The Council Has Spoken! This Week’s Watcher’s Council Results 06/24/11
From: The Watcher’s Council
The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and the results are in for this week, carved eternally in the records of cyberspace.
There’s a major scandal brewing in the Obama Administration and this week’s winner, Joshuapundit, explored the extraordinary details in Fast And Furious – How The Dept. Of Justice Ran Illegal Guns To Mexican Drug Gangs. Here’s a slice:
The US DOJ had a really bright idea. They put together an operation known as ‘Fast and Furious’ that allowed almost 2,000 illegally purchased weapons to be sold in gunshops to known straw buyers – people who legally purchase firearms and then sell them to unauthorized third parties – in Arizona and sent to Mexico, where the DOJ knew they were almost certainly going to end up in the hands of drug gangs. The idea was that the Department of Justice would record the serial numbers and eventually recover them from crime scenes and use them as evidence to build a conspiracy case that might take down the leaders of major drug cartels.
Accordingly, The DOJ’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives ( BATF) ordered its agents to ignore the purchase and subsequent smuggling of these weapons into Mexico, over the objections of many BATF agents who realized something their bosses were too stupid to comprehend – that the influx of weapons would lead to a spike in murder and mayhem across the border, that it would eventually spread across the border and that the sort of weapons being being purchased were going to allow the drug cartels to outgun the lightly armed Border Patrol. In fact, as BATF agents later testified, ATF supervisor David Voth implied in an e-mail that staff who objected to his orders would be fired.
What the agents who objected predicted is exactly what happened, as the body count mounted on both sides of the border and only a few relatively small time operators were apprehended with the smuggled weapons.
Two of the guns allowed to get into the hands of the drug cartels were used in a December 14, 2010 shoot-out that killed a US border patrol agent, Brian Terry. This lead to a congressional investigation by Rep. Darrell Issa and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which endured an incredible amount of stonewalling and outright untruths from the Department of Justice and the BATF, and squarely contradicted a Feb. 4, 2011, claim by a department spokesman that DOJ did not approve of the program that sanctioned the illegal sale here in America by legitimate gun dealers of assault weapons to representatives of Mexican drug cartels.
In our non-Council category, this weeks winning entry, The Palestinians of 1967 submitted by Joshuapundit was penned by Michael Totten and explored the beliefs and situation of ‘Palestinians’ who live in Judea and Samaria, particularly those whom live in Jerusalem but have refused Israeli citizenship. A wonderful read, accentuated by Totten’s always evocative photographs.
Here are this week’s full results:
- *First Place with 3 votes! Joshuapundit – Fast And Furious – How The Dept. Of Justice Ran Illegal Guns To Mexican Drug Gangs
- Second Place with 2 1/3 votes – Rhymes With Right – Union Mouthpiece Trashes Non-Union Workers In Boeing Dispute
- Third Place with 2 votes – The Noisy Room – The Manchurian Approach to National Security
- Fourth Place with 1 2/3 votes – The Glittering Eye – The Post-Antibiotic Age
- Fifth Place with 1 1/3 vote – GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD – The Coming War With Persia
- Sixth Place *t* with 2/3 vote – The Political Commentator – Peace talks with the Taliban? Why not hold them at a beach resort on Mars?
- Sixth Place *t* with 2/3 vote – Right Truth – Should we stay or should we go?
- Sixth Place *t* with 2/3 vote – Simply Jews – Jolly Roger strikes again – after a decent interval
- Sixth Place *t* with 2/3 vote – VA Right! – Virginia AG Cuccinelli Tells Pastors What Is Allowed From the Pulpit by LAW!
- Seventh Place *t* with 1/3 vote – The Razor – A Conspiracy of Idiots – The Fast And Furious Scandal
- Seventh Place *t* with 1/3 vote – New Zeal – Panetta Report 4: Leon Panetta’s Communist Friend and the Chinese Spy
- Seventh Place *t* with 1/3 vote – Snapped Shot – Extreme Astroturfing
- *First Place with 3 votes! – Michael Totten – The Palestinians Of 1967 submitted by Joshuapundit
- Second Place with 2 votes – Mark Steyn – Too Big To Win submitted by The Watcher
- Third Place with 1 2/3 votes – Pajamas Media – Never Forget the Power of the Mass Media to Distort Reality submitted by Simply Jews
- Fourth Place *t* with 1 1/3 vote – Truth Before Dishonor – Step Away From The Laptop submitted by The Colossus of Rhodey
- Fourth Place *t* with 1 1/3 vote – iOwnTheWorld – The Ultimate Sarah Palin Is Dumb, Dumber, the Dumbest submitted by Bookworm Room (warning, NSFW language)
- Fifth Place *t* with 1 vote – Small Wars Journal – Less Is Often More? submitted by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD
- Fifth Place *t* with 1 vote – Information Dissemination – The Navy is Losing the Narratives Battle submitted by The Glittering Eye
- Fifth Place *t* with 1 vote – Right, Wing Nut! – The Jon Huntsman Campaign: Why? submitted by Right Truth
- Sixth Place with 2/3 vote -Publius Forum – Video Interview: Eric O’Keefe and Getting Rid Of Obamacare With The Health Care Compact submitted by VA Right!
- Seventh Place *t* with 1/3 vote – Urban Grounds – What Budget Shortfall? Austin ISD Hiring No, Not Teachers – But Rather a PR Team submitted by Rhymes With Right
- Seventh Place *t* with 1/3 vote – Maggie’s Notebook – New Amnesty Rules: Obama Fatwa Creates Voters One Illegal at a Time: Obama Buys Hispanic Media submitted by The Watcher
- Seventh Place *t* with 1/3 vote – Gates Of Vienna – CounterJihad TV submitted by The Watcher
See you next week!