Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Barker's Newsbites: Wednesday, January 20, 2016

It seems that I'm doing more and more "stand-alones" and fewer newsbites... but... I figure there's still a place for newsbites here on the blog.






William R. Barker said...

A .50-caliber rifle found at Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman’s hideout in Mexico was funneled through the gun-smuggling investigation known as Fast and Furious, sources confirmed Tuesday to Fox News.



A .50-caliber is a massive rifle that can stop a car or, as it was intended, take down a helicopter.

After the raid on Jan. 8 in the city of Los Mochis that killed five of his men and wounded one Mexican marine, officials found a number of weapons inside the house where Guzman was staying, including the rifle, officials said.

When agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives checked serial numbers of the eight weapons found in his possession, they found one of the two .50-caliber weapons traced back to the ATF program, sources said.

Federal officials told Fox News they are not sure how many of the weapons seized from Guzman’s house actually originated in the U.S. and where they were purchased, but are investigating.



Out of the roughly 2,000 weapons sold through Fast and Furious, 34 were .50-caliber rifles that can take down a helicopter, according to officials.

* SON... OF... A...


Federal law enforcement sources told Fox News that ‘El Chapo’ would put his guardsmen on hilltops to be on guard for Mexican police helicopters that would fly through valleys conducting raids. The sole purpose of the guardsmen would be to shoot down those helicopters, sources said.

The Fast and Furious operation involved federal agents allowing criminals to buy guns with the intention of tracking them.


Instead, agents from the ATF lost track of 1,400 of the 2,000 guns involved in the sting operation.


Former Attorney General Eric Holder was held in contempt after he refused to divulge documents for a congressional investigation into the matter.



This is the third time a weapon from the Fast and Furious program has been found at a high-profile Mexican crime scene.

William R. Barker said...

A new government report released Tuesday night found more than half a million foreign nationals who received temporary visas to enter the U.S. under the Visa Waiver Program or B Visa in 2015 overstayed their permits.

A total of 527,127 people visiting the U.S. through both programs failed to leave and have remained in the country without legal status or lawful presence.

According to the report, more than 90% of those who remained in the country illegally, a total of 482,781, were believed to still be present through the end of last year, according to Department of Homeland Security data.

"These figures reveal the disintegration of our immigration system before our very eyes," a GOP Senate aide told the Washington Examiner.

(The aide noted that that the report does not include figures from other major visa programs, including the F-1 student visa, multiple H and L foreign worker visas, and the J-1 exchange visa.)

A number of countries with ties to terrorism had significant numbers of nationals still in the U.S. accounted for by the federal government: 1,435 from Pakistan, 681 from Iraq, 564 from Iran, 440 from Syria, 219 from Yemen, 219 from Afghanistan, and 56 from Libya.

The new information was released hours before the Senate Subcommittee on Immigration and the National Interest is set to question multiple Homeland Security officials about the federal agency's refusal to set up a statutorily required biometric entry-exit system.


* REITERATING: "... the federal agency's refusal to set up a statutorily required..."

Chairman Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., is expected to question the witnesses on why the Obama administration has not enforced immigration laws by removing visa overstayers or implemented the tracking system.