Napolitano: Gun walking? What gun walking?

posted at 2:15 pm on March 10, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Janet Napolitano appeared on Capitol Hill to answer questions about “Operation Fast and Furious,” the ATF “gun-walking” scheme that allowed guns to flow across the border into Mexico in an attempt to pin drug-cartel warlords with weapons trafficking charges. The operation literally blew up in the ATF’s face when the cartel used the weapons to kill American agents. Not only did Napolitano not know about the ATF operation, she claims, she still doesn’t know today whether the allegation that the two agents were only allowed beanbag guns to protect themselves is true or not:

“Did you sign off on this operation, and if so, when?” Grassley asked.

“No,” said Napolitano, “this is within the Justice Department.”

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and Immigration Agent Jaime Zapata were gunned down in separate incidents involving suspected Mexican drug cartel members. Two AK-47 assault-type variant rifles that ATF had recorded as having let “walk” nearly a year before were found at the murder scene of Terry. The details of the origin of the weapon used in Zapata’s murder are not clear.

When asked, Napolitano told Grassley that nobody has expressed concerns with her about ATF purposely allowing gun traffickers to purchase weapons to transport to Mexican drug cartels. She also told Grassley she’s never discussed such a strategy in general with anyone.

“I was not so informed,” Napolitano said.

On a related topic, Grassley asked Napolitano if it was true that two members of the border tactical team that Brian Terry was on were carrying only beanbag guns and no regular weapons.

“I don’t know if that’s true,” answered Napolitano, noting the matter is under investigation.

The ATF falls within the Department of Justice, as Napolitano says. However, the whistleblowers that exposed this operation also claim that the ATF coordinated the effort with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which falls under Napolitano’s authority at Homeland Security. That kind of coordination would take a rather high level of cooperation, which would call into question just how much control and oversight Napolitano exercises at DHS.

The testimony on the issue of weapons selection is another red flag in this area as well. The policy of choosing lethal and/or non-lethal weapons was already known to Napolitano. One might think that several weeks after the murders of the two agents, Napolitano would have been curious enough to determine whether the agents had lethal weapons for their defense at the time of the murder, if for no other reason than to make sure the rest of her agents are prepared for gunfights. The DoJ may be handling the investigation, but the question of proper preparation for border agents belongs to DHS, and its life-or-death nature should at least provoke her curiosity.

This administration is setting records for absent leadership, and in this case, the failure could well be deadly.

Update: It’s not the only fumble Napolitano committed on the Hill this week, either:

“If I might, senator, we have invited bipartisan leadership of the Congress to come down to the southwest border to see all of the activities that, at a bipartisan level, have been supported across this border,” Napolitano began, in response to Cornyn’s question.

Uh-oh.

Cornyn, not particularly pleased with the suggestion that he, a Texan, or Sen. Jon Kyl, an Arizonan, should have to visit the border to know what was going on down there, interrupted.

“Madam, you don’t need to invite a Texan, an Arizonan to come to the border,” Cornyn said.

Here’s the video:


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Incompetent to the core. This woman is dangerous.

Scrappy on March 10, 2011 at 2:17 PM

“Madam, you don’t need to invite a Texan, an Arizonan to come to the border,” Cornyn said.

Boom.

amerpundit on March 10, 2011 at 2:21 PM

This from the former Gov of Arizona yet.

Rocks on March 10, 2011 at 2:21 PM

OMG is this woman for real? I feel like I’m in a nightmare I can’t wake up from. This really is a person, charged with running an important portion of our United States Government, and she’s either a pathological liar, or completely inept, and stupid!!!

capejasmine on March 10, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Janet Incompetano in action..

Renwaa on March 10, 2011 at 2:23 PM

What the hell is she doing all day?

perries on March 10, 2011 at 2:25 PM

If you expect any form of pro American competency from any of the obama regimes minions, you are clearly a product of recent public education.

frizzbee on March 10, 2011 at 2:26 PM

NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox Calls for Expedited Hearings into BATFE Investigative Tactics

On March 9, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox sent letters to key leaders in Congress calling for hearings to examine the firearms trafficking investigations tactics employed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Those tactics have allegedly allowed firearms to fall into the hands of Mexican criminal organizations, with the knowledge of the BATFE.

