Jimmy Zuma

Jimmy Zuma
Washington, District of Columbia,
August 01
After ten years haunting online political forums and much longer as a disability rights advocate, Jimmy Zuma started the online political journal, Smart v. Stupid. Since then, he has emerged as one of the left’s most direct new voices. Almost immediately, Jimmy was offered the opportunity to join the political team at Technorati where he writes DC Water Cooler, a weekly feature on what the politicians and pundits are talking about. Most recently, his columns began appearing in the Tucson Sentinel in Tucson Arizona. He is also an occasional contributor to OpEd News. Jimmy's goal is to return vetting to the marketplace of ideas, by elevating the status of smart ideas and debunking dumb ones.

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JUNE 28, 2012 8:58PM

Shocking new revelations about a Darrell Issa conspiracy

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Newly reported facts reveal Issa misstatements about Fast and Furious

June 28, Washington DC – Bombshell reporting in Fortune Magazineissa attrib stanford center for internet and society cropand the Washington Post sheds new light on the festering, wormy mess that is Darrell Issa’s Fast and Furious investigation. Fortune reports that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives operation was nothing like Issa has claimed. In fact, Fast and Furious was so different that it is virtually impossible for Chairman Issa to be so utterly misinformed. He appears to be lying.

Let’s catch up…

ATF never bought, held or had “2,000 guns”

Fortune reports that the “2000 guns” often named by Issa as having been a part of the program were actually guns that were purchased ordinarily by suspected straw purchasers who were under investigation. They were not guns purchased by ATF, with ATF funds, or for ATF investigations.

As it turns out, only five guns appear to have been purchased with ATF funds. They were all part of an operation conducted by ATF Agent John Dodson, congressman Issa’s ostensible “whistle-blower.” So it appears that John Dodson described his own operation, but made it sound like everyone was doing it. In reality, his investigation was the only example among seven ATF gunrunning units.

Given where he worked, Dodson too, could not have been honestly mistaken. Though not proven, he appears to have made inaccurate claims about the other 1,995 guns under investigation, which would be perjury if he had made them under oath instead of under federal protections for whistleblowers.

All of Dodson’s bait guns were lost and the investigation closed without an arrest. They – these five guns – were the only bait guns bought or lost by ATF, according to Fortune. (Notably, Dodson’s investigation proposal had been rejected by his immediate supervisor but approved by his supervisor’s supervisor.)

Guns recovered from the Brian Terry shooting were not ATF guns

Here’s the biggest shocker: Fortune reports that a transient named Jaime Avila purchased three WASR-10 rifles (an AK-47 knockoff) at a Glendale Arizona gun shop. A gun shop employee notified ATF by faxing the bill of sale conveying his suspicions. The serial numbers from these guns were entered into the Phoenix office gunrunning database from the faxed bill of sale.

These were not the Dodson guns. Agents never saw, touched, funded, or purchased the guns found at the Terry murder scene.

Based on prior experience, the agents knew they didn’t have a case against Avila yet. In Arizona, it is not against the law to buy guns with someone else’s money. Nor is it against the law to then give them away, even immediately.

The problem is Arizona

According to Fortune’s reporting, state laws in Arizona make it a mecca for gunrunners and its proximity to Mexico makes it ground zero for drug-cartel straw purchasers. There is no limit or waiting period, or any resale or gift limits. Fortune quotes ATF Agent Dave Voth, “In Arizona, someone buying three guns is like someone buying a sandwich.” The lax gun laws also made it almost impossible to prosecute the 31 men identified by ATF agents as suspected straw purchasers for the Sinaloa drug cartel. Prosecutors repeatedly declined or slow rolled these cases due to the impossible hurdles created by Arizona law.

Phoenix ATF chief says Justice Department didn’t lie

Today’s Washington Post reports that Agent William D. Newell, former head of the ATF Phoenix office said that there is no evidence that AG Eric Holder knew any details of his office’s efforts to stop straw purchases for the Sinaloa drug cartel. So when the Justice Department reported to the Oversight Committee that ATF didn’t buy guns or let them walk, it is perfectly reasonable to believe that they were reporting:

  • what they believed to be true,
  • what was true in each of seven ATF units charged with stopping drug-cartel straw purchases,
  • and what was true in all cases except for Dodson’s failed experiment.

You can’t convict gun runners in Arizona

Fortune discovered that ATF agents gathered evidence about one suspect who was on food stamps but had spent $300,000 for 476 firearms during the previous six months. A prosecutor declined to authorize an arrest because – according to Agent Voss – agents didn’t have clear evidence that the suspect hadn’t purchased the guns for himself. Even if he had, it turns out, Arizona law allowed him to change his mind and give them away immediately. The weakness of Arizona statutes and penalties creates an environment of unimpeachable impropriety.

Agent Newell confirmed that prosecutor’s offices (saddled by Arizona’s ineffective laws) were where arrests and prosecutions languished, not at the agent or field level.

Congress has now voted to hold AG Holder in contempt. The National Rifle Association promised to score the vote. In the end, it divided along NRA/non-NRA lines. The Mexican government estimates that 2,000 US-bought weapons cross the border into Mexico every day. It is not incidental that the NRA has an interest in maintaining those gun sales.

When it happened, Eric Holder was spending the day at Disneyworld. Darrell Issa was in Washington where the circus is in town. No kidding.

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So Arizona wants to control illegal immigration while at the same time making it impossible to actually arrest people that should be arrested and taken off the streets. What ever happened to logic?
Logic and politics self destruct on contact......;-)
Very helpful post. Thanks for shedding some light on this sordid mess.
It seems that one political party will lie, scheme, and do just about anything to consolidate their power. Issa needs to crawl back under the rock from whence he came.
Good information and quite clear that the members of the House and the Republican Party as a whole, including its house news service, has been cynically using the death of an agent to set up yet another in their ongoing political soap operas. Its really a simple matter of looking at the facts.
Sharing to FB. Rated.
Thanksabunch for this info!