Leaked Report on “Fast and Furious” Blames ATF for “Reckless” Op, Obama/Holder DoJ for “Obstruction”

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The Los Angeles Times, hardly a bastion of conservative orthodoxy, has a leaked copy of a congressional report on the Obama administration’s failed Fast and Furious “gun walking” operation.

WASHINGTON — Republican congressional investigators have concluded that five senior ATF officials — from the special agent-in-charge of the Phoenix field office to the top man in the bureau’s Washington headquarters — are collectively responsible for the failed Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation that was “marred by missteps, poor judgments and inherently reckless strategy.”

The investigators, in a final report likely to be released later this week, also unearthed new evidence that agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Phoenix initially sought to hide from the Mexican government the crucial information that two Fast and Furious firearms were recovered after the brother of a Mexican state attorney general was killed there.

According to a copy of the report obtained Monday by The Times, the investigators said their findings are “the best information available as of now” about the flawed gun operation that last month led to Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. being found in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over subpoenaed documents.

The report also cites

”… the devastating failure of supervision and leadership” at the Department of Justice and an “unprecedented obstruction of the [congressional] investigation by the highest levels of the Justice Department including the attorney general himself.”

There’s no question that Fast and Furious is an unmitigated disaster and an on-going scandal for the Obama regime. More than 2500 handguns, rifles, and assault weapons were “walked” across the border to Mexico, and then lost. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and Mario Gonzalez, brother of Mexico state attorney general Patricia Gonzalez were both killed by drug cartel members using Fast and Furious weapons. But the truth is, dozens and perhaps hundreds of other of other murders may have been committed using the “lost” Fast and Furious weapons. The true count will likely never be known.

And like nearly every other issue of national importance, the Obama administration is trying to avoid any semblance of responsibility until after the November election. Politics first… leadership when we can get around to it, apparently.

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  • leh

    This info is a suprise????????????????

    • Wayne

      I think no one is surprised but have you heard anything about this from the MSM?

  • Game

    The guns from Fast and Furious did not kill people. Guns don’t kill people. People kill people.
    Fast and Furious was a disaster, however, to pretend that without it, there would be less gun violence in Mexico and along the border is like saying that if we make guns harder to get in the US, then gun violence will go down.
    Bad people get guns. This was a failed program, it was terrible law enforcement and most of the people who were responsible for it have been removed from their jobs. However, it is not responsible for Mexican drug violence.

    • Bat One

      I don’t disagree with what you’ve said about guns. And the Second Amendment is second for a reason. But it is those on the Left, the liberals, who are forever braying about the “need” for gun control. And given that insistence, and the failure of this operation and the Obama regime’s attempts at cover-up, those on the Left ought to be held to the same standard that they would impose if the roles were reversed.. Perhaps Agent Terry would have been killed with some other weapons anyway. But he wasn’t. He was killed with weapons that the Obama administration allowed to cross the border into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels. Those who are responsible ought to be held to account – in court and at the polls in November.

    • awfulorv

      How long before Obama will claim that the guns actually caused the Cartel violence to be reduced? Wait for it, after “you didn’t build that” he figures blowing this smoke up our rectums will be easy. Question is, how well have they equipped the New Black Liberation Army?

    • Wayne

      What a bunch of BS. This is exactly what the Obama administration was thinking when they came up with this absolutely ridiculous idea of giving the Mexican drug cartels weapons (including grenades). ‘The violence is going to happen anyway so lets make sure they use weapons that can be traced to the US.’ And please tell us who has lost there jobs because of this besides the whistle blowers. It is democrats that have said US guns were responsible for Mexican drug violence and then did everything they could to make that true with F&F. You partisan idiots are protecting the criminals that are running this country.

  • SigFan

    Sorry, but I’m not buying it. These guys from ATF were getting their orders from someone and that person or persons are still obstructing justice. This isn’t over yet.

  • mikemc1970

    Failed? No, it did just what it was supposed to do. Sow the seeds of death and violence among the Mexican people in order to change the American peoples mind about enacting an assault weapons ban. It was the gun store owners blowing the whistle on the ATF that exposed it to the world, even if Obamas palace guard media tried to bury it again.

  • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

    New report:

    They found that William Newell, the special agent-in-charge in
    Phoenix, exhibited “repeatedly risky” management and “consistently pushed the envelope of permissible investigative techniques.” The report said “he had been reprimanded … before for crossing the line, but under a new administration and a new attorney general he reverted back to the use of risky gunwalking tactics.”

    His boss, Deputy Assistant Director for Field Operations William McMahon, “rubber stamped critical documents that came across his desk without reading them,” the report alleged. “In McMahon’s view it was not his job to ask any questions about what was going on in the field.”

    They added that McMahon gave “false testimony” to Congress about signing applications for wiretap intercepts in Fast and Furious.

    His supervisor, Mark Chait, assistant director for field operations, “played a surprisingly passive role during the operation,” the report said. “He failed to provide oversight that his experience should have dictated and his position required.”

