Thursday, July 28, 2011

Operation Fast and Furious: Report Shows that ATF 'Stonewalled' Agents on Gun "Walking" Scandal Probe

To be honest I haven't posted much on "Operation Fast & Furious".  I posted something when the whistleblower  broke the story wide open but other than that I've been watching from the sidelines as this whole fiasco has become unveiled and as revelations from the investigation being conducted by Rep. Issa have come to light.  This whole operation was nonsensical.  What kind of rejects would jeopardize lives both here in America and in Mexico with a policy where you don't follow the guns but let them "walk"?  I guess having an agenda to push - gun control - was more important to this administration than caring about peoples' lives.  I feel so sorry for Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry's family.  My continued thoughts and prayers go out to his family. They deserve answers, they deserve to know the truth.  The persons who authorized this operation need to be held accountable for their actions. Now the report shows that the ATF has 'stonewalled' agents on this gun "walking" scandal probe.  That's not too surprising since this administration either lies, misinforms or covers up anything that doesn't favor this administration's policies.

I found this article via Roger Hedgecock.

Washington (CNN) -- U.S. officials kept their Mexican counterparts in the dark about a widely criticized gun-trafficking probe even as rising numbers of weapons reached the hands of Mexico's drug cartels, a congressional committee reported Tuesday.
The Justice Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives also held back key details about "Operation Fast and Furious" from agents based in Mexico City when they raised alarms, according to the report.
"Not only were they stonewalled by their colleagues, they were actively thwarted in their attempts to find out what was happening," the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee concluded.
"Fast and Furious" has been the subject of congressional investigations since December, when two weapons traced to the operation were found at the scene of a U.S. Border Patrol agent's killing in Arizona. More than 2,000 guns may have reached the hands of the cartels as a result of the probe, in which ATF agents allowed weapons bought in the United States to "walk" into Mexico.
"ATF senior leadership allegedly feared that any such disclosure would compromise their investigation," states the report, written by the joint staff of the committee. "Instead, ATF and DOJ leaderships' reluctance to share information may have only prolonged the flow of weapons from this straw purchasing ring into Mexico."
Carlos Canino, the ATF's acting attache in Mexico City, informed the country's attorney general of the probe only after learning that guns monitored by the investigation were involved in the killing of the brother of a top prosecutor in Mexico's Chihuahua state. Canino said he disclosed the operation despite the absence of clear direction from Washington "because I did not want her to find out through media reports where these guns had come from."
"If I hadn't told the attorney general this, and this had come out in the news media, I would never be able to work with her ever again, and we would be done in Mexico," the report quotes Canino. "We just might as well pack up the office and go home."
Even then, ATF officials in Mexico City did not learn the full extent of the "Fast and Furious" probe until after it was shut down, following the December killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
The operation began in late 2009 and concluded in January. Investigators say the ATF allowed more than 2,000 weapons to be purchased illegally and transported in to Mexico, where heavily armed drug gangs have been battling Mexican authorities for control of the streets for several years.


Anonymous said...

This is a huge story, I think conservatives would be wise to push this.

Leticia said...

Agreeing with Trestin. Most definitely.

Thank you for posting it. This is a very serious issue and it has got to stop.

We need our borders secured.

Opus #6 said...

Sounds like an impeachable offense to me. But this congress/senate will never impeach the pretender. He could commit illegal acts on the floor of congress and people would shrug and go about politicking.

This will change, however, in 2012, if I have my druthers.

LSP said...

Interesting to see the extent to which the libs will go to stop us having guns -- encourages me to buy more, of course.

God bless.

Most Rev. Gregori said...

This whole thing may have started for good purposes, but the Obama administration corrupted it to have an excuse to take away our Second Amendment Rights.

Obama could care less who gets hurt or killed in his quest to destroy America and trample on the Constitution. This tyrant needs to go, and I don't mean in 2012, I mean NOW!

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