The scandal of Fast and Furious is very upsetting to say the least. I hope this video sheds some light on may what have been behind this political scandal.
Documents speak for themselves. Among other things about Fast and Furious, they say:– Officials with Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Arizona embraced a strategy to work with gun dealers and “allow the transfer of firearms to … take place in order to” go after bigwig weapons-smugglers. Gun dealers and even some officials within ATF expressed concerns, with one gun dealer saying an ATF request to order more weapons for a suspected gun smuggler was “outside of the standard way” he did business. But officials in Phoenix leading the operation tried to allay such concerns by insisting ATF was “continually monitoring” suspects, and telling one gun dealer his “continued cooperation with our office has greatly aided the investigation thus far.”– ATF officials in Phoenix did not necessarily intend to let weapons cross into Mexico, with the operation’s group supervisor saying, “We cannot chance these things crossing the border.” However, early on in the investigation, ATF officials knew that large numbers of “suspect” weapons were already making their way to Mexico.– While Fast and Furious and other ATF investigations were progressing, the head of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division in Washington agreed to have one of his attorneys help ATF “coordinate” its efforts to develop and prosecute unspecified cases related to gun-trafficking. Attorneys in Washington were ultimately assigned to help prosecute Fast and Furious, but they obtained only “general knowledge of the investigation” because the U.S. attorney’s office in Phoenix ended up “handling” the case and did “not do a good job of keeping (others) in the loop.”– At one point, a top federal prosecutor in Phoenix told U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke that ATF agents “have pursued interdiction of the firearms transferred to the conspirators where possible,” and that agents “have not purposely let guns ‘walk.'” The federal prosecutor repeated those assertions — verbatim — two months later. (Three months after that, Burke then told Justice Department officials in Washington that whistleblower allegations of “gunwalking” were “categorically false.” The Justice Department ended up denying the allegations to Congress in letter on Feb. 4, 201, but had to retract that denial months later.)
Updates on this case will continue and I will do my best to bring both sides with care even though it is a shameful example of politics in raw form.