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Fast and Furious II - Okyay

Fast and Furious II - Okyay

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“As a career law enforcement officer, who has had to investigate the deaths of police officers, children and others at the hands of armed criminals, I was and continue to be horrified. Truly horrified. I believe that these firearms will continue to turn up at crime scenes, on both sides of the border, for years to come.”
“As a career law enforcement officer, who has had to investigate the deaths of police officers, children and others at the hands of armed criminals, I was and continue to be horrified. Truly horrified. I believe that these firearms will continue to turn up at crime scenes, on both sides of the border, for years to come.”

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Fast and Furious II
Follow-up to What We Know So Far
byRaquel Okyay 10/04/2011http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=46529Digging deeper into the Fast and Furious cover-upreveals initial blame at the USDepartment of State, direction from the Department of Justice, and a finish at themercy of a Congressional review.
 
 As part of a Report issued by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) commencing inOctober 2010, the Stateagency criticizes the Office of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, andExplosives (ATF) for taking down the little guys but not securing enough convictionsagainst the “higher-level traffickers, smugglers, and the ultimate recipients of traffickedguns,” particularly into Mexico.OIG recommends “implementation of Project Gunrunner, including that ATF shouldimprove its intelligence sharing with other federal law enforcement agencies and that ATF should work with the government of Mexico to improve the rate of successfultraces.” OIG neglects to recognize that many Mexican officials, from the police to the politiciansare corrupted drug dealers themselves; and that the FBI and DOJ is ineffective atsharing intelligence with anyone.Project Gunrunner is a programdesigned to move and track weapons through strawpurchasers into the hands of dangerous Mexican drug cartels. While Federal officials are justified in their assertion that Project Gunrunner stems from a 2005 Laredo, Texas ATFprogram, a national initiativestarting in 2006 led to Operation Fast and Furious.Operation Fast and Furious was cleared at the highest levels of government with theirfingers deliberately pointed at ATF. An agency that successfully prosecutes 1000s of cases annually is now subject to complete the job the Justice Department should havebeen doing all along. “In March of 2007, [I began] working in my current post of duty as a Supervisor of thePhoenix Field Office. Within weeks, I was surprised at what I had observed. In myprofessional opinion, dozens of firearms traffickers were given a pass by the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona. Despite the existence of “probable cause” inmany cases, there were no indictments, no prosecutions, and criminals were allowed towalk free. In short, their office policies, in my opinion, helped pave a dangerous path.” (Testimony of Phoenix ATF Special Agent Peter Forcelli June 15, 2011)Exporting guns from the US is indeed a violation of the Arms Export Control Act, so redflags were raised by “whistleblowers” when ATF agents were expected to circumventFederal law.The ATF limited by jurisdictional, Arizona law, could not arrest straw purchasers of firearms who were US citizens and could pass a Brady check, even when they knew theweaponry would be delivered to a Mexican drug cartel.Special Agent Peter Forcelli continues: “When I voiced surprise and concern with this tactic to Special Agent in Charge WilliamNewell and ASAC George Gillett, my concerns were dismissed. This operation, which inmy opinion endangered the American public, was orchestrated in conjunction with Assistant US Attorney Emory Hurley. I have read documents that indicate that his boss,US Attorney Dennis Burke, also agreed with the direction of this case.Allowingfirearms to be trafficked to criminals is a dangerous and deadly strategy.” 

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