So much for a "sting gone wrong!"
Apparently Dodson was smart enough to keep copies of all memos; good for him!
Good post, btw.
This story is yet another example of what you get when you have people who hate America running America.
It just gets dirtier and dirtier.
It appears that half the top staff at the ATF need to be fired, and a few jailed.
We may have to go back to the Neurenberg trials where people used the excuse that they were just following orders.
Some orders cannot be followed. Squeeze these people hard enough and Obama’s name will come out as the leader of this debacle.
Still half of the country has never heard of “Gunwalker” the Media has been that good at keeping this hidden.
marktwain...thanks for your posts.
Ping for later.
We know that the FBI gave their informant money to buy weapons with, and that he bought a large number of the Fast and Furious weapons.
If a federal agency wants firearms, why not buy them directly from the plant using a federal buyer? I assume that the cartel middleman isnt going to demand the receipt. Why go through the effort of giving an agent cash and then buying them from a licensed dealer if the dealer wasnt the focus of the activity?
If Dobson had gone to the dealer and said, Hey, Im a cartel buyer and Ill give you twice the price in cash to slip me some guns, then yes, youve got a case against the dealer. But giving them to a cartel middleman is ridiculous unless the stated purpose is to develop a business relationship with the middleman in the hopes hell lead you further up the chain. But the reason hes the middleman is to create the separation the next level of buyer needs. The next guy up the chain isnt an idiot. (The job self-eliminates idiots.)
Lastly, the cartels can send somebody to China or North Korea and buy whatever they want in mass quantities and have it smuggled directly to their door. Why mess around with ones and twos when you can have hundreds or thousands and hand them out the US Army armory? And, why just simple assault weapons when the Chinese and North Koreans will supply rockets, grenades, armor, RPVs and even assault vehicles?
Lets be generous and say the ATF/FBI/DOJ had legitimate operations going on. Okay, theyve fallen through. So, go public and tell the taxpayers what the reasoning was, what really happened and how youre going to clean up this mess.
BTW, what happened to the warehouses worth of seized weapons theyre always parading for the press? Why not just check some out and use them? Why spend budget when you can get them from the government for free?
Maybe what Congress needs is to insist the ATF/FBI/DOJ come to an intelligence briefing and present a business plan. This is the purpose. This is what were going to invest. This is the return we expect on that investment.
The impression I have is a high level appointee gets an idea and develops unrealistic plans in a vacuum and then hands them down for subordinates to implement.
The link did not seem to work. Here is the link I searched and found.
I’m curious about the money...Surely the ATF wouldn’t want to deal with a record of unsourced money showing up in their bank account...What happened to the money the Cartels paid for these weapons??? Maybe back into petty cash??? Or were the weapons gifts???
According to Mike, his wife had to borrow money to get gas to pick him up in another city after the airline fouled up the connecting flight home. Mike was returning from a trip in which he and David Codrea received a SMOKING GUN letter that PROVES that the ATF was buying guns with cash (no 4473) specifically to send to Mexico! This is a felony violation of the ITAR.
To paraphrase Lincoln: "We cannot spare this man. He fights." Give Mike a fighting chance. This good man needs your help. And yes, I give to him regularly.
There it is, folks, the thuggery just doesn't quit.
Why follow that when they won't follow the very laws they are supposed to be enforcing?
With few exceptions, the Agency has gone rogue and should be shut down by whatever means necessary.