Gunrunner: New documents show the ATF allowed grenades to walk into Mexico
Back on September 9th of 2011 a story broke, which I wrote about here, that brought the Fast and Furious scandal to a new level–the ATF had allowed grenade parts to be smuggled into Mexico knowing full well that the grenades would be assembled in Mexico and used by the drug cartels. This story seemed to go unnoticed on the national level, and even seemed to disappear from Darrell Issa’s investigation to my disappointment. This was a huge story and yet nobody seemed to be covering it or investigating it.
Well, today that changed as the Department of Injustice finally released documents related to Grenaderunner to the Congress–and yes, they do appear to be as damning as one would think.
Jean Baptise Kingery was well known to the ATF–they began watching him in 2004 because he was trafficking weapons to Mexico and the ATF actually arrested him in 2010 because they found he might be smuggling grenade parts into Mexico but he was released. Sometime after his release the ATF got information that he had purchased more grenade parts online and the ATF intercepted the parts and marked them so that they could be traced. The ATF then allowed Kingery to receive the grenade parts and bring them into Mexico.
Four months later the ATF arrested Kingery again and once again he was allowed to walk even after smuggling the grenade parts into Mexico; the official ATF story for this is they were hoping he would lead them to the factory where he was assembling the grenades, but this story doesn’t hold water because the ATF knew they would lose track of the grenade parts and the ATF has no jurisdiction in Mexico in the first place.
As damning as this information is, it isn’t even the most insidious aspect to this story; the ATF didn’t even give a damn if the grenades were used as can be seen in this quote from an internal email:
Even in a post blast, as long as the safety lever is recovered we will be able to identify these tagged grenades
Think about that quote for a moment; the ATF was more concerned with tracking the grenades back to America than they were about the lives that would be lost if the grenades were used in a crime. How callous is that statement? How cold is that statement?
The ATF had all the evidence needed to put a weapons trafficker behind bars–and in fact they had him in custody twice–and yet they didn’t seem to want to move on this until AFTER the weapons were used in a crime and one can only conclude that interdicting weapons at the border and arresting weapons traffickers were not the main goals of this operation. One can easily conclude that there was another, more nefarious, goal here and that was to prove the 90% lie because the ultimate target of this sting operation was the law abiding American gun owners, and the Obama regime didn’t give a rat’s ass how many people had to die in order to achieve its radical goal.