ATF Purposely Allowed Drug Cartels To Buy And Smuggle Thousands Of Assault Weapons

article-0-0D507149000005DC-632_468x574In a secret program called “Fast and Furious”, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms knowingly let thousands of assault rifles (such as AK-47s) “walk” across the border into the hands of drug cartels in Mexico — ATF planned to track the guns for intelligence purposes and “see where they ended up.” The weaponry in question has been used in a spree of deadly crimes, including the murders of U.S. government agents Jaime Zapata and Brian Terry. A whistleblower at ATF brought the matter to light, CBS News reports:

Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is asking the U.S. government for details about ATF’s “Fast and Furious” operations.

As our CBS News Investigation has revealed, “Fast and Furious” was a secret program under which, sources say, ATF purposely allowed thousands of assault rifles and other weapons from the U.S. into the hands of drug cartels in Mexico. Insiders call it letting the guns “walk.”

Documents show that ATF-walked guns began turning up at many violent crime scenes in Mexico from the start. Two of them – AK-47 variant semi-automatic assault rifles – were found at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry on December 14, 2010.

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  • Voidthought

    Well, I wonder if they learned anything from tracking these guns? They certainly haven’t done anything to show that they care if these guns just “walk”.

  • Voidthought

    Well, I wonder if they learned anything from tracking these guns? They certainly haven’t done anything to show that they care if these guns just “walk”.

  • hucksawyer

    This kind of stuff is to be expected. Look at Gary Webb’s “Dark Alliance” expose, for which he paid with his life. Look at the Iran-Contra scandal. Look at the Golden Triangle drug boom during Vietnam. Look at the heroin explosion that followed the US entry into Afghanistan. Watch “Serpico”. Going way back, remember the vast opulence the British acquired peddling opium in China. “Opium wars”, literally. Look at the bootlegging fortune the Kennedies made during the prohibition. Jay Gatsby and what not. r
    In short, the elite and their intelligence agencies peddle drugs and arms to make money. Drugs and arms are the biggest raw cash cows there are.

  • Anonymous

    This kind of stuff is to be expected. Look at Gary Webb’s “Dark Alliance” expose, for which he paid with his life. Look at the Iran-Contra scandal. Look at the Golden Triangle drug boom during Vietnam. Look at the heroin explosion that followed the US entry into Afghanistan. Watch “Serpico”. Going way back, remember the vast opulence the British acquired peddling opium in China. “Opium wars”, literally. Look at the bootlegging fortune the Kennedies made during the prohibition. Jay Gatsby and what not. r
    In short, the elite and their intelligence agencies peddle drugs and arms to make money. Drugs and arms are the biggest raw cash cows there are.

  • DeepCough

    No matter how you look at it, governments just seem to have this nasty tendency to foment, instigate, and promulgate war.

  • DeepCough

    No matter how you look at it, governments just seem to have this nasty tendency to foment, instigate, and promulgate war.

  • Rufus

    I’ll bet Vin Diesel was the whistleblower! I can see it now. ” Fast & Furious: Part 7″ Smuggling AK-47’s to Mexico in high performance rice burners! I hope Michelle Rodriguez and Paul Walker make guest appearances!

  • Rufus

    I’ll bet Vin Diesel was the whistleblower! I can see it now. ” Fast & Furious: Part 7″ Smuggling AK-47’s to Mexico in high performance rice burners! I hope Michelle Rodriguez and Paul Walker make guest appearances!

  • Nedmorlef

    so. they make money both ways. they let drugs into the country then steal homes & land from blue collar american citizens instead of stopping drugs at the border.

  • Nedmorlef

    so. they make money both ways. they let drugs into the country then steal homes & land from blue collar american citizens instead of stopping drugs at the border.

  • Will

    The only reason they tracked the guns was to make sure they reached their targeted market. We don’t want these guns slipping into Nicaragua.

  • Will

    The only reason they tracked the guns was to make sure they reached their targeted market. We don’t want these guns slipping into Nicaragua.

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