New documents: ATF had “Fast & Furious” prime suspect in custody in 2010 — and let him go

posted at 7:45 pm on March 19, 2012 by Allahpundit

He told them he was in contact with Mexican cartel members at the time, too. But he promised them — cross his heart and hope to die — that he would help them with their imbecilic gunrunning operation if they let him go. Which they did. And of course, they never heard from him again.

If that sounds insane to you, I’d gently suggest that perhaps you need a bit more brainwashing.

An ATF “Report of Investigation” obtained by CBS News shows Border Patrol agents stopped [Manuel] Acosta’s truck on May 29, 2010. Inspectors said they found illegal materials including an “AK type, high capacity drum magazine loaded with 74 rounds of 7.62 ammunition underneath the spare tire.” They also noted ledgers including a “list of firearms such as an AR15 short and a Bushmaster” and a “reference about money given to ‘killer.’”…

ATF knew even more about Acosta’s alleged illegal activities than what he described in the interview. ATF trace records showed “a large number of the weapons purchase by the Acosta organization are AK type rifles or FN Herstal pistols” which Acosta referred to as “cop killers” and said were preferred by drug cartels.

Instead of pursuing charges, Agent MacAllister asked Acosta if he’d be willing to cooperate with federal agents. He agreed and was released. Apparently, the promised cooperation never materialized. The report notes that 17 days after Acosta was let loose, he still had “not initiated any contact with Special Agent MacAllister.”…

Before releasing Acosta, MacAllister wrote her contact information on a $10 bill at Acosta’s request, gave it to him, then warned him “not to participate in any illegal activity unless under her direction.”

That final bit is the surreal essence of Fast & Furious distilled to one unforgettable phrase. The last time we blogged about Acosta was back in September when Ed wrote a post marveling at the fact that one of the FBI’s own informants had helped smuggle guns across the border even while he was on the feds’ payroll. The man he obtained those weapons from? The “big fish” of the F&F indictment, to borrow the LA Times’s phrase: Manuel Acosta, who was finally arrested in February 2011. We had him eight months earlier but let him go, apparently because America’s brain trust in the battle against cartels is willing to take a guy who trafficks in “cop-killer” weapons at his word.

I wonder why we haven’t tried this approach with any Gitmo detainees yet. What say we drop Khaled Sheikh Mohammed off in Waziristan if he makes us a solemn promise that he’ll tell us when he locates Zawahiri? The war on terror will be over in no time.


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scandal free administration strikes again

rob verdi on March 19, 2012 at 7:48 PM

“Rush said Slut!”

-Obama Minister of Misdirection

portlandon on March 19, 2012 at 7:49 PM

Their own fault really, should have gotten him to pinky-swear.

Good grief, the incompetence is beyond my use of adjectives.

Meric1837 on March 19, 2012 at 7:50 PM

If this had happened under a President McCain, I think the impeachment hearings would be just about over now. We’d be waiting for the vote.

RBMN on March 19, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Before releasing Acosta, MacAllister wrote her contact information on a $10 bill at Acosta’s request, gave it to him, then warned him “not to participate in any illegal activity unless under her direction.”

That final bit is the surreal essence of Fast & Furious distilled to one unforgettable phrase.

Heck, that’s the essence of the entire Obama administration.

Bitter Clinger on March 19, 2012 at 7:51 PM

Janet ‘Batman’ Reno’s young associate is a chip off the old block.

Limerick on March 19, 2012 at 7:51 PM

“Fast & Furious” prime suspect in custody in 2010 — and let him go

As far as I’m concerned, the criminal most deserving of prosecution and incarceration for Fast and Furious is Eric Holder. I want to see that smarmy bastard frog marched out of the DoJ in the mother of all perp walks.

Happy Nomad on March 19, 2012 at 7:52 PM

Too bad this isn’t an election year…

… the whole ‘Fast and Furious’ debacle could be used in a devastating campaign commercial against Obowma and his administration.

What…?

… Oh.

/ (<—- Do I really need this?)

Seven Percent Solution on March 19, 2012 at 7:53 PM

Gun running. Gang member running.

I bet when they first started this practice of investigating by just letting things go without tracking them, they wondered why no-one had ever tried this before.

