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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Hidden Gem in News Story: Gunwalker Was Never a 'Sting'

In a news report published today by Florida's Sun Sentinel, a hidden gem contained in the story serves to highlight the fact that the Project Gunwalker scandal, also known as Operation Fast and Furious, was never a 'sting' as claimed by countless mainstream media outlets.
The Sun Sentinel story contains ATF allegations that over 2000 guns stolen from Florida citizens have been linked to various crimes scenes in other states around the country. But the hidden gem in the story that is directly related to Gunwalker is found buried in the 15th paragraph:
In December 2009, Washington, D.C., police and FBI agents arrested dozens of alleged gun traffickers and seized 123 guns in an undercover sting, according to The Washington Post.
Authorities posed as gun traffickers interested in buying illegal guns to sell to Mexican cartels. In the end, 44 people were arrested in the sting, and the trafficked weapons were traced to Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and Kentucky.
Two things in this quote are of key interest. One, the original Washington Post story states that it was the local D.C. Police Department and its Narcotics and Special Investigations Division that was responsible for the sting. The FBI provided assistance. Two, when law enforcement authorities set out to conduct a sting operation, complete with undercover officers who trace weapons to their intended destinations, arrests are inevitably made.
Undercover sting operations have become a routine tactic in law enforcement at every level, from local police departments to state law enforcement divisions, all the way up to the federal level. This is not new technology or rocket science. In this case, it was the D.C. police department that successfully implemented a sting operation that traced guns to criminals, resulting in the arrest of 44 criminals engaged in gun trafficking.
So, how does this tie in to the Gunwalker scheme?

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Friday, October 21, 2011

NOTICE! For all of you Codrea and Vanderboegh Fans...Both Featured Together on the Radio Tomorrow Morning! Listen in!

Ok, folks, heads up.

The big interview with David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh will be IN THE MORNING on WFHT-AM 1390 in Orlando-Avon Park, Florida, AND ON THE INTERNET.

This is the show for which I am a regular contributor called 'A Voice for Freedom' featuring hosts Lori Hendry and Ginger Carlisle.

The show begins at 11 AM, but note a special change. THIS WEEK THE SHOW WILL BE 2 HOURS IN LENGTH. David and Mike will be on the SECOND HOUR, starting at 12 Noon Eastern.

We already had the show planned for this week, but breaking news regarding the Gunwalker scandal was so important that we decided to broadcast it tomorrow as well, in a special edition immediately following the regular hour.

Click here for the 'A Voice for Freedom' website. There you will find all of the information, including the button you can use to listen to the show online. You can even listen to it later at another time and date by going to the archives.

Regular Liberty Sphere readers are already fully aware of Mike and David. This is an opportunity to hear them together, discussing the history of the Gunwalker story and providing all of the latest insider news about the scandal.

Hope you will join us.

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Breaking news--ATF 'prior knowledge' of cash in pipeline for Gunwalker plot

In a breaking news story reported today it was revealed that the ATF--the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives--had prior knowledge that cash was in the pipeline, multi-thousands of dollars from taxpayers, for the Gunwalker scheme known as 'Operation Fast and Furious.' 
New information has just been disclosed from ATF whistleblowers and other sources inside the government indicating that in 2009 ATF agents on the ground who were involved in the Gunwalker scheme were aware that money from the federal government would be made available to straw purchasers, unnamed, faceless patsies that the federal government used to buy and smuggle weapons into Mexico. These persons used the government money supplied by taxpayers to buy large quantities of weapons from gun stores in Arizona, weapons that would be walked across the border where they would be placed into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
Two key figures are central to the discovery of this new information: Hope MacAllister of the Phoenix Field Division of the ATF, and Andre Howard, owner of the Lone Wolf Trading Company in Glendale, Arizona, one of the many local gun store owners who was cooperating with the ATF in allowing straw purchases of weapons at their businesses.
A secret tape recently made public shows MacAllister admitting to Howard that there were 3 guns, not 2 as the FBI maintains, recovered at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. The third gun never made it to the lab for analysis and has disappeared. It was this gun that ATF whistleblowers--agents who went public with the corruption inside the agency--contend came from the Gunwalker scheme, thus making the federal government responsible for the death of one of its own employees who was merely doing his job.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Only 2 Days Left

Yep, that's right. 2 days. That's it.

Read about it here.

