July 11, 2011

Media Matters Correctly Refutes Media Claims About Gunwalker

I've tried to tell folks not to conflate Gunrunner (the Bush-era program) with Gunwalker, otherwise known as the project level "Operation Fast and Furious."

Few have listened, however, giving Media Matters some fuel to claim that the scandal is not as widespread as some of my peers have claimed.

And they're right.

As of this particular moment in history, there is zero evidence showing that there was any stimulus spending used to fund Gunwalker. Your Executive branch was subsidizing murders with your regular tax dollars instead.

It is patently untrue that Attorney General Eric Holder gave a speech about Gunwalker in early 2009. His probable lies about what he knew and when he knew it would have dated from much later in the year.

In light of Operation Castaway, however, it seems possible that the stimulus funds highlighted by Media Matters as going to other ATF offices outside of Arizona may have been laying the groundwork to set up a much wider weapons smuggling ring than was first thought.

We'd long been under the impression that Gunwalker was an isolated event, occurring only in Arizona. We were wrong. Operation Castaway provided 1,000 guns to MS-13 in Honduras using the same technique (if you can call arming terrorists a technique) as Gunwalker. We simply don't know yet if there were other operations being run out of Justice arming other Mexican cartels, or other violent drug gangs in other countries like MS-13 in Honduras. Logic would say at this point that such operations are at the very least plausible, and perhaps probable.

Obama's Justice Department, acting in concert with the State Department and DHS, has facilitated the smuggling of 3,000 weapons to narco-terrorists since late 2009, fomenting civil war in Mexico and threatening to destabilize other countries in Central America.

Quite frankly, our Executive Branch is proving as dangerous as al Qaeda, and just and lawless and uncaring about the lives it destroys.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at July 11, 2011 02:54 PM

From my research, I cannot find any government report mentioning anything called "Gunwalker" or "Gun Walker." As far as I can determine 'gunwalker' is a blogger nickname for Operation Fast and Furious, a subset program of Project Gunrunner, as is the newly discovered Operation Castaway. The term seems to be derived from ATF agent testimony describing their orders to let the guns to walk, hence Gunwalker.

Of course, I may be wrong. If not, as catchy as the name may be, 'gunwalker' should be discarded in favor of the authentic operation names.

Posted by: Indigo Red at July 11, 2011 10:25 PM

You have it right, Indigo. Gunwalker was what we called it before we discovered the Fast and Furious operation name.

Posted by: Phelps at July 12, 2011 02:14 PM