MayBee on March 19, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Incompetence from the Head down.

WHERE ARE THE REPUBLICANS??? WHY ARE THEY NOT HOLDING PRESS CONFERENCES ON THE STEPS OF CONGRESS? WHERE IS THE GOP LEADERSHIP DEMANDING RESIGNATIONS? WHERE IS PREIBUS, WHO SHOULD BE DOING A GOP VERSION OF DEBBIE WASCHERMAN-SCHULTZ MEDIA RUN?

REPUBLICAN INCOMPETENCE IS ALLOWING OBAMA TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER!

portlandon on March 19, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Obama is a SCFOAMF. So is Holder. They both belong in prison.

AZCoyote on March 19, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Why do we keep getting teased with these stories when we know that the GOP Establishment which controls congress will do NOTHING about this?

There ARE NO checks and balances anymore. Hell – Obama can do what he pleases.

HondaV65 on March 19, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Let me get this straight with my conservative friends here…….. We`re bringing this up `cause Holder is black and we hate him for it, right? /s

ThePrez on March 19, 2012 at 7:55 PM

The last time we blogged about Acosta was back in September when Ed wrote a post marveling at the fact that one of the FBI’s own informants had helped smuggle guns across the border even while he was on the feds’ payroll.

In all fairness, though, the informant actually read all the memos sent to him by Justice making him far more competent than our current AG.

The informant has also done far less damage to the United States than Eric Holder. I think that makes our payments to the informant far less wasted than the AG’s salary at present.

MessesWithTexas on March 19, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Inspectors said they found illegal materials including an “AK type, high capacity drum magazine loaded with 74 rounds of 7.62 ammunition underneath the spare tire.” They also noted ledgers including a “list of firearms such as an AR15 short and a Bushmaster” and a “reference about money given to ‘killer.’”…

Hey you rich people ,
those things are needed to pick lettuce and mow your lawns ….you know the jobs Americans won’t do .
This is exactly why we need the DREAM Act

burrata on March 19, 2012 at 7:56 PM

Now, that’s what I call smart power!/

OldEnglish on March 19, 2012 at 7:58 PM

New documents: ATF had “Fast & Furious” prime suspect in custody in 2010 — and let him go

They had to, it was discovered he was the POTUS.

Bishop on March 19, 2012 at 7:58 PM

ATF had “Fast & Furious” prime suspect in custody in 2010 — and let him go

Oh my! Why ever would they do that?

petefrt on March 19, 2012 at 7:59 PM

If memory serves me correctly it was a female officer. Agent Heather McAllister, if I’m not mistaken.

mike0993 on March 19, 2012 at 8:01 PM

Embarrassing? Or deliberate?

Kini on March 19, 2012 at 8:02 PM

When is FnF going to be teh subject of an RNC commercial? It writes itself!

BRunner on March 19, 2012 at 8:04 PM

New documents: ATF had “Fast & Furious” prime suspect in custody in 2010 — and let him go

They had to, it was discovered he was the POTUS.

Bishop on March 19, 2012 at 7:58 PM

Close it up. Winner.

Washington Nearsider on March 19, 2012 at 8:04 PM

Putin would have never let him go. Intact, anyway.

SlaveDog on March 19, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Bishop on March 19, 2012 at 7:58 PM

That got me laughing almost as much as that suspect must have, while speeding away.

pambi on March 19, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Oh my! Why ever would they do that?

petefrt on March 19, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Maybe the mexican worked for Holder’s alqaeda clients 1

burrata on March 19, 2012 at 8:06 PM

Incompetence from the Head down.

WHERE ARE THE REPUBLICANS??? WHY ARE THEY NOT HOLDING PRESS CONFERENCES ON THE STEPS OF CONGRESS? WHERE IS THE GOP LEADERSHIP DEMANDING RESIGNATIONS? WHERE IS PREIBUS, WHO SHOULD BE DOING A GOP VERSION OF DEBBIE WASCHERMAN-SCHULTZ MEDIA RUN?

REPUBLICAN INCOMPETENCE IS ALLOWING OBAMA TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER!

portlandon on March 19, 2012 at 7:54 PM

Amen.
Amen.
Amen.

