It’s about time: Arizona to launch investigation of Operation Fast and Furious

Posted by: Phineas on January 23, 2012 at 1:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

It’s bad enough when states have to act to enforce federal law that Washington itself refuses to enforce, as did Arizona and other states when they passed tough anti-illegal immigration laws. But what is a state or local government supposed to do when the federal government is not just refusing to enforce the law, but may itself be one of the lawbreakers?

Answer: Start your own investigation.

Arizona’s state legislature will open its own investigation into the Obama administration’s disgraced gun-running program, known as “Fast and Furious,” the speaker of the state House said Friday.

Speaker Andy Tobin created the committee, and charged it with looking at whether the program broke any state laws — raising the possibility of state penalties against those responsible for the operation.


Mr. Tobin will announce the committee’s jurisdiction at a press conference in Phoenix on Monday. The committee is charged with looking into the facts about the program, what impact it had on Arizona and whether any of the state’s laws were broken.

A report is due back by March 30.

To recap, Operation Fast and Furious (aka “Gunwalker”) was a program that fed thousands of heavy-duty firearms to Mexican drug cartels, without the knowledge of the Mexican government. Guns were purchased by “straw buyers” who were allowed to walk the firearms over the border into Mexico. The originator of this scheme was the United States Department of Justice, which, through its subordinate law-enforcement agencies, pressured legitimate gun dealers in Arizona to sell these weapons knowing that these sales were likely violations of federal statutes and regulations.

The ostensible purpose was to trace these weapons back to their cartel users, though how that was supposed to work given that the weapons were untraceable until they showed up at Mexican and US crime scenes is unknown.

What is known, however, is that over 300 Mexican military, federal agents, police officers, and civilians are dead from weapons obtained via Gunwalker. In addition, at least one and maybe two US federal officers also were killed with “walked” guns. And the Department of Justice is stonewalling congressional investigating committees, to the extent that –and it appalls me to have to write this– a high-ranking DOJ official is now “pleading the Fifth.” (1)

So, having had enough, the State of Arizona is launching its own inquiry, with the possibility of criminal action down the road.

I wish our neighbors to the East good hunting.

via Big Government

RELATED: Hot Air has news video on the Arizona investigation. See these earlier Gunwalker posts for background links.

(1) Probably because he wants a deal and refuses to be the fall guy. Rats and sinking ships, and all that.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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3 Responses to “It’s about time: Arizona to launch investigation of Operation Fast and Furious”


  1. Glenn Bergen says:

    The Fast and Furious operation made me ashamed to be an American. We would break our own laws to advance “our” war on drugs; I don’t buy that premise. We ended up killing 2 Border Patrol officers and a whole bunch of Mexicans as a result of FandF. As far as I’m concerned, this was a backdoor approach to striking down our 2nd Amendment rights. A point of reference; at the same time, Sec of State Clinton was trying to sign for the US, a UN treaty banning all handguns worldwide. Thank God, the US Senate reminded her as to WHO signs treaties in Wash. D.C.

    Part 2, ERIC HOLDER Must go; when he selectively chooses to enforce or not enforce a law; HE is in violation of HIS Constitutional duties. I can’t wait until he is shown the sidedoor, but I will be purchasing weapons for home/personal defense.

  2. Drew the Infidel says:

    The Obhammud crowd dishonestly makes the excuse this was something Bush did. It was something he abandoned but BO revived, for what purpose is still a mystery. To gain a little perspective, John Mitchell, a WWII hero, is the only AG ever imprisoned for his job missteps (Watergate). But one must admit, under his watch two federal agents and countless innocent Mexican citizens did NOT meet their end.

  3. Carlos says:

    Under Nixon/Mitchell thousands of hispanics entered the country illegally, but no one was killed by their (N/M) illegal activities.

    Under Obama/Holder, the rate of criminal invasion has decreased but the criminal aliens have killed American citizens while entering the country illegally, and the O/H cartel (also known as the Obama administration) is responsible for at least hundreds of deaths, including at least two United States agents.

    Yep, sure sounds like Nixon/Mitchell were the evil ones while the gullible voters try this years to decide if they want to continue pursuing “Hope and Change!”