03/07/11— The program “Fast and Furious” has been identified by sources to be a program run by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), with the aims of purposely allowing nearly 2,000 assault rifles and other weapons from the U.S. into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. The term used to describe this type of action is letting the guns “walk” or “gun-running.” The idea of this program was to trace the guns and see where they ended up, while using this information to take down a major drug cartel within Mexico.
Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is now asking more about the ATF designed project, as it was discovered that Mexican officials and President Felipe Calderon were “intentionally kept in the dark for fear that they would jeopardize the program.”
The U.S. Department of Justice and Congress is now investigating the program and will hear from those responsible. President Felipe Calderon may also make an appearance to discuss his views on the program.
Attkisson, Sharyl. “Mexico Requests Info from U.S. on Gun-Running.” CBS News. March 6, 2011.
Figueras, José Carreño. “Abre EU interterrogatorios por tráfico de armas solapado hacia México.” Excelsior. March 6, 2011.
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