Issa Confirms 200 Mexicans Killed by Fast and Furious Weapons
The cover-up of Fast and Furious is unraveling at breakneck speed. As a result of the ongoing investigation by Rep. Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, the LA Times and Townhall.com are both reporting Mexico has been kept in the dark about the deadly fallout of the botched operation.
While information about the mounting carnage trickles out, a black cloud has descended over the White House, the DOJ and American-Mexican relations.
"I would be remiss if I didn't mention, as the Attorney General in Mexico is so concerned, she's made the point that at least 200 Mexicans have been killed with these weapons and probably countless more," Issa said. [snip]
This is not surprising, considering out of 2500 weapons the Obama Justice Department allowed to "walk," and that only 600 have been recovered, the rest are lost until they show up at violent crime scenes.
The LA Times:
Marisela Morales, Mexico's attorney general and a longtime favorite of American law enforcement agents in Mexico, told The LA Times that she first learned about Fast and Furious from news reports. And to this day, she said, U.S. officials have not briefed her on the operation gone awry, nor have they apologized.
"At no time did we know or were we made aware that there might have been arms trafficking permitted," Morales, Mexico's highest-ranking law enforcement official, said in a recent interview. "In no way would we have allowed it, because it is an attack on the safety of Mexicans."
In another high profile case, guns from F and F were also used in a cartel killing of a Mexican prosecutor's (Patricia Gonzales) brother last fall.
"The basic ineptitude of these officials [who ordered the Fast and Furious operation] caused the death of my brother and surely thousands more victims," Gonzalez said. [snip]
But American authorities concealed one disturbing fact about the case from their Mexican counterparts: U.S. federal agents had allowed AK-47 assault rifles later found in the killers' arsenal to be smuggled across the border under the notorious Fast and Furious gun-trafficking program. [snip]
U.S. officials also kept mum as other weapons linked to Fast and Furious turned up at dozens of additional Mexican crime scenes, with an unconfirmed toll of at least 150 people killed or wounded.
With the evidence of reckless endangerment of both Americans and Mexicans piling up, at what point will Congress take the gloves off and turn up the heat?
Read more M. Catharine Evans at Potter Williams Report