Allegations regarding ATF / Project Gunrunner & US / Mexican Smuggling
A whistleblower from within BATFE has posted a series of allegations related to BATFE’s “Project Gunrunner” operations in the Mexican border region. According to the information posted on the “Clean Up the ATF” website there are four serious allegations:
1) Agents have instructed FFL holders in Arizona to proceed with firearm sales to suspected gunrunners.
2) Agents have arranged to have firearms smuggled across the border into Mexico to pad statistics for US sourced firearm recoveries in Mexico.
3) Agents have intentionally withheld information about this operation from the Mexican government.
4) Two of the firearms that BATFE arranged to have smuggled into Mexico were used in the December 14 firefight that resulted in the death of Customs & Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
The story has received little or no media coverage outside of a World Net Daily article and a series of posts on David Codrea’s War on Guns blog So the validity of the stories had been subject to some doubtful scrutiny. But, apparently the story is now gaining some traction and legitimacy, because Sen Chuck Grassley has sent two letters to acting BATFE director Kenneth Melson asking for some answers.
Link to pdf of Sen Grassley Letter dated 1_27
Link to pdf of Sen Grassley Letter dated 1_31