In Operation Fast and Furious, Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was murdered on American soil; he was shot with a gun that was put in the hands of the shooter by an agency under the direction of Barack Obama’s Justice Department – the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF). In the months that have transpired since, culpability has been creeping closer to Obama himself, thanks to suspect and conflicting testimony from a range of officials at DOJ, including Attorney General Eric Holder. Those following the scandal have been choking on the stench of cover-up for months.
Speaking of stench, since the mayor of Oakland – Jean Quan – allowed protesters to ‘re-occupy’ her city after ordering police to clear the area, millions of dollars of damage has been done; crime has surged, and a man was shot dead at the Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, the site of Occupy Oakland. The question of whether Quan has the blood of that man on her hands hangs in the air like smoke from a fired gun on a still night. Since the shooting on November 10th, there appears to be multiple attempts to cover-up some facts there too.
Barucha Peller, a woman who fancies herself as a bit of a spokesperson for Occupy Oakland, didn’t just attempt to distance the movement from the shooting; she made it sound as if the man’s chances of survival would have been diminished but for her colleagues:
“The only direct Occupy Oakland involvement was in order to provide emergency first-aid services.”
Thanks to Zombie at Pajamas Media, it’s been learned that the San Francisco Chronicle shamefully scrubbed a portion of one of its reports that identified the victim as having been an Occupy Oakland occupier. It only served to make Peller’s claims even more despicable.
At the very beginning of the Obama administration, the ATF portrayed itself as an entity that did everything it possibly could to interdict weapons headed for Mexico. In reality, it was facilitating their transport. Mexican drug cartels were the beneficiaries of at least 2,000 guns. In a February 4, 2011 letter to Senator Chuck Grassley, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich reiterated that the ATF was doing all it could to protect Americans when he wrote:
“ATF makes every effort to interdict weapons that have been purchased illegally and prevent their transportation to Mexico.”
Nine months later, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, Lanny Breuer conceded that Weich’s statement was false.
In much the same way that Quan is responsible for protecting her city’s police and citizens to the best of her ability, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano is responsible for doing the same for American citizens and her agents – of which Terry was one. In testimony she gave to the House Judiciary committee on October 26, 2011, Napolitano admitted to never talking with Holder about Fast and Furious, even though ATF agents knew within hours of Terry’s death that it had the blood of one of Napolitano’s agents (Terry) on its hands. Not only that but on June 26, 2011 former ATF Special Agent William Newell conceded that Fast and Furious was an operation that included DHS as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which reports to DHS.
Indications are that Napolitano contributed – as yet, to an unquantifiable degree – to the environment which led to Terry’s death. Prior to the November 2nd general strike in Oakland, Quan seemed to preside over the equivalent of human cock fighting when she encouraged all city employees to take the day off and join the protests – that is, all city employees except the police. Oakland’s cops were all required to report for work.
Individuals at Justice, DHS, and quite possibly State all have questions to answer about their roles in Fast and Furious, as well as the resultant death of Terry. They all report up a chain that ends with Barack Obama.
Oakland is where former Obama green jobs czar, Van Jones got his start. Jones is one of the main organizers of the #Occupy Wall Street movement. Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), whose district includes Oakland, has a rich history with Jones and helped get him hired by the White House; Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett practically admitted as much in August of 2009. Lee also said she supported the Occupy Oakland protests and had spoken with Quan about it.
Barack Obama’s subordinates at various links down the chain, supported an operation that resulted in the shooting death of an American Border agent. Former Barack Obama subordinates and colleagues supported a movement in Oakland that resulted in the shooting death of a civilian. Violence, crime, and millions of dollars in damages at these protests all across the country almost gave the potential for such a death the air of inevitability.
We Know Barack Obama supports the Occupy Wall Street movement, which has devolved into a cesspool of violent crime in many cities, not just Oakland. At last count, there have been more than 4000 arrests nationwide. The president’s support for Occupy Wall Street does not assuage the suspicions of those who wonder about his level of support for Fast and Furious; it does the opposite.
Obama’s support for Occupy Wall Street might one day tell us how something like Operation Fast and Furious ever saw the light of day.
Ben Barrack is a talk show host on KTEM 1400 in Texas and maintains a website at www.benbarrack.com.