OK, here’s the big one- The “Fast and Furious” Gunwalker operation.
Apparently our friends in the Justice Department -specifically ATF, with apparent assistance from several other federal agencies- has been supplying weapons to Mexican drug dealers and those guns have been popping up all over the place while being responsible for the deaths of several hundred Mexican nationals and numerous U.S. border patrol agents.
The idea, according to the Feds, was to get visibility on the path the weapons took to help find the top bad guys. But the feds never tried to trace the movements of the weapons from the point of origin (i.e., when they provided them to the bad guys) but seemed to be content to wait until crimes were committed with the weapons and to go from there. They didn’t have much interest in preventing the killings and other crimes being committed with the weapons. Strangely enough, the local U.S. law enforcement community is a bit upset about this, not to mention the Mexican government.
Of course the Justice Department is stonewalling for all its worth. I don’t think Holder is planning on investigating himself.
There are lots of questions about the rationale behind the program: Following up a stupid claim about the “normal” source of weapons by trying to make it true (see the “90% claim)? Demonizing guns shops in (another) attempt to scare up support for gun control? Who know? It’s a complicated story, and there’s a lot more, but people are already starting to lose their jobs, and hopefully someone will go to jail– and I mean besides the attorney-general for perjury.
Read the latest on this story here. Sorry, it’s a conservative web site- it’s hard to find a decent MSM account of this fiasco, since the press has been doing it’s best to pretend it isn’t happening. That may be about to change, as they just got suckered in to reporting on it, when the Administration tried to defend itself by (surprise!) claiming that the Bush Administration did the same thing. It seems the MSM was only too willing, even anxious, to report that. But it turns out that’s not true (another big surprise) and now the MSM is probably stuck with continuing to report on the story.
You should really start following this one- it’s going to get a lot better.
Remember the good old days (about three years ago) when the press thought that their job was to keep the government honest, rather that defending it at all costs? With any luck, they’ll finally remember about that right around 20 January 2013.