Instead, it put into the hands of criminals south of the border some 2,000 weapons, which have been used to kill hundreds of Mexicans and at least one American, U. The news comes just days after a federal judge rejected President Obama’s assertion of executive privilege to deny Congress access to Fast and Furious–related records it requested back in 2012 as part of an investigation into the gun-walking operation. So it was with one of this president’s earliest embarrassments, “Operation Fast and Furious,” designed to help the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) dismantle drug cartels operating inside the United States and disrupt drug-trafficking routes. Rest easy, though: Only 34 such rifles were sold through the program. Earlier this month, a raid on the hidey-hole of drug kingpin Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman recovered not only the notorious drug lord, but a (“massive”) .50-caliber rifle, capable of stopping a car or shooting down a helicopter, that originated with the ATF program.Despite the IRS scandal, Benghazi, and a host of other accusations of malfeasance against this White House, it remains this president’s sole assertion of executive privilege.Three-and-a-half years later, the question is still: In November 2009, the ATF’s Phoenix field office launched an operation in which guns bought by drug-cartel straw purchasers in the U. were allowed to “walk” across the border into Mexico.ATF agents would then track the guns as they made their way through the ranks of the cartel. In reality, once the guns walked across the border, they were gone.Whistleblowers reported, and investigators later confirmed, that the ATF made no effort to trace the guns.
On December 14, four Border Patrol agents were staked out near Rio Rico, Ariz., eleven miles north of the Mexican border.A five-man “rip crew,” a group looking to rob drug smugglers crossing the border, opened fire when the agents attempted to apprehend.Agent Terry was struck in the back and bled to death.Two of the guns involved in the shootout were traced back to Fast and Furious, which continued for another six weeks.