Project Gunrunner: Obama`s Stimulus-Funded Border Nightmare
Buried in Barack Obama`s failed
trillion-dollar stimulus program was a $10 million
bloody border racket that has now cost American lives.
This goes far beyond the usual waste, fraud and abuse
underwritten by progressive profligacy. It`s
bloodstained government malfeasance overseen by anti-gun
ideologue Attorney General Eric Holder will
Welcome to Project Gunrunner.
Prepare for another Justice Department whitewash.
First, some background. Like so
many border programs run amok, Project Gunrunner was the
spawn of Beltway bipartisanship. It was established in
2005 as a pilot project under the Bush administration
and run by the
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
The intended goal of the program`s sting operations:
stop illicit firearms trafficking along the Southwest
border through close surveillance of undercover gun
purchases and coordinated intervention with Mexico. The
deadly result: federally sanctioned gunwalking of
high-powered weapons from U.S. officials right into the
hands of drug cartel killers.
By 2008, Project Gunrunner`s
bureaucratic fiefdom had expanded rapidly along the
U.S.-Mexico border and into the nine U.S. consulates in
Mexico. The office raked in
$2 million more through the little-scrutinized
Merida Initiative, which
Hispanic vote-pandering Republicans rammed through
in a war supplemental bill. Despite warnings from the
DOJ inspector general that tracking and assessment
measures needed improvement, the payroll exploded from a
few dozen to more than 200 by 2009. Under the Obama
administration, ATF reaped another $21.9 million to
expand Project Gunrunner (nearly half from the stimulus
boondoggle), and the White House has requested almost
$12 million more in fiscal year 2011 appropriations for
Project Gunrunner`s reach and
authority continues to grow despite dire, prolonged
warnings from insiders and whistleblowers that countless
monitored guns have been passed on to violent criminals
without being intercepted as planned. Following up on
leads first published at
and the blogs of gun rights advocates
Mike Vanderboegh, CBS News reported last month that
facilitated the delivery of thousands of guns into
One of those guns was used by
Mexican gang thugs who
murdered U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry last
December. At least six veteran ATF agents and executives
stepped forward to expose how ATF presided over the
purchase of hundreds of high-powered rifles and
pistols—over the objection of the very private gun shops
that the Obama administration`s anti-gun zealots have
One whistleblower familiar with
Project Gunrunner`s Phoenix offshoot, dubbed
told CBS News:
"The numbers are
over 2,500 on that case by the way. That`s how many guns
were sold—including some 50-calibers they let walk."
The weapon used in the Mexico slaying of U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Special Agent Jaime Zapata has also been linked to
Project Gunrunner surveillance operation subjects.
As investigative watchdog
Republicans Sen. Charles Grassley and Rep. Darrell Issa
step up pressure on the administration to come clean
this week about who knew what and when, Obama denied any
knowledge of Project Gunrunner on Spanish-language
Univision TV. He
blithely allowed that
"there may be a
situation here in which a serious mistake was made. If
that`s the case, then we`ll find out and we`ll hold
Coming from a man who appointed
crime-coddling, accountability-evading, open-borders
corruptocrat Eric Holder to uphold the law, that is a
bloody, cruel joke.
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