Skip to comments.Justice Department Accused of ‘Reckless Technique’
Posted on 06/15/2011 11:07:59 AM PDT by neverdem
WASHINGTON In a report issued Tuesday by two powerful Republicans in Congress, the Justice Department was accused of conducting an operation that allowed nearly 1,000 guns to flow illegally into Mexico, including two that were eventually found at the scene of the murder of an American Border Patrol agent.
The report, by Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa and Representative Darrell Issa of California, said the 2009 operation in Arizona by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, called Fast and Furious, was intended to shift the focus of enforcement efforts toward criminal organizations south of the border and away from straw purchasers who knowingly buy guns for others.
The legislators criticized the effort as using what they described as a reckless investigative technique that street agents call gun-walking. The technique involved long periods of surveillance in which agents watched loads of legally bought weapons move from straw purchasers to third parties, hoping that the transactions would lead them to bigger criminal targets.
Instead, the legislators said, guns were routinely lost, and fewer than two dozen people were ultimately arrested all of them accused of being straw purchasers. The legislators say A.T.F. agents were routinely ordered to stand down rather than interdict guns from people they suspected of trafficking weapons.
With the clinical precision of a lab experiment...,
Some of those agents blew the whistle to Congress this year after two such guns were found at the scene of the murder of the Border Patrol agent, Brian A. Terry. An official with knowledge of the investigation said that neither the bullet that killed Mr. Terry in December nor the casings found at the scene had been linked to the weapons that were recovered there.
The official emphasized that the murder weapon has not been discovered....
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That’s what she said.
CBS has reported this for a very long time as well as FReepers.
It is about time the NYSlimes reported it but it is far more serious than a reckless DOJ.
According to to todays testimony, it was well over 1,000 firearms. The NYT is demonstrating their usual sloppy approach to research.
They are about a year behind in reporting.CBS reported it but the story never got legs until maybe today.So the NYSlimes is covering their butt.
I'm sure their research is meticulous.
It's what they choose to place in their publication that is lacking. They'll selectively print only what they want out there. Inconvenient details are left out on purpose.
Welcome to the party, NY Slimes.
Better late than never, even if you’re only covering it in damage-control mode.
This was no reckless technique, it was a deliberate act poerpetrated to back Obama’s statement that guns from America were going into Mexico.
This statement was given prior to asking for stricter gun controls.
There is no act too low for the Kenyan to participate in to further his agenda to disarm and destroy America.
They're spinning the story like an Iranian centrifuge, but what's new?
"Reckless technique". Lord Almighty. Their dishonesty knows no bounds.
As lousy as this article is at least the NY Slimes is reporting on 'Gun-Walker'.Now when those three liberal Moonbat rags report on Barry and Holder's screw-ups, the Jig's up. [oh oh, is that term racist?] (snicker)
And the LA Slime is also reporting on 'Gun-Walker'.
And so is CBS Noooz.
But anywho, this is how Watergate started: Drip. By. Drip. So Barry better start being concerned. He and his flying pet monkey, Eric 'My People' Holder, are gonna lose their 'plausible deniability'.
And that's what they're pushing now --- What? Me? I know nothing!
New York Times Mexico bureau chief Ginger Thompson
Why? The Mexican crime cartels can get what they need from the BATF.
We all know that the BATF has a huge interest in restrictions to individual ownership. It is obvious that Operation Fast and Furious was more about Americans and guns and not so much Mexicans and guns. No matter what the gun restrictions the government can push on us, the criminal syndicates will always find plenty of weapons.
So they buried it on A20. No surprises there. Maybe a small one that they covered this at all.
What a sorry excuse for a 'newspaper'...