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Fast and Furious guns still enabling crime in Mexico

The scandal that is the DoJ’s “Fast and Furious” debacle continues to enable crimes and murders in Mexico:

Three more weapons from Fast and Furious have turned up at crime scenes in Mexico, CBS News has learned, as the toll from the controversial federal operation grows.

According to Justice Department tracing documents obtained by CBS News, all three guns are WASR-10 762-caliber Romanian rifles. Two were purchased by Fast and Furious suspect Uriel Patino in May and July of 2010. Sean Steward, who was convicted on gun charges in July 2012, purchased a third. The rifles were traced yesterday to the Lone Wolf gun shop in Glendale, Ariz.

During Fast and Furious and similar operations, federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) encouraged the Lone Wolf and other gun stores to sell massive amounts of weapons to questionable purchasers who allegedly trafficked them Mexican drug cartels.

Patino is said to have purchased 700 guns while under ATF’s watch. Ever since, a steady stream of the guns have been recovered at crime scenes in Mexico and the U.S. But the Justice Department has refused repeated requests from Congress and CBS News to provide a full accounting. An estimated 1,400 guns are still on the street or unaccounted for.

What I find interesting about this is what happened in the immediate aftermath of the revelation that this operation had been so badly bungled. Remember the reaction from the administration when this began to become public knowledge?

Denial. The attempt to pin the blame on some “rogue agents” in Phoenix.

Ring any bells? What was their reaction to Benghazi? To try to pin the blame on some video producer.

IRS? I believe it was rogue agents in Cincinnati.

Name your scandal and the results are almost uniformly the same.

And the real result in every case? None of the initial spin had any credence whatsoever.  None.  Not once.

In fact, all were traced back to high level failures on the part of various executive agencies.

And they wonder why trust in government is at an all time low.


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17 Responses to Fast and Furious guns still enabling crime in Mexico

  • Everybody with a working brain knows the “rogue agents” sit at the highest levels of the Federal government.
    And THEY are protecting each other from the laws of the land.
    The Obamabanana Republic is an outlaw gang.

    • Do they grow bananas in Chicago?

      • Yes.  In the same hot-houses where they raise the lambs.  Warmed by vast quantities of graft, corruption, and other forms of…manure.
        They’re famous for it.

  • Every one of them leads into the foyer of the White House, and from there, it seems all the dirty deeds were done by an unknown member of the kitchen staff.
    Couldn’t have been Baghdad Barry though, more than likely he was busy playing cards.

  • McQ only you and a couple of other “rogue bloggers” are still beating this drum! Why is it that you don’t like executives having privileges? Don’t you believe in privacy?
    Besides, I thought you were pro-gun. Don’t you think the 2nd Amendment applies to Mexicans too! GOOD GRIEF!!!!

    • Or, in knuckle-dragging military-type parlance…
      Grief, good: one each.

      • I has a question, do these griefs come in crates about the size of a MANPAD?
        We think the Fast and Furious guns in Mexico showing up is bad, wait till the (phony of course) Benghazi MANPADs start appearing.
        And people wonder why they did nothing to secure the annex?   I suggest not wanting to explain to line military types why surface to air missiles were stockpiled in the annex as a possibility, well, if it weren’t a phony scandal, I mean.

      • “And in the end times, there will be much wailing and gnashing of griefs.”

  • I’ve been told that “Fast and Furious” is a phony scandal .. so these guns must be phony and the victims phony as well.

  • Ah, but it was just a gun tracking effort. Bush had one just like it, Obama’s was just a tweaked version where they didn’t track the guns or attempt to catch the smugglers in the act. Just a few minor differences.

    • Oh, and the other minor difference: Obama and Holder didn’t coordinate with the Mexicans. Unlike Bush. Just a minor difference. Otherwise the same.