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18 January 2011

ATF scandal in Arizona/Mexico update, "Operation Gunwalker"

 The scandal:  

"Operation Gunwalker":  ATF purchases hundreds of legal semiauto AR-15 type weapons from AZ stores, and brings them into Mexico, where they find their way into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.  This is in order to artificially increase ("pad") the number of US origin guns found south of the border.  The allegedly high number of guns found in Mexico is being used by the Obama administration to justify new gun control regulations to prevent the guns being used by the drug cartels.

At least one of the guns used in the killing of a US border patrol agent.

The latest:

 -Politicians from Senate and House contacted;  ATF agents willing to break the story with documentary evidence.  These agents are trying to obtain legal whistleblower status.  

-At least one politician's staff told ATF agents to lawyer up.  Politicians not answering their phones.

-Press being held in reserve for now;  Codrea of Gun Rights Examiner protecting his confidential sources.

-Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh asking patriots to contact the named congresscritters to pressure them to grant the ATF agents coming forward whistleblower status.

From Codrea

"Reporters have been apprised of this in a general sense, but for the time being, the best strategy for the safety of the sources is to get them whistleblower protection.  As such, certain redacted information that does not identify the sources is being shared with the offices of—so far, and that I have first-hand knowledge of—Saxby Chambliss, Jeff Sessions and Charles Grassley. Some House members are also being approached.
Understand at this point, our sources have not been put directly in touch with anyone outside a very close group of colleagues with a need to know—I have not even disclosed to my colleagues anything but carefully redacted information about my newest contact—I don’t mean it to sound cloak-and-dagger, but it’s just that we are being that careful.  We need to be able to give them assurances before they reveal themselves to the political contacts, as they are literally taking immense risks with immense repercussions.  And so far, the response from the politicos has been less than encouraging in the 24-hours since our renewed effort with new information has been offered to them—I’m told Chambliss’ staffer contact  has tried to wash his hands of this saying we should just advise our sources to lawyer up."

"Folks, this has been a frustrating morning. Senate staffers who have been completely briefed on the Project Gunwalker scandal over the last few weeks are deliberately not answering their phones. Others, including Charlie Harmon, the chief of staff of Saxby Chambliss, the U.S. Senator from Georgia, told one of his constituents, "We're on it." Yet, when pressed about the urgency of the matter, said "these guys need to get a lawyer."

No, Charlie, right now they need a Senator with a spine and a pair to do his damn job. The agents need a Senator to COME TO THEM. There are ongoing investigations, the main thrust of which, in my opinion, is to cover up the circumstances of Project Gunwalker and the death of Border Patrol agent Terry. To volunteer to go to the press during an ongoing investigation can end their careers or put them in jail themselves. Yet some are willing to do so, if forced by the inaction of your elected senators and representatives. The tools that the agency, Main Justice and the White House have at their disposal to shut these agents up are many and powerful. These guys need whistleblower protection NOW. "

1 comment:

  1. I sure yearn for the days when we had Senators with courage, i.e., Joe McCarthy, Welker,Bricker, Bridges, Malone, Williams, not to mention House Rep. Wood, and his like, but they seem to be a vanishing breed, not the go-along to get-along we have today. Liberty Belle