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New information reveals ATF sold guns directly to Mexican drug cartels

Information about Operation Fast and Furious – the US government run gun running operation that turned over thousands of weapons to Mexican drug cartels – is coming fast and furious now.  The newest revelation:

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.

Yes, it’s not just about allowing drug cartel members to buy guns from US dealers and move them into Mexico, apparently the ATF also bought guns and resold them to the drug cartels with the same result.  Or said another way, they used your money to actively participate in this bone-headed plan and sure enough, got the expected results.  But then they lost track of the weapons – on purpose.

Apparently there was a little office politics involved in the stupidity:

In June 2010, however, the ATF dramatically upped the ante, making the U.S. government the actual "seller" of guns.

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.

According to a story posted Sunday on a website dedicated to covering Fast and Furious, Voth gave Dodson the assignment to "dirty him up," since Dodson had become the most vocal critic of the operation.

"I think Dodson demanded the letter from Voth to cover both himself and the FFL (Federal Firearm Licensee). He didn’t want to be hung out to dry by Voth," a source told the website "Sipsey Street Irregulars."

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~McQ

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7 Responses to New information reveals ATF sold guns directly to Mexican drug cartels

  • Pointing more and more towards their actual intention, to cause enough ruckus with guns to create further restrictions on their sale here in the US.  As for their arrogant attitude towards Mexico, it was “collateral damage”.  I’m sure they planned to make it up to Mexico by tightening gun sales here in the US and ‘solving’ Mexico’s latest arms problem (which they created, neat eh?).
    All so sad.
     
    The agent that angrily suggested they just open up the ATF vaults and ship the content (and subsequently blew the whistle on them) was spot on.
     
    But I’m not feeling an Iran Contra class investigation is necessary though, perhaps one more like the one Justice conducted on the Black Panther voter intimidation issue, yes, that’s just the ticket.  Meanwhile the MSM has fully developed myopia with regard to the Fast and Scandalous operation.

  • Jail time for Holder and many others.

  • I guess it’s safe to say Obama’s campaign pledge to make government transparent didn’t cover illegal gun sales.

  • The passivity of the Mexican government in all this is amazing, especially considering the numbers (40,000 and still rising) of their innocent dead with heads cut off, bodies strung by their heels from freeways, young women kidnapped from the streets to become sex slaves for the drug runners, young men forced to commit violent murders and rapes–always taped–so they will never snitch on the drug lords, etc, etc, etc. How the Mexicans have not thrown the American ambassador out of Mexico in protest is shocking.

    And still nothing from Mrs. Clinton about F&F. Not one word. This is not loyalty; this is moral cowardice. She should resign as a point of honor; if she doesn’t, she is going to be tarred with F&F by the American people…and history.   

  • Yet there are still pretzel logic Øbama disciples attempting to deny/justify/explain Gunwalker in a some sort of positive light. Gunwalker will be an albatross around Øbama’s neck. It should be his Watergate, but the Malfeasant Media will fall on their collective swords before that happens. When I think what sickens me the most about the depths this country has fallen to, it is more the depravity of the media, than our inept and corrupt leadership.

  • We are being kind, generous, and foolish perhaps, every time we use the word ‘inept’ in association with this operation.   We are allowing that they were just stupid, and not deliberate and malicious.
     
    I don’t think there’s any stupid in it, unless it’s by lower level people who did as they were told contrary to what they KNEW very well would occur as a result of following those orders to the letter.   There are people who led this who were briefed, they were believers, they had an agenda, and while keeping guns out of the hands of the cartels might happen as a result of their efforts, seeing that the guns GOT there was the primary agenda that would allow them to respond in firearm restrictive ways.
     
    They put the cart BEFORE the horse, because they knew it would cause a wreck that would allow them to force a change in the way carts were designed.