Next Tuesday Darrell Issa will resume his hearings on Operation Fast and Furious, aka Project Gunrunner, with a change of view.
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman will turn the spotlight on accounts of agents based in Mexico with the “testimony of U.S. law enforcement officials who witnessed a different side of the controversial operation.. (who) saw guns recovered at crime scenes in Mexico and were given orders from superiors not to alert Mexican authorities,” Issa says.
In addition, Hispanic Link News Service reporter Jose da la Isla says Mexico’s election a year from now “could easily have the U.S. gun policy known as Fast and Furious at the center of public debate.
“On July 3, Mexican authorities captured Jesus Enrique Rejon Aguilar, known as Z-7, one of the original 14 principle leaders of the extremely violent Zetas drug cartel. He disclosed his belief that the U.S. government was involved in facilitating arms to a rival criminal gang, the Gulf cartel. According to Mexico City’s daily Excelsior, he stated to federal police that for a time buyers for the rival gang said even the U.S. government was selling arms and facilitating transport of them and there seemed to be some kind of agreement with the authorities.
“U.S. policy insanity is already severely criticized in Mexican civic society. Some Mexican senators have called for the extradition of responsible agents to answer for arms trafficking,” de la Isla writes.
Interesting, particularly considering Congressman Issa’s recent trip to Mexico to talk to government officials there. Seems like something is brewing.