Trayvon: 46 Days; Fast and Furious: 527 Days and Counting

American Thinker

The Attorney General of the State of Arizona  should charge the Attorney General of the United States with negligent  homicide in the deaths of Agents Terry, Zapata and Mexican  nationals.

Sound  extreme?

Not  really. The government sanctioned program of allowing convicted felons to sell  guns to drug cartels without interdiction resulted in cold-blooded murder, yet  no one has been charged. Contrast that with the frenzied rush to judgment in the  Trayvon Martin case.

The  16-month Fast and Furious investigation has been virtually drip, drip, drip. In  addition, the Mexican government has been eerily quiet about gun walking weapons  used to kill its own citizens. Congressman Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House  Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, keeps threatening to get to the  bottom of it and the mainstream media folks won’t touch anything not approved by  the regime.

But fortunately  for us, the Obama administration decided to exploit the Trayvon Martin  tragedy.

The  barrage of protests, press conferences, high level official confabs and media  headlines demanding George Zimmerman’s arrest for the shooting of  17-year old Martin provide a sharp contrast to the last year and a half of  perjured testimony, media blackouts and stonewalling by the DOJ in the  gunwalking fiasco.

AG  Eric Holder’s minions made the laughable assertion on numerous  occasions that Fast and Furious was a “political sideshow and witch hunt.”  But Rep. Issa and Sen. Grassley’s efforts to ‘hunt’ higher-ups through the rule  of law can’t even compare to New Black Panther Mikhail Muhammad inciting others  to go after Zimmerman and kill him.

Side  by side timelines of the two situations bring to mind a recent comment by an  ousted Venezuelan supreme court justice now seeking asylum in the United States  in exchange for inside info on Hugo Chavez.  Eladio Aponte described what it’s like trying to dole out due process in his  former country.

“Justice  is nothing. Justice is a ball of putty because it can be molded for or against,”  said Mr. Aponte on the broadcast. “I don’t think the [separation of powers]  exists.”

Sounds  like Holder and Hugo Chavez look at justice the same way.

I.  Trayvon Martin: 46 days

(Note:  The timeline below from 2/26/12 to 3/21/12 is from Orlando Sentinel)

Feb.  26

Police  are called to 1231 Twin Trees Lane, Sanford, after a report of shots fired. They  arrive to find Trayvon Martin, 17, shot dead. A press release that night says  that “there was an altercation between the two males and shots were fired.”  George Zimmerman, though not named, is referred to as a  “suspect.”

Feb.  27

A  police spokesman publicly identifies Trayvon and Zimmerman, who is referred to  as “the man who fired the gun.”

Feb.  29

Police  confirm that Zimmerman was “serving in the role of neighborhood watch” when the  shooting occurred. Trayvon, police say, “was here visiting friends of the family  for the week.”

March  8

Tracy  Martin, Trayvon’s father, holds a news conference in Orlando, calling on Sanford  police to arrest Zimmerman for murder. “We feel justice hasn’t been served,” he  tells reporters.

March  10

Members  of the New Black Panther Party gather outside Sanford police headquarters to  increase pressure on authorities. The party’s southern regional minister calls  the case a “miscarriage of justice.”

March  13

Police  complete their investigation, turning the case over to the State Attorney’s  Office for the 18th Circuit. A spokeswoman promises “a through, deliberate and  just review.”

March  14

Nearly  400 people, including many influential local civil-rights leaders and pastors,  pack the Allen Chapel AME Church in Sanford to call for Zimmerman’s arrest.  Meanwhile, witness Mary Cutcher tells local a television station that police  took only a short statement from her after the shooting and had ignored her  calls. “I know this was not self-defense,” she says.

March  15

Cutcher  appears on CNN. Sanford police issue a statement calling her remarks in the  media “inconsistent”with her sworn testimony. Zimmerman’s father delivers a  statement to the Orlando Sentinel, insisting that his son is not a racist and  did not “follow or confront” Trayvon Martin.

