By KenInMontana


Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be anymore twists to the Gunrunner/Fast and Furious saga, it appears that a new batch o’ sidewinders has crawled out from under a rock in the arms to Mexico game. Not to be outdone by the stooges at Justice, it looks like the State Department has set up shop and has opened for business. Their primary customer you ask? None other than Mexico’s Zetas cartel.

This from PJM:

Phil Jordan, a former CIA operative and one-time leader of U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s El Paso Intelligence Center, claims that the Obama administration is running guns to the violent Zetas cartel through the direct commercial sale of military grade weapons:

Jordan, who served as director of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s El Paso Intelligence Center in 1995, said the Zetas have shipped large amounts of weapons purchased in the Dallas area through El Paso.

Robert “Tosh” Plumlee, a former CIA contract pilot, told the Times he supported Jordan’s allegations, adding that the Zetas have reportedly bought property in the Columbus, N.M., border region to stash weapons and other contraband.

“From the intel, it appears that a company was set up in Mexico to purchase weapons through the U.S. Direct Commercial Sales Program, and that the company may have had a direct link to the Zetas.”

I’ll give you three guesses (and the first two don’t count) as to just who runs U.S. Direct.

The U.S. Direct Commercial Sales program is run from the U.S. State Department’s Directorate of Defense Trade Controls. It regulates and licenses private U.S. companies’ overseas sales of weapons and other defense materials, defense services, and military training. This does not include the Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program, which authorized sales to foreign governments.

Oh, but wait it gets better (or worse, dependin’), From the El Paso Times:

A federal law enforcement agency in El Paso said it has no information about the allegations that the Zetas are smuggling weapons through El Paso.

“They are purchasing weapons in the Dallas area and are flying them to El Paso, and then they are taking them across the border into Juárez,” said Jordan, a law enforcement consultant and former DEA official who still has contacts in the law enforcement community.

Jordan said the Zetas were flying weapons caches out of the Alliance Airport in Fort Worth, and after they arrive in the El Paso vicinity, the Zetas smuggled them into Juárez.

“What’s ironic is that the DEA also uses the Alliance Airport for some of its operations,” Jordan said. “The Zetas were working out of a predominantly Hispanic neighborhood in the Dallas area to smuggle the weapons to the border.”

The DEA has its Aviation Operations Center at Alliance.

This outfit makes BATFE look like a bunch of lilac water wearing greenhorns:

Under the Direct Commercial Sales program, the U.S. State Department regulates and licenses businesses to sell weapons and defense services and training for export. Last year, according to U.S. statistics, the program was used to provide Mexico $416.5 million worth of weapons and equipment, including military-grade weaponry.

The program is different from the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program, which operates on a government-to-government basis.

Plumlee said military-grade weapons were found in a Juárez warehouse two years ago, and some of them were moved later to a ranch elsewhere in Juárez. Arms stash houses have also been reported in places across the border from Columbus and Antelope Wells, N.M.

“They’ve found anti-aircraft weapons and hand grenades from the Vietnam War era,” Plumlee said. Other weapons found include grenade launchers, assault rifles, handguns and military gear including night-vision goggles and body armor.

“The information about the arms trafficking was provided to our U.S. authorities long before the ‘Columbus 11′ investigation began,” said Plumlee, referring to recent indictments accusing several Columbus city officials of arms trafficking in conjunction with alleged accomplices in El Paso and Chaparral, NM.

We’re gonna need more rope, and a bigger posse boys.

(h/t: Crawfish’s Claw)

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  • Anonymous

    IMPEACHMENT ?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YGATSUTKIDXGK3MCOS634SH4QM Alicia

    W T F

  • Anonymous

    So gun store owners were not the ones profiting off of this operation, our federal government was. Obama does not care how it get done, he just wants more money.

    • http://twitter.com/ozziecastillo The Wizard of Oz

      I don’t think it’s about money….this administration has no understanding of it other than the “rich” have too much of it, although I would probably agree that it’s not about money, but about control of behavior.

      This is to arm Mexico and stir people up. Instability across our southern border runs counter to American interests (especially when Americans aren’t being allowed to defend their border), as this administration has proven they do as well. Chaos is good for revolution because it allows for things to happen rapidly and the government to take power in order to combat a manufactured crisis.

      • Anonymous

        YUP

      • Anonymous

        YUP

      • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

        I agree with stirring people up, giving aid to those hspanics in America to empower them to rise up against the gringos who “stole” their land. But I still see this mainly for ammunition (no pun intended) against the 2nd Amendment and for the UN small arms treaty.

