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Testing democracy’s resolve: a look at Greece and Mexico

Testing democracy’s resolve: a look at Greece and Mexico

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Getting Lost Trying to Quantify Corruption

Getting Lost Trying to Quantify Corruption

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The Summit of the Americas 2012: Agree to Disagree on a New Open Drug Economy

The Summit of the Americas 2012: Agree to Disagree on a New Open Drug Economy

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How Wiretap Applications Prove Top DOJ Officials Implicated in Fast and Furious: Issa Says Gunrunning Scheme Approved at Top

How Wiretap Applications Prove Top DOJ Officials Implicated in Fast and Furious: Issa Says Gunrunning Scheme Approved at Top

June 6, 2012. Four months after the post below went online, the MSM (NYT, CBS, New York Post, Fox) is reporting that Representative Darrelll Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Oversight Committee investigating DOJ's gunrunning scheme, Fast and Furious, claims the wiretap applications submitted during the course of the operation prove that DOJ officials at the highest levels knew ATF agents were bending, ignoring, and violating US law to move more than 2000 combat-ready weapons across the US border into Mexico. None of the weapons carried tracing devices, and ATF whistleblowers who pressed superiors about the need to have some sort of interdiction strategy in place that would allow them to recover the weapons before they could be used to murder innocent people (Brian Terry) were told to stand down or find another job. Whether Issa's latest revelation will revive the official investigation into a government scheme to supply Mexican gangs with weapons that could be traced back to recent sales by US gundealers along the SW border, a move that even the most skeptical mind has trouble believing was designed to do anything but shore up the argument for stricter gun control in the US, is yet to be seen. Attorney General Eric Holder has told the press that Issa's Committee is on a 'witch hunt' meant to target high-ranking 'African-Americans' within the Administration, officials Holder identified more explicitly by adding 'like me, and the President,' and it is unlikely the GOP House Leader John Boehner is eager to divert pre-election media coverage from Romney's singleminded focus on the economy--even though Fast and Furious, with its parallels to Iran-Contra, might well result in the prosecution of admininstration officials for contempt, obstruction of justice, perjury, and multiple violations of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA). Think Ollie North. In case today's (June 6th) reports about the importance of wiretap applications linked to Fast and Furious still leave you confused, there's a repost of my earlier analysis below. Of special interest should be the photocopy of the memo requesting approval for a wiretap signed by Lanny Breuer in March 2010. A DOJ spokesperson says Breuer never scrutized the details, that they were never spelled out to the Head of DOJ's Criminal Division. Hmmm..... Let's talk wire taps, investigative tools popularized by every cop and criminal show that's crossed our television screens. Well, it turns out that ATF agents involved in the gun walking scheme known as Fast and Furious made numerous applications over a significant period of time for the issuance of court orders authorizing wire taps. Bad news for top cops at DOJ. Like Willy Sutton, who said he robbed banks "because that's where the money is," members of the House Oversight Committee have told DOJ they want those wire tap applications because they know that's where the evidence is--in detailed descriptions of investigative techniques and signatures they believe will point to the involvement of senior DOJ officials.

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Brian Terry, Jesus Diaz, Dakota Meyer: Justice in 2012?

Brian Terry, Jesus Diaz, Dakota Meyer: Justice in 2012?

In the end, Terry, Diaz and Meyer found themselves on the sharp end of the stick for their efforts: the US Department of Justice, agencies like DHS and the Department of State, and the usual entourage of corporate and political underwriters, including the government of Mexico, all had a hand in creating scenarios designed to transform good guys into villains, narratives that ended in Terry's death at the hands of a cartel gunman, Diaz's imprisonment for 'exercising excessive force' during the arrest of a suspected drug trafficker, and in Meyer's case, the loss of a high-paying job with a multinational defense contractor, and blowback that now has this decorated young veteran on the ropes in the court of public opinion. Let me tell you something. The only 'mental problem' from which Meyer suffers is a chronic case of integrity, an inability to distort the truth to accommodate political reality. Consider--if Terry, Diaz and Meyer had 'occupied Wall Street' instead of the killing zones along our SW border and in Afghanistan, they might have been poster boys for the March of History, and on top of it all, alive, free, and gainfully employed.

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Top Mexican Cabinet Member Dies in Helicopter Crash

Top Mexican Cabinet Member Dies in Helicopter Crash

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Fast & Furious: Mack jabs, Clinton dodges, US Attorneys duck

Fast & Furious: Mack jabs, Clinton dodges, US Attorneys duck

Three House Committees and one Senate Committee are spotlighting ATF's Fast and Furious. Representative Lamar Smith (R-Texas) sent a letter to President Obama more than a month ago asking him to appoint a Special Counsel to investigate Eric Holder for perjury. What no one seems to understand is that any US Attorney with jurisdiction in a district where a 'gun walker' crime transpired has the statutory authority to empanel a grand jury and open an investigation into more than just perjury...think violation of the Export Control Act. You don't need a 'designer prosecutor' to investigate high profile officials. No one in Washington is going to go out of the way to tell you about this. Read all about it here..

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Iran & The Science of Killing

Iran & The Science of Killing

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Melson Out, Holder Digs In: 1700+ Violations of the Arms Export Control Act?

Melson Out, Holder Digs In: 1700+ Violations of the Arms Export Control Act?

Ok. Now we're into it. Administration top dogs have thrown ATF Director Ken Melson and US Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke under the truck.In firefighting, they call it a 'controlled burn,' torching a perimeter of just enough man-made flame to meet and beat the advance of a wildfire impervious to less-drastic solutions. Good luck, gentlemen. The House Oversight Committee's investigation into the DOJ/ATF gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious is roaring through the halls of Congress, and despite DOJ's efforts to spin the story every which way but up, Representative Darrell Issa (R-Calif) and Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) are on a trail insiders whisper may lead investigators all the way to the top.

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Congress takes aim at Holder, ATF, Mexico

Congress takes aim at Holder, ATF, Mexico

The House Oversight Committee calls ATF's Fast and Furious a 'failed and reckless operation,' but was it? If you look at it from Calderon's perspective, or from the perspective of administration officials--including Obama, Holder, and senior ATF executives--who favor stronger gun legislation, Fast and Furious was a huge success....

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Calderon’s Churchill Moment?

Calderon’s Churchill Moment?

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No End to Femicide in Ciudad Juarez

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Mexican Ambush of Unarmed ICE Agents Planned and Premeditated: No 'Wrong Place at Wrong Time'

Mexican Ambush of Unarmed ICE Agents Planned and Premeditated: No 'Wrong Place at Wrong Time'

The sequence of events that occurred on February 15th and ended in the murder of ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata and in the shooting of Special Agent Victor Avila are as follows--evidence that the attack on two US federal agents was premeditated and planned, not a case of 'being in the wrong place at the wrong time,' or an incident triggered by the desire of the assailants to hijack a valuable vehicle.

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ICE Agent Killed in Mexico: Survivor Provides Clues

ICE Agent Killed in Mexico: Survivor Provides Clues

President Obama has promised Zapata’s family that the US government will spare no effort to bring the Mexican gunman responsible for the attack to justice, and Janet Napolitano, Secretary of Homeland Security, has express outrage, declaring "The full resources of our department are at the disposal of our Mexican partners in this investigation." Given the dearth of substantive press coverage on both side of the border, and the muted attitude of US officials toward Mexico’s efforts to curb drug trafficking and cartel violence over the past five years—during which roughly 38,000 people have been killed, including scores of US citizens—the vocalization of even these stylized objections is noteworthy.

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Mexico’s Media Plays It Safe

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