Too bad to check: Project Gunrunner was funded by … the stimulus

posted at 9:30 pm on July 7, 2011 by Allahpundit

I really did think it was too bad to check, despite posts about it at PJM, Weasel Zippers, and Free Republic. But I checked. You’ll find complete PDF and text versions of the final stimulus bill right here. Scroll down to page 16 (of 407!) in the PDF version and behold:

For an additional amount for ‘‘State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance’’, $40,000,000, for competitive grants to provide assistance and equipment to local law enforcement along the Southern border and in High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas to combat criminal narcotics activity stemming from the Southern border, of which $10,000,000 shall be transferred to ‘‘Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Salaries and Expenses’’ for the ATF Project Gunrunner.

And to think, you guys say the stimulus didn’t produce anything. It produced guns for Mexican drug cartels, didn’t it? Says Ben Domenech, in a stroke of perfect black humor: “Shovel ready.”

Actually, as Ed reminds me via e-mail, this is old news. The boss emeritus was all over the stimulus angle to Gunrunner back in March. But since only recently has this story really begun to bubble, replete with growing big-media interest, stuff we already knew is becoming stuff we forgot and then remembered and became horrified at all over again. Rather than have me bore you here, then, take five minutes and read Michelle’s post. The One was asked about Operation Fast and Furious at the time — which is under the umbrella of Gunrunner — and insisted that neither he nor Holder authorized it. In that case, I’m really looking forward to finding out which member(s) of Congress decided to earmark $10 million for Gunrunner and what they thought would be done with the money. Someone in the executive branch must have requested the funding for the ATF. Who?

See what happens when Congress doesn’t read the bills?

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Never fear. Obama has come up with a solution to fix all this mess:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/07/obama-unveil-gun-control-reforms_n_892633.html?ref=fb&src=sp#sb=657834,b=facebook

mizflame98 on July 7, 2011 at 11:48 PM

*groan*

tencole on July 7, 2011 at 11:57 PM

gophergirl on July 7, 2011 at 9:47 PM

Time to load up the TOTUS!

“When the President does it, that means it is not illegal. … If he believes it’s alright to break the law for that then he’ll believe it …

If the President does it then its not a crime

“When the president does it, it’s not a crime”

DSchoen on July 8, 2011 at 12:48 AM

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Mexican national was executed Thursday for the rape-slaying of a teenager after the U.S. Supreme Court turned down an appeal to spare him that was supported by Mexico and the White House.

In his last minutes, Humberto Leal repeatedly said he was sorry and accepted responsibility.

“I have hurt a lot of people. … I take full blame for everything. I am sorry for what I did,” he said in the death chamber.

“One more thing,” he said as the drugs began taking effect. Then he shouted twice, “Viva Mexico!”

He was a patriot. They should have repatriated him to his beloved México, from a jet at 40 thousand feet. No parachute. No oxygen.

The warden or the guy who pressed the plunger, should have leaned down and whispered to him “Don’t Mess with Texas” and “Viva Sam Houston”.

Schadenfreude on July 8, 2011 at 12:56 AM

I guess I missed the memo which details how we are now supposed to call guns “shovels.”

Desert Gardens on July 8, 2011 at 12:57 AM

Not only does Obama and his Administration faciltate murder, it sponsors it. … … his party shoves a “Stimulus” bill through that … purchases guns for foreign criminals to kill US law enforcement. Treason. A capital crime.

teacherman on July 7, 2011 at 9:46 PM

If Bush had done this, the MSM would already be building a gallows.

Lon Chaney on July 8, 2011 at 1:06 AM

If 2500 in Arizona is typical, the total number of guns is probably more like 25,000.

slickwillie2001 on July 7, 2011 at 10:40 PM

Obama is a bigger terrorist than Osama.

Lon Chaney on July 8, 2011 at 1:11 AM

That means a lot of heads better roll in D.C.

INC on July 7, 2011 at 11:07 PM

If they use a basket, the heads won’t roll.

Lon Chaney on July 8, 2011 at 1:13 AM

The President and I have to read the bill before we know who many people we will kill. – Nancy Pelosi

Lon Chaney on July 8, 2011 at 1:15 AM

Or we just see how many people we killed so we know what we put in the bill. – Nancy Pelosi

Lon Chaney on July 8, 2011 at 1:17 AM

Issa is on a mission. May he succeed. The goons are orchestrating a big cover up.

Schadenfreude on July 8, 2011 at 1:18 AM

If President Obama kills them, they are really not dead.

