Thursday, 17 October 2013

The Fast and Furious Story Takes on More and More Life

These are stories that are known by those in the know and they are kept until well after Obama elections so that the American public cannot express disgust save by shaking the head and saying ,"God help us all."

     The number of people who were allowed to walk and conduct illicit business, ostensibly while coordinating with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives during the administration of Obama will never be known.  Some say that the Bush people lost five or six who disappeared into the cactus shroud, only to resurface later in some other part of Mexico, Latin-America, or even in the United States.  During this horrid presidency the number is measured by the scores.  The weaponry and explosives "lost" by the Obama people are implicated in the deaths of as many as 600 innocent men, women, and children along with various honest to somewhat honest cops, Army soldiers, and Naval Infantrymen.

     Now, even Columbia Broadcasting System will talk about it, but not the White House


CJNG Used "Grenade-Walkers" Against Police- 2 Years After Being Smuggled for CDS

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Borderland Beat

The following is from WSJ report of September 2011:
Mexican authorities on Tuesday confirmed the capture of Jean Baptiste Kingery, an American citizen accused of smuggling grenades across the border to help arm drug cartels.
U.S. officials said earlier that Mr. Kingery had been arrested in late August at his home in Mazatlan, in the Pacific-coast state of Sinaloa, but Mexican police only confirmed the arrest Tuesday.
Mr. Kingery, from Arizona, allegedly purchased components to make hand grenades and other weapons in the U.S. and smuggled them across the border for use by the Sinaloa Cartel, one of Mexico's major drug-smuggling outfits, Mexican officials said in a news release.
U.S. officials briefly had Mr. Kingery (at left) in custody in June 2010 but let him go after just a few hours, fueling an ongoing battle between prosecutors and agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. That followed a failed plan to use Mr. Kingery in a sting operation in early 2010.
The Justice Department and Congress are investigating the series of missteps in the case, which is similar to the botched "Fast and Furious" program that allowed suspected smugglers to buy thousands of U.S. firearms. The mistakes made in the Kingery case helped force the ouster last week of Kenneth Melson, the acting director of the ATF, and Dennis Burke, the U.S. attorney in Arizona, U.S. officials said.
Mexican officials said Mr. Kingery's arrest came after they broke up another grenade-smuggling ring in Baja California in April, which eventually led federal police to Mr. Kingery's hideout.
The following was reported today, this  from CBS:
CBS News has learned of a shocking link between a deadly drug cartel shootout with Mexican police last week and a controversial case in the U.S. The link is one of the grenades used in the violent fight, which killed three policemen and four cartel members and was captured on video by residents in the area.
According to a Justice Department Significant Incident Report (see as image below)  filed Tuesday and obtained by CBS News, evidence connects one of the grenades to Jean Baptiste Kingery, an alleged firearms trafficker U.S. officials allowed to operate for years without arresting despite significant evidence that he was moving massive amounts of grenade parts and ammunition to Mexico's ruthless drug cartels.
The gun battle took place last week in Guadalajara. Authorities say five members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel used at least nine firearms and ten hand grenades against Mexican police. If one of the grenades was supplied with the help of Kingery, as believed, it adds to the toll of lives taken with weapons trafficked by suspects U.S. officials watched but did not stop.
The Kingery case was overseen by the same Arizona U.S. Attorney and ATF office that let suspects traffic thousands of weapons to Mexican drug cartels in the operation dubbed Fast and Furious. The strategy was to try to get to the cartel kingpins, but it was halted after CBS News reported that Fast and Furious weapons were used by cartel thugs in the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry on December 15, 2010. Weapons trafficked by other ATF suspects under surveillance were used two months later in the cartel murder of Immigration and Customs Agent Jaime Zapata in Mexico on February 15, 2011.
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On Wednesday, ATF told CBS News it has "no information" about the Kingery connection to last week's gun battle in Mexico.
As CBS News previously reported, documents show ATF began watching Kingery in "2004 related to AK47 purchases" he was believed to be trafficking to Mexico.
In 2009, ATF also learned Kingery was dealing in grenades; weapons of choice for Mexico's killer cartels. Documents show they developed a secret plan to let him smuggle parts to Mexico in early 2010 and follow him to his factory. Some ATF agents vehemently objected, worried that Kingery would disappear once he crossed the border into Mexico. That's exactly what happened.
Kingery resurfaced several months later in 2010, trying to smuggle a stash of grenade bodies and ammunition into Mexico, but was again let go when prosecutors allegedly said they couldn't build a good case. In 2011, Mexican authorities finally raided Kingery's factory and arrested him -- they say he confessed to teaching cartel members how to build grenades and convert semi-automatic weapons to automatic. The Justice Department has not provided an update on whether it's trying to extradite Kingery to the U.S., and an ATF spokesman said on Wednesday that he doesn't know the status of his case.


     In other films and pictures, El Gringo Viejo  noticed that the casings for many if not most of the hand grenades are Warsaw Pact era, probably originating in the Bulgarian or Polish black market, as are the guts in the brief depictions the OROG may be able to see in the various pictures.   Some of the shells are "pineapples", that are probably American or Red Chinese knock-offs. It seems  as if the "guts" are still Warsaw but modified to fit the "pineapples".
   Most of the already assembled grenades arrive in Mexico from trawlers that park about 20 miles off the Gulf Coast, and were shipped from cells within the Venezuelan Army.    The trawlers are off-loaded onto "pangas", a type of short distance fishing craft.  There are also erstwhile "militias" associated with the Venezuelan Army that are usually nothing more than "enforcers" for the government party or arms runners to the "resistencia" as manifested by the Frente Armada y Revolucionaria de Colombia, (FARC).  The weaponry and armaments are filtered through a conduit that originates in Eastern Europe or in Red China.
More Later.
El Gringo Viejo