Caught Red-Handed

June 17, 2011

The damning evidence implicating high-level ATF officials in the Fast and Furious fiasco continues to pour in, as Pajamas Media reveals in an update to a story about gross government malfeasance. The fact that the highest-ranking officials in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms approved of a program that led to the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry illustrates the misguided priorities of the leadership of this agency.

As a side note, you can read the testimony that Agent Terry’s family members gave to the House Committee investigating this program at Tucson Citizen.

However, this negligence-and that’s if you accept the rationale for Operation Gunrunner at face value-extends beyond the ATF and encompasses the U.S. Department of Justice as well, as this scathing editorial from The Washington Examiner describes. The House committee hearings initiated by Chairman Darrell Issa are a good start, but there needs to be a fuller, more extensive investigation into the motives behind  Fast and Furious. We need to know how the gun-trafficking operation that resulted in putting more guns into the hands of violent, Mexican criminals was implemented, why there was not greater oversight by the Justice Department, and why senior members of this administration continue to evade responsibility for what has turned out to be a disastrously misguided policy.

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