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ATF Report

ATF Report

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The Department of Justice’s Operation Fast and Furious:  Accounts of ATF Agents
JOINT STAFF REPORT Prepared for Rep. Darrell E. Issa, Chairman United States House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform & Senator Charles E. Grassley, Ranking Member United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary 112
th
 Congress June 14 2011
 
 
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I.
 
Executive Summary.................................................................................................................4
 
II. Table of Names.........................................................................................................................7
 
III.
 
Findings...............................................................................................................................9
 
IV.
 
The ATF Policy on Gun Interdiction: “You Don’t Get to Go Home”...............................11
 
A.
 
The Justification for Operation Fast and Furious...........................................................11
 
B.
 
Trained to Interdict.........................................................................................................14
 
V.
 
Gunwalking Defined: It’s Semantics.................................................................................18
 
VI.
 
Concerns about Gunwalking: “What the Hell is the Purpose of This?”............................21
 
A.
 
Concerns Fall on Deaf Ears and Meet Resistance..........................................................21
 
B.
 
Tragic, Yet Foreseeable Results.....................................................................................24
 
C.
 
Catastrophe Becomes Reality.........................................................................................28
 
VII.
 
Witnessing Gunwalking: “We Did Not Stop Them.”.......................................................28
 
A.
 
Watching Guns Walk.....................................................................................................29
 
B.
 
Ordered to Stand Down..................................................................................................30
 
C.
 
“We Were Walking Guns. It was Our Decision.”.........................................................34
 
VIII.
 
Collateral Damage: A Fast and Furious Inevitability.....................................................35
 
A.
 
Increasing Volume Equals Increasing Success..............................................................35
 
B.
 
“You Need to Scramble Some Eggs”.............................................................................38
 
C.
 
An Inevitable and Horrible Outcome.............................................................................39
 
D.
 
The Pucker Factor..........................................................................................................41
 
IX.
 
The Tragic Death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry..............................................43
 
X.
 
The Beginning of DOJ’s Denials: “Hell, No!”.................................................................46
 
 
 
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XI.
 
DOJ’s Continued Denials: “That is False.”.......................................................................49
 
A.
 
“Of Course Not”.............................................................................................................49
 
B.
 
More Denials..................................................................................................................51
 
XII.
 
Conclusion.........................................................................................................................51
 

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