Gun-Banning CA Senator Busted For Weapons Trafficking

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Filed under 'most ironic story of the day', California Senator Leland Yee, who authored gun control legislation, has been busted by the FBI for conspiracy to deal firearms without a license and to illegally import firearms. As AP reports, Yee is also accused of accepting tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions and cash payments to provide introductions, help a client get a contract and influence legislation. House of Cards much?


Via LA Times,

Federal prosecutors unsealed an indictment against state Sen. Leland Yee in court Wednesday, accusing him of conspiring to commit wire fraud and traffic firearms.


In all, 26 people, including former school board president Keith Jackson, were indicted on charges related to an extensive crime ring headed by well-known Chinatown figure Raymond Chow, who was also arrested and charged Wednesday.


The indictment alleges Yee and Jackson defrauded "citizens of honest services" and were involved in a scheme to traffic firearms in exchange for thousands in campaign donations to the senator.


Federal prosecutors also allege Yee agreed to perform official acts in exchange for the money, including one instance in which he introduced a businessman to state legislators who had significant influence over pending medical marijuana legislation. In exchange, the businessman -- who was actually an undercover FBI agent -- agreed to donate thousands to Yee's campaign fund, according to the indictment.



and the Gun-Control-legislating Senator explained in the sting...

Yee discussed helping the agent get weapons worth $500,000 to $2.5 million, including shoulder-fired missiles, and explaining the entire process of acquiring them from a Muslim separatist group in the Philippines to bringing them to the U.S., according to the court document by FBI agent Emmanuel V. Pascua.


Yee said he was unhappy with his life and told the agent he wanted to hide out in the Philippines, according to the affidavit.


"There's a part of me that wants to be like you," he told the undercover agent, according to the affidavit. "You know how I'm going to be like you? Just be a free agent there."

his character was re-elected after some of these allegations came to light... we assume as long as American Idol is on and the EBT cards still work, voting for the status quo is all that matters... but when do 'the people' of America go "Venezuelan" or "Ukrainian" or 'postal'

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Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:36 | 4598370 NoDebt
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Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:37 | 4598376 nuclearsquid
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They will only go postal when the EBT stops.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:39 | 4598386 fonestar
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Peak hypocrisy.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:44 | 4598423 rubiconsolutions
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"Peak hypocrisy."

The best comment you've every posted.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:48 | 4598446 Joe Davola
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Just a thought experiment:

Let's say he was a black man, and needed those weapons to keep the crackers away from their polling place...

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:53 | 4598476 MagicHandPuppet
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Gun grabbing elitiests only want to ban US from having them... while they and their body guards stay well armed.  Is really is an 'us versus them' type of gun-grabbing, typical of tyrants of the recent and ancient past.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:54 | 4598480 12ToothAssassin
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Feel good story of the year!

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:58 | 4598499 Chupacabra-322
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@ 12Tooth,

you can't make this shit up anymore. They're all "in on the take" these Criminals are.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:00 | 4598507 TeamDepends
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Yes We Con!

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:05 | 4598531 SWRichmond
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Do as I say, not as I do.  This has always been the motto of those who aspire to power, and always will be.  They will always want us to be powerless, and it is why they can have my weapons when they pry them from my cold dead hands.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:09 | 4598556 Son of Loki
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Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:17 | 4598574 ebworthen
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"No guns foh you citizren!"

("Herro?  Sinaroa Cartel, how many AK-47 you wrant buy?")

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:23 | 4598632 dontgoforit
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Demorats are coming, the demorats are coming....

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:39 | 4598722 fauxhammer
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Yee Olde Switcheroo!

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:26 | 4598990 zaphod
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The guy hates America, wants to move to Asia, and thinks bringing rocket launchers into the US is his ticket out of the US. Yet Californians vote for him because he provides free government benefits. 

This is why the US has been screwed for a long time. CEOs of our companies are the same.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 16:42 | 4600180 kurt
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He screw you longtime.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 13:54 | 4599366 Clark Bent
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From the good Doctor's website:

After serving four years in the California State Assembly, Leland Yee was elected to the State Senate in November 2006 with the largest winning percentage for any Democratic candidate.  In 2010, Senator Yee was re-elected, receiving the most votes of any Democratic legislator in the State.  Representing District 8, which includes San Francisco and San Mateo County, Yee is the first Chinese American ever elected to the California State Senate.

Just in case anybody was wondering whether he was a Democrat. Of course he is, you can tell by the fact the reports don;'t mention aprty affiliation. Had he been a Repub, that would have been in the headline. BTW the doctorate's in Child Psychology. 

