FAST AND FURIOUS in MEXICO
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.
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