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Gunrunner: ATF supervisor told gun shop to “stock up” before Operation Fast and Furious

October 22, 2011

   According to this article: Back in 2009 the supervisor of the Phoenix division of the ATF, Hope MacAllister walked into the Lone Wolf Trading Company and had a little bit of interesting information for the owner, Andre Howard:

The amount of weapons you sell is about to dramatically increase.” Howard, the sources say, was cautioned that “he might not have enough stock” to supply the straw buyers that MacAllister somehow knew were on the way and that “he should stock up on what they wanted.”

MacAllister seemed to know “exactly how many weapons (the straw buyers) wanted, how much cash they had and when they would be coming in,” said one of the sources

  Less than one week later Operation Fast and Furious was well under way and guns were being sold to criminals which eventually culminated in the deaths of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and ICE Agent Jaime Zapata.

  The article continues:

since we now know that much, if not all, of the “buy money” was coming from an FBI paid confidential informant, it could simply be that the ATF was being used as part of a deliberate plot to “let the guns walk” in order, as the early ATF whistleblowers related to us back in early January, “to boost the statistics” of American civilian market firearms found at Mexican crime scenes.

  Last week on “Face the Nation” Obama defender and member of the Government Oversight Committee Elijah Cummings called Darrell Issa’s investigation a witch hunt; he stated  that this operation started at the bottom and worked its way to the top, and that Darrell Issa knows this and is continuing to dig anyway, but I would question the truthfulness of Mr. Cummings claim that Fast and Furious was a bottom up operation based on the fact that there was an FBI informant in Mexico who was providing the money to purchase the weapons under the Fast and Furious operation.

  Does Elijah Cummings really believe that an operation was hatched at lower levels in he federal government where guns would be allowed to illegally slip into another sovereign nation while the FBI would dispatch an informant into that sovereign nation and nobody in the higher levels of the government had to give approval to this type of international intrigue beforehand–or does he simply believe we are stupid enough to believe this? We must remember that this involved two nations, not just the United States, and it is illogical to even consider the notion that this was a bottom up operation implemented without the prior knowledge of people high up in the Obama regime.

24 Comments leave one →
  1. October 22, 2011 9:57 am

    Hmmm… I’m beginning to wonder if Issa is now beginning to follow the right thread. What if this was all planned by Janet Napolitano and the FBI. Did she deliberately keep Holder in the dark and use the ATF as a tool to attack the second amendment? Just saying…


    • October 22, 2011 4:06 pm

      This goes far beyond just Eric Holder, there is something like 10 agencies involved in this scandal and I think that Eric Holder knew about it, but so did Big Sis and many others.


  2. Lou222 permalink
    October 22, 2011 10:09 am

    I do not think that anything is done in this administration without Obama’s knowledge. As for “little people” pulling this off without the “big people” knowing, I think that is a pretty slim chance. The biggest corruption is at the top, the farther down the line you get, the more normal those people are. They just want to do their jobs, I am convinced, they do as they are told and collect their paychecks. If they are smart they will do some CYA damage control, just in case. It is the administration that has been calling the shots, along with Obamas shadow people. As for Napolitano, sure she is involved, as well. Elijah Cummings leaves a bit to be desired as a Congressman, doesn’t he? He is just trying to do damage control. I also don’t think any one department was more guilty than another, they were all in on this. At least the “big people”!


    • October 22, 2011 4:08 pm

      I agree! The little people involved in this scandal were doing their jobs and following orders and now they are the ones the regime is trying to throw under the bus. There is no doubt in my mind that a control freak like Obama had to have known.


  3. bunkerville permalink
    October 22, 2011 2:35 pm

    The fact that Obama will not give up his e-mails indicates to me at least he was aware of it. But what Dictator wants to answer to another body?


    • October 22, 2011 4:09 pm

      I agree! If Obama wasn’t involved he would release the emails and prove it, but he won’t release the emails and that tells us that he is hiding something.


  4. October 22, 2011 5:07 pm

    One of the reason’s most law enforcement don’t trust working with the Feds is because their agenda comes first, before the safety of those they are using to meet their intended objective.