Mexican legislators demand US talks on gun scandal

(AP) MEXICO CITY (AP) — Legislators from all of Mexico’s three major parties in congress are calling for a joint U.S.-Mexico working group to examine accusations that U.S. federal agents allowed hundreds of guns to flow into Mexico.

Insert witty screen name here on March 10, 2011 at 2:26 PM

Dumber than a bag of hammers.

Corky on March 10, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Well at least she didn’t say the system worked. And really I’m super confident that she seems to have everything under control. Or maybe not so much.

hboulware on March 10, 2011 at 2:28 PM

Janet Incompetano.

(Hat Tip: Mark Steyn)

aquaviva on March 10, 2011 at 2:28 PM

This just one of many worthless members of bho’s team. Does this gal get any memo’s on what is happening all over the southern border? Does this gal know how many illegal aliens are coming into America? Does this gal get news on the rop type coming into America? Does this gal have a clue how many land owners are being taken over by drug dealers on the southern border and their livestock killed? Does this gal know how much damage to the land on the southern border by tons of cr@p left by illegal aliens coming into America and cleaning it up costs millions of our dollars?
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letget on March 10, 2011 at 2:29 PM

This wouldn’t be an attempt by the Justice Dep’t and Obama’s minions to “prove” that all these fearsome weapons really are coming from evil American gun dealers just as the Mexican Government has been telling us?
This would certainly justify a renewed assault weapons ban and additional restrictions on private gun ownership.

No, they wouldn’t do that!

countrybumpkin on March 10, 2011 at 2:30 PM

When the Attorney General of the United States is a rank partisan in an administration that demonstrates a willingness to selectively enforce the law and actively thwart justice, what hope is there that these bloated bureaucracies will ever be held accountable?

IronDioPriest on March 10, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Just to pick a nit, they are not beanbag guns. They are 12 gauge shotguns with less lethal ammo.

mad saint jack on March 10, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Yesterday, we are told that communications are so bad between the White House and the various Cabinet members that they need a communications director.
Today, we find out that this Cabinet member doesn’t know what is going on in her department.
Tomorrow, we will find out that it is all running on inertia from the Bush Administration.

J_Crater on March 10, 2011 at 2:31 PM

No identity based politicians left unappointed.

reaganaut on March 10, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Ed, is the center justify button on for this column? it’s all centered instead of left justified.

ted c on March 10, 2011 at 2:32 PM

The incompetence at the highest levels of our security are frightening and criminal.

portlandon on March 10, 2011 at 2:32 PM

It is 1:32 pm here in Kansas City and our tornado sirens are going off. Blue skies. No storm. Our normal drill time is the first Weds of the month at 11:00 am.

Hope this is a drill. Anyone else having weirdness?

ace tomato on March 10, 2011 at 2:32 PM

JANET RENO WANNABE!

nimrod on March 10, 2011 at 2:33 PM

At least something good may have come out of the Gunwalker Scandal:

Some ‘illegal’ U.S. guns being used to defend Mexican lives

Mexico is a perfect real-world laboratory for looking at what happens when the gungrabbers get their wish list fulfilled, and anti-gun policies are enacted at a societal level—the old adage that when guns are outlawed, only outlaws will have guns (aside from the military and police, that is, the “Only Ones”)—proves out. Which leaves citizens who simply wish to protect themselves the terrible consequences of breaking the law and facing life-destroying penalties.

As long as a porous border exists, along with a strong enough incentive to cross it, people will, bringing substances and objects with them. So hopefully, a good portion of the guns that are going southward, maybe even some “Project Gunwalker”* guns, will end up in the hands of those who truly need them, regardless of what the monopolists and the gungrabbers demand. Good people have a right to life and the means to protect it, and no matter what anyone says, the right to self-defense is a human right, not dependent on any constitution or decree for its existence, whether that’s “officially” recognized or not.