Thread over!

herm2416 on March 19, 2012 at 8:07 PM

They will let a harden criminal waltz around as he pleases but put a strangle hold on citizens for possible “wetlands” abuse. We’re doing it wrong.

Cindy Munford on March 19, 2012 at 8:08 PM

The trolls said this morning it’s all about nothing. Eat your grits and move on.

Schadenfreude on March 19, 2012 at 8:08 PM

It’s a good thing that guy wasn’t selling guitars.

SlaveDog on March 19, 2012 at 8:09 PM

They will let a harden criminal waltz around as he pleases but put a strangle hold on citizens for possible “wetlands” abuse. We’re doing it wrong.

Cindy Munford on March 19, 2012 at 8:08 PM

THIS!!

If you or I were to get pulled over carrying a simple Glock 9 and didn’t have our CCW on us, we’e be heading to the county lock-up, pronto. This guy was let go on a “pretty please” promise to cooperate.

Bizarro world.

Bitter Clinger on March 19, 2012 at 8:11 PM

This gets more ridiculous by the day. How Holder still has a job I’ll never know.

JetBoy on March 19, 2012 at 8:13 PM

This gets more ridiculous by the day. How Holder still has a job I’ll never know.

JetBoy on March 19, 2012 at 8:13 PM

“He knows where the bodies are buried.”

Bitter Clinger on March 19, 2012 at 8:16 PM

If you wrote this up as a novel 5 years ago no one would believe it.

Fiction has to be believable… real life, less so these days.

Holder needs to be in Leavenworth for the rest of his natural life, turning big rocks into small rocks for 9 hours a day.

ajacksonian on March 19, 2012 at 8:17 PM

They should have used the same tracking mechanism on Acosta as they did on all those guns … oh, wait!

ShainS on March 19, 2012 at 8:17 PM

This gets more ridiculous by the day. How Holder still has a job I’ll never know.

Easy. He’s doing what Barack Obama wants him to do. It doesn’t matter if he’s up to his neck in corruption.

hachiban on March 19, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Maybe they let him go if he promised he’d make sure that Malia didn’t have any problems on her spring break trip to Mexico – you know, the one with a dozen classmates and about 25 secret-service guys, which no longer exists on the web since the story got pulled around 6pm tonight…

Oh yeah, except it’s still here (as of now).

bofh on March 19, 2012 at 8:20 PM

then warned him “not to participate in any illegal activity unless under her direction.”

what is this i don’t even…

excuse me while i bang my head on my desk repeatedly.

Sachiko on March 19, 2012 at 8:22 PM

Attkisson deserves a Pulitzer for this work, but she will be ignored.

commodore on March 19, 2012 at 8:22 PM

How about, Where are the Media? If the Sandra Fluke Variety Hour is just about over, perhaps we could spare a reporter or two? Somebody can tag in for Sharyl Atkisson. She must be pretty tired carrying this story all by herself.

azkag on March 19, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Hey trolls , are you sitting this one out ?
There must be something your lotion-providers told y’all to say on this topic :D

burrata on March 19, 2012 at 8:25 PM

All I know is that you guys have great names for your fake scandals.

carbon_footprint on March 19, 2012 at 8:27 PM

How about, Where are the Media? If the Sandra Fluke Variety Hour is just about over, perhaps we could spare a reporter or two? Somebody can tag in for Sharyl Atkisson. She must be pretty tired carrying this story all by herself.

azkag on March 19, 2012 at 8:25 PM

Actually, I’m amazed that Sharyl Atkisson’s family haven’t gotten a package at the door containing her notepad and a fish.

Bitter Clinger on March 19, 2012 at 8:28 PM

WHERE ARE THE REPUBLICANS??? WHY ARE THEY NOT HOLDING PRESS CONFERENCES ON THE STEPS OF CONGRESS? WHERE IS THE GOP LEADERSHIP DEMANDING RESIGNATIONS? WHERE IS PREIBUS, WHO SHOULD BE DOING A GOP VERSION OF DEBBIE WASCHERMAN-SCHULTZ MEDIA RUN?

