Ruh Roh. Someone took their finger out of the dike.
If you can, watch that video. It will amaze you when you know it’s coming from a Demedia outfit, even though Cooper still gets it wrong. They didn’t “lose track” of these weapons; they never even tried to track it.
This just might be the smoking gun we’ve been waiting for to break the festering “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal wide open: the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives apparently ordered one of its own agents to purchase firearms with taxpayer money, and sell them directly to a Mexican drug cartel.
Let that sink in: After months of pretending that “Fast and Furious” was a botched surveillance operation of illegal gun-running spearheaded by the ATF and the US attorney’s office in Phoenix, it turns out that the government itself was selling guns to the bad guys.
Agent John Dodson was ordered to buy four Draco pistols for cash and even got a letter from his supervisor, David Voth, authorizing a federally licensed gun dealer to sell him the guns without bothering about the necessary paperwork. …
On orders, Dodson then sold the guns to known criminals, who first stashed them away and then — deliberately unhindered by the ATF or any other agency — whisked them off to Mexico.
But props where props are due: This was a very good interview.
It looks like the House Republican push to get the media to pay attention to Operation Fast and Furious through a request for a special prosecutor has paid dividends. CNN’s Anderson Cooper devoted an entire segment to the scandal, interviewing House Oversight chair Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), and giving a tough but balanced overview of the issue. This might be the best exposure to F&F that CNN viewers have yet seen, and Cooper sounds pretty skeptical that Holder responded honestly to Congress’ rather easy question.
The AP is still squarely in the business of covering for Obama, but you know what happens when water starts to spill over, don’t you?
The federal government under the Bush administration ran an operation that allowed hundreds of guns to be transferred to suspected arms traffickers — the same tactic that congressional Republicans have criticized President Barack Obama’s administration for using, two federal law enforcement officials said Tuesday.
Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and other Republicans have been hammering the Obama Justice Department over the practice known as “letting guns walk.” The congressional target has been Operation Fast and Furious, which was designed to track small-time gun buyers at several Phoenix-area gun shops up the chain to make cases against major weapons traffickers. In the process, federal agents lost track of many of the more than 2,000 guns linked to the operation.
When Bush, a Republican, was president, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Tucson, Ariz., used a similar enforcement tactic in a program it called Operation Wide Receiver. The fact that there were two such ATF investigations years apart in separate administrations raises the possibility that agents in still other cases may have allowed guns to “walk.”
No, President Bush never let any guns go. He was actually running a sting operation where they offered to sell guns and then arrested perpetrators. Fast and furious offered no such arrests, tracking, interdiction, nothing. It was a disaster from the get go and I still have trouble understanding why any US agent would have gone along with it, regardless of what the WH said to do.
But at least the information embargo maintained by the Demedia appears to be broken.