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    Office of Inspector General report details DHS involvement in Fast and Furious case

    Posted: 03/23/2013
    By: Lori Jane Gliha
    abc15.com

    Senior Department of Homeland Security officials did not learn about the flawed gunwalking tactics involved in the ATF’s Fast and Furious case until years after the investigation began, according to a new report released by the Office of the Inspector General for DHS.

    The report, issued this month, shows senior DHS officials “had no awareness” of the investigative strategies that allowed criminals to access and smuggle guns to Mexico, until media reports were published in March 2011.

    Department of Homeland Security’s Involvement

    Despite the ATF’s lead role in the Fast and Furious case, a Homeland Security Investigations special agent (which falls under U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) participated in the investigation in Arizona, as a member of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force.

    The task force also included law enforcement officers from state, local and other federal agencies.

    According to the OIG report, the Homeland Security Investigations special agent participated in the gunwalking tactics despite being aware “those activities might violate (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) policy.”

    “However,” the report continued, “he believed that his role was to cooperate with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and to coordinate enforcement activities with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Homeland Security Investigations. “

    The agent documented his actions in his reports, but senior leaders never read the reports.

    Officials at ICE headquarters did not become aware of the tactics until weapons linked to the case were also found at the fatal shooting of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010.

    DHS Secretary’s involvement

    According to the report, DHS Secretary Napolitano did not know about the flawed Fast and Furious tactics until March 2011, when it gained media attention.

    Napolitano “began to seek information about it and any involvement by DHS components,” the report indicated.

    “By the time the DHS Secretary received information about ICE participation in the task force, the DOJ OIG had already begun its review of Operation Fast and Furious….The Secretary’s and ICE officials’ actions were appropriate,” the report said.

    The Recommendations

    The OIG made three recommendations to the Department of Homeland Security in an effort to improve the accountability within the department.

    Recommendation #1

    We recommend that the Director of ICE assess whether HSI Arizona senior leaders fulfilled their duty to enforce the weapons smuggling statutes for which DHS maintains jurisdiction.

    Recommendation #2:

    We recommend that the Director of ICE determine whether the HSI SAC office’s management of Operation Fast and Furious, which allowed an HSI special agent to participate in investigative activities that violated ICE policy and practice, adhered to ICE standards for its senior leaders.

    Recommendation #3:

    We recommend that the Director of ICE enhance ICE policy, Accountability Requirements for Enforcement Operations Involving Contraband and Other Sensitive Items , to ensure that the language in the ICE/ATF MOU does not continue to foster an expectation that HSI SACs resolve all conflicts with ATF in the field. The language of the policy should be modified to state that the duty to report conflicts covered by the policy overrides the ICE/ATF MOU language, which may seem to place the responsibility on SACs to resolve all conflicts at the field level.

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    Former Marine and Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry, killed by Attorney General Eric Holder's Fast and Furious gun running operation. Why is Obama hiding behind executive privilege? Our heroes, past and present, deserve more from their Commander in Chief.

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    The convenient, vfor the DHS report, doesn't address Jamie Zapat's murder.

    Sipsey Street Exclusive: Investigators discover I.C.E. Report of Investigation on seizure of Fast & Furious weapons in Texas in August 2010 SIGNED BY JAIME ZAPATA!




    Texas Congressman Michael McCaul grills Janet Napolitano, 15 February 2012.

    Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.): “Madam secretary, there’s been some speculation that the weapons used to kill Agent Zapata may have been possibly linked to Fast and Furious. Do you have any information to indicate there is a connection there?”
    Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano: “I have no information to that effect, no. I don’t know one way or the other.” -- Hearing before the House Homeland Security Committee, 15 February 2012.

    Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Jaime Zapata and the scene of his ambush murder.

