Gunwalker: more “walked” firearms found at US crimes

Posted by: Phineas on August 17, 2011 at 3:23 pm

**Posted by Phineas

This isn’t the first time “walked” guns from Operation Fast and Furious (“Gunwalker”) have shown up at US crime scenes, but it is an illustration of the old adage that there’s never just one roach:

Firearms from ATF sting linked to 11 more violent crimes

Firearms from the ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious weapons trafficking investigation turned up at the scenes of at least 11 violent crimes in the U.S., as well as at a Border Patrol agent’s slaying in southern Arizona last year, the Justice Department has acknowledged to Congress.

The department did not provide details about the crimes. But The Times has learned that they occurred in several Arizona cities, including Phoenix, where Fast and Furious was managed, as well as in El Paso, where a total of 42 weapons from the operation were seized at two crime scenes.

The new numbers, which expand the scope of the danger the program posed to U.S. citizens over a 14-month period, are contained in a letter that Justice Department officials turned over to the Senate Judiciary Committee last month.

In the letter, obtained by The Times on Tuesday, Justice Department officials also reported that Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officials advised them that the agency’s acting director, Kenneth E. Melson, “likely became aware” of the operation as early as December 2009, a month after it began.

Melson has said he did not learn about how the operation was run until January of this year, when it was canceled.

To recap, Gunwalker was an operation to permit firearms to be purchased in the US and “walked” over the border to Mexico, where theoretically they could be traced to the cartel kingpins, who would then be arrested and charged. The guns were bought by “straw buyers,” people who would buy the guns not for themselves, but for cartel criminals who normally would be prevented from buying them. Even though the straw-buyers were known, or when there was a suspicious firearms order, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms would tell the gun dealer to let the purchase go through.

One problem: they lost track of the guns.

Now those guns have been involved in one, perhaps two deaths of US federal agents. They have been “in action” in the deaths of over 150 Mexican soldiers, federal agents, and civilians. US federal agents working in Mexico and the Mexican authorities were lied to about the extent of the operation. The guns are showing up more and more at American crime scenes.

And the US Justice Department is throwing roadblock after roadblock in the way of what may well be the biggest federal scandal in decades.

Right now, Gunwalker is overshadowed by the US debt crisis and the politics of the upcoming election. But it won’t stay that way. Some time in the next year, whether through dogged investigation by Rep. Issa’s House Oversight Committee or, God forbid, some major crime the media can’t ignore, the guns of Operation Fast and Furious are going to come back to haunt the Obama administration.

RELATED: Earlier posts on Gunwalker. Bob Owens’ on Obama’s “un-plausible deniability.”

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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10 Responses to “Gunwalker: more “walked” firearms found at US crimes”


  1. TexasMom2012 says:

    There are no words for how evil these people are.
    I read a few days ago that some of the supervisors involved have been promoted.
    Speechless with disgust.
    Really feeling helpless for the first time in my life.
    Between the Fed destroying the value of our savings and Justice arming predator criminals, I am worried for my liver.

  2. PE says:

    TexasMom has nailed the operative term, EVIL. This was EVIL, This is EVIL, this will be EVIL. And it was perpetrated by Evil people for Evil purposes. Excess verbiage will only serve to obscure the Evil thereof.

  3. allan says:

    “some major crime the media can’t ignore”

    You’re kidding, right? There’s NOTHING the media can’t ignore, particularly in an election year. It’s the only way Obama can win.

  4. Carlos says:

    “Right now, Gunwalker is overshadowed by… the politics of the upcoming election.”

    And if Obhammud has his way (along with Eric “the Red Death” Holder) it will continue to be overshadowed forever.

    And again I say, those responsible (up to and including the AG and President) should be extradited to Mexico to stand trial as accessories to murder. After finishing their sentences there they should be returned and stand trial for being accessories to the murder of at least one of our own BP agents.

  5. Joe says:

    I can hear the spin: Hey, we got eleven of them back, didn’t we? Have patience, we’ll get ’em all back…..this plan is working.

  6. Iva Biggin says:

    Not one individual in this Administration of Deceit will ever be held accountable for these atrocities. Any attempt to do so will immediately be termed RACIST. In spite of the exposure of this crime it will still be used to justify further restrictions on the Right to Keep and Bear Arms by American citizens.

  7. Carlos says:

    Of course you are right, Iva. After all, this administration has trampled on the entire Constitution in order to get what he wants, which is a theocracy with him as the tin god and nearly absolute power.

    He ignores not only the Constitution and its mandates and restrictions, but ignores the will of Congress, too.

    And what’s this “listening tour” he just completed? Isn’t he the one who told the TEA party head that “he just isn’t listening?” Who was supposed to “listening, anyway? The audience? If so, shouldn’t it have been called a “lecture tour?”

    There are a lot of terms that can be applied to this posier, but “evil” is the one that’s becoming clearer and clearer daily.

  8. MethanP says:

    Not evil. Unthinking beauracrats. The kindof mindless following of orders??? On second thought, evil!

  9. Carlos says:

    I used to be one of those “unthinking bureaucrats,” and had a real problem justifying what I did (building inspector/plans examiner) for 9 long years.

    I finally quit and started drawing house plans, but I can’t tell you how many of those “unthinking bureaucraps” really believe that they are doing what’s not only “right” but what’s best for the folks they deal with because, Lord knows, the folks sure can’t figure that out by themselves!

  10. Carlos says:

    Original source unknown: “Linda Burnett, 23, a resident of Minneapolis , was visiting her in-laws and while there went to a nearby supermarket to pick up some groceries. Later, her husband noticed her sitting in her car in the driveway with the windows rolled up and with her eyes closed, with both hands behind the back of her head. He became concerned and walked over to the car. He noticed that Linda’s eyes were now open and she looked very strange. He asked her if she was okay, and Linda replied that she had been shot in the back of the head and had been holding her brains in for over an hour.

    The husband called the paramedics, who broke into the car because the doors were locked and Linda refused to remove her hands from her head.

    When they finally got in, they found that Linda had a wad of bread dough on the back of her head. A Pillsbury biscuit canister had exploded from the heat, making a loud noise that sounded like a gunshot, and the wad of dough hit her in the back of her head. When she reached back to find out what it was, she felt the dough and thought it was her brains. She initially passed out, but quickly recovered. Linda is blonde, a Democrat, and voted for Obama, but that could all be a coincidence.

    The defective biscuit canister was analyzed for its failure and it was determined to be George Bush’s fault.”

    She probably got the canister from a local gun dealer, who just happened to be one of the dealers strong-armed by this administration!