One-Month-Per-Gun Is Unprecedented

Plea Bargain Instead of Trial Stuns Public

Sentence Lighter Than Citizens Get for Paperwork Errors

Smuggler’s Guns Involved in Agent Terry’s Murder

Drug Lords Laughing at Us

“News” media ask no questions, see no problems
In  early morning news that went unchallenged by the mainstream press,  Jaime Avila Jr., 25, a ring leader caught red-handed in the Fast and  Furious government gun-smuggling operation, was allowed on Wednesday to  take a plea agreement with just over a month of punishment for each of  52 AK-47-type rifles he is known to have smuggled to drug lords. Two of  Avila’s smuggled guns were found at the scene of the murder of U.S.  Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
Government officials who  organized and abetted Avila’s smuggling operation, and perpetrated the  criminal scheme, have not been brought to justice or even charged in the  crimes. Some have been promoted and given raises. Others have been  transferred. Some have resigned, taken other high-profile positions in  government, or moved into lucrative areas of the private sector. Critics  have expressed doubts that officials will suffer any consequences from  the criminal operations. If Wednesday’s sentencing by Obama’s Justice  Department is any indication, they may be correct.
The AK-47 is a  “commie gun,” made in communist or former communist countries, like  communist red China, Romania, Bulgaria, the former Soviet Union, and  imported around the world, including to the United States. The notion  that it “comes from” the U.S., constantly reported in news stories, is  patently false, since this country, Mexico, and all others, are just way  stations in the worldwide transit of these “commie guns,” as they are  known.
Former president Bill Clinton recently derided  congressional Republicans for their concerns about communist activity,  saying, “no one has seen a communist for more than a decade,” and was  cheered by democrats at the Obama fund raiser where the exciting but  specious remark was made.
Sometimes  inaccurately referred to as “assault rifles,” the AK-47 fires one shot  at a time, the same as virtually all other consumer and sport-utility  firearms. Assault, firearms-experts note, is a kind of behavior, not a  kind of hardware. Mexican drug lords prefer the communist-design AK-47  over the U.S. standard military issue AR-15, providing economic stimulus  to those countries.
Arizona Republic reporter Michael Keifer, in  covering the local Fast and Furious story, made no mention of the fact  that each count of straw purchase or gun smuggling carried out by Avila  and his handlers carries a potential five-year federal felony sentence.  He did not ask or find out why regular federal sentences were not handed  down in this extraordinarily high-profile case. He instead referred to  the single four-year nine-month plea deal as a 57-month, or less than  five-year arrangement. It could have been 260 years.
The news  media has been constantly chided, even ridiculed, for its soft handling  of government malfeasance in this case, the worst of its kind in  history. Mainstream-media spokespeople categorically reject such  charges.
Fast and Furious was used by the Obama administration to  insist that U.S. gun laws are inadequate, and to call for more laws to  control the public, until it was exposed as a government-run  gun-smuggling program. Indeed, new consumer gun laws were implemented by  a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives bureaucracy  “demand letter,” without an act of Congress, forcing four border states  to create a gun registry. That registry is specifically banned by  federal law (18 U.S.C. §926, 1986). Why Avila was given a plea deal for  less than the penalty of a single smuggling charge was unreported, and  remains unexplained.
Along with illegally buying 52 rifles,  perjuring himself on the paperwork (a separate offense), transferring  the firearms to the real purchasers (a separate offense), who could not  buy the guns themselves (a separate offense) he solicited others to  participate in the scheme (a separate offense), which Keifer’s report  indicated was an aggravating circumstance, but which apparently did not  enhance the charges or penalties meted out.
The fact that two of  the guns were found at the scene of the Terry murder apparently did not  warrant any additional charges, or deter the government from giving the  smuggler an easy plea deal. Why the entire force of the Obama Justice  Department was not brought to bear in a trial was unknown.
According  to sources who wish to remain anonymous, a trial would have exposed  facts about the case that government perpetrators of the Fast and  Furious scheme want to remain secret.
Avila’s attorney, Candice Shoemaker, was not reached for comment.
One  week earlier, on Dec. 5, another criminal in the operation was also  given an extremely light sentence in a plea agreement, but that story  only received a three-inch blurb instead of a headline in the state  newspaper, for reasons that were unexplained at press time. Julio Jose  Carrillo got a 46-month sentence, or three years and 10 months, for  smuggling 41 guns, and committing the same five-year federal felonies  with his handlers as Avila did, as part of the same BATFE government-run  gun smuggling operation. All the questions in the Avila case are  present in the anomalies in the Carrillo plea deal.
According to  sources who wish to remain anonymous, a trial would have  exposed facts about Carillo’s case that government perpetrators of the  scheme  want to remain secret. His attorney’s name was not released in the  Associated Press “news” report, but could likely be found in court  records if the reporter, who was unnamed in the story, cared to look.
The  smuggled guns led to repeated public speeches by  Mexican president  Calderon, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Attorney General Eric  Holder and President Barack Obama, calling for new laws to control the  public and limit the right to keep and bear arms. The smuggled guns,  they claimed, were proof of an “iron river,” fueling the Mexican drug  war. (The failed multi-billion-dollar  decades-long government-run war  on some drugs was not part of that narrative.) That iron-river claim  ended when the gun-running scheme blew up, and it was revealed that the  guns were actually smuggled by the U.S. Justice Dept.
Sources  close to the investigation have suspected since the beginning, that a  scheme of this magnitude, and the repeated public speeches it generated,  were planned at the highest levels of government, to create political  capital needed to implement new gun laws. Resistance to new anti-rights  gun laws has been great in Congress for many years.
To date, no  evidence has been brought forth to confirm such suspicions. With trials  now impossible for these two low-level smuggling operatives, due to the  protection they now enjoy thanks to constitutional rules against  double-jeopardy trials, such evidence may never materialize.
Permission to circulate this report is granted.

Alan Korwin

The Uninvited Ombudsman

Publisher, Bloomfield Press