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  • Documents Show ATF Bought Guns with Taxpayer Money to Give to Drug Cartels

    New revelations in the ongoing Fast and Furious investigation show that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) used taxpayer money to buy assault weapons that they then passed on to Mexican drug cartels. Sources have also claimed that ATF superiors ordered surveillance teams to stop tracking weapons once they were in the cartels’ possession.

    In June 2010, according to documents obtained by Fox News, undercover ATF Special Agent John Dodson purchased six AK-style CAI Draco 7.62x39mm handguns with cash provided to him by the ATF. Under orders from superiors, he then delivered the weapons to an agent for a Mexican drug cartel, with the understanding that that agent would remove the weapons’ serial numbers and bring them into Mexico.

    David Voth, ATF’s group supervisor in Phoenix, signed off on the operation and even provided a signed letter for Dodson to show proprietors of a pair of gun stores where the weapons were purchased. The guns “will be used by…Dodson in furtherance of his official duties,” Voth’s letter states.

    Fox also reports that Voth explicitly obstructed surveillance efforts designed to track the six weapons he had authorized Dodson to purchase and hand off to cartels.

    According to sources directly involved in the case, Dodson felt strongly that the weapons should not be abandoned and the stash house should remain under 24-hour surveillance. However, Voth disagreed and ordered the surveillance team to return to the office. Dodson refused, and for six days in the desert heat kept the house under watch, defying direct orders from Voth.

    A week later, a second vehicle showed up to transfer the weapons. Dodson called for an interdiction team to move in, make the arrest and seize the weapons. Voth refused and the guns disappeared with no surveillance.

    These revelations are important, since they undercut a pair of official narratives regarding ATF’s role in the Fast and Furious operation.

    1.       ATF was a passive observer, simply tracking weapon purchases and transportation that would have taken place in their absence. There were some instances of gun store owners being given the go-ahead by federal officials determined to see guns fall into the hands of cartel operatives, but ATF involvement never reached the level of actually buying the guns and handing them off to cartels – until now.

    2.       ATF made its best efforts to track weapons once they fell into cartel hands, but simply didn’t have the resources. These revelations show that, at least in some instances, ATF officials themselves suspended surveillance of individuals transporting Fast and Furious guns into Mexico.

    These facts will likely spark more questions about the operation and ATF’s role in it. Look for two groups to be asking a whole lot more questions of the Bureau during the coming week: the Mexican government, which is already furious and will likely wonder why the federal government would ever purchase weapons for a cartel; and congressional investigators, perhaps more likely to get answers to that question.

     

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    8 Responses to Documents Show ATF Bought Guns with Taxpayer Money to Give to Drug Cartels

    1. Herschel Smith says:

      I notice that you didn't source the report. Fox News didn't either, and they know it. The report came from Sipsey Street Irregulars and Examiner. Fox News used their content and posted it as their own.
      http://www.captainsjournal.com/2011/09/26/taxpaye

      • Anonymouse says:

        I read both David Codrea’s report (via Gun Rights Examiner) and Fox’s report by William Lajeunesse. And to what do you think Lajeunesse was referring here:

        “According to a story posted Sunday on a website dedicated to covering Fast and Furious . . . .
        . . .
        Subsequent to this undercover operation, sources told Sipsey . . . .”

        It’s better, Herschel, to do your own reading of originals rather than to assume second-hand inaccuracies are true and then, worse, spread those inaccuracies throughout the Web.

      • Anonymouse says:

        Herschel, not only did Lachlan Markay source his report, he also linked to it.

        • Herschel Smith says:

          No he didn't. Fox News IS NOT THE SOURCE. Period. They stole the material from David Codrea and published it as their own. A little fact checking goes a long way.

    2. carol,az says:

      Thank you for accurately reporting this update.
      No one will speaks clearly of the insanity of this idea to allow weapons "to walk."
      GPS devices in other tacking scenarios are utilized successfully for "tracking back.".
      This "weapons walking," a politicized description, is the new age phasing of a botched policy from a corrupted organization about all things BORDER..
      Reported today,thousands of SCUD Missiles in Libya are reported:" stolen", or "sold on the black market and unaccounted for."
      Added to that; no one has accurately reported, a sale for a SCUD missiles in MX, recently thwarted.
      We have a war on our border in North America and it's backed by terrorist, not drug gangs.
      You've been told ," our border has never been more secured."
      AZ has recently asked for more Fed help and TX has done the same.
      http://www.borderlandbeat.com /
      It's the least graphic site I can find, IF allowed published. It describes the terrorism that is happening 24/7 on all border areas
      Believe it there, and help us here.

    3. Lights on... says:

      Wonder what else they're doing with America's money that can't be found?

    4. Ron Jones says:

      Did we expect the ATF to behave any differently? They are a criminal organization whose vicious ferocity, and disregard for the Citizen is matched only by less self-righteous (and more "honest") criminals like MS13 and La Eme.

      I suggest you see a documentary published by the JPFO called "The Gang: How A Government Agency Abuses The Law To Destroy Your Rights And Freedoms."

      Any attempt by Washington's government to limit the possession of the means of self defense (regardless of form, function, or performance metric) is a blatant violation of the united States Constitution, and should be nullified by every State who values its independence, and the Sovereignty of its Citizens.

    5. Jack Thomas says:

      If the morons in the Obama regime are going to spend our precious, hard-earned tax dollars killing Mexicans and U.S. federal agents, then it's time for a good, old fashioned tax revolt. If you are tired of being an accessory to a crime by funding the murder of other human beings, then it's time to cut off the government's money.

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