    Above Chait was Deputy Director William Hoover, who the report said ordered an exit strategy to scuttle Fast and Furious but never followed through: “Hoover was derelict in his duty to ensure that public safety was not jeopardized.”

    And they said Melson, a longtime career Justice official, “often stayed above the fray” instead of bringing Fast and Furious to an “end sooner.”

    Old News:

    …The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobaccos Firearms and Explosives operation known as Fast and Furious was not the first time this flawed tactic of allowing guns to “walk” into Mexico was tried. There was another in 2006-07. Wide Receiver was a joint U.S.-Mexico operation run out of ATF’s Tucson office.

    That was shut down after nearly 450 firearms were lost in Mexico. ATF head Kenneth Melson, Deputy Director William Hoover and Phoenix Special Agent William Newell, all appointed by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales during the Bush administration, took part in Wide Receiver.

    And all three were instrumental in the planning and execution of Operation Fast and Furious.

    http://www.norwichbulletin.com/Opinion/x1197883226/John-Foster-Way-Loopholes-allowing-guns-into-Mexico#axzz20EWtD5HV

    • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

      These poor ATF officials will take a lot of abuse from the left, but the right will over look their incompetence in favor of trying to toss their disaster around the neck of Obama, like a bunch of drunk teenagers trying to toss a lay around the neck of a bottle floating out to sea.

      • Wayne

        When you try to smear the next Republican president with everything and anything we will remember how you twisted yourself into knots spinning for the true criminals in the WH today. What little credibility you had, if any, so completely shot.

        • Hannitized, Proofs obsession

          You are deluded. Either you didn’t read what I wrote or you didn’t understand it.

          I am simply providing facts, you are the one twisting yourself into a pretzel trying to blame Obama.

          • Wayne

            ‘I am simply providing facts’ BWAHAHAHAHAHA, now that is funny.

            Regardless, what I said is true.

    • Wayne

      WR was not the same as F&F. The WR guns were actually tracked and the straw buyers were arrested. And I have read that WR was shut down after 3 guns were lost not 450.

      • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

        You read lies.

        • Wayne

          In fact only 300 guns total were involved in WR.

          You lie. But that’s nothing new. I suggest you stop reading all those lying left wing sources.

          • Wayne
          • http://realitybasedbob.sayanythingblog.com/ realitybasedbob

            http://www.ammoland.com/2012/06/27/truth-about-operation-wide-receiver-important-to-determine/#axzz22IekPVUZ

            Gun dealer and writer Mike Detty was a central figure in Wide Receiver,
            who, in his capacity as confidential informant for ATF, sold 450 rifles
            and handguns to suspected traffickers. As Paul Barrett reported in Bloomberg Businessweek,
            “The vast majority of the guns were never recovered by U.S.
            authorities.” This means control was not maintained on all deliveries,
            and it is impossible to tell if any people have been killed, and if so,
            how many. Still, it’s crucial to note Detty was told that surveillance
            would be maintained, and he took great personal risk to assist law
            enforcement.

          • Onslaught1066

            Gun dealer and “Auto Biographer” Barack Obama was a central figure in saying the following:

            “If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.”

            Learn it.

            Live it.

            Own it.

          • Wayne

            If Detty sold 450 guns to suspected traffickers, as stated, how many of those were associated with WR? How many were associated with F&F? And Bloomberg is not a reliable source in the first place. This quote does not say 450 guns were lost during WR or even that 450 guns were involved in total during WR. It simply states that this guy said he sold 450 guns to criminals.

          • Wayne

            ‘Speaking to members of the Senate Judiciary Committee earlier this month, Holder said that “three hundred guns” were allowed to “walk” (although note the difference between “tracing” and “walking” above) in Wide Receiver. While there is no evidence that suggests otherwise, the figure is dwarfed by the approximately 2,000 firearms that walked in Fast and Furious. Roughly 1,400 guns were lost and about 700 have been recovered in Mexico and at crime scenes like the sites of Terry and Zapata’s murders.’

            http://www.theblaze.com/stories/the-5-biggest-differences-between-operation-fast-and-furious-and-operation-wide-receiver/#

            This from The Blaze, not a right wing source by any stretch.

            Holder also said during Congressional testimony that WR and F&F were not the same. If you don’t want to believe me, maybe you’ll believe Holder.

            http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bESZcRMCBKk&feature=player_embedded

            Still want to claim that 450 guns were lost as a result of Operation Wide Receiver or that Operation Fast & Furious was simply a continuation of Operation Wide Receiver, LyingBoob? I think you know very well that you are lying.

        • Wayne

          This article also says 300 guns were involved in WR. It also says 30-40 were lost when the cartels discovered the devices used to trace the guns and removed them which is why the operation was shut down.

          http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2898314/posts

        • two_amber_lamps

          You insinuate them.

        • Wayne

          No, you’re the one that reads left wing sources so it’s you that reads lies. And repeats them. You are a lying boob.

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