Lon Chaney on July 8, 2011 at 1:19 AM

You will never be able to pry Barack Obama from my bloody hands. – Eric Holder

Lon Chaney on July 8, 2011 at 1:23 AM

I wouldn’t obsess over the fact that Gunrunner was funded by Stimulus, because I doubt very much that any significant detail is provided for line items in a wide-ranging bill like Stimulus was. If any description was given, it could have sounded quite innocuous.

We need to shake out all the ATF locations that ran a Gunrunner program, and we are nowhere near that simple goal. From that follows a list of guns, from that follows a check for crimes committed with those guns all across the USA and Mexico and even other Central American countries. Only then will we know the magnitude of the crimes committed by the idiot Holder and the ATF.

slickwillie2001 on July 8, 2011 at 2:05 AM

But those people are not really dead dead, now are they?

Dhuka on July 8, 2011 at 2:05 AM

Absolutely atrocious!!

Obozo and Holder should both be arrested for this insanity! Can you just imagine if a rich, old white guy had pulled this crap!? He’d be looking at 200 years in Leavenworth! But, ohhhh nooooo..it’s Teh Won! And the MSM is SILENT!!!

Atrocious!

KMC1 on July 8, 2011 at 2:14 AM

This country better start realizing that the media, Democrats, entertainment and atheistic communism are one and the same. Unfortunately, too many Americans are addicted to their entertainment to have any backbone to stand up to the Empire.

leftnomore on July 8, 2011 at 4:23 AM

He was a patriot. They should have repatriated him to his beloved México, from a jet at 40 thousand feet. No parachute. No oxygen.

Schadenfreude on July 8, 2011 at 12:56 AM

Like your idea about dumping him from 40K but not without O2. I wouldn’t want him blacking out. I’d want him to see the ground coming at him at 120 MPH. “Viva Sam Huston”…love it.

Extrafishy on July 8, 2011 at 5:57 AM

complete chronology.

Clinton, Holder, Obama, Napolitano, Reid, Pelosi. Stimulus.

Key West Reader on July 8, 2011 at 6:40 AM

Obama has a solution for gun control 7/7/11

From an earlier post. The timing is incredible.

Key West Reader on July 8, 2011 at 7:06 AM

Key West Reader on July 8, 2011 at 6:40 AM

thanks KWR….are you in CB for the final launch?

cmsinaz on July 8, 2011 at 7:17 AM

thanks KWR….are you in CB for the final launch?

cmsinaz on July 8, 2011 at 7:17 AM

Hey… Nah, can’t make it over gotta go to Tally today. I am praying that the rain will delay the launch.

Key West Reader on July 8, 2011 at 7:31 AM

July 7, 2011. Obama to unveil gun control reforms

Warning: Huffing-Glue Post link

Key West Reader on July 8, 2011 at 7:33 AM

Key West Reader on July 8, 2011 at 7:31 AM

gotcha….safe travels…

i was there for the 1st launch in 81 and it was scrubbed that day…we were bummed of course…

cmsinaz on July 8, 2011 at 7:43 AM

July 7, 2011. Obama to unveil gun control reforms

Warning: Huffing-Glue Post link

Key West Reader on July 8, 2011 at 7:33 AM

When progressives use terms like “reforms” and “common sense measures”, you need to hold tightly to both your wallet and your Constitution.

SKYFOX on July 8, 2011 at 7:48 AM

O/T
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Astronauts taken to the Shuttle!

Live Streaming NASA
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canopfor on July 8, 2011 at 7:53 AM

Obama’s new found desire to cooperate with the Republicans on debt reduction is just another ploy to distract from all the other devastating problems he has caused in this country . . . and “Gunrunner” is just one of them. Don’t fall for it, the man is as slick as a greased eel.

rplat on July 8, 2011 at 8:13 AM

(Foxnews)Six Months After Tucson Shooting, White House Readies Gun Control Stance

This Spring, Carney said it’s possible the review underway at the Justice Department could produce legislation. If it does, perhaps a look at the president’s op-ed issued the day before Carney’s remarks will offer insight as to what kind. “The National Instant Criminal Background Check System is the filter that’s supposed to stop the wrong people from getting their hands on a gun. Bipartisan legislation four years ago was supposed to strengthen this system, but it hasn’t been properly implemented,” he noted.

Curious that they are attempting to use as yet another serious crisis (They created) to push the taking of more of our freedoms.

If you examine what they say you will clearly understand their true intentions: They want to control the transfer of every gun, in other words, they want you to obtain permission from them in order for you to exercise your right of self-defense.

Ain’t that nice?

