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John Cornyn wants to know if ICE agent was victim of ‘Texas-based operation similar to Fast and...'
Houston Chronicle ^ | May 17, 2012 | Richard Dunham

Posted on 05/18/2012 3:24:00 PM PDT by neverdem

John Cornyn wants to know if ICE agent was victim of ‘Texas-based operation similar to Fast and Furious’

Texas Sen. John Cornyn said Wednesday that he wants to know whether murdered Immigrations & Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata “was a victim of a second Texas-based gun-walking operation similar to Fast and Furious.”

Julian Zapata Espinoza, known as “El Piolin” or “Tweety Bird,” was extradited from Mexico and is being held in the United States to face murder charges.

Operation Fast and Furious is the ill-fated Obama administration gun-sales sting that is the target of congressional hearings. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed with weapons that went to Mexico and were traced under Fast and Furious.

“No such connection has yet been made in the death of Jaime Zapata,” Cornyn said on a conference call with Texas reporters. “But more than a year later the Zapata family has received almost no answers from Attorney General [Eric] Holder or his Justice Department whether he [Zapata] was a victim of a second Texas-based gun-walking operation similar to Fast and Furious.”...

(Excerpt) Read more at blog.chron.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Mexico; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: banglist; fastandfurious; gunrunner; gunwalker

1 posted on 05/18/2012 3:24:06 PM PDT by neverdem
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To: neverdem

Of COURSE they’re threatening him with murder charges:

THIS is the guy who spilled the beans about Obama having made a secret, “intel for no busts”-deal with the Sinaloa Cartel.

Oh..his DAD is head of that cartel, m’kay?

SO THIS MAKES SENSE.


2 posted on 05/18/2012 3:27:22 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: neverdem

” Wonderin” John


3 posted on 05/18/2012 3:35:18 PM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Wondering for votes, and right on time. This is Cornyn’s MO.

All silent on all things all the time because after all he is a committee chairman and can’t speak to the minions for the sake of some nefarious reasoning that keeps him in power with his Establishment pals, as he is trying busiliy to get moderates elected over conservatives and then BOOM, here he is, the voice of the people, the man of the cause.

The useful idiots among TX voters fall for it. EVERY. TIME.

Gad.


4 posted on 05/18/2012 3:45:54 PM PDT by RitaOK (ABR & ABO Few are unafraid, but I thank God for the few. We are the resistance.)
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5 posted on 05/18/2012 3:53:42 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: RitaOK

Cornyn’s not up for re-election this cycle- Kay Baby’s slot is empty.


6 posted on 05/18/2012 4:41:38 PM PDT by matthew fuller (Mitt Romney is the supreme exemplification of the word SMARMY.)
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Click the link.
The Republic you save may be your own.


7 posted on 05/18/2012 4:49:40 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: matthew fuller

Yes, I know. You’re right. But Cornyn has been catching heck in Texas for being out of sight, out of mind, but for quietly advancing candidates with (R’s) behind there names. ( So long as they are moderate to liberal R’s, that is. )

It’s election time in Texas, if you get my drift. But, yes you’re right that Cornyn himself is not up this cycle.

Thanks, lest I confused others. :)


8 posted on 05/18/2012 4:49:47 PM PDT by RitaOK (ABR & ABO Few are unafraid, but I thank God for the few. We are the resistance.)
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To: neverdem
“No such connection has yet been made in the death of Jaime Zapata,” Cornyn said on a conference call with Texas reporters.

Not very well informed is he?

Armored SUV could not protect U.S. agents in Mexico

U.S. investigators recovered one of the military-style semi-automatic weapons used in the attack that killed Zapata.

The gun came from Texas.

Ballistic testing of spent shell casings and the raising of an obliterated serial number revealed the weapon was a popular Romanian-made AK-47 knockoff purchased at J&J’s Pawn Shop in Beaumont, smuggled south to the Zetas by a methamphetamine trafficker named Manuel Gomez Barba, a U.S. citizen.

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‘Gunwalker’ Deepens: Agent Zapata Killed By Gun From … Texas?

Regardless of the other details of the ambush, what is known is that these two agents were shot at point-blank range by a gunman armed with a weapon that had been purchased in a gun store in the United States. Agent Zapata’s death is commonly accepted as the second U.S. fatality related to “Operation Fast and Furious.”

But that isn’t entirely true.

The weapon used to shoot these agents was not sold in the Phoenix, Arizona, area that was the hub of Operation “Fast and Furious,” also known as Gunwalker, which allowed gunrunners to acquire the gun that was used to murder Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December. Instead, one of the weapons used to shoot these two ICE agents came from Lancaster, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.

Brothers Otilio and Ranferi Osorio and their neighbor Kevin Morrison were arrested in Texas after Zapata’s death, but only after ATF and DEA agents had organized a transfer of some 40 weapons in November. It was one of those rifles that was traced back to Agent Zapata’s murder.


9 posted on 05/18/2012 6:24:56 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: RitaOK

Cornyn is also completely wrong about no connection made to ATF operations. (see post#9) It begs the question; is he just ignorant or is he deliberately covering for the 0bama administration?


10 posted on 05/18/2012 6:34:41 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: TigersEye

I know. I am so ready to kick these guys to the curb, all the RINO socialists and the RINO juniors like Cornyn, caught climbing the DC ladder complicit in moving the party to the LEFT. Too smart for his own good, they can use him. He is obliges too much, in exchange for gathering beltway influence and more coveted appointments.

Dang it!


