The Fast and the Furious - Mexico Grift

  • Aired:  06/21/11
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The ATF plan to prevent American guns from being used in Mexican gun violence is to provide Mexican gangs with American guns. (6:08)

DONDE ESTA.

LET'S BEGIN TONIGHT PERHAPS IN

AMERICA, THE LAND OF

OPPORTUNITY, WHERE THE STREETS

ARE PAVED WITH LET'S SAY

CINNABUNS.

[LAUGHTER]

AND YET WE ARE NATION BESIEGED

WITH PROBLEMS, PROBLEMS WE MUST

SOLVE.

PROBLEM NUMBER ONE, OUR GOOEY,

RAT-INFESTED CINNABUN-PAVED

STREETS.

WHY DID WE DO THAT?

THAT WAS A DOPEY MATERIAL TO

PAVE OUR STREETS WITH.

[LAUGHTER]

WE'RE GOING TO NEED COMMON-SENSE

SOLUTIONS TO OUR PROBLEMS IF

WE'RE NOT JUST GOING TO WIN THE

FUTURE BUT MAKE SURE THAT

EVERYONE ELSE LOSES IT.

[LAUGHTER]

LET'S START WITH A SIMPLE

PROBLEM: MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS.

[LAUGHTER]

THEY'RE ENGAGED IN A BLOODY

CAMPAIGN OF DEATH AND

DESTRUCTION, OFTEN FUELED BY

ASSAULTED RIFLES.

THEIR GUN RUNNERS CROSS OUR

BORDERS TO EASILY PURCHASE.

I ASSUME A COUPLE POSSIBLE

SOLUTIONS MIGHT BE IMPROVE OUR

BORDER SECURITY, RESTRICT RIFLE

SALES TO NON-MEXICAN DRUG CAR

TELL MEMBERS.

[LAUGHTER]

LET'S SEE WHAT OUR OWN BUREAU OF

ALCOHOL, TOBACCO & FIREARMS HAS

COME UP WITH.

>> IT'S A GOVERNMENT PROGRAM

CALLED "OPERATION FAST AND

FURIOUS."

>> U.S. FIREARMS AGENTS SAY

SUPERIOR OFFICERS SPECIFICALLY

TOLD THEM NOT TO INTERVENE AS

THEY SECRETLY WATCHED WHILE GUN

RUNNERS PURCHASED ILLEGAL

FIREARMS IN THE UNITED STATES

AND SENT THEM TO MEXICO.

>> THE A.T.F. OFFICIALS THOUGHT,

IF WE COULD JUST TRACK THESE

GUNS AND SEE WHERE THEY'RE

GOING, MAYBE WE CAN ARREST THE

CARTEL LEADERS WHO ARE USING

THESE GUNS.

>> Jon: MAYBE.

[LAUGHTER]

OR...

[LAUGHTER]

SO ONCE THESE DRUG CARTEL

RUNNERS TOOK THE GUNS TO MEXICO,

HOW DO WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO

THE GUNS?

>> I CAN TELL YOU THAT AFTER A

TRIP TO RADIOSHACK WITH A.T.F.

FUNDS, I MYSELF MANUFACTURED A

G.P.S. TRACKING DEVICE THAT

WOULD FIT INSIDE THE HANDLING OF

AN A.K. VARIANT RIFLE.

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: JON STEWART, "THE

DAILY SHOW."

I HAVE A QUICK QUESTION.

AS A FREQUENT RADIOSHACK

CUSTOMER, I MAY BE QUALIFIED TO

TELL YOU WHAT MAY BE AN ISSUE

WITH YOUR PLAN, BUT GO AHEAD.

>> THE PROBLEM WITH IT WAS THE

LIMITED BATTERY LIFE.

[LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE]

>> Jon: SEE, THE BATTERIES AT

RADIOSHACK ARE DESIGNED TO WORK

WITH ONE OF THOSE LITTLE REMOTE

CONTROL HELICOPTERS THAT WORK...

ONCE.

[LAUGHTER]

SO NOW THAT WE KNOW THE G.P.S.

TRACKING SYSTEM FOR THE ASSAULT

RIFLES WE SOLD MEXICAN CARTELS

DIDN'T WORK, HOW DO WE FIND OUT

WHERE THE GUNS ARE?

WHAT IS PLAN "B"?

>> THE ONLY WAY YOU'RE GOING TO

FIND THOSE GUNS IN MEXICO IS

WHERE?

