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Monday
Jan062014

DEA Case Threatens to Expose US Government-Sanctioned Drug-Running

We lost the War on Drugs when Reagan was President.  Thats when the CIA first got involved in the drug smuggling business to fight communism in Central America.  Yet the federal government continues to waste billions of dollars pretending to fight the war on drugs.  Bill Conroy at the Narcosphere gives us an update on government sanctioned drug running:

Federal agents this past November raided the offices of an aircraft brokerage and leasing company called World Jet Inc., based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The raid, spear headed by the US Drug Enforcement Administration, was launched on the heels of a DEA affidavit for a search warrant, which was filed in late October last year in federal court in Colorado as part of a case that is now sealed. The search-warrant affidavit was made available on the Internet after being obtained by a reporter for the Durango Heraldnewspaper.

The affidavit outlines allegations against several individuals accused by the DEA of participating in a narco-trafficking conspiracy. But that is not the big story here.

Instead, the real news is buried deep in the DEA court pleadings and confirms the existence of a US undercover operation that Narco News reported previously had allowed tons of cocaine to be flown from Latin America into the states absent proper controls or the knowledge of the affected Latin American nations.

The DEA affidavit focuses on the owner of World Jet, Don Whittington, and his brother, Bill — both of whom earned modest infamy as race-car drivers who were convicted and served time in prison for participating in a marijuana-smuggling conspiracy in the 1980s.

Although the investigation into the Whittingtons and World Jet may seem like a typical drug-war saga, there is a twist in this case, related to the sale of a Gulfstream II corporate jet, that appears to put the DEA in the position of investigating one or more of its sister federal agencies.

Don Whittington’s World Jet brokered the Gulfstream II’s sale to a company called Donna Blue Aircraft Inc., according to the DEA affidavit.

The DEA affidavit indicates that Donna Blue was, in fact, a front company for an ICE undercover operation dubbed “Mayan Jaguar.” Donna Blue subsequently sold the Gulfstream II jet to a Florida duo — Clyde OConnor and Gregory Smith, who has a history of involvement in US government operations.

About a week later, on Sept. 24, 2007, the Gulfstream jet crashed in Mexico’s Yucatan with a payload of some 4 tons of cocaine onboard. Media reports at the time and European investigators, it turns out, have linked the Gulfstream II’s tail number, N987SA, to past CIA flights to Guantanamo Bay.

Narco News reported on the Gulfstream II jet crash and its aftermath extensively and has uncovered documents and sources indicating that Gregory Smith was, in fact, a contract pilot who did work for the US government, including US Customs (later rolled into ICE, which is part of Homeland Security), DEA, FBI and likely CIA.

Read the rest of the intriguing story of government sanctioned drug running HERE

Friday
Aug162013

The ICE Man Cometh with Zero Law Enforcement Experience

The acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement is a former criminal defense attorney who represented accused and convicted murderers, sex offenders and pedophiles and fought for the release of violent convicted offenders a background that makes him a less than ideal choice to lead the federal governments second-largest law enforcement agency.

John Sandweg, 38, who was recently named acting director of ICE, worked between 2002 and 2009 defending violent criminals in Arizona, and helping then-governor and current Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano raise campaign funds. Critics questioned Sandwegs credentials, with one calling him “in no way qualified” and his appointment the latest example of Napolitanos blatant politicization of the agency.

I am deeply disappointed by this appointment and believe it is disrespectful to the thousands of dedicated professionals at ICE who are working tirelessly to enforce our laws and provide for our security, said Rep. John Carter, R-Texas, who chairs the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. I urge the administration to re-think this appointment and promptly appoint a qualified, confirmable applicant for this essential post.

A former administration official said news of Sandweg’s installation as acting director was met with disgust and disbelief within most of DHS. Can you imagine someone with these qualifications being named Director of the FBI?

“He has zero law enforcement experience and he [is running] our country’s second-largest law enforcement agency and that’s a real job, it’s not a figure-head position,” the former official said.

Last week, Sandweg took over as acting director of ICE after director John Morton stepped down. He is believed by some to have the inside track for the nomination for the permanent position. Napolitano has announced her own resignation and has already been picked to head the 10-campus University of California system.

ICE is the main law enforcement branch of the Department of Homeland Security and is responsible for enforcement of immigration and Customs laws. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the primary investigative arm of DHS is part of ICE.  As acting director, Sandweg oversees more than 20,000 employees in offices in all 50 states and 47 foreign countries. 

Sunday
Jul072013

Sig P239SAS DAK Gen 1 - Sig P229R's Baby Brother

One of my defensive carry pistol options is a Sig P239 SAS GEN1 40S&W with original walnut grips, DAK trigger and stainless steel slide. Ive replaced the .40 barrel with a Sig Sauer .357sig manufactured barrel.  Both the Secret Service and Texas Department of Public Safety have chosen .357sig over .40S&W as the most effective semi-auto handgun caliber.

My Sig P239SAS has the DAK trigger, which is a smooth 6 lbs. on the full pull and 8 lbs on the short reset. The DAK feels lighter and smoother than standard DAO, and its a very suitable defensive carry, compact pistol. Both the .40S&W and .357SIG configuration are 7+1.  Sig makes both caliber magazines for the P239 but I have found that they are interchangeable for both calibers on the range.  