11 posted on 05/18/2012 6:45:19 PM PDT by RitaOK (I WILL vote against Romney! Few are unafraid, but I thank God for the few. We are the resistance.)
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To: RitaOK

Well ... that stinks. :(


12 posted on 05/18/2012 7:14:43 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: TigersEye
Thanks for the link & info.

Armored SUV could not protect U.S. agents in Mexico

I thought an armored SUV was supposed to protect against small arms fire. Armored piercing ammo?

13 posted on 05/18/2012 8:11:57 PM PDT by neverdem (Xin loi minh oi)
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To: neverdem

Thanks for the ping!


14 posted on 05/18/2012 9:44:54 PM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: neverdem

The problem was that the door locks automatically unlock when the transmission is put in park. A feature of that model vehicle they overlooked.


15 posted on 05/18/2012 10:57:45 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: RitaOK

All silent on all things all the time because after all he is a committee chairman and can’t speak to the minions for the sake of some nefarious reasoning that keeps him in power with his Establishment pals,

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Well said: My sentiments exactly. I usually envision Sen Clownyn hiding under his desk in Washington — or behind the curtains in his office, so preternaturally silent is he on virtually all issues.

This Texan is no longer fooled: Clownyn will be primaried next time, and he is going the way of Lugar, if I have anything to say about it.

Clownyn is very weak on the internal Muslim threat. He wrote me a mealy-mouthed letter about wanting to be “balanced.”

“Balanced?” When it comes to dealing with your sworn (by them) enemies?

Cornyn has been completely co-opted by the Washington establishment.

And, yet, at the Republican state convention in 2008, he had the gall to tell the audience something to the effect that “happiness is Washington [DC] in the rear-view mirror.”

A.) When is the last time he DROVE from Washington to Texas, and

B.) Why does he “blend in” with the DC flora and fauna so well, if he is such an “outsider.”

No longer fooled!


16 posted on 05/19/2012 9:08:44 AM PDT by man_in_tx (Blowback: Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily!)
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To: man_in_tx

Cornyn does have a silver tongue and there are a multitude of suckers to be blinded by the glare, so he needs a heavy weight opponent. I too hope to see him cratered. Tea Party needs to get cracking early against him.

There are a few like us who us can read a record, that’s for sure.

Same for Romney. I am unafraid of Obama 2.0 if it means we explode the socialist GOPE, remake our party and defend the Republic. How date they field a self proclaimed Progressive with a record to prove it!
Not rewarding that here.

No Romney, no way, no how.


17 posted on 05/19/2012 9:47:23 AM PDT by RitaOK (I WILL vote against Romney! Few are unafraid, but I thank God for the few. We are the resistance.)
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To: man_in_tx

Oops! Sorry for the cell phone word making going on in that reply.


18 posted on 05/19/2012 9:58:24 AM PDT by RitaOK (I WILL vote against Romney! Few are unafraid, but I thank God for the few. We are the resistance.)
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To: TigersEye

” Cornyn is also completely wrong about no connection made to ATF operations. (see post#9) It begs the question; is he just ignorant or is he deliberately covering for the 0bama administration?”

Don’t forget cowardice..


19 posted on 05/19/2012 10:33:36 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: RitaOK; TigersEye

“I know. I am so ready to kick these guys to the curb, all the RINO socialists and the RINO juniors like Cornyn, caught climbing the DC ladder complicit in moving the party to the LEFT. Too smart for his own good, they can use him. He is obliges too much, in exchange for gathering beltway influence and more coveted appointments.”

Just one of many....get the broom out....a BIG broom!


20 posted on 05/19/2012 10:35:58 AM PDT by stephenjohnbanker (God, family, country, mom, apple pie, the girl next door and a Ford F250 to pull my boat.)
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To: RitaOK
Same for Romney. I am unafraid of Obama 2.0 if it means we explode the socialist GOPE, remake our party and defend the Republic. How date they field a self proclaimed Progressive with a record to prove it! Not rewarding that here.

Same here. The Dooms Day hand wringing doesn't impress me. If Dooms Day comes it will be because we caved in on our side.

21 posted on 05/19/2012 12:10:55 PM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: TigersEye

It does seem like Alamo time to me, too. If Republicans would just hold the dang line, pay the dang price and come back with a new team who will fight.

These Republican posers are the ones who have killed the party, crippled the nation and led us into a now imperiled future. They have GOT to go.

This is the year to stand, because this is the year that counts. But, we’re not going to do it for all the fear filled dupes and drones out here, who want no skin in the game if it’s going to be hard, or scary.

REBELLION IS TOO DAMN HARD, and because it’s scary, “let’s vote for Romney to, “save us”. What a crock.

Glad we’re standing outside the kool aide crowd nursing on that party/media line flowing out there.

:)


22 posted on 05/19/2012 1:40:08 PM PDT by RitaOK (I WILL vote against Romney! Few are unafraid, but I thank God for the few. We are the resistance.)
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To: stephenjohnbanker

Sorry, I meant to ping you to 23.


23 posted on 05/19/2012 1:43:34 PM PDT by RitaOK (I WILL vote against Romney! Few are unafraid, but I thank God for the few. We are the resistance.)
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To: RitaOK

Cornyn does have a silver tongue and there are a multitude of suckers to be blinded by the glare, so he needs a heavy weight opponent. I too hope to see him cratered. Tea Party needs to get cracking early against him.

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Right you are! If you are in OK, perhaps you should relocate to TX to lead this fight: Texans are seldom as clear-minded, it seems, in politics as are Oklahomans.

Proof: Compare Inhofe to Cornyn.... case closed.


24 posted on 05/19/2012 9:17:07 PM PDT by man_in_tx (Blowback: Faithfully farting towards Mecca five times daily!)
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