The 2A News Roundup--Top Ten for Thursday, October 20, 2011

All guns and politics from the best gun rights and liberty bloggers on the Internet.

David Codrea reports a mind-boggling story of a health system (hospitals) that censors access to gun information from patients and visitors who use the Internet during their hospital stay.

Kurt Hofmann says that two Congressmen, one of which is none other than conservative freshman Trey Gowdy, R-SC, asked Obama some tough questions about the Gunwalker scandal.

WRSA has some soul-searching questions that each Patriot MUST ask of themselves as we go forward in the struggle to restore Constitutional law in this nation.

Way Up North is back in Alaska after a vacation in Hawaii, and here he posts a firing range report from his daughter--a young woman who is a gunny!

Mike Vanderboegh wants to know that if the 'needs of the state are so important,' then why not just go ahead and tattoo everybody with the mark of the beast? Freakin' good question!

Tam says she has some ammo that perhaps someone could use.

John Jacob H has a pretty funny sign suggesting that a 'deer crossing' sign be moved to a more convenient place. LOL.

Days of our Trailers posts 'Gun Culture for Dummies.'

CLO reports on an amendment sponsored by Senator John Cornyn of Texas that would stop the ATF from implementing 'gun running' type strategies that led to the Gunwalker fiasco.

Pamela Geller says that the American Nazi Party has just ratcheted up its support for the Obama-endorsed 'Occupy Wall Street' gang that is part of a Marxist move to implement 'days of rage' akin to that which occurred in the Middle East.

Gunwalker: The Missing 3rd Gun at Brian Terry's Murder Scene

In the continually developing story of the Project Gunwalker scandal--or Operation Fast and Furious--the latest news today is that the Obama Administration is attempting to discredit the entire premise of an illegal operation by pointing to an error made by Congressman Darrell Issa's House committee concerning the '3rd gun' found at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
As previously reported, the guns found at the murder scene were part of the 2500-3000 U.S. weapons the DOJ and ATF allowed to 'walk' across the southern border, placing them into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
Initially the government reported that only 2 guns were recovered at the scene. However, secret tapes released recently prove that there was a 3rd gun and that ATF officials attempted to hide that fact. The 3rd gun was never officially reported. But it did exist.
In the following secret conversation made public between an ATF agent and a local gun store proprietor who was cooperating with the agency in its Fast and Furious operation, it is clear that something afoul occurred regarding the 3rd gun:

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Of Bachmann, Newt, Cain, Perry, and Paul

The Republican Presidential candidates met last evening in Las Vegas for a joint news conference, billed as a 'debate,' broadcast by CNN. Although fireworks ensued between Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, along with a few other barbs hurled Romney's way by Rick Santorum, the forum did not provide any new substantive information.
The candidates stuck to their campaign slogans and sound-bytes, which is only encouraged by the manner in which the media conducts these gatherings that are designed more as beauty contests rather than real discussions of the issues facing the nation. 
And, lest Democrats take this as some sort of vindication of Barack Obama, the President himself is the classic epitome of sound-byte slogans, providing little depth or logical explanations for his constant flip-flops, gaffes, and outright untruths he is known to utter.
Frankly, watching the forum last evening left me a bit disenchanted. I came away from the event thinking that when it comes to supporting someone for President, my initial reaction is 'none of the above'--not Obama, not Romney, not Cain, not Perry, not Paul.
But there are a few exceptions that give me a ray of hope. First, however, an analysis of the 'state of the candidates' at this point in the campaign.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

"A Wandering Minstrel"

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Big, Big, Big, BIG, REALLY BIG!! Did I say BIG????

Okay, this one is really big.


The radio show of which I am now a part will feature none other than David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh, the original reporters who broke the Gunwalker story, this coming Saturday morning at 11 AM Eastern, on WFHT-AM Radio 1390 in Orlando-Avon Park, Florida!

If you don't live in the Orlando area, no worries. The show can be heard in its entirety on the Internet both live AND afterward in the archives.

The topic of discussion, of course, will be the Gunwalker scandal and all of the latest news coming out of that.

You will not want to miss this show!

The show is 'A Voice for Freedom' with co-hosts Lori Hendry and Ginger Carlisle, along with yours truly, a regular contributor to the show.

Regular readers of The Liberty Sphere know both David and Mike very well. You will not want to miss this important show where BOTH of these patriots talk about their monumental work in getting this scandal in front of the public.