March  16

Lawyers  for Trayvon’s family hold a news conference, once again demanding an arrest.  They accuse police of siding with Zimmerman and trying to intimidate witnesses  by discrediting Cutcher’s remarks publicly.

That  night, Sanford police release 911 calls from the night of the shooting. In one  call, Zimmerman acknowledges following Trayvon and is told by the dispatcher not  to continue doing so. One of the calls received that night also included the  sound of screams for help, followed by at least one gunshot. Whether it’s the  voice of Trayvon or Zimmerman calling for help is in dispute.

March  18

Several  hundred gather in Titusville for a rally at St. James AME Church, aiming to prod  State Attorney Norm Wolfinger, whose office covers Seminole and Brevard  counties, to file charges.

March  19

The  Seminole County Sheriff’s Office releases additional 911 calls made by Zimmerman  in prior incidents. In four, he reports “suspicious” persons in or near the  Retreat at Twin Lakes neighborhood.

Meanwhile,  a source close to the investigation confirms to the Orlando Sentinel that the  gun that killed Martin was fired only once on the night of the shooting,  contradicting family attorneys’ claims  that Zimmerman fired a “warning shot.”

The  U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division and the FBI decide to  investigate the killing of the Miami Gardens teenager.

Florida  Gov. Rick Scott asks the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to offer  “appropriate resources” in the case.

March  20


A  girl identified as Trayvon Martin’s girlfriend speaks to ABC News. She says she  was talking to the teen in the lead up to the shooting. Trayvon, she says, told  her “some man was watching him.” Later, she said she heard what sounded like  Zimmerman pushing Trayvon.

At  a rally in Sanford, the NAACP calls for the firing of Sanford Police Chief Bill  Lee Jr. The rally was followed by a march to the Sanford Police  Department.

State  Attorney Norm Wolfinger’s office announced a Seminole County grand jury will investigate the shooting, about 12 hours  after the U.S. Department of Justice announced that it will review the case for  any possible civil rights violations.

Rep.  Corrine Brown and Sanford city leaders meet with U.S. Department of Justice  representatives.

March  21

A  Sentinel investigation reveals new details about Zimmerman’s past, including  money problems and issues involving domestic violence in a previous  relationship.

That  night Sanford City Commission votes “no confidence” in embattled police Chief  Lee.

Martin’s  parents attend a ‘million hoodie march’ in New York City.  Trayvon’s father  TraceyMartin states “we will not stop until we get justice for  Trayon.”

March  23

Angela  Corey appointed as special prosecutor by Florida Governor Rick  Scott.

Barack  Obama addresses Martin shooting in the White House Rose Garden.  Relays a message to the parents. “If I had a son he would look like Trayvon.”  Then says, “I’m glad that not only the Justice Department is looking into it, I  understand now that the governor of the State of Florida has formed a task force  to investigate what is taking place.

March  24

New  Black Panther Party (NBPP) offers a $10,000 reward for the capture of George  Zimmerman. Group hands out ‘Wanted: Dead or Alive’ posters on steps of Sanford  City Hall. Also calls for 5,000 black men to organize and search for the  Neighborhood Watch volunteer.

March  26

NBPP  southern regional director Mikhail Muhammad appears on CNN with Anderson Cooper.  Says when “the  people find him [Zimmerman] he may not be alive.”

April  11

George  Zimmerman arrested on 2nd degree murder charges. Corey holds  live press conference. She promises “those sweet parents” she will get justice  for Trayvon.  Confirms Zimmerman is in custody.

II.  Brian Terry, Jaime Zapata, Mexican citizens: 527 days and  counting

November  2009

ATF  leadership in Mexico started noticing an “abnormal” number of weapons flowing  from Phoenix into Mexico as early as the end of 2009. The guns were being  “beelined” straight to drug cartels. Mexican authorities began  to seize Fast and Furious guns at violent crime  scenes.

