According to Howard Nemerow at Pajamas Media the ATF has been claiming that no guns were walked in operation Fast and Furious, because ” According to the narrowest possible interpretation, a gun is walked only when an ATF agent physically places an AK-47 into the hands of a straw purchaser and then lets that straw purchaser walk out of sight.”
This is not good.
For those who don’t know, operation Fast and Furious involved the ATF attempting to track guns through strawman buyers to find a network of gun smugglers. I am unclear as to what evidence there is that there might be such a network. But, once again the rules and training were thrown out for a specific operation, with as near as I can tell from the House oversight committees report, no attempt being made to retrain agents. (Other instances in which changing the rules for a particular event have caused problems include such infamous instances as the Ruby Ridge incident, Waco Texas and the branch davidians, and the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.)
According to the House committee’s report, “ATF agents are trained to “follow the gun” and interdict weapons whenever possible. Operation Fast and Furious required agents to abandon this training.” Also, “ATF’s long-standing policy has been not to knowingly allow guns to “walk” into the hands of criminals. Yet DOJ and ATF used a 1989 ATF order to help justify allowing straw purchasers allegedly connected to Mexican drug cartels to illegally buy more than 1,800 weapons during Operation Fast and Furious.This is well beyond the scope of the original order which allows the agents to at their discretion allow guns to walk, while maintaining surveillance of the arms, ie. agents are not allowed to just let the guns go and see where they turn up. Instead this was setup by higher officials, not in direct contact with the situation, not allowing the agents, who were under the 1989 order given the discretion to let the guns travel while following them, to have the discretion to sieze these guns before they dissappeared.
The worst bit is that “Despite mounting evidence to the contrary, DOJ continues to deny that Operation Fast and Furious was ill-conceived and had deadly consequences.”. This is a good example of how not to handle a problem, stonewall and refuse to admit that anything went wrong or that it might not have been a good idea in the first place.
Update: According to Katie Pavlich at Townhall.com, “During an Oversight Committee hearing on June 15, Democrat Rep. Elijah Cummings stated the following: “No legitimate examination of this issue will be complete without analyzing our nation’s gun laws, which allow tens of thousands of assault weapons to flood into Mexico from the United States every year, including fifty caliber sniper rifles, multiple AK variants and scores of others. When Mexican President Calderon addressed Congress in May, he pleaded for us to stop fueling a full-scale drug war with military-grade assault rifles.”” So they allowed the guns to go through in order to try and get more government power isn’t this the definition of a false flag operation and abuse of power? The path to impeachment is now set.