Insert witty screen name here on March 10, 2011 at 2:33 PM

These agents did not do this on their own. They couldn’t. Somebody upstairs made this decision. Let then get the heat. Also, in the case of ATF, the pols step in and frequently see that relatives or favored constituents get the high up jobs. Many times these are not truly qualified. Don’t be surprised if this tendency appears in this investigation.

jeanie on March 10, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Gun walking? She thought they said “Jive Talkin’”!!

ted c on March 10, 2011 at 2:34 PM

The new cabinet czar will soon have this all under control!

silvernana on March 10, 2011 at 2:35 PM

Hogans Heros SGT. Schultz: “I know nuting! I know nuting!”

percysunshine on March 10, 2011 at 2:35 PM

It’s alwayts the cover up that gets you…

Seven Percent Solution on March 10, 2011 at 2:37 PM

What the hell is she doing all day?

perries on March 10, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Probably playing Freecell and Minesweeper

evilned on March 10, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Cornyn and Kyl should’ve taken her up on visiting the border with her. Otherwise, she may never know what’s going on down there.

cartooner on March 10, 2011 at 2:37 PM

Looks like Janet needs a czar!

hboulware on March 10, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Just to pick a nit, they are not beanbag guns. They are 12 gauge shotguns with less lethal ammo.

mad saint jack on March 10, 2011 at 2:31 PM

Don’t those shotguns fire beanbag ammunition?

sharrukin on March 10, 2011 at 2:38 PM

countrybumpkin on March 10, 2011 at 2:30 PM

You’re a paranoid freak.
… and I agree with you 100%
That was the first thing I thought when I heard about this scandal.

Shambhala on March 10, 2011 at 2:39 PM

These agents did not do this on their own. They couldn’t. Somebody upstairs made this decision. Let then get the heat. Also, in the case of ATF, the pols step in and frequently see that relatives or favored constituents get the high up jobs. Many times these are not truly qualified. Don’t be surprised if this tendency appears in this investigation.

jeanie on March 10, 2011 at 2:33 PM

Curious how all these guns flowing across the border helps bolster the Leftists obsession with eventually getting rid of the 2nd amendment?

The increase in violence and the 90% myth have been used for good effect by Obama as a means to incrementally “chip” away at our rights.

Chip on March 10, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Not only is she incompetent, who is responsible for a policy that has our agents carrying non-lethal (or worse) no weapons? I don’t give a dam* what country they are in, and if the host country doesn’t “allow” it, you have got to be an imbecile to send agents ANYWHERE without their firearms and live ammo.

Sweet jebus, are you serious?????

Tim Zank on March 10, 2011 at 2:40 PM

The DoJ may be handling covering up the investigation….

FIFY

GarandFan on March 10, 2011 at 2:42 PM

This bimbo also thinks Taco Belle is a real messican restaurant.

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 10, 2011 at 2:43 PM

This will blow up when lawsuits start being filed by families of those killed with these guns in the USA and in Mexico. If we are allowed to investigate, and full discovery is completed, it should lead to the White House and President Jackass.

I expect that this was all started as an attempt to generate bad publicity for gun dealers that would lead to a White House assault on the 2nd Amendment. We should be grateful that they are so incompetent, as it could have succeeded.

slickwillie2001 on March 10, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Hey FREELANCER….

Does this mean she can be charged as an “Accessory after the fact” for the assassination/murder of the border patrol agents?

RedLizard64 on March 10, 2011 at 2:44 PM

This wouldn’t be an attempt by the Justice Dep’t and Obama’s minions to “prove” that all these fearsome weapons really are coming from evil American gun dealers just as the Mexican Government has been telling us?
This would certainly justify a renewed assault weapons ban and additional restrictions on private gun ownership.

No, they wouldn’t do that!

countrybumpkin on March 10, 2011 at 2:30 PM

Other people have made the point that Mexico has strict gun control laws

(That does make you really wonder why they would have ANY gun violence if the law-abiding are banned from having them..)

But I digress, wouldn’t any weapons in the hand of the criminals be reason enough to take them down?

What about all the other crimes they commit, aren’t those good enough?

Why did the ATF feel the need to ‘Import’ more evidence of their crimes?

Chip on March 10, 2011 at 2:46 PM

She’s a man baby!!

ButterflyDragon on March 10, 2011 at 2:47 PM

Reminds me of Hillary’s pretty in pink testimony.
“I don’t recall.”

barnone on March 10, 2011 at 2:50 PM

Holder said the operation was not acceptable. The Inspector General will get it sorted. Some mid-level will get thrown to the wolves. The story will drop off the news radar in short order.

