Federal Agent John Dodson says he was ordered to sit by and watch large caches of guns cross the U.S. border into Mexico, even though his job was to stop gun trafficking. Dodson’s career is now on the line, and his superiors say it never happened.
I’m boots on the ground in Phoenix, telling you we’ve been doing it every day since I’ve been here,” he said. “Here I am. Tell me I didn’t do the things that I did. Tell me you didn’t order me to do the things I did. Tell me it didn’t happen. Now you have a name on it. You have a face to put with it. Here I am. Someone now, tell me it didn’t happen.”
Not only did the ATF order it, they videoed it:
Documents show the inevitable result: The guns that ATF let go began showing up at crime scenes in Mexico. And as ATF stood by watching thousands of weapons hit the streets… the Fast and Furious group supervisor noted the escalating Mexican violence.
One e-mail noted, “958 killed in March 2010 … most violent month since 2005.” The same e-mail notes: “Our subjects purchased 359 firearms during March alone,” including “numerous Barrett .50 caliber rifles.”
Agent Dodson says the violence inside Mexico can be blamed on the hugh quantities of weapons – even AK-47s – that we sent into the country in order to try to track-back the weapons to cartels. He says he confronted his superiors time and time again, as did other agents. But the answer back was goading and mocking:
There was so much opposition to the gun walking, that an ATF supervisor issued an e-mail noting a “schism” among the agents. “Whether you care or not people of rank and authority at HQ are paying close attention to this case…we are doing what they envisioned…. If you don’t think this is fun you’re in the wrong line of work… Maybe the Maricopa County jail is hiring detention officers and you can get $30,000 … to serve lunch to inmates…”
Agent Dodson and other sources say the gun walking strategy was approved all the way up to the Justice Department. The idea was to see where the guns ended up, build a big case and take down a cartel. And it was all kept secret from Mexico.
Read the full story at CBS, including a tie to murdered Agent Brian Terry, and thanks to my friend Ran at Si Vis Pacem for the tip. Since we are talking about guns here, Ran has a new venture, still in BETA, but pertinent today. Check out The Gun’s Report for all the latest.