Operation Fast and Furious; run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE, a.k.a ATF); allowed weapons from the U.S. to pass into the hands of suspected gun smugglers so the arms could be traced to the higher echelons of Mexican drug cartels to bolster the Obama Administration’s goal of stricter gun control legislation to erode the 2nd Amendment. In other words, Obama wanted to show how "easy" it was for illegal guns in the U.S. to make their way to Mexico to be used in crimes as proof for why he needed more strict gun control legislation. Instead of pulling stats from rare instances where this occurred---he did it himself to fabricate and pad the stats. He had the ATF actually do the deed--they supplied the weapons and ensured they made their way into the hands Mexican criminals and ultimately the cartels.
As of October 2011, an undisclosed number of guns from this operation were found at 170 crime scenes! In fact, guns from this operation were discovered at the scene of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s murder in December 2010, ICE Agent Jaime Zapata was gunned down in February 2011 by weapons trafficked through this program, and an additional 57 Fast and Furious firearms were recovered at 11 other violent crime scenes in the American Southwest. Operation Fast and Furious came to a screeching halt in January 2011, and Republicans in Congress started asking the Department of Justice (DOJ) questions about this program.
Former Attorney General Eric Holder originally testified to Congress in May 2011, that he had only heard about Operation Fast and Furious when program became public in the news--an all too familiar lie Obama and his minions continue to hide behind.
Holder continued to testify to Congress on what he knew about Fast and Furious and when he knew it, with his testimony increasingly contradicting itself. Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), head of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform became exasperated with Holder and claimed the DOJ withheld information on the case despite repeatedly asking Eric Holder and the DOJ for documents which would make it crystal clear what Holder knew about Fast and Furious and when he knew it -- proving whether he lied under oath to Congress or not.
Moments before Issa and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform was set to vote on holding Eric Holder in contempt for failing to hand over the documents in question, Obama asserted “executive privilege” to keep the Committee from ever obtaining the documents. Another stunning example of the most "transparent" Administration ever.
Since then, stories have continued to trickle out about other horrific murders and crimes committed by criminals using guns that traced back to Operation Fast and Furious. While each story is shocking and sad, the fact that a gun used in the Islamic terrorist attack in France in 2015--where 130 people were killed and 368 were injured--is by far the most egregious.
Obama, the same man that lectures us about gun violence and cries crocodile tears over the loss of life--has broken more gun laws than every law abiding U.S. citizen who owns a gun.
To add insult to injury, the weapon was traced back to the very same Phoenix gun owner who was used during Operation Fast and Furious to allow criminals to buy thousands of weapons illegally. This gun owner was also found to have at least two other unrelated federal firearms violations—for selling one weapon illegally and possessing an unregistered automatic weapon after Operation Fast and Furious was shut down —but no enforcement or prosecutorial action was taken against the individual.
Instead, ATF leaders went out of their way to keep the information under the radar and ensure that the gun owner’s identity was “kept quiet,” according to law enforcement sources involved with the case. “Agents were told, in the process of taking the fully auto[matic weapon], not to anger the seller to prevent him from going public."
So let's get this straight, the same Administration that is constantly screaming for more gun laws and complaining that gun law violators aren't held accountable told the ATF essentially to "look the other way." The ATF didn't arrest this Phoenix gun owner for violating the National Fire Arms Act for fear that it would then further expose their dirty little secrets and embarrass Obama.
The level of corruption and blatant disregard for the law is overwhelming. At what point does America wake up and hold this Administration accountable? The fact that this Administration's lawlessness is directly culpable for contributing to an ISIS terrorist attack in Paris, France that resulted in the death or injury of nearly 500 people is nauseating. But since the current DOJ under political crony Loretta Lynch is just as corrupt as it was under Eric Holder, I don't see any accountability for this Administration.
There will be no transparency for America, no closure for families of the people cut down by these Obama-trafficked firearms, and no justice for the Paris terrorist attack victims.
"Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country." ~ Karl Kraus