Fast & Furious Facts
In the 16 months since information about the ATF and DOJ program known as Fast & Furious began trickling out, there have been many revelations and much written about the operation, but in spite of formal investigations by the DOJ Office of Inspector General, and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, as well as numerous inquiries by journalists and bloggers,
- ATF encouraged gun dealers to sell large quantities of guns to suspected gun traffickers even though the gun dealers objected and would not have made the sales on their own.
- The “high level cartel member” at the top of the investigation objectives was a 24-year old active smuggler named ???? who was actually caught smuggling ammo into Mexico, but was released after he agreed to provide information about higher level cartel members to ATF. He continued smuggling guns and never provided any information.
- Two other principle targets of the “investigation” were actually working for the FBI and were shielded from prosecution. The FBI apparently never told ATF that these men were working for them and were “untouchable.”
- ATF made no attempt to interdict the guns.
- ATF made no attempt to track the guns.
- ATF made no attempt to follow the suspected traffickers to learn who they were dealing with.
- ATF actually purchased some guns which they apparently transferred to traffickers.
- ATF did try to secure wiretaps on some of the suspected traffickers.
- ATF did not inform Mexican authorities about the traffickers or the guns headed their way.
- ATF did not inform their own agents in Mexico about the traffickers or the guns.
- ATF ordered their agents in Mexico not to disclose analytical information about the surge in guns coming from the Phoenix area.
- ATF did not shut down the operation until BPA Brian Terry was killed.
- ATF made no arrests in the operation until after BPA Terry’s death.
- ATF made no arrests beyond the actual straw purchasers.
- Two semi-auto AK-style rifles were recovered at the scene of Agent Terry’s murder. Both of those guns had been sold under ATF supervision by a dealer who had expressed concern about making the sales and suggested that someone – even a federal officer – could be killed if these guns were allowed to enter the black market.
- ATF gave strong reassurances that the guns would be interdicted before harm could be done – even though they knew that was not true.
- For the record, gun dealers know that straw purchases are illegal and that ATF routinely tries to trap them with straw purchase stings so any time something looks suspicious they report it to ATF.
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