POSTED: Friday, June 22, 2012 - 8:07pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 12:17pm
The newspaper, "the telegraph" says Fast and Furious is becoming president obama's watergate.
The president's executive order helping attorney general get out of the ditch has finally gotten the attention of the national media.
If you are just now following this story the paper does a great job with a timeline.
Here's what Fast and Furious is all about.
In 2009, the US government told Arizona gun sellers illegally to sell arms to suspected criminals.
ATF Agents were then ordered not to stop the sales but to allow the arms to "walk" across the border into the arms of Mexican drug-traffickers.
The purpose was to wait and watch, in hope that law enforcement could identify other members of a trafficking network and build a large, complex conspiracy case.
Tracing the arms became difficult, until they starting appearing at bloody crime scenes. Many Mexicans have died from being shot by ATF sanctioned guns, but the scandal only became public after a US federal agent, Border Patrol Agent, Brian Terry, was killed by one of them in a fire fight.
It's important to note that the Bush administration oversaw something similar to Fast and Furious called Operation Wide Receiver.
It used the common tactic of "controlled delivery," whereby agents would allow an illegal transaction to take place, closely follow the movements of the arms, and then descend on the culprits.
But Fast and Furious is different because it was "uncontrolled delivery," whereby the criminals were essentially allowed to drop off the map.
Perhaps more importantly, Wide Receiver was conducted with the cooperation of the Mexican government. Fast and Furious was not.
Some say it's a political witch hunt and no watergate.
No one was ever killed in watergate.
That's my point of view whats yours?
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