21 June, 2011

TC Hamm asks, WTF!?!

Project Gunrunner

ATF announced a goal to deploy eTrace software to all thirty-one states within the Republic of Mexico. As part of eTrace expansion, ATF continues to provide training to Mexican and Central American countries to ensure that the technology is utilized to a greater extent.[3] Colombia and Mexico were provided with their own in-country tracing centers with full access to ATF firearm registration records. In Colombia, a joint ATF-CNP Center for Anti-Explosives Information and Firearms Tracing (CIARA) opened on December 6, 2006.[4] In Mexico, The National Center for Information, Analysis and Planning in order to Fight Crime (CENAPI) was established in 2003. ATF states these are models for planned future tracing centers throughout Central and South America and the Caribbean Basin.[5] In December, 2009, ATF announced deployment of a Spanish version of eTrace to Mexico, Guatemala and Costa Rica. A planned second phase will release the software to all Spanish-speaking countries with agreements with ATF. In June 2011 congress opened an investigation into project gunrunner against the ATF, as some ATF agents have come forward stating that top heads in ATFE and the Department of Justice instructed the agents to encourage gun stores in the U.S. to sell assault-style weapons to Mexican firearm traffickers.


Along with a number of Caribbean police forces, many countries are formally provided with eTrace software with access to American gun owner names, addresses and personal information, including: [6]
  • Mexico
  • Colombia
  • Suriname
  • Tobago
  • Guyana
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Bahamas
  • Jamaica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Barbados
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua
  • Barbuda
  • Aruba
  • Curacao
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • St Vincent
  • Grenadines
  • St. Lucia
  • Belize
  • Costa Rica
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Panama
  • St. Kitts
  • Nevis
  • Britain
  • Australia
  • Japan
  • Belgium
I do think others have brought this up before, but I want to know, are you feeling safer now?


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