>> AT CRIME SCENES IN WHICH

EITHER THE BAD GUY WAS KILLED

AND HIS GUN WAS LEFT AT THE

SCENE OR USED DURING THE

COMMISSION OF A CRIME IN WHICH

THE GUN WAS LEFT BEHIND.

>> Jon: OKAY.

[LAUGHTER]

SO OUR PLAN TO PREVENT AMERICAN

GUNS FROM BEING USED IN MEXICAN

GANG VIOLENCE IS TO PROVIDE

MEXICAN GANGS AMERICAN GUNS.

[LAUGHTER]

TO USE ACCORDING TO OUR PLAN.

[LAUGHTER]

HOW EXACTLY DID WE CONVINCE THE

MEXICAN GOVERNMENT TO COOPERATE

IN THIS, LET'S CALL IT "A PLAN."

>> THEY WEREN'T COOPERATING

PARTLY BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T KNOW

ABOUT IT.

THEY WERE NEVER INFORMED THAT

THIS OPERATION WAS TAKING PLACE.

[LAUGHTER]

[LAUGHTER]

>> Jon: IF MEXICO ISN'T

COOPERATING, EVEN IF THERE WAS

VIOLENCE WHERE THE GUNS WAS LEFT

BEHIND, HOW WOULD WE FIND... YOU

KNOW WHAT, NEVER MIND.

IF THIS IS THE PLAN THAT THEY

WENT WITH, WHAT PLAN DID WE

REJECT?

[LAUGHTER]

HEY, I GOT IT, LET'S PUT A TINY

MICROPHONE IN EVERY BULLET.

[LAUGHTER]

AND WE HOPE THAT WHEN THE BAD

GUYS, THE CRIMINALS, YOU KNOW,

WHEN THRIER SHOOTING PEOPLE,

THEY SAY THEIR NAME, LIKE NOBODY

[BLEEPED] WITH ALONZO GUTIERREZ.

YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN?

I'M GOING TO ASSUME THIS WAS

SOME LITTLE-BRAIN, GIANT-BALLS

IDEA COMING OUT OF THE A.T.F.

OFFICE.

THE A.T.F.'S RESPONSIBLE ADULTS

LIKE THEIR ACTING DIRECTOR KEN

MELSON, HE DIDN'T KNOW.

>> MEMOS RELEASED LAST WEEK SHOW

THAT MELSON NOT ONLY KNEW ABOUT

OPERATION "FAST AND FURIOUS,"

BUT HE GOT WEEKLY BRIEFINGS.

>> THE ACTING DIRECTOR OF THE

A.T.F. HAS SET UP A VIDEO FEED

IN HIS OFFICE SO HE COULD WATCH

SOME OF THOSE STRAW BUYS TAKING

PLACE.

>> Jon: YOU'RE BAITING ME.

[LAUGHTER]

SO THE HEAD OF THE A.T.F. DIDN'T

JUST KNOW ABOUT THIS PLAN, HE

WAS TIVO-ING IT.

[LAUGHTER]

WELL, NOT TO WORRY, FOLKS, THE

HOUSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE HAS

LAUNCHED AN INVESTIGATION, AND

THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, OF

WHICH THE A.T.F. IS A

SUBSIDIARY, IS FULLY COOPERATING

WITH IT.

THEY HANDED IN A 900-PAGE REPORT

TO THE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE

DETAILING THE ENTIRE BUYING OF

ASSAULT RIFLES OPERATION.

>> SIR, IF YOU'RE GOING TO COUNT

PAGES LIKE THIS AS DISCOVERY,

YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED OF

YOURSELF.

THE PAGES GO ON LIKE THIS

FOREVER.

YOU HAVE GIVEN US BLACK PAPER

INSTEAD OF WHITE PAPER.

YOU MIGHT OF WELL HAS GIVEN US A

REAM STILL IN ITS ORIGINAL

BINDER.

>> Jon: WHAT?

NO, NO, YOU DON'T GET IT.

YOU'RE UPSET?

THEY GAVE YOU... THOSE ARE

PRIZED MONDRIANS FROM HIS FAMED

BLACK PERIOD.

THEY'RE PRICELESS.

I MEAN WORTHLESS.

ACTUALLY, YOU KNOW WHAT, LET'S

CHECK SOMETHING.

IF WE RUN A GRAPHICS FILTER TO

REMOVE THE REDACTION, MAYBE WE

CAN SEE WHAT THE D.O.J. IS

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