When Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered by drug smugglers in Arizona last December, Tom Tancredo revealed that Terry’s BORTAC unit (the Border Patrol’s equivalent of a SWAT team) were armed with bean-bag rounds in their weaponsSpeaking for Janet Napolitano, officials at U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would have us believe that Agent Terry chose, on his own, to fire beanbags at Mexican thugs armed with AK-47s. To believe this you must believe Terry, a former Marine, was incredibly stupid, stunningly naive or recklessly foolhardy; likely all three. It isn't true. Beanbags are policy.
While agent Terry followed the CBP rules of beangagement he was murdered by Mexican thugs who obtained their weapons via the sponsorship of another Federal agency; the Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms, Tobacco and Explosives.
Agent: I was ordered to let U.S. guns into Mexico
An Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms senior agent assigned to the Phoenix office in 2010, [John] Dodson's job is to stop gun trafficking across the border. Instead, he says he was ordered to sit by and watch it happen...BATFE tells us that 90% of weapons they are asked to trace by Mexican authorities originate in the United States. The President and the Secretary of State and Mexico's Ambassador to the United States twist that into "90% of all weapons" seized by Mexican authorities originate in the US. I still want to know how many of the weapons BATFE traces were supplied under the protection of BATFE, and how many people have died as a result.
Surveillance video obtained by CBS News shows suspected drug cartel suppliers carrying boxes of weapons to their cars at a Phoenix gun shop. The long boxes shown in the video being loaded in were AK-47-type assault rifles.
So it turns out ATF not only allowed it - they videotaped it...
On Dec. 14, 2010, Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was gunned down. Dodson got the bad news from a colleague...
Two assault rifles ATF had let go nearly a year before were found at Terry's murder...
Dodson said they never did take down a drug cartels. However, he said thousands of Fast and Furious [ATF sponsored] weapons are still out there and will be claiming victims on both sides of the border for years to come.
Mr. Finley Peter Dunne, a Chicago-based U.S. author in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, originated the phrase "Politics ain't beanbag," the entire quote is: "Politics ain't beanbag: 'tis a man's game, and women, children 'n' pro-hy-bitionists had best stay out of it."
Border patrol officers should be able to stay out of politics, too, because as Mr. Dunne also wrote: "A lie with a purpose is one of the worst kind, and the most profitable."
Update 2:28PM The Christian Science Monitor reports
ATF officials told the Center for Public Integrity that the ATF allowed a total of 1,998 weapons to pass from gun shops to straw buyers connected to the gun-running rings, with full understanding that those weapons could be used in the commission of crimes. Of those weapons, 797 were recovered by the ATF as a result of some kind of criminal investigation, including 195 inside Mexico.It's quite reasonable to assume that there are still 1200 of these BATFE specials in Mexico. I wonder how they'll be counted if they're submitted to BATFE for tracing. Probably the same way they counted the 195 they already got.