Guns and Grenades for Cartels; Firing Squad for Whistleblowers

By:  Alex Newman
10/23/2013
       
Guns and Grenades for Cartels; Firing Squad for Whistleblowers

As the Obama administration and the embattled Justice Department struggle to cover up details of the “Fast and Furious” gun-trafficking scandal, the officials at the center of the uproar are back in the headlines following exposure of explosive and deadly new outrages.

First, government whistleblowers were threatened with execution in a training manual — supposedly as a “joke,” according to officials. Shortly after that, the administration again found itself in the midst of a political firestorm after revelations of alleged federal “grenade walking” surfaced in the national media when police in Mexico were killed. Even top U.S. lawmakers suspect the scheme was aimed at bolstering attacks on the Second Amendment. 

While seemingly separate, the grenade scandal is apparently linked in several ways to the Obama administration’s “Fast and Furious” program. In Fast and Furious, under the guise of “investigating” criminals — the two drug lords supposedly being “investigated” were already on the FBI payroll — the Department of Justice put thousands of guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. Now, the same U.S. attorney and federal bureaucracy that oversaw the arming of criminal syndicates in Mexico are at the center of what CBS News and other media outlets are describing as a “grenade-walking” scandal. 

According to official documents and the CBS story by investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson, one of the grenades used in a recent battle that killed three Mexican police officers was supplied by a weapons trafficker who was allowed to operate with impunity by U.S. officials for years — the same bureaucrats who oversaw Fast and Furious, in fact. Headlined “Deadly drug cartel shootout with Mexico police linked to ‘grenade-walking’ scandal,” the CBS article cites a Justice Department “Significant Incident Report” linking Jean Baptiste Kingery to the deadly explosive device.

Kingery, the CBS article points out, was allegedly moving huge amounts of weaponry and parts into Mexico for cartels — all under the watchful eye of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and disgraced Attorney General Eric Holder’s DOJ. After being arrested by ATF agents trying to smuggle grenade parts across the border into Mexico, Kingery was reportedly released under orders from senior Justice Department officials involved in Fast and Furious: former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke and former Assistant U.S. Attorney Emory Hurley.

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