Operation Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and its Shameless Cover-up

Operation Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and its Shameless Cover-up

Operation Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and its Shameless Cover-up

“I do not fear death, for I have been close enough to it on enough occasions that it no longer concerns me. What I do fear is loss of my honor, and would rather die fighting than to have it said that I was without courage.” This is a poem by Lieutenant Colonel Watt, found on the desk of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry after his death.

I recently had the opportunity to read investigative Journalist Katie Pavlich’s book “Operation Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and it’s Shameless Cover-Up.” (Regnery, 2012). I am almost 100% positive all of you are aware of this scandal, but you may be shocked to know that this started under President Bush’s Department of Justice in early 2006 as, “Operation Wide Receiver.” However, it was conducted with the knowledge and help of the Mexican Government and was stopped in 2007 when the guns were tracked to Mexico, but were lost.

As I sit and write this review about “Operation Fast and Furious,” I cannot stop thinking about Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s father and the hundreds of families in Mexico and the United States who have lost their father’s or sons. All because an agency that is supposed to stop the sale of illegal guns, and then did the exact opposite and failed to inform the Mexican Government and their own agents working in Mexico of this operation. On top of that, it would appear that Attorney General Eric Holder might have perjured himself about what and when he knew about Operation Fast and Furious. The Justice Department has refused to release documents regarding this case, but many individuals believe this case goes all the way up to the President of the United States and his anti- gun agenda.

I did not know Special Agent Brian Terry, but I do know several individuals very well who worked with him. They have all said that he was one of the hardest working individuals they had ever met. Brian enlisted in the Marine Corps right out of high school and was honorably discharged in 1994. Brian again served the citizens of the United States by becoming a police officer in the suburbs of Detroit while attending college at the same time. In 1998, Brian graduated as President of his class with a degree in criminal justice. Because of his law enforcement and Marine Corps background, Brian was recruited for BORTAC, the Border Patrol’s SWAT/SRT unit. To get a better idea of whom Brian Terry was, during BORTAC training Brian was told by an instructor that he had completed a task incorrectly and his punishment was to complete a three-mile run in intense heat with 50 lbs of gear and another student on his back. Approximately one mile into his run, the instructor discovered that he was the one who made the mistake and told Brian that he could stop running. Brian responded by saying, “I’ll never quit a task until it is finished.”

In her book, Pavlich does an amazing job of providing a timeline of Operation Fast and Furious in her 222-page book by interviewing as many individuals as possible, and providing the readers with almost 60 pages of documentation that show that this was most likely not a botched BATFE investigation; rather it was a calculated operation to place thousands of firearms in the hands of Mexican Cartel members to later justify further gun laws in the United States.

As you may well know, President Obama has already signed an Executive Order in which he stated that, “In an effort to stem the illicit flow of weapons into Mexico, the Justice Department announced … that all gun shops in four Southwest border states will be required to alert the federal government to frequent buyers of high-powered rifles. Under the new policy, federal firearms licensees in Texas, California, Arizona and New Mexico must report purchases of two or more of some types of rifles by the same person in a five-day span. The requirement applies to purchases of semi-automatic rifles that have detachable magazines and a caliber of greater than .22”.

Pavlich documents how BATFE agents, including the agent in charge of Fast and Furious, Peter Foster, approached gun shop owners in the Phoenix area and requested their cooperation with a program that would allow the BATFE to monitor, track and prosecute those responsible for purchasing guns for the Mexican gun Cartel. As many of you know, BATFE has 100% control over firearms licensing, so many gun shops agreed even though they were hesitant to get involved. The BATFE installed surveillance equipment in the gun shops that allowed agents to view, “straw purchases,” from their vehicles in the parking lots of these guns shops. These guns stores sold “straw purchasers,” weapons that ranged from small caliber pistols all the way up to 50 caliber BMG rifles.

As you have most likely read or watched on Fox News, since most of the other news outlets have skipped this story, some BATFE agents watched large amounts of weapons being purchased with cash and then placed in vehicles that were driven toward the border. They followed these vehicles and requested permission to pull them over; however their requests to pull over the vehicles were denied by upper management and allowed to cross the border into Mexico. The Mexican Government and BATFE agents in Mexico were completely left in the dark about this program, even after several BATFE agents in Mexico noticed the Phoenix office that “larger numbers” of U.S. guns were showing up at crime scenes.

