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Fast and Furious Favors (with new information added)

The evidence is mounting that the Fast and Furious gun giveaway was orchestrated and/or initiated from the top of the Obama administration. Forbes Magazine is calling it “Obama’s Watergate.”  Are we to believe that they gave away enough guns to equip a small army of narcoterrorists out of a simple error? We would have to be pretty gullible to believe that.

We have to ask just what they intended to achieve by doing this. It was a truly extravagant gift to the Sinaloa Federation Cartel. It was not just expensive in tax dollars; it was expensive in political capital, and it was so close to the 2012 election.

People don’t give such expensive things away for nothing. The Obama people must have expected something in return.

Consider the fact that Eric Holder, the Attorney General, and the Obama Administration has a long and continuing pattern of giving gifts to the Sinaloa Cartel:

Preserving Open Smuggling Routes: Remember when Arizona sought to enforce its own borders? Eric Holder sued to keep Arizona from identifying and arresting illegal immigrants. All of Mexican side of the border with Arizona is controlled by the Sinaloa Cartel. Their territory reaches from Texas to Arizona. Blocking Arizona’s border enforcement was a very generous gift for the smugglers of Sinaloa.

Just this July the Obama Administration signed a deal with Mexico to allow free access of Mexican trucks to American highways. That would certainly make it easier for Sinaloa to deliver drugs to multiple points in the American heartland. Trucks are set to roll from Mexico into the US without being searched within days. Even Democrat Teamster Jim Hoffa has fought against this. Thus the Obama Administration is selling out a vital part of its own base for the benefit of the Sinaloa cartel.

Removing “Legitimate” Competition: An even more striking favoritism has appeared concerning medical marijuana. Holder’s Justice Department has turned a blind eye to California medical marijuana production for over 2 years. Marijuana production has been a major growth industry in California since the legalization of medical marijuana. Hydroponic suppliers have been popping up all over, and warehouse owners are besieged from rental requests from growers. The industry is now up to 1.5 billion dollars and involves shipping to users in many states.

Not surprisingly, the IRS recently levied large taxes on growers, claiming that since growing marijuana is a federal crime, none of the business deductions related to production are deductible. It was a major new source of federal tax revenue. However a few weeks later, in a move that surprised Democrats nation-wide, Holder’s Justice Department ordered California growers to shut down in 45 days or have their assets and any real estate being used seized. Apparently both the IRS and the Justice Department were ordered to shut down the California marijuana industry regardless of the fiscal or political cost.

Marijuana users are major supporters of the Democrats and this was a shocking betrayal to them. It was also a major loss of tax revenue. It was, however, a great gift to the Sinaloa cartel. Mexican production of marijuana has more than doubled since 2005, with the Mexican Government reducing eradication efforts. The “legitimate” California marijuana industry was competition. (Hat tip: Arty)

Blocking Prosecution of Affiliated Gangs: The Justice Department’s head, Eric Holder, blocked prosecution of baton wielding Black Panthers for voter intimidation. The US Commission on Civil Rights wrote to Holder inquiring about the “broad culture of hostility to race-neutral enforcement of the civil rights laws; a pattern of harassment and intimidation against those who work on suits in which the defendants are racial minorities; and instructions from a political appointee that basic voting rights laws will not be enforced against racial minorities during this administration.” Having such a minority immunity policy from the top is a great advantage to criminal gangs who in turn work with or for the Sinaloa Cartel.

Holder also referred to African-Americans as “my people” in a press conference. Apparently Holder’s loyalties are more for minority gang members than the American people he was appointed to protect. We must ask who our Justice Department is really working for.

The Obama Administration was not the only one to do favors for Sinaloa. The Bush Administration was also very helpful. If anyone was aware of Sinaloa it would be a former governor of Texas. However, Bush infuriated his own base by allowing malicious prosecution of Border Patrol agents and making a deal with Sinaloa.

Immunity for Sinaloa Cartel members and Unreasonable Prosecution of Border Patrol Agents: The influence of Sinaloa Cartel was well known at the time of the prosecution of Ramos and Compean. The Federal prosecuting Attorney Johnny Sutton withheld evidence from the court to protect a drug trafficker and allowed him to take the Fifth in giving testimony against USBP agents at the trial. The Justice Department brought in another USBP Officer, Rene Sanchez, as a friend of the court as a character witness for the trafficker. It was absurd favoritism for a member of the Sinaloa cartel. The net effect was to intimidate all Border Patrol agents from doing their job. This was done the same year that DEA made a deal with the Sinaloa cartel to allow trafficking into the US in exchange for info on other cartels. (Hat Tip: MDA)

According to the President of Mexico when an illegal alien is discovered committing a criminal act, it is US policy to give them a free trip back to Mexico with no trial.  Thus if any drug dealers of Sinaloa are caught, they are taken back to the Sinaloa controlled border of Arizona/Mexico and let go, no matter how many times they are caught doing illegal acts for Sinaloa or their criminal gang.  They cannot hold or prosecute them in Mexico for crimes allegedly committed with no conviction in the US.

