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By Mr. Curmudgeon:
Chicago’s 94-year-old Crime Commission announced it has done something not seen since the days of Al “Scar Face” Capone: name a “Public Enemy No. 1.” The designee is the notorious Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel, which Chicago authorities say is the largest supplier of illegal drugs to that city … as well as the murder and violence that accompany them.
Jack Riley, head of Chicago’s Drug Enforcement Agency field office, told the Associated Press that if put into a boxing ring, “El Chapo would eat that guy [Capone] alive.” He has a point. By comparison, Capone was a lovely, caring, kind-hearted soul.
Even a cursory reading of press reports coming out of Mexico – where armed drug cartels hold their own against that nation’s mobilized military – show the cartels to be as ruthless as any jihadi terrorist group – employing political assassinations and beheadings to intimidate all who would cross them. Over 50,000 lives have been cut short in Mexico’s drug war.
Missing in the Chicago Crime Commission’s announcement was any mention of the association between the Obama administration and Public Enemy El Chapo. You see, the illusive head of Mexico’s Sinaloa Cartel was the primary beneficiary of an estimated 2,000 weapons “walked” south of the border by Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department. Operation Fast and Furious was very, very good to El Chapo.
Back in 2011, the Los Angeles Times reported Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives [ATF] director Kenneth Melson testified to Congress that “some Mexican drug cartel figures targeted by his agency in a gun-trafficking [Fast and Furious] investigation were paid informants for the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration,” said the Times.
In 2010, Vicente Zambada-Niebla, a ranking member of the Sinaloa Cartel, was arrested in Mexico and extradited to the U.S. to stand trial on narco-trafficking charges. In a discovery motion filed with the U.S. District Court of Illinois’ Eastern Division, Zambada-Niebla’s attorneys demanded access to Justice Department documents proving “the United States government at its highest levels entered into agreements with [Sinaloa] cartel leaders to act as informants against rival cartels and received benefits in return, including, but not limited to, access to thousands of weapons which helped them continue their business of smuggling drugs into Chicago and throughout the United States …”
The document also asserts that a signed agreement was reached between Obama’s D.E.A. and Zambada-Niebla during a March 17, 2009 meeting held at the Sheraton Hotel in Mexico City – directly across the street from the U.S. Embassy.
According to a 2011 Fox News report, “The U.S. doesn’t dispute that Zambada-Niebla may have acted as an informant – only that he did not act with D.E.A. consent.”
Qui tacet consentire reads the old English common law maxim: “Silence gives consent.”
Meanwhile, Chicago’s Public Enemy, El Chapo, continues to elude Mexican authorities. The question on many minds, especially in Mexico, is whether El Chapo’s arrangement with Washington’s Fast and Furious gunrunning crew – headed by Godfather Obama and consigliere Eric Holder – explains the murderous kingpin’s rather miraculous longevity.
Public Enemy Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s safety – and silence – is a win-win, you might say.