FAST AND FURIOUS in MEXICO

Obama says NO ARMS FOR OUR GUYS
Obama says NO ARMS FOR OUR GUYS
Picture of Gen. Antonnio E. Monsivais holding weapon allowed by US into Mexico
Picture of Gen. Antonnio E. Monsivais holding weapon allowed by US into Mexico
Guns into Mexico come back to haunt us.
Guns into Mexico come back to haunt us.
Agent Brian Terry shot down by guns we allowed into Mexico while defending himself with bean bags.
Agent Brian Terry shot down by guns we allowed into Mexico while defending himself with bean bags.
Kerry's funeral
Kerry's funeral

On Thursday March 3 President Obama immerged from a meeting with Mexico’s president Calderon and made the following statement concerning arming our border patrol agents: “There are laws in place in Mexico that say our agents should not be armed.”

This in the wake of another death of one of our agents, Jaime Zapata.

WHISTLE BLOWER

John Dodson 39 is a border patrol agent who recently went to the supervisors at the Justice Department to complain about a policy that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives inacted in October 2009. It allowed for hundreds of guns to be purchased by straw buyers and taken into Mexico. The idea was to trace the the guns used in crimes in order to make some arrests and take down a drug cartel.

According to Dodson and some other folks this strategy was approved all the way up to the Justice Department. As an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms senior agent, Dodson's job is to stop gun trafficking across the border. Instead, he says he was ordered to sit by and watch it happen.

The operation was named FAST AND FURIOUS.

Some agents on the border however put up some pretty strong objections . They feared to let AK-47s sail into Mexico might not be the best strategy. Whistle Blower John Dodson said, “With the number of guns we let walk, we’ll never know how many people were killed, raped, robbed … there is nothing we can do to round up those guns. They are gone.”

Dodson and some of his peers wanted to intercept some of the weapons but were overruled by the ATF. Their objections to shoveling arms into Mexico were repeatedly dismissed by ATF SUPERVISORS.

Their answer, according to Dodson, was, "If you're going to make an omelette, you've got to break some eggs."

Whistle blower Dodson expected to be fired for his complaints. He feared some of othe guns would eventually be used against them and would perpetuate even more violence and he was not the only agent vehemently against the Fast and Furious policy.

According to Senator Charles Grassley who became interested in disclosures being made by Dodson, one of these guns was found at the scene where border patrol agent Brian A. Terry was killed while trying to apprehend bandits targeting illegal immigrants. Agent Brian was 40 years old and died on December 14 2010.

(For a copy of Senator Grassley's letter to Attorney General Holder, scroll down to the link)

Needless to say the family of agent Kerry are angry that Kerry was killed by guns that border agents were instructed to allow into Mexico while defending himself with bean bags. The Justice Department denies this but Senator Grassley insists upon the validity of the claim. Senator Grassley said, “The Justice Department and the ATF put up a wall to mislead the American people and were less than forthcoming .”

Dodson said he hopes that speaking out helps Terry's family. They haven't been told much of anything about his murder - or where the bullet came from. Dodson said they never did take down any drug cartels. However, he said thousands of Fast and Furious weapons are still out there and will be claiming victims on both sides of the border for years to come.

Some of the agents that disagreed with the Fast and Furious program, received what they perceived were veiled threats.

Supervisor David J. Voth wrote the following concerning the agent’s disapproval of the program:

“If you don’t think this is fun you’re in the wrong line of work — period! This is the pinnacle of domestic U.S. law enforcement techniques. After this the tool box is empty. Maybe the Maricopa County Jail is hiring detention officers and you can get paid $30,000 (instead of $100,000) to serve lunch to inmates all day .”

Read Sen. Grassley's letter to the attorney general

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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Great hub. The disturbing part is the idiot who came up with this plan still has his high paid position with the government. The sad part is nothing will be done about this. A few heads may roll, but they will be the heads of the innocent bystanders who had no say-so whatsoever in this plan.

And of course those agents who dared question the sanity of this plan will pay for asking those questions for the rest of their careers. The result was the death of a really good agent, and the blame should rest with the persons really responsible.


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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC Author

I'm afraid you are right, but I'm hoping the ongoing investigation will bring some punishment to the group in the WhiteHouse that come up with these insane policies.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

The ATF is the same idiot agency responsible for the debacles of Ruby Ridge and Waco. And would someone tell me again why we need an agency to oversee alcohol, tobacco, and firearms when all three are perfectly legal?

What we should do is just get rid of the ATF altogether. It would be a great cost cutter.

The FBI can handle their duties (the FBI took over Waco after the ATF botched it so badly! Then the FBI botched it too. Why do we need two idiot agencies when one can can screw it up just fine?)


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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC Author

Good points. I never thought of it that way. Thank you.


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eovery 5 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

I can't believe the stupidity behind this all...Oh yeah, we are talking about our government.

Keep on hubbing!


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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC Author

Yes, our big bloated government.

Thanks eovery.


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b. Malin 5 years ago

Great Hub Mslizzee with such disturbing information...but it's our government, so hey, they can do what they want... they get a Free Pass, they can do no wrong...God Help Us!


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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC Author

Hi b. Malin.

It's at times rather scary what goes on around us.

Thank you for reading my hubs. I appreciate it.


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breakfastpop 5 years ago

We have no leadership and without that nothing will ever be addressed in an intelligent manner. Obama has a vested interest in keeping our borders porous. Votes, votes and more votes and the public be damned.


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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC Author

Thank you pop for reading my stuff. I appreciate it.

Lizzee


Harvey Stelman 5 years ago

ms, The border situation must be a bad dream. It could never happen if lawmakers were awake, did I really say that!I have no idea why anyone would take a job like our American heroes do, they're signing up to risk assasination. Yet some American's laugh at them. H


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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC Author

I don't. I think they are very brave. THanks for your comments.

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