There was House testimony  last week that ICE agents were ordered to let illegal aliens go if they do not have a prior criminal conviction.  That includes potential terrorists without a record, or who carry no identification or false identification from “nations of interest” such as Iran.  At least 28 in 2009 and 2001 were from Iran.

The Obama Administration has done a lot for the Sinaloa Cartel. What is this Sinaloa Cartel that owes so much to the policies of the Obama Administration?

Sinaloa is the most powerful drug cartel in not only Mexico, but the world. They have been accused of successfully corrupting the current Mexican government as evidenced by the low arrest numbers for Sinaloa members and the reduction in drug eradication efforts in Mexico. Their primary focus has been the United States, but their operations reach into 47 countries throughout the Americas and Europe.

They smuggle and distribute cocaine from Columbia, marijuana, methamphetamine and heroin into the US. Sinaloa transports cocaine from South America to Guatemala and through Mexico into the US to distribution cells in California, Arizona, Texas, Chicago, and New York. They have been branching out into people and gun smuggling as well. Sinaloa has worked primarily with the most ruthless gangs in the US: MS-13 and the Mexican Mafia. The gangs affiliated with Sinaloa alsoinclude more than half of the major gangs in the US: 18th Street, Black Guerilla Family, Gangster Disciples, Bloods, Florencia 13, Hells Angels, Latin Kings, Norteños, and the Sureños.

“In 2009, midlevel and retail drug distribution in the United States was dominated by more than 900,000 criminally active gang members representing approximately 20,000 street gangs in more than 2,500 cities. Mexican DTOs (Drug Trafficking Organizations) increased their cooperation with U.S.-based street and prison gangs to distribute drugs. In many areas, these gangs were using their alliances with Mexican DTOs to facilitate an expansion of their midlevel and retail drug distribution operations into more rural and suburban areas.”

According to the President of Mexico when an illegal alien is discovered committing a criminal act, it is US policy to give them a free trip back to Mexico with no trial.  Thus if any drug dealers of Sinaloa are caught, they are taken back to the Sinaloa controlled Arizona/Mexico border and let go, no matter how many times they are caught doing illegal acts for Sinaloa or their criminal gang.

There was House testimony last week that ICE agents were ordered to let illegal aliens go if they do not have a prior criminal conviction.  That includes potential terrorists without a record, or who carry no identification or false identification from “nations of interest” such as Iran.  At least 28 in 2009 and 2001 were from Iran.

What favors might the Obama Administration expect for their investment? There are several things that are specialties for the Sinaloa Cartel. Consider the following hypothetical possibilities:

1) The most immediate payback would be for Sinaloa to help finance the DNC and Obama’s campaign for 2012. Since many of his 2008 big Wall Street donors are bailing, he may claim raising one billion from 50 million regular Americans sending $20 checks. If Sinaloa is underwriting Obama’s billion-dollar campaign it is easily laundered when the gov’t helps run the laundry. (Hat Tip: Jack) Remember that in 2008 Obama won in part due to many small and untraceable donations that appeared to be from outside the US.

2) Perhaps it is personal. There could simply be payoff for highly placed Obama officials. The amount of money available from the cartel is astounding. $378.4bn was found to be laundered by Wachovia alone. Furthermore, the Cartel is expert at laundering payments so it would be difficult to uncover. There could also be threats of violence against family and opportunities for blackmail of politicians. Sinaloa has both carrots and sticks to get what they want from individuals.

3) Enforcement and extortion are also potentially useful favors for the Obama officials. Need to discourage someone from running for office? Need to discourage someone from voting for a bill? Do the legislators have families they care about? Threats and actual violence expertise might be brought to bear, and with few detectable connections to the people ordering it. Just this week Vice President Biden threatened or warned that “Murder will continue to rise, rape will continue to rise, all crimes will continue to rise,” if the Democrats agenda isn’t passed. Perhaps he is right. At what point does a warning become a threat?

4) Criminal community organizing is something that could be useful. Organizing secure networks for criminal activity is something the cartel has decades of experience in. Acorn’s quasi-criminal activity is just the beginning of what is possible. Voter intimidation or election interference needed? No problemo. Is a riot needed? Having hundreds of thousands of violent and amoral criminals at one’s direction in American cities and suburbs could be useful.

To a hammer, every problem looks like a nail. Similarly, every problem Obama has looks like a it needs a community organizing. Hundreds of thousands of organized violent criminals makes for a lot of community organization.

5) Smuggling Islamic terrorists over the borders is another speciality that could be useful in certain political scenarios. Hundreds of aliens from “special interest countries” including Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, and Pakistan are known to be smuggled across the border each year. Iran recently paidMexican drug cartels to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the US. A book celebrating suicidemartyrs was found in the desert along a smuggling route. (Hat tip: John in China.) There is always the argument that Obama wants to destroy America (or at least parts of America) from within by a concerted assault on our military effectiveness, economy, and culture. Enabling a drug cartel like Sinaloa would fit with that theory.