    The ‘Fast and Furious’ scandal is the perfect example when they tried to throw the gun store owner under the bus.

    As for Holder, the man whose law firm represented Gitmo terrorists, he is a corrupt ideologue who will not, like his boss, hesitate to do anything possible to put the blame for failure on others. He, again like his boss, is a disgrace. Just my opinion….WM


    • October 23, 2011 7:55 am

      Once this operation went bad people began pointing fingers to shift the blame. They tried to blame Melson and the gun shop owner because in the end it isn’t about getting to the bottom of this, it is about CYA.


  5. October 22, 2011 9:40 pm

    I gotta tell you Steve, this is as dirty as dirty gets. I can’t add any more than that.


    • October 23, 2011 7:56 am

      It sure is John and I hope we get justice when all is said and done.


  6. Fallon permalink
    October 23, 2011 12:30 pm

    I’ve been following this issue since Rush first mentioned it in January or February. I frequent the Operation Gunrunner Information Page on Facebook, which provides the most comprehensive and “freshest” aggregation of any and all coverage regarding the flawless and lawless OG.

    That said for cred., I think Bloody Bill Newell (BBN) and his accomplices in the Phoenix office dreamed up the scheme, and put it in operation during the last Bush administration… Op. Wide Receiver was provably bottom-up, and provably shut down hard after the US
    Attorney learned the particulars, especially the part where receivers and/or transponders failed to maintain a connection. (Few were surprised when Mexican Authorities-Having-Jurisdiction failed to latch onto the trafficker’s vehicles as they crossed the border under
    BATFE direct surveillance and with those agents describing the subject vehicle(s) by phone or radio to their Mexican counterparts, who were read-in and fully aware of the operation, and the guns headed south.

    Will O Reilly die in Iraq because he slipped up and communicated with BBN via official government servers? The Admisseration had private drop-boxes and email accounts for all the “off the books” stuff; but, Issa has enough slip-ups to make the case.

    Maybe Issa could/should get the Russian or Chinese to turn over their records of all conversations held by Casa Blanca Cartel Members at the wi-fi coffee shops around DC.
    THAT would put a fine mesh in the net! But- gangsters get along against real Cop’ers.

    … It matters little to find the criminal mind which conjured the conspiracy, and that mind must worry a great deal about scape-goat prospects. What matters is the approval and improvements made by the Admisseration, and Nancy Pelosi/Harry Reid’s Congress!

    (Hope Mac Allister told Mr. Howard, proprietor of the Lone Wolf Trading Co., that [tax-payer’s] money was in the pipeline from DC…he needed to beef up his inventory of certain guns the buyers were soon to want, and that hge was going to become a very rich man because he agreed to assist their efforts.) (Ciro Rodriguez inserted an amendment into the first “Stimulus” Bill: $10Million for Operation Gunrunner. Latest estimate of total funding that I’ve seen in print: $80 Million.)

    Cabinet members are feeling vulnerable. That’s good. Let them squirm and witness the creeping gears of unavoidable JUSTICE!


  7. October 24, 2011 12:39 am

    You are doing a great job covering this Steve. There is now such an impressive body of evidence freely available to the public, it’s going to eventually discredit anyone who defends it.


    • October 24, 2011 6:26 am

      Thanks Matt. The more we learn about this scandal the more difficult it becomes for people to deny they knew about it.


    • Lou222 permalink
      October 26, 2011 8:49 pm

      Matt, I don’t see how they can defend what happened, but they will go down fighting to try to won’t they?


      • October 26, 2011 9:10 pm

        I guess it is better to go down swinging than taking a called third strike. Either way they will be out and I can’t wait until that day.


  8. October 24, 2011 9:17 pm

    Not much to add to your great reporting of this issue except to put your words into a photo:


    • October 24, 2011 9:46 pm

      Thanks for the compliment and I think I will use that image in upcoming posts on this issue.


      • October 25, 2011 4:16 pm

        I thought of you when I saw it.


      • Lou222 permalink
        October 26, 2011 8:47 pm

        What a great bumper sticker that is. What site were you on? States a simple to the point fact.



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