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
ideologues—and now
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
the program.

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
David Codrea

Mike Vanderboegh
, CBS News reported last month that
Project Gunrunner

facilitated the delivery of thousands of guns into
criminal hands."

One of those guns was used by
Mexican gang thugs who

murdered U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry
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
"Operation Fast
and Furious,"

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
"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
someone accountable."

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.


Michelle Malkin

is the author of

Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our


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for Michelle Malkin`s website. Michelle Malkin
is also author of

Unhinged: Exposing Liberals Gone Wild

and the just-released

Culture of Corruption: Obama and his Team of Tax Cheats, Crooks & Cronies.