In a breaking news story reported today it was revealed that the ATF--the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives--had prior knowledge that cash was in the pipeline, multi-thousands of dollars from taxpayers, for the Gunwalker scheme known as 'Operation Fast and Furious.'
New information has just been disclosed from ATF whistleblowers and other sources inside the government indicating that in 2009 ATF agents on the ground who were involved in the Gunwalker scheme were aware that money from the federal government would be made available to straw purchasers, unnamed, faceless patsies that the federal government used to buy and smuggle weapons into Mexico. These persons used the government money supplied by taxpayers to buy large quantities of weapons from gun stores in Arizona, weapons that would be walked across the border where they would be placed into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
Two key figures are central to the discovery of this new information: Hope MacAllister of the Phoenix Field Division of the ATF, and Andre Howard, owner of the Lone Wolf Trading Company in Glendale, Arizona, one of the many local gun store owners who was cooperating with the ATF in allowing straw purchases of weapons at their businesses.
A secret tape recently made public shows MacAllister admitting to Howard that there were 3 guns, not 2 as the FBI maintains, recovered at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. The third gun never made it to the lab for analysis and has disappeared. It was this gun that ATF whistleblowers--agents who went public with the corruption inside the agency--contend came from the Gunwalker scheme, thus making the federal government responsible for the death of one of its own employees who was merely doing his job.