U.S. firearms agents told lawmakers on Wednesday they were instructed to only watch as hundreds of guns were bought, illegally resold and sent to Mexico
where drug-related violence has raged for years.
Agents for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Arizona told the House of Representatives Oversight Committee they were told not to arrest the so-called straw buyers and instead see where the guns went.
Republicans and Democrats on the panel expressed outrage about the ATF program -- "Operation Fast and Furious" -- and demanded answers from the Obama administration about why arrests were secondary to tracking the firearms.
"We monitored as they purchased handguns, AK-47 variants and .50 caliber rifles, almost daily at times," John Dodson, an ATF special agent in Phoenix, told the committee.
"Rather than conduct any enforcement actions, we took notes, we recorded observations, we tracked movements of these individuals, we wrote reports but nothing more."
Dodson said agents were never given reasonable answers why their activities were limited.
An ATF supervisor in Phoenix, Peter Forcelli, said some tried to raise concerns with supervisors but were rebuffed.
This is more than a little suspicious. The excuse that they wanted to see where the weapons went is unadulterated BS. I mean, do they really have to follow bread crumbs to find out where the local war lords/drug runners/gang-bangers are?
International Drug Kingpins are no different than ghetto trash dope-heads in that they both may as well put up neon signs around their houses to announce what they are.
No, there is something very bad behind this story.
But nothing will come of it however, as those behind it are mere suits. And suits are indistinguishable from one another and answerable to no one in particular as they themselves always defer to a plethora of endless other suits.