‘Fast and furious’ started during bush years letters trib.com z gas station


Interesting twist of dates, programs and plans, Dino. In the second term of Bush II, Bush approved of setting up dragnets to seize illegal marijuana at the borders. But with a Pelosi led Congress and Reid led Senate, it would involve sending back illegals. This would not be something Pelosi or Reid would accept [politically correct that is] in capturing and deporting "mules" [illegal border crashers] coming through the porous border. Therefore that program stalled due to liberal obstructionism. But then Obama was sworn in and bingo, using a movie "title name" Fast n Furious, Obama and Holder approved of a gun smuggling caper. That we know today led to the slaughter of border guards. So before you try to rewrite history with the "who’s-who and what was what", I’d suggest connecting the dots as, Obama has broken the law while Bush II was forth-right but, shut down by the liberal obstructionism in Bush’s days.

Its easy to "assume and denigrate" someone else take in history even though, history points towards an forth right President shut down by ideological obstructionist Congress. Just to see that same ideological value from that same obstructionist Congress okay the transfer of illegal gun running that stained this government. The greatest threat to this nation right now is, the half-wits and dim-wits that can not see beyond the point of right verses wrong. Dino, I beseech you to break away from the ideology that has wrecked the US economy and weakened this nation’s stance in the world.

Fast & Furious was a DoJ sanctioned operation under the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program. OCDETF is a major component of DoJ and is located within Main Justice. The top OCDETF manager is a "senior executive service" level position, the highest rank in federal civil service. The process for obtaining OCDETF approval and funding is quite rigorous, requiring a very detailed written proposal. In the case of F&F, the proposal was written by special agent(s) in the ATF Phoenix, AZ field office. Once the document is written, it goes through an ATF in-house approval process, which includes approval signatures from the group supervisor for the originating agent(s), the assistant special agent in charge, the deputy special agent in charge, and finally the Special Agent in charge (SAC), William Newell, in the case of F&F. Once the SAC signed his approval, the document moves to the Office of the U.S. Attorney for Arizona, William Burke for F&F. All U.S. Attorney offices have in-house panels of career prosecutors that study the proposals to see if they meet with the OCDETF guidelines. Once this panel was satisfied, they referred it to Burke for his approval and signature. The next step in the process is for the document to be sent to the regional OCDETF office, which are supervised by career, supervisory prosecutors. They convene a meeting of all of the OCDETF member federal law enforcement agencies, of which there are nine. The designated OCDETF regional coordinators are senior career special agents, with extensive law enforcement experience. They vette the proposal through their individual agencies to ensure their aren’t any conflicts. Once this is accomplished, the document moves to OCDETF Main Justice, where yet another panel will review the proposal in detail. It isn’t unusual for the proposing special agent(s) to be summoned before the panel for in person explanations. We know in the case of F&F it was approved and funded, because it ran for some eighteen months. How could it have been approved, if they had written about the actual tactics they implemented – letting guns walk? So they either lied in the proposal or ALL of the reviewing and approving never happened, which I seriously doubt. The same Mr. Burke is currently a partner in a security consulting firm (GSIS360), with the former national chief of the U.S. Border Patrol and the former director of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), David Aguilar. They don’t mention in Burke’s corporate bios he was the former U.S. Attorney for Arizona and I think we all know why. They simply say Burke is a former high ranking advisor to DHS.

The first known ATF "gunwalking" operation to Mexican drug cartels, named Operation Wide Receiver, began in early 2006 and ran into late 2007. Licensed dealer Mike Detty of Mad Dawg Global informed the ATF of a suspicious gun purchase that took place in February 2006 in Tucson, Arizona. In March he was hired as a confidential informant working with the ATF’s Tucson office, part of their Phoenix, Arizona field division.[31]

With the use of surveillance equipment, ATF agents monitored additional sales by Detty to straw purchasers. With assurance from ATF "that Mexican officials would be conducting surveillance or interdictions when guns got to the other side of the border",[12] Detty would sell a total of about 450 guns during the operation.[30] These included AR-15s, semi-automatic AK-pattern rifles, and Colt .38s. The majority of the guns were eventually lost as they moved into Mexico.[6][31][32][33]

As the later DOJ OIG Report documented, under Wide Receiver coordination of ATF Tucson with the ATF Mexico City Office (MCO) and with Mexican law enforcement had been haphazard. Discussions of getting tracking devices from Raytheon were not followed up. ATF field agents and the cooperating gun dealer had been told by ATF supervisors that the guns were being interdicted before they could reach Mexico, but only 64 of the 474 guns had actually been seized. The kingpin sought by walking the guns, Israel Egurrola-Leon, turned out to be the target of a larger drug case Operation Iron River run by OCDETF. After Operation Wide Receiver was ended, several attorneys at the Phoenix USAO who reviewed the Wide Receiver cases for prosecution found the cases had been so poorly managed that they were reluctant to bring any of them to trial.[1]

At the time, under the Bush administration Department of Justice (DOJ), no arrests or indictments were made. After President Barack Obama took office in 2009, the DOJ reviewed Wide Receiver and found that guns had been allowed into the hands of suspected gun traffickers. Indictments began in 2010, over three years after Wide Receiver concluded. As of October 4, 2011, nine people had been charged with making false statements in acquisition of firearms and illicit transfer, shipment or delivery of firearms.[23] As of November, charges against one defendant had been dropped; five of them had pled guilty, and one had been sentenced to one year and one day in prison. Two of them remained fugitives.[31]