Everything is as it should be in the best of all possible worlds.

Kenosha Kid on March 10, 2011 at 2:52 PM

the system worked.

wildweasel on March 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM

The Pappy Plan to save America fiscally.

1. Seal the Border.
(saves all kinds of Entitlement programs, reduces state crime rates, etc.)

2. 10% across the board Federal spending cuts.

BOOM………Federal Deficit gone!

PappyD61 on March 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Janet Napolitano is a Lesbenese freak.

Roy Rogers on March 10, 2011 at 2:57 PM

which would call into question just how much control and oversight Napolitano exercises at DHS.

There’s little doubt that Janet’s control and oversight priority is to protect and advance liberal politics, everything else comes a distant second place.

RJL on March 10, 2011 at 2:58 PM

What the hell is she doing all day?
perries on March 10, 2011 at 2:25 PM

Well she certainly isn’t reading HotAir or she would have had the answers to those pesky questions.

Our trolls are better informed than she is.

Lily on March 10, 2011 at 2:59 PM

What will it take to completely close our borders if we are under attack from our enemies on either the Northern or Southern border? That is what this AMERICAN wants to know. The people in charge of this very thing, have no clue. Does anyone…Joint Chiefs, CIC, anyone?? Our “Homeland” is under attack everyday & the Dept “in charge” of securing it doesn’t get the job done. Anyone from anywhere can get into this Country, with little effort, and do our citizens harm. Why is this acceptable? Will someone ask the Commander-in-Chief, PLEASE??

relpayme on March 10, 2011 at 2:59 PM

When she is saying she was not informed, that is because she was relying on information from Director of National Intelligence………ALL TOGETHER NOW!!!! “CLAP ON! (CLAP! CLAP) CLAP OFF! (CLAP! CLAP!) CLAP ON, CLAP OFF! THE CLAPPER!!!”

pilamaye on March 10, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Our trolls are better informed than she is.

Lily on March 10, 2011 at 2:59 PM

James Clapper wants to know what you’re talking about

Roy Rogers on March 10, 2011 at 3:01 PM

The Pappy Plan to save America fiscally.

1. Seal the Border.
(saves all kinds of Entitlement programs, reduces state crime rates, etc.)

2. 10% across the board Federal spending cuts.

BOOM………Federal Deficit gone!

PappyD61 on March 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM

Seal the Border

Whoa! That’s a great idea! It would stop the (Unofficial) flow of guns to Mexico – and remove an excuse to eviscerate our right of self-defense.

And it would stop the illegal invaders from coming north – it’s Win Win both ways and it only takes one action!

A closed borer would work both ways! Who would of thunk it!

Chip on March 10, 2011 at 3:08 PM

What the hell is she doing all day?
perries on March 10, 2011 at 2:25 PM

==========================================================
She is one of the boys living the good life.Good food,good drink,IAW f@rting thru silk.

docflash on March 10, 2011 at 3:08 PM

I wish they would put a speakerphone on the table at these hearings. Then when somebody pleads ignorance, they can be asked to call their Department and get an answer. Surely, the answer as to how the border agents were armed could be answered in a five minute call – she calls her office, her office calls the director of the appropriate field office, that director probably knows the answer and if not surely with a Senate Committee on the line he could find the person with the answer quickly.

Over50 on March 10, 2011 at 3:12 PM


When she is saying she was not informed, that is because she was relying on information from Director of National Intelligence………ALL TOGETHER NOW!!!! “CLAP ON! (CLAP! CLAP) CLAP OFF! (CLAP! CLAP!) CLAP ON, CLAP OFF! THE CLAPPER!!!”

pilamaye on March 10, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Be careful, you’ll catch a dose of the Clap – that’s an unfortunate deficiently in the ability to comprehend the news of the day.

Colbyjack on March 10, 2011 at 3:13 PM

…and she’s either a pathological liar, OR completely inept, and stupid!!!

capejasmine on March 10, 2011 at 2:23 PM

What makes you think she can’t multi-task?

TugboatPhil on March 10, 2011 at 3:15 PM

Her voice is lower than Senator Cornyn’s.

