Gunwalker goes to the Hoosier State

posted at 10:05 am on September 7, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

Old and busted: Gunwalker
New hotness: Gangwalker?

At Pajamas Media, Bob Owens stays on on the trail of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who, apparently in concert with the FBI, have gotten the White House in some serious hot water. Having already explored the disastrous experiment known as Operation Fast and Furious, we now learn that it may have a kissing cousin out in Indiana. From the Washington Examiner:

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has acknowledged an Indiana dealer’s cooperation in conducting straw purchases at the direction of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Exclusive documents obtained by Gun Rights Examiner show the dealer cooperated with ATF by selling guns to straw purchasers, and that bureau management later asserted these guns were being traced to crimes.

It’s a long, detailed report with chilling similarities to the original Gunwalker scandal. The federal government essentially provides cover for straw purchasers to take delivery of weapons without interference from state or local officials. The weapons then wind up at crime scenes, having been used for all manner of mayhem. The difference in this case is that, rather than heading out of the country to Mexican drug cartels, they go to American organized crime gangs. Retaliation against a whistle-blower follows in short order.

Bob Owens sees a pattern in the government incompetence.

There was never any mechanism within Fast and Furious to intercept the thousands of Gunwalker weapons once they left the gun shops, and the multi-agency team (DOJ, ATF, FBI, DEA, IRS, DHS) acted as nothing more or less than a shield to prevent straw purchasers and smugglers from being intercepted by local or state law enforcement.

The apparent purpose of the operation was to lend the thinnest veneer of truth to the 90-percent lie spread by Barack Obama, Eric Holder, and Hillary Clinton from the very beginning of the Obama administration. It makes sense only as a plot to manufacture evidence for the punitive gun control laws that Obama has championed his entire political career. Indeed, even after Gunwalker was exposed, the number of U.S. guns in Mexico, many of which were put there by the actions of the government itself, was still brazenly used as the excuse for ATF long gun reporting requirements currently being challenged in courts.

Likewise, what Codrea has dubbed as “Gangwalker” appears to be another attempt to provide guns to criminals in order to generate more gun crime and then more calls for gun control.

The biggest difference between the two operations at this early date only seems to be that Gangwalker is a purposeful attempt to create the deaths of American citizens in order to pursue the administration’s fanatical anti-gun agenda.

So was it just stunning stupidity and incompetence spread across multiple offices of two different agencies, or is there some hidden agenda at work. I’ll leave that speculation to the reader, but it’s certainly food for thought. The real loser in all of this – after those killed or injured in the ensuing criminal activity, of course – is the American gun owner and proponent of second amendment rights. But by exposing these operations before we see new gun control measures popping up in Congress we may be staunching the wound before it fully breaks open.

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Well, Obama did say that he wanted a ‘civilian force’ as well armed, funded, and trained as the US Military. Didn’t y’all believe him? Obama wants his peeps to be ready when the white oppressor invades the ‘hood.

Skandia Recluse on September 7, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Just paving the way for ‘common sense’ gun grabs. Well done Uncle Sugar!

Limerick on September 7, 2011 at 10:11 AM

Gunwalker … the story we dare not mention on NPR or at the NY Times.

DJ Rick on September 7, 2011 at 10:11 AM

1 time and you can chalk it up to complete stupidity. More than that and you have a pattern and there is always something behind said pattern especially with the way that the DoJ is stonewalling everything

Doctor Zhivago on September 7, 2011 at 10:13 AM

Gunwalker.

Gunrunner.

Operation Fast and Furious.

Operation Castaway.

And now this operation…

“Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. Three times is enemy action.”

If you can’t see enemy action in front of your face on this, then you are blind.

ajacksonian on September 7, 2011 at 10:13 AM

So was it just stunning stupidity and incompetence spread across multiple offices of two different agencies

Not

A

Chance

flyfisher on September 7, 2011 at 10:14 AM

http://www.kvoa.com/news/mexico-says-us-man-smuggled-grenade-parts/

Police have arrested an American man who
allegedly smuggled parts for as many as 2,000 grenades into Mexico for drug cartels, more than a year after he was released by U.S. agents who stopped him at the Arizona-Mexico border for having more than a hundred grenade parts.

