Obama Holder DOJ-ATF Gunwalking Scandal Exploding! “Operation Castaway” Tampa Division Walked Guns to Honduras and MS-13

July 11, 2011 at 1:17 am

High crimes and misdemeanors?

I received a tip on this news via a tweet from 1950Target last night, which I retweeted. Now that I have found a Fox News video report on this latest atrocious Obama DOJ-ATF scandal (embedded below) over at Gateway Pundit, I figured it was as good as of a time as any to put a little something together on it. The more exposure the better.

Breaking News: Source claims ATF’s Tampa SAC walked guns to Honduras. Part of Operation Castaway?

Virginia O’Brien, Special Agent in Charge at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Tampa Field Division, ran a gun-running investigation that was walking guns to Honduras using the techniques and tactics identical to Fast and Furious, it was reported to these correspondents this evening via private correspondence from a proven credible source.

The Fox News report:

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Edit: In March and May of 2011 Holder told Rep Issa that he had only recently in the last few weeks, heard of Operation Fast and Furious (AKA Project Gunrunner) and was adamant that gun walking was W R O N G wrong.

But as I posted yesterday:

…the problem with Holder’s feigned ignorance is that he gave a speech in Cuernavaca, Mexico, on April 2, 2009, in which he boasted about Operation Gunrunner and told Mexican authorities of everything he was doing to insure its success.

Holder told the audience:

“Last week, our administration launched a major new effort to break the backs of the cartels. My department is committing 100 new ATF personnel to the Southwest border in the next 100 days to supplement our ongoing Project Gunrunner, DEA is adding 16 new positions on the border, as well as mobile enforcement teams, and the FBI is creating a new intelligence group focusing on kidnapping and extortion.”

In case you are not familiar with MS-13:

The MS-13 gang, aka Mara Salvatrucha 13, is one of the most violent, dangerous gangs in the United States – and one of the most organized.
MS-13 often leaves behind dismembered corpses, complete with the decapitated head, at the scene of their murders. Often a grim note is attached to the body.
While most gangs offer simple initiation rights, such as being “jumped in”, where you are beaten or punched for several minutes in order to prove your worth, for many MS-13 cells, initiations are a little more stringent. In these cells, in order to join MS-13 you must first commit a violent act against someone else – either a beating, a rape, or a murder.

Also via GP:

Leaders of the transnational organized criminal gang Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) even ordered a hit on a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent in New York.

But hey, let’s build up their arsenal! What’s a few AK-47′s among friends? Heh.

Moving along…

Dutchman6 at Sipsey Street Irregulars

On 21 September, 2010, A. Brian Albritton, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida issued a press release on Operation Castaway:
According to court documents, a group of defendants connected to Hugh Crumpler, III, were involved in a major international gun trafficking operation. . . . Firearms like those involved in this investigation are often smuggled through Honduras and other Central and South American countries before being used in violent crimes in Mexico and other countries in the region. A number of the firearms trafficked by the defendants in Operation Castaway have been linked to violent crimes around the world.
SAC O’Brien was previously the Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division, was later promoted to the Deputy Assistant Director of ATF, but then stepped down to the position in Tampa. Whether the allegations of our source refer to the on-going Operation Castaway remains at this hour unclear, but our source is certain that O’Brien has allowed the “walking” of straw-purchased firearms to Honduras using the same failed strategy as the Phoenix Field Division’s Operation Fast and Furious. That Operation Castaway involved arms smuggling to Honduras is also certain.

Round ‘em up!

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