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Men in Charge of ATF Fast and Furious that Left U.S. Agent Dead - PromotedTim King Salem-News.com
Run a senseless program to arm cartels, get the wrong people killed, get a raise...
(SALEM, Ore.) - It's like someone asked the question... what could be worse than knowing your federal government would ship guns to criminals in Mexico?
Three of the ATF&E supervisors involved in the failed 'Fast and Furious' federally authorized gunrunning program that saw deadly firearms from U.S. states delivered to drug cartels in Mexico, and used to kill at least one U.S. Border Patrol agent and a prominent Mexican lawyer... have been promoted.
The Los Angeles Times reports the names of the men who share heavy responsibility for the bizarre as:
William G. McMahon - ATF deputy director of operations in the West where the illegal trafficking program was focused
William D. Newell - Program field supervisor who oversaw the program out of the agency's Phoenix office
David Voth - Program field supervisor who oversaw the program out of the agency's Phoenix office
Newell and Voth have been promoted to new positions at the Washington headquarters of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
We have reported this story at length through the efforts of our Photojournalist, Robert Plumlee in New Mexico, who has been monitoring a number of aspects of the cartel explosion for the past three years. He recently encountered unusual treatment that originates from the State Department- a threat of arrest. This seems ridiculous as Mr. Plumlee has been working with a military task force that operates in Mexico battling cartel operations. All of this has been reported in great detail in the past.
A former CIA asset for many years, valuable information from Mr. Plumlee has not been fully utilized. One of his goals prior to the Murder of the Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, was to simply expose the ATF gunrunning operation. "From my point of view, it was clear from the beginning the questionable operation was connected to the highest echelons of the U.S. government". Even though the ATF 'Gunrunner' operation began under George W. Bush, the 'Fast and Furious' program-- and its funding, was allowed to continued under Obama's Stimulus Plan and touted by Attorney General Eric Holder.
It was supervised by the men named above, and it was an ATF agent who finally blew the whistle on the operation. There is integrity but at the top end it seems distinctly lacking.
For their part, the ATF&E says they started Operation 'Fast and Furious' to help track guns that ended up in the hands of cartel leaders in Mexico, hoping it would lead them to top gun traffickers.
Almost 2000 weapons were delivered, and those are the ones that the feds have had to admit to. So far a small percentage of the number of weapons delivered have been located at crime scenes in Mexico.
The LA Times wrote:
It is an utterly amazing story, considering the history of U.S. military operations in Central and South American over the last fifty years. These deadly wars and efforts to overthrow elected governments not specifically friendly to the U.S. government and economy, were supposedly designed to keep the U.S. population safe.
Now, the most powerful cartels in Mexico are already in charge of entire regions, and collectively the cartels are responsible for more drug war related deaths
According to Wikipedia, ATF Project Gunrunner has a stated official objective to stop the sale and export of guns from the United States into Mexico in order to deny Mexican drug cartels the firearms considered "tools of the trade". However, since at least Feb., 2008 under Project Gunrunner, Operations "Fast and Furious", "Too Hot to Handle", "Wide Receiver" and others (all together satirically dubbed "Operation Gunwalker"), are alleged to have done the opposite by ATF permitting and facilitating 'straw purchase' firearm sales to traffickers, and allowing the guns to 'walk' and be transported to Mexico. This has resulted in considerable controversy.
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