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Monday, 07 March 2011 17:49

ATF Agent Ordered to Let U.S. Guns Into Mexico

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John Dodson, one of seven front-line Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF) special task force agents in a Phoenix-based operation named “Fast and Furious,” has blown the whistle on the agency. His job was to stop border gun trafficking, but instead he was ordered to permit the guns to cross into Mexico.  

The Center for Public Integrity, whose mission is to “produce original investigative journalism in an effort to make institutional power more transparent and accountable,” reported on March 3 that the ATF permits hundreds of guns into the hands of Mexican gunrunners — guns eventually used in drug cartel violence and murders along the border. Two of those ultimately turned up at the scene in the December 14, 2010 killing of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, but have not been identified as the weapon that killed him.

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