Crooks and liars endanger our people--again.
A federal agent told members of Congress on Wednesday
that Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms agents in Arizona
routinely allowed the purchase of guns they knew would wind up in
the hands of Mexican cartel members.
John Dodson told members of the House Committee on Oversight and
Government Reform said Phoenix firearms dealers had provided the
agency with the names of more than 40 people who were likely buying
guns really meant for criminals.
"From the earliest days of the operation ... I had no question
that the individuals we were watching were acting as straw
purchasers and that the weapons they purchased would soon be
trafficked to Mexico and locales all along the Southwest border,
where they would be used in violent crime if we did not intervene,"
he testified. "However, we did nothing."
Instead, he said, agents were told to track the weapons in hopes
of finding out where they were going.
The process, known as Operation Fast and Furious, came under
congressional scrutiny after two weapons purchased by one of those
straw buyers turned up at the scene of where Border Patrol agent
Brian Terry was shot to death near Rio Rico last December.