A cheap talking head on the Rachel Maddow show discussing the 'fast and furious' hearings said "Once you immerse yourself in this issue it's like being on acid." That was an insult to good acid, which probably can't even be found anymore, but in a way correct in that the government and media are attempting to alter perception and create a reality that has little to do with what has happened and is happening.
The media is actually all on the same side and as they march along they have this Drill Sargent screaming left-right, left-right, left-right so that they stay in line and keep their respective talking points in focus.
Republicans pretend 'gunwalker' was a leftist plot to try and further enact some gun control. Democrats pretend the repubs and the hearing and contempt charges are just wanting to make Holder and Obama look bad in an election year. Obama invokes 'executive privilege' to protect internal discussions and deliberations and the spin and debate will continue until the public is tired of hearing about it and moves on to something else.
I can only speculate and ask questions but doesn't government arms running and drug trafficking go hand in hand? Could it be that the real cover-up from both sides of the cesspool is to distract us from the fact that the U.S. government, CIA and accessories are the biggest dope traffickers in the world. This speculation will not be discussed on the nightly news.
Was 'fast and furious' set up as some sort of plausible deniability scenario in case the heavy duty big number gun running operations of the U.S. were found out? We supply the cartels directly or by proxy don't we? What do we get in return?
I've wondered about the weapons found at the scene of the dead border patrol agent. Was it as simple as the shooter(s) ditched the guns so as not to be caught with the evidence or were they left there on purpose to point at the relatively minor 'furious' operation and keep us occupied away from the bigger suppliers? Maybe that's going a little too far down the rabbit hole but rabbit holes do exist. Perhaps it's as basic as a big screw up by the feds in one of their many little operations.
The U.S. government, CIA and military drug running have a long history. From Vietnam to Iran-Contra to Mena to CIA creation of crack for the ghettos to Afghanistan today the evidence is overwhelming. Few reporters are going to touch it. They remember Gary Webb. (The Dark Alliance by Gary Webb pdf)
As always when there's big money involved, there are the banks at the center of the crime scene. The Mexican cartels and others needed money laundered and Wachovia gladly obliged.
A slew of federal charges filed in 2009 by Federal prosecutors in Florida hit Wachovia with the largest violation of the Bank Secrecy Act in U.S. history.Even the UN reported this:
Douglas Edwards, senior vice president of Wachovia Bank confessed they didn't do enough to spot illicit funds in handling the $378.4 billions for the Mexico's Casa Cambios. But Edwards declined to answer specific questions including how much they earned for handling the billions of dollars for the currency operation.
Overall, the amount of drug proceeds ($378 billion dollars) that the CDC deposited into Wachovia Bank actually equaled one third of Mexico's entire $1.4 trillion dollar annual GDP.
As part of the agreement Wachovia agreed to pay the government a fine of $110 million dollars with an additional fine of $50 million dollars to be paid to the U.S. Treasury Department. The total fine of$160 million dollars was less than 2% of the bank's $12.3 billion dollars in profit made in 2009. By the time Wachovia agreed to pay the hefty fine, Wells Fargo purchased Wachovia during the banking crisis for $12.7 billion. Then Wells Fargo reaped a windfall from the government, a gift of $25 billion dollars of taxpayers money as part of President Obama stimulus package in 2009. more
Drugs money saved some banks from collapse at the height of the global crisis the United Nations' drugs and crime chief claimed.
Antonio Maria Costa, head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, told the Observer that there were signs that some banks were rescued by billions of dollars that 'originated from the drugs trade and other illegal activities.'
He said he had seen evidence that the proceeds of organised crime were the 'only liquid investment capital' available to some banks on the verge of collapse last year.
Costa said that as a result, a majority of the $352bn (£216bn) of drugs profits was absorbed into the economics system, effectively laundering it. more