Seems we have had some congressional hearings going on now on the ATF’s botched gun running scandal, and people are talking. And some of the things they are pointing out make one wonder what really was behind this supposed operation. Things like Agent Dodson’s comment that:
“We were mandated to let these guns go,” Dodson said. The program began in 2009 and abruptly ended shortly after Terry’s death Dec. 15. The weapon used to kill Terry has not been identified.
Make it clear that the ATF knew that they couldn’t track these weapons once they crossed the border – leaving the legitimacy of the claim this was a sting operation highly in doubt. And one has to wonder if they called the program quits, very soon after the death of agent Terry, because they realized this was going to come back to them eventually. But the revelation that to me is the most damning to the ATF and the other bureaucrats up the chain of command trying to defend this thing or deflect blame from themselves, is the following quote by Dodson:
Prior to joining the ATF in Phoenix, Dodson told the panel that he had “never been involved in or even heard of an operation in which law enforcement officers let guns walk.” “I cannot begin to think of how the risk of letting guns fall into the hands of known criminals could possibly advance any legitimate law enforcement interest.”
Precisely! The negative publicity if something like this happened to go south should have been enough to dissuade any career bureaucrat. And yet, they still pushed it on. One is left wondering why, when it is so obvious that once the weapons were in Mexico they couldn’t be gotten at anymore, did they allow something as unprecedented as this to go on? The defense that they were tracking the weapons to make arrests clearly doesn’t pass muster, in light of revelations like this:
“What we have here is a colossal failure of leadership,” said ATF agent Pete Forcelli, a supervisor in the Phoenix office. “We weren’t giving guns to people for killing bear, we were giving guns to people to kill other humans. This was a catastrophic disaster.”
There is no doubt that the ATF KNEW that these weapons would end up killing people in Mexico. The question then begs to be asked: what benefit would that provide anyone? How would increasing the casualties in the ongoing war in Mexico serve any purpose, and what could that purpose be?
Well that perspective and purpose becomes clear in light of that campaign of falsehoods that lay blame on the violence in Mexico to easy access of guns in the USattempt to re-institute an assault weapons ban by the DOJ.
At a minimum the DOJ was pursuing its attempt to reinstitute an assault weapons ban in parallel with an ATF operation that armed drug gangs in Mexico and helped escalate the number of deaths while laying blame at the feet of the US. I suspect there was quite a bit more to this story, and that none of it will work itself out well for the people involved.