LASue on March 10, 2011 at 3:16 PM

I wonder what the dead Mexicans think about it all …

You know this was a setup to take down the US Second Amendment after Hillary’s shameful attempt with Greta on FNC.

Shades of Branch Davidians.

tarpon on March 10, 2011 at 3:20 PM

She is, quite simply, a liar.

Rebar on March 10, 2011 at 3:27 PM

Get her a subscription to The American Rifleman.

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 10, 2011 at 3:28 PM

She shoulda sent grow fins to the hearing at least it would have had more talking points.

Col.John Wm. Reed on March 10, 2011 at 3:30 PM

she’s either a pathological liar, or completely inept, and stupid!!!
capejasmine on March 10, 2011 at 2:23 PM

You say that like those are mutually exclusive. We are surrounded by people in government who are, in fact, all three at the same time.

KrisinNE on March 10, 2011 at 3:38 PM

Knowing how dishonest this admin. is it’s hard NOT to think it was meant as a way to attack the 2nd Amendment.
After all, their claims of guns flooding into Mexico were proven to be baseless, so perhaps they decided to manufacture evidence?

Hard Right on March 10, 2011 at 3:43 PM

She went to Mr. Zapata’s funeral in Brownsville, TX. So did Holder. They said they strongly condemn the agent’s killing. So, I guess their did all they are going to do.

lonestar1 on March 10, 2011 at 3:45 PM

She went to Mr. Zapata’s funeral in Brownsville, TX. So did Holder. They said they strongly condemn the agent’s killing. So, I guess their did all they are going to do.
lonestar1 on March 10, 2011 at 3:45 PM

Good grief, that’s it?

Even O.J. went on a tour of world’s golf courses Looking For The Real Killer.

Oh, wait, maybe that’s the President’s job.

Lily on March 10, 2011 at 3:53 PM

Don’t those shotguns fire beanbag ammunition?

sharrukin on March 10, 2011 at 2:38 PM

Yes, they can fire many types of less lethal and lethal ammo. (Although mixing the two will make liability lawyers break out in hives.)

mad saint jack on March 10, 2011 at 3:55 PM

First, the USG enriches and empowers the drug lords with its idiotic prohibition, then it arms them.

Awesome.

Rae on March 10, 2011 at 3:56 PM

Janet Reno and Napalitano “The Twins ” were really separated at birth

wheels on March 10, 2011 at 3:59 PM

This administration is trying to make the gun dealers look bad. The dealers involved reported the straw buyers to the Feds and were directed to sell to them anyway.

lonestar1 on March 10, 2011 at 4:04 PM

I wonder what the dead Mexicans think about it all …

You know this was a setup to take down the US Second Amendment after Hillary’s shameful attempt with Greta on FNC.

tarpon on March 10, 2011 at 3:20 PM

Given that the anti-self defense groups want to use this flow of guns to take out the 2nd amendment makes it all sound just a wee bit too convenient that it’s taking place, don’t you think?

Chip on March 10, 2011 at 4:14 PM

You’re a paranoid freak.
… and I agree with you 100%
That was the first thing I thought when I heard about this scandal.
Shambhala on March 10, 2011 at 2:39 PM

Hey, just because you’re paranoid don’t mean they are NOT out to get you.

MikeA on March 10, 2011 at 4:27 PM

Try this.
My wacky/nutty conspiracy theory
Mexican drug cartels.

Problem, who are the bad guys? Where do they hang out? Where do they live? Who do they associate with? What is their daily routine?

In other words they need a $hit load of intel.

Enter LEO Gen 2 RFID (Low Earth Orbit Radio-Frequency IDentification)

Imagine this wacky scenario.
Weapons with this LEO Gen 2 RFID chips planted in them are allowed to go south.
High flying UAV’s ping and follow these chips. (Operation GunWalker)
Over time a “Map” as to who’s who will become “clear”.

CNN News: Mexican Drone crashed in El Paso Texas Dec 16 2010
It was following a “target” when it had a malfunction and crashed in Texas. NORAD said it was aware the Drone had entered US airspace but determined there was no threat and did not get involved. Apparently it was used in coordination with the US government.

Yep, nothing to see here folks just move along.

