Eric Holder should be in jail, says Ed Calderon, a security specialist and combatives instructor with over 10 years experience in public safety working the northern border area of Mexico.
Calderon, who appeared on the Joe Rogan podcast this week, was referencing Holder’s involvement in the ATF Operation known as Fast & Furious, a gunrunning scandal in which the U.S. government deliberately allowed firearms to fall directly into the hands of known cartel operatives under the pretext that the agency would eventually track down those weapons and bust high-level targets within the organization.
Estimates suggest that over 2,000 firearms were delivered to the Sinaloa Cartel, exclusively, considered by the U.S. Intelligence Community to be the largest drug trafficking organization in the world.
Those firearms were used by cartel members to kill at least one U.S. citizen, border patrol agent Brian Terry, and countless Mexican citizens and law enforcement officers. In the video embedded above, Calderon talks about some of the carnage he witnessed firsthand, including the death of friends and a young girl who lost an arm as a result of being shot.
Calderon also acknowledges that neither he nor any of his fellow law enforcement officers were aware of Fast & Furious. They were completely in the dark, meaning there was no coordination between ATF agents and Mexican LEOs as to the nature of the operation. (How does the ATF track guns once the buyers cross over into Mexico? Answer: They don’t.) Watching CNN one day is how Calderon found out.
Agent Terry’s death in December of 2010 put Fast & Furious in the national spotlight. Lawmakers then launched a probe into the operation, during which, then-acting attorney general Eric Holder was placed in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over hundreds of subpoenaed DOJ documents and emails to investigators. President Obama invoked executive privilege to save Holder’s hide. Holder never faced prosecution. He has flirted with the idea of running for president, though.
A statement obtained in 2012 from Sinaloa lieutenant and “logistics coordinator” Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla indicates that the U.S. government never had any intention of tracking down those firearms. Rather, they were a gift to Sinaloa leadership, i.e. kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, for its cooperation in rooting out rival cartels.
An excerpt from court documents obtained by Business Insider:
[T]he United States government at its highest levels entered into agreements with cartel leaders to act as informants against rival cartels and received benefits in return, including, but not limited to, access to thousands of weapons which helped them continue their business of smuggling drugs into Chicago and throughout the United States, and to continue wreaking havoc on the citizens and law enforcement in Mexico.
Given the U.S. government’s sordid history of sending arms to dictators and despots and rebel groups and failed states and, generally speaking, not nice people it wouldn’t be all that surprising if Holder and Obama jumped into bed with El Chapo at some point. On that front, who knows, Fast & Furious may be the tip of the iceberg.
What is actually shocking is that despite widespread public reports that our government engages in extremely shady business from time to time, half the country — the modern Left — is efforting to give it more power at the cost of our individual rights and liberties.
Today, the Left is actively working to disarm the 5 million members of the National Rifle Association because we are the “terrorists.” You know, because taking your daughter hunting or participating in a 3-Gun competition or responsibly carrying a pistol for self-defense are tantamount to domestic terrorism.
Meanwhile, the Left wants to prop up trustworthy bureaucrats and politicians who run guns to the known child killers and body mutilators of the Sinaloa cartel because while you and I don’t “need an AR-15,” as the Left reminds us, these upstanding men do.
It’s worth asking, how many Chicago gangbangers with ties to the Sinaloa cartel got guns from our government? Hmmm…”Weapons of war don’t belong on our streets,” squawks the Left. Right, so tell the government to stop putting ’em there.