The cover-ups by the federal government are coming so ‘fast and furious’ (excuse the pun) - from Benghazi , to the the massive federal spending on wasteful and irrelevant programs while essential services are being cut, and the ongoing purchase of massive numbers of guns and ammunition that the DHS refuses to explain – that we may be forgetting the first cover-up that set the stage for the profound secrecy that veils our government’s activities. The administration’s blatant disregard for promised transparency and for the law itself threatens the integrity of our nation.
Eric Holder, for example, is still Head of the Department of Justice, despite his participation in massive straw purchases of firearms, and his withholding massive numbers of critical documents regarding the illegal gun-running program known as “Fast and Furious”. This program put well over two thousand US guns, including AK-47 rifles and .50-caliber guns, into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels and gangs, and were responsible for hundreds of deaths in Mexico and the murder of at least two American federal agents. Two Fast and Furious AK-47s were found at the murder scene on American soil of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010.
The following article reports one more situation covered up by the administration in which lower level ICE and ATF officials colluded with the DOJ to implement the Fast and Furious program. It is altogether possible that lower level personnel will now be made scapegoats for the senior level elite, but there may also have been a break in the chain of command or, even more likely, a fear of reprisal from senior officials that caused the lack of communication detailed below. Whatever the reason, there is no excuse for the irresponsible programs for which the initiators and facilitators are not held accountable and which are covered up rather than cleaned up.
Where is the outrage? Why are so many Americans willing to accept this unacceptable behavior from our government without comment, and ignore the arrogance and unaccountability that seems to be running rampant throughout the federal government?
As with Benghazi, no one has been held accountable for the tragedies that were the direct result of malfeasance at the highest levels of our government.
——– Ilana Freedman, Editor
ICE Investigators Violated Policy to Help “Fast and Furious” Gun-Running Program
Agents with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) violated their agency’s own policy by cooperating with the Department of Justice’s “Fast and Furious” operation that allowed guns to wind up in the hands of drug traffickers.
The purpose of Operation Fast and Furious was to spy on people who were illegally buying firearms on behalf of others and then turning them over to drug cartels. Investigators did, in fact, follow weapons from their purchase to their transfer. But once the illegal connection was proven, surveillance ceased. About 1,430 firearms remain missing. Two were found at the scene of the December 2010 murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
Homeland Security Inspector General Charles K. Edwards and his team uncovered the improper cooperation by ICE. According to his report, the cooperation between lower level ICE officials and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), which was running the controversial operation, was not communicated to senior Homeland Security officials until three months after Terry was killed.
ICE agents reportedly told Edwards that they believed they were supposed to go along with “Fast and Furious” because the Office of the Assistant Attorney General asked an ICE investigative unit in Arizona to stop its investigations into weapons smuggling that could have disrupted ATF’s operation.
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