#FastAndFurious: The Legacy Media can take lessons from Spanish-language Univision


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Fast and Furious got results, all right

With notable exceptions, such as CBS’ Sharyl Attkisson, the mainstream media has done a horrid job covering the deadly scandal of Operation Fast and Furious, the “gunwalking” operation in which the US Government allowed thousands of weapons to fall into the hands of vicious Mexican drug cartels. These weapons killed not only two US federal agents, but –as far as we know and with more sure to come– hundreds of Mexican citizens. It’s a scandal of epic proportions, but not all that well known to many Americans because of the media’s desperate attempts to convince us that what is really important are Mitt Romney’s tax returns.

Enter Univision, which had already raised impressed eyebrows with its hard questions to Obama over immigration. On its Aqui y Ahora show last night, Univision aired a one-hour investigative documentary on Fast and Furious, “Rapido y Furioso,” that blew the lid off this fiasco and showed clearly its human cost:

On January 30, 2010, a commando of at least 20 hit men parked themselves outside a birthday party of high school and college students in Villas de Salvarcar, Ciudad Juarez. Near midnight, the assassins, later identified as hired guns for the Mexican cartel La Linea, broke into a one-story house and opened fire on a gathering of nearly 60 teenagers. Outside, lookouts gunned down a screaming neighbor and several students who had managed to escape. Fourteen young men and women were killed, and 12 more were wounded before the hit men finally fled.

Indirectly, the United States government played a role in the massacre by supplying some of the firearms used by the cartel murderers. Three of the high caliber weapons fired that night in Villas de Salvarcar were linked to a gun tracing operation run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), according to a Mexican army document obtained exclusively by Univision News.

Univision News 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.

Read it all, there’s oh so much more. The ABC link also has a video excerpt with subtitles, the documentary’s first ten minutes.

At PJ Media, Bob Owens notes that the documentary shows that DoJ officials knew the weapons would only be recovered at crime scenes –after people had been killed– and just brushed it off as having to “break a few eggs.”

I wonder how the families of the victims feel about that?

Owens also highlights the information Aqui y Ahora presented on other possible gunwalking operations:

Operation Castaway, run with the same bloody-minded approach as Operation Fast and Furious, provided more than 1,000 guns to cartels via the Tampa ATF. Those guns leaked out across Honduras, Colombia, and Venezuela, according to the U.S. veteran who smuggled some of the weapons, Hugh Crumpler [6]:

“When the ATF stopped me, they told me the guns were going to cartels,” Hugh Crumpler, a Vietnam veteran turned arms trafficker, told Univision News. “The ATF knew before I knew and had been following me for a considerable length of time. They could not have followed me for two months like they said they did, and not know the guns were going somewhere, and not want for that to be happening.”

Univision also uncovered evidence of weapons being smuggled from Texas: two gun-smuggling programs similar to Fast and Furious are rumored to have put thousands of additional weapons in the cartels’ hands in operations larger than Fast and Furious. U.S. Senator John Cornyn has repeatedly pressed the Obama administration for information about the documented trail of weapons coming from two Texas ATF areas of operations. The Department of Justice has denied the existence of such programs, despite the physical evidence of guns recovered suggesting otherwise. While the Univision report focused on guns the DOJ ran to Mexican cartels, there is enough evidence to suggest other Obama administration-sanctioned gun-walking plots arming domestic criminal gangs, such as the so-called Gangwalker plot [7] in Indiana, which supplied Chicago street gangs, and similar rumored operations in California, North Carolina, northern Florida, and elsewhere, which provided weapons to gangs in U.S. cities. Nor has the Univision report focused on weapons that have found their way to cartels via the State Department [8] or the Department of Defense.

Echoing the thoughts of an Arizona sheriff, we have to ask, how does this not make complicit officials from the president down to the field agents “accessories before the fact?” In fact, let’s be blunt: supplying these weapons to armed gangs attempting to take over territory from the Mexican federal and state governments could easily be called an act of war. We already have hundreds of casualties!

Operation Fast and Furious is an absolutely monstrous scandal, the kind we’d dismiss as bad television, if we didn’t know it was real. People need to go to jail over this, and if the Mexicans care to file for extradition, I’d be happy to oblige.

Meanwhile, Univision and its reporters are once again to be congratulated and commended for refusing to be fawning sycophants and for committing real journalism.

RELATED: Earlier posts on Operation Fast and Furious.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

6 thoughts on “#FastAndFurious: The Legacy Media can take lessons from Spanish-language Univision

  1. has anyone ever asked the administration just what really was the purpose of “fast and furious”. it wasn’t gun control was it?

  2. The reason no law enforcement objective was ever ascribed to F&F is because there was not one. One theory is the Obhammud administration wanted those murders to take place so they could start their “90% lie” about 90% of the guns used in cartel violence originating in the US, making a gun control measure in the US attractive to the unwitting public. Obhammud repeated the lie as did Shrillary and episodes of NatGeo’s “Border Wars” series.
    This stunt has been seen before in Vietnam. LBJ floated the story that 80& of the small arms used in South Vietnam were coming from the North. The scam quickly fell on its rear since everyone and their dog knows 7.62mm weapons are of US manufacture.

  3. I just don’t understand why Congress and the Senate are putting up with this cr*p! O should have been arrested along with Holder and his DOJ cronies. You know that if George W. did even a scintilla of this stuff, he would have been in jail, arrested for treason and impeached all at the same time. The media would be screaming for his head. This “no reaction” and “no consequences” for O’s behavior makes me believe the entire 535 are complicit. I am sick of it.

  4. Steph
    We have a Congress and a Senate that for some reason are afraid or are to concerned about keeping their jobs. We have a media that is so liberal that they make news not report the news. Any everybody knows that Fast and Furious is Bush’s fault. ha ha.

  5. “In fact, let’s be blunt: supplying these weapons to armed gangs attempting to take over territory from the Mexican federal and state governments could easily be called an act of war. We already have hundreds of casualties!”

    No could be about it. It IS an act of war.

  6. Univision is committing….journalism!! They’re the only broadcast network to hit Obama with tough questions, and producing this investigative report shows they’re not afraid to do their job, no matter who occupies the White House.

    This presents a dilemma for Obama. Normally, if a network dared speak such truth to power, they’d get the Fox treatment: no interviews and public denunciations from every administration official from Obama all the way down to the Deputy Assistant Director for #2 Pencil Counting at the Lesser Amphibians Division of the Wildlife Threat Assessment Desk of DHS.

    But they’re a dominant Spanish language network. If Obama snubs them, then it can be spun that he’s being racist and disrespecting the Latino community. So he’s stuck with the problem.

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