House Panel Releases Scathing Report on 'Fast and Furious' Gun Operation, Sure to Ang

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  1. WillowTree

    WillowTree Diamond Member

    Sep 15, 2008
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    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

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  2. Anachronism

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    This the the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (who's bringing the chips?)... The same morons who charged the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, TX even after knowing they'd been compromised. The same idiots who burned down that same compound two months later in one of the most botched assaults in US Law Enforcement history.

    The list of their operations over the years does not exactly bring great glory or honor to their agency or the people who run it. So why would we expect "Operation Fast and Furious" to be any different? I feel sorry for the agents who know this is going on and can't do anything about it. However, what can be expected from an administration whose head has friends who were/are unrepentant domestic terrorists?
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  3. LibocalypseNow

    LibocalypseNow Senior Member

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    This is a very sad & outrageous scandal. Shame on the Obama-Run MSM for ignoring this. If a Republican was in there right now,they would be howling for Impeachment. Oh well,i guess they're way too busy bashing that Palin chick to actually care about something that matters. 'Idiocracy' here we come. :(

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