Ricardo Alday, a spokesman for the Mexican Embassy in the United States, also said the drone belonged to Mexico and was part of an operation in coordination with the U.S. government.

“It was flying on the Mexican side of the border when it had a mechanical malfunction,” Alday said. “It is my understanding both Mexican and U.S. authorities were fully cognizant of what was going on in the area.”

Yep, nothing to see here folks just move along.

Say, didn’t they suddenly “find” several top Mexican drug cartels leaders shortly after the US Agent Jaime Zapata was murdered?

Say, remember Abu Musab al-Zarqawi ?

The top AQI guy we last saw trying to rack up a M-249 SAW? He was also in that video shot inside a house in the background we see the M-249 SAW, a M-16 with M-203 grenade launcher and a M-4 carbine?

Somehow we found out what house he was in and blew it up!

Yep, nothing to see here folks just move along.

Zarqawi died in a targeted killing on June 7, 2006, while attending a meeting in an isolated safehouse approximately 8 km (5 mi) north of Baqubah. Two United States Air Force F-16C jets dropped two 500-pound (230 kg) guided bombs on the safehouse.

Yep, nothing to see here folks just move along.

Say, remember all those weapons lost in Iraq a few months before “the surge” happened?

DSchoen on March 10, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Napolitano: Gun walking? What gun walking?

Deer caught in headlights look much smarter and more aware of their surroundings than this woman…

landlines on March 10, 2011 at 4:37 PM

O/T a bit. Wyoming becomes the fourth state with no permit concealed carry.

IIRC The protocol for border patrol was a beanbag round first then 00 or maybe slug. Doubling down on stupid.

Caststeel on March 10, 2011 at 4:44 PM

“Madam, you don’t need to invite a Texan, an Arizonan to come to the border,” Cornyn said.

If nothing else… I love me some federalist-talk… especially coming from people who mean it.

mankai on March 10, 2011 at 4:47 PM

I have a sneaky suspicion that Janet Incompetano is being held in reserve by the Obama regime as the sacrificial lamb when he needs a distraction (which may be sooner than later).

Carl on March 10, 2011 at 4:49 PM

Hey FREELANCER….

Does this mean she can be charged as an “Accessory after the fact” for the assassination/murder of the border patrol agents?

RedLizard64 on March 10, 2011 at 2:44 PM

Yep. Right after Texas charges Janet Reno with felony murder for the deaths at Waco.

PersonFromPorlock on March 10, 2011 at 4:53 PM

Weapons with this LEO Gen 2 RFID chips planted in them are allowed to go south.

Where were those ‘Chip’s located in those weapons?

Was is the effective range of the reading capability of the RFID ‘Chip’s

High flying UAV’s ping and follow these chips.

DSchoen on March 10, 2011 at 4:29 PM

What altitude were those UAV’s operating at?

Chip on March 10, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Our trolls are better informed than she is.
Lily on March 10, 2011 at 2:59 PM

Ouch!
True but harsh.

DSchoen on March 10, 2011 at 5:37 PM

She’s a man baby!!

ButterflyDragon on March 10, 2011 at 2:47 PM

+1

Do you hear that voice? Dude doesn’t even look like a lady! I think she may be more manly than me, at least her testosterone levels may be higher :(

Geministorm on March 10, 2011 at 5:55 PM

The ATF falls within the Department of Justice, as Napolitano says.

Since when? ah…the ATF website is actually useful: Effective January 24, 2003, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was transferred under the Homeland Security bill to the Department of Justice.

I R A Darth Aggie on March 10, 2011 at 6:06 PM

I love the part in the 2nd video at about 4:10, where Janet (who has a deeper voice than Senator Cornyn) says,

When I say sustained, I mean sustained(emphasis mine)

/jabs_hand_in_air

I’m like, WTH?!? How does jabbing your hand downwards emphasize the “sustaining” of the Obambi administration’s pitiful policies on border (non)control? It was like a scene from SNL (Will Farrell?) or something…and when I say sustained, I mean SUSTAINED Mutha F**ker!

Geministorm on March 10, 2011 at 6:08 PM

Incompetano has perfected the flat-voiced, dead-eyed lie and stonewall. She know plenty of nothing, doesn’t she? Heckuva job, Janet?

onlineanalyst on March 10, 2011 at 6:15 PM

I wouldn’t let her be an Asst Mngr of a fast food restaurant let alone a Scty position in the exec branch, she seems better suited to be collecting towels after gym class.

