I’ve said this first bit before — but anything worth saying once is worth saying twice, don’t you think?
OK, that may not be true of everything, but this is worth repetition.
On March 4, 2011, I asked of the murder of Jaime Zapata:
Was this murder also the result of guns that the Obama administration deliberately allowed into Mexico?
It was known at the time that a Project Gunrunner gun had been found at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. My question was: did the DoJ and/or ATF also “walk” the gun that had been used to kill ICE agent Jaime Zapata? This was a question I had not heard asked publicly before it was asked on this blog. (As I explained at the time, I cannot take credit for asking this question: as often happens, it was a perceptive reader who tipped me to the possibility.)
I elaborated on the thesis on March 29, 2011, asking: Should the ATF Have Prevented the Sale of the Gun that Killed ICE Agent Jaime Zapata?. I followed it up with a post the next day in which I said:
I think the feds had Zapata’s murder weapon in their hands, and let it go. I think that, in February 2011, Zapata was murdered with a gun that literally slipped through the fingers of ATF agents.
Today we get a rather interesting revelation: Jaime Zapata was actually intercepting firearms that originated from the Fast and Furious program:
Congressional investigators permitted to view Department of Homeland Security documents related to the Fast and Furious operation have located and seen an Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) Report of Investigation (ROI) from August 2010 describing 80 weapons seized in an arms smuggling interdiction between Phoenix, Arizona and San Antonio, Texas. Of these weapons, the majority (approximately 50) were noted to have come from Operation Fast & Furious in Arizona, purchased by Uriel Patino and Jacob Chambers. The ROI was written and signed by Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Jaime Zapata, who was shot dead in an ambush at a fake roadblock in San Luis Potosí, Mexico on 15 February 2011. At the time of the report, Agent Zapata was assigned to the Laredo office.
Didn’t I write on September 30, 2011: “Has anyone fully looked into the Laredo office? Just curious . . .”?
Why, yes. I did.
I also asked a number of questions about Laredo on March 29, 2011 — a post with a detailed timeline of the surveillance of the Osorio crew that purchased weaponry found at the Zapata crime scene:
What caused Laredo ATF to be interested in investigating the Osorios and Morrison in early November 2010? How long had Laredo ATF been investigating the Osorios and Morrison and why? Why was the Dallas operation initiated by Laredo, and does that investigation relate to the earlier observations, surveillance, and seizure(s) near the border?
I will once again ask whether Laredo is central to the story.