        • http://twitter.com/ozziecastillo The Wizard of Oz

          You’re probably right, but I’ve modified my view slightly since this administration has shown hostility towards the states that defy the will of the federal government. They’ve threatened Texas (regarding TSA) and we’ve seen how they’ve politicized border issues and even a natural disaster in the south. There are also interesting numbers regarding presidential visits to states that blindly support the administration and those that are trying to be resistant to the growth of government. Basically, I don’t think anything is beneath them, and we have to also consider that this administration is outsourcing policy to radicals…..they want revolution.

        • Josh

          Why not accomplish both with one crisis?

      • Anonymous

        Marshal Law is coming to a border State near you soon. This is what this communistic regime has wanted since Jan 20, 2009. Hopefully enough honest people in Congress know about this now to stop any further illegal arms shipments to criminals in Mexico by criminals in the White House.

    • Anonymous

      This operation is not about money. It’s about arming the army obama is going to depend on to put him on a dictator’s throne.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YGATSUTKIDXGK3MCOS634SH4QM Alicia

        a year ago i would have disagreed with your comment,now i am not so sure.

        • Anonymous

          A lot of things have changed, even in the last year. Muslim FBI agents, Muslims appointed to high positions in “Homeland Security” (a misnomer if ever there was one), porous borders, protection of illegal immigrants (even felons), another war without approval of Congress, the end of DADT (which I think is meant to demoralize the straight soldiers who stay in), protection of Muslims in the US and the demonization of returning vets, patriots, and Christians…

          I’ve never been so glad to be a Christian in my life. Hopefully the Rapture will happen before chaos, anarchy, and then dictatorship strike, but regardless, my faith in Jesus is the most comforting thing I have.

          • Anonymous

            You’re right I too have been getting closer to Jesus since this guy took office. I warned about obowmao way before he won the nomination for the democrat party. I just knew in my gut that this thing of a man was wrong for America and in less than three years he has almost destroyed this great nation. Yes I’m glad Jesus is coming back and I hope to meet you when he does.

            • Anonymous

              I’ll look forward to it.

    • KenInMontana

      In reality there is not much profit in firearms at the level of “gun shop owners”. I know the owner of the largest of our local shops, his markup on a handgun is about 25-30 dollars and that’s pretty much standard in the industry. The type of volume to needed to make real profits can really only be done by a very few entities, corporate (manufacturing) , blackmarket, or governments.

  • Anonymous

    Man, I hope this ex-cia official is wrong, but somehow I believe him.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YGATSUTKIDXGK3MCOS634SH4QM Alicia

    i am not one to throw around the “impeachment” word but….

  • Anonymous

    No wonder this administration has the gall, the balls, and the audacity to attack Big Pharma, they are in competition with them, through the cartels. I got to go get my head right.

  • Anonymous

    I just want to congratulate KenInMontana as well as the rest of the moderators for searching, cutting and pasting, and putting together articles like this. It amazing how people who run a small news site do a better job at bringing forth information like this before any main stream television news channels do, just amazing.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YGATSUTKIDXGK3MCOS634SH4QM Alicia

      ditto.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YGATSUTKIDXGK3MCOS634SH4QM Alicia

      ditto.

  • Anonymous

    Yes, lets question Obama but also Hellery

    • Anonymous

      DIABLO and Hellery sittin in a Tree…………

    • Anonymous

      DIABLO and Hellery sittin in a Tree…………

    • Anonymous

      HIllary’s operation makes Hussein’s look like The Gang That Couldn’t Shoot Straight.

  • Anonymous

    What we need to do is do polygraphs on ALL these Government clowns. If they are found guilty put a bullet in thier brain and say NEXT!!!! MARXIST=DEMOCRATS=TERRORIST All the same. More proof.

  • Persephone

    Don’t the Zetas have ties to Hezbolah?

    Thanks for the great report, KenInMontana.

    What sort of timeline are we looking at here, do you know?

    • http://twitter.com/ozziecastillo The Wizard of Oz

      Funny how no one talks about that. I have family that travels very often to Mexico (I just got word a few weeks ago that the cartels are now in the small farm town my family is from). My brother told me last year that there are lots of arab people in Mexico, even in the small towns- he said it was a recent development, and that was last year I heard this and it could have well been happening a few years now.

      • Persephone

        Thanks, Wizard.

        This is yet another reason why we have to have a regime change in this country.
        I just hope that there won’t be a lot of civilians killed before we can get some real border security in place.

        • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

          You mean a lot MORE civilians killed?

          • Persephone

            You’re right, of course.
            Too many civilians have already been killed.
            I was thinking in terms of them taking potshots at aircraft, trains, etc. with this additional firepower.

          • Persephone

            You’re right, of course.
            Too many civilians have already been killed.
            I was thinking in terms of them taking potshots at aircraft, trains, etc. with this additional firepower.

          • Persephone

            You’re right, of course.
            Too many civilians have already been killed.
            I was thinking in terms of them taking potshots at aircraft, trains, etc. with this additional firepower.

    • KenInMontana

      The Zetas are one of the cartels that have been linked to Hezbollah, they are also the most notorious and probably the most powerful of the Mexican cartels.
      As far as a timeline for this operation, I’m still digging, but the Mayor and Police Chief as well as nine other city officials of Columbus,NM (the “Columbus 11″ the article refers to) where arrested in early March of this year on gun trafficking charges, so this operation is older than that. There are some oddities in that case as well that I am looking at as well.

    • KenInMontana

      The Zetas are one of the cartels that have been linked to Hezbollah, they are also the most notorious and probably the most powerful of the Mexican cartels.
      As far as a timeline for this operation, I’m still digging, but the Mayor and Police Chief as well as nine other city officials of Columbus,NM (the “Columbus 11″ the article refers to) where arrested in early March of this year on gun trafficking charges, so this operation is older than that. There are some oddities in that case as well that I am looking at as well.

      • Persephone

        Thanks for your work on this, KenInMontana.
        This goes beyond having an excuse for stomping on our right to bear arms.
        Perhaps they are wanting an excuse to cordon off an even larger area of our SW and declare it ‘unsafe’ for Americans.

      • Persephone

        Thanks for your work on this, KenInMontana.
        This goes beyond having an excuse for stomping on our right to bear arms.
        Perhaps they are wanting an excuse to cordon off an even larger area of our SW and declare it ‘unsafe’ for Americans.

      • Persephone

        Thanks for your work on this, KenInMontana.
        This goes beyond having an excuse for stomping on our right to bear arms.
        Perhaps they are wanting an excuse to cordon off an even larger area of our SW and declare it ‘unsafe’ for Americans.

  • Anonymous

    Obama’s vision for the “The Post-American World” involves actually arriving at that state of affairs, and he’s obviously very anxious to get there as soon as possible no matter what it takes. The secrets that will be uncovered for years to come about the damage he is doing now are going to be piled a mile high I’m afraid…

  • Anonymous

    Obama’s vision for the “The Post-American World” involves actually arriving at that state of affairs, and he’s obviously very anxious to get there as soon as possible no matter what it takes. The secrets that will be uncovered for years to come about the damage he is doing now are going to be piled a mile high I’m afraid…

  • Anonymous

    Obama’s vision for the “The Post-American World” involves actually arriving at that state of affairs, and he’s obviously very anxious to get there as soon as possible no matter what it takes. The secrets that will be uncovered for years to come about the damage he is doing now are going to be piled a mile high I’m afraid…

  • Anonymous

    Thanks for the update Ken. Keep looking though, I think there’s more to this than just getting our guns away from us, now. The Clintons have had strange ties to drug gang people for a very very long time. If so many guns are being stock-piled near our border, they must be there for a reason. Not perhaps for the reason we have assumed, up to now, that they couldn’t get them out of here. It’s just odd that so many political appointees are denying any involvement whatsoever. Are they that naive? Doubtful.

  • Anonymous

    Hillary did you know about this..did you …Impeach Obama and Fire them all!

    • Velvet

      Don’t forget, Hillary’s BFF is Soros who is now dumping non-family interests in his Hedgefund ops so that he can remain under the radar of new SEC rules concerning transparency of investors.

  • Anonymous

    The Weather Underground had a plan to infiltrate the government at high positions and destroy the country from within. They wanted portions of the country taken over by the Vietnamese, China, and Cuba. They wanted to set up re-education camps in the Southwest and destroy capitalism. Sound like they are arming the Mexicans instead. Please watch this video from a former FBI Agent Larry Grathwohl on the plans of the Weathermen. This is from the early 1980’s. Who’s livingroom did Obama start his Senate career in again? Oh, William Ayers, one of the founders of the Weathermen. I think he’s a front man for them, the Muslim Brotherhood, and a couple of others, along with the UN.
    Watch.

