WASHINGTON, January 19, 2017 — A Gulfstream jet crashed in Mexico on September 24, 2007; in the wreckage were roughly four tons of cocaine. According to unsubstantiated reports, the aircraft was also used by the CIA to ferry jihadist prisoners from Europe to the Americas.
The man who allegedly purchased the jet for the CIA was the son of the second in command to Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, the ruthless leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa drug cartel.
At least that is what Sinaloa lieutenant Jesus Vicente Zambada Niebla asserted in a 2011 filing in the U.S. District Court in Chicago. Niebla claimed he could produce “evidence showing that the United States government has a policy and pattern of providing benefits, including immunity to [Sinaloa] cartel leaders.”
Judge Ruben Castillo quashed the request.
There is one undisputed aspect to the special relationship between the U.S. government and the Sinaloa cartel: the sale of thousands of weapons by the Obama administration to El Chapo’s murderous gang in a gunrunning scheme known as Operation Fast and Furious.
These weapons were used in the murders of young Mexican partygoers, small-town officials, Mexican law enforcement, and U.S. Border Agent Brian Terry, who was attempting to stem the tide of illegal entry into America.
When lawmakers declared then Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for stonewalling subpoenas for Justice Department records related to the weapons deal, President Obama declared the documents sealed under executive privilege, shutting down the investigation.
This Friday, the stonewalling comes to an abrupt end the moment Donald J. Trump finishes taking the oath of office as the nation’s 45th president.
Ever since an unnamed U.S. intelligence source leaked allegations that Russian hackers swung the 2016 presidential election in favor of Trump, his skepticism concerning that information has created a rift between him and the intelligence community.
But the subsequent leak of a secret dossier containing unsubstantiated and salacious sexual allegations against Trump, with suggestions he was blackmailed into becoming a Russian agent, only widened the rift.
Intelligence agencies should never have allowed this fake news to “leak” into the public. One last shot at me.Are we living in Nazi Germany?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2017
Appearing on “Fox News Sunday,” CIA Director John Brennan called Trump’s Nazi reference “outrageous” and took “great umbrage” at the charge, insisting “there is no basis for Mr. Trump to point fingers at the intelligence community for leaking information that was already available publicly.”
Former acting CIA Director Michael Morell told CBS’s “Face the Nation” that Trump’s ongoing war with America’s spy agencies is a “gut punch to people who go to work every day, nonpartisan, apolitical, trying to call it like they see it … It has undermined morale in the intelligence community and at CIA and that’s a big issue.”
Morell’s statement is most damning. Not against Trump, but our highly politicized spy agencies.
It was Morell who edited the so-called “Benghazi talking points,” which said the 2012 attack on our diplomatic compound in Libya stemmed from a protest over an American-made, anti-Islamic video and was not the work of terrorists.
That was a lie.
The Benghazi assault was the work of an al-Qaeda affiliate. They attacked the U.S. compound on the eleventh anniversary of the terror attacks on New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington. The assault was meant to remind Americans that Obama’s re-election boast that al Qaeda was diminished and on the run was untrue.
Morell’s talking points, distributed to all Obama administration diplomatic functionaries, were designed to mislead the American people two months before a presidential election that polls indicated was close between the incumbent Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
In an act that can only be described as contemptible, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton repeated Morell’s lie to the traumatized families of the Americans killed in Benghazi.
Morell wrote in an August op-ed for The New York Times, “I will do everything I can to ensure that she [Clinton] is elected our 45th president.” He then launched what five months later became the unending drumbeat of the Democratic Party and the mainstream media:
“President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia was a career intelligence officer, trained to identify vulnerabilities in an individual and to exploit them … In the intelligence business, we would say that Mr. Putin had recruited Mr. Trump as an unwitting agent of the Russian Federation.”
We now know the CIA lied to sway the presidential election of 2012 in favor of Obama. It is not farfetched to assume the same intelligence community would fabricate fake news to undermine the legitimacy of a Republican president who refuses to be a willing disseminator of CIA lies, as Hillary Clinton was.
This is where Operation Fast and Furious comes into play. Among the panoply of federal agencies involved in facilitating the Justice Department’s gunrunning scheme was the CIA.
According to the Washington Times, the U.S. government feared the Los Zetas drug cartel would “mount a successful coup d’état” against the government of then Mexican President Felipe Calderon.
“In an effort to prevent a Los Zetos takeover, Uncle Sam has gotten into bed with the rival Sinaloa cartel, which has close ties to the Mexican military,” said the Times.
In other words, the aim of Operation Fast and Furious was a violent and bloody attempt to sway a Mexican presidential election and the narco-trade in favor of El Chapo and his Sinaloa thugs.
Last July, Kent Terry, brother of slain U.S. Border Agent Brian Terry, tweeted that presidential candidate Trump “promised answers” regarding the U.S. government gunrunning operation that led to his brother’s death.
The only site interested enough to carry the story was Amoland.com. According to Terry, Trump said, “When I become president I will open the books on Fast and Furious and Brian.”
“I honestly believe Mr. Trump will get answers,” said Terry.
If President Trump makes good on his promise, he may end up unraveling more than a gunrunning operation and a repulsive U.S. government alliance with narco-terrorists. He may uncover a partisan pre and post-election-swaying machine that would make Vladimir Putin blush.