Story #4: Fed Agent: I was Ordered to Let US Guns Into Mexico
RUSH: I've got this story down in the stack today. Apparently the US government had a policy to willingly allow AK-47s and other guns to flow into Mexico unobstructed. ICE agents, border agents, were told this. One of them has gone public now, one of them's blowing the whistle because he didn't understand the policy and doesn't understand it and has a put his neck out there, stuck his neck on the line, put his head on the line, stuck his neck out by going public with the policy. They were to look the other way. Guns were to be allowed into Mexico. These guns ended up in the hands of drug cartels and others and have been used to kill Americans.
American guns allowed to go into Mexico! We keep hearing about guns coming into Mexico but one of the reasons they're coming in is because they're leaving this country first, and this guy went on and said, "I have to understand the people. Why are we doing this?" and he was told, "The reason we're doing it is so we can track the movement. We want to see where these guns actually end up and what route they take to get here," and the guy is saying, "Well, fine and dandy, but why are we providing the guns in the first place? They're being used against Americans!" Dead ICE agent, for example.
All right, now, this from CBS News. This is Sharyl Attkisson reporting: "Federal agent John Dodson says what he was asked to do was beyond belief. He was intentionally letting guns go to Mexico? 'Yes ma'am,' Dodson told CBS News. 'The agency was.' An Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms senior agent assigned to the Phoenix office in 2010, Dodson's job is to stop gun trafficking across the border. Instead, he says he was ordered to sit by and watch it happen. Investigators call the tactic letting guns 'walk.' In this case, walking into the hands of criminals who would use them in Mexico and the United States. Center for Public Integrity report Dodson's bosses say that never happened.
"Now, he's risking his job to go public. 'I'm boots on the ground in Phoenix, telling you we've been doing it every day since I've been here,' he said. 'Here I am. Tell me I didn't do the things that I did. Tell me you didn't order me to do the things I did. Tell me it didn't happen. Now you have a name on it. You have a face to put with it. Here I am. Someone now, tell me it didn't happen.' Agent Dodson and other sources say the gun walking strategy was approved all the way up to the Justice Department," Eric Holder. "The idea was to see where the guns ended up..."
These are AK-47s and the like, by the way, that we're talking about. We wanted the guns to end up in Mexico so we could see exactly where they ended up and then build a case and take down a cartel, and we didn't even tell the government of Mexico this is what we were doing. Project gun runner been going on since 2005. Now, "ATF named the case 'Fast and Furious.' Surveillance video obtained by CBS News shows suspected drug cartel suppliers carrying boxes of weapons to their cars at a Phoenix gun shop. The long boxes shown in the video being loaded in were AK-47-type assault rifles.
"So it turns out ATF not only allowed it -- they videotaped it. Documents show the inevitable result: The guns that ATF let go began showing up at crime scenes in Mexico. And as ATF stood by watching thousands of weapons hit the streets... the Fast and Furious group supervisor noted the escalating Mexican violence. One e-mail noted, '958 killed in March 2010 ... most violent month since 2005.' The same e-mail notes: 'Our subjects purchased 359 firearms during March alone,' including 'numerous Barrett .50 caliber rifles.' Dodson feels that ATF was partly to blame for the escalating violence in Mexico and on the border.
"'I even asked them if they could see the correlation between the two,' he said. 'The more our guys buy, the more violence we're having down there.' Senior agents including Dodson told CBS News they confronted their supervisors over and over. Their answer, according to Dodson, was, 'If you're going to make an omelette, you've got to break some eggs.' There was so much opposition to the gun walking, that an ATF supervisor issued an e-mail noting a 'schism' among the agents. 'Whether you care or not people of rank and authority at HQ are paying close attention to this case...we are doing what they envisioned.... If you don't think this is fun you're in the wrong line of work...
"'Maybe the Maricopa County jail is hiring detention officers and you can get $30,000 ... to serve lunch to inmates...' On Dec. 14, 2010, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was gunned down. Dodson got the bad news from a colleague. 'We just knew it wasn't going to end well. There's just no way it could,' Dodson said. According to Dodson, 'They said, "Did you hear about the border patrol agent?" And I said, "Yeah." And they said "Well it was one of the Fast and Furious guns." There's not really much you can say after that.'" Two assault rifles ATF had let go nearly a year before were found at Terry's murder. Dodson said, 'I felt guilty. I mean it's crushing. I don't know how to explain it.'
"Sen. Grassley began investigating after his office spoke to Dodson and a dozen other ATF sources -- all telling the same story." For the life of me, I can't understand the purpose of this operation. I do not understand. I'm open to having it explained to me. Obama just yesterday in the press conference with Felipe Calderon assured the government of Mexico that US agents working in Mexico would not be armed, but we're letting guns "walk" from Phoenix gun show. They're being bought by Mexican cartel members and walked back home, and they end up being used for criminal purposes. I guess the stated purpose here is to capture these guys in criminal act. It's one thing to buy the gun, I guess it's legal, at a gun show, take it across the border and use it in a crime. It's apparently what's going on. That's what is meant by, "You gotta break some eggs if you want to make an omelet."
One other thing. I don't go to gun shows, but do they sell that kind of quantity? I mean, can somebody walk in and buy that kind of quantity of AK-47s? Can you go to a gun show and buy 200 AK-47s and walk 'em across the border? That doesn't sound right. I don't know. But there's an ATF operation, and they are letting this happen. Now, don't forget Obama wanted evidence. The left has an accusation out there about crime and drugs: "You think they're coming from Mexico? No!" Remember this? It's all part of the illegal immigration business here. The pro-illegal immigration, the amnesty crowd is questioning this notion that crime and drugs come from Mexico.
So what better way to counter that than to have the guns come from America, to take Mexico out of the equation? So the guns coming in are not a problem as far as immigration. "Those guns are American! It's a whole different thing." What better way to stop one of the arguments that would say, "Tighten the borders because of all the crime, all the drugs, all the guns coming from Mexico"? That's one argument. How better to nullify that than to end up arranging for the guns to be American guns? Look, I wouldn't put it past this bunch. You know damn well they want amnesty. They're losing independent voters fast.
We know what this is all about. We know what the immigration push is all about; getting new voters for the Democrat Party, expanding the welfare state. Pure and simple that's what it's about, and yet all this crime coming into the country from Mexico, the drug cartels, the guns. Well, what better way to refute the argument that it's coming from Mexico than for the guns to end up being American? So if you run the regime, you are the regime. You come up with a program designed to (as far as public is concerned) be able to track the drug cartels so you let American guns "walk" into Mexico; those guns end up being used in crimes in the United States. "Those are not Mexican guns," the regime can say. "Those are American guns! We don't have a problem here." (interruption)
Do we have to apologize to Mexico for sending the guns to them? No. Remember, now, they're not officially admitting that's what's going on. We've had a whistleblower, Agent Dodson, saying this is what's going on, but we're not admitting it, but the story is now out. The whistleblower's done his job. CBS, the source of the story, is doing it's job, reporting: The gun that killed the border agent is an American AK-47; it wasn't Mexican gun. This has been a huge argument, folks. It's been a huge argument. With the ranchers being shot, Arizona trying to stanch the flow of illegals, one of the big arguments has been the crime element, the criminal element of all this. Mexican guns and so forth.
So now you have, "Looky here! Looky here! They're American guns, they're not Mexican guns."
It's just a thought.
Friday, March 4, 2011
Limbaugh discovers Gunwalker and shares it with 20M listeners. "These guns ended up in the hands of drug cartels & have been used to kill Americans."
Not bad considering Rush is hardly a staunch 2nd Amendment guy.