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ATF target of scathing Congressional report

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'Fast and Furious'

ATF target of scathing Congressional report

The House and Senate joint committee investigating the so-called Fast and Furious gun operation along the Mexican border released a joint report Tuesday with the damning conclusion that “ATF allowed guns to walk.”

The report includes a detailed list of weapons that fell into the wrong hands in Mexico. “So far, the Justice Department has provided documents that reference at least 48 separate recoveries involving 122 weapons connected to Operation Fast and Furious,” it said.

The Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch News wrote extensively about Fast and Furious last spring. Federal prosecutors and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives permitted hundreds of guns to be purchased and retained by suspected straw buyers with the expectation they might cross the border and even be used in crimes while the case was being built.

The decision was met by strong objections from some front-line agents who feared they were allowing weapons like AK-47s to “walk” into the hands of drug lords and gun runners, internal agency memos show. Indeed, scores of the weapons came back quickly traced to criminal activity.

Reprinted by permission of The Center for Public Integrity.

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