Alden Pyle on March 10, 2011 at 7:06 PM

Incompetano has perfected the flat-voiced, dead-eyed lie and stonewall.
onlineanalyst on March 10, 2011 at 6:15 PM

She’s like a talking post… I had her as a gubnah. I hope after 2012, I never have to see her or hear her again.

Mr_Magoo on March 10, 2011 at 7:12 PM

How did this loser ever get elected governor of Arizona?

flataffect on March 10, 2011 at 7:51 PM

“I was not so informed,” Napolitano said.

Big Freudian slip there.

Geebus, this dolt isn’t capable of managing a used bookstore in Cambridge MA.

roy_batty on March 10, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Chip on March 10, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Where were those ‘Chip’s located in those weapons?

Could be anywhere, but most likely in the plastic/wood parts of the gun. Current chips available in the civilian market are as 0.05mm x 0.05mm, however those are passive and available to the public.

“Hitachi holds the record for the smallest RFID chip, at 0.05mm x 0.05mm. …… EPC Gen2. EPC Gen2 is short for EPCglobal UHF Class 1 Generation 2. …”

What does the military have access to?

The first RFID type system was developed by the military (England/RAF) was/is known as IFF or Identification Friend or Foe.

If you knew that your better informed than most, but I bet ya didn’t know it was developed and used by the Allies throughout WW2! Yes, the 1940′s.

LEO means low Earth Orbit, it is defined as between 160 – 2,000 km (100 – 1,240 miles) above the Earth‘s surface

As I said this is My wacky/nutty conspiracy theory (it has huge holes, but I do believe it is doable).

Mexican Drones
The Mexican UAV S4 Ehécatl

Hydra Technologies Ehécatl

The S4 Ehécatl is an unmanned aerial vehicle developed and manufactured by Hydra Technologies of Mexico which, except for its infrared thermal sensor system, is the first of its type to be completely designed and manufactured in Mexico.

Specifications

It has a maximum velocity of 90 knots,
with a maximum operating ceiling of 4,572 meters (15,000 ft) in height.

It can take-off from higher altitudes than 2,438 meters (7,999 ft).

It provides mode techniques for any type of weather or terrain.

All data is integrated by General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems.

The S4 model has a wingspan of 3.7 meters (12 ft), and MTOW of 54.43 kilograms (120 lb), including a payload of 9.07 kilograms (20 lb).

It has a flight autonomy of 8 hours at the cruising speed of 38 knots.

“All data is integrated by General Dynamics Advanced Information Systems.”

Which would be a good thing considering we are flying or General Dynamics Predator drones on our side of the Mexican border.

That would kinda sorta help in “intel gathering” operation.

As I said this is My wacky/nutty conspiracy theory (it has huge holes, but I do believe it is doable)

DSchoen on March 10, 2011 at 8:27 PM

The Pappy Plan to save America fiscally.
1. Seal the Border.
(saves all kinds of Entitlement programs, reduces state crime rates, etc.)
2. 10% across the board Federal spending cuts.
BOOM………Federal Deficit gone!
PappyD61 on March 10, 2011 at 2:55 PM

I respectfully add:

3. 100% American citizenship/Permanent resident alien verification prior to any federal, state or local services including school admission, drivers license, ID cards, welfare… If you are an ILLEGAL ALIEN, “we’re out of Schlitz, self deport and go back home…”

Khun Joe on March 10, 2011 at 8:57 PM

These agents did not do this on their own. They couldn’t. Somebody upstairs made this decision. Let then get the heat. Also, in the case of ATF, the pols step in and frequently see that relatives or favored constituents get the high up jobs. Many times these are not truly qualified. Don’t be surprised if this tendency appears in this investigation.

jeanie on March 10, 2011 at 2:33 PM

These people need to be brought up on charges of TREASON (death penalty!), until those in top are named and charged themselves. This is a clear case of aiding and abetting an enemy of our country!

dominigan on March 10, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Chip on March 10, 2011 at 5:05 PM

Where were those ‘Chip’s located in those weapons?

