Monday, September 26, 2011

Project Gunrunner/Operation Fast and Furious update

Ever fearful that your tax dollars that you patriotically send to the federal government aren't being used in an effective and/or efficient fashion rather being frittered away on some useless program or poured down into a black hole of wastefulness? Well, fear not, the ATF and other agencies under the Department of Justice are the federal agencies for you.

Not only did U.S. officials approve, allow and assist in the sale of more than 2,000 guns to the Sinaloa cartel -- the federal government used taxpayer money to buy semi-automatic weapons, sold them to criminals and then watched as the guns disappeared.

This disclosure, revealed in documents obtained by Fox News, could undermine the Department of Justice's previous defense that Operation Fast and Furious was a "botched" operation where agents simply "lost track" of weapons as they were transferred from one illegal buyer to another. Instead, it heightens the culpability of the federal government as Mexico, according to sources, has opened two criminal investigations into the operation that flooded their country with illegal weapons.

As we've been saying all along, there was nothing "botched" or "bungled" about this operation; it was a genuine multi-agency success story that all evidence revealed thus far, indicates its purpose was to aid and abet the narrative that there was a free flow of guns travelling south across the border and into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

And if the straw buyers that the feds were supposedly tracking back across the border to the drug cartels didn't go to the gun store to make the purchases themselves, no problem... you bring the guns to the straw buyers.

According to documents obtained by Fox News, Agent John Dodson was ordered to buy six semi-automatic Draco pistols -- two of those were purchased at the Lone Wolf gun store in Peoria, Ariz. An unusual sale, Dodson was sent to the store with a letter of approval from David Voth, an ATF group supervisor.

Dodson then sold the weapons to known illegal buyers, while fellow agents watched from their cars nearby.

This was not a "buy-bust" or a sting operation, where police sell to a buyer and then arrest them immediately afterward. In this case, agents were "ordered" to let the sale go through and follow the weapons to a stash house.

According to sources directly involved in the case, Dodson felt strongly that the weapons should not be abandoned and the stash house should remain under 24-hour surveillance. However, Voth disagreed and ordered the surveillance team to return to the office. Dodson refused, and for six days in the desert heat kept the house under watch, defying direct orders from Voth.

A week later, a second vehicle showed up to transfer the weapons. Dodson called for an interdiction team to move in, make the arrest and seize the weapons. Voth refused and the guns disappeared with no surveillance.
(italics, ours)

There is credible evidence that Dodson went ballistic on Voth and other ATF supervisors over Fast and Furious and was subsequently transferred to a more menial job.

It should be noted that after the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, Dodson came forward and became one of the first whistle-blowers on Fast and Furious.

We'll be keeping you posted.


William McCullough said...

The bottom line is Holder's complicity in the scandal. I feel, like as not, that he will remain unscathed by the scandal. Just another scandalous misstep by an inept and corrupt administration....WM

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