    Obama has also appointed Muslims with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood into DHS.
    The Muslim Brotherhood’s Penetration of the Obama Administration
    http://frontpagemag.com/2011/02/03/the-muslim-brotherhood%E2%80%99s-penetration-of-the-obama-administration/

    • Velvet

      Hillary Clinton’s Chief of Staff since 1996, Huma Abedin (and Weiner’s wife) is closely associated with her Muslim Brotherhood family and even joined Clinton at an event with her mother, Saleha Abedin, at Dar El-Hekma College in Saudi Arabia. Also present was a close associate of Saleha Abedin—Suheir Qureshi. Qureshi’s name later appeared in several prominent Arab newspapers when it was revealed that she belonged to a list of 63 members of the secret arm of the Muslim Brotherhood called The Sisterhood. The full list was later revealed—Huma Abedin’s mother is on it. Huma’s brother—Hassan Abedin—also collaborates with Omar Naseef and Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, two of the most influential terror supporters in the world. Amazing how these facts go unreported while the USA is engaged in War yet the words “Muslim Extremist” do not get mentioned by this administration.

      • KenInMontana

        The whole “Muslim” thing is a classic “smokescreen operation” and it was pretty well done in the beginning,but it is coming unraveled at the edges. The Islamic fundamentalist movement is cause for concern, however consider how long it has been since they have mounted any major operations outside of the “Muslim neighborhood. No I am not a “truther”, I believe that there were major “poochscrews” by our government leading up to 9/11 but I don’t believe it was an inside job. That said, it has been used effectively, but we need to be focused much closer to home.

        • Velvet

          I look forward to your next update. I do agree with you, though wanted to point out the interesting circle of “friends.” I cannot recall the details, but wasn’t there a plane crash not long ago with tons of cocaine on it that had left Texas? Hm, will have to look for that story again, it didn’t get much press at the time.

      • KenInMontana

        The whole “Muslim” thing is a classic “smokescreen operation” and it was pretty well done in the beginning,but it is coming unraveled at the edges. The Islamic fundamentalist movement is cause for concern, however consider how long it has been since they have mounted any major operations outside of the “Muslim neighborhood. No I am not a “truther”, I believe that there were major “poochscrews” by our government leading up to 9/11 but I don’t believe it was an inside job. That said, it has been used effectively, but we need to be focused much closer to home.

    • Velvet

      Hillary Clinton’s Chief of Staff since 1996, Huma Abedin (and Weiner’s wife) is closely associated with her Muslim Brotherhood family and even joined Clinton at an event with her mother, Saleha Abedin, at Dar El-Hekma College in Saudi Arabia. Also present was a close associate of Saleha Abedin—Suheir Qureshi. Qureshi’s name later appeared in several prominent Arab newspapers when it was revealed that she belonged to a list of 63 members of the secret arm of the Muslim Brotherhood called The Sisterhood. The full list was later revealed—Huma Abedin’s mother is on it. Huma’s brother—Hassan Abedin—also collaborates with Omar Naseef and Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, two of the most influential terror supporters in the world. Amazing how these facts go unreported while the USA is engaged in War yet the words “Muslim Extremist” do not get mentioned by this administration.

  • Anonymous

    Every time I read the (true, Right) news, the American Left (which obviously now includes our own government) is ramping up their evil.

    Is this really the government of America anymore? Or is it the government of Venezuela? Or of some Middle East country?

    I pledged allegiance to AMERICA, to “one nation under God (Jehovah)”, not to this pretend president and his Communist and Muslim revolutionist partners.

    • Anonymous

      Drug dealing and gun running is nothing new to our government. We have been helping grow opium in Afghanistan for quite some time, and use our military to guard it. Iran Contra anyone. We work with these cartels and help them out all the time. Does anyone really think that is all we do? I am sure that we have no idea where the drugs go or how they get there. Not. You can thank Bush as well for selling us out and putting our troops lives on the line for their corruption. This is our government doing what they do.

      Wake up everyone. We have been under siege for a long time, and not just by liberals.

      • Anonymous

        We have never done this magnitude of a deal with drug dealers right across our border, at a time when they and their countrymen are illegally crossing our border en masse with the protection of our government.

        We are awake, and decision time is getting closer by the minute. In the midst of this kind of treason by our own fedgov, boehner has defected to the Left. I’m not surprised. I knew boehner had it in him to betray his country. Just like obama and the BATFE and now the State Department.

