Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Fast and Furious vs. Wide Receiver

Fast and Furious vs. Wide Receiver

Was Bush’s ‘Wide Receiver’ in 2005 and Obama’s ‘Fast and Furious’ in 2009 the same thing with the same purpose?

By de Andréa
June 25, 2012

Among the many responses to my articles titled What Did Obama Know And When Did He Know It  and  “The Question of Executive Privilege”  was the statement; “Well…President Bush authorized the same basic operation in 2005”.  Not even close my friends!

“Wide Receiver” in 2005 was a small scale law enforcement gun smuggling interdiction effort that involved Phoenix-based ATF agents working in conjunction with Mexican law enforcement.  ATF supervisors and justice department prosecutors in Arizona were trying to build a case against a violent group of Mexican drug smugglers to find out who they were, and where they were.  “Fast and Furious” in 2009 on the other hand, was an effort to frame American gun dealers and to build a case against the Second Amendment to support Obama’s national gun ban efforts, in order to end all American Constitutional rights and to do away with the American citizen’s ability to defend their own ‘Freedom’.  The second Amendment clearly states its own purpose; “…being necessary for the security of a free State…”  That’s the stark difference my friend! 

Wide Receiver began in 2005
Wide Receiver was authorized by President Bush.  It involved four hundred guns.  All of the weapons had RFID trackers installed in them, and they were actively tracked.  The Mexican government was kept fully informed, and they were an active participant. The ATF agents tracked the guns using radio devices and aircraft.  They wanted to find out where the guns ended up, in the hands of which cartels and where they were, so that a case could be made.  It was an effort to track these people to locate them, and arrest them.

The Bush administration, as part of Wide Receiver, notified the Mexican government when arms and drug smugglers were crossing.  Once the ATF found out the smugglers were disabling the tracking devices that were planted in the guns the program was shut down in October of 2007 but only after 1400 arrests were made and the guns confiscated. 

Now, here is Fast and Furious
Fast and Furious began in October of 2009.  Obama was in his tenth month, wide Receiver hadn’t existed for two years.  Fast and Furious involved over 2,000 guns.  Wide Receiver was roughly 400 guns.  No tracking devices were planted in the Fast and Furious guns.  Obama didn’t care where they ended up or how many people would be killed.  No effort was made to track them at all.  No helicopters, no on-the-ground surveillance of the straw purchasers.  The guns were sold, they were walked across the border, and that was it.  Four federal agencies were involved in maybe as many as 10 cities in five states, and the Mexican government was not notified that the program even existed.  They did not use any tracking devices or aircraft to try to find and track the smugglers, remember that wasn’t the purpose of the operation.  Moreover, if that isn’t enough, the local ATF field agents were ordered not’ to follow the guns or the straw purchasers.  Fast and Furious was a frame job of American gun dealers, and to create a fiasco to demonize guns in America, - pure and simple.  What’s more no arrests were made and the guns are still in the hands of the drug lords and are still used to murder innocent people.  

Fast and Furious is worse than anything you could have conjured up in your own mind.  Wide Receiver has nothing at all in common, other than guns crossing the border, that’s it.  Federal agents furthermore, — are you following all this, my friend?  — Federal agents were not even allowed to interdict the guns; - on the contrary, they even ran interference for the smugglers with local law enforcement on multiple occasions to make sure those guns made it across the border and into the hands of the warring Mexican drug cartels paramilitary. 

Watch a video of Senator John Cornyn questioning Eric Holder on Nov. 8, 2011.
Read what Ann Coulter has to say about Fast and Furious.  

THE BOTTOM LINE:  Don’t misunderstand; I am not trying to defend Bush.  But to equate Obama with any other president in American history is gross ignorance and a mistake of astronomical proportions my friend…

de Andréa 

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