The 2A News Roundup--Top Ten for Tuesday, October 18, 2011

All guns and politics from the best gun rights and liberty bloggers on the Internet.

Perfection Under a Red Umbrella has a must read entitled, 'Obama Must Go--A Cabinet of Culprits.'

Suffolk County Liberty Report presents the very latest news on the Occupy Wall Street gang, complete with new clashes with police and Bloomberg's non-action.

Maddened Fowl posts the quote of the week--and it sets the record straight on Ronald Reagan's views on guns!

From Patriots Duty: 'Eric Holder, Beyond Fast and Furious.'

Every Blade of Grass has most interesting information on a book entitled 'Boston's Gun Bible' by 'Boston T. Party.'

Brigid provides some 'lead therapy.'

Nicki gives us a firing range report.

The Gun Blog Black List is a good place to see what all is happening in the world of shooty goodness. If you haven't seen it lately, go over there and take a look.

Mouseguns is another excellent resource for those interested in firearms. The site is named after Marshall 'Mousegunner' St. John.

Blonde Sagacity reports news on the latest poll showing the results of a head-to-head matchup between Barack Obama and Herman Cain.

Occupy Wall St. Malfeasance--Obama Gives Loans to Park Owners

The current world-wide phenomenon being billed as 'Occupy Wall Street,' which was originally conceived as the 'U.S. Days of Rage,' took a dramatic turn toward malfeasance yesterday when it was disclosed that Barack Obama had approved a multi-million dollar loan for the owners of Zuccotti Park in New York City--the site where most of the protesters have gathered.
The group has not been required to obtain appropriate permits from the city to gather in the park. Why?  
"Coming on the heels of the Solyndra debacle, the Obama administration has just approved a $168.9 million loan guarantee for the Granite Reliable wind farm project owned by Brookfield Asset Management (BAM).  Among its many holdings BAM owns Brookfield Renewable Power, which owns the Granite Reliable and it also owns Brookfield Office Properties, whose holdings include the now famous Zuccotti Park.  The Department of Energy finalized the loan guarantee less than a week after Occupy Wall Street protesters took to Zuccotti Park."
The plot thickened even more when it was disclosed that NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who told the protesters that they could stay as long as they like, has personal connections with the company that owns Zuccotti Park.
As reported by this writer on August 21 in an article entitled,'Beware the U.S. Days of Rage,' the Occupy Wall Street protest is tailor-made for Barack Obama and his long-time associates who have a clear history of engaging in disruptive activity to bring about 'social justice.' And, interestingly enough, Obama gave his blessing to the gathering over the weekend and has consistently supported the protests in speeches and other public comments. 
From the start, the Wall Street protests were envisioned to be closely akin to the 'days of rage' in the Middle East in the winter and spring, during which supposed 'ordinary citizens who long for freedom' took to the streets to oust various Muslim dictators from power. However, as the days of rage progressed it was discovered that something else was driving the disruptions in Cairo and other areas of the region--the Muslim Brotherhood, for one, which would impose Sharia Law if it rose to power.
The list of behind-the-scenes instigators of these 'protests' is a lengthy and familiar one...

Monday, October 17, 2011

Don't Be Misled--I'm At the Bottom Rung

It's true.

Read about it HERE.


The 2A News Roundup--Top Ten for Monday, October 17, 2011

All guns and politics, from the best gun rights and liberty bloggers on the Internet.

Mike Vanderboegh notes that someone very important has been totally silent about the Gunwalker scandal, which is unusual for him. It's BILLY!! Take a look.

Kurt Hofmann reports a news story about a man who only did what police have incessantly preached to citizens to do when confronted by criminals...which summarily got the man killed.

WRSA urges us to consider ALL possible eventualities when preparing for the coming collapse.

Karl Denninger, speaking of collapse, describes why the 'recovery' meme is old, worn-out, and useless given the fact we never had a 'recovery' and the economic situation only grows worse by the day.

CLO has some deeply insightful thoughts concerning the 'Great Society' that the Marxists are currently attempting to push down our throats.

Pamela Geller reports on the behind-the-scenes fight brewing between a brave Congresswoman who has introduced a bill to de-fund the U.N. and Hillary Clinton, who will fight to the death to preserve the modern symbol of the New World Order and the totalitarianism that goes with it.

