I’ve written about the botched ATF Operation Fast and Furious on numerous occasions. Personally I believe the severity of both the intent and outcome of this failed operation by the federal government that lead to the deaths of two Americans and hundreds of Mexicans can not get enough attention. The Obama administration must have been thankful that what little attention the media did give this story has pretty much been pushed completely out of the wires. However, tonight at 7:00pm eastern Univision is airing a special edition of “Aquí y Ahora” that will bring some more attention to Operation F&F and hopefully lead to some more answers about what the Obama administration is hiding.
For those who, like this writer, are not very fluent in Spanish (okay I can only count to ten and say “gracias”) there will be closed captioning in English. Watch the ABC New’s preview of the story:
H/t to Hot Air.
Update: Univision did not hold anything back with their exposé on F&F. They boldly showed the graphic images of blood pooling in the streets after Mexican drug cartel members murdered innocent Mexicans:
The Blaze outlines five new facts that Univision discovered in their investigative report, one of which is that there were/are other gunrunning programs in Texas and Florida that has never before been made public. Perhaps that is part of the reason WHY the Obama administration is refusing to release the documents regarding F&F to Congress.
1. 57 Previously Unreported Guns From Fast and Furious Discovered
One of the most explosive revelations made in the Univision News special involves 57 previously unreported firearms from Fast and Furious that were reportedly used in a number of murders and kidnappings.
After cross-referencing the serial numbers of guns used in Fast and Furious against guns confiscated in Mexico, Univision found that about 100 guns were used in crimes and 57 of the guns were not included in an official congressional investigation.
2. Fast and Furious Guns Used in Two Grisly Massacres
ABC News reports, citing Mexican Army documents obtained exclusively by Univision News:
On January 30, 2010, a commando of at least 20 hit men parked themselves outside a birthday party of high school and college students in Villas de Salvarcar, Ciudad Juarez. Near midnight, the assassins, later identified as hired guns for the Mexican cartel La Linea, broke into a one-story house and opened fire on a gathering of nearly 60 teenagers. Outside, lookouts gunned down a screaming neighbor and several students who had managed to escape. Fourteen young men and women were killed, and 12 more were wounded before the hit men finally fled.
Indirectly, the United States government played a role in the massacre by supplying some of the firearms used by the cartel murderers. Three of the high caliber weapons fired that night in Villas de Salvarcar were linked to a gun tracing operation run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), according to a Mexican army document obtained exclusively by Univision News.
The other bloody attack linked to Fast and Furious guns occurred in September 2009 when members of a Mexican drug cartel murdered 18 young men at Salvarcar and El Aliviane, a rehab center in Ciudad Juarez, according to the report.
3. U.S. Gun-Walking Operations Conducted in Additional States, Expanded to Other Countries
The Univision News report also revealed that other ATF offices outside of Arizona initiated similar gunrunning programs.
An ATF field division in Florida reportedly launched “Operation Castaway,” which put weapons in the hands of criminals in Colombia, Honduras and Venezuela, according to Hugh Crumpler, the lead informant in the case, who talked to Univision News from a prison cell.
From ABC News:
[I’m adding additional quotes from ABC News in this section not found in The Blaze’s article.]
The Univision News investigation also found ATF offices from states besides Arizona pursued similar misguided strategies. In Florida, the weapons from Operation Castaway ended up in the hands of criminals inColombia, Honduras and Venezuela (link audio crumpler), the lead informant in the case told Univision News in a prison interview.
“When the ATF stopped me, they told me the guns were going to cartels,” Hugh Crumpler, a Vietnam veteran turned arms trafficker, told Univision News. “The ATF knew before I knew and had been following me for a considerable length of time. They could not have followed me for two months like they said they did, and not know the guns were going somewhere, and not want for that to be happening.”
Other firearms under ATF surveillance were permitted to leave the country from Texas, according to court documents and the exclusive testimony of Magdalena Avila Villalobos, the sister of an ICE agent who survived a confrontation with cartel hit men on a rural highway in Mexico on February 15, 2011. His fellow agent, Jaime Zapata, was killed during the attacks.
“It’s not from Arizona and Fast and Furious,” Avila Villalobos told Univision News, speaking in her brother’s stead for the first time, “but it’s a very similar operation…” She later added, “Those weapons that have been recovered, it’s been confirmed that they were weapons used in the shootout that killed Jaime Zapata and wounded Victor Avila.”
The Texas-based operation and the firearms linked to the attack were bought by two trafficking rings in the state, according to Raymond Thomas, the Zapata family’s lawyer.
4. ‘Confirmed’: Jaime Zapata Was Killed With Weapons From U.S. Gun-Walking Operation
In Texas, even more weapons were allowed to cross into Mexico under ATF supervision, according to court documents and testimony of Magdalena Avila Villalobos, the sister of an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent who exchanged gunfire with cartel hit men alongside Jaime Zapata on a rural highway in Mexico in February 2011. Zapata was killed during the confrontation.
Villalobos told Univision News the guns that killed Zapata, and almost killed her brother, were “not from Arizona and Fast and Furious” but from a “very similar operation.”…
5. Mexico’s Cartel Violence Spiked in 2009 During Fast and Furious
Operation Fast and Furious was supposedly a program run solely by ATF that allowed nearly 2,000 guns to “walk” out of the United States and into the hands of high-ranking cartel members so they could be tracked and federal agencies could dismantle the drug trafficking organizations. But that’s not how it worked out. The agency ultimately lost track of the firearms, leaving Mexico’s powerful drug cartels even better equipped to kill.
Mexico experienced a spike in cartel violence in 2009 while Fast and Furious was in full swing, as the gangs fought for control of various territories, Univision News reports…
Bravo Univision! Please share this story with your friends and family. Hopefully the mainstream media will pick up where Univsion left off and do some investigative journalism as well.