"Gunwalking" subpoena for AG Holder imminent
CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson, who has reported on this story from the beginning, said on "The Early Show" that the investigation into the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF)'s so-called "Fast and Furious" operation branches out to a case involving grenades. Sources tell her a suspect was left to traffic and manufacture them for Mexican drug cartels.
Police say Jean Baptiste Kingery, a U.S. citizen, was a veritable grenade machine. He's accused of smuggling parts for as many as 2,000 grenades into Mexico for killer drug cartels -- sometimes under the direct watch of U.S. law enforcement.
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Law enforcement sources say Kingery could have been prosecuted in the U.S. twice for violating export control laws, but that, each time, prosecutors in Arizona refused to make a case.
Grenades are weapons-of-choice for the cartels. An attack on Aug. 25 in a Monterrey, Mexico casino killed 53 people.
Sources tell CBS News that, in January 2010, ATF had Kingery under surveillance after he bought about 50 grenade bodies and headed to Mexico. But they say prosecutors wouldn't agree to make a case. So, as ATF agents looked on, Kingery and the grenade parts crossed the border -- and simply disappeared.
Six months later, Kingery allegedly got caught leaving the U.S. for Mexico with 114 disassembled grenades in a tire. One ATF agent told investigators he literally begged prosecutors to keep Kingery in custody this time, fearing he was supplying narco-terrorists, but was again ordered to let Kingery go.
The prosecutors -- already the target of controversy for overseeing "Fast and Furious," wouldn't comment on the grenades case. U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke recently resigned and his assistant, Emory Hurley, has been transferred. Sources say Hurley is the one who let Kingery go, saying grenade parts are "novelty items" and the case "lacked jury appeal."
Attkisson added on "The Early Show" that, in August, Mexican authorities raided Kingery's stash house and factory, finding materials for 1,000 grenades. He was charged with trafficking and allegedly admitted not only to making grenades, but also to teaching cartels how to make them, as well as helping cartel members convert semi-automatic rifles to fully-automatic. As one source put it: There's no telling how much damage Kingery did in the year-and-a-half since he was first let go. The Justice Department inspector general is now investigating this, along with "Fast and Furious."
This doesn't mean that the Obama Administration had any intention to cause this individual's terrorism.
This incident certainly shows that lax legal prosecutions can result in great wrongs perpetrated by greedy and lawless individuals involved in gun running. Many perished from our export of illegal arms and explosives for profit.
There have always been individuals like this smuggler: Jean Baptiste Kingery who were willing to do almost anything to make a buck. Sad that a U.S. citizen would be so greedy to cause such terrorism in another country. He was part of the terrorist network infecting Mexico. We've been fighting individuals like this for some time... and we need to get really tough on them. Their prosecution could save hundreds of innocents.
Why did we not prosecute? Probably due to an overburdened judicial system that has not had enough judges to adequately accomplish the load. Legal cases demand a huge amount of process and time from our judicial system. Why has the GOP been resistant to allow federal judges to be seated. That is surely part of the problem, so the GOP deserves a huge portion of the blame here... other than the real terrorist. So the GOP is indirectly supporting terrorism... doubt that not!
So, when you start blaming things on Obama... you need to understand that the GOP's obstructionist ways are damaging to us all in many many ways... Consumer Protections, Prosecutions & the Courts, and the Deficit Limit catastrophy are only part of the GOP's mess.
I had VIP seats, (just a family connection, not a campaign contributor) to see Pres. Bush at his final Veteran's Day event. It was held at the Intrepid, here in NYC. His speech was terrific. It shocked me. But it was honestly such a memorable and patriotic day.
But I did vote Obama.
Having "executive experience" does not always make one executive material. Would you want George Bush Jr running your corporation? Bush's college classmates are still in disbelief that he successfully rose to power as are most folks in Texas.
Not to mention the words of his mother Barbara Bush who, upon hearing her son declared winner of the 2000 election, asked "Oh my God, what are we gonna do now?"
With the above being said, this past election (in my opinion) was very disappointing. My vote for McCain was essentially a vote against Obama. There was not one person on the republican ticket I thought had the qualities need to lead our country.
The only exception being Fred Thompson. He was my guy. I thought he would have been an exceptional POTUS. I am still can't understand why the republican base did not rally behind him.
Well...I will have to respectfully disagree with you on this one Mardy.
Like him or not, at least Bush had executive experience as the Governor of Texas and new Washington politics. And, he also showed true leadership during the events immediately following 9/11.
Obama was extremely ill-prepared to be POTUS and it has shown. Being a gifted speaker does not equal being a gifted leader. He should have learned to be a senator first, learned the in and outs of Washington, and deferred his run until 2016. It pains me to say this, but Hillary would have been a much better POTUS than Obama.