Pavlich and several news outlets have reported that Operation Fast and Furious led to outrage by the Mexican Government; however according to Pavlich this outcry was silenced when The State Department threatened to cut off $500 million in U.S. aid for anti-Cartel operations if the Mexican Government didn’t silence their criticism of Fast and Furious. Pavlich further states that the Department of Justice came out with a statement that the American Gun Shops were the, “Mexican gun locker of the Mexican drug Cartels”. The DOJ failed to

indicate that a lot of these gun shops would not have made these sales if the BATFE had not, “asked,” them to do so. When several BATFE agents attempted to complain about the program they were moved to jobs with no possibility of advancement and later on in the investigation the agents were given gag orders. Several agents are currently suing the BATFE for “Whistleblower violations.”

On December 15th, 2010, just ten days before he was to spend Christmas with his mother, Special Agent Brian Terry succumbed to a wound he received a day earlier by bullets fired by a member of a Mexican Cartel. Later investigation determined that two of the guns at the scene that killed Brian Terry were traced back to guns purchased during Operation Fast and Furious. According to Pavlich at the time of publication, 1,400 of the Operation Fast and Furious guns are missing, and BATFE is not actively looking for these guns. She goes on to state that approximately 10,000 rounds of ammunition were sold to these “straw purchasers.” Eight hundred of the approximately 2,500 weapons sold through Operation Fast and Furious have already been linked to criminal activity.

Katie Pavlich does an amazing job of uncovering information and putting it in a book that you can’t put down. It is available at most online booksellers, as well as in an unabridged audio form for those of you like me who often spend your day driving in a car and would like to listen instead of trying to make time to read the book. I recommend purchasing the book so you have the ability to read the memos and follow the timeline in this book. This is definitely a must read for all of you concerned with your Second Amendment rights.

I currently work with many Federal Agencies, including the BATFE, and I have found them to be excellent to work with and I have only witness them looking to enforce the law and not break the law. I think we are going to really find out the scope of this program and those involved over the next six months to one year. I have purposely left my name off of this article, because of the fear of retaliation by some of the agencies I work with.

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  • Might want to correct the “Operation Wide Receiver” dates mentioned.

    • The article has been updated with the correct dates.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks, you are absolutely correct. Operation “Wide Receiver” was in the 2006 and ended in 2007. That’s what I get for writing in the middle of the night after a full day of surveillance in a hot van. Sorry!

  • “I have purposely left my name off of this article, because of the fear of retaliation by some of the agencies I work with.”

    If you’re telling the truth why should you be afraid? This is the first article I’ve ever seen here where the author made such serious claims, yet was afraid to stand up and defend that which is claimed to be truth by bravely standing and stating who you are. All other authors here state who they are. The loss of these weapons resulted in deaths. This whole incident has become a national shame. If you truly have knowledge that this was not a mere mistake but an actual intentional act on the part of our own government shouldn’t you step into the light and defend that which you are stating? If you’re correct you will have the support and protection of the American people. What is needed here is light, not darkness.

    • because they come down harder on you if you tell the hard truth that they dont like

  • Leadsender

    I am glad to see that you stated that this operation was started by the Bush and not the current administration. It would have been accurate reporting to also state that there is no ballistics evidence that point to a weapon from Operation Fast and Furious that killed Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. I think that this investigative Journalist Katie Pavlich’s like a lot of the current media will do and say most anything to undermine this president and sell books. The title of the book “Operation Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and its Shameless Cover-up” says a lot. Who has determined that it is a cover-up let alone shameless other than the author? This person, Katie Pavlich wants me to believe that “this was most likely not a botched BATFE investigation; rather it was a calculated operation to place thousands of firearms in the hands of Mexican Cartel members to later justify further gun laws in the United States.” What a bunch of BS. The Mexican Cartel’s already had the ability to purchase as many arms and ammo as they needed. What a round about way to go about presenting anti-gun laws in this country. As I have stated before on may of the gun blog, you can not have it both ways. The president is either the best thing for the gun industry or he is not. This is more of the republican’s wasting the people’s money and time. If this is what they want to do then let us go back and investigate guns for drugs, money and hostages. Remember that.

    • KenInMontana

      Iran Contra was investigated by the 100th Congress, which was controlled by Democrats in both chambers, indictments were handed down, criminal proceedings were held.
      As to Agent Terry’s murder, the fact is that at least one weapon (possibly two) was confirmed as a “walked” weapon. “Project Gunrunner” was the BATFE “umbrella” name for the program that covered both operations.

