Jun 24, 2011

Operation Fast and Furious

Hal LindseyBy Hal Lindsey
The Hal Lindsey Report

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Jesus once told His disciples that in the last days the love of many will grow cold "because lawlessness abounds." It's easy to assume that His warning refers to outlaws, no-gooders, evil people, rogues, and thugs. It's more difficult to take when the lawlessness abounds among those who are responsible for enforcing the law.

That's what we're discovering as we learn more details about the infamous "Operation Fast and Furious." It began as a sting operation to catch "straw buyers" purchasing guns on behalf of the Mexican drug cartels. Sometime in 2009, it morphed into something more sinister. When the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) decided to let those guns make their way into Mexico, things got even uglier. At least 150 Mexican security officials, one US Border Patrol agent, and who-knows-how-many Mexican and American civilians were killed by those guns. In times past, the purchasers were interdicted and the guns confiscated before they could reach their destinations. But once the ATF and DOJ decided to let the guns "walk," the highest law enforcement officials in the land dipped their hands in blood.

Why did they do it? No one knows for sure right now, but there's speculation that the Administration was not averse to seeing the number of fatalities tied to American guns rise so that those statistics could be used in the fight for tighter gun-control laws. The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has been stonewalled in its investigation by Attorney General Eric Holder and others in the ATF and DOJ. Recent hearings, though, have seen the emergence of ATF agents who are willing to blow the whistle.

Related Links

Melson Resists Pressure to Resign; Issa Heads to Mexico - Main Justice
Trouble for Holder: ATF Director Eager to Testify About Operation Fast and Furious - Town Hall
'Gun Walker' Fall Guy Refuses to Fall - Human Events (John Hayward)
Issa: DOJ Claims Are 'Outright Lie' - NewsMax.com
Issa staffer: Gunrunner investigation points much higher than ATF director - Daily Caller