While a Department of Justice official said the case will be added to the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious, a flawed effort by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to target gun trafficking networks on the Mexican border, there is
a twist: in the Jean Batiste Kingery case, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, not ATF, appeared to be responsible for letting him walk.

But a lead prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s Office wasn’t interested in pressing charges because he viewed the grenade parts as novelty items that lacked jury appeal and instructed the ATF to let Kingery go, saying they could always file an indictment later, according to a law enforcement official close to the investigation
who was not authorized to be quoted by name.

William Amos on September 7, 2011 at 10:15 AM

So now we know how “working under the radar” was accomplished.

SOMEONE needs to go to prison for this.

GarandFan on September 7, 2011 at 10:16 AM

Remember this whole scandal involves creating the circumstances in the public’s “mind eye” to force Americans to be CONTROLLED by the UN Small Arms Treaty … Thereby destroying the US Second Amendment.

tarpon on September 7, 2011 at 10:16 AM

I wonder how many of guns in the New York City shootings are from something like this?

Kjeil on September 7, 2011 at 10:17 AM

Most ethical administration evah!

CJ on September 7, 2011 at 10:17 AM

One has to ask, are any of these guns now in the US and killing our citizens by gangs? There must be a way to trace these guns if they are here.
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letget on September 7, 2011 at 10:17 AM

I’ll leave that speculation to the reader, but it’s certainly food for thought.

One of the big failings of the conservative pundits is that they are unwilling or unable to connect the dots in the stories they present.

Or, worse, they may be afraid to, lest they upset some of their squishy compatriots — no “bad optics,” please!

This is not “food for thought.” Rather, it is (or ought to be, if the Blogging Class had any more guts than political hacks or the average not-paying-attention citizen) food for indictments, arrests, trials and imprisonments.

Some few commenters have been calling for Obama’s impeachment for more than two years, as he has continually ignored the Constitution he swore to uphold and committed acts that might well be felonies.

“In fairness” (as Ed will always say) no one has pinned the ATF or DoJ crimes on the Traitor-in-Chief yet, but I ascribe that more to an unwillingness to follow a pretty clear chain of command than an actual lack of evidence.

Because we don’t have the guts to hold President Historic First© to account for his actions, our country is suffering more damage to its basic fabric daily.

When will one of those granted a pretty effective pulpit actually take a stand? I’m not happy with what I see as the answer.

MrScribbler on September 7, 2011 at 10:18 AM

I think he’s doing a fine job.
 
crr6 on August 10, 2011 at 6:15 PM.

rogerb on September 7, 2011 at 10:24 AM

Retaliation against a whistle-blower follows in short order.

Followed quickly thereafter by promotions for all the a$$wipes who gave the okay to the idiotic scheme in the first place.

I just wonder how many people are ultimately going to be killed because the U.S. government, under the moronic leadership of Barry Obama and his dim-witted sidekick Eric Holder, decided to distribute high-power guns to vicious criminals in order to “prove” the need for stricter gun control laws in the U.S.

What we really need are laws to prevent brain-dead liberal fools like Obama and Holder from ever holding office in the first place.

AZCoyote on September 7, 2011 at 10:25 AM

Everyone, and I mean everyone in govt, that has their hands in this cookie jar needs to be arrested, and prosecuted to the fullest extent, for accessory to murder, and or assault!!!!!!!!

capejasmine on September 7, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Likewise, what Codrea has dubbed as “Gangwalker” appears to be another attempt to provide guns to criminals in order to generate more gun crime and then more calls for gun control.

Or, since President Obama still maintains that he wants a “domestic security force as big, powerful and well-funded as our military”, he may simply be using this operation to start arming it.

The old Anarchist Cookbook states that any political leader with autocratic aspirations will organize- and arm- street gangs, because the “kids” in them have energy, a basically “F*** the straights” attitude, and no noticeable fear of death or bodily harm. Plus a strong desire to cause violence and mayhem for its own sake.