NMRN123 on July 8, 2011 at 8:30 AM

Will this become Obama’s “Watergate”? Will be be bigger than Watergate? After all, no one died as a direct result of the Watergate breakin and coverup.

Carl on July 8, 2011 at 8:38 AM

http://www.justice.gov/ag/speeches/2009/ag-speech-090402.html

Speech by Holder at the Mexico/United States Arms Trafficking Conference, April 2, 2009)

He knew about the program two years ago, as did Napolitano. This also shows he lied to Congress.

Time to start the indictments!!

PetecminMd on July 8, 2011 at 8:38 AM

Fast and Furry-ous…Wile E. Coyote, Super Genius

This is all like a Warner Brothers cartoon, except, it’s really not funny.

NoFanofLibs on July 8, 2011 at 9:00 AM

This gang of thugs are the most incompetent and corrupt administration in our country’s history. They even make Carter seem to look sane, if that is possible.

volsense on July 8, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Breaking News: Tampa SAC ‘in full meltdown…shredders are buzzing’ David Codrea, Gun Rights Examiner

Exclusive Special Report by Mike Vanderboegh and David Codrea

NMRN123 on July 8, 2011 at 9:07 AM

You know why I don’t like to read much about this whole atrocity. I know that the representatives we have in office (ALL of them…including Bachmann and West) are too cowardly to call for the necessary impeachment trial. Obama will get off squeaky clean for these crimes as far as US law is concerned. In fact, I’m sure we’ll be seeing him a lot on TV even after his presidency…like Bill on steroids.

Pattosensei on July 8, 2011 at 9:22 AM

I fired off an email to my congressman this morning. I will do the same to my two democrat senators. Not that i expect it will do any good.

abcurtis on July 8, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Says Ben Domenech, in a stroke of perfect black humor: “Shovel ready.”

Yep, it was really an ingenious plan to help border states like Arizona and Texas reduce their Medicaid expenditures. The F&F guns will be used by the drug cartels to kill low-income Mexicans living in the border states, which will reduce the Medicaid-eligible population there.

We should be thanking him!\

AZCoyote on July 8, 2011 at 9:40 AM

Is it too early to say:

Special Prosecutor“?

BobMbx on July 8, 2011 at 9:43 AM

http://www.justice.gov/ag/speeches/2009/ag-speech-090402.html

Speech by Holder at the Mexico/United States Arms Trafficking Conference, April 2, 2009)

He knew about the program two years ago, as did Napolitano. This also shows he lied to Congress.

Time to start the indictments!!

PetecminMd on July 8, 2011 at 8:38 AM

Nice find Pete, some key excerpts:

I would like to thank the Mexican and U.S. experts who have worked so hard on this issue. On our side, Secretary Napolitano and I are committed to putting the resources in place to increase our attack on arms trafficking into Mexico.

Last week, our administration launched a major new effort to break the backs of the cartels. My department is committing 100 new ATF personnel to the Southwest border in the next 100 days to supplement our ongoing Project Gunrunner, DEA is adding 16 new positions on the border, as well as mobile enforcement teams, and the FBI is creating a new intelligence group focusing on kidnapping and extortion. DHS is making similar commitments, as Secretary Napolitano will detail.

High Crimes have been committed.

Odie1941 on July 8, 2011 at 10:02 AM

Is it too early to say:

“Special Prosecutor“?

BobMbx on July 8, 2011 at 9:43 AM

——————————————–
Allen West thinks so !

http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com/2011/07/congressman-allen-west-time-for.html

Sandybourne on July 8, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Sandybourne on July 8, 2011 at 10:06 AM

Rising rock star + going for the juggler = the awesome.

Odie1941 on July 8, 2011 at 10:09 AM

Someone is going down. And it may be holder or it may be biden (especially since according to obama, he’s in charge of everything)

ConservativePartyNow on July 8, 2011 at 10:10 AM

I think the whole bunch is going down. Did you see Issa on Hannity? He sure appeared to me to be like a dog with a bone but the more interesting thing was he appeared coy. I hope he knows more than he is indicating.
I also hope that this just doesn’t stop with Holder getting thrown under the bus. This is a far reaching ill thought out plan that has cost lives and spread weapons far and wide.
Let’s say Issa blows this thing wide open (I hope) it sure sounds like there are thousands of guns, paid for by us and our children and grandchildren that will be out there for years and years. They didn’t just gift the bad guys with the guns, they have no idea which bad guys got them and where they went. Is this just to arm the bad guys in this hemisphere or did they arm Europe and the Middle East too? There’s got to be some happy gun manufacturers out there. I guess that was probably jobs saved.

