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Like the Mexican government, Gil, the highestranking BATFE official in Mexico, was kept in the dark
about Fast and Furious. Gil maintains that authority
for the rogue operation came from the BATFE director
and the Department of Justice.
Gil told CBS that in early 2010, when he noticed that
a "flood of guns" captured by Mexican authorities were
traced back to a case in Phoenix, he sought details.
"I, as the attaché, the head agent in Mexico for the
ATF, did not have access," Gil said. CBS reported that
in challenging the secret operation with supervisors,
"conversations became screaming matches."
As CBS reported, "He was instructed not to tell his
Mexican counterparts about the case ... Gil says he
also noted 'at some point, these guns are gonna end up
killing either a government of Mexico official, a police
officer or military folks, and what are we going to do?'"
Agent Dodson, who appeared in Attkisson's first
broadcast, said he had attempted to use federal whistleblower statutes to put a stop to the gun-walking project,
but repeated e-mails and calls were never returned.
Correspondent Attkisson reported, "Senior agents
including Dodson told CBS News they confronted their
supervisors over and over.
"Their answer, according to Dodson, was, 'If you're
going to make an omelet, you've got to break some eggs.'
"There was so much opposition to the gun walking that a BATFE supervisor issued an e-mail noting a
'schism' among the agents. 'Whether you care or not,
people of rank and authority at H.Q. are paying close
attention to this case ... If you don't think this is fun
you're in the wrong line of work. ...'"
Dodson, on camera, told America, "We just knew it
wasn't going to end well. There's just no way it could."
As to the day of reckoning with Border Patrol agent
Terry's death, Dodson recounted, "They said, 'Did you
hear about the border patrol agent?' And I said, 'Yeah.'
And they said 'Well, it was one of the Fast and Furious
guns.' There's not really much you can say after that. ..."

Congressional Concern
As a result of the dogged online media efforts and
CBS reports, Congress has been stirred to action, with
U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, and U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., conducting investigations that have
been met with near total obfuscation, cover-up and
stonewalling by the Obama administration.
Among the many questions is how high up in government this program really goes. Who knew what, and
when? Was the White House involved? Rumors abound.

President Obama told a Univision interviewer in
late March, "Well, first of all, I did not authorize it. Eric
Holder, the attorney general, did not authorize it."
When the reporter asked if he had even been
informed, Obama replied, "Absolutely not, this is a
pretty big government, the United States government.
It's got a lot of moving parts."
Further, Obama later quipped, "There may be a
situation here in which a serious mistake was made. If
that's the case, then we'll find out and we'll hold someone accountable."
What Obama calls a "mistake" looks more like a
disaster, if not an outright criminal conspiracy. What
about dead or wounded Mexican citizens? What about
dead federal officers?
The obfuscation, the refusal by the BATFE director to testify before Congress and the whole BATFE/
Justice Department orchestrated spin are all about one
thing: protecting a big lie designed to foster support
for all manner of gun control.

In Support Of The Big Lie
The big lie about American lawful commerce in
firearms and Mexican drug cartel violence is best
summed up in an Aug. 11, 2008, USA Today headline
crowing, "ATF: most illegal guns in Mexico come from
U.S." That statement has now been repeated thousands
of times in every medium for three years.
During a late March 2009 visit to Mexico, Secretary
of State Hillary Clinton issued an American super
mea culpa, expressing collective guilt for the Mexicanon-Mexican drug cartel carnage in that nation:
"Our inability to prevent weapons from being
illegally smuggled across the border to arm these
criminals causes the deaths of police officers, soldiers
and civilians," Clinton said.
But, as more is learned about Fast and Furious, the
reverse of that statement is proving true. Perhaps Clinton should issue a correction: It is the administration
she serves-not the Second Amendment freedom of
the American people-that has directly contributed to
bloodshed south of the border.
The truth is that after three years and tens of
thousands of man-hours, BATFE's tracing has not
produced a single prosecution of a "trafficking organization in Mexico." How could it? BATFE, according to the Justice Department OIG, had virtually no
presence in Mexico, and few of the large pool of
agents involved in Project Gunrunner had any Spanish language skills. Furthermore, how could leads to

Project Gunrunner was the subject of two scathing Justice Department
Office of Inspector General (OIG) reports that concluded the project was a
waste of taxpayer funds and manpower ... .
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