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Originally posted by DimensionalDetective
I actually think there was an ADDITIONAL agenda at play here---To paint the picture that "American gun dealers" are helping to fuel the Mexican drug war violence, so that they can crack down on them and the sale of more types of firearms.
ATF Let Hundreds of U.S. Weapons Fall into Hands of Suspected Mexican Gunrunners
The decision — part of a Phoenix-based operation code named “Fast and Furious” — was met by strong objections from some front-line agents who feared they were allowing weapons like AK-47s to “walk” into the hands of drug lords and gun runners, internal agency memos show. Indeed, scores of the weapons came back quickly traced to criminal activity.
One of those front-line agents who objected, John Dodson, 39, told the Center for Public Integrity that these guns “are going to be turning up in crimes on both sides of the border for decades.” Dodson said in an interview that “with the number of guns we let walk, we’ll never know how many people were killed, raped, robbed … there is nothing we can do to round up those guns. They are gone.”
ATF memo after CBS report: We need positive press
Now, we learn that after our Feb. 22 report, ATF's Chief Public Affairs officer sent an all-call internal memo to ATF Public Information Officers in an effort to "lessen the coverage of such stories in the news cycle by replacing them with good stories about ATF."
The memo asks ATF PIO's to "Please make every effort in the next two weeks to maximize coverage of ATF operations/enforcement actions/arrests at the local and regional level" in hopes it would drown out the "negative coverage by CBS News."
At the time, the memo noted "Fortunately, the CBS story has not sparked any follow up coverage by mainstream media and seems to have fizzled."
Originally posted by sine.nomine
Americans have become so desensitized to govt corruption. Its a sad time. How do we the people hold these criminals responsible? This whole thing will be forgotten in no time. People need to start organizing to figure out a plan of action against the rampant corruption in our govt. Something has got to give sooner or later... If we don't start doing something right away its only going to get worse at an exponential rate.
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