An ATF program 'walked' guns from Tampa, Florida to Central America's MS 13 gang. Bodies are piling up alongside the stench of cover-up.
7/18/11, "Obama-Contra," IBD
"Democrats who condemned our support of Nicaraguan freedom fighters in the '80s
now ignore administration gun-running that may have put American weapons in the hands of the
- Central American MS-13 gang.
As if "Project Gunrunner" and "Operation Fast and Furious" weren't bad enough, we now learn of "Operation Castaway," run out of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' Tampa field division. It's another operation that allowed guns to "walk" south of the border, this time to Honduras, using similar techniques and tactics.Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., sent two letters a week ago to Attorney General Eric Holder and ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melsom inquiring about the program. He shouldn't expect much....
"Two weapons found at the scene of the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry were traced back to the ATF's 'Operation Fast and Furious,' and reports now indicate that ATF's Tampa field division trafficked as many as 1,000 firearms to the dangerous MS-13 gang in Honduras through a similar program known as 'Operation Castaway,' "
- Bilirakis states on his website.
If these programs bring back memories of the Iran-Contra scandal, we are not surprised. If you're wondering why this isn't as big a scandal, so do we. Iran-Contra wasn't funded in a stimulus package to create jobs. Nor did it occur with the full knowledge and approval of both the attorney general and the White House,
- as these "gun-walking" fiascos did.
Iran-Contra is the umbrella name for a series of actions that at least had the worthy goal of keeping a still-ambitious Soviet Union from establishing a second permanent Communist beachhead in the America, this time in Nicaragua.
Project Gunrunner, of which Operation Fast and Furious was a part, and now Operation Castaway, are without noble purpose. The cover story is that they were part of a plan to trick and track gunrunners. In fact, these schemes made it easy for criminals, drug cartels and gangs to acquire weapons.
The real purpose, we have stated and still suspect, was to advance the administration's push for gun control and the stripping of law-abiding Americans of their Second Amendment rights through "common sense" restrictions on private gun ownership
- by creating chaos and fomenting violence with the guns provided.
Indeed, it did not take long for ATF to announce a new gun-control mandate — the requirement that gun store owners in the border states of Arizona, California, Texas and New Mexico make a special ATF report for multiple long-gun sales, the same type of weapons the ATF was freely providing to the worst of the worst.
This comes as the Department of Justice is stalling on any cooperation
The body count of Gunrunner, Fast and Furious, and Castaway includes Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, who was killed in December 2010 at the hands of an illegal immigrant working for the Sinaloa Cartel while patrolling an area near Tucson. In addition to Terry, Immigration Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata was also killed in a separate incident by a weapon allowed to "walk" into Mexico from the U.S.
Only 1,300 of the estimated 2,500 guns allowed to walk into Mexico have been recovered and roughly 150 Mexican law enforcement officers have been killed by weapons traced to Gunrunner. As the bodies pile up,
- the stench of cover-up grows very strong indeed."
2/23/11, "Gunrunning scandal uncovered at the ATF," CBS News, Sheryl Attkisson
"Then, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered. The serial numbers on the two assault rifles found at the scene matched two rifles ATF watched Jaime Avila buy in Phoenix nearly a year before. Officials won't answer whether the bullet that killed Terry came from one of those rifles. But the nightmare had come true: "walked" guns turned up at a federal agent's murder."...
4/14/11, "Gun shop owner expressed concerns early on in "gunwalker" scandal," CBS News, Sharyl Attkisson
A late 2009 Obama activated Gunrunner program sold weapons to suspected criminal elements. In May, 2010, A DOJ official (an Assistant US Attorney) met with an Arizona gun dealer concerned that lives were in danger from ATF's Gunrunner program. (item middle of article)
6/24/11, "Federal ATF chief said to resist pressure to step down," LA Times, Serrano
"At a House hearing last week, testimony from ATF agents portrayed Melson (a DOJ official) as closely involved in overseeing the venture. At one point, according to documents released by Congress, he asked for and received log-in information and a link to an Internet feed
- in order to watch some of the illegal straw purchases."...
3/24/11, "President Obama on Project Gunrunner: A 'Serious Mistake' May Have Been Made," TPM Muckraker
---------------------------------3/30/11, "Project Gunrunner: Obama’s Stimulus-Funded Border Nightmare," MichelleMalkin.com
7/6/11, "BATF Head Melson Implicates DOJ In Surprise July 4th Testimony," American Thinker, Rob Miller
"What Issa and Grassley are talking about is Obstruction of Justice. And the fact that some of the 'gun traffickers' were paid informants on the FBI and DEA payroll."...
7/6/11, "ATF Chief Testifies Before Congress in Secret Over Controversial Gun Program," ABC News, Jake Tapper
6/17/11, "Two AK-47s Used to Murder Mexican Lawyer Were 'Fast and Furious' Guns From U.S., Sources Say," Fox News, La Jeunesse
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