Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Friday asked the U.S. for information and an apology regarding the Obama-era ‘Operation Fast and Furious’ as the scandal was reignited in Mexico due to explosive magazine coverage.
“What seems serious to me is that a violation of our sovereignty was carried out, a secret operation, and that Mexicans were killed with these weapons,” President Obrador said at a press conference in Mexico.
“How could this be? A government that invades in this way, that flagrantly violates sovereignty, international laws,” Lopez Obrador continued. “We have to shine light on this so that an action of this type will never be carried out again.”
“There is still time for the U.S. to apologize,” the Mexican president said.
Last Monday, Lopez Obrador said U.S. officials with the Central Intelligence Agency, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Drug Enforcement Agency should be investigated for potential cooperation with Garcia Luna. The DEA and the CIA declined to comment.
‘Operation Fast and Furious’ was a controversial strategy that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it created to help them to curb Mexican drug cartel activities and win the ‘war on drugs’. It was also the name of a movie franchise, which both popularized the op and belittled its credence — but, of course, it was very real.
The operation was criticized for seeming to have had a second agenda – one in which a campaign to get American citizens to turn in their ‘assault weapons’ in an effort to stop violent shootings across the nation.
But, as it turned out and Obrador has now confirmed, there was a third agenda: the weapons reclaimed by the government were then sold to the Mexican cartels.
Between 2009 and 2011, the Phoenix Field Division of the ATF would allow and track the illegal sale of approximately 2,000 firearms worth roughly $1.5 million. The weapons from Operation Fast and Furious ended up being used to kill hundreds of Mexicans and at least one American, U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in 2010.
Last December, Genaro Garcia Luna, who was Mexico’s security minister between 2006 and 2012 was arrested in Texas by U.S. federal agents on drug trafficking and bribery charges.
Roberta Jacobson, a former American ambassador to Mexico appointed under U.S. President Barack Obama, suggested that both governments were aware of potential corruption tied to Garcia Luna. The report was published in Mexican magazine Proceso last weekend.
Firearms connected to Operation Fast and Furious were recovered at the scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s murder. Similar operations were carried out in different locations, under different names under the program as well.
Wesley and Mark Felix have been blowing the whistle on what they unconditionally claim is an extension of “Fast and Furious”, the infamous gun-walking operation that was conducted in Arizona. Over 2000 firearms were stolen from their National Survival Store in Las Vegas, NV.
They have claimed that the theft was designed and executed with knowledge and consent of Federal Officials, as there was no other explanation as to how seamlessly the stolen weapons ended up in the hands of Mexican traffickers.
If the Felix brothers were never charged with orchestrating their own robbery, sadly, the Obama government will be proved culpable.
Now that Mexico is demanding answers and apologies, hopefully, the truth will come out.