ORconservative on July 8, 2011 at 10:22 AM

Are There MORE ‘Operations Fast and Furious’?

slickwillie2001 on July 7, 2011 at 9:45 PM

Uh, yeah. News leaked out in the last couple of days about “Operation Castaway”, a Gunrunner op into Honduras.

http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-national/breaking-news-source-claims-atf-s-tampa-sac-walked-guns-to-honduras

And as NMRN123 links just above, the SAC is running scared:

http://www.examiner.com/gun-rights-in-national/breaking-news-tampa-sac-full-meltdown-shredders-are-buzzing

And the Sipsey Street Irregulars have pointed out that a couple of related ops were run out of Texas, which is outside the jurisdiction of the Phoenix office that Holder has been trying to scapegoat.

I think this is the end for Holder, He is a former AG walking, and he has to know it. In fact, I’m wondering if the recent move to bring the terrorist arms trafficker into the US after holding him on a ship for two months doesn’t reflect that reality. Expect more outrages from Holder as he goes out the door. He has nothing left to lose, and Obama can blame the outrages on him.

novaculus on July 8, 2011 at 10:42 AM

Is it too early to say:

“Special Prosecutor“?

BobMbx on July 8, 2011 at 9:43 AM

——————————————–
Allen West thinks so !

http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com/2011/07/congressman-allen-west-time-for.html

Sandybourne on July 8, 2011 at 10:06 AM
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Thanks for posting that.

NMRN123 on July 8, 2011 at 10:57 AM

Unless I’m mistaken guys, under current law, the AG appoints special prosecutors. So don’t hold your breath.

novaculus on July 8, 2011 at 11:01 AM

I’ve grown way too cynical, but Congressional Hearings = Paper Tigers. Unless and until a special prosecutor is assigned, this will go no where. For me, it won’t be enough for Holder to just get axed. He, along with others, need jail time.

For an example of Congress and Paper Tigers, take a look at this:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_MGT_cSi7Rs

It’s congress grilling Franklin Raines, et al, about corruption at Fan/Fred with proof of their cooking the books to ensure bonuses. Nothing, absoluately nothing, came of this. There are 2 sets of laws. One for Citizens, and one for DC. Makes me sick.

I believe that’s one reason both the left and right are so afraid of Palin. She exposed corruption in Alaska and heads rolled. If she started cleaning up DC, there would be few left.

SoldiersMom on July 8, 2011 at 11:03 AM

There are 2 sets of laws. One for Citizens, and one for DC. Makes me sick.

I believe that’s one reason both the left and right are so afraid of Palin. She exposed corruption in Alaska and heads rolled. If she started cleaning up DC, there would be few left.

SoldiersMom on July 8, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Ditto the Tea Parties. WE are engaged in an ongoing war for control of our country. On one side are the people, and on the other side is the political class, Democrats, Republicans, public employee unions, and the welfare class. When push comes to shove, it is us against them.

novaculus on July 8, 2011 at 12:43 PM

Unless I’m mistaken guys, under current law, the AG appoints special prosecutors. So don’t hold your breath.

novaculus on July 8, 2011 at 11:01 AM

No, Congress can also appoint one.

wiki

Attorneys in the United States may be appointed/hired particularly or employed generally by different branches of the government to investigate. When appointed/hired particularly by the Judicial Branch to investigate and, if justified, seek indictments in a particular judicial branch case, the attorney is called special prosecutor. When appointed/hired particularly by a governmental branch or agency to investigate alleged misconduct within that branch or agency, the attorney is called independent counsel. When employed by the state or political subdivision to assist in a particular Judicial Branch case when the public interest so requires, the attorney is called special counsel.

Del Dolemonte on July 8, 2011 at 1:42 PM

I think the chance of Eric Holder ever testifying before a Congressional committee on the Fast and Furious scandal is essentially zero.

John Hinderaker at Power Line

Del Dolemonte on July 8, 2011 at 1:54 PM

Del Dolemonte on July 8, 2011 at 1:54 PM

That’s too bad. If Issa had checked DOJ website they would have found
http://www.justice.gov/ag/speeches/2009/ag-speech-090402.html

Attorney General Eric Holder at the Mexico/United States Arms Trafficking Conference

CUERNAVACA, MEXICO ~ Thursday, April 2, 2009

Last week, our administration launched a major new effort to break the backs of the cartels. My department is committing 100 new ATF personnel to the Southwest border in the next 100 days to supplement our ongoing Project Gunrunner, DEA is adding 16 new positions on the border, as well as mobile enforcement teams, and the FBI is creating a new intelligence group focusing on kidnapping and extortion. DHS is making similar commitments, as Secretary Napolitano will detail.