Giving favors to organized crime is not a recent invention of the Democrats. It is reminiscent of the Kennedy era, where JFK won Chicago via vote fraud, and both JFK and Bobby Kennedy (the US Attorney General at the time) were such good friends of Sam Giancana, the biggest Mafia godfather in Chicago, that Giancana allowed both to share one of his girlfriends. Why? Because the Justice Department was targeting Giancana’s mob competitors. This also is reminiscent of Al Capone’s Chicago operation. Capone paid the local Feds to go after his bootlegger competition while leaving his gang alone. (Hat tip: Skye)

One alternative theory has been floated about the Fast and Furious debacle is that it was a plot to increase gun violence and then get guns banned. That theory is easily dismissed. If the Obama Administration wanted to increase gun violence, all it would take is a call to the Black Panthers or other inner city gang contacts. They owe brother Obama a favor. It is far too easy for them or other similar groups to simply commit more gun violence. Furthermore, the guns of Fast and Furious and their related violence were primarily destined for Mexico, not America. The Second Amendment assault theory is not a reasonable explanation – especially when considered in context.

The simple and direct answer is that Fast and Furious was done by the Obama Administration, as an established pattern of behavior to assist the Sinaloa Cartel. The more difficult and interesting question is what gift in return does the Obama Administration get out of it. The Obama Administration is paying heavily by stabbing Democrat constituencies in the back right before an election. Thus the payback from Sinaloa is also likely to be before the election.

The Obama Administration has given high powered assault weapons and other guns to the largest drug cartel in the world. Holder’s Justice Department has sued to keep the US border with Sinaloa porous. Obama’s IRS and Justice Departments have shut down the legal competition to Sinaloa. Obama’s Administration has broadly blocked prosecution of the criminal gangs that are the affiliates of Sinaloa throughout the US. Obama’s Administration has made it easier for Sinaloa smuggling trucks to travel unimpeded and un-inspected throughout the US.

Plenty of guns, free travel of trucks across the border, legal immunity to members of the drug distribution system, IRS and DOJ attacks on their legitimate drug competitors, intimidation and humiliation of Border Patrol agents… What more could Sinaloa ask for? The Obama administration has given them everything they could need. What is the Obama Administration getting in return?

Categories: From Dagny
  1. October 23, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Glad to see someone thinking and investigating some obvious questions over and beyond what Issa is doing.

  2. October 23, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    Thanks ClaireSolt. I hope that somebody gets this to people who can make use of it such as Issa, Limbaugh, Levin, etc. I do not have any special way to reach them.

  3. October 24, 2011 at 3:43 am

    Follow the money. Always follow the money. Thanks for the research, Madam. This is moderately hair raising. From TTP – Cheers –

  4. MDA
    October 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    The Sinaloa Cartel it appears is embedded in Former US attorney Johnny Suttons office in West Texas. You can’t make the stuff up.
    The Mexican government insisted on charges being brought against a US border Patrol Agent even after an internal investigation by DHS exonerated the officer because nothing had happened.
    A 15 year old smuggler caught with 150 lbs of Marijuana while crossing the border on foot allegedly had his arms raised while handcuffed. This is to force uncooperative arrested persons to the ground and is a technique the border patrollers are taught in order to maintain control over arrested subjects.
    There was no evidence of any injuries. Agent Jesus E. Diaz Jr. was named in a November 2009 federal grand jury indictment with deprivation of rights under color of law during an October 2008 arrest near the Rio Grande in Eagle Pass,
    It has been learned that “witnesses” perjured themselves to support the prosecution.

    The “fast and furious” inquiry needs to be extended to include net worth audits of the present and former staff including Johnny Sutton of the West Texas US attorney’s office – It needs to be found out why this office persecutes US border Patrol members on behalf of the Sinaloa cartel. It also needs to be found out why the US Attorney’s office shops judges until they get the one who will see things the Sinaloa way.

    This is another example of just how corrupted the Attorneys office is; the suspected smuggler was given immunity to testify against the agent! The agent Jesus Diaz was sentenced to two years in Federal prison. The smuggler got immunity.

    Read it here the story only gets worse.

  5. dude
    November 4, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    Compelling article. Could be made even more compelling by removing the duplicate content. See the three paras beginning with “According to the President of Mexico…” and ending with “…policies of the Obama Administration.” Then see the three paras beginning with “According to the President of Mexico…” and ending with “…the following hypothetical possibilities:”

  6. Madeline
    November 13, 2011 at 11:20 pm

    This all rings true. I recently spent 10 days in Mexico. I was in the Guadalajara and Lake Chapala area, where there was supposed to be no drug cartel activity. But there was. There were gang related murders and burglaries aplenty. All that was hush hush, to keep the realtors happy and the snow birds and other delicate ex pats living high above reality. No one is supposed to publish about the drug lords in newspapers or online. They end up dead when they do. Many Mexicans do not believe President Calderon is sincere about stamping out the drug trade. They believe the corruption goes all the way to the top. Mexicans know their own gov’t is corrupt through and through. They are just amazed that we don’t realize our gov’t is the same. So are Holder and Obama on the take too? Could very well be. Let’s get more evidence.

    • November 13, 2011 at 11:33 pm

      Thanks Madeline for the on-the-ground intel. It is very interesting.

  1. November 7, 2011 at 3:16 pm

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