The Cookbook goes on to say that the leader must not overload them with dogma. They will naturally gravitate toward attacking the targets an up-and-coming Maximum Leader type wants destroyed (the “bourgeoisie”, authority figures other than himself, etc.), so all he really needs to do is arm them and let them “do their thing”.

And then, of course, he can demand “emergency powers” to deal with the resulting “crisis”, as per Bismarck’s dictum.

The biggest mistake people make about Obama and his minions is to assume that their ineptitude at economics, and their Maharishi-level state of self-delusion re the East, extends to a similar lack of competence regarding attaining their desire for authoritarian “revolutionary” rule at home. Quite the contrary- due to their long-standing infatuation with, and experience of, leftist “revolutionary activity” going back to the Days of Rage in Chicago in 1968, it’s probably the only thing they are actually more-or-less competent at doing.

“Gangwalker” looks very much like a case in point.

clear ether

eon

eon on September 7, 2011 at 10:27 AM

The slaughter of our inner city youths and others being propelled by our own gun hating administration that is supposed to protect us?

Herb on September 7, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Special prosecuter

*crickets chirping*

Unstinkingbelievable

cmsinaz on September 7, 2011 at 10:31 AM

“In fairness” (as Ed will always say) no one has pinned the ATF or DoJ crimes on the Traitor-in-Chief yet, but I ascribe that more to an unwillingness to follow a pretty clear chain of command than an actual lack of evidence.

MrScribbler on September 7, 2011 at 10:18 AM

He signed the stimulus. The stimulus paid for this. That’s a smoking gun.

fossten on September 7, 2011 at 10:33 AM

The slaughter of our inner city youths and others being propelled by our own gun hating administration that is supposed to protect us?

Herb on September 7, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Why does Barack Obama hate black people?

fossten on September 7, 2011 at 10:33 AM

clear ether

eon

eon on September 7, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Eon, good to see you back posting here. If this keeps up, even Kimball Kinnison would have trouble.

NaCly dog on September 7, 2011 at 10:37 AM

I wish I could agree that it was “stunning stupidity and incompetence.” Unfortunately it most likely was carefully planned and deliberate sabotage perpetrated by sleazy Eric Holder and his delusions of social Just-us.

viking01 on September 7, 2011 at 10:38 AM

Likewise, what Codrea has dubbed as “Gangwalker” appears to be another attempt to provide guns to criminals in order to generate more gun crime and then more calls for gun control.

Let’s see. Create an artificial tragedy in order to call on the suppression of human rights. Well, it worked with the Reichstag burning, didn’t it?

kurtzz3 on September 7, 2011 at 10:39 AM

Why does Barack Obama hate black people?

fossten on September 7, 2011 at 10:33 AM

I think he inherited that from his Grandma.

MikeA on September 7, 2011 at 10:39 AM

There was never any mechanism within Fast and Furious to intercept the thousands of Gunwalker weapons once they left the gun shops, and the multi-agency team (DOJ, ATF, FBI, DEA, IRS, DHS) acted as nothing more or less than a shield to prevent straw purchasers and smugglers from being intercepted by local or state law enforcement.

Guns don’t kill people. The federal government kills people.

If you’ve got the DOJ, IRS and DHS, all headed by different people, then it goes beyond Holder. There is no way you get this level of multiple cabinet status cooperation without the president being involved.

rbj on September 7, 2011 at 10:41 AM

The apparent purpose of the operation was to lend the thinnest veneer of truth to the 90-percent lie spread by Barack Obama, Eric Holder, and Hillary Clinton from the very beginning of the Obama administration.

In related news, the Washington Post Fact Checker has finally – belatedly – awarded Obama the coveted Four Pinnocchios for some recent comments.

Obama’s claim of having passed the “biggest middle-class tax cut in history” is ridiculous.

Drained Brain on September 7, 2011 at 10:43 AM

Ha. They could not get a gun control bill passed in this Congress – House OR Senate – if they found naked pictures of all of them in bed with teenagers.

