July 7, 2011
SUMMARY: “The Fast and Furious operation was designed to monitor purchases by people suspected of buying firearms for others—in particular drug cartel gangs in Mexico. But many of the arms turned up at crime scenes in the U.S. and Mexico.
Messrs. Issa and Grassley say the ATF should have known it couldn’t track the weapons and that firearms ended up in the hands of deadly drug squads.”
QUESTION: What did Holder know and when?
LESSON: 1. Good intentions go horribly wrong (esp. when you try being too clever by half.) 2. Don’t give guns to Mexican cartels. 3. Eric Holder and his boss are clever, aren’t they?
[READ “ATF Chief Denies Blame for Gun-Tracking Program” at the Wall Street Journal]
June 17, 2011
“Watergate cliches though they are, two questions beg to be asked about the exploding Fast and Furious scandal at the U.S. Department of Justice: What did Attorney General Eric Holder know and when did he know it concerning the underlying concept, operational protocols and legal status of the Operation Fast and Furious program in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms bureau?
Those questions gained special relevance Wednesday when four ATF agents testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and squarely contradicted a Feb. 4, 2011, claim by a department spokesman that DOJ did not approve of the program that sanctioned the illegal sale here in America by legitimate gun dealers of assault weapons to representatives of Mexican drug cartels. The idea behind the program was that the hundreds of firearms thus sold would then be traced from specific crimes, thus enabling prosecutions of the individuals involved.”