On Monday, Congressman Darrel Issa (R-CA) will begin hearings on a very important program that has ramifications all the way to the White House.
The Chairman of the House Government Affairs and Oversight Committee wants answers from the Justice Department concerning Operation Fast and Furious, aka Project Gunrunner, run in conjunction with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. It was this undercover program that has left a trail of blood from Mexico to Washington, D.C. It was implicated in the murder of American Border Agent Brian Terry in December. One of the guns used in this program was found at the murder scene.
Here’s a brief overview of what this is all about:
Darrel Issa explained his concerns to radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt last week:
“It was really about knowingly, deliberately letting guns be sold to straw purchasers who were going to supply them to the narco-terorist groups on both sides of the border, and they did. And even at our discovery, our investigation which is now 20 subpoenas, incredible amounts of depositions, leading up to the office of the Attorney General, has shown us that this was authorized at the highest level. They regret that it went badly, that two American agents are now dead, and countless Mexicans are dead and 2,000 weapons, 1,600 of them are still unaccounted for. They regret it, but they’re probably still doing similar programs. And that’s why this is such a big thing. If you think you can let guns walk in order to ‘lead to the bad guys’ you’re missing the whole point of law enforcement. You don’t let drugs walk, you don’t let the money walk, you don’t let guns walk. You do that, you’re part of the crime.”
Issa believes people in the DOJ are behind it and they have used all kinds of delaying tactics, stonewalling and they have refused voluntary depositions. He has been forced to issue subpoenas for testimony.
Fox News reports that “Justice officials are in panic mode as hearing nears on failed anti-gun trafficking program.” Aside from the two agents’ deaths, reporter William La Jeunesse writes that “the casualties are coming in. Mexican officials estimate 150 of their people have been shot by Fast and Furious guns…A high powered sniper rifle was used to shoot down a Mexican military helicopter. Two other Romanian made AK-47s were found in a shoot-out that left 11 dead in the state of Jalisco three weeks ago. The guns were traced to the Lone Wolf Gun Store in Glendale, Ariz., and were sold only after the store employees were told to do so by the ATF. Arizona gun store owners say they were explicitly told by the ATF to sell the guns, sometimes 20, 30 even up to 40 in a single day to a single person. And those orders, from at least one ATF case agent, are on audio recording.”
Issa believes the trail of this fiasco could lead to Attorney General Eric Holder and perhaps all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
Get up to speed with this story and keep an eye out for it. Watergate took almost two years to unravel. This time the media might not be so eager to out the players. Issa, however, seems determined to do just that.