ATF knowingly allowed the sale of assault weapons into Mexico ?

Washington -- Two AK-47 assault rifles found near where a U.S. Border Patrol officer was fatally shot were among hundreds of guns federal authorities let pass into the hands of known and suspected gun traffickers in a flawed attempt to track the weapons to Mexican drug cartels, a U.S. senator says.

Under Project Gunrunner, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed known and suspected gun smugglers to purchase hundreds of weapons in the hope that they could be traced to their ultimate destination, believed to be border region crime syndicates.

But Sen. Charles Grassley, an Iowa Republican, said the ATF lost track of hundreds of those guns, including the two found in Rio Rico, Arizona, at the shooting of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

"Terry lost his life in that firefight and may have been killed with one of those two rifles," Grassley wrote in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder complaining that the ATF was "stonewalling" his investigation into the matter.

In an account published in the Los Angeles Times, the ATF said there is no evidence the guns were used to kill the agent.

And the allegation the ATF knowingly allowed the sale of assault weapons to a straw purchaser who then transported them into Mexico is "false," according to Assistant Attorney General Ronald Welch.

"ATF makes every effort to interdict weapons that have been purchased illegally and prevent their transportation to Mexico," Welch wrote in a February 4 letter to Grassley.

On the "CBS Evening News" Thursday, an ATF whistle-blower, Agent John Dodson, said the ATF intentionally allowed guns to go into Mexico. "We've been doing it every day since I've been here," the Phoenix-based agent said. Dodson said he feels the ATF is partially to blame for the escalating violence in Mexico.

Just minutes before the CBS broadcast Thursday, ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson issued a statement saying the agency is forming a panel to "review the bureau's current firearms trafficking strategies employed by field division managers and special agents."

"This review will enable ATF to maximize its effectiveness when undertaking complex firearms trafficking investigations and prosecutions," he wrote.

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Comment by Maria De Wind on July 9, 2011 at 5:37pm

Obama Caught Staging Terror Attack!

 

 

Shipping 30,000 guns in to Mexico by the ATF, FBI and DEA is a act of staged terror in Mexico and the U S.

 

 

Obama Caught Staging Terror Attack! Part 2/2

 

 

Top Mexican Drug Dealer says U.S. GOV gave Them Guns!

 

Comment by Tara on March 16, 2011 at 12:56pm

Look at what our lovely Government is up to now. I am most certain that this is all relative.

 

U.S. Drones Fight Mexican Drug Trade

Comment by Petalrose on March 5, 2011 at 12:52am
During Vietnam the CIA  a/k/a  Air America sold drugs and w/ that money that bought guns and gave them to the vietcong to use against our boys-the dirty bastards! And good ole Gordon Liddy was the head of that operation-one of Nixona  cronies. You are probually to young to remember, but I sure as hell will never forgot. And ppl ask me why I don't like the govt-you don't have enough time in the world for me to tell ya...
Comment by TheLasersShadow on March 4, 2011 at 8:19pm

"Gun-shop owners recognized a suspicious pattern of purchases (even your most wild American gun fanatic doesn't buy 575 AK-47 assault rifles). They phoned ATF to warn them that something strange was going on. They were told not to worry, ATF had it under control."

 

"On Dec. 15, U.S. border patrol officer Brian Terry was shot and killed. Two guns found at the scene were traced directly to the ATF operation."

 

"What should worry everyone is that ATF deliberately allowed deadly military-style assault rifles, pistols and even .50-caliber Barrett sniper rifles to cross the border and reach the hands of some of the most crazed mass murderers on the planet." All quotes from http://dallasmorningviewsblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2011/03/proje...

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