      • KenInMontana

        Bush? Elmer you and AJ really need to catch up here as well as do more research on the third world and the realities of it, this type of thing as been going on out there for longer than our nation has existed. Past administrations have been smarter about it, kept it lower key and further away than arm’s length. But none have been this “bold” or this flat stupid about it as this current one. That said, I could relate some stories that would make your hair fall out all on it’s own, but not before my warrens are complete,because I’m not quite ready to drop off the radar and go “black”.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YGATSUTKIDXGK3MCOS634SH4QM Alicia

          is this about gun control or something else.i value your opinion and a reply would be appreciated.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YGATSUTKIDXGK3MCOS634SH4QM Alicia

          is this about gun control or something else.i value your opinion and a reply would be appreciated.

          • KenInMontana

            I think gun control is a small part of it, but there is more going on here. I don’t think it’s the “globalist cabal” thing, but what exactly I’m not sure yet. Maybe Obama is looking to cause a collapse in Mexico, maybe he thinks retiring to his own little banana republic would be a good thing to do as things are starting to get too warm for him here? That part is joking, but I am still digging on this. As soon as I know more I will be doing a follow up.

            • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YGATSUTKIDXGK3MCOS634SH4QM Alicia

              thanks for the reply and keep up the good work.

            • Anonymous

              I am looking forward to it Ken!

        • Anonymous

          That is why the founders tried to limit government. They just didn’t do a good enough job. “if you can keep it” resounds clearly in my mind. With the media we have, most people don’t hear about a lot of it. It usually comes out several decades later, but by then the new generation, who isn’t taught it, is dealing with a new set of problems thinking this is the first time.

          The stories that you could tell, are probably closely related to the kind of things that people tell about every day on the AJ show. They will often go to him when nobody else will listen.

          Idealistically, I am a bit more extreme than AJ, or Ron Paul. I believe that governments are the epitome of human nature. Therefor they can never be trusted to do the right thing. I believe that it is only with this viewpoint that you can make sense of what government does. Otherwise, you will lead a political life of frustration.

          Obama’s administration is definitely more obvious about it, and certainly doesn’t cover his tracks well. I believe as the criminal behavior gets to a certain level, more people will break and blow the whistle as well. Such as the case with fast and furious. It just becomes so intense that there is no denying it anymore. The next administration will have the same problem.

  • Anonymous

    AJ has had a few experts on talking about this. The bottom line is that the drug cartels don’t need the US government to get military weapons. They have plenty of sources, and buy a lot more than most know about. Maybe our government trades for drugs, money laundering, or whatever they need to control certain situations.

    Why do people think that this kind of behavior just started when Obama took over?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YGATSUTKIDXGK3MCOS634SH4QM Alicia

    i have just reached a new level of pissedness(real word?)

  • http://www.facebook.com/shelly.sands1 Shelly Sands

    We have the most incompotent bunch of idiots running the show. I’m so angered by this I don’t dare write out what I really think.

  • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

    “Grandpappy told my pappy, back in my day, son
    A man had to answer for the wicked that he done
    Take all the rope in Texas
    Find a tall oak tree, round up all of them bad boys
    Hang them high in the street for all the people to see that”

    I like the way you deal the news KeninMontana!

    Am I the only one screaming “treason”? I sure hope not.

    • KenInMontana

      Heh, Toby Keith’s “Beer for my horses”, one of my favorite songs. :)

      • http://no-apologies-round2.blogspot.com/ AmericanborninCanada

        Mine too. Love Toby and Willie :-)

    • KenInMontana

      Heh, Toby Keith’s “Beer for my horses”, one of my favorite songs. :)

  • Anonymous

    This is all part of ‘his’ war against the border states. And I do mean ‘war’. What is so disturbing is that watching those guys today give their testimony and know that the higher ups knew and let it happen.

    I know the big concern from Issa is to see how high up it went? But, that we have people in place who carry out the laws of this nation knowingly breaking the very laws that they swore to uphold. All for the the possible outcome as a political chit to be called in by this president?? My gosh, are we so far down the track we can’t recover from this??

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BFSQ6EKSNOWT6KT6ULQC3G52W4 a15254

    hillary and the demonicrats will support anything to destroy the second amendment and the lazy ass republicans won’t lift a finger.

  • Anonymous

    As children they were told the WORLD is your oyster, and they believe that they can rule the world, they don’t see any down side for them, they’ll do anything, deal with any devil to attain that end. It remains to be seen how many will stand in their way. Stay strong, an oak tree bends in the wind, and becomes stronger!