It has been 22 months since the murder of border agent Brian Terry and finally the American public has been given a very graphic view of the logical consequences of putting guns in the hands of drug cartel hit men. Sunday evening Univision dropped a block buster on the Obama Justice Department and may well have changed the outcome of the election. If a picture is worth a thousand word Univision's "Aqui y Ahora" would fill volumes, more than months of congressional hearing and more than the DOJ's inspector general's 459 page report. At considerable risk to their lives the Univision team has produced the biggest investigative journalism feat of the twenty-first century.
I have written some 30 posts on Fast and Furious, gleaning almost all my information from Sharyl Attkisson at CBS, the LA Times, FoxNews, and a pair of gun rights blogs. The mainstream media has ignored this story for almost 2 years. When they did mention it they inevitably referred to it as the botched gun tracking scandal. Finally ABC News has partnered with Univision and its doubtful the remainder of the media can ignore the story any longer. As the video clip below will attest, blood very literally flowed in the streets of Mexico.
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.
In another mass murder at a rehabilitation center in Ciudad Juarez 18 young men were killed on September 2, 2009. In another episode caught on film cartel hit men enter a bar and causally execute the patrons.
The investigation also produced an additional 57 weapons that were not known to the congressional committee investigating Fast and Furious and introduced to the mainstream media to operation Castaway a little know operation run out of Tampa and a third operation run out of Texas.
One hopes, but its doubtful, that Obama will get a question on these latest developments. He has exercised the power of executive privilege well beyond any precedent to shield Eric Holder from further congressional investigation. The Inspector General's report was mostly whitewash. Two Americans and hundreds of Mexicans are dead but no one has faced charges. If ever there was a need for a special prosecutor now is the time.
Investigations like this take time so it was underway when Obama appeared at Univision's Candidate' Forum. The reporters gave Obama a chance to concede some fault in this matter be he chose to lie and even blame it on Bush. Bad move!
“I think it’s important for us to understand that the Fast and Furious program was a field-initiated program begun under the previous administration,” the president said. “When Eric Holder found out about it, he discontinued it. We assigned a inspector general to do a thorough report that was just issued, confirming that in fact Eric Holder did not know about this, that he took prompt action and the people who did initiate this were held accountable.”
Yup, he took the bait. Now see if he can wiggle off the hook.