WTH were these idiots thinking? That’s what I would like to know. A sting operation means you follow the buyers of the guns and then bust the people they sell them to. That might have been useful.

rockmom on September 7, 2011 at 10:43 AM

This is clearly a plot by Obozo and Co. to create the atmosphere of lax gun laws, and to create the “need” for more stringent gun laws. It’s also a clear case of corruption.

It’s also very clearly a criminal violation of the public trust, as well as some very serious firearms laws.

In addition to the resulting murders, both domestic and international, it’s crystal clear that Obozo should be impeached and Eric Holder should go to jail. It seems as though Hillary Clinton may have culpability as well, and quite possibly should see jail time as well.

It doesn’t matter who you are in America, when it involves the murder of American citizens, the people responsible MUST be held accountable.

KMC1 on September 7, 2011 at 10:43 AM

viking01 on September 7, 2011 at 10:38 AM

And who is Eric Holder’s boss?

Could it be someone who shares Holder’s racist, unconstitutional beliefs to the extent that he is responsible for giving Holder the job and — at a minimum — gives him “guidance” on policies and actions?

MrScribbler on September 7, 2011 at 10:44 AM

So was it just stunning stupidity and incompetence spread across multiple offices of two different agencies, or is there some hidden agenda at work.

That really does seem to be a common theme with the Downgrade Administration, doesn’t it?

Chip on September 7, 2011 at 10:45 AM

Issa, we are counting on you.

DrStock on September 7, 2011 at 10:49 AM

It makes sense only as a plot to manufacture evidence for the punitive gun control laws that Obama has championed his entire political career. Indeed, even after Gunwalker was exposed, the number of U.S. guns in Mexico, many of which were put there by the actions of the government itself, was still brazenly used as the excuse for ATF long gun reporting requirements currently being challenged in courts.

So was it just stunning stupidity and incompetence spread across multiple offices of two different agencies, or is there some hidden agenda at work. I’ll leave that speculation to the reader, but it’s certainly food for thought.

EVERYONE from Obama on down should be held accountable for the deaths resulting from this op…They were all accessories to murder by attempting to influence 2nd amendment policy = EPIC FAIL

huskerdiva on September 7, 2011 at 10:52 AM

Ha. They could not get a gun control bill passed in this Congress – House OR Senate – if they found naked pictures of all of them in bed with teenagers.

WTH were these idiots thinking? That’s what I would like to know. A sting operation means you follow the buyers of the guns and then bust the people they sell them to. That might have been useful.

rockmom on September 7, 2011 at 10:43 AM

You are right. This certainly wasn’t about law enforcement because they chucked all known investigative techniques and they did not even tell their own people on the ground in Mexico what they were doing. I don’t believe this was just about gun control. It looks as if someone intended to destabilize at least two countries, maybe more.

flyfisher on September 7, 2011 at 11:01 AM

From the article:

Gunwalker Explodes into the Heartland

If Gangwalker and Gunwalker are two sides of the same insidious coin, we’re looking at the very definition of “high crimes and misdemeanors.”

We’re looking at impeachment for the most serious of charges, and possible criminal prosecutions for a widespread conspiracy to commit murder that walks right up to the line of the legal definition of treason:

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

Chip on September 7, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Gee, what state is Indiana next to? What state is calling for more gun control for themselves and others? Hmmmmm.

Hard Right on September 7, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Creating gun-related crime, endangering innocent American lives, to improve the chances of unconstitutional gun-control legislation succeeding. Sounds like a primary function of government.

But by exposing these operations before we see new gun control measures popping up in Congress we may be staunching the wound before it fully breaks open.

Jazz, thought you’d want to know that the better verb-form word there is stanch.

Freelancer on September 7, 2011 at 11:07 AM

Eon, good to see you back posting here. If this keeps up, even Kimball Kinnison would have trouble.

NaCly dog on September 7, 2011 at 10:37 AM

Maybe, but Kit definitely has the jets to swing that load.

fossten on September 7, 2011 at 11:17 AM

stunning stupidity and incompetence

Nothing of this nature is not part of their plan. To assume incompetence is their alibi – the oldest lawyer trick in the world -I didn’t realize, I don’t recall, they were too zealous, it depends upon what the meaning of “set up” is,I was playing golf at the time.
We have to get over assuming ionnocence with this devious crowd. They are of the “any means to an end” “a crisis is too good to waste” “bring a gun to a knife fight” I dedicate this book to Satan,I want a civilian army equal to the military, Let’s take out the SOB’s, ilk.

