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FLASHBACK TO OPERATION FAST AND FURIOUS

‘Fast and Furious’ Linked to Immunity Deal Between U.S. and Sinaloa Cartel, Trafficking Defendant Alleges in Court Papers

 

By Edwin Mora An alleged Mexican drug trafficker awaiting trial in a Chicago federal court claims that the notorious Sinaloa cartel received weapons from “Operation Fast and Furious” under an alleged immunity agreement that the U.S. government made with cartel leaders, in exchange for information on rival gangs.

The defendant in a trafficking case before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Vicente Jesus Zambada-Niebla, also claims the immunity deal allowed the criminal cartel to “continue to smuggle tons of illicit drugs” into the United States.

He wants the U.S. government to provide documents relating to the botched gun running sting operation along the southwest border, arguing that it would benefit his defense.

Operation Fast and Furious, which began in September 2009, saw the Phoenix office of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives supervise the sale of guns to straw purchasers with the intent of tracing the guns to Mexican drug trafficking organizations and prosecuting their members. The ATF allowed about 2,000 guns to be sold in this manner.

The operation came under congressional scrutiny after it was linked to the December 2010 murder of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry at the hands of Mexican bandits.

An investigative report, spearheaded by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), found that most of the weapons provided to Mexican criminals under the operation were going to the Sinaloa cartel, arguably one of the world’s largest drug trafficking organizations.

In a court pleading filed last July, Zambada-Niebla made the claims about an immunity deal.

“Mr. Zambada-Niebla believes that the documentation that he requests will confirm that the weapons received by Sinaloa Cartel members and its leaders in Operation ‘Fast & Furious’ were provided under the agreement entered into between the United States government and [a Mexican lawyer] on behalf of the Sinaloa Cartel that is the subject of his defense …,” it said.

“Mr. Zambada-Niebla believes that the documentation will also provide evidence showing that the United States government has a policy and pattern of providing benefits, including immunity, to cartel leaders, including the Sinaloa Cartel and their members, who are willing to provide information against rival drug cartels.”

The defendant argued that he is protected from federal prosecution for trafficking drugs into the U.S. between 2004 and 2009 under an alleged immunity deal struck between the U.S. government and Sinaloa leaders.

According to court documents, Zambada-Niebla claims that the immunity deal provided the cartel’s leadership with “carte blanche to continue to smuggle tons of illicit drugs into Chicago and the rest of the United States” in exchange for information on rival drug cartels.

U.S. prosecutors deny the existence of such an immunity deal between the U.S. government and the cartel.

Nevertheless, the U.S. government last September filed a motion to invoke the Classified Information Procedures Act, which is aimed at assuring that national security information stemming from criminal cases – such as details associated with CIA operations – are not leaked to the public during court proceedings.

In a court pleading filed in September, U.S. prosecutors claimed that Zambada-Niebla’s allegations about Fast and Furious have no merit.

“Defendant requests all information in the possession of the U.S. government related to an ATF investigation referred to as ‘Fast and Furious’…” it said. “Defendants request related to Fast and Furious … and other unrelated matters are gratuitous and wholly unrelated to any legitimate discovery issues in this case.”

Zambada-Niebla, who was arrested in Mexico in March 2009 and extradited to the U.S. eleven months later, is accused of smuggling tons of cocaine and heroin into the U.S.

He claims he was working on behalf of the U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, FBI, and U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, court documents show.

The defendant’s pleading highlighted a July 2011 letter sent by Issa and Grassley to Attorney General Eric Holder, “suggesting that multiple United States agencies were employing as informants members of Mexican drug organizations.”

“The evidence seems to indicate that the Justice Department not only allowed criminals to smuggle weapons, but that tax payers’ dollars in the form of informant payments, may have financed those engaging in such activities,” the pleading added.

 

 

 

also see ‘CIA behind Operation Fast and Furious’  via The Washington Times Thursday, August 11, 2011 (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2011/aug/11/was-cia-behind-operation-fast-and-furious/)…

“In congressional testimony, William Newell, former ATF special agent in charge of the Phoenix Field Division, testified that the Internal Revenue Service, Drug Enforcement Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement were “full partners” in Operation Fast and Furious. Mr. Newell’s list left out the most important player: the CIA. According to a CIA insider, the agency had a strong hand in creating, orchestrating and exploiting Operation Fast and Furious.

The CIA’s motive is clear enough: The U.S. government is afraid the Los Zetas drug cartel will mount a successful coup d’etat against the government of Felipe Calderon.”

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America- Turn off your TV and get ready for TEOTWAWKI

Connect the dots.. patriots, stay frosty

Keep in mind DHS operates on US Soil. Right here in  your neighborhood, disguised to prevent terrorists crime and drugs, they are planning  something big, targeting dissent amongst American Citizens. This is more than a simple waste of tax dollars, this is a blatant disregard for the US Constitution on which our Republic is composed. Without a doubt, Americans are not going to tolerate lies and tyrants too much longer, and if they make a grab for our God Given Right and ability to defend ourselves under the 2nd Amendment of the US Constitution, they will meet a landslide! Side stepping the The Posse Comitatus Act by creating a civil armed force equal to that of the US Military and using military contractors, methods of armed thugs are being employed here in the US in the guise of security, state safety, and economic stability. Old and young are treated as suspects as the thin veil of civilization gets torn… Americans love our country and we are getting weary of our Federal Government and its schemes. Corruption has infected Washington and has spread

posted 2011; TSA Takes Security Theater On The Road: Mobile Groping Teams Can Pop Up Anywhere (http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20110621/02225414782/tsa-takes-security-theater-road-mobile-groping-teams-can-pop-up-anywhere.shtml)

posted December 2011; DHS chief Janet Napolitano directed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to prepare for a mass influx of immigrants into the United States, calling for the plan to deal with the “shelter” and “processing” of large numbers of people.

posted in March 2012; The Department Of Homeland Security Is Buying 450 Million New Bullets
(http://articles.businessinsider.com/2012-03-28/news/31247765_1_atk-rounds-bullet)  Additionally  The NSA Is Building the Country’s Biggest Spy Center (Watch What  (http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/03/ff_nsadatacenter/)

posted in April 2012; After Huge Ammo Buy, DHS Purchases Bullet Resistant Booths (http://news.thomasnet.com/companystory/Shelters-Direct-Builds-Bullet-Resistant-Booths-for-Homeland-Security-612684) more here and DHS has publicly announced that it plans to increase the number of unannounced checkpoint

posted July 2012; Homeland Security Seeking Assault and Sniper Rifles (http://www.rightsidenews.com/2012071416636/us/homeland-security/homeland-security-seeking-assault-and-sniper-rifles.html)

posted July 2012; Closure of Border Patrol stations across four states triggers alarm (http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/07/10/closure-border-patrol-stations-across-four-states-triggers-alarm) and Whistleblower: NSA Analyzing Conversations In Real Time (http://www.infowars.com/whistleblower-nsa-analyzing-conversations-in-real-time/)

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