Obama on ATF letting guns “walk” into Mexico: “There may be a situation here which a serious mistake was made, and if that’s the case, then we’ll find out and we’ll hold somebody accountable.”by Hugh Holub on Mar. 30, 2011, under atf, border issues, border patrol, border patrol tucson sector, drug smuggling, mexican drug cartels, mexico, politics, project gunrunner
Not only have 230,000 people been displaced in Mexico due to the drug war… 35,000 people have died in fighting among drug gangs and between the gangs and the authorities in the four years since President Felipe Calderón militarized the fight against drug traffickers shortly after taking office in December 2006.
Meanwhile ATF was allowing guns to be “walked” into Mexico as part of a botched scheme to try and track the guns to higher-ups in the drug cartels.
Two of the ATF “walked” guns were found at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry near Rio Rico, Arizona.
The ATF “gunwalker” scandal reaches high into the Obama Administration….but Obama denies knowing anything about it. The questions everyone are asking is who knew about the gunwalking scheme, and who authorized it?
We are familiar with images of heads chopped off Mexican drug cartel victims. Are heads goiung to roll in Washington DC over 2,000 guns being allowed to get into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels?
Is anyone going to be held accountable for how 2 AK 47s that ATF was letting “walk” ended up at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry?
As the toll mounted in Mexico, anger continued over Operation Fast and Furious, a US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) program that allowed some 2,000 firearms to enter Mexico illegally in what appeared to be a bungled effort to trace the activities of US gun smugglers in the US Southwest. Many of the weapons presumably ended up being used by Mexican drug traffickers
In a Mar. 22 interview with the Spanish-language Univision television network, US president Barack Obama told correspondent Jorge Ramos: “Well, first of all, I did not authorize it. Eric Holder the attorney general did not authorize it. He’s been very clear that our policy is to catch gun runners and put them into jail.” Ramos asked Obama if he had been informed. “Absolutely not,” the president answered. “There may be a situation here which a serious mistake was made, and if that’s the case, then we’ll find out and we’ll hold somebody accountable.”
But a number of top US officials certainly knew about Fast and Furious. Darren Gil, the lead ATF official in Mexico at the time of the operation, said to CBS News on Mar. 25 that his supervisor told him that ATF director Kenneth Melson was aware of the program and that knowledge of the program wasn’t limited to the Treasury Department, which operates the ATF. “Not only is the [ATF] director aware of it, DOJ’s aware of it,” the supervisor said, referring to the US Department of Justice.
Gil, who retired from the ATF in December, said he was instructed not to tell his Mexican counterparts about Fast and Furious. Gil says he warned his supervisor: “When is this case going to shut down? The Mexicans are going to have a fit when they find out about it.” (CBS News 3/25/11; LJ 3/26/11)
Here is the letter trail of Senator Grassley and others who are trying to get to the bottom of the ATF gunwalking scandal: