The disappearing act known as the congressional Fast and Furious investigation made a brief return to the stage recently when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder became unhinged during questioning by Representative Louis Gohmert (R). The trigger for his defiance was the mention by Rep. Gohmert of possible contempt charges over the Fast and Furious scandal. The AG’s admonition of “Don’t go there buddy,” started discussion as to why Holder reacted in such a strong manner. Sure, he’s hiding something, or someone, but are the White House, ATF, and the AG the only players?
In June 2011, Rep. Darrell Issa’s initial report was published detailing the facts about the operation. Two months later, in August 2011, a Washington Times report based on insider information, revealed the primary motive of the gunrunning was to covertly arm a favored drug cartel not by the ATF, but by the CIA. And in January of this year, American Thinker ran an article documenting a decade-long DEA deal with the drug cartels citing reports going back to the beginning of 2012. It seems Issa’s report generated some interesting responses from other three-letter agencies pretty quickly and consistently for several years. And make no mistake, anytime the CIA leaks to the media about a supposed covert mission, it sends a strong signal to the beltway elite. In this case, “back off.”
But the CIA leak raises an interesting issue, and that is the complete lack of evidence or testimony from intelligence organizations in the House Oversight Committee investigation. In particular, there is no information from the one U.S. military HQ which has responsibility for the security of the North American continent, including dealing with transnational criminal organizations along our southern border. That HQ would be USNORTHCOM.
All combatant command HQ’s have a significant slice of the defense intelligence enterprise, including NORTHCOM, so one would think it could provide valuable information to Issa’s investigation. This would include assessments of foreign involvement in arms smuggling in order to compare data with the ATF on the extent of U.S.-based arms transfers. At least that’s what we’re told the ATF’s purpose of Fast and Furious was all about: to identify U.S. arms networks.