Friday, July 11, 2014

Operation Kingery Grenades - The Forgotten Obama Scandal

The resemblance to Operation Fast and Furious is incredible.

On November 17th, 2013, in a shootout between Mexican police and the Drug Cartel, three officers were killed.

Following the shootout, the investigation revealed a Second Operation Fast & Furious type of US Department of Justice weapons smuggling operation -- this one had to do with allowing grenades across the border.

Justice Department documents indicated that during the shootout the Drug Cartel members used “Kingery” grenades. Documents state, "State Police received fire from a .50 caliber rifle and at least 10 hand grenades, the evidence of one being reported as a ‘Kingery’ grenade.”

Why are they called "Kingery Grenades"?

Jean Baptiste Kingery, is a bomb maker from the United States that the Justice Department failed to prosecute. Instead, the DOJ used him to smuggle grenades into Mexico in the exact same way the Attorney General's team did in Operation Fast and Furious.

No kidding, grenades! First they lost track of 2,217 "assault weapons" that have been linked to hundreds of deaths in Mexico -- then the DOJ allows a guy with grenades to go into Mexico and they lose track of him as well.

Ever wonder why the Mexican government is so angry about that young Marine taking guns across the border? The Mexicans see Obama a fool and a threat! 

I'm not saying they are right for keeping him at all for making the wrong turn on the highway. I'm saying that they don't want to turn him over to the American government because they see the Obama as a fool and a threat -- a fool for not enforcing American border laws as tough as they enforce their own, and a threat because of his asinine policies regarding gun running into Mexico.

It's true. I believe Mexico sees the Obama administration as a threat because our Department of Justice (DOJ) doesn't want to arrest smugglers and instead uses them to smuggle arms into Mexico. This was the case with American Jean Kingery who was released twice by the DOJ -- only to smuggle grenades into Mexico each time for the Obama administration.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) knew Jean Baptiste Kingery had been making bombs since 2009 -- maybe even earlier in 2004.

California Republican Congressman Darrell Issa believes the Obama administration’s desire to implement strict gun control was at the heart of the decision not to prosecute Kingery and to undertake Operation Fast and Furious.

"When you have the Attorney General’s own offices being informed about a very dangerous person who is exporting hand grenades and converting AK-47s into machine guns, and they let him continue in that as part of, not Fast and Furious, but a completely separate failure, but under Dennis Burke, I think what you see is an administration that I’m beginning to think really did want to let bad things happen in the hopes that they would get an assault weapons ban,” said Congressman Issa.

What I find very interesting about this is the ineptness of the DOJ, specifically the ATF, who started watching Kingery in "2004 related to AK47 purchases."

According to an internal ATF email, "it is believed that he is trafficking them to Mexico." Yet it was a full five years later in late 2009 that ATF said they "first" learned that Kingery was dealing in grenades as well -- as he had ordered 120 grenade bodies over the Internet. And yes, make no mistake about it, grenades are weapons of choice for Mexico’s murderous Drug Cartels.

These weapons might not be considered Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) when compared to a nuclear Dirty Bomb, but as shown last year when a Cartel used grenades on an attack on a casino in Mexico that killed 53 people -- they kill on a mass scale.

Documents show ATF secretly intercepted the grenade bodies Kingery had ordered, marked them, and delivered them to him on Jan. 26, 2010. 

When Kingery was arrested at the border with hundreds of empty grenade bodies the following year, the US Department of Justice decided not to prosecute him. Instead, the US attorney referred to the empty bodies as “harmless toys” and saying that the case lacked "jury appeal."

As a matter of fact, not only did the Department of Justice not prosecute Kingery, but like in Operation Fast and Furious, they simply allowed him to continue making bombs while claiming that they could “track” his explosives to find out where they were destined.

Their plan was to follow Kingery to his weapons factory in Mexico, with help from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). 

ATF realized they might lose track of Kingery and the grenade parts in Mexico, but their emails show little attention to those who could be killed. Instead, officials expressed concern with tying the grenades to Kingery after they reached Mexico.

"Even in a post blast, as long as the safety lever is recovered we will be able to identify these tagged grenades," says one email. 

An official now investigating ATF and the Justice Department for their actions in the Kingery case says, "All the usual safeguards of law enforcement were thrown out. They were more worried about making a big case than they were about the public safety.”

In a pattern familiar to students of Fast and Furious, the plan drew internal objections from ATF agents in the field, but those in charge in the Department of Justice insisted that the plan proceed.

Just as with those being tracked in Operation Fast and Furious, Kingery vanished into Mexico armed with his grenades for sale to some of the most ruthless killer today. When he reappeared four months later, he was caught by the Border Patrol on his way into Mexico with a new load of grenade parts, plus 2,000 rounds of ammunition, hidden in a spare tire. And yes, incredibly, the ATF let him go again.

And yes, he kept delivering American hardware to the Sinaloa Drug Cartel for another year and a half.

To add insult to injury, it is said that he was a full-service merchant of death and believe it or not also offered classes in grenade assembly -- as well as "How To" classes in converting semi-auto to fully-automatic weapons.

Thankfully, the Mexican police finally caught him in Mazatlan with enough materials and components to build well over 2,000 explosives..

Of course, while the Federal Government doesn't want to talk about this case, one of our ATF officials in Mexico objected in writing to the Kingery “grenade walking” plan by saying, "We are forbidden from doing that type of activity. If Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is telling you they can do that, they are full of shit."

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has a history of allowing killers or suppliers of arms to cross the border untouched. ICE played a huge part in the remarkably similar tale of Manuel Celis-Acosta, a top gun-walking target with a lengthy criminal record, who was nabbed on the Mexican border with a pile of 7.62 mm ammo stuffed in his spare tire.

Celis-Acosta was released by lead “Fast and Furious” ATF agent Hope McAllister, who wrote her number on a $10 bill and asked him to call her with info on Cartel gun buyers.

Not surprisingly, Celis-Acosta never made such a call to the naive McAllister.

As for Kingery, he remains in a Mexican jail on Terrorism charges. The grenades Kingery was manufacturing for use by the Drug Cartels were Fragmentation Grenades which operate as follows:

When the pin is pulled, the spoon is released which allows the striker pin to be forced downward by a spring. Upon impact, this creates a small spark which then burns through the chemical fuse in approximately four seconds.

At the end of the fuse is a detonator which when ignited, sets off the bulk of the explosive material inside the grenade. This causes enough pressure to blow the grenade apart. The shell of the grenade splinters and is projected in all directions. Both the concussion wave and the shrapnel cause damage to nearby persons.

ATF agents have said that Operation Fast and Furious is a perfect example of what happens when criminals are allowed to walk free despite probable cause, and in this particular case, a confession.

And no, no one in the Obama administration including Attorney General Eric Holder has ever been made to answer for any of this.

That is criminal. And yes, that's just how I see it.
Tom Correa

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