“House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., today announced an investigation into the Drug Enforcement Agency’s alleged laundering of millions of dollars in Mexican drug cartel money,” a December 5 House Committte on Oversight and Goverment Reform press release declared.
From the release:
The New York Times reported that the DEA employed similar tactics with money laundering as were seen in ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious, where guns were allowed into the hands of low level straw purchasers in hopes that they would lead to drug kingpins.
“Given your upcoming testimony this Thursday,” Issa continued, “it is imperative that Congress be apprised of the true dimensions of these alleged operation immediately. Please arrange to provide a briefing to my staff no later than Wednesday, December 7, 2011 at 5:00 pm to address these allegations.”
Issa’s letter to Attorney General Holder can be read here.
In a new dimension to this continually unfolding story, James K. Steinbower of PJMedia reveals another area where gunwalking runs afoul of the law:
There is a provision in the Kingpin Act for “authorized” law enforcement and intelligence activities, however the only procedure by which an Operation Fast and Furious program could have been “authorized” under the Kingpin Act was by the U.S. attorney general requesting a waiver (known within the Treasury Department as a Specific License), prior to any such operation being undertaken.
Additionally, this column raised the question of violations of International Trafficking in Arms Regulations several months back.
Whether Issa will include Kingpin/ITAR questioning in Thursday’s hearing is not known at this time–Gun Rights Examiner has asked the Committee Press Secretary and will report back any answer received.
- How many have died from DEA’s ‘Project Buckwalker’?
- A Journalist’s Guide to ‘Project Gunwalker’ for a complete list with links of independent investigative reporting and commentary done to date by Sipsey Street Irregulars and Gun Rights Examiner. Note to newcomers to this story: “Project Gunrunner” is the name ATF assigned to its Southwest Border Initiative to interdict gun smuggling to Mexico. “Project Gunwalker” is the name I assigned to the scandal after allegations by agents that monitored guns were allowed to fall into criminal hands on both sides of the border through a surveillance process termed “walking” surfaced.
My appearance yesterday on Armed American Radio with Mark Walters can be heard here.
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