One of the rifles lost in Eric Holder’s Fast and Furious program was used to murder a police chief in Jalisco state, Mexico, the Los Angeles Times has reported.
The information about the Jan. 29 murders of Luis Lucio Rosales Astorga, the police chief in the city of Hostotipaquillo, and his bodyguard was gleaned from internal DOJ records.
Although the Times is very late to the game, it does admit in its lede paragraph, “weapons from the failed gun-tracking operation have now made it into the hands of violent drug cartels deep inside Mexico.”
It’s one of those “duh” moments, no doubt only appearing now because President Obama is safely ensconced in his second term, but at least Times readers are finally getting a dose of truth.
Media obtuseness aside, the eight suspects arrested in the murders of Astorga and his bodyguard were armed for war. They were caught with a cache of weapons that included rifles, hand grenades and handguns, in addition to helmets, body armor and military communications gear.
The rifle in question was traced back to a gun store in Glendale, Arizona, one of the merchants used by the ATF in the Fast and Furious program that deliberately leaked firearms to Mexican cartels under the pretense of tracing the weapons’ path into Mexico.
Many of the weapons used in the program have turned up in crimes on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, funded by your taxpayer dollars. At least 211 dead or wounded in Mexico are attributed to weapons lost in Fast and Furious. In the U.S., an ATF-provided weapon killed Border Patrol Officer Brian Terry.
The complete failure of Fast and Furious to keep track of hundreds of weapons, the murder of a Border Patrol agent and the numerous assaults, robberies and other crimes that were effectively aided by the ATF’s generous donations of weaponry were all reasons for congressional investigation, which has been blocked by an order from President Obama.
Many people have concluded that Fast and Furious was a cynical attempt on the part of the Obama Administration to cause chaos in border states and to create anti-gun sentiment that would pave the way for stricter gun-control laws.
Others have suggested that it was a secret program to arm the Sinaloa cartel in return for information that would allow the DEA and ICE to take down other cartels.
Whatever the case may be, the malfeasance of the Justice Department and of Holder is clear and criminal. Holder, and possibly Obama, should be held accountable for the deaths that were the direct result of the Fast and Furious operation.
Yet the scandal was ignored by the pro-Obama media before the re-election, and the Left has done everything it can to make the scandal go away.
Murder will out, as the proverb goes. As more information is made public, the possibility of justice may yet come to pass.