The Project Gunwalker scandal is now breaking like a wave across the blogosphere after weeks and months of David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh doing everything they could to raise the issues to a high enough level to garner attention. I watched the reports as they filtered out in the early stages, wondering what I might be able to do to help raise the alarm. Finally, I started writing articles for American Thinker to do my best. I went on radio shows. Kudos to whoever got to CBS and encouraged them to pursue the issue, because this is where we see the power of the traditional media. No matter how much we all toil at our keyboards, there is nothing like a national news bureau putting out a story to be legitimized. The work that David and Mike have done is remarkable and should be one of the centerpieces of this story, but never a mention. It is frustrating, but I feel like they will get their due.
Now, here is a side to this scandal that has bothered me and Mike Vanderboegh, the deaths of the nameless, faceless victims in Mexico proper. I know it bothers Mike, because he wrote a piece on it a while back. I certainly don't intend to diminish the sacrifices made by Agent Brian Terry or Agent Jaime Zapata, but what is being overlooked--as the ATF desperately tries to spin the scandal as a few loose guns in an otherwise sound investigation--are the hundreds and thousands of deaths perpetrated by the end users of the guns allowed to "walk" across the border into Mexico.
Last night on CBS News Agent John Dodson expressed his sense of guilt that he had played a part in Project Gunwalker which is a sardonic reference to what the ATF called Fast and Furious. He recognized that to some degree silence is a sign of complicity and he refused to be silent any longer. Agent Dodson put a face to otherwise anonymous internal critics of ATF's reckless handling of the investigation. I'm glad he did what he did in the memory of Agent Brian Terry, but there are a lot more names on that tombstone than just Agent Terry.
Over the next few months we will hear of more murders and kidnappings from south of the border and now with Agent Dodson's reference to "thousands" of guns, how can we not wonder how many of those vicious crimes were perpetrated by the use of guns the ATF let "walk" into the hands of the murderous thugs?
Agent Thomasson of the PR Department of the ATF recently said in an internal e-mail, "ATF needs to proactively push positive stories (about the ATF) this week, in an effort to preempt some negative reporting, or at a minimum, lessen the coverage of such stories in the news cycle."
I'm sorry Agent Thomasson, unless the ATF discovers the Messiah wandering in the Arizona desert, this story is going to get past you and your spin.