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An article by Associated Press reporter Vernon H. “Pete” Yost has recently received much attention because it claims that Operation Wide Receiver, a gun walker operation begun under George W. Bush, used the “same tactics” used in Operation Fast and Furious. Suddenly liberals have become interested in Operation Wide Receiver since the MSM has been forced to cover Operation Fast and Furious and the allegation of perjury against Attorney General Eric Holder.
Operation Wide Receiver Did NOT Use The Same Tactics As Operation Fast and Furious
Did both operations allow straw purchases of guns? Yes, but… the primary difference between Operation Fast and Furious under Obama and Operation Wide Receiver under Bush is that under Obama guns were allowed to go back into Mexico without interdiction or arrests. The “same tactic” was NOT used under President Bush. Project Gunrunner, started as a pilot program in Laredo, Texas, of which Operation Wide Receiver was a part, involved straw purchasers buying weapons, but purchasers were apprehended before crossing back into Mexico or transferring arms to criminals. Straw purchaser arrests and prosecutions have fallen under Obama’s administration, so much so it’s almost as if the Obama Justice Department has no interest in prosecuting illegal straw purchasers.
- There was no massive cover-up of Wide Receiver. Although the ATF did not advertise the existence of Operation Wide Receiver, that’s quite different from Obama, Holder, and others who tried to hide the larger and deadlier Fast and Furious operation.
- There was actually a serious attempt made to track the Wide Receiver weapons. In the case of Fast and Furious, there was absolutely no effort to track guns. ATF agents have testified they were expressly ordered to stand down when they tried to follow the cartel straw purchasers.
- Operation Wide Receiver was shut down after its weapons dropped off the screen and the ATF realized it had blundered. Operation Fast and Furious was shut down because two of its weapons were discovered at the scene of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s murder.
- Operation Wide Receiver was less than one-quarter the size of Operation Fast and Furious. Not only was Fast and Furious much larger, but it was only one of several gun walking operations launched by the Obama Administration.
Operation Wide Receiver was a botched law enforcement operation, while the gun-walking programs of the Obama administration were intentionally criminal, and arguably terrorist acts, arming violent narco-terrorists waging war on Mexico, a U.S. ally.
But that’s just my opinion.
The article by DJ Redman on AG Eric Holder’s latest attempt to get Congressional investigators to leave him alone prompted me to further investigate Holder’s role in “Operation Fast and Furious,” a.k.a. “Gunwalker.”
For a brief history of Fast and Furious, follow the links here, here, and here. Smalgov has also posted an article about Fast and Furious. This article, by Brady Boyd, outlines how the WH and MSM try to play down Fast and Furious as a non-story. DOJ officials have always tried to say that Fast and Furious was corrupted by incompetent supervisors, but that excuse was made inoperative by Sharyl Attkisson, who says “the new documents leave no doubt that high-level Justice officials knew guns were being ‘walked’.” This link, BTW, has the letter written by Holder to which DJ Redman referred.
The Investigation Continues
AG Eric Holder wrote a letter to the chairmen and ranking members of three Congressional committees investigating Fast and Furious. He maintained that he has been “truthful and accurate” about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) operation, and that the rhetoric coming from Republican legislators has been “irresponsible and inflammatory.” His letter follows a series of internal Justice Department memos released this week and show that Holder was informed about the existence of Operation Fast and Furious in early July, 2010.
BTW, this article has a timeline of events outlining Holder’s and Congress’ investigation of Operation Fast and Furious.
Holder testified in May, 2011, before the House Judiciary Committee that he did not learn about the operation until earlier this year. Officials with the Department of Justice (DOJ) say Holder was referring to when he learned about the controversial tactics used. DOJ officials say Holder understood the question from Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-CA) to have been about when the attorney general learned about the controversial tactics, not about the existence of the program. To that statement, Becca Watkins, press secretary for the House Oversight Committee chaired by Issa, said, “He’s either incompetent or he’s misleading Congress.” And, I may add, this is one of Holder’s defenses.
What Did Holder Know and When?
Michael Walther, the director of the National Drug Intelligence Center (NDIC), wrote three memos to Holder in which he mentions Operation Fast and Furious. In one memo, Walther advises Holder that NDIC and a Phoenix drug enforcement task force would assist the ATF with an investigation of a suspected gun trafficker, Manuel Celis-Acosta, being run under Operation Fast and Furious. A copy of a weekly report was sent to Holder on July 5, 2010, from Walther. A paragraph in the report mentions an investigation called “Operation Fast and the Furious.” [emphasis mine]
On October 18, 2010, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer wrote a memo to Holder, noting that among the “Significant Upcoming Events” would be an October 27, 2010, indictment of eight individuals involved with trafficking hundreds of firearms to Mexico. “The sealing will likely last until another investigation, Phoenix-based ‘Operation Fast and Furious,’ is ready for takedown.” [emphasis mine]
Holder Testifies To Congress, But Was It Truthful?
In May, 2011, Holder testified before the House Judiciary Committee that he hadn’t learned about Fast and Furious until a few weeks earlier. Congressional investigators released memos sent to Holder in July, 2010, describing Fast and Furious by name. Holder defended himself against allegations he lied under oath to Congress about when he first heard of Operation Fast and Furious, saying his testimony was “truthful and accurate.” Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, have pointed to the memos in suggesting they contradict Holder’s testimony.
Holder rejected claims by GOP congressional leaders who said internal Justice department e-mails addressed to the attorney general indicate that Holder knew about the program well before the time he told the committee in May. DOJ spokesmen claim the officials in internal DOJ emails were “talking about a different case started before Eric Holder became Attorney General,” which is difficult to believe with the comment about “the number of guns that have walked.” There were gun walking operations prior to the Obama Administration, but they were much smaller. Holder’s DOJ increased the number of guns being walked by ten to fifteen times. Previous operations also featured the kind of careful surveillance absent in the Holder operation.
Holder’s Latest Defense
“My testimony was truthful and accurate and I have been consistent on this point throughout,” Holder wrote Friday night, October 7, 2011. “I have no recollection of knowing about Fast and Furious or of hearing its name prior to the public controversy about it.” Holder contends that DOJ memos were part of many reports that are routinely directed to lower-level officials. He also said that none of the memos offered details about the Fast and Furious inquiry. Holder claims that while he received memos about Fast and Furious, they are “actually provided to and reviewed by members of my staff and the staff of the Office of the Deputy Attorney General.”
Conclusion: Holder Is Lying!
But that’s just my opinion.