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 15:50 | 4599988 Agstacker
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Representing District 8, which includes San Francisco

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:12 | 4598568 fockuyu
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In Carifonia, Chinaman gun control outlaw YOU.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 14:00 | 4599394 NidStyles
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It's spellt outraw. :-)

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 14:57 | 4599706 Doubleguns
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By writing the gun control laws he could eliminate the competition to his "side" business.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:16 | 4598591 nickels
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With great authority comes great responsibility. Penalties should be tripled for any elected official who breaks the law. (They're only doubled for speeding in a work zone) Then let's see who runs for office.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:12 | 4598926 exi1ed0ne
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Breaking the law makes triple penalties on people who are responsible for making the law.  Don't think that is going to work out how you are hoping.

Heck, I'd be satisfied if law was applied in the same way as us serfs.  How many congressional exclusions are there these days?

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:18 | 4598953 The Big Ching-aso
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This is just absolutely incredible to me. Absolutely incredible. He wants to move to the Phillipines?

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 13:58 | 4599389 daveO
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I wonder why the FBI is busting 2 Dem's at the same time. Could it be we still have a few friends in DC? 

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:13 | 4598924 RafterManFMJ
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It's a better than even money bet that the most strident Anti-whatever is balls deep in the whatever.

Vocally Anti Gun? Has several at home, likely illegal, or is running guns.

Anti Child Porn Crusader? Several thousand nudes of small boys, many discrete trips to Thailand, and an odd smell wafting from the crawl space...

Happens so often that were I a cop or FBI I'd IMMEDIATELY start probing any social crusader; there seems to be a basic brain mechanism be it guilt or brazen ploy to cover up their evil that drives the criminals to advocate against whatever activity they are engaged in.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:21 | 4598968 The Big Ching-aso
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What is this the Year of the Jackass?

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:40 | 4599045 maskone909
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In support of firearms and the 2nd... I have changed my avatar to The Cobra.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 14:54 | 4599686 LFMayor
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old school classic.  You're the cure man, you're the cure!

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:59 | 4599142 The_Dude
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A corrupt Chinaman...color me shocked!!

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 13:02 | 4599144 The_Dude
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Thu, 03/27/2014 - 13:02 | 4599149 The_Dude
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Thu, 03/27/2014 - 13:03 | 4599157 The_Dude
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Thu, 03/27/2014 - 14:55 | 4599693 LFMayor
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The Dude Abides.  And re-posts while he waits.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 18:30 | 4600551 Blotsky
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What the fuck are you talking about? The Chinaman is not the issue here, Dude. I'm talking about drawing a line in the sand,

Dude. Across this line, you do not … also, Dude, "Chinaman" is not the preferred nomenclature. Asian-American, please.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:49 | 4598454 GetZeeGold
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Give him a fair trial....followed by a fair hanging.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:56 | 4598487 Seasmoke
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Who Fonestar ??

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:26 | 4598991 Headbanger
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I'll FedEx the rope!!

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 13:34 | 4599275 Flagit
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oh no, this fucker deseerves nothin but the best!

hemp rope

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 14:59 | 4599721 Doubleguns
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No, no ,no. He is chinese it should be a bullet to the back of the head and send the bill for the bullet to his widow. 

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 15:27 | 4599858 Murf_DaSurf
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Who is Fonestar?


He's just a Man, but a man of core belief and vision.


He is a poster's poster. Watch him and learn....

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:06 | 4598542 Ignatius
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Yee is innocent of gun running in the same way that the CIA is innocent of managing the international illicit drug trade.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:23 | 4598631 toady
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Waiting for the Pete Townsend defense ;

"I was only running guns to help my gun running investigation."

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:56 | 4598833 Cruel Aid
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Love pete, but he was clearly messed with. I just hope he didn't act on the pattern.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 13:40 | 4599308 Flagit
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"I was only running guns to help my gun running investigation."


what investigation? to see how many minutes it takes a high profile political figure to get caught running guns after talking openly on a phone?

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 15:01 | 4599731 Doubleguns
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Could it be that this is just a Chinese version of fast and furious.  Anyone check to see if Eric Holder is involved?

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 14:39 | 4599587 I Write Code
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Due to courtroom delays, the hanging will come first.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 10:47 | 4598438 Rakshas
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Malaysia jails that Ibrahim guy for sodomy....... we take it up the chute from these bastards every day .... why we no get our day in court???

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 11:46 | 4598764 malek
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No, someone's going to top that again next month. Only if there's real public outrage will a peak be near.

Thu, 03/27/2014 - 12:40 | 4599052 Hobbleknee
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It's only hypocritical if you assume politicians are people of virtue. Senator Leland Yee was merely trying to restrict supply to keep prices for his goods high.

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