“Fast and Furious” Deals ATF Its Worst Blow Since Waco Raid


The tainted “Operation Fast and Furious” has dealt the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives its worst blow since the agency’s botched 1993 raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco that left four ATF agents dead, reports the Houston Chronicle. With federal agents testifying against their commanders, members of Congress calling for the top man’s ouster, and accusations that ATF is fudging its gun smuggling numbers, the political fallout itself has become fast and furious.

The operation, conducted jointly with agents from ATF, FBI, DEA and other agencies was aimed at reaching beyond the low-level “straw purchasers” of weapons and building a complex case against Mexican traffickers and their weapons brokers. President Barack Obama said yesterday letting guns go to Mexico “would not be an appropriate step by the ATF, and we’ve got to find out how that happened.” Former ATF official Michael Bouchard said, “The problem of guns from the U.S. ending up in Mexico goes well beyond Fast and Furious, and it was there well before Fast and Furious got started.” Today, U.S. Senate Democrats are sponsoring a forum focused on stopping the weapons flow through gun law “improvements.”

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