Funding of $10,000,000 for “Project Gunrunner” was approved as part of the Obama Administration’s “stimulus package” approved shortly after Mr. Obama took office. http://www.readthestimulus.org/
For an additional amount for ‘‘State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance’’, $40,000,000, for competitive grants to provide assistance and equipment to local law enforcement along the Southern border and in High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas to combat criminal narcotics activity stemming from the Southern border, of which $10,000,000 shall be transferred to ‘‘Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Salaries and Expenses’’ for the ATF Project Gunrunner.
Tragically, approval of these funds of lead to the deaths of both American and Mexican nationals. Both President Obama and Attorney General Holder have denied advanced knowledge of the Project Gunrunner/Fast & Furious – but someone in the administration had to put this line item in the budget. I guess this is what we get when neither the President nor Congress read what they are voting on.
Last month, the Orange Juice Blog reported about two ill-fated programs code named “Project Gunrunner” and “Operation Fast and Furious” in which President Obama’s Justice Department through the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (the “ATF”) approved the sale to Mexican drug cartels of more than 1,800 AK-47s and 50 caliber sniper rifles. The ostensible plan was to follow the weapons across the Mexican border to allow the ATF to chart a path to the leadership of the cartels. One not so small problem, the ATF “lost track” of more than 1,000 of the assault and sniper rifles. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/06/15/us-usa-mexico-guns-idUSTRE75E49N20110615
Unfortunately, these weapons started turning up at crime scenes and two were found at the murder of United States Border Agent Brian Terry who was killed in a gun battle with members of a Mexican drug cartel. When Agent Terry’s mother was informed about the connection between the ATF sold guns and her son’s death she responded that she was “flabbergasted.” “At first I didn’t believe it,” she said.
Later, CBS News confirmed that ATF Fast and Furious “walked” guns have been linked to the terrorist torture and murder of the brother of a Mexican state attorney general last fall. Two AK-47 variant rifles were found at the scene of a shoot-out with the murder suspects. Sources say the weapons were part of the controversial ATF program in which agents allowed thousands of guns to fall into the hands of suspects trafficking for Mexico’s drug cartels. http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-20073704-10391695.html?tag=mncol;lst;1