REPUBLICAN INCOMPETENCE IS ALLOWING OBAMA TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER!

portlandon on March 19, 2012 at 7:54 PM

The Stupide Party is still struggling to craft McCain’s 08 message. They’ll catch up in due course.

rickyricardo on March 19, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Audacity: Allowing your daughter to vacation in a country where you are responsible for the deaths of hundreds.
Extra bonus: It takes a village of 25 Secret Service personnel to protect aforementioned teenaged daughter.

carbon_footprint on March 19, 2012 at 8:29 PM

Hey trolls , are you sitting this one out ?
There must be something your lotion-providers told y’all to say on this topic :D

burrata on March 19, 2012 at 8:25 PM

I guess Holder’s “brainwashing” must have had a rinse cycle.

Bitter Clinger on March 19, 2012 at 8:30 PM

http://www.examiner.com/crime-in-norfolk/another-mexican-mayor-kidnapped-and-murdered
Mexican Mayor murdered…. October 2009

http://www.pacovilla.com/?p=43026

Mexican Mayor murdered… September 2010

http://www.chron.com/news/nation-world/article/Former-teacher-becomes-Mexico-s-11th-murdered-1707280.php

Former teacher turned Mexican Mayor murdered… September 2010

http://news.monstersandcritics.com/americas/news/article_1581029.php/Mexican-mayor-murdered-in-state-where-migrants-were-massacred

Mexican Mayor murdered, August 2010 one week after 72 migrants were gunned down.

http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2010/10/08/20101008mayors-killed-in-mexico-2010.html

Eleven Mexican Mayors murdered in 2010

Key West Reader on March 19, 2012 at 8:31 PM

Argh. I’m trying to post all the murders compiled in a Word doc. Can’t do it.

Any whoo… All you have to do is Bing or Google: Mexican Mayors Murdered, and viola!

/Obama’s got your backs, Latinos. Literally.

Key West Reader on March 19, 2012 at 8:32 PM

I’m sure Libtard4Life will be here soon to explain everything.

Frank Drebin on March 19, 2012 at 8:32 PM

Woot, there it is.

Key West Reader on March 19, 2012 at 8:32 PM

I am being serious people, if Obama wins re-election I will consider my options on moving to the New America. New Zealand, perhaps. This country will not survive four more years of this man-child in charge.

carbon_footprint on March 19, 2012 at 8:34 PM

WHERE ARE THE REPUBLICANS??? WHY ARE THEY NOT HOLDING PRESS CONFERENCES ON THE STEPS OF CONGRESS? WHERE IS THE GOP LEADERSHIP DEMANDING RESIGNATIONS? WHERE IS PREIBUS, WHO SHOULD BE DOING A GOP VERSION OF DEBBIE WASCHERMAN-SCHULTZ MEDIA RUN?

REPUBLICAN INCOMPETENCE IS ALLOWING OBAMA TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER!

portlandon on March 19, 2012 at 7:54

Concur! I keep writing similar thngs on “Surveys” I receive from the RNC, RNCC, and RNSC and send it back to them without any money saying this is one of the reasons why. Dosn’t seem like they’re getting the message, does it?

rotorjoe on March 19, 2012 at 8:36 PM

This is a big nothingburger!

/Liberal4life

midgeorgian on March 19, 2012 at 8:40 PM

Why is Holder still in office?

Tim_CA on March 19, 2012 at 8:41 PM

Solemn promise by KSM is not good enough. I want a pinkie promise!

rbj on March 19, 2012 at 8:42 PM

This is a big nothingburger!

/Liberal4life

midgeorgian on March 19, 2012 at 8:40 PM

I wonder if Holder was picking up extra hours for over time at the jail they let him go from

0bamaderangementsyndrom on March 19, 2012 at 8:47 PM

WHERE ARE THE REPUBLICANS??? WHY ARE THEY NOT HOLDING PRESS CONFERENCES ON THE STEPS OF CONGRESS? WHERE IS THE GOP LEADERSHIP DEMANDING RESIGNATIONS? WHERE IS PREIBUS, WHO SHOULD BE DOING A GOP VERSION OF DEBBIE WASCHERMAN-SCHULTZ MEDIA RUN?

REPUBLICAN INCOMPETENCE IS ALLOWING OBAMA TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER!

portlandon on March 19, 2012 at 7:54 PM

+1

thirtyandseven on March 19, 2012 at 8:50 PM

I have no idea, but I do know that you guys come up with really cool names for your fake scandals.

crr6 on July 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Is this supposed to be a scandal?

