In order to pad the numbers of US firearms being "acquired" by Mexican drug cartels.
Read the latest from David Codrea's gun rights examiner here.
- ATF’s Phoenix office allowed the guns to go across the border.
- The ATF office in Mexico was denied permission to share this information with their Mexican counterparts. Believing this was wrong, they went over the heads of the Phoenix office and requested permission directly from headquarters in DC.
- The higher-ups sided with the Phoenix decision to withhold the information from Mexican authorities.
That would make this an international law enforcement incident, would it not?