That doesn't mean what he thinks it means.
That doesn't mean what he thinks it means.
The first known ATF "gunwalking" operation to Mexican drug cartels, named Operation Wide Receiver, began in early 2006 and ran into late 2007. Licensed dealer Mike Detty informed the ATF of a suspicious gun purchase that took place in February 2006 in Tucson, Arizona. In March he was hired as a confidential informant working with the ATF's Tucson office, part of their Phoenix, Arizona field division. With the use of surveillance equipment, ATF agents monitored additional sales by Detty to straw purchasers. With assurance from ATF "that Mexican officials would be conducting surveillance or interdictions when guns got to the other side of the border", Detty would sell a total of about 450 guns during the operation. These included AR-15s, semi-automatic AK-pattern rifles, and Colt .38s. The vast majority of the guns were eventually lost as they moved into Mexico.
At the time, under the Bush administration Department of Justice (DOJ), no arrests or indictments were made. After President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the DOJ reviewed Wide Receiver in September 2009 and found that guns had been allowed into the hands of suspected gun traffickers. Indictments began in 2010, over three years after Wide Receiver concluded. As of October 4, 2011 [update], nine people had been charged with making false statements in acquisition of firearms and illicit transfer, shipment or delivery of firearms. As of November, charges against one defendant had been dropped; five of them had pled guilty, and one had been sentenced to one year and one day in prison. Two of them remained fugitives.
Another, smaller probe occurred in 2007 under the same ATF Phoenix field division. It began when the ATF identified Mexican suspects who bought weapons from a Phoenix gun shop over a span of several months. The probe ultimately involved over 200 guns, a dozen of which were lost in Mexico. On September 27, 2007, ATF agents saw the original suspects buying weapons at the same store and followed them toward the Mexican border. The ATF informed the Mexican government when the suspects successfully crossed the border, but Mexican law enforcement were unable to track them.
Less than two weeks later, on October 6, William Newell, then ATF's special agent in charge of the Phoenix field division, shut down the operation at the behest of William Hoover, ATF's assistant director for the office of field operations. No charges were filed. Newell, who was special agent in charge from June 2006 to May 2011, would later play a major role in Operation Fast and Furious.
this was a rouge operation by the AZ field office, even headed up by the same guy who did it for bush
the difference is obama prosecuted, bush did not
holder knew nothing, obama knew nothing
that is like saying the sec of defense should know what some infantry company in 'stan is doing, like pissing on corpses or an individual running amok killing babies
he knew they were incorrect
his admin made them up as an excuse for war
big difference between an ATF field office operation of a dozen players
and a war involving millions of men and a tril dollars lasting 10 years initiated by the WH itself, not some low level LE officer
with much of the info coming from his security counsel and advisors, NOT the CIA/DIA/NSA
or cheney saying it would be over in 6 months and 50 bil, then firing a guy for saying it will be at least 100 bil
when all said and done, 2-3 tril
let alone the dead, >5000 US and 100,000's of civies
he's not responsible for 911
but he is responsible for the Iraq fiasco/debaucle
and I did not say he was responsible for the gun running, just that this was an ongoing local op, and if discovered sooner, he probably would have prosecuted
but at least Arthurville is in reality
but you are correct, my life is sunny:: great wife, great kids, great career that I like doing, money is not a worry, my health is good (until recently never been in surgery/hospital, but had a little accident, great docs, and all is well), and going to Montreal F1 next week...the sun is definitely shining on me today, tomorrow, who knows
everybody rational or not a bushwhacker knows they were lying
colin powell said as much
it wasn't what hussein said, it was the data bush fabricated and the data he suppressed
I wouldn't call what he did a 'success', but he did 'con' them, but it was not a UN operation, it was US with paid for alliese happened regardless...
some argue he was not given authorization by the UN for war, some contend it was a crime
doesn't matter at this point, 5000+ Americans dead, 10 times as many maimed/crippled. 600,000 VA disabilities claims since 2002 and 2-3 tril when all is said and done
it's been done before
viet nam, cambodia, body counts...
yes based on lies, and possible illegalm the head of the UN said it was illegal
The then United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan said in September 2004 that: "From our point of view and the UN Charter point of view, it [the war] was illegal." The Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court reported in February 2006 that he had received 240 communications in connection with the invasion of Iraq in March 2003 which alleged that various war crimes had been committed. The political leaders of the US and UK have argued the war was legal, while many legal experts and other international leaders have argued that it was illegal. US and UK officials have argued that existing UN Security Council resolutions related to the first Persian Gulf War and the subsequent ceasefire (660, 678), and to later inspections of Iraqi weapons programs (1441), had already authorized the invasion.Critics of the invasion have challenged both of these assertions, arguing that an additional Security Council resolution, which the US and UK failed to obtain, would have been necessary to specifically authorize the invasion.
In November 2008, Lord Bingham of Cornhill, the former Lord Chief Justice and Senior Law Lord of the United Kingdom, stated that British Attorney General Lord Goldsmith's advice to the British Government contained "no hard evidence" that Iraq had defied UN resolutions "in a manner justifying resort to force" and that the invasion was "a serious violation of international law and of the rule of law."
Before the invasion, the then UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith, advised that the war would be in breach of international law for six reasons, ranging from the lack of a second United Nations resolution to UN inspector Hans Blix's continuing search for weapons. Ten days later on 7 March 2003, as UK troops were massing in Kuwait, Lord Goldsmith changed his mind, saying:
I remain of the opinion that the safest legal course would be to secure the adoption of a further resolution to authorise the use of force.... Nevertheless, having regard to the information on the negotiating history which I have been given and to the arguments of the US Administration which I heard in Washington, I accept that a reasonable case can be made that resolution 1441 is capable in principle of reviving the authorisation in 678 without a further resolution.
He concluded his revised analysis by saying that "regime change cannot be the objective of military action."
On 1 May 2005, a related UK document known as the Downing Street memo, detailing the minutes of a meeting on 26 July 2002, was apparently leaked to The Sunday Times. The memo recorded the head of the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) as expressing the view following his recent visit to Washington that "Bush wanted to remove Saddam, through military action, justified by the conjunction of terrorism and WMD. But the intelligence and facts were being fixed around the policy." It also quoted Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (Foreign Secretary) Jack Straw as saying that it was clear that Bush had "made up his mind" to take military action but that "the case was thin", and the Attorney-General Goldsmith as warning that justifying the invasion on legal grounds would be difficult.
British officials did not dispute the document's authenticity
but none of that matters to the millions of lives shattered by this travesty