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ATF Fast & Furious Report - Issa Investigation

ATF Fast & Furious Report - Issa Investigation

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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
112th Congress June 14 2011
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
112th Congress June 14 2011

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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
 
 
Page | 2
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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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