People who argue to starve a fully born innocent baby to death are not nice folks. We need to call black, black, white, white, and evil, evil, and stop playing this “benefit of the doubt” default weapon of theirs!

It is time to make them prove it wasn’t intentional.

Don L on September 7, 2011 at 11:20 AM

Do the writers here never read the comments? The dots have been connected repeatedly by several commenters, but the writers here just seem to be incapable of wrapping their heads around the obvious inferences.

1) “Fast and Furious”, as designed. could never advance a single prosecution. Never, not one.

The guns were allowed to “walk”> No one knew who had them after that, or how they got them. The alleged targets (cartel gunrunners) were beyond the BATFE’s jurisdiction in Mexico. (Not to mention the fact that the notion that there is a huge drug cartel organization dedicated to moving US straw purchased weapons across the border is a fantasy.)

(2) If the avowed purpose of the operation is impossible to achieve in the first place, it isn’t just incompetence. There is a different purpose, or purposes.

3) There are several similar programs, in Texas and Florida (and now Indiana) as well as Arizona. All involve guns being delivered to the Sinaloa cartel, or other enemies of Los Zetas, the Gulf Cartel enforcers founded by ex-Mexican special forces, which has morphed into an independent criminal organization, now at war with the Gulf Cartel and its allies, among whom are the Sinaloas. Los Zetas are widely considered the most violent and most dangerous of the Mexican criminal cartels. Los Zetas are of particular interest to the US government, in part because of the prominence, and in part because they are armed with US military grade weapons stolen from the Mexican armed forces, and many of their core membership were trained by US government actors. (Even the Indiana program may be linked to Los Zetas affiliates in the US.)

4) This op required the involvement of multiple agencies and departments of the US government. most in Homeland Security and the DOJ. (The link between the DOJ and HS is Dennis Burke, recently resigned US Attorney in Phoenix who is the former chief of staff to Janet Napolitano.) The involvement of this many actors requires that multiple agendas were to be served. The involvement of more than one department of the Federal government requires Presidential knowledge of the operations.

5) Who wanted to arm the Sinaloas and other Los Zetas enemies?

6) Who wanted to advance a gun control agenda?

To answer those questions, you start with the actors who are trying to suppress the truth.

novaculus on September 7, 2011 at 11:21 AM

Question #1: Were any of those guns involved in that IHOP shooting that happened yesterday?

Question #2: It the answer to #1 is ‘yes’, would that be revealed?

kurtzz3 on September 7, 2011 at 11:39 AM

All the dots are connected – to treason and high crimes, if you have the fortitude to say it.

Know whats a real smoking gun?

Many weapons allowed were automatic, high powered assault rifles.
Ironically – Dems and this admin have chipped away at gun rights, celebrating “high powered clip/semi/auto” laws – which are ridiculous, because as any law officer will tell you – they account for an extremely low rate of crime.

So not only did this courrupt admin specifically create Gunwalker to “make a point about gun violence” – they went full bore batchit crazy and “tail wagged their dog” through high powered automatic rifles, which has been their boogeyman for years.

These treasonous, bumbling fools actually thought they could both pull off Gunwalker, while increasing the amount of high powered rifles to justify their insanity at the same time.

Blood is on their hands. Plastic cuffs next.

Odie1941 on September 7, 2011 at 11:41 AM

So was it just stunning stupidity and incompetence spread across multiple offices of two different agencies, or is there some hidden agenda at work.

Out here in law-abiding land we call it a third thing: Accessory and Conspiracy. With three seperate instances, I think we also have a RICO violation to consider.

These criminals in government supplied weapons to criminals knowing the weapons would be used to shoot at and kill innocent Americans.

Whatever excuse the ringleaders at main Justice uses can get sorted out at their trial.

Prosecute the bastards.

