Bob Owens

The saddest truth in politics is that people get the leaders they deserve

DOJ violated IEEPA and Kingpin Acts in Fast and Furious Plot

Written By: Bob - Dec• 05•11

Fast and Furious just keeps getting worse for Eric Holder and the Department of Justice, as PJ Media finds that the Obama Administration committed even more felony violations that previously thought in their gun-running scheme to arm the Sinaloa drug cartel.

I refer to the apparent violation of at least one (probably two) major U.S. laws by the Holder Justice Department. A few years ago, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701, the follow-on to the Trading with the Enemy Act) was expanded in order to criminalize any transactions between U.S. entities — to include departments and agencies of the U.S. government — and all foreign drug cartels.

I am familiar with these prohibitive statues because several years ago, while serving as the senior drug analyst for the Senate Intelligence Committee, I was tasked to initiate and became the principal drafter of legislation which became known as the Kingpin Act (21 U.S.C. §§ 1901-08). The Kingpin Act is an extension of the highly successful IEEPA sanctioning program specifically targeting Colombian drug cartels. It expands sanctions authority against various drug cartel operations worldwide — including Mexico — which have been determined by the president to be threats to the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States.

A violation of any of the IEEPA sanctioning programs or the Kingpin Act carries stiff penalties, both criminal and civil, and potentially totaling decades in prison and tens of millions of dollars in fines.

If the American people were paying any attention at all, they’d view the Department of Justice with the same level of disgust they reserve for child murderers.

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