CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson reports that Congressional investgators from Senate Grassley’s and Representative Issa’s committees are back in Arizona digging into the ATF “Gunwalker” scandal.
For those not familiar with this, ATF had a scheme to allow guns to “walk” into the hands of Mexican drug cartel straw buyers. Two of these “walked” guns turned up at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brioan Terry near Rio Rico.
Congressional investigators back in Arizona for “Gunwalker”
Posted by Sharyl Attkisson CBS News
Congressional investigators are back on the ground in Phoenix this week for more interviews in the ATF “gunwalking” investigation. This time, sources tell CBS News, the investigators will be speaking with gun shop owners the ATF allegedly recruited to play a part in Operation Fast and Furious.
In that operation, insiders allege ATF allowed more than 2,500 assault rifles and other weapons to hit the streets or “walk.” The idea was allegedly to monitor the purchases of gun buyers suspected of working with Mexican drug cartels, in hopes it would eventually provide intelligence to take down a cartel. But some of the weapons have been used in violent crimes, including the scene of the murder of border patrol agent Brian Terry last December.
It is also reported that ATF and Obama Administration officials are trying to divert attention away from the Gunwalker investigation…and may be tripping over some serious legal liability in trying to bury the scandal which has been confirmed to CBS News and others by ATF whistleblowers.
This is the second time Congressional investigators have been in Arizona digging into Gunwalker and some other allegations about border security issues.
What is becoming obvious is that ATF agents were seriously concerned that the “walked” guns could end up in the hands of drug cartel gunmen and end up killing among other people… US federal law enforcement agents.
Gun shop owners in Phoenix, concerned about the same risk, complained to the ATF about that risk.
Notwithstanding being warned “walking” guns into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels could end up leaving dead bodies everywhere…the ATF bosses went ahead with the scheme.
Besides the dead body of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, estimates run as high as over 1,000 Mexicans have been killed with ATF “walked” guns.
A suggestion to the Congressional investigators…take a look ar ARS 13-1201:
ARS 13-1201. Endangerment; classification
A. A person commits endangerment by recklessly endangering another person with a substantial risk of imminent death or physical injury.
B. Endangerment involving a substantial risk of imminent death is a class 6 felony. In all other cases, it is a class 1 misdemeanor.
Going forward with “walking” guns to “straw” buyers for the drug cartels is the definition of “reckless”.
Maybe the evidence gathered ought to be turned over to Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne and felony charges brought against the ATF bosses who knowingly allowed the guns to “walk”.
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