Archive for June 2012
“Project Gun Runner (Fast and Furious) was launched under the orders of President Barack Obama with the knowledge of Attorney General Eric Holder. Deputy Attorney General David Ogden announced the Obama Administration’s new and aggressive ‘comprehensive plan’ on March, 24, 2009. The plan was aimed at disrupting gun trafficking between the United States and Mexico.”
This is a transcript of DAVID OGDEN, DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL’s C-SPAN press conference.
“The President has directed us to take action to fight these cartels and Attorney General Holder and I are taking several new and aggressive steps as part of the administration’s comprehensive plan. Those steps include the following. DOJ’s Drug Enforcement Administration, which already has the largest US drug enforcement presence in Mexico with 11 offices in that country, is placing 16 new DEA positions in SW border field operations specifically to target Mexican trafficking and associated violence. The DEA is also deploying four new mobile enforcement teams to specifically target Mexican methamphetamine trafficking both along the border and the US cities impacted by the cartels. DOJ’s bureau of [BATFE] is increasing its efforts by adding 37 new employees and three new offices using $10 million dollars in Recovery Act funds and redeploying 100 personnel to the SW border in the next 45 days to fortify his Project Gunrunner which is aimed at disrupting arms trafficking between the United States and Mexico. ATF is doubling its presence in Mexico itself from 5 to 9 personnel working with the Mexicans specifically to facilitate gun tracing activity which targets the illegal weapons and their sources in the United States.”
Extensive information obtained during the recent Motion to Dismiss.
This case goes to trial in July 2012.
The Reese Family trial starts in mid-July, nearly a year after their arrests. They no longer have public defenders. Each defendant has his/her own private attorney. Terri Reese has been out on bond for several months and is in Alburquerque preparing for trial.
Last week, all four defendents were in Court. A Motion to Dismiss the conspiracy charges was argued. The outcome of that Motion is not yet known. There are several other Motions that will need to be argued prior to picking a jury next month.
Everyone is encourage to attend this trial in person to hear both sides of the story.
The trial is in Federal Court, Judge Brack’s courtroom, in Las Cruces, on Main Street.
1. Justice Scalia just turned 78
2. Justice Kennedy will turn 78 later this year
3. Justice Breyer will be 76 in August
4. Justice Ginsburg turned 81 recently
Whoever is elected as president in November is almost certainly going to choose at least one and maybe more new members of the Supreme Court – in addition to hundreds of other life-tenured federal judges, all of whom will be making momentous decisions about our lives for decades to come.
Vote wisely in November.