In the days since the story was first reported that the ATF-DOJ concocted a scheme to run or 'walk' U.S. guns into Mexico, various theories have been presented as to the motive. The official explanation is that the U.S. wanted to track the guns as they made their way from Mexican operatives, to the drug cartels, and to the front lines of the cartels' criminal activity, all in an effort to supposedly help the ATF catch drug kingpins. Various other theories have been presented as well, several of which have made their way into the mainstream media--that is, except for the correct one.
Whistleblower ATF agents have been it clear as to the motive for the illegal scheme that has created an 'international incident' between the U.S. Government and the Government of Mexico. The agents themselves are adamant that their superisors planned the scheme in order to pad statistics that would show U.S. guns are fueling the drug cartels, that the U.S. has a major problem with lax gun laws, and then provide an impetus for the Obama Administration and other gun control advocates to hype up anti-gun hysteria--all in support of another round of restrictive gun laws.
But there is a much more sinister motive at play.
Mike Vanderboegh, who, along with David Codrea, first broke the story of this sordid scheme, reports today that the media is willing to roll out any theory as plausible, except for the one the agents themselves say is the correct one. In fact, one writer referred to the agents' story as a 'tin foil hat' theory.
As noted in Vanderboegh's response the motive was not only about padding statistics. The ATF needed stacks of Mexican bodies lying next to the weapons that came from the U.S.
And that is precisely what they got. A total of 28,000 Mexicans have been murdered in the drug wars over the last few years. Stacks of bodies have, indeed, been found near the border and in small towns nearby. U.S. guns have, indeed, been linked to many of these killings, and one was used to kill a U.S. Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry, last year.
Thus, it is safe to say that ATF supervisors allegedly ordered the gun smuggling scheme not only to pad U.S. gun statistics but to kill--a serious charge, no doubt, but one that whistleblower agents are convinced is the truth.
In another breaking development today, it is being reported that ATF agents are being summoned to Washington, yet again, this time to conduct high level strategy meetings concerning what to do now that Phoenix field office assistant special agent-in-charge George Gillett is spilling the beans to Senator Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and Representative Darrell Issa, R-California, in their investigations into the scandal.
The response of the ATF hierarchy at this point appears to be to throw Gillett under the bus, given that he was not invited to an earlier meeting of agents in D.C. The latest meeting, which is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday of this week, should reveal interesting details on strategy.
No doubt a cover-up is in process, given that ATF director Melson and DOJ Attorney-General Eric Holder have refused to cooperate with Congressional investigations into this gargantuan scandal. The cover-up maneuver is intricate but evident, as this report shows.
More information will be reported as it becomes available.