Spring  2010

Acting  ATF Director Kenneth Melson goes to Mexico; tells Mexican ATF personnel the  Phoenix operation is essentially going well. ATF agents in Mexico tell Melson  about the high number of weapons found at crime scenes being traced back to  Phoenix.

The  Department of Justice’s Office of Enforcement Operations (OEO) approved wiretap applications in this case signed on behalf  of Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division DOJ Lanny  Breuer.

Summer  2010

Michael  Walther, the director of the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC), wrote  three memos to Holder in which he mentions Operation Fast and  Furious.

Lanny  Breuer, the Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division DOJ met with ATF personnel in Mexico. The  agent recalled Breuer said they had “a good case” out of Phoenix. According  to the agent’s statements Breuer clearly was referring to Fast and  Furious.

Concerned  ATF agents are told the case would be shut down in August,  2010.

Nov-Dec.  2010

Sen.  Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is contacted by whistleblowers within ATF about the tactics used in Operation Fast  and Furious.

December  14, 2010

Border  Patrol Agent Brian Terry along with three other agents in Peck Canyon, near Rio  Rico, Arizona, encountered a group of five suspected drug smugglers carrying  weapons. The lawmen identified themselves as federal agents. The suspects did  not drop their guns; at least one of them fired at the agents and fatally  wounded Terry.

December  15, 2010

Emails exchanged between ATF agents at 7:45PM confirm two  of the weapons found at the scene of Terry’s murder were purchased by straw  buyer Jaime Avila as part of Operation Fast and Furious.

December  22, 2010

Head  of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano attends Brian Terry’s funeral in Detroit Michigan. Promises  “swift justice for those responsible for his death.”

Jan.  2011

Grassley meets with Holder and DOJ officials to discuss the  whistleblower allegations.

U.S.  Rep. Gabrielle Giffords is shot while meeting with constituents in Tucson. ATF  agents were worried she might have been shot by a gun sold through  Operation Fast and Furious. This turned out not to be the case. A group  supervisor with the ATF Phoenix Field Division told congressional investigators that after the Terry murder agents were nervous.  “And then there was a sense like every other time, even with Ms. Giffords’  shooting, there was a state of panic, like, oh, God, let’s hope this is not a  weapon from that case.”

Sen.  Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking member of the Judiciary  Committee, writes  a letter to ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson  requesting a briefing due to allegations that ATF greenlighted the sale of  hundreds of assault weapons through straw purchasers. Two of the guns were  allegedly involved in Brian Terry’s death according to the ATF  whistleblowers

Four  days later Grassley writes another letter saying whistleblowers are being  targeted by agency.

February  4, 2011

DOJ  sends a letter to Grassley; denies that the ATF would knowingly sell  assault weapons to straw purchasers and that the agency makes every effort to  prevent weapons from going to Mexico. Information in the letter, later  found to be false, leads to the resignation of U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke and  chief of Arizona’s criminal division Patrick Cunningham.

February  15, 2011

U.S.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata shot to death while  driving on a highway near the northern city of San Luis Potosi. Guns retrieved  at the crime scene were later traced to an ATF gun walking operation out of  Texas similar to Fast and Furious.

February  23 2011

More  than 1,000 Mourners attend Zapata’s funeral including Janet Napolitano, Eric  Holder and ICE Director John Morton.

CBS  Evening News airs its first piece on Operation Fast and Furious  that includes interviews with ATF whistleblowers who say they warned  supervisors of potential problems

Holder  asks the DOJ’s Inspector General to investigate Operation Fast and Furious.

March  2011

Holder questioned about the gun walking program by Senator Kay Bailey  Hutchison at a Committee hearing.

Rep  Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) sends first letter to ATF’s acting-director Kenneth  Melson requesting documents pertaining to the origin of Fast and Furious and who  authorized it. Issues first subpoena on Fast and Furious to DOJ for documents he  requested earlier.

President Obama is asked about Fast and Furious on Univision. Says  “there may be a situation here in which a serious mistake was made. If that’s  the case, then we’ll find — find out and we’ll hold somebody  accountable.”