In 2006, ICE/HSI replaced my issued Glock 19 with a Sig Sauer P229 in 40S&W.  I purchased my P239SAS expecting it to be used as my primary EDC after I retired.  But after I retired I gravitated back to the striker fire polymer wonder pistols for EDC concealed carry.  They are lighter, with similar capacity in 9mm.  I prefer striker fire pistols to hammer fired because I consistently shoot them better.  Modern striker fire triggers are better than ever (Shield & XDs). But when I venture outside of the relatively safe enviorns of my home town, into Arlington, Fort Worth or Dallas where mayhem reguarly imposes itself upon innocents , I prefer carrying either .40S&W or .357SIG caliber for defensive carry.  My truck gun is a .40 Ruger SR40c, which is secured in a locked gun box, withing reach of both passenger and driver.  Better safe than sorry!

The DAK also features double-strike capability, which eliminates the requirement for tap, rack, bang which is necessary on striker fire pistols after a failture to fire strike. Studies reveal that 80% of the time a failure to fire strike, will fire on after a double strike.

In 2011DHS selected the P229 DAK as the standard pistol of the Dept. of Homeland Security, including CBP, ICE, Homeland Security Investigations, Secret Service and the U.S. Coast Guard.  The P229R DAK was selected after a 3 million round grueling torture test.

The P229 offers compact size, choice in firepower of 9mm, .357 SIG or .40 S&W, tactical versatility of an accessory rail, double-action only and the unbeatable performance that only comes from SIG SAUER all in one package. Developed by the renowned engineers at Sauer for the SIG SAUER pistols, the new DAK trigger system delivers a safe, reliable and consistent 6.5 pound double-action only trigger pull.  SIG SAUER DAK pistols also disassemble without the need to pull the trigger - simply lock the slide back and remove the magazine to disassemble like other SIG pistols. The DAK is also available in the P220, P226 and P239 models.

Take a look at the Sig P239SAS gen 1 courtesy of  Weapons Education:

Monday
Mar112013

DHS Reportedly buying 2,700 Light Armored Tanks for Use in USA

Its difficult not to become a conspiracy theorist when you read news reports about the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is buying thousands of military style (fully automatic) assault weapons and billions of rounds of ammunition.  Now there are multi-reports that DHS is purchasing 2,700 light armored tanks to be deployed in the United States.

Is America turning into a Liberal Fascist police state?

Modern Survival Blog reported:

The Department of Homeland Security (through the U.S. Army Forces Command) recently retrofitted 2,717 of these ‘Mine Resistant Protected’ vehicles for service on the streets of the United States.

Although I’ve seen and read several online blurbs about this vehicle of late, I decided to dig slightly deeper and discover more about the vehicle itself.

The new DHS sanctioned ‘Street Sweeper’ (my own slang due to the gun ports) is built by Navistar Defense (NavistarDefense.com), a division within the Navistar organization. Under the Navistar umbrella are several other companies including International Trucks, IC Bus (they make school buses), Monaco RV (recreational vehicles), WorkHorse (they make chassis), MaxxForce (diesel engines), and Navistar Financial (the money arm of the company).

DHS even released a video on their newly purchased MRAPs.
Via Pat Dollard:

“If you think shrinking government and getting it less involved in your life is a hallmark of tyranny it is only because you are either grotesquely ignorant or because you subscribe to a statist ideology that believes the expansion of the state is the expansion of liberty.”
Jonah Goldberg

 

Sunday
Feb172013

Fast and Furious Lawsuit Filed by Parents of Murdered HSI Agent

A lawsuit charging government conspiracy and cover-up was filed last week in the United States District Court Southern District of Texas Brownsville Division by the parents of murdered ICE Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Jamie Zapata and Special Agent Victor Avila, Jr.

The lawsuit was filed against the government, straw purchasers, individual government officials, gun dealers and others deemed to share in responsibility per the complaint.

The complaint charges the United States government breached its duties “by failing to abide by policies regarding arms export regulations; safe travel; proper oversight of employees; issuing defective vehicles; gunwalking; failing to disclose known dangers involving gunwalking; and Defendant’s continued violations.

“Defendant’s violation of these statutes and federal firearm laws and regulations constitute negligence per se,” the complaint continues. “Defendant, having knowledge of the dangers posed by the violation of the statutes, proceeded with the violation of public safety statutes and federal laws and regulations in conscious disregard for the lives and safety of their agents, including Agents Zapata and Avila.

Included in the list of answers the plaintiffs are seeking is the key question that has so far evaded investigators in determining a definitive answer for: “Who authorized the gunwalking? Where is/are he/she/they now?

The Obama administration has not been objectively covered by the main stream media.  The lame stream media is using the First Amendment to promote a liberal fascist agenda, making both the broadcast and print media a progressive propaganda machine for the the the Democrat Party.

Perhaps this lawsuit will force the defendants to share the truth about Fast and Furious and the cover up. 

“Withholding information is the essence of tyranny. Control of the flow of information is the tool of the dictatorship.” ― Bruce Coville