April 2009!! Holder lied.

meMC on July 8, 2011 at 4:46 PM

Authority: 5 U.S.C. 301; 28 U.S.C. 509, 510, 515–519.

Source: 64 FR 37042, July 9, 1999, unless otherwise noted.
§ 600.1 Grounds for appointing a Special Counsel.
top

The Attorney General, or in cases in which the Attorney General is recused, the Acting Attorney General, will appoint a Special Counsel when he or she determines that criminal investigation of a person or matter is warranted and—

(a) That investigation or prosecution of that person or matter by a United States Attorney’s Office or litigating Division of the Department of Justice would present a conflict of interest for the Department or other extraordinary circumstances; and

(b) That under the circumstances, it would be in the public interest to appoint an outside Special Counsel to assume responsibility for the matter.
§ 600.2 Alternatives available to the Attorney General.
top

When matters are brought to the attention of the Attorney General that might warrant consideration of appointment of a Special Counsel, the Attorney General may:

(a) Appoint a Special Counsel;

(b) Direct that an initial investigation, consisting of such factual inquiry or legal research as the Attorney General deems appropriate, be conducted in order to better inform the decision; or

(c) Conclude that under the circumstances of the matter, the public interest would not be served by removing the investigation from the normal processes of the Department, and that the appropriate component of the Department should handle the matter. If the Attorney General reaches this conclusion, he or she may direct that appropriate steps be taken to mitigate any conflicts of interest, such as recusal of particular officials.

novaculus on July 8, 2011 at 5:31 PM

As a retired DEA agent, I can tell you that this outrageous operation could never have been conducted solely at the local level without approval from higher-ups in ATF in Washington if not DOJ itself. That the heads of several federal agencies held a meeting on the operation, which included a high-ranking DOJ official tells me that Holder is not telling the truth when he says he knew nothing about it.

This is another Watergate because it calls into question our entire federal law enforcement apparatus. We already have two dead BP agents killed by at least one documented gun that was allowed to “walk”. It is disgraceful. Where is Janet Napolitano and the BP head demanding accountability? Moreover, the media is ignoring it. It is easy to see why; this goes right to the top (Holder and maybe beyond).

What is needed is a special prosecutor. It is time to put everybody involved under oath-including Holder.

Gary Fouse
DEA retired

gary fouse on July 8, 2011 at 6:16 PM

Keep the heat turned up on these thugs, please. This is one more example of the cavalier attitude this administration has toward following the law and abiding by the Constitution.

There’s no way that responsibility for this travesty doesn’t reach the highest echelons of the executive branch.

This sorry episode also says a lot about the value that these thugs place on human life vs. scoring political points in service of their radically liberal agenda.

A special prosecutor would be a welcome step, along with subpoena after subpoena from Issa and/or the IG. There is no excuse for anyone involved in this horrendous scheme to get a pass for their actions or being allowed to invoke executive privilege to stonewall the quest for the whole truth.

Heads need to roll over this; as someone said above, no one died from the regime-ending Watergate break-in and subsequent cover-up (well not until Carter got elected as a result, and botched foreign policy so badly.)

hillbillyjim on July 8, 2011 at 6:20 PM

The hell with Congress not reading bills. I take this as perfect evidence that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid knew full well what was going on. That means Obama and Holder both knew. This is cause to put all four of these evil people on trial for their lives.

{^_^}

herself on July 9, 2011 at 12:06 AM

It just gets worse.

Mr. Grump on July 9, 2011 at 9:39 AM

I’ve checked all the major networks, CBS, NBC, ABC as well as cable, CNN etc. Nothing about it. If an event happens and no one talks about it……….did it happen?

Herb on July 9, 2011 at 10:25 AM

SoldiersMom on July 8, 2011 at 11:03 AM

You got it right.

Herb on July 9, 2011 at 10:27 AM

READ ALL ABOUT IT! Everything you ever wanted to know about Gun Runner. No guessing, No rumors, No Unnamed sources at midnight. Just all the dates, names, places and proven true quotes. Give up on the rumors, the truth is stranger then the fiction. READ ALL ABOUT IT at your dot-gov sites of choice. They have hid nothing, spun nothing, and provided everything you want to know.

DOJ.gov DEA.gov ATF.gov DHS.gov FBI.gov

jpcpt03 on July 11, 2011 at 12:42 PM

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