Hearings begin on “Fast and Furious”

Well, it has begun.  And BOY does it sound like the ATF is gonna get raked over the coals.  I hope so, too.  Someone needs to hold them accountable for the deaths resulting from their little pet project.

House Panel Releases Scathing Report on “Fast and Furious”

From the article:

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.

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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.

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