Current news media and blogger reports continue to raise questions about the handling of operations involving gun trafficking into Mexico — specifically the allegation that the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has had a policy of permitting, and even encouraging, the movement of guns into Mexico by purchasers. This practice may have contributed to the deaths of hundreds on both sides of the border, including federal law enforcement agents.
The rationale for the operation that went awry was that Attorney General Eric Holder and his staff at the Justice Department wanted to show proof of his, and other Obama administration officials’, statements that the majority of firearms used by Mexican drug cartels originated in the United States and are smuggled into that drug war-torn country.
Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, in a biting letter to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Acting Director Kenneth E. Melson, criticized the Director for failing to produce any documents in response to a subpoena issued more than a month ago on March 31 regarding “Operation Gunrunner.”
The subpoena was issued after ATF and Department of Justice officials failed to cooperate in good faith with the Committee’s investigation, according to Rep. Issa.