Back on February 11th, TTAG pointed out the insanity that was the ATF’s decision to allow 50 caliber rifles walk across the border as part of Operation Fast and Furious. “Senator Grassley recently released documents showing that one of the ATF’s stooges, the man who bought the weapons used to kill Agent Terry, purchased two .50 caliber rifles. The main, perhaps only reason Mexican drug gangs would want a .50 caliber rifle: to take out a truck. Or a helicopter. Now you could say .50 caliber rifles don’t take out armored personnel carriers or choppers, drug smugglers do. And you’d be right. But if we believe that people should be held accountable for their actions, then we must hold ourselves, and our federal employees, to the same standard.” And now examiner.com reports that a recent chopper shoot involves an ATF-enabled fiddy . . .
The downing of a Mexican military helicopter and a shoot-out in the Mexican state of Jalisco that left 11 people dead and dozens of weapons seized could be linked to the controversial Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious, according to congressional sources who spoke to this column late yesterday on condition of anonymity . . .
The problem, sources say, is that Mexican authorities have not yet provided any trace data on the seized guns. At least one of the firearms is reportedly a .50-caliber rifle. One source observed in frustration, “Who knows if we can get trace data to trace (the rifle) back?”
Sources say Mexican authorities have been reluctant to talk about the case with U.S. authorities, apparently because of the helicopter downing. Mexican authorities have been insisting that the helicopter was not downed by gunfire, but came down because of mechanical problems.
As we’ve said since the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ Gunwalker scandal first hit, the Gunwalker scandal is only one part in a bigger cluster-you-know-what, involving duplicitous American foreign policy and, at its heart, enormous financial corruption.
The MSM should be pulling on these threads. And they are, a bit. if they do, I’m down with Brad on this one: there’s enough dirt here to bring down the Obama administration. Whether it will is an entirely different matter.