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September 26, 2011

Finally: Drudge Devotes Major Headline to Fast & Furious

Emphasizing that taxpayers paid to arm a murderous Mexican drug cartel.

It's a good starter article on the subject, too. Someone who hasn't paid attention so far might be a bit startled by this one-paragraph opening digest:

Not only did U.S. officials approve, allow and assist in the sale of more than 2,000 guns to the Sinaloa cartel -- the federal government used taxpayer money to buy semi-automatic weapons, sold them to criminals and then watched as the guns disappeared.

This story really has not had anything like the media coverage it ought to have.

That shocking one-paragraph opener might change that.

How negligent was the government? So negligent it's not even negligence at all.

According to documents obtained by Fox News, Agent John Dodson was ordered to buy six semi-automatic Draco pistols -- two of those were purchased at the Lone Wolf gun store in Peoria, Ariz. An unusual sale, Dodson was sent to the store with a letter of approval from David Voth, an ATF group supervisor.

Dodson then sold the weapons to known illegal buyers, while fellow agents watched from their cars nearby.

This was not a "buy-bust" or a sting operation, where police sell to a buyer and then arrest them immediately afterward. In this case, agents were "ordered" to let the sale go through and follow the weapons to a stash house.

According to sources directly involved in the case, Dodson felt strongly that the weapons should not be abandoned and the stash house should remain under 24-hour surveillance. However, Voth disagreed and ordered the surveillance team to return to the office. Dodson refused, and for six days in the desert heat kept the house under watch, defying direct orders from Voth.

A week later, a second vehicle showed up to transfer the weapons. Dodson called for an interdiction team to move in, make the arrest and seize the weapons. Voth refused and the guns disappeared with no surveillance.

According to a story posted Sunday on a website dedicated to covering Fast and Furious, Voth gave Dodson the assignment to "dirty him up," since Dodson had become the most vocal critic of the operation.

Apparently James Dodson opposed the policy and the operation, so they... "dirtied him up" with it, to keep him quiet. (It didn't work.)

That FoxNews story, by the way, is substantially based on an exclusive from Sipsey Street Irregulars, who had the story first and, apparently, correct and confirmed.

Thanks to Scott J.


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