Dysfunctional government: Head of ATF sacked as evidence mounts of a cover-up
by: J. D. Heyes
Wednesday, September 07, 2011
If you have ever wondered why the national government is dysfunctional, you needn’t look any further than the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Revelations regarding this renegade agency over the past few days are enough to make more than a few of us shake our heads in disbelief, as culpable federal officials are, once again, not being held accountable for their misdeeds.
First, a little history lesson about an operation formed and executed by the U.S. Justice Department and the ATF known as Fast and Furious.
Essentially, both agencies developed a scheme to help facilitate the sale of guns to Mexican drug cartel members so they could track them back to the cartels, but at some point along the way, they lost track of them. Eventually, some 2,000 guns were allowed to “walk” across the U.S. border into Mexico, where the agencies promptly lost track of them.
Two of the weapons eventually turned up again: at the murder scene of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, 40, who was gunned down near Rio Rico, Ariz., by suspected Mexican drug cartel operatives last December. And there have been more operation-related weapons discovered at additional crime scenes north and south of the U.S. border since. The government admitted last month that it knew of a total of 11 weapons used in crimes that were tied to the operation, but inquisitive lawmakers have found out it’s really nearly double that number.
There are more “untruths.” According to revelations reported this week, not only did the government lie about the number of guns it has discovered at crime scenes that are tied to the operation, but Justice Department officials knew immediately that the one used to kill a fellow federal agent was a Fast and Furious weapon.