Wednesday, February 23, 2011

CBS "uncovers" the unfolding ATF scandal

If you've read this blog previously, you know much of the information in the CBS report isn't exactly new.

The Project Gunrunner story has been unfolding for nearly two months through bloggings at, David Codrea's Gun Rights Examiner, and Mike Vanderboegh's Sipsey Street Irregulars.

And Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has been working with, as well as working to protect, ATF whistleblowers who've come forward.

But the CBS report brings the story exposure to a wider audience and with chilling new detail:

"50-caliber weapons are fearson. For months, ATF agents followed 50-caliber Barrett rifles and other guns believed headed for the Mexican border, but were ordered to let them go. One distraught agent was often overheard on ATF radios begging and pleading to be allowed to intercept transports. The answer" "Negative. Stand down.

"CBS news has been told at least 11 ATF agents and senior managers voiced fierce opposition to the strategy. "It got ugly..." said one. There was "screaming and yelling" says another. A third warned: "this is crazy, somebody's gonna get killed."

"Sure enough, the weapons began surfacing at crime scenes in Mexico - dozens of them sources say - including shootouts with government officials." 

CBS says ATF was asked to comment for its report. The request was denied.

The agency's continued silence draws even more attention to this still unfolding story.

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