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Monday, August 8, 2011

ATF's Fast and Furious in Houston Too?

One of the narratives that has consistently come out of the mouths of ATF leadership is that the operation known as Fast and Furious that was run out of the Phoenix office, was a locally drafted and implemented program. Though that narrative has been shot full of holes consistently, the ATF has been sticking to its guns. That will become much more difficult to do depending on how a story out of Houston ultimately develops. It looks like an operation with very similar characteristics was run out of the Houston office.

One of the revelations to come out of the Phoenix operation has been that the ATF ordered responsible gun store owners to go through with sales after the store owners raised objections with the ATF about doing so. The ATF subsequently attempted to target those gun store owners as being reckless. In effect, those store owners may have been set up. It is that reality that parallels what allegedly happened with Carter's Country, a gun store in Houston the ATF says only contacted them once about a shady purchaser. As you'll see, that's not the way Carter's Country remembers it.

Via KPRC 2 in Houston:
Now, congressional leaders want to know if similar problems happened in Houston during an investigation done under the auspices of an ATF initiative called "Gunrunner." The operation targeted "straw buyers" in border states recruited to legally purchase handguns and high-powered rifles only to hand the weapons over to members of the drug cartels.

"The ATF agents encouraged them to go through with the sales," said Houston attorney Dick DeGuerin, who represents Carter's Country, the largest independent gun retailer in our region.

DeGuerin said starting in 2006, Houston ATF agents asked Carter's Country for help by alerting agents when a suspicious gun buyer tried to purchase multiple weapons. DeGuerin referred to this effort as a "stall and call."

"Stall the purchaser, call the ATF, let an ATF agent come out and watch the sale so they could follow it," DeGuerin said.

"Did the ATF always show up?" asked Local 2 Investigator Robert Arnold.
"No, they didn't," DeGuerin said.

DeGuerin claimed there were at least six instances when agents did not show up when store employees alerted the ATF to a suspicious gun buyer. Yet, DeGuerin said the ATF still told employees to let the sales go through.
Based on what happened in Phoenix, I'm inclined to side with Carter's Country on this one. It's beginning to look like this entire operation was about pushing a gun control agenda. If we can start adding attempts to frame innocent gun store owners to the list of charges, this could get even uglier than we imagined.

It's also newsworthy that the ATF would not comment on camera in this report.

Sipsey Street is speculating that if the Oversight Committee digs into the Houston operation, which it appears to be starting to do, it may find that far more guns were trafficked to Mexico out of Houston than from Phoenix

h/t Sipsey Street

CAIR Endorses New Jersey Governor Chris Christie

It will be interesting to see just how far New Jersey Governor Chris Christie falls with conservatives after his four minute diatribe in which he scolded anyone who has a problem with his appointment of Islamist-connected Sohail Mohammed to a superior court judgeship in Passaic County, NJ. As it turns out, conservatives may not have to do much of anything because the left, coupled with at least one Islamic group with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood, all seem to be singing Christie's praises.

This is straight from CAIR New Jersey's Facebook page:
(SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ, 8/5/2011) -- The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ) today thanked Governor Chris Christie for his strong and rigorous defense of newly-confirmed Superior Court Judge Sohail Mohammed.

Prior to the recent swearing-in ceremony, Governor Christie publicly characterized his judicial nominee as an “extraordinary American,” an “outstanding attorney,” and an “outstanding human being,” emphasizing the “integral role” Mohammed played in the post-September 11th period in building bridges between American Muslim community leaders and law enforcement authorities.
As Daniel Pipes says, this should end the talk of a Chris Christie presidential run.

More from CAIR:
"We applaud Governor Christie for shining a spotlight on the tremendous contributions of Judge Sohail Mohammed," said CAIR-NJ Executive Director James Yee. "Governor Christie’s praise highlights the commitment of American Muslims to building a better society. We hope the governor’s comments will help stem the rising tide of Islamophobia in our society and help unify our nation."
Continuing to remain conspicuously absent on this incredibly disturbing reality is Ann Coulter, who has been a staunch supporter of Christie for some time; she has asserted unflinchingly that Christie would be the best Republican nominee for president.

Andrew Bostom also has more on Christie's affinity for Islamists.

Video: George Will Smacks Down former Obama Car Czar

Former Obama car czar Steve Rattner appeared on ABC's This Week alongside George Will. In addition to the S&P downgrade, one of the things on the table was the increasingly incendiary rhetoric that has been used by the left when talking about the Tea Party (this is the new civility demanded by the left - they can smear, the right can't). Host Christianne Amanpour pointed out to Rattner that he called congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), who was sitting at the table, a terrorist (Chaffetz voted against the debt ceiling bill). Rattner then attempted to backpedal by saying he wasn't referring to Chaffetz specifically (nice try, Steve).

Then Will jumps in and refers to Rattner's appearance on Morning Joe, in which the former car czar referred to the Tea Party as being like a suicide bomber on Times Square. Rattner denied ever saying it but as this video shows, he lied.

As I think about it, why is catching a leftwing socialist in a lie newsworthy? Oh, well. Just watch.

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