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ATF Fast And Furious Plot Thickens: Feds Attempted Cover-up

September 2, 2011 by  

ATF Fast And Furious Plot Thickens: Feds Attempted Cover-up

More details about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) “Fast and Furious” operation have been revealed, indicating that the White House had a heavier involvement than previously known and that a government attempt to cover up fatal consequences’ of ATF actions occurred.

Under the program, more than 2,000 assault rifles and illegal firearms were handed directly to Mexican drug cartels in an effort to “track illegal gun-trafficking operations.” The secretive operation was revealed when U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was slain by a gun provided to cartel operatives by the ATF. Per Department of Homeland Security policy to fire non-lethal rounds at criminals entering the country illegally or threatening Border Patrol, Terry was armed with a weapon that fired bean bags when he was murdered, according to the Arizona Daily Star.

According to Fox News, information revealed after the reassignment of former ATF employees shows that Federal officials on various levels tried to cover up details of Terry’s murder. The news agency reported that the examination ATF internal calls, emails and hand-written documents has provided damning evidence against Assistant U.S. Attorneys Emory Hurley and Michael Morrissey, along with Patrick Cunningham, chief of the office’s Criminal Division. In an email exchange the day after the murder between Hurley and then-U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke, they decided not to disclose the connection between Terry’s slaying and the ATF’s gun sales to the Mexican cartels, because “… this way we do not divulge our current case (Fast and Furious) or the Border Patrol shooting case.”

Allegedly, after complications arose, some of the most basic law enforcement techniques typically used to take illegal weapons from criminals required the explicit approval of high-level ATF officials, as not to divulge the details of Fast and Furious or provide a link between it and Terry’s murder by retrieving ATF provided weapons.

The L.A. Times reports that senior White House officials were privy to at least some of the goings on under the Fast and Furious operation, naming three officials: Kevin M. O’Reilly, director of North American Affairs for the White House national security staff; Dan Restrepo, the President’s senior Latin American adviser; and Greg Gatjanis, a White House national security official.

The paper also said the Justice Department has changed its tune as to how many crimes were committed in the U.S. using ATF-sold firearms; it recently stated 11 incidents had occurred, but now says it is only aware of one violent crime linked to the guns. However, some investigators have said that the weapons were discovered at more than 20 violent crime sites in Mexico and several in the U.S.

 

 

 

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • JeffH

    The more information that comes out about “Fast and Furious,” the more clear it seems that knowledge of the operation, and approval for it, went higher than the Phoenix field office, or even BATFE. There is clear evidence, uncovered by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee headed by Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), that senior Obama Administration officials were aware of this disastrous operation. And as the evidence continues to mount, it’s looking more and more likely that what we’re seeing unfold is a large-scale cover-up.

    Rep. Issa released the following statement: “While the reckless disregard for safety that took place in Operation Fast and Furious certainly merits changes within the Department of Justice, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee will continue its investigation to ensure that blame isn’t offloaded on just a few individuals for a matter that involved much higher levels of the Justice Department…the Justice Department needs to explain the role other officials and offices played in the infamous efforts to allow weapons to flow to Mexican drug cartels. I also remain very concerned by Acting Director Melson’s statement that the Department of Justice is managing its response in a manner intended to protect its political appointees. Senator Grassley and I will continue to press the Department of Justice for answers in order to ensure that a reckless effort like Fast and Furious does not take place again.”

    Sen. Grassley released this statement: The Justice Department and the ATF have yet to answer a majority of the questions and still must produce many of the documents Congressman Issa and I have asked for. We’re looking for a full accounting from the Justice Department as to who knew what and when, so we can be sure that this ill-advised strategy never happens again.”

    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) said: “The announcement by the Department of Justice to reassign Kenneth Melson is not the resolution Congress and the American people need. This move by the Administration indicates that Director Melson may be being used as a scapegoat for a much larger problem within ATF and DOJ. It appears that other senior officials at DOJ may have been involved in this deadly operation. The American people and Congress will not be appeased until we have the whole truth about how and why Operation Fast and Furious was authorized. Congress will not ignore an agency so out of control that its decisions and operations cost American lives.”

    Meanwhile, Attorney General Eric Holder has insisted that he knew absolutely nothing about “Fast and Furious.” As the investigation continues, hopefully we’ll find out if that unlikely insistence is the truth.
    http://www.nraila.org/Legislation/Federal/Read.aspx?id=7056

  • s c

    Any investigation of this case will not be complete without including Joe ‘Motormouth’ Biden. The whore media won’t touch it, but that’s only logical because their rumps were bought and paid for many decades ago.
    Either include Biden in the investigation, or flush it down the nearest toilet. Odds are that this is exactly what Holder is already planning via his ‘superior legal skills.’

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