Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News has dropped another bomb on the Obama Administration, confirming that the weapons used to gun down ICE agents Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila came from one of several other long-rumoured “Fast and Furious” type gun-walking operations, this one from Texas.
Prosecutors recently sentenced a Texas man, Manuel Barba, for trafficking a weapon connected to the murder of Immigration and Customs (ICE) Agent Jaime Zapata. Nobody was more astonished to learn of the case than Zapata’s parents, who didn’t know that Barba had been arrested or linked to their son’s murder.
In a related development, CBS News has obtained documents showing that Barba was under ATF surveillance for at least six months before a rifle he trafficked was used in Zapata’s murder. Zapata’s government vehicle was ambushed by suspected cartel thugs in Mexico Feb. 15, 2011.
Documents indicate ATF opened its case against Barba, entitled “Baytown Crew,” in June of 2010. During the investigation, court records state Barba recruited straw purchasers and “facilitated the purchase and exportation of at least 44 firearms” including assault rifles. On August 20, 2010 Barba took delivery of the WASR-10 semi-automatic rifle later used in Zapata’s murder, obliterated its serial number, and sent it to Mexico with nine others just like it. Nearly two months later, on Oct. 8, 2010, ATF agents recorded a phone call in which Barba “spoke about the final disposition of … firearms to Mexico and also about the obliterating of the serial numbers before they were trafficked.” Barba told straw purchasers the guns were destined for the Zeta drug cartel.
A warrant wasn’t issued for Barba’s arrest until four months later; coincidentally, the day before a rifle he trafficked was used against Zapata.
BATF had also been tracking Otilio Osorio, Ranferi Otilio, and Kelvin Leon Morrison as part of one of the Texas-based gun-walking plots, and one of their guns also turned up at the site of the ICE ambush that left Zapata dead and Avila seriously injured.
Eric Holder must be held in contempt of Congress, impeached for abuse of power, obstruction of justice and violating his oath of office, then face felony criminal charges in the United States and Mexico for his role in these gun-walking plots.
Barack Obama must be impeached for abuse of power and violating his oath of office. Afterward, he should face felony charges in both the United States and Mexico for the hundreds of dead civilians and now two federal agents confirmed killed as a result of his Administration’s gun-walking plots.
These men are not just political opponents of Republicans. They are a clear and present danger to the national security of the United States of America.