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When the reporter asked if he had even been informed, Obama replied, “Absolutely not, this is a pretty big government, the United States government. I got a lot of moving parts.”

Further, Obama later quipped, “There may be a situation here in which a serious mistake was made. If that’s the case, then we’ll find out and we’ll hold someone accountable.”

What Obama calls a “mistake” looks more like a disaster, if not an outright criminal conspiracy. What about dead or wounded Mexican citizens? What about dead federal officers?

The obfuscation, the refusal by the BATFE director to testify before Congress and the whole BATFE/Justice Department orchestrated spin are all about one thing: protecting a big lie designed to foster support for all manner of gun control.

In Support Of The Big Lie
The big lie about American lawful commerce in firearms and Mexican drug cartel violence is best summed up in an Aug. 11, 2008, USA Today headline crowing, “ATF: most illegal guns in Mexico come from U.S.” That statement has now been repeated thousands of times in every medium for three years.

During a late March 2009 visit to Mexico, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton issued an American super
mea culpa, expressing collective guilt for the Mexican-on-Mexican drug cartel carnage in that nation:
“Our inability to prevent weapons from being illegally smuggled across the border to arm these criminals causes the deaths of police officers, soldiers and civilians,” Clinton said.

But, as more is learned about Fast and Furious, the reverse of that statement is proving true. Perhaps Clinton should issue a correction: It is the administration she serves—not the Second Amendment freedom of the American people—that has directly contributed to bloodshed south of the border.

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.” How could they? BATFE, according to the Justice Department OIG, had virtually no presence in Mexico, and few of the large pool of agents involved in Project Gunrunner had any Spanish language skills. Furthermore, how could leads to 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 do the massive network of Mexican narco-multinationals really get most of their 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 “self-made” 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 off-loaded then burned. It takes a lot of profit to torch a DC-10 jumbo-liner as disposable transportation.

Just how big are the cartels in terms of multinational business? A July 7, 2010, Bloomberg Markets magazine investigative report cited a deal cut between a single U.S. bank and federal prosecutors involving the bank’s failure to verify illicit funds in three years’ worth of handing of $378.4 billion for Mexican exchange houses. The article said it was the biggest violation of federal anti-laundering statutes in history.

If unreported electronic transfers are huge, what about cash crossing the border? Bloomberg Markets quotes Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sources, “In the U.S., couriers take the cash from drug sales to Mexico—as much as $29 billion a year … That would be about 319 tons of $100 bills.”

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