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project gunrunner

Mexican organizations be followed if the Mexican
authorities were totally in the dark?
Robert Sanders, an attorney who served as BATFE's
chief of enforcement in the early 1980s, and who has
been successfully defending victims of BATFE abuse
for more than 30 years, knows as much about the
agency's methods as anyone.
"This is all just insane," Sanders said in an exclusive
America's 1st Freedom interview. "I could see closely
surveilling guns to where they're going to get one-up
in the chain. But they didn't do that. They just let them
go. So, the maximum case they could come up with
would be a straw purchase. With no jurisdiction in
Mexico, they have nothing.
"But then, the BATFE leadership tends to focus
on fairy tales like 'gun trafficking' and 'interdiction'
instead of focusing on criminals."
What all this has actually produced in the interim
is a whole lot of extra taxpayer funding for BATFE-to
the tune of $80 million in tax dollars allocated for
emergency "stimulus funding."
In the final analysis, there is indeed something
tangible produced by BATFE's secret operation.
Project Gunrunner and its spawn, Fast and Furious,
may have stimulated untold violence, death and
mayhem for Mexican citizens and for individual
federal agents as a result of this Obama administration malfeasance.
Whatever Congress eventually learns about Fast
and Furious and the behavior of federal officials
involved, there is something else to consider in all of
this-a far bigger question.

In Search Of The Truth
Where does the massive network of Mexican
narco-multinationals really get most of its guns and
other weapons?
It's important to note that the Mexican cartels are an
unprecedented profit center for criminal activity. As a
transnational business, cartel methods would humble
any legitimate multinational corporation. They have a

huge advantage. There are literally no laws they must
obey-anywhere.
In many parts of Mexico, the cartels have created a
ruthless narco-anarchy supercharged with an unprecedented reign of cold violence. As reported by the BBC,
the Mexican government has produced a new database
analyzing cartel-related deaths for the past four years.
An astounding 34,000 men, women and children are
listed as having been murdered execution-style.
Just four days before Christmas 2009, a young Mexican
Marine, Ensign Melquisedet Angulo Córdova, was laid to
rest with great honor and fanfare. He had been declared
a national hero after being killed by a grenade during a
successful government raid against a major drug lord.
But only hours after the young officer's funeral,
where his grieving mother had been presented a flag,
cartel assassins stormed her home, murdering her in
a hail of gunfire, along with Ensign Córdova's brother,
sister and aunt.

Big, Big Business
We keep hearing the term "too big to fail" when it
comes to our government bailing out American conglomerates. So how big are the drug cartels?
Consider that the combined drug cartels in Mexico,
Guatemala and Colombia deal in illegal commerce on
a world-class scale-hundreds of billions of dollars in
product and profits are moved internationally.
In fact, for business acumen, accolades have been
given by Forbes magazine to a cartel kingpin for
joining the ranks of world financial leaders as a "selfmade" billionaire, among the most powerful people
in the world. In reporting this, CNN declared: "Joaquin
'El Chapo' Guzman, who authorities say heads the
powerful Sinaloa Cartel, is believed to have shipped
$6 billion to $19 billion in cocaine to the United States
over the past eight years, Forbes says in the listing."
The cartels move their drugs in huge quantities.
They operate complex ever-changing transportation
systems that run the gamut from thousands of poor,
individual illegal alien "mules" carrying drugs on their
backs and in their bodies, to fleets of vessels including
surplus submarines, to operating clandestine airline
fleets flying vintage jet cargo liners that haul tons of
cocaine to disparate locations all over the world.
Some flights are one-way, with perfectly serviceable obsolete air-cargo aircraft flown to one-time
landing sites in North Africa. Those planes are offloaded then burned. It takes a lot of profit to torch a
DC-10 jumbo-liner as disposable transportation.

The truth is that after three years and tens of thousands of man-hours,
BATFE's tracing has not produced a single prosecution of a "trafficking
organization in Mexico."

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