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Report: ATF, Feds Mishandled 'Fast and Furious' Operation

September 19, 2012  | 

Screenshot via DOJ.
Screenshot via DOJ.

Federal agents and prosecutors in Phoenix ignored risks to the public and were primarily responsible for the botched effort to infiltrate weapons-smuggling rings in the operation dubbed "Fast and Furious," according to a report released Wednesday by the Justice Department's inspector general.

The long-awaited report also criticized senior officials at the Justice Department and its Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Washington for lax oversight of the attempt to block the flow of weapons to Mexico's violent drug cartels. Many of the weapons later turned up at crime scenes in Mexico and the United States, including one where a U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed.

The inspector general's report recommended that the Justice Department review the actions of 14 officials and consider whether disciplinary action is warranted. Among them are former acting deputy attorney general Gary Grindler, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, former acting ATF director Kenneth Melson, former ATF special agent in charge William Newell and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein.

The inquiry "did not find persuasive evidence that any supervisor in Phoenix, at either the U.S. Attorney's Office or ATF, raised serious questions or concerns about the risk to public safety posed by the continuing firearms purchases or by the delay in arresting individuals who were engaging in the trafficking," Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department's inspector general, wrote in the 471-page report. "This failure reflected a significant lack of oversight and urgency by both ATF and the U.S. Attorney's Office."

Read the full Washington Post story.

Comments (7)

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[email protected] @ 9/19/2012 6:23 PM

What a f**king snow job! Blame the lower level and cover the head pimple, holder. But then I didn't expect the truth about this fiasco from the very people that created it. How do you spell corruption? OBAMA!! Vote in November Blues & get these bastards out. Stay Safe.

Tom Ret @ 9/19/2012 7:01 PM

if this is all there is, why did Obama claim executive privilege?

FireCop @ 9/21/2012 4:30 AM

When the home team goes down the toilet you generally fire the head coach. One day we will find out just how corrupt this gang from Chicago has been and we'll shake our heads in disgust at what we let happen. By then the damage will be done. Stay safe.

Morning Eagle @ 9/21/2012 5:00 AM

We knew from the beginning that if anyone got thrown under the bus it would be a few lower level sacrificial goats while holder and obama would skate. The depth of blatant corruption in this administration from the top down is astounding and they must be removed from their positions of power and influence. They really should be prosecuted but that is highly unlikely. F&F weapons are now showing up in Columbian cartel crime scenes so they are no longer just in Mexico and on our border. Surprise, surprize!

Spencer Kennedy @ 9/21/2012 7:43 PM

I too would like to know, if there was nothing further to know and expose to the light, why "Executive Priveledge"? Eric Holder and his minions must go. Some of them, if not all of them should be arrested, prosecuted and held responsible for Agent Terry's Death. Low level pesonnel do not operate in a vacuum and the man in charge IS responsible for his employee's actions. Mr. Holder has not cooperated throughout this Investigation, was held in Contempt of Congress, has shown contempt for Congress and should be FIRED along with the the rest of his staff. Discusting attitude, behavior and mismanagement. I have no doubts about a cover-up and I can only guess as to the eventual outcome of all this. Eric Holder can't smell what he and his department are shoveling.

Random @ 9/22/2012 1:28 AM

So, "Fast and Furious, was just really "Lost and Delirious".

michael @ 9/23/2012 8:33 PM

Remember this BS when you VOTE this year............we need to say good to Obama and his Administration.

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