From the Barrel of a Gun posts a pretty funny cartoon on how climate science grants are issued.

Days of our Trailers provides an update on the Second Amendment and the legal front.

Around O-Town has some important information showing the rank hypocrisy of the Occupy Wall Street crowd.  Note in particular the darling of the movement--Leftwing nutcase Michael Moore.

From Alphecca: 'If Only Cops Have Guns...'

Obama's Gunwalker Damage Control--"Nobody Knew"

As the Administration of Barack Obama continues to shift into damage control mode in light of the Project Gunwalker scandal, not only are officials seeking to blame George W. Bush, but the overall strategy seems to be to engage in the unanimous claim that 'nobody knew about it.'
Congressman Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland, appeared onCBS News' Face the Nation yesterday morning and provided viewers with a sample of the nature of the damage control in which the Administration and Democrats in Congress intend to engage. The following is a portion of the transcripts from the show during which Cummings told reporter Bob Schieffer that nobody in the top tier of the Justice Department knew anything about Operation Fast and Furious:
REPRESENTATIVE ELIJAH CUMMINGS: And so in other words, it-- it was hatched in the Phoenix office of the ATF. And the-- the sad part about it is that the supervisors in the Phoenix office never communicated with people higher up. And all the evidence that I've seen points that this was a more of a local issue that never got to higher-ups. And certainly there was nothing, that nobody has said that the attorney general was briefed about it.
BOB SCHIEFFER: Do you-- some people have actually said that Chairman Issa's on a witch hunt here. Do you-- do you agree with that?
REPRESENTATIVE ELIJAH CUMMINGS: I do. I think Chairman Issa has come up with some very unfortunate statements about the chief-- chief law enforcement officer in our country. And he's come up with these statements and then he goes in search of the facts. And we've seen this over and over again. For example, Bob, Mister Nelson who was in charge of the ATF has told us-- has told Mister Issa that he never communicated the controversial tactics with regard to Fast and Furious to attorney general holder. And as a matter of fact, fifteen folks in-- because you know why he didn't do it? Because he didn't know it. He didn't-- he didn't even know it. So then this is the head of ATF, and-- and we've also interviewed fifteen others in ATF, who said that-- that they didn't know it or it was not communicated either. This is and-- but yet and still, Chairman Issa goes out there and-- and Republicans accusing the highest law enforcement officer in the land of being an accessory to murder and things of that nature and calling for his resignation. All we want is what I said. We want a responsible and balanced investigation because we are the oversight and government reform committee. Bob, you cannot reform anything unless you have all the information. Just because if you don't like some facts you don't throw them out the door and say I'm not going to look at those. You look at the entire picture and that simply has not happened here.
Thus, the Administration's strategy for attempting to get itself off the hook in the scandal is to: 1). claim that Darrell Issa' investigation in the House is a 'witch hunt,' and 2). claim that the scandal was entirely localized to the Phoenix field division of the ATF, which failed to inform anyone at the Justice Department or the White House of the operation.
In short, according to Cummings, nobody in the upper echelon of the Administration knew.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Obama's Gunwalker Excuse--Blame Bush

As it has done with so many various problems facing the nation today, the 'blame Bush' mantra of the Obama Administration now had been extended to the Gunwalker fiasco--Operation Fast and Furious. Within the last 48 hours news has come to light that 'letting the guns walk' across the southern border into Mexico allegedly occurred twice, in 2006 and 2007, under the watch of former President George W. Bush.
Thus, when it was disclosed last week that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Attorney-General Eric Holder were directly implicated in the scandal, the machinery of the Obama Administration kicked into high gear, cranking out the release of certain documents showing that 'gun walking' was used by the ATF under the Bush Administration.
The problem, however, is that with these documents camemore proof of illegal activity on the part of the presentAdministration that far surpassed anything that happened under Bush. In the attempt to shift blame to the previous occupant of the White House, the present Administration has only further damaged itself.
As previously reported, the operation known as 'Gunrunner' was implemented during the first four years of the Bush Administration. Designed to track weapons into Mexico for the purpose of catching criminals in the drug cartels, Gunrunner was a sting operation that was made fully public. The Mexican government was also informed of the operation. The number of weapons involved was relatively small.
Confederate Yankee describes the Bush sting operation, which was known as 'Operation Wide Receiver':