MTF on September 7, 2011 at 11:53 AM

As we quickly approach the 10-year anniversary of the WTC attacks of 9/11/01 at the hands of evil blood-thirsty terrorists… this whole ongoing and expanding straw buyer/gunwalker fiasco delivering guns into the hands of the worst-of-the-worst repugnant human beings as a means for gun control and eventual gun outlawing is an unraveling federal multi-agency government conspiracy that I can really sink my teeth into.

Abso friggin’ lutely.

FlatFoot on September 7, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Everyone, and I mean everyone in govt, that has their hands in this cookie jar needs to be arrested, and prosecuted to the fullest extent, for accessory to murder, and or assault!!!!!!!!

capejasmine on September 7, 2011 at 10:26 AM

What is really disappointing to me is the lack of whistle-blowers. Even in Arizona, there were just a handful that came forward, and good on them, they are heros.

I would like to think that among the ranks of our law enforcement people in this country, that there are a majority, or at least a significant percentage, that would put principle first and risk their careers by bringing this treachery out into the open. I would like to think that, but right now I don’t.

iurockhead on September 7, 2011 at 12:09 PM

Isn’t it supremely curious that Obama doesn’t care about getting to the bottom of this scandal?

You would think that charges this serious would cause him to leave no stone unturned to find out who is responsible for this travesty and yet we only have silence from the WH.

Why is that the case?

Chip on September 7, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Because we don’t have the guts to hold President Historic First© to account for his actions, our country is suffering more damage to its basic fabric daily.

When will one of those granted a pretty effective pulpit actually take a stand? I’m not happy with what I see as the answer.

MrScribbler on September 7, 2011 at 10:18 AM

Well said. Bob Owens at PJM who has been following Gunwalker is a refreshing read. The subheader under his headline is:

It’s time for the administration to come clean, under oath, and face the consequences for its actions.

This is far, far worse than Watergate. That was breaking the law for a political campaign. This is attacking the Constitution by setting up a situation in which people will die.

INC on September 7, 2011 at 12:13 PM

I should add: and have died.

INC on September 7, 2011 at 12:14 PM

But by exposing these operations before we see new gun control measures popping up in Congress we may be staunching the wound before it fully breaks open.

Psshaw! What we have here are the grounds for impeachment, if not Obama himself, of Holder at a bare minimum. If proven to be a deliberate endangerment of the populace as a whole, I cannot fathom how this could be considered anything less than wanton aiding and abetting in whatever violent crimes are found to have been carried out with these weapons. Felonies that warrant 20-life for each count. If proven to be motivated by ideological obsession in the undermining of the constitution (2nd amendment), by those sworn to uphold it no less, by definition we are looking at the grounds for charges of treason.

Treason, if I remember correctly, is a crime punishable by far more than just termination of employment, but of life itself.

Archimedes on September 7, 2011 at 12:15 PM

Isn’t it supremely curious that Obama doesn’t care about getting to the bottom of this scandal?

You would think that charges this serious would cause him to leave no stone unturned to find out who is responsible for this travesty and yet we only have silence from the WH.

Why is that the case?

Chip on September 7, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Yes, it is extremely curious..why no special investigator?

tinkerthinker on September 7, 2011 at 12:17 PM

Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

Chip on September 7, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Great minds think alike!

Archimedes on September 7, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Why is that the case?

Chip on September 7, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Because HE is GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER.
Nothing will happen to these people in Gov. Look at what you are asking for, you are asking for Gov to impeach for treason a fellow politician. Never gonna happen.

What will happen is you will not get your food rations unless you hand over your guns.

I am finally glad to see some few people are also made as he11 as I am, but to think something will really come of it…
14 months from now when every city is burning, and firefights are running in the streets at all hours, this will be the least of your worries.

