- Law Cases
by Sharon Rondeau
(Apr. 17, 2011) — The UK Daily Mail Online has reported that a senior agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms came forward last month claiming that the ATF has been “allowing guns to slip across the border and fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
CBS News interviewed ATF senior agent John Dodson, who stated that his instructions were to allow guns to “walk” across the Mexican border. Dodson described his assignment as emanating from the U.S. Justice Department. Although the Justice Department has denied that the operations took place, CBS states that “Dodson believes there are other ATF operations going on that have done the same thing.”
A CBS report dated March 21, 2011 stated that after Dodson’s revelations, another ATF agent had come forward with the same allegations and that “Now there’s evidence other agencies knew about [the] program.”
An email written by David Voth, Group Supervisor to a working group tasked with allowing gun-walking, described the mission as “fun.” The email was an apparent attempt to stop “petty arguing, rumors or other adolescent behavior” on the part of anyone who might have disagreed with the practice.
The email concludes with the statement, “We need to get over this bump in the road once and for all and get on with the mission at hand. This can be the most fun you have with ATF, the only one limiting the amount of fun we have is you!”
Voth mentioned a hypothetical ATF salary of $100,000 annually as opposed to lower-paying employment outside of the federal government. The 2010 budget for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms was “$1,120 .8 million” with over 5,000 employees, and for 2011, an increase $42.2 million has been requested. The ATF’s stated mission is to “to reduce violent crime, prevent terrorism, and protect the United States.”
But are they doing that by providing guns to Mexican drug dealers and criminals? One website claims that the ATF is guilty of waste, dishonesty, and providing false testimony. The site’s stated purpose is to “promote restoration of integrity, accountability and responsibility to ATF’s leadership, and regain the trust of the American taxpayer.”
A Houston Fox News affiliate reported that a Houston firearms dealer, Carter Country, through its legal counsel stated that the ATF had requested that it sell guns to certain types of people, particularly young Hispanics, which the attorney described as “profiling.” When asked, the local reporter did not produce documentation to support the attorney’s claims but said that he felt they were solid given the attorney’s reputation in the community. However, CBS reported that documentation was provided by other gun dealers who were paid by the ATF to be “confidential informants.”
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) has termed Dodson a “whistleblower” and called for an investigation into the Department of Justice, which it reportedly agreed to launch with its Inspector General following Grassley’s production of documentary evidence to the DOJ. However, Grassley pointed out that there is no permanent DOJ Inspector General at the present time and opined that “acting inspectors general tend to function as caretakers of the office.”
Speaking on the floor of the U.S. Senate, Grassley stated that it appeared that the “ATF was doing this (trafficking) on purpose…” Grassley is in possession of emails which “refute earlier Justice Department denials.” An April 15 report from Arizona Central stated that after the emails were made public the day before, “Justice Department officials in Washington, D.C., could not be reached late Thursday, and a spokesman for the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives declined to comment.”
Grassley stated reported that before his confirmation, faux Attorney General Eric Holder had promised to respond swiftly to any oversight concerns Grassley and other might have, but that the reality is that “the Justice Department has circled the wagons.” He also stated that he was performing his “constitutional responsibility of oversight to make sure the checks and balances of system of government under the Constitution is working.” It was clear in Grassley’s speech that he felt the Justice Department had delayed in responding to his request for documents relating to Project Gunwalker.
On February 9, 2011, Grassley sent a letter to Holder stating that “ATF whistleblowers” had come forward to report that the ATF had “allowed the sale of assault rifles to known and suspected straw purchasers for an illegal trafficking ring” which ultimately killed Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry on December 14, 2010. Terry was killed by an AK-47 while initiating an arrest of a group of men believed to be preying on illegal immigrants as they crossed the Arizona border. Agent Terry had served in the Marines. Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner Alan Bersin called the murder a “despicable act.”
Last September, MSNBC’s Michael Isikoff, who repeated the claim of Dr. Chiyome Fukino of having “personally reviewed” Barack Hussein Obama’s long-form birth certificate despite no evidence, reported that “Project Gunrunner,” designed to reduce the movement of deadly weapons across the U.S. southern border to Mexican drug lords, had “misfired” “due to bureaucratic turf battles and a failure to share critical intelligence about illegal firearms purchases.”
Project Gunrunner was designed to discover the first purchaser of a firearm using the eTrace internet-based system, including those purchased lawfully. But was the program overstepping the privacy of individuals and overlooking other ways to follow the movement of firearms? From Wikipedia:
eTrace only tracks firearms to the “first retail purchase”. Many (if not most) such guns have been subsequently sold or stolen – perhaps many times. Nevertheless, eTrace only points to the first purchaser, who (innocent or not) then is automatically reported as a suspect to the requesting agency, including foreign police. eTrace does not and cannot (at the present time) trace firearm ownership to the last owner, nor to any intermediate owners, which is a major limitation in the eTrace system.
How could Project Gunrunner have been successful when it apparently escalated to Project Gunwalker, wherein the enemy was knowingly supplied with firearms when the U.S. Justice Department coerced gun shops to participate and then lied about it?
The definition of “treason, sedition” is “disloyalty or treachery to one’s country or its government. Treason is any attempt to overthrow the government or impair the well-being of a state to which one owes allegiance; the crime of giving aid or comfort to the enemies of one’s government. S edition is any act, writing, speech, etc., directed unlawfully against state authority, the government, or constitution, or calculated to bring it into contempt or to incite others to hostility, ill will or disaffection; it does not amount to treason and therefore is not a capital offense.”
Oran’s Dictionary of the Law, published in 1983, defines “treason” as “.[a]…citizen‘s actions to help a foreign government overthrow, make war against, or seriously injure the [parent nation].” In many nations, it is also often considered treason to attempt or conspire to overthrow the government, even if no foreign country is aided or involved by such an endeavour.”
What are Obama and his accomplices doing to the United States by supplying firearms to the enemy, who then kill U.S. citizens?
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