A friend of mine worked for the Narcotics Unit in the Greenville SC sheriffs department and one of their main rules was never allow an illegal substance get away from their control. Day after day these men and women posed as buyers and as dealers both selling and purchasing drugs from the criminal world. They lived on the edge and worked in constantly dangerous conditions but they never allowed the drugs they seized or sold get away from them. They knew if the cocaine, heroin, meth, etc that they sold to users made it out of the guarded area, they would not only be liable for the loss of the drugs, but any damage that came as a result of the suspect consuming the drugs. This was a policy that had to be adhered to and failure to comply would result in disciplinary action being taken against the officer(s) involved in the loss.
Dealing semi automatic weapons to a group of people that place no value on human life is a much more dangerous game than selling a little smack to a wasted user. The potential for loss of human life or catastrophic damage or injury to innocent civilians is tremendous when dealing with assault weapons and much more care must be given to ensure the safe return of these weapons. This is a tenant that the Obama administration seemed to have forgotten.
Project Gunrunner and the Phoenix off-shoot, dubbed Fast and Furious, was the brainchild of the ATF and the Obama administration. The purpose of the sting was to catch and arrest “straw” buyers of these weapons before they could ship the purchased weapons to their contacts south of the border. In their brilliance, the leaders of this effort convinced local arms dealers to sell to these “straw” buyers forgoing the normal rules and regulations. The intent of the ATF and its fellow agents were to arrest the buyer prior to entering Mexico and seize the gun(s). Problem is, they failed many many times to arrest the suspect and seize the gun and instead let it walk right into the hands of these dangerous cartel members who in turned have used these weapons to end human lives.
When confronted about this growing scandal, President Obama conceded last week Fast and Furious may have been “a serious mistake,” but he claimed, “I did not authorize it; Eric Holder, the attorney general, did not authorize it. He’s been very clear that our policy is to catch gunrunners and put them into jail.” There is a wee bit of a problem with President Obama’s explanation of what happened and his denial that no one, including himself, authorized this action. According to Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, the ATF operates under DOJ, and two assistant U.S. attorneys in Phoenix authorized virtually every wiretap, affidavit and investigation conducted in Operation Fast and Furious. He has made it clear that there is no way Erik Holder would not only known about an operation this size, but would have had to approve it. Going on this fact, Rep. Issa concludes that it would also be a given that President Obama himself would have been briefed not only on the intended sting, but would have received updates on the progress and failures of the sting as well.
The saddest part of this entire mess is not the fact that Obama lied about his and Mr Holders knowledge about this operation, it is the fact that the lives of two of our own were ended by guns sold during the police sting. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jamie Zapata had their futures, their dreams, and their hopes extinguished by the failures of the Obama administration to keep absolute control over these guns. The lives of these two officers were ended by hitmen of the Mexican Cartel and we supplied the weapons. To top it off, no less than 150 other men and women have lost their lives as a direct result of the failure of President Obama and those he manages. These folks lost their lives because our country failed to monitor over 1700 guns, numerous AK-47s, and high-powered, armor-piercing .50-caliber rifles and not only sold them with prior knowledge that there intended destination was to be the hands of murderous Cartel members located south of our border, but also because they failed to do their job and seize them before them made it over the border.
This was a dismal failure by the very people we trust to protect us and was complete and absolute failure to observe rule number one of undercover police work, Never allow the material to escape your control. Now people have lost their lives because of these failures, at least two were citizens of this country and were officers of the law as well, and that number may increase considering these guns are still lost to us and in the hands of people who very much intend to use them to kill more people. One must ask, when will President Obama man up and take responsibility for what we already know is fully his fault. It is the only right thing he can do to this point, but no one hold their breath.