Bob Owens

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

Before he was murdered with them, ICE Agent Jaime Zapata intercepted weapons from one of the Texas-based “Fast and Furious” gun-walking plots

Written By: Bob - Jun• 15•12

Mike Vanderboegh does it again, breaking another exclusive in the Fast and Furious investigation that shows deception inside Janet Napolitano’s Department of Homeland Security in regards to the various Obama Administration gun-walking plots:

Congressional investigators permitted to view Department of Homeland Security documents related to the Fast and Furious operation have located and seen an Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) Report of Investigation (ROI) from August 2010 describing 80 weapons seized in an arms smuggling interdiction between Phoenix, Arizona and San Antonio, Texas. Of these weapons, the majority (approximately 50) were noted to have come from Operation Fast & Furious in Arizona, purchased by Uriel Patino and Jacob Chambers. The ROI was written and signed by Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Jaime Zapata, who was shot dead in an ambush at a fake roadblock in San Luis Potosí, Mexico on 15 February 2011. At the time of the report, Agent Zapata was assigned to the Laredo office.

Two of the weapons found at the murder scene were later traced back to Texas — One was purchased in August 2010 near Houston on behalf of accused drug dealer Manuel Gomez Barba, and the other in October 2010 by a Dallas trafficking ring that included Otilio Osorio and his brother Ranferi. Much like Fast and Furious, both groups had been under ATF surveillance for many months, although ATF officials in Texas later denied that any gunwalking happened in their state. United State Senator John Cornyn has pressed Eric Holder and DOJ for details on any gunwalking in Texas. So far, he has been met with denials or silence.

The Department of Homeland Security, ICE and the Department of Justice have long denied that the case of Jaime Zapata had anything to do with Fast and Furious. The discovery of this ROI by Zapata, “puts the lie to that (expletives deleted) by Napolitano and Holder,” according on source who spoke with this reporter on conditions of absolute anonymity.

If there there was any legitimacy in how journalism awards were given out, Mike Vanderboegh and David Codrea would have their fireplace mantles groaning under the weight of their accolades for the work they’ve done exposing these scandals.

Perhaps President Romney can one day thank them for their service and diligence with a Presidential Medal of Freedom. I can’t think of any patriots more deserving.

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  1. Thank you Bob for giving credit where it is due. Mike and Dave have done all of the heavy lifting and the johnny come latleys suck up all the credit.

  2. W W Woodward says:

    Thank you for giving credit where credit is due. If it weren’t for all the “banging of pots and pans” (as David calls it) done by David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh, the so-called authorized media as well as members of congress would have never been made aware of the illegal gun-walking done in ATF’s operation “Fast and Furious”.


  3. rumcrook says:

    And to reiterate the real reason this plan was implemented so it doesn’t get forgotten,

    Obama wanted to purposely sew death destruction and mayhem in Mexico so as to have an astroturfed crisis with which he could use to restrict or ban firearms here in the u.s

    Mexican deaths were afeature of the plan not a failure.

  4. John says:

    Out of idle curiosity, I’d like to know how the bad guys knew where and when to wait for Mr. Zapata? And why this doesn’t seem to occur to anybody else?