Fast and Furious – Arizona Republic Article by Dennis Wagner – EXCELLENT
Dennis Wagner [**this is from the AZ Republic site** Reporter Dennis Wagner spent weeks reviewing congressional testimony, court documents and records from the Justice Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about Operation Fast and Furious. The congressional testimony includes sworn statements by ATF Agent John Dodson and other whistle-blowers, as well as Attorney General Eric Holder, then-acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson and other agency administrators. His story also includes information from dozens of interviews with federal agents, congressional investigators, prosecutors and other sources.]
has compiled an excellent article FULL of the background and details about Fast and Furious. I have quoted a brief introductory excerpt below, but don’t miss out. Read the article at Arizona Republic.
When the National Rifle Association launched a TV ad campaign this month to have Attorney General Eric Holder fired, it culminated a political frenzy over a once-obscure Arizona gun-smuggling case.
Operation Fast and Furious, which allowed hundreds of weapons to cross the border in hopes of catching Mexican drug kingpins, wound up increasing the firepower of cartels without getting any key players. By all accounts, both the strategy and execution were flawed, leading to investigations by Congress and the Justice Department’s inspector general.
The initial story line of Fast and Furious was about outrage — anger that guns, let out of sight, had been used in crimes. But the backstory of the investigation is one of hidden motives, curious contradictions and strange allegiances, both among those who organized the effort and those who exposed it:
Officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Justice Department authorized the investigation to catch bad guys, stem the flow of guns to Mexico and, presumably, elevate their own careers. Instead, they failed to arrest drug lords, helped arm the cartels and damaged their professional reputations.
Rigid defenders of the right to bear arms, who typically assail ATF for enforcing gun laws, took a polar position on Fast and Furious, arguing that ATF agents should have arrested suspected straw buyers and seized their weapons even though the purchases were, in most cases, legal. . . .
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