  • Martin

    Thanks for a fine article. I did see parts of this sad story on TV and it
    was very strange to hear reporters talking about this operator and the Obama
    Administration in the same breath as if they were connected. This isn’t the
    first Bush era tragedy Obama has been blamed for and I’m always amazed how
    steady President Obama has been in not pointing the finger at his predecessor
    every time another old can of worms is opened. I feel it shows both good
    character on his part and wisdom. He is saving the blame as ammunition to use
    in future battles, since many of those involved are still in office, both elected
    and appointed officials.
    Your friends you can sweet talk into following your lead, but to get your enemies to follow you sometimes got to use a little blackmail!!!

  • Cobrawing

    The timing of this article is perfect because the congressional hearing just voted (along party lines of course) to ask the full congress to find the attorney general in contempt of Congress. There is so much we just don’t know yet, but we do know that something horrific went wrong here and lives were lost. Blame must be assessed but the only thing that remains is just how far up this went. No matter how high that needs to go, accountability needs to be made. I don’t understand why the author of this piece is so afraid to reveal his/her identify.

    If someone is truly an agent of multiple federal agencies (as so claimed here) let me remind you that you took an oath to serve and protect the American people. It just saddens me to see that protecting YOURSELF is more important to you. The American people need the right information here. The family of this brave dead agent needs it as well. If you have that needed information, you need to come forward. Why whisper that you have some truth, but then hide as you’re doing. Brave soldiers fight for our nation every day. They don’t hide and worry about themselves first. I’m not impressed with you at all.

    • truthfully its kinda selfish of you to ask someone to risk their families well being just so you can find out who wrote the article your reading its kinda pigheaded.
      and by well being i mean if he is sole provider for his family and loses his job in this economy and with his skill set and work experience i doubt he’d find another job that fits his education. he’d probably be blackballed instantly. and for those of you who don’t realize it or are blind to it. liberals , speech police anything that has a shred of proof to discredit their socialist agenda.

      • White Rose

        First of all, I would like to say that I agree with everything you’ve said here, along with the article above, except for something you were intentionally misinformed about. I am a socialist. I originally come from France, which following America’s original ideologies, happens to have stayed a land of opportunity where democracy, equality, justice, security, and freedom still manages to coexist, even though we have been plagued by the same international bankers’ conspiracies by international bankers. The difference is that we’re socialist. And those manipulators and conspirators you talk about are actually fascist oligarchs, not socialists. Einstein predicted all of this. According to him and his flawless empirical and logically sound argumental statement, America’s Capitalism would lead it to a dystopian Oligarchy that would remove Americans’ freedoms, including those of free thought, by media and political manipulations to help gain, and keep power over all country affairs (a.k.a. Oligarchy). He also explained that the only solution for America would be Socialism. But then again, his understanding of Socialism at the time was purely factual, unlike today when its understanding by Americans is grossly subjugated by unfortunate media manipulation.

  • kentagion

    Just imagine the revelry when those cartels were getting those TRUCKLOADS of guns, now imagine the reality that those guns could one day mow down your children, or your wife, and they already have killed innocents with those weapons, that is the seriousness of such a crime in high places, in the realm of treason is where it sits with it’s proud and pompous chest full of hot death and disdain for humanity. Awaken from your slumber great men of reknown your people need you

  • Anonymous

    I have noticed that a lot of people are upset that did not list his name when he or she sent it in for listing, but ask John Dobson and the other agents who came out against the BATFE. As with all federal employees who have given their names, you are immediately given a cease and desist letter stating that you are no longer allowed to discuss this Operation. Would you rather they give there name and be silenced by Holder and his paper pushers, or would you rather they stay silent and keep trying to get more information? I leave that up to you to discuss, but I know this individual will do what is best for there family and for the family of fallen Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

    I also noticed a few people state that there is no proof that this was a botched operation or that it was gun walking. If it wasn’t gun walking, then why were BATFE agents in Mexico and the Mexican Government made aware of the program? You can easily look up News articles and find video of the Mexican Officials stating how upset they were when they found out about the program. You are correct that guns were showing up in Mexico from the U.S., but if you know anyone with a FFL ask them what they do when they have a 18 year-old female come in and purchase 20 guns, but can’t answer firearms questions. They get reported immediately. This was not the case with any of the guns that showed up in Mexico. The guns shops that were involved got so upset that some of them even started recording agents discussing the program.

    Wait until all the evidence comes out, before you blame the author for remaining silent. I would rather they remain silent and turn over evidence, than list their name on the USA Carry website!

  • 1madamerican1

    it all comes down to putting obama and his thugs out of office

  • FreedomForever

    The bottomline, its criminals in the whitehouse looking out for each other. They all know what happened and every damn one of them should be arrested for treason and murder including the mastermind obama!

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