A nothing burger if you ask me

crr7 on March 19, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Del Dolemonte on March 19, 2012 at 8:51 PM

REPUBLICAN INCOMPETENCE IS ALLOWING OBAMA TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER!

portlandon on March 19, 2012 at 7:54

Gee, Wally…. Do you think they might all be in cahoots? Together? No way!

/The Beave

Key West Reader on March 19, 2012 at 8:53 PM

It just keeps getting better and better. Or, worse and worse. Whichever.

And, this is only the stuff we actually know about. Imagine what the Great and Powerful Oz has behind that curtain.

SD Tom on March 19, 2012 at 8:57 PM

…and they always want to touch our junk!

KOOLAID2 on March 19, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Feds warn: Terrorists Sneaking Into U.S. Through Mexico

May 28, 2010

Don’t look now, There’s a “WAR ON WOMEN”! OMG! Can you believe Sandra Fluke can’t get condoms? Eaux moi gawd.

Key West Reader on March 19, 2012 at 8:59 PM

I am sure they were careful to brainwash him against the evils of gunrunning before they let him go, so it’s all good.

Lily on March 19, 2012 at 9:00 PM

It’s a good thing that guy wasn’t selling guitars.

LMAO….. then i have to cry because it’s true.

aniptofar on March 19, 2012 at 9:07 PM

“Best and brightest administration, evah!”

BTW, an ‘agent’ doesn’t make the decision to let someone go. This went upstairs for approval.

GarandFan on March 19, 2012 at 9:18 PM

Wtf

Cripe

cmsinaz on March 19, 2012 at 9:22 PM

It is time to indict Holder.

pat on March 19, 2012 at 9:30 PM

How much longer before we just charge the White House and drag their Felon a$$es out of there?

I’d like to see them try and stop us.

sartana on March 19, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Sell guns to drug cartels, go free.

Sell raw milk to your neighbors, suffer the consequences of your crime.

Viva la Hopenchange!

Bruce MacMahon on March 19, 2012 at 10:32 PM

What say we drop Khaled Sheikh Mohammed off in Waziristan if he makes us a solemn promise that he’ll tell us when he locates Zawahiri?

Why are you giving them ideas?!?

Hayabusa on March 19, 2012 at 10:49 PM

There is an old adage known as Hanlon’s Razor which states that one should never attribute to malice what can be adequately explained by incompetence.

The actions of the justice department under Obama and Holder cannot be explained by incompetence.

Oh there is plenty of incompetence going on to be sure, but their root motivation is not to capture criminals and protect the citizens of this country and Mexico, but to create a false-flag scenario that could be used to undermine the US constitution, and its 2nd amendment in particular.

Obama, Holder, and all of their accomplices are guilty of violating their oath of office at the very least, and quite likely guilty of treason were all the facts to come out.

http://www.tempeteaparty.org

leereyno on March 19, 2012 at 10:51 PM

Stunning. simply stunning. Cop killer weapons trafficker and these SCOAMFs trusted him with a pinkie promise?

What
The
F^ck?

ted c on March 19, 2012 at 11:19 PM

folks, please redouble and triple dog double your efforts to contact your congressman/women on this one. There are over 200 dead people as a result of this jacked up plan…..please. call. write. email.

ted c on March 19, 2012 at 11:21 PM

I just can’t believe there aren’t throngs of people protesting this atrocity.

Eric Holder to jail!

Obozo impeached!

KMC1 on March 19, 2012 at 11:55 PM

The silence from both our trolls and the GOP pols is deafening.

ghostwalker1 on March 20, 2012 at 12:20 AM

Meanwhile, Obama’s daughter and friends plus 25 secret service agents are crawling around Mexico while they tell us to stay on this side of the border…..

itsspideyman on March 20, 2012 at 12:44 AM

GEE can’t imagine why the DOJ is stalling on the release of information………

TX-96 on March 20, 2012 at 1:01 AM

This is so preposterous that I’m thinking there’s more to this story, more than DoJ wants to let us know.

petefrt on March 20, 2012 at 7:42 AM