Could be anywhere, but most likely in the plastic/wood parts of the gun. Current chips available in the civilian market are as 0.05mm x 0.05mm, however those are passive and available to the public.

Guns are normally disassembled for cleaning – the chips would have had to been concealed where they wouldn’t be found or it would have blow the whole operation.

“Hitachi holds the record for the smallest RFID chip, at 0.05mm x 0.05mm. …… EPC Gen2. EPC Gen2 is short for EPCglobal UHF Class 1 Generation 2. …”
What is its range?

What does the military have access to?

The laws of physics apply to the military as well as civilian.

The first RFID type system was developed by the military (England/RAF) was/is known as IFF or Identification Friend or Foe.

If you knew that your better informed than most, but I bet ya didn’t know it was developed and used by the Allies throughout WW2! Yes, the 1940′s.

Are you sure you are talking about an un-powered chip that emits a specific id signature when excited by RF? A technology that was first developed in the 1970’s?

What is the effective range of the reading capability of the RFID ‘Chip’s???

As I said this is My wacky/nutty conspiracy theory (it has huge holes, but I do believe it is doable)

DSchoen on March 10, 2011 at 8:27 PM

How many of those guns did they let walk across the border?

How many bad guys did they nab?

How did they know which RFID tag went to with the ‘High value targets’?

Chip on March 10, 2011 at 9:37 PM

ATF purposely allowing gun traffickers to purchase weapons to transport to Mexican drug cartels

The BATFE is out of CONTROL, itself. ( insert gun-control pun here ). This is a national scandal and a disgrace.

Those ordering an operation that resulted in weapons KNOWINGLY being sent to Mexico in violation of federal and state gun laws should be fired at the very least. This is a piss poor law enforcement strategy and this would never be tolerated or executed or authorized in this manor at the state or local level. You do not put people at risk of serious injury or death to justify an arrest or “sting” operation. Letting weapons go into Mexico into the hands of drug dealers will result in them being used in crime, guaranteed.

Now as a result if this operation, an AGENT is DEAD. There is NO excuse for this and no case and no arrest of a drug dealer is worth the life of ANY state or federal law enforcement officer.

I am EMBARRASSED for the law enforcement community.

tx2654 on March 11, 2011 at 2:59 AM

ATF, DOJ Launch Damage Control Effort Over Growing Project Gunrunner Scandal

A major scandal is developing around a signature U.S. effort to track and stop the flow of illicit weapons to Mexico, as officials at the Department of Justice close ranks, hoping to cover up an investigation critics say is responsible for an untold number of dead.

The investigation was known as Project Gunrunner — a joint task force headed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Department of Justice — that took place in 2010.

Already we know the weapons used to kill Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry were being tracked by Gunrunner, but new documents reveal a much bigger problem.

The questions this morning in Washington are how high does this go and will Congress call for a formal investigation of its own.

Insert witty screen name here on March 11, 2011 at 6:36 AM

These people need to be brought up on charges of TREASON (death penalty!), until those in top are named and charged themselves. This is a clear case of aiding and abetting an enemy of our country!

dominigan on March 10, 2011 at 9:15 PM

ABSOLUTELY TRUE! THIS.

REPEAT.IT.EVERYWHERE.

Providing arms to the enemy is TREASON.
It would have been better had this Congressman pointed this out to Ms Napolitano.

Good luck to all the freedom fighters,
callsign orbitalair – out.

orbitalair on March 11, 2011 at 8:31 AM

There are lots of intelligent and competent women available to work in government and fully qualified to lead important government functions.

So why do Democrats only hire imbecile, nitwit b!tches like Napolitano and Sebelius?

Jaibones on March 11, 2011 at 10:47 AM

She sounds like Mira Sorvino in Romi and Michelle’s High School Reunion.

thedudesblog on March 11, 2011 at 1:24 PM

A couple weeks ago there was a big kerfuffle that two years after the elections most of the Department heads have not yet had even a single meeting with President Obama. It would appear that this malaise is not limited to just him.

Pretty clueless about what’s going on down below; makes me wonder what she did as US Attorney for Arizona? Wonder what an IG investigation down there would reveal?

ss396 on March 11, 2011 at 2:08 PM