorities, following a shootout with drug cartel suspects, seized 16 weapons and arrested eight men in connection with Mario González Rodríguez’s murder.

The serial numbers on the seized weapons were run through an ATF database and, sure enough, two AK-pattern weapons were were flagged as “walked guns.” But it took eight months for the US government to tell Mexican authorities of their findings. When Carlos Canino, then the ATF attache in Mexico City, finally did bother to tell the Mexicans that, hey, some of our guns killed one of your citizens –our bad!– he gave the following explanation for the delay:

Canino feared an international incident might break out with Mexico if the information leaked out to the news media instead of being sent through government channels. He told U.S. lawmakers that he did not want to undermine the trust that U.S. law enforcement had developed with their Mexican counterparts in the war against the drug cartels.

Because, Lord knows, nothing builds trust like supplying automatic weapons and grenades to your ally’s enemies. Hate to see that spoiled.

When did I move to Bizarro World?

PS: Note to Mitt Romney, two words: Special. Prosecutor.

RELATED: Earlier entries for Operation Fast and Furious, aka “Gunwalker.”

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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  1. T-Steel says:

    When will a US President get deadly serious about securing our borders (especially our border with Mexico). To quote my Mexican sister-in-law from an e-mail:

    We essentially have a terrorist state at our border where poor people are taken advantage of TOO EASILY by terrorists to smuggle insanity into the US. And many times, those terrorists get a hand shake into the US too!

    The whole argument against tough immigration laws and actions always rolls along the “people are fleeing to opportunity so why are you stopping them”. I get it. But the opportunity is being killed when the borders are so porous. That’s just a fact!

  2. Carlos says:

    Just one more incident in which, if anyone but the government had done it, people would be going to prison for being accessories to murder.

    But, as we all know, if you work for the government, especially if you happen to be the AG or Prez, you are above the law and hence not subject to the same laws as all us neanderthals that get upset about piddly little things as murder and violation of international treaties, not to mention gunning your supposed ally in the back.

    There’s a reason Congress excludes itself from being subject to the laws they pass for the rest of us to be burdened by…

  3. Drew the Infidel says:

    It doesn’t help matters any that the Mexican government further confuses things by floating a BS story last week about having seized 68,000 US-connected weapons over the last five years. If you believe that I have a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell you.

    The cartels buy armaments from South America and the Middle East by the plane load and then torch the planes afterward. They do not rely on bait stands in Arizona or some such as a source.