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Friday, March 04, 2011

GunRunner, more disturbing facts revealed
by HARLEY

In my last post i detailed what appears top be a policy of that BATF, in allowing firearms, illegally purchased to be shipped across the US-Mexican border.
This Program, Gunrunner, was not popular with some ATF and Border Patrol Agents, some agents were very concerned that this could result in more violence and death.
Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, was murdered by a mexican drug smuggler carrying one of the very firearms that the ATF allowed over the border, and he was only armed with a god damm bean bag gun.
In the light of this, a ATF agent has blown the whistle on this program and talked to CBS news about the utter lack of responsibility shown by the heads of the ATF and Justice Department.
To counter this allegation the ATF is in full spin mode, as shown by a letter sent out to all the BATF offices.

Public Information Officers:

Please make every effort for the next two weeks to maximize coverage of ATF operations/enforcement actions/arrests at the local and regional level. Given the negative coverage by CBS Evening News last week and upcoming events this week, the bureau should look for every opportunity to push coverage of good stories. Fortunately, the CBS story has not sparked any follow up coverage by mainstream media and seems to have fizzled.

It was shoddy reporting, as CBS failed to air on-the-record interviews by former ATF officials and HQ statements for attribution that expressed opposing views and explained the law and difficulties of firearm trafficking investigations. The CBS producer for the story made only a feigned effort at the 11th hour to reach ATF HQ for comment.

This week (To 3/1/2011), Attorney General Holder testifies on the Hill and likely will get questions about the allegations in the story. Also (The 3/3/2011), Mexico President Calderon will visit the White House and likely will testify on the Hill. He will probably draw attention to the lack of political support for demand letter 3 and Project Gunrunner.

ATF needs to proactively push positive stories this week, in an effort to preempt some negative reporting, or at minimum, lessen the coverage of such stories in the news cycle by replacing them with good stories about ATF. The more time we spend highlighting the great work of the agents through press releases and various media outreaches in the coming days and weeks, the better off we will be.

Thanks for your cooperation in this matter. If you have any significant operations that should get national media coverage, please reach out to the Public Affairs Division for support, coordination and clearance.

Thank you,

Scot L. Thomasson

Chief, ATF Public Affairs Division

Washington, DC

Desk 202-648-7089

Cell 206-730-0005

One has to wonder, what where they thinking in allowing so many guns into mexico?
One would have to be a nutball conspiracy theorist to imagine anything other than ........... well? what? a honest attempt to stop the illegal transfer of American guns into Mexico?

Update:
The Sipsey Street Irregulars have pretty much become a clearing house on the Gunrunner scandal. In a recent posting that i missed, they detail the letters from Senator Grassley’s to Eric Holder DOJ, and Kenneth Melson, the Acting Director of the BATF.
There is way to much for me to post here, i urge you to please take a look and see the contempt that the officials at the DOJ and BATF have for those that serve under them, and the citizens of this nation that they swore to protect.

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