    Congressional investigators permitted to view Department of Homeland Security documents related to the Fast and Furious operation have located and seen an Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) Report of Investigation (ROI) from August 2010 describing 80 weapons seized in an arms smuggling interdiction between Phoenix, Arizona and San Antonio, Texas. Of these weapons, the majority (approximately 50) were noted to have come from Operation Fast & Furious in Arizona, purchased by Uriel Patino and Jacob Chambers. The ROI was written and signed by Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Jaime Zapata, who was shot dead in an ambush at a fake roadblock in San Luis Potosí, Mexico on 15 February 2011. At the time of the report, Agent Zapata was assigned to the Laredo office.
    Two of the weapons found at the murder scene were later traced back to Texas -- One was purchased in August 2010 near Houston on behalf of accused drug dealer Manuel Gomez Barba, and the other in October 2010 by a Dallas trafficking ring that included Otilio Osorio and his brother Ranferi. Much like Fast and Furious, both groups had been under ATF surveillance for many months, although ATF officials in Texas later denied that any gunwalking happened in their state. United State Senator John Cornyn has pressed Eric Holder and DOJ for details on any gunwalking in Texas. So far, he has been met with denials or silence.
    The Department of Homeland Security, ICE and the Department of Justice have long denied that the case of Jaime Zapata had anything to do with Fast and Furious. The discovery of this ROI by Zapata, "puts the lie to that (expletives deleted) by Napolitano and Holder," according on source who spoke with this reporter on conditions of absolute anonymity.
    Multiple sources including current and former employees of the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security have confirmed this explosive new revelation in the Fast & Furious investigation. Said one source, "I think (DHS) is covering up something big." He added, "I feel betrayed."
    At the time of Agent Zapata's death, President Obama declared "The United States will work with Mexico to bring the assailants to justice." For her part, Janet Napolitano avowed: "Let me be clear: Any act of violence against our ICE personnel — or any DHS personnel — is an attack against all those who serve our nation and put their lives at risk for our safety."
    One source indicated his frustration that neither DHS nor the FBI have come under scrutiny for what they know about gunwalking operations and the murders of Agent Zapata and Border Patrol BORTAC Team member Brian Terry.
    Said another, "DHS walked away and pretended that this was Holder's problem," adding "If they didn't know, they should have known."
    The revelation of the existence of Agent Zapata's August 2010 ROI should serve to bring more scrutiny to Janet Napolitano and her knowledge of gunwalking and the murders of Zapata and Terry, despite her previous denials under oath.
    According to sources, both DHS and DOJ are "in a deep panic" that "their carefully contrived cover-up is breaking down," in the words of one.
    Early morning inquiries to the offices of Congressman McCaul and Senator Cornyn for comment have not, as yet, been answered. This is not their fault, as I have had to push up the post time for this article out of concern for being scooped by other news organizations which I know are cognizant of this story. Their comments will form the basis of a follow-up story.
    (Reporter's note: This may be the most important story I've written this year, and once again I ask my readers to help me get the truth out around the roadblock of the dinosaur media. If you believe that this story is as important as I do, please forward it to your Senators and Congressmen, demanding that they widen the investigations of Obama administration gunwalking to Janet Napolitano and the Department of Homeland Security.)

    “We are at a critical juncture here,” (Vanderboegh) tells Gun Rights Examiner. “You need to let your readers know that, and ask them to once again call their congressmen, especially if they’re on the [House Oversight and Government Reform] Committee, to beat them up and make them aware there will be a political price for not voting for contempt.”
    “The next few days are where we’ve got to pull out all the stops,” he adds. “Hit everybody up, including the press. I don’t care how many times--if they’re in a position to influence things, just keep beating on the subject until they’re sick of hearing about it.”
    Sipsey Street Irregulars: Sipsey Street Exclusive: Investigators discover I.C.E. Report of Investigation on seizure of Fast & Furious weapons in Texas in August 2010 SIGNED BY JAIME ZAPATA!

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    Herridge, in her report, says there is a link to Fast and Furious.

    2 cartel members on trial for murder of ICE agent




    Fox News

    Published on Jul 14, 2017
    Jaime Zapata was killed in Mexico in 2011; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_EspZc_zMtQ




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