Fast and Furious: Leadership Missing at the Department of Justice?
Representative Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley have now released Part II of their promised three-part report titled Fast and Furious: The Anatomy of a Failed Operation.
Before I mention what was included in that release, I feel it is important to clarify that I believe the Department’s response in this case was unconscionable.
The DOJ should have been cooperative and forthcoming about what happened. The family of Brian Terry as well as the families of those who lost their lives in Mexico (not to mention the victims yet to come) at the hands of thugs using Fast and Furious weapons deserve nothing less.
As of this date, however, President Barack Obama continues to assert his broad claim of executive privilege over many of the documents that Congress has subpoenaed from DOJ. Indeed, the DOJ is asserting weak legal arguments in court in an attempt to keep those documents from seeing the light of day.
Now… about the most recent release from Issa…
Part I focused on the involvement of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which ran the operation from its Phoenix bureau. It contained a compelling narrative regarding this botched law enforcement operation, especially the lack of serious supervision of some terrible on-the-ground decisions that had deadly consequences, including the fatal shooting of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
Part II concludes that several high-ranking Department of Justice (DOJ) officials failed to ask rudimentary questions or react to red flags that should have been evident to anyone who was paying attention: Operation Fast and Furious had come off the rails and needed to be shut down immediately.
As detailed in DOJ’s inspector general’s report and by Univision, approximately 2,000 high-powered weapons ended up in the hands of drug cartels who used them, predictably enough, to devastating effect to commit murder and mayhem.
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