A theory to explain the insanity of the ATF's 'Fast and Furious' gun smuggling program

Lately, there’s been lots of talk about the faltering state of our economy.  It’s certainly the single biggest failure of the Obama Administration, and, consequently, the single biggest weakness for candidate Obama in the 2012 presidential election.

But it’s not the only one.  If you are a blog reader, you are no doubt aware of the implosion of “Operation Fast and Furious”, in which the ATF and Justice Departments worked together to allow American guns to be smuggled to Mexican drug cartels, ostensibly for the purpose of tracking the movement of American firearms and accurately determining how many guns from America are smuggled into Mexico each year.  But the program got out of hand, and after a US Border Patrol agent was killed by a Fast and Furious gun in a firefight with Mexican drug smugglers late last year, a group of ATF agents blew the whistle on the failed program.  These agents are currently testifying before the House of Representatives.

Confederate Yankee’s Bob Owens, writing at Pajamas Media, believes the Fast and Furious scandal is about to blow wide open, as facts emerge that ATF and Justice Department officials might have been deliberately trying to plant evidence in an attempt to justify new regulations or executive orders designed to tighten government gun control:

Fast and Furious, also known by the more accurate “Gunwalker,”
allowed known straw purchasers to buy large quantities of firearms —
often a dozen or more semi-automatic rifles — at a time with the full
knowledge of ATF agents and executives. The guns were then smuggled into
Mexico, as frustrated front-line ATF agents watched, under strict
orders to do nothing.

ATF agents testifying in front of the House Oversight Committee could
not explain how the operation was supposed to succeed when their
surveillance efforts stopped at the border and interdiction was never an
option.

ATF Agent John Dodson, testifying in front of the committee, said that
in his entire law enforcement career, he had “never been involved in
or even heard of an operation in which law enforcement officers let guns
walk.” He continued: “I cannot begin to think of how the risk of
letting guns fall into the hands of known criminals could possibly
advance any legitimate law enforcement interest.”

The obvious answer is that Gunwalker’s objective was never intended
to be a “legitimate law enforcement interest.” Instead, it appears that
ATF Acting Director Ken Melson and Department of Justice senior
executives specifically created an operation that was designed from the
outset to arm Mexican narco-terrorists and increase violence
substantially along both sides of the Southwest border.

Success was measured not by the number of criminals being
incarcerated, but by the number of weapons transiting the border and the
violence those weapons caused. An ATF manager was “delighted” when
Gunwalker guns started showing up at drug busts. It would be entirely
consistent with this theory if DOJ communications reflected the approval
of the ATF senior officials they were colluding with — but as we know,
Holder’s Department of Justice refuses to cooperate.

Owens also looks at President Obama’s past involvement with the Joyce Foundation, a left-leaning social justice organization that has promoted a strong gun control agenda for decades.  During President Obama’s tenure as a director at the Foundation, it spent millions of dollars in a naked attempt to bias law review literature by paying for legal reviews of gun laws and their correlation to violence, but only publishing the reviews that strongly supported gun control.  To believe that President Obama’s views — or tactics — on gun control have changed would be extremely naive and foolish.  Just recently, Sarah Brady told a group of gun control supporters that President Obama personally assured her that his administration had been working “under the radar” on gun control measures.

Hopefully the Republicans will be successful in getting a Special Prosecutor appointed to investigate this travesty of a ‘law enforcement’ program.  If the testimony given by these whistle-blowing agents is accurate, it hints at a scandal that will eventually dwarf Iran/Contra from the 1980’s — if the mainstream media can be somehow persuaded to actually report it.  Owens concludes:

Considering the arming of narco-terrorist gangs, the destabilizing
geopolitical effect on Mexico, the foreign policy ramifications, and the
possibility of extrajudicial and criminal activity at the highest
levels of the executive branch, a special prosecutor should be just one
avenue of investigation. This could possibly lead to prison for senior
administration officials and an indictment against President Barack
Obama himself.

It couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of folks.

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