WASHINGTON: While the news media was bloviating over CNN’s whiny Jim Acosta’s White House expulsion, followed by his court-ordered reinstatement, a matter of some importance was taking place in Brooklyn, New York. The criminal trial began for Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel kingpin, for drug trafficking and murder. And the connection between the Sinola Cartel and the DOJ via Fast and Furious is going to come out.
A memento from the Obama administration
When El Chapo was arrested at his hideout in Los Mochis, Mexico in 2016, among his cache of weapons was a .50 caliber, M107 sniper rifle. The weapon is capable of blasting through a vehicle’s engine block and bringing down a helicopter.
It was one of 34 such weapons sold to El Chapo’s organization – among the more than 2,000 weapons delivered – by President Obama’s Justice Department in what became known as Operation Fast and Furious.
A bargain made between devils
It’s being suggested the gun sale was part of an arrangement between the Obama administration and El Chapo. The US would receive information about Sinaloa cartel rivals, while El Chapo’s cartel operations in the US would receive little or no interference.
The man doing the suggesting was El Chapo lieutenant Jesus Vincente Zamada-Niebla. Back in 2011, while standing trial in the US for importing more than a billion dollars’ worth of heroin and cocaine to America, Zamada-Niebla’s attorneys insisted their client should walk Scott free.
In a filing with US District Court, Zamada-Niebla’s defense lawyers demanded access to US government documents proving that…
“weapons received by Sinaloa Cartel members and its leaders in Operation Fast & Furious were provided under the agreement entered into between the United States government… and the Sinaloa Cartel… providing benefits, including immunity, to cartel leaders … who are willing to provide information against rival drug cartels.”
The judge later denied the request.
It’s happened before
But the filing reminds the court that such agreements were standard operating procedures for the Obama US Justice Department:
“Perhaps no better example is the celebrated case of Whitey Bulger, the Boston crime boss and murderer, who along with other members of criminal organizations, were given carte blanche by the FBI to commit murders in order to receive information in return about the Italian mafia and other criminal organizations in the New England area.”
Oh, and Whitey’s FBI handler, John Joseph Connolly, was later convicted of racketeering, obstruction of justice, and second-degree murder. Winter Hill Gang leader Whitey Bulger, it seems, was doing all the “handling.”
The Boston Globe’s Kevin Cullen noted in a 2011 column that today’s Special Counsel and former FBI director, Robert Mueller, was acting US Attorney in Boston when…
…Whitey Bulger was helping the FBI cart off criminal competitors even as he buried bodies in shallow graves along the Neponset… when questioned about the FBI’s corruption in Boston, Mueller told the Globe, ‘I think the public should recognize that what happened, happened years ago.’”
And you thought there was no statute of limitations for murder or the need to bring its perpetrators and conspiring enablers to justice.
Still waiting for answers
The point is that such government/criminal conspiracies have happened in the past. And where the Obama administration is concerned, the recent past.
Getting back to the Brooklyn trial. Once the drug lord is sent to the Big House, perhaps the family of slain US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry will file suit against El Chapo and the US government for their deadly alliance.
One that led to the sale of thousands of weapons and the deaths of hundreds of innocent people.
Then, perhaps, the extremely competent attorneys a Judicial Watch will file the necessary Freedom of Information Act requests that will unveil the Fast and Furious criminal conspiracy hatched at the highest levels of the Obama administration.
Top Images: Mexican authorities arrest Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman in Los Mochis, Mexico.
Mexico military film screen capture. Inset of Brooklyn courthouse, CBS News screen capture.