Throw it on the pile with Waco and Ruby Ridge.

orbitalair on September 7, 2011 at 12:28 PM

Robin of Berkeley has an excellent column out. It’s not about Gunwalker, but because she analyzes Obama and the mindset of the Left she nails the thinking and manipulation that initiates moves such as Gunwalker and Gangwalker. Her focus is on the thuggery of recent words and actions of the Left, but she summarizes many things that have been said here in the comments:

The Cult of Obama

As soon as Obama came on the scene, the programming began. His face was plastered everywhere, like Mao’s. In his speeches, Obama lulled audiences with a melodious voice and feel-good phrases repeated over and over. And he began inciting people with his charming smile.

First, the vultures starting swooping down on Hillary. Obama chose not to call off the dogs.

Then thugs invaded caucuses. Again, silence.

Which led to vicious misogyny against Sarah Palin and threats on her life. From Obama: not a peep.

We even saw armed thugs at polling places. Ignored and not prosecuted by Obama’s attorney general.

The moment Obama became president, he upped the signals. At the Grant Park rally celebrating his victory, the entire family eerily chose to wear black and red, colors associated with communism and black nationalism. Obama’s first radio address was broadcast in the Arab world.

Obama returned Britain’s gift of a Winston Churchill bust while embracing dictators. He gave a white police officer a dressing down for doing his job, in effect calling the officer a racist.

Obama’s greatest magic trick? Brainwashing the masses to believe that racism is a greater danger than radical Islam, and that Obama himself is in constant peril.

Opposing health care means you oppose Obama. Oppose Obama and you are the enemy.

Thus, more and more people are finding themselves on the receiving end of a fist, figuratively or literally….

INC on September 7, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Yes treason is punishable by death, but in our 230 some odd yrs no one was ever hanged for treason.

As much as I’d like to pin that first to Obama as well, I seriously doubt I could make that happen. I’d love to, but I still have a job, and have to work for a living.

orbitalair on September 7, 2011 at 12:32 PM

Occam’s Razor says: “Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.” But, in this case, stupidity does not adequately explain. I don’t see how this many government agencies could be organized into this program without somebody, somewhere, saying: “Hey! Where’s the part of this plan where we recover the weapons from the criminals?” You don’t get to be an FBI special agent by being stupid, so somebody must have enforced stupidity on them in order to purposely leave the guns in the hands of drug cartels and violent gangs.

This whole thing stinks, and Issa is going to have to start issuing Contempt of Congress citations and threatening prison time before anybody is going to feel enough pressure to start talking. Eric Holder has corrupted the DOJ to the point where we may never be able to get it cleaned out again. It is looking more and more like the criminal gangs Fast and Furious set out to arm.

Socratease on September 7, 2011 at 12:34 PM

I intend to ask my governor (Daniels) where is the outrage at having business owners in his state used this way. God help him if he knew what was going on.

SKYFOX on September 7, 2011 at 12:39 PM

Fake Scandal.

Del Dolemonte on September 7, 2011 at 12:41 PM

Isn’t it supremely curious that Obama doesn’t care about getting to the bottom of this scandal?
Chip on September 7, 2011 at 12:13 PM

Yes, it is extremely curious..why no special investigator?

tinkerthinker on September 7, 2011 at 12:17 PM

If he didn’t initiate this, why doesn’t he want to have it investigated?

Chip on September 7, 2011 at 12:41 PM

GUNWALKER:

Stupid: Yes

Evil: Extremely: causes injury and death of US citizens.

Unconstitutional: Definitely: It is the antithesis of “preserve, protect, and defend”.

landlines on September 7, 2011 at 12:54 PM

Jazz, I am unaware of any Profile in Timidity awards.

We are dying a death of a thousand politically correct cuts.

Stayright on September 7, 2011 at 12:58 PM

Hmmmm. Every State?

pat on September 7, 2011 at 1:12 PM

When will one of those granted a pretty effective pulpit actually take a stand? I’m not happy with what I see as the answer.
MrScribbler on September 7, 2011 at 10:18 AM

I know: howsabout if we let HA continue to present articles for our edification and amusement in the style to which we have become accustomed, and we comment on them as we see fit?

Sound like a winner?

Akzed on September 7, 2011 at 1:20 PM

So was it just stunning stupidity and incompetence spread across multiple offices of two different agencies, or is there some hidden agenda at work. I’ll leave that speculation to the reader.

