Update: The LA Times reported on 9/19: “…Three White House national security officials were given some details about the operation, dubbed Fast and Furious. The operation allowed firearms to be illegally purchased, with the goal of tracking them to Mexican drug cartels. But the effort went out of control after agents lost track of many of the weapons.
The supervisor of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives operation in Phoenix specifically mentioned Fast and Furious in at least one email to a White House national security official, and two other White House colleagues were briefed on reports from the supervisor, according to White House emails and a senior administration official.
But the senior administration official said the emails, obtained Thursday by The Times, did not prove that anyone in the White House was aware of the covert “investigative tactics” of the operation…” Read here: Some in the WH knew
Original Story 7/27/11: One cartel was almost completely armed by the government through the insanely stupid Fast & Furious gun selling operation. If Holder knew, he should be fired. If Holder didn’t know, he should be fired for not knowing.
Carlos Canino has worked at the ATF for 22 years and has served as the acting attaché in Mexico. He testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. “I can say with authority that ‘walking guns’ is not a recognized investigative technique…
“…These guns went to ruthless criminals. U.S. law enforcement and our Mexican partners will be recovering these guns for a long time to come as they continue to turn up at crime scenes in Mexico and the United States. It infuriates me, that people – including my law enforcement, diplomatic and military colleagues – may be killed or injured with these weapons.”
He said that the investigative technique was flawed and added, “It’s alleged that over 2,000 guns were trafficked in this investigation. To put that in context, upon information and belief, the US Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment has approximately 2,500 rangers. That means that a result of this investigation, the Sinaloa cartel may have received almost as many guns that are needed to arm the entire regiment.”
Canino called the operation a “perfect storm of idiocy.”
The congressional investigation uncovered the fact that at least 122 firearms from the botched U.S. undercover operation, Fast and Furious have been found at Mexican crime scenes. From Reuters: “…U.S. authorities set up the undercover operation in 2009 to try to track guns bought in Phoenix on behalf of Mexican drug cartels, but many of the weapons were never traced after they left the hands of the initial buyer.
The sting has become an embarrassment for the Obama administration and its Justice Department, rather than a victory in stemming the illegal flow of weapons to Mexico.
It has also hurt ties with Mexico, which has been battling the cartels in a war in which tens of thousands have died…” Read here: Reuters
Background information: What is fast & furious
The Fast & Furious investigation is possibly being hindered by the DOJ.