Background to Gunwalker
David Codrea reveals a very interesting ATF HQ email.
Right after the murder of BP Agent Brian Terry, a posting on CleanupATF.org reported that ATF in Phoenix was letting 500 guns go to Mexico, and the possibility that Terry had been murdered with one of them. Acting Director Melson and Chief Counsel Rubenstein discussed, not the issue of letting the guns leave, but the issue of whether the anonymous poster (certainly a ATF agent) broke agency policy by discussing it.
"Suspects may alter their behavior if they know that law enforcement is allowing certain firearms to 'walk' into Mexico. In addition, public knowledge of this type of operation potentially places informants and undercover agents in jeopardy. Finally, public disclosure of such information could ATF's working relationship with Mexico.”
OK, Phoenix has let hundreds of guns walk to the Mexican cartels, and they may have been used to murder an American LEO. That's not remarkable nor disturbing. What is disturbing is that cartels might react if they knew this was being done with the agency's blessing, or that the Mexican government, which has been kept in the dark, might become upset.
Warped priorities. DC is a cesspool, but a fish rots from the head down. Replacing Obama will be a step in the right direction, but there is a lot of shoveling yet to do to clean out this stable.
Posted by: Harry Schell at September 22, 2011 09:46 AM
A fish with parasites is eaten from the inside out...
Posted by: DirtCrashr at September 22, 2011 01:31 PM
The whole thing stinks and it seemingly was done to put restrictions on the Second Amendment. With the DOJ up to its eyeballs in the operations of Gun Walker from the onset. There is no way the players running the DOJ are going to reveal any criminal conduct on their part should there be any. But with the stonewalling by the DOJ one has to wonder just how involved the DOJ and other government agencies are in this matter. So how do we, the American people have this matter fairly looked into? Is there a realistic way that an open and honest investigation be done to let the chips fall where they may. Or have we lost our ability as American citizens to have a government that has checks and balances?
Posted by: AvgJoe at September 24, 2011 11:15 AM