Fast and Furious is simply evil. The media is full of evil people as well. This should have exploded on the news pages 10x what the Valerie Plame scandal did.

Using this program as a pretext for gun control also reminds me that liberals will justify any means to get to their desired ends. We allow them to be elected at our nation’s peril.

scotash on September 7, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Remember this whole scandal involves creating the circumstances in the public’s “mind eye” to force Americans to be CONTROLLED by the UN Small Arms Treaty … Thereby destroying the US Second Amendment.

tarpon on September 7, 2011 at 10:16 AM

This. And this:

This is not “food for thought.” Rather, it is (or ought to be, if the Blogging Class had any more guts than political hacks or the average not-paying-attention citizen) food for indictments, arrests, trials and imprisonments.

MrScribbler on September 7, 2011 at 10:18 AM

petefrt on September 7, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Well, Obama did say that he wanted a ‘civilian force’ as well armed, funded, and trained as the US Military. Didn’t y’all believe him? Obama wants his peeps to be ready when the white oppressor invades the ‘hood.

Skandia Recluse on September 7, 2011 at 10:10 AM

This

clnurnberg on September 7, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Why does Barack Obama hate black people?

fossten on September 7, 2011 at 10:33 AM

He doesn’t hate them, he wants control over them. Your confusion is understandable as the difference is small.
Buying them off with welfare and other handouts only controls the lazy. The energetic must be controlled with violence and gangs are always present and adaptable. If black gangs are not sufficient, external ethnic ones will do. Only problem in US is lotsa peaceful folk have the means to prevent physical coercion. Good on 2nd Amendment.

The 2nd Amendment turns the war against America into a multi-front war. Economic, 1st Amendment and 2nd. All three must fall simultaneously. Smart fellers our founders. It’s not enough to subvert one.

Caststeel on September 7, 2011 at 1:47 PM

“…stupidity does not adequately explain…”

Socratease on September 7, 2011 at 12:34 PM

Couldn’t agree more.

Think about it. We’re talking about a multi-agency, multi-cabinet-level-department operation that intentionally armed violent international criminal cartels in apparent violation of US law, Mexican law, and international treaty provisions. They knew people would die. Who would do all this just to promote a vastly unpopular anti-gun domestic agenda? Are Obama, Holder and Napolitano and Lanny Breuer that stupid? Corrupt yes, as smart as advertized no, but they aren’t that stupid. It doesn’t make any more sense than the claim that letting guns “walk” somehow advanced legitimate law enforcement goals.

The main goal has yet to be disclosed. It is entirely possible that politicians seized on the opportunity to promote a pet policy objective, but all these wheels weren’t set in motion and these monstrous risks taken just to promote gun control agendas.

We haven’t got to the bottom yet, far from it. But Issa and Grassley are doing a nice job, not overplaying their hands, and peeling it down one layer at a time. Something this big is hard to keep under wraps forever.

novaculus on September 7, 2011 at 2:16 PM

How is this not bigger than Watergate and Iran-Contra? Why no talk of impeachment?

tom on September 7, 2011 at 2:18 PM

I’ve long had a theory/principle that runs like this: The worse the idea, the higher up the source.

As bad as this idea was, it had to come from the top. Any lower, and somebody would have objected and said, “Better rethink this one.”

tom on September 7, 2011 at 2:25 PM

tom on September 7, 2011 at 2:25 PM

+100

novaculus on September 7, 2011 at 2:29 PM

This is either incompetence or corruption at the highest levels, probably both. Obama is making Jimmah Carter look like a genius.

volsense on September 7, 2011 at 4:17 PM

Here is my question: in the three states affected by this abomination, all have Republican governors. So why aren’t they calling out the press? Why aren’t they drawing attention to this? One is running for president for goodness sake!

piglet on September 7, 2011 at 4:48 PM

How shall I say this?

It is my opinion that only a mind that could conceive of trying KSM in NYC would be capable of coming up with something altogether so grandiose, so bereft of sense, so pernicious, and so likely to cause incredible human damage as this ongoing scandal.

perries on September 7, 2011 at 5:58 PM