An update to a story we’ve been chronicling on American Rattlesnake recently: We now know that despite feigned ignorance by top administration flacks, the higher-ups at the Department of Justice were aware of Project Gunrunner, a program initiated by the ATF under President Bush which has now become a national embarrassment to the men and women charged with its enforcement.
The fact that American law enforcement officers would be told to allow the trafficking of high-powered arms into Mexico-in order to validate a now discredited theory that it would lead to them back to high profile drug cartels-is bad enough. However, the coverup of this scandal is even more egregious, especially when you consider that the death of Agent Jaime Zapata could have possibly been a result of this astoundingly foolish, dangerous policy.
We need answers, and that’s one thing we’re not getting from this White House. That’s why the suggestion by 24Ahead that we demand them is so necessary at this point in time. We need to hold our elected officials, and the journalists who ostensibly police them, accountable for their actions-or in this case, inaction. Gunwalker is a scandal of epidemic proportions, as well as a vivid illustration of the flaws in our border security policies. The government must be held accountable for its failures, and for the continued obstruction of journalists and oversight investigators-such as Senator Charles Grassley-who are attempting to get to the bottom of it.