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Daily Show Video: Jon Stewart On The ATF's Mexican Gunapalooza: "Operation Fast And Furious"

Jon Stewart:

  • "The ATF plan to prevent American guns from being used in Mexican gun violence is to provide Mexican gangs with American guns."

Complete background on this story from the LA Times and NPR is below, including coverage of Congressional hearings held this week.


Further reading...

Many guns intended for Mexico drug cartels ended up in U.S., agents testify - LA Times

'These firearms will continue to turn up at crime scenes on both sides of the border for years to come,' says the congressman overseeing a hearing on a controversial surveillance project.


Lawmakers Rip Gun-Tracking Effort In Mexico - NPR

The scandal is widening over a U.S. law enforcement operation that lost track of guns later discovered at crime scenes on the Southwest border. The Justice Department and Republicans in Congress are trading accusations over who approved the operation. But what's getting lost in all the politics may be the larger effort to take down violent drug and gun traffickers.

Last year, the Justice Department's inspector general criticized the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for aiming too low in its investigations of gun trafficking along the border with Mexico. Federal agents were arresting lots of people — alleged straw buyers — for purchasing guns in the U.S. under false pretenses. They got minimal, if any, prison time from judges swamped with cases.

Many of those weapons tied to the straw buyers eventually found their way to violent drug gangs that operate in Mexico. But, for legal and practical reasons, investigators usually stopped well short of those big targets, or what lawyer Paul Pelletier called "the head of the snake."

"In all these cases, when you're talking about straw buyers, or straw purchasers, you're talking about people who are very fungible," says Pelletier, a prosecutor for 27 years who recently joined the Mintz Levin law firm in Washington, D.C. "You can arrest and charge and convict a hundred straw buyers and you're not going to have an impact on the organization, you're not going to help public safety."

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A convoy of three military trucks loaded with Mexican soldiers crosses the border at Bridge Number Two clearly violating international law.

It happens as Customs and Border Protection inspectors try to figure out what to do.

A CBP spokesperson says they got on the phone with Mexican authorities after being alerted that the military trucks were heading their direction loaded down with soldiers and weapons.


This just happened yesterday i believe...video runs 1 minute...
Jun 25, 2011 at 1:42 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
This is interesting:

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Jun 25, 2011 at 1:51 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Seriously ! I'm an Australian living in New Zealand and as a kid I don't mind saying I worshiped America ...the moon landing ,the whole Space Race . you showed your mistakes and and your successes but now ?
Your electoral system has no creditability ... G.W, Bush won two terms ...yea right ! Give me a break Diebold ,Sequoia Voting Systems and ES&S rigged/enabled GWB to win .911 required an idiot like GWB to be in power to prevent a real investigation ,Cheney controlled more than GWB ...we all know this !
I had more to do with 911 than Osama Bin laden ! Look at OBL "alleged" "take down" ,first "they" watch it in "real time" entranced by the images they where watching then the truth that there was a "black out " for 20 minutes during the "alleged " "take down" WTF But we all get to see the riveting photo of "all the kings horses and all the kings men " staring at a screen WTF Then the body was to "offensive" to be seen so he was "buried" at sea as is Muslim custom ! WTF ARE YOU ALL TAKING SOME MIND NUMBING DRUG THAT HAS MAkES YOU AS IMPRESSIONABLE AS 10 YEAR OLDS ?
When the fuck is someone going to point out any of this ? When will America either wake up to the lies or just except Third World Status ?
Jun 25, 2011 at 2:25 AM | Unregistered Commentermick
Federal ATF chief said to resist pressure to step down

Kenneth Melson of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms faces controversy over the agency's surveillance program that allowed U.S. guns into Mexico. He is said to be eager to testify to Congress.


latest on this story...
Jun 25, 2011 at 11:44 AM | Registered CommenterDailyBail
Stewart is hot on this clip.

And im sure this was not the Clinton Machine behind this one. If it was we would of gotten little bags of candy for the rich to take a ride on the Majic-Carpet....................
Jun 25, 2011 at 9:01 PM | Unregistered CommenterTexas Dar
He's mocking Agent Dodson who was the whistleblower. Hey Jon Stewart, why don't you talk about what a blatant false flag this is? Maybe you should wonder why the ATF would do this, which ended up killing one of their own and countless other casualties we'll never know about. And the audience laughs at this. What a nation of sheeple.

Ron Paul in 2012 or we're going to get exactly what we deserve.
Jun 26, 2011 at 10:41 PM | Unregistered CommenterPolitical Athiest

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