Gunrunner: ATF Fast and Furious targets were FBI informants
Last week it was revealed that the ATF had apprehended Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta in May of 2010 but released him; this is significant because if you believe the government’s official story this man was one of the main people identified by the ATF for arrest in the Fast and Furious debacle. If this were the case Operation Fast and Furious would have achieved one of its main goals, and the operation could have come to a halt before Brian Terry was murdered, and yet the ATF decided not to detain Celis-Acosta because he promised Hope MacAllister he could lead them to people even higher up in the drug trafficking ring.
I do not believe that Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta was the target of Operation Fast and Furious, and I do not believe that the two brothers he promised to lead the ATF to were targets of the operation. I believe the real targets were American gun owners; I firmly believe that Operation Fast and Furious was designed to prove the 90% lie in an effort to gain more support with the American people for an assault weapons ban as well as the United Nations Small Arms Treaty. The federal government wanted weapons sold in the United States to turn up at crime scenes at the Mexican border to prove that more stringent gun control laws were needed.
However, if we are to believe the federal government–and I will briefly give them the benefit of the doubt, even though they don’t deserve it, for the sake of this post–the news gets even worse for the federal government because the two brothers that Celis-Acosta promised to lead the ATF to have turned out to be FBI informants. A simple lack of communication between the two federal agencies may have led to the death of Brian Terry.
Here is what Darrell Issa and Charles Grassley had to say about this news:
This means the entire goal of Fast and Furious — to target these two individuals and bring them to justice — was a failure,” they wrote. The “lack of follow-through” by the various agencies, they said, typified “the serious management failures that occurred throughout all levels during Fast and Furious
Of course one has to believe this was the goal of Operation fast and Furious in the first place, but Celis-Acosta’s lawyer believes the agencies purposely did not exchange information:
“When one hand is not talking to the other, perhaps somebody is hiding something,” he said. “Was this intentional?”
In a best case scenario for the federal government they are simply an incompetent, bumbling, irresponsible, criminally negligent, non-communicative entity who really did have America’s best interests at heart in regards to the violence at the Mexican border. But I do not believe the best case scenario, I think the federal government had an ulterior motive. I believe Celis-Acosta’s lawyer is correct; this was intentional and the government is hiding something. However, the government is not hiding anything in regards to Celis-Acosta, they are hiding the true intent and target of Operation Fast and Furious.
The ATF released Celis-Acosta not because he could lead them to people who it turns out were already working with the federal government; they released Celis-Acosta because there weren’t enough weapons recovered at crime scenes to prove the 90% lie at the time of his arrest so the ATF decided releasing Celis-Acosta would buy them more time to ensure more American sold weapons would be found at crime scenes. Once this was accomplished, and only once this was accomplished, would the federal government declare mission accomplish and stop the deadly operation.
In a way I wish it were a simple lack of communication between two government agencies but I believe it was something much more nefarious.