"It profits me but little that a vigilant authority always protects the tranquillity of my pleasures and constantly averts all dangers from my path, without my care or concern, if this same authority is the absolute master of my liberty and my life."

--Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Friday, September 2, 2011

Fast and Furious aka "Gun Walker"

I haven't blogged about the "Gun Walker" scandal, a/k/a "Fast and Furious."   But it's been percolating out there.   A quick summary:  federal ATF and DOJ officials apparently wanted to set up a sting whereby American firearms could be tracked to Mexican drug cartels.   The problem:  in executing the sting, ATF agents reportedly not only turned a blind eye toward illegal gun sales, but field agents were forced by superiors to actively facilitate the transfers. And in at least one case, that of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, the cartels used those “gun walked” weapons to murder U.S. officers.

Now there's this

Newly obtained emails show that the White House was better informed about a failed gun-tracking operation on the border with Mexico than was previously known.

Three White House national security officials were given some details about the operation, dubbed Fast and Furious. The operation allowed firearms to be illegally purchased, with the goal of tracking them to Mexican drug cartels. But the effort went out of control after agents lost track of many of the weapons.

The supervisor of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives operation in Phoenix specifically mentioned Fast and Furious in at least one email to a White House national security official, and two other White House colleagues were briefed on reports from the supervisor, according to White House emails and a senior administration official.

What did Attorney General Eric Holder know and when did he know it?   What did President Barack Obama know and when did he know it?   Inquiring minds want to know.

And inquiring minds might also wonder.... what would have happened to the Bush Administration if a $535 million "loan" to a connected campaign contributor went "poof"?   What would have happened if a law enforcement program vetted at the highest levels of the Bush Administration resulted in a federal agent being murdered by Mexican drug cartels with guns provided by the U.S. government?   Nuclear armageddon in the New York Times, the Washington Post, CNN, NBC, CBS, ABC, MSNBC, etc., that's what.   


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