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Operation Wide Receiver: It Was Different
Flopping Aces ^ | 10-11-11 | Warren Beatty

Posted on 10/11/2011 9:20:26 AM PDT by Starman417

Similar Operations?

By now everyone has heard of Operation Fast and Furious, and how the Congressional investigation of it is getting closer and closer to Attorney General Eric Holder. But did you know that Operation Fast and Furious was not the first such operation? Operation Wide Receiver, predecessor of Fast and Furious, was an operation during the George W. Bush administration.

Operation Wide Receiver, begun in 2006 and ended in 2007, had 500 weapons straw purchased, while Fast and Furious, begun in 2009 and ended in late 2010, shortly after border agent Brian Terry's death, had at least 2000 guns involved. Of the 2,000 guns released by ATF agents in Operation Fast and Furious, only 600 were recovered, leaving 1,400 guns unrecovered. (Some reports put the number of unrecovered guns at over 2000)

Same Tactics?

Pete Yost, reporter for the Associated Press, "The federal government under the Bush administration ran an operation that allowed hundreds of guns to be transferred to suspected arms traffickers - <i>the same tactic</i> that congressional Republicans have criticized President Barack Obama's administration for using, two federal law enforcement officials said Tuesday. [emphasis mine]

Did both operations allow for straw purchasers to buy guns? Yes, but... the primary difference between Operation Fast and Furious under Obama and Operation Wide Receiver under Bush is that under Obama guns were allowed to go back into Mexico without interdiction or arrests. The "same tactic" was not used under President Bush. Project Gunrunner, started as a pilot program in Laredo, Texas, of which Operation Wide Receiver was a part, involved straw purchasers buying weapons, but those purchasers were immediately apprehended before crossing back into Mexico or transferring arms to dangerous criminals. In fact, straw purchaser arrests and prosecutions have been way down under Obama's administration, so much so it's almost as if the Obama Justice Department has no interest in prosecuting illegal straw purchasers at all.

The House Oversight Committee, chaired by Darrell Issa (R-CA), is ready to look at any evidence that the Obama administration will turn over regarding Operation Wide Receiver, but the Justice Department has so far refused to turn over documentation relating to that case, even though his committee subpoenaed them months ago.

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TOPICS: Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: atf; banglist; castaway; cia; clinton; dea; dhs; doj; fastandfurious; fbi; gunrunner; guns; gunwalker; hillary; hillaryclinton; holder; ice; obama; statedept

1 posted on 10/11/2011 9:20:32 AM PDT by Starman417
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To: Starman417

Gunwalker: Operation Wide Receiver: It Was Different

2 posted on 10/11/2011 9:24:42 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Starman417
and we are just finding out about this now. how convenient.
3 posted on 10/11/2011 9:24:42 AM PDT by bravo whiskey (If the little things really bother you, maybe it's because the big things are going well.)
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Gunwalker: Operation Wide Receiver: It Was Different

Yes, it was...

4 posted on 10/11/2011 9:27:21 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Starman417

Sorry about that. I have an legit excuse though. Worked all night and haven’t slept...yet.

5 posted on 10/11/2011 9:29:56 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: Joe Brower; Travis McGee; LucyT


6 posted on 10/11/2011 9:31:51 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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The list, ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

7 posted on 10/11/2011 9:34:01 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at
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To: MestaMachine

“Wide Reciever”: formulated under the Bush adminsitration ,involved 500 weapons , and resulted in arrests at the border.
No homicides / No bodies.
PURPOSE :It was designed to stop illegal guns from getting across the border into Mexico.

Fast and Furious”: formulated under the Obama administration, involved 2000 weapons , and resulted in homicides , and arrests by Mexican authorities.
Came to light by a whistleblower after 2 Federal authorities were killed in the performance of their duties.
PURPOSE: It was designed to be a set-up to limit 2nd Amendment rights of American citizens, by demonstrating that arms from the U.S. were being used in Mexico , thus justifying additional restraints by owners / dealers.

Holder has blood on his hands

8 posted on 10/11/2011 9:52:30 AM PDT by Tilted Irish Kilt ( (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison))
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To: Tilted Irish Kilt

It is looking more and more like this goes beyond Holder to include Hillary, Napoletano, and Obama as well.

What did they know and when did they know it?

9 posted on 10/11/2011 10:50:42 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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