Wednesday, March 9, 2011

CBS -- The Project Gunwalker questions under oath begin: Big Sis frying on Senator Grassley's Grill. She ain't done yet.

DHS Chief Napolitano says she was not aware of agency's link to ATF "gun running"



Homeland Security Chief Janet Napolitano today said she knew nothing of her agency's possible involvement in a controversial ATF operation called "Fast and Furious."

In that operation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allegedly intentionally allowed vast numbers of assault weapons to fall into the hands of Mexico's drug cartels. Insiders call it letting guns "walk."

Sources say the idea was apparently to see where the guns ended up in hopes of somehow taking down a major cartel. But numerous law enforcement officials say the practice of letting guns walk is normally strictly forbidden, because while investigators are waiting to see where they end up, they can be used in violent crimes.

Sources tell CBS News and documents indicate that an agent from U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was working in the ATF group tasked to Fast and Furious. The Department of Homeland Security oversees ICE. Today, Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) asked Napolitano about that at a hearing before the Judiciary Committee.

"I'm not aware of that particular agent," answered Napolitano. She also said that she's become aware of ATF's Fast and Furious operation "in the wake of the murders of Terry and Zapato."

"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.

Grassley also wanted to know if Terry's team was under standing orders to use non-lethal force even against bandits clearly armed with assault rifles.

"I have asked that question, and my information is absolutely not," Napolitano said. She described a policy that allows agents to choose lethal or non-lethal force depending on the threat. "Our lethal force policy is the same as every other law enforcement agency in the country. If you are in serious threat of death or injury you are authorized to use lethal force."

According to press reports, legislators from all three major parties in Mexico in congress there are calling for a U.S.-Mexico working group "to examine accusations that U.S. federal agents allowed hundreds of guns to flow into Mexico." The reports quote Congressman Humberto Trevino as estimating that 150 shooting injuries or deaths have been linked to walked guns.

9 comments:

LC Scotty said...

Sounds like "the system worked".

Mark Matis said...

Filthy lying whore. And God Damned pigs. May they rot in hell where they belong.

Johnny said...

Surely DHS is not fit for purpose if it didn't know what was going on with BATFE gun-running shenanigans... and if it did...

Anonymous said...

I know it says it in the title....but was she actually UNDER OATH?

Talk about perjury.



Sean

Dennis308 said...

Why does this woman? remind meof Janet Reno? No I mean besides being so damn ugly.

Dennis
III
Texas

Luke said...

NapoLIEtano to Holder:

"Son, you're on your own."

Firehand said...

I've gotten real picky about the way politicians and bureaucrats word things:
"Did you sign off on this operation, and if so, when?" Grassley asked.

"No," said Napolitano, "this is within the Justice Department."

may mean "BATFE isn't my agency, so I couldn't 'sign off' on it, even if I did know about and approve of it."
or
"I have asked that question, and my information is absolutely not,"
"Well, it was true but my information was incorrect on that point so don't blame me or call it a lie!"

Why no, I DON'T trust any of them anymore.

Rebellious Pagan Knight said...

This whole thing stinks of CYA.

Once again, say it with me: toss 'em all out!

hellferbreakfast said...

Appears to me the retarded lesbo is not much aware of anything. Total incompetent in the image of her "messiah".
GREAT job, Mike. THANKS.