It has been awhile since we have heard about “Fast and Furious” in the news. Naturally, the mainstream media wants to drop it. But now a Mexican newspaper report adds some context, as reported by Breitbart.
U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) agents and U.S Attorneys held secret meetings with drug trafficking organizations, especially the Sinaloa cartel, on Mexican soil, revealed Mexico-based newspaper El Universal.
The DEA and the U.S. Attorney’s office are both components of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).
Official and court documents from the U.S and Mexican governments were cited as the source in the Jan. 6 news report.
Court documents show that the U.S. government knew and authorized those meetings, which resulted in drug seizures, arrests, and an increase in drug cartel violence in Mexico.
The paper published excerpts from U.S. court documents to support their claims. Breitbart News confirmed the validity of the court papers.
El Universal alleges that the DEA operations were carried out without the knowledge of the Mexican government.
I’d be amazed if no one in the Mexican government knew about it (one could cynically as if it is possible to speak to the Sinolaloa cartel without involving someone in the Mexican government). But if that is true, it makes this not only a civil crime but a real act of war. It seems that the DEA got the leadership of, or some leadership in, the cartel to agree to be a snitch on their rivals.
It would make sense for them to cooperate. The DEA was, to their eyes, offering to act as their enforcers in destroying their rivals.
But is that all it took to get the cartel to cooperate with the DEA? Or did the Attorney General arrange to sweeten the deal for them? The Sinoloa cartel
is the same trafficking organization that received the bulk of the firearms intentionally dispensed to drug cartels in Mexico under ATF’s 2009 “Fast and Furious” operation according to a congressional investigation. ATF is a DOJ component as well.
In December 2011, CNSNews.com reported that the gun-walking operation was linked to a drug-trafficking immunity deal between the U.S. government and the Sinaloa cartel by a defendant who was awaiting trial in a Chicago federal court at the time.
That same defendant is mentioned in the U.S. court papers published by the Mexican newspaper showing that DEA held secret meetings with drug cartel members. The same defendant is also the focus of a news report by The Narcosphere alleging that the Sinaloa cartel is protected by the U.S. government.
I consider this confirmation (though not proof) of what I have argued before:
Explain to me how one makes a “conscious decision” to not follow and yet expects to be led to “cartel connections” or anywhere else. That is not possible. We are asked to believe that the decision makers at the Justice Department decided they didn’t want to know where the guns were going so that they could learn where the guns were going. This is too contradictory to be a “conscious decision.”
It seems a lot more simple and straightforward to deduce from the evidence we are shown in the article that the Justice Department and the BATFE sold weapons to Mexican drug cartels because they wanted the Mexican drug cartels to have more weapons. That may raise more disturbing questions, but at least it would give us an escape from these irrational non-explanations.
The Breitbart story has additional details you can read but it also has some contextual history I didn’t remember:
The U.S. has been conducting similar operations for years.
In Colombia, the DEA secretly met with drug traffickers to obtain information on Pablo Escobar.
The U.S. has been carrying out investigative operations to fight drug cartels in Thailand, Cambodia, and Afghanistan.
And we all know how our government fighting drugs in Afghanistan. Fox News told us: