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A primer on the "Fast and Furious" scandal
cbsnews.com ^ | 26 June, 2012 | Sharyl Attkisson

Posted on 06/27/2012 5:27:20 AM PDT by marktwain

Edited on 06/27/2012 6:16:27 AM PDT by Sidebar Moderator. [history]

"Gunwalking" is law enforcement vernacular for the concept of allowing criminal suspects to "walk" off with guns, without police interdicting or tracking them. It's widely considered taboo, since "walked" guns may be used in violent crimes, including murders.

What is "Project Gunrunner"?


(Excerpt) Read more at cbsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2deadfeds; 300deadmexicans; atf; banglist; brianterry; dea; dhs; doj; fastandfurious; fastandfuriousprimer; fbi; gunrunner; gunwalker; holder; ice; jaimezapata; murdergate; obama; terry; zapata
A reasonable summation from Sharyl Attkisson. She gives credit to Mike Vanderboegh and David Codrea.
1 posted on 06/27/2012 5:27:30 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Gunwalker / Murdergate ping.


2 posted on 06/27/2012 5:29:02 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain; MestaMachine; Nachum; Joe Brower; neverdem

Recounting a March 30, 2011 meeting between Brady, her husband Jim and White House Press secretary Jay Carney, The Post reports:

During the meeting, President Obama dropped in and, according to Sarah Brady, brought up the issue of gun control, “to fill us in that it was very much on his agenda,” she said.

“I just want you to know that we are working on it,” Brady recalled the president telling them. “We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.”

3 posted on 06/27/2012 5:31:55 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: marktwain
What law enforcement agencies were involved in "Fast and Furious"? Records show that in addition to ATF; Immigration and Customs (ICE) under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Arizona US Attorney's office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) played roles in Fast and Furious.

F&F was a high-profile OCDETF (Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force) investigation. These joint task forces are always approved and run out of the DOJ. It's laughable to suggest that some low-level functionaries in Arizona dreamed up and ran a joint ATF/FBI/DEA/ICE investigation without DOJ approval and supervision.

4 posted on 06/27/2012 5:39:32 AM PDT by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: marktwain; Joe Brower; Travis McGee; LucyT; vette6387; MetaThought; 60Gunner; XHogPilot; ...

http://www.examiner.com/article/a-journalist-s-guide-to-project-gunwalker-part-one

The following is a summary and time line of articles appearing on the Sipsey Street Irregulars blog and Gun Rights Examiner, reflecting original reporting on the developing “Project Gunwalker” story by Mike Vanderboegh and myself. ***That’s the purposely ironic name I assigned it, a parody of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosive’s “Project Gunrunner,” and it refers to allegations by whistleblowing ATF insiders*** that:

Excerpt. More at link


5 posted on 06/27/2012 5:40:30 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: marktwain
It's too bad Sharyl Attkisson’s investigative reports are buried in the bowels of the cBS website, never to see the light of day on TV news.
6 posted on 06/27/2012 5:44:10 AM PDT by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: marktwain

How sweet of her.


7 posted on 06/27/2012 5:45:21 AM PDT by MestaMachine (obama kills)
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To: shove_it
Review form Amazon Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up [Hardcover]
Katie Pavlich (Author) Everyone must read this book!, April 5, 2012 
By Aeronaut
This review is from: Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up (Hardcover)
Everyone must read this book! It doesn’t matter if you are a Democrat or Republican, whether you believe in more or less gun control, or are conservative or liberal. Government scandals such as this must not be allowed, especially when they cost people their lives. Reading this book will cause you to experience a wide range of emotions. You feel sadness and frustration at the situation surrounding the death of Agent Brian Terry. This is followed by disbelief and outrage as the facts are presented regarding Operation Fast and Furious. Most shocking was seeing proof as to what the administration, at the highest levels, is doing for political purposes. It is frightening to realize, as the book points out, the incompetence, deceit and unlawful behavior with which the current DOJ and other government agencies operate and the great lengths they will go to cover it up. I was appalled to learn of their lack of concern for human lives. I had to ask myself while reading the book, “Could this really have happened?” But the facts and sources are thoroughly documented throughout the book to prove its validity. The introduction by an ATF Special Agent sets the tone for the book in a realistic manner. After finishing the “body” of the book, don’t put it down until you have looked at the appendices. There is a helpful timeline of events and further proof of the administration’s efforts to conceal the truth.
8 posted on 06/27/2012 5:45:50 AM PDT by Hojczyk
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To: marktwain
Bttt.

5.56mm

9 posted on 06/27/2012 5:47:24 AM PDT by M Kehoe
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To: marktwain

Ms. Attkisson misses the actual purpose of Fast and Furious; to give the illusion that there was a massive problem of guns being transported from sales in the US, into Mexico so that Obama and the Dems could then argue strongly for more stringent gun laws. That is why “Gun-runner” was set in motion.


10 posted on 06/27/2012 5:47:40 AM PDT by Sudetenland (Member of the BBB Club - Bye-Bye-Barry!!! President Barack "Down Low" Obama)
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To: Sudetenland

Agreed but proving it’s another matter.


11 posted on 06/27/2012 5:52:09 AM PDT by shove_it (just undo it)
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To: marktwain

There was a time, many years ago, when CBS was the gold standard in broadcast news. Now and then, there’s a glimmer...


12 posted on 06/27/2012 5:53:00 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: marktwain

“White House officials have said there is no evidence that Newell and O’Reilly ever discussed the controversial tactic of gunwalking and, on those grounds, have blocked the attempts of Congressional Republicans to interview O’Reilly, who has since been sent on assignment to Iraq for the State Department”

I hope O’Reilly keeps his head down in Iraq. I sure hope he does not become the victim of FRIENDLY FIRE.


13 posted on 06/27/2012 6:01:57 AM PDT by woodbutcher1963
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To: All

14 posted on 06/27/2012 6:03:44 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: marktwain

Here, too:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ATF_gunwalking_scandal


15 posted on 06/27/2012 6:03:59 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs and most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: marktwain
"What is "Wide Receiver"?

"Wide Receiver" is the name ATF assigned to a group of gun trafficking cases investigated out of the Tucson, Arizona office beginning in 2006. Like Fast and Furious, it was supervised by ATF Special Agent in Charge Bill Newell. Sources indicate it involved about 275 "walked" guns. According to sources who worked directly on the case, the vast majority of guns were not tracked and Mexico's government was not fully informed of the case. Apparently worried that the gunwalking tactics could be viewed as inappropriate, federal prosecutors in Arizona abandoned the case. Then, in fall of 2009, Justice Department officials decided to go ahead and prosecute the case.

Is this correct? I thought various ex-ATF had testified that guns were stopped at the border?

16 posted on 06/27/2012 6:05:03 AM PDT by In Maryland ( "... the [Feds] must live with the inconvenient fact that it is a Union of independent States)
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To: marktwain
"Wide Receiver" is the name ATF assigned to a group of gun trafficking cases investigated out of the Tucson, Arizona office beginning in 2006. Like Fast and Furious, it was supervised by ATF Special Agent in Charge Bill Newell. Sources indicate it involved about 275 "walked" guns. According to sources who worked directly on the case, the vast majority of guns were not tracked and Mexico's government was not fully informed of the case.

Wrong.

Wide Receiver guns WERE tracked, they were just not tracked effectively. And the Mexican government WAS appraised of the program.

These are KEY distinctions between F&F and WR that cBS is trying to bury

17 posted on 06/27/2012 6:08:06 AM PDT by kidd
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To: marktwain

See-BS just now getting around to this??


18 posted on 06/27/2012 6:08:09 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: Sudetenland
"Ms. Attkisson misses the actual purpose of Fast and Furious; to give the illusion that there was a massive problem of guns being transported from sales in the US, into Mexico so that Obama and the Dems could then argue strongly for more stringent gun laws. That is why “Gun-runner” was set in motion."

She accepted the initial premise that the objective of Fast and Furious was to track weapons; an assertion that fails the smell test, in that no provisions were made to track, and/or retrieve the weapons. If you recast the objective as being to flood the Mexican market with US purchased arms, why then the project was a resounding success.

Every official who touted the meme that US weapons constituted the majority of cartel arms; should be indicted, either as co-conspirator or an imbecile.
19 posted on 06/27/2012 6:09:53 AM PDT by davius (You can roll manure in powdered sugar but that don't make it a jelly doughnut.)
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To: WKUHilltopper
Attkisson has covered F&F developments for over a year.
CBS is probably the only network to have a first line reporter on the beat.
20 posted on 06/27/2012 6:11:55 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Sudetenland

Yep.


21 posted on 06/27/2012 6:14:02 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!
22 posted on 06/27/2012 6:36:57 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Hotlanta Mike

Is that a real shirt? If it is, where can I get one?


23 posted on 06/27/2012 6:42:00 AM PDT by cayuga (The next Crusade will be a war of annihilation.)
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To: woodbutcher1963

It will be more a strategically placed IED and a few other poor souls will be sacrificed as well.


24 posted on 06/27/2012 7:15:38 AM PDT by mazda77 (and I am a Native Texan)
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To: kidd
Wide Receiver guns WERE tracked, they were just not tracked effectively, by the Mexican Government who dropped the ball. It was then immediately shut down because the Mexicans screwed it up.
25 posted on 06/27/2012 7:19:46 AM PDT by mazda77 (and I am a Native Texan)
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To: In Maryland
That paragraph is a mish-mash of correct and incorrect assertions. This article is not one of Sheryl Attkinson's finest pieces of work. It is true that they let guns cross the border. But she says they let them "walk" which is in direct contradiction to the definition of "walking" that she begins the article with. "Walking" means to make no effort to interdict or track the guns. They did make efforts to track them and intended to interdict them in Wide Receiver to the best of my understanding.

The Department of Justice ’ s Operation Fast and Furious: Accounts of ATF Agents

(above) Four ATF field agents testify under oath that they "never even heard of intentionally letting guns "walk" before F&F."

In that House testimony all four agents define "walking" just as I have and just as Attkinson did.

Another problem with what she wrote there is the assertion that Mexican authorities were not fully informed of Wide Receiver operations. That goes against all previous reporting on this.

She says in a previous paragraph about F&F "the vast majority of guns were not tracked and Mexico's government was not fully informed of the case." That is also contradictory to previous reporting in two ways. First, the only effort to track any of the 2,500 guns walked in F&F was when a field agent bought his own electronics and tried to track one or two guns. His devices failed. Secondly, it has been reported that neither Mexican authorities nor ATF agents stationed in Mexico knew anything at all about F&F operations.

26 posted on 06/27/2012 8:57:45 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: TigersEye

It seems that CBS just can’t resist inserting a way to “Blame Bush” even when it is otherwise swimming against the tide of the LSM.


27 posted on 06/27/2012 9:13:39 AM PDT by In Maryland ( "... the [Feds] must live with the inconvenient fact that it is a Union of independent States)
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To: In Maryland

This is the first time I have seen anything that looks like spin from Attkinson. That is disappointing. Up until now her reports have been hard hitting and substantially accurate as compared to other New Media reporting. I hope she isn’t bending to CBS management now after a year of good work.


28 posted on 06/27/2012 9:18:57 AM PDT by TigersEye (Life is about choices. Your choices. Make good ones.)
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To: Travis McGee
F&F was a high-profile OCDETF (Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force) investigation. These joint task forces are always approved and run out of the DOJ. It's laughable to suggest that some low-level functionaries in Arizona dreamed up and ran a joint ATF/FBI/DEA/ICE investigation without DOJ approval and supervision.

You familiar with Operation Dutch Boy in Arizona, run by a rogue US Attorney and corrupt candidate for AZ governor, and intended to affect pending Arizona state firearms legislation? Research time....

29 posted on 06/27/2012 10:45:12 AM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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To: mazda77; kidd
Wide Receiver guns WERE tracked, they were just not tracked effectively, by the Mexican Government who dropped the ball. It was then immediately shut down because the Mexicans screwed it up.

Wide Receiver guns WERE tracked, they were just not tracked effectively, by the Mexican Government who dropped the ball. It was then immediately shut down because the Mexican policia agencies infiltrated by the cartels screwed it up, possibly on orders from their narcotrafficante bosses.

30 posted on 06/27/2012 10:48:41 AM PDT by archy (I'd give my right arm to be ambidextrous!)
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