An Administration Guilty of Gun Trafficking Leading to Murder

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House Panel Releases Scathing Report  on ‘Fast and Furious’ Gun Operation, Sure to Anger Mexico


Published June 15, 2011


Hoping to score a knockout blow against the Mexican cartels, U.S. law  enforcement created “Operation Fast and Furious” to stop gun smuggling by  allowing the weapons into Mexico, thereby exposing the entire cartel network to  prosecution, according to a new congressional report on the U.S. program.

Instead, the operation was a bust, a deadly strategy that left a trail of  blood and bodies throughout the Southwest, the scathing congressional report  said, concluding that a reckless and irresponsible chain of command ignored  repeated warnings the plan would fail.

“You’ve got people who are dead, you have weapons that are missing and you  have an administration that doesn’t seem to want to take any accountability for  it,” said Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah and a member of the House Government  Oversight Committee. “There is absolutely no justification, no justification for  this. There are people that are going to have to be held accountable.”

That effort begins Wednesday morning when the committee opens hearings on  Operation Fast and Furious. Those testifying include the family of murdered  Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and three ATF special agents who say the plan  was doomed from the very beginning.

Findings from the preliminary report include:

— Agents expected to interdict weapons, yet were told to stand down and “just surveil.” Agents therefore did not act. They watched straw purchasers buy  hundreds of weapons illegally and transfer those weapons to unknown third  parties and stash houses.

— ATF agents complained about the strategy of allowing guns to walk in  Operation Fast and Furious. Leadership ignored their concerns. Instead,  supervisors told the agents to “get with the program” because senior ATF  officials had sanctioned the operation.

— Agents knew that given the large numbers of weapons being trafficked to  Mexico, tragic results were a near certainty.

— Operation Fast and Furious contributed to the increasing violence and  deaths in Mexico. This result was regarded with giddy optimism by ATF  supervisors hoping that guns recovered at crime scenes in Mexico would provide  the nexus to straw purchasers in Phoenix.

That last finding is sure to anger Mexico, which has so far been muted in its  criticism. In a March 2010 memo, ATF says it allowed gun smugglers to buy 359  guns while 958 people died in Mexico the same month. Internally, the agency was  “trumpeting up the violence that was occurring as a result of an ATF sanctioned  program.”

Agents say the man in charge of the operation in Phoenix, “was jovial, if not  giddy” when Fast and Furious guns were found in Mexico. One agent described in  detail his disgust at the self-satisfaction of ATF leadership for sending guns  into what they knew to be a war zone, saying, “I cannot see anyone who has one  iota of concern for human life being OK with this.”

In a question-and-answer session with congressional investigators, he was  asked, “So is it a fair, predictable outcome of the policy that there would be  essentially collateral damage in terms of human lives?”

“Sure,” the agent replied, “That’s correct.”

The report also clarifies that the ATF did not “lose track” of guns. Rather  it intentionally allowed guns to “fall into the hands of criminals and bandits  on both sides of the border.”

Both line agents and gun dealers repeatedly warned supervisors the guns would  end up killing people, the report says, “but ATF supervisors told agents to  follow orders because this was sanctioned from above. They told gun dealers not  to worry because they would make sure the guns didn’t fall into the wrong  hands.”

“Some people say Fast and Furious is a good idea that was just managed  poorly,” the House committee’s chairman, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said.  “Whether you think is good idea and badly run or just a bad idea, it’s very  clear this administration is not overseeing this in a way that protects the  American people.”

The program came to a crashing halt in January with the death of U.S. Border  Patrol Agent Brian Terry, shot by an AK-47 purchased a year earlier by Jamie  Avila, a known gun smuggler who had been under ATF surveillance since November  of 2009.

The report says, “The death of Border Agent Brian Terry was likely a  preventable tragedy.”

Equally discouraging, the report concludes the operation itself was a  failure, saying after 18 months of investigative work, Fast and Furious resulted  only in indictments of 20 straw purchasers, buyers who were known before the  operation even began.

“Phoenix ATF Special Agent in Charge (SAC) William Newell’s statement that  the indictments represent the take-down of a firearms trafficking ring from top  to bottom, and his statement that ATF never allowed guns to walk are incredible,  false, and a source of much frustration to the agents,” it says.

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I wonder how many of these guns wound up in the hands of jihadists right here, and stored in any of the over 2000 mosques in this country 
Tom in NC
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8 responses to “An Administration Guilty of Gun Trafficking Leading to Murder

  1. More proof to left/liberals that we need to ban guns and have more government intrusion into our lives. (Rest assured, they’ll go there.)

  2. Incompetence, starting with the man in the WH.

  3. So what we need is protection for our borders starting with protecting us from the administration.

  4. We do need the real patriots serving in many governmental agencies. The real patriots, and only the real patriots.

  5. My theory is, and has always been, that this operation was cooked up by rogue gun-grabber wanna-bes within certain federal agencies that were hoping to use it to further the anti-gun agenda of many in the federal government.

    I also believe that Holder and Obama, once they learned of it, went along with the idea.

    I hope to see some federal bureaucrats go to the slammer over this, but I doubt that is going to happen given that the commie gun-grabbers are currently in charge of our so-called “justice” system.


    • Of course, utopia justifies the means… what’s a little lying in support of a left/liberal higher truth?

  6. and to think that obama was awarded the nobel peace price…. more warfare more guns more killing more death.

  7. I agree Dave,with your thoughts. Patience,sweet justice will come.


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