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Mon Sep 10, 2012, 09:23 AM

El Paso restaurant manager part of arms-trafficking network

A restaurant manager in El Paso was part of a sophisticated arms-trafficking network that netted the biggest bust in the U.S. government's Operation Fast and Furious, according to private emails disclosed by WikiLeaks.

In 2009 the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives launched the controversial operation that allowed straw purchasers to buy firearms at U.S. gun stores. Under the operation -- designed to identify gun-trafficking masterminds -- the weapons were permitted to cross the border.

"(Twenty) people were arrested and 34 total indictments" came from the Fast and Furious investigation and arrests executed on Jan. 25, said Stratfor analyst Fred Burton in an email to fellow analyst Marko Papic. "A big deal. The investigation started thanks to intel that we shared with ATF."

The 2011 email is not clear on who tipped off the ATF about the gun smuggling ring led by Manuel Solis Acosta, who was arrested in 2011 on arms-trafficking charges.

http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_21378607/leaked-emails-shed-light-operation-fast-and-furious?source=most_viewed

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Reply El Paso restaurant manager part of arms-trafficking network (Original post)
SecularMotion Sep 2012 OP
rrneck Sep 2012 #1
Atypical Liberal Sep 2012 #2
bongbong Sep 2012 #3
rl6214 Sep 2012 #7
bongbong Sep 2012 #8
discntnt_irny_srcsm Sep 2012 #4
Clames Sep 2012 #5
rl6214 Sep 2012 #6
SecularMotion Sep 2012 #9
gejohnston Sep 2012 #10
rl6214 Sep 2012 #11
SecularMotion Sep 2012 #13
rl6214 Sep 2012 #14
aikoaiko Sep 2012 #12

Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Mon Sep 10, 2012, 11:06 AM

1. You want fries with that? nt

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Mon Sep 10, 2012, 12:01 PM

2. So what is your opinion on this? What are we to discuss?

 

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Mon Sep 10, 2012, 01:06 PM

3. Question

 

Do the Delicate Flowers in the gungeon call this guy a "law-abiding citizen" or a "dirty criminal who makes it harder for us Delicate Flowers to keep our arsenals"?

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Response to bongbong (Reply #3)

Mon Sep 10, 2012, 04:33 PM

7. Got a new special term you've made up

 

Is this what you are calling yourselves now, "delicate flowers"?

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Response to rl6214 (Reply #7)

Mon Sep 10, 2012, 05:59 PM

8. Had to change my words

 

Too many gun-relgionists were getting their ultra-sensitive selves all riled up at my terminology. Very, very sensitive and easily-hurt "tough guys".

So I borrowed Tom Tomorrow's name for the people who are too scared to walk out the door without a gun.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Mon Sep 10, 2012, 01:12 PM

4. Arms, drugs, gangs, cartels, governments, private intelligence, wiki-leaks and law enforcement

http://www.elpasotimes.com/news/ci_21359237/report-shooters-targeted-officer

Initially, one of the suspects detained in Juárez told Mexican officials that Aztecas leaders ordered the hits as revenge for the mistreatment of one of their members at the El Paso County Jail.

Phil Jordan, former director of the El Paso Intelligence Center, was given another theory: the gang was angry that the U.S. Consulate granted visas to rivals.


So was it a good thing that the ATF allowed guns to make it to the cartels and gangs or not?

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Mon Sep 10, 2012, 02:13 PM

5. Another member of MAIG arrested.

 

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Federal agents arrested the mayor of New Jersey's capital early Monday as part of an ongoing corruption investigation into bribery allegations related to a parking garage project that was concocted as part of an FBI sting operation.

Trenton Mayor Tony Mack, his brother Ralphiel and convicted sex offender Joseph Giorgianni, a Mack supporter who owns a Trenton sandwich shop, were accused of conspiring to obstruct, delay and affect interstate commerce by extortion under color of official right.Federal prosecutors alleged Mack agreed to use his influence in connection with a proposed parking garage in the city. The garage was made up — a fake project created by investigators to try to capture Mack, who has financial problems and attracted legal scrutiny since he took office.

U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman said at a news conference Monday that the city-owned land for the garage was assessed at $271,000. He said Mack and Giorgianni agreed to accept $100,000 for the land for the city coffers — as long as the purported developers paid a bribe of $100,000 to be split between the two alleged conspirators.


http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5j2J3cr4NNq4XUIO0emZI9CAwQ9GA?docId=cbeab2e1a8e543908a041a9a478a3cf8


Not surprised.

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Response to SecularMotion (Original post)

Mon Sep 10, 2012, 04:29 PM

6. Gotta find a three week old article for your daily google dump?

 

Diana washington valdez is a well known gun control advocate in the El Paso area, hardly an unbiased source but exactly what everyone here has come to expect from you.

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Response to rl6214 (Reply #6)

Mon Sep 10, 2012, 06:28 PM

9. Hi stalker

You can expect more posts in the future with liberal and progressive opinions. After all, this website is devoted to Democratic views and Democrats support reasonable regulation of firearms.

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Response to SecularMotion (Reply #9)

Mon Sep 10, 2012, 07:12 PM

10. last time I checked

Democratic means diverse and big tent. I'm also wondering what "reasonable" means.

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Response to SecularMotion (Reply #9)

Mon Sep 10, 2012, 07:24 PM

11. Aw come on you delicate flower, don't get all upset when someone comments on your post

 

something you normally can't see fit to do...if you think I'm a stalker, alert on my posts or put me on alert.

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Response to rl6214 (Reply #11)

Mon Sep 10, 2012, 08:13 PM

13. Delicate flower?



I'm not the one whining about "google dumps" or name-calling in this group.

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Response to SecularMotion (Reply #13)

Tue Sep 11, 2012, 01:44 AM

14. That's a term one of your fellow anti-gun zealots came up with, don't you all get together

 

on all of your talking points? I see you've got his down pat.

At least I got you to comment in your own thread, a concept that is foreign to you.

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Response to SecularMotion (Reply #9)

Mon Sep 10, 2012, 08:01 PM

12. Some Democrats are more reasonable than others.


Hows your AWB legislation coming along? Find anyone to sponsor it yet?

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