Sharyl Atkisson of CBS News has worked month after month trying to uncover the truth behind this still ongoing scandal involving the Obama administration knowingly allowing weapons to be given to some of the most dangerous and deadly criminals in Mexico and elsewhere. An internal memo revealed the administration’s hopes to capitalize on subsequent cross border gun violence to renew a push for further gun control laws. American border agent Brian Terry was killed with one such weapon, while hundreds or possibly even thousands of Mexican civilians have as well. Now more evidence has surfaced of yet more deaths directly linked to the Obama administration’s Fast and Furious gunrunning program…
We unfortunately haven’t had any shortage of scandalous revelations stemming from the doings of the Obama administration during the president’s tenure, but both Obama and his Department of Justice have pretty much succeeded in sweeping under the rug the deadly and ongoing consequences of one of their shadiest undertakings yet.
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. LINK
Sadly, so many low information voters have little idea as to what the Fast and Furious scandal was, and its ongoing ramifications – namely the deaths of yet more Mexican citizens and further danger to America’s own law enforcement community.
Eric Holder was found in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with the investigation. When Congress pushed to force him to do so, Barack Obama initiated sweeping Executive Privilege authority over the investigation, daring Congress to come after him. Congress, minus some House Republicans who are still pursuing a months long legal challenge to the use of Executive Privilege, backed off, and thus, the truth remains buried under all of those missing guns, and dead bodies, courtesy of the Obama White House.
If that last sentence sounds harsh, it is. More important though – it’s the truth. -UM