Mexican Official Wants ATF Workers to Face Charges in Mexico for ‘Project Gunrunner’

Townhall.com Staff
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Posted: Jul 07, 2011 10:28 AM
Mexican Official Wants ATF Workers to Face Charges in Mexico for ‘Project Gunrunner’
The fallout from the ATF’s “Operation Fast and Furious” (or “project gunrunner) — the failed plan to allow guns to “walk” into Mexico — continues unabated.

We have reported to you on all elements of the scandal so far, including this whisteblower firing fiasco, but now the Mexican authorities are getting in on the act.

The ATF is facing pressure from lawmakers on the other side of the border who want those responsible extradited to Mexico to face gunrunning charges:

Mexican Senator Reno Arce Islas, the Chairman of Mexico’s Commission for National Security said the following:

“They should be tried in the United States, and the Mexican government should also demand that they also be tried in Mexico since the incidents took place here. There should be trials in both places.”

There continues to be speculation that ATF officials – perhaps even its Acting Director Kenneth Melson – will be forced to resign over the botched weapons program.

One weapon reportedly associated with the failed programer was found at the crime scene of murdered US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, and weapons from the program have been implicated in 21 other killings and are now turning up in Arizona.

It is estimated that anywhere from 1000-1800 weapons affiliated with the “Fast and Furious” program remain unaccounted for.