President Obama today said he had complete confidence in Attorney General Eric Holder and his efforts to stop gunrunning along the southwest border.Continue »
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A top figure in the gunwalking controversy at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is now cooperating in the investigation.
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) made that disclosure today in a letter to ATF's acting director Kenneth Melson.Read Grassley's letter Continue »
Since our first report in which ATF agents told us they allowed thousands of weapons to cross into Mexico, one crucial question has been: Who knew -- how high up? This week for the first time, President Obama addressed the controversy. It was in an interview Tuesday evening with the Spanish language network Univision.
WASHINGTON - South of El Paso, Texas, on Mexico's side of the border, lies Juarez - the most dangerous city in the world. CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson reports ATF Special Agent Rene Jaquez has been stationed there for the past year, trying to keep U.S. guns from being trafficked into Mexico.
"That's what we do as an agency," Jaquez said. "ATF's primary mission is to make sure that we curtail gun trafficking."Continue »
"Is the program still active?"
As a CBS News investigation has reported, current and former ATF agents say the agency intentionally allowed thousands of assault rifles and other weapons to cross the border into Mexico as part of a controversial plan to gain intelligence. Insiders refer to it as letting guns "walk."
Two assault rifles ATF allegedly allowed to walk turned up at the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry last December. Suspects arrested in the murder of Immigration agent Jaime Zapata two months later were already under surveillance by ATF.
Holder's office at first vehemently denied ATF has ever knowingly allowed weapons to get into the hands of suspected gunrunners for Mexico's drug cartels. However, when asked about it at a briefing yesterday, Holder didn't repeat the denial. Instead, he said the questions have to be taken seriously.
A controversial operation in which U.S. agents were allegedly ordered not to intervene as American guns flowed to Mexican gangs may have been going on for many years, reports CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson.
A photograph obtained by CBS News shows an astonishing display of high-powered weapons put up for suspected Mexican drug cartel gun buyers. It's a rare glimpse into ATF's controversial undercover operations.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allegedly let gun runners walk off with weapons - thousands of them - to see if they'd end up in the hands of the cartels. The Justice Department and ATF have denied it ever happened.
December 14, 2010. The place: a dangerous smuggling route in Arizona not far from the border. A special tactical border squad was on patrol when gunfire broke out and agent Brian Terry was killed.Read the full post.
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