May  3, 2011

Holder testifies before the House Judiciary Committee saying, “I’m  not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the  first time over the last few weeks.”

June  15, 2011

The  House Oversight Committee questioned ATF agents about the tactics used under the  operation and their efforts to stop them. Assistant Attorney General Ronald  Weich testified that the DOJ was doing everything in its power to assist Issa  with his investigation.

June  29, 2011

Asked  about the gun walking investigation, President Obama says he will not comment because the matter is still  pending.

July  2011

Melson  meets with Issa and Grassley and his personal attorney. The next day Issa and  Grassley send a letter to Eric Holder. Recapping Melson’s testimony they asserted Melson told them  the DOJ was muzzling ATF leadership.  ATF agents had witnessed the transfer  of weapons to straw purchasers to third parties without interdiction and ATF  agents were operating Fast and Furious under the direction of the Arizona U.S.  Attorney’s office.

Issa  and Grassley release a joint staff report on The Department of Justice’s  Operation Fast and Furious Fueling Cartel Violence.

August  2011

Holder  transfers Melson out of his position as acting director and Arizona U.S.  Attorney Dennis Burke resigns.

September  2011

A  Friday night document dump reveals communications between ATF Special Agent in Charge  of the Phoenix Office Bill Newell who led Fast and Furious and former White  House National Security Staffer Kevin O’Reilly. O’Reilly recently assigned to  Iraq was not available for comment.

October,  2011

President  Obama says he has full confidence in Attorney General Eric Holder on Fast and  Furious.

November  8, 2011

Holder  testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Blames the lack of adequate gun  control laws for the operation. Lawmakers should strengthen “statutory tools” to  stop guns going into Mexico. Regrets Agent Terry’s death, does not offer outright  apology.

December 2011

Holder testifies at a House Judiciary Committee on December 8. Rep.  Jim Sensenbrenner threatens impeachment.

CBS  releases report suggesting Fast and Furious linked to gun control. Cites a July  14, 2010 email from ATF Field Ops Assistant Director (later reassigned) to ATF  Special Agent in Charge Bill Newell (later reassigned) looking for “anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on  long gun multiple sales.”

FBI  Director denies a third gun was recovered at the scene of Brian  Terry’s murder.

January  2012

Chief  of the Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office criminal division Patrick Cunningham becomes the first Fast and Furious official to plead the  fifth. Late in the month he resigns.

Congressman  Issa sends 4-page letter to Eric Holder threatening contempt charges if he does not hand over tens of  thousands of documents by February 9.

February  1, 2012

Parents  of Agent Brian file a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice and its  Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms seeking $25 million in compensation for  their son’s death.

February  2, 2012

Holder  testifies before Issa’s Committee on Oversight. Denies cover-up, states investigation has become  “political.”

March  2012

Los  Angeles Times reports federal agents including Phoenix Special Agent Hope  MacAllister stopped Manuel Celis-Acosta, the operation’s main target  seven months after Fast and Furious began and then let him go.

Issa  and Grassley send a letter to White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler asking  to speak directly to O’Reilly.

April  2012

Ruemmler  sends letter to Issa and Grassley refusing their request to speak with O’Reilly.  Some reports suggest Fast and Furious connection to White House getting stronger after rejection letter.

Congressman  Issa and Senator Grassley address an NRA convention promising the investigation  will not end until the “full truth” is known and those responsible including Eric  Holder are held accountable.


George  Zimmerman released on bond, awaiting trial.

No  charges and no arrests to date for the killings resulting from gun  walking program.

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One thought on “Trayvon: 46 Days; Fast and Furious: 527 Days and Counting

  1. Did Janet Reno stand trial for her crimes at Waco,Texas? Answer hell no! But Trust me she got hers through severe pain and suffering in Florida. I was not saddened a little bit by it either! Now lets see if this do nothing Congress will get anything done or will it slide just like hers and we can watch for his murderous hide to suffer an ill fated death which will be justified in Celabration!

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