Fox News and the right wing blogosphere are all poutraged over an ATF operation called “Fast and Furious“. If you believed these propaganda outlets, and yes, Fox is propaganda, you’d come away with the asinine belief that President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder were intentionally arming Mexican drug cartels in a back-door effort to “take away yer guns”!
Fact is, not one iota of that, or really of anything else they’re reporting, is true.
Fortune Magazine just published their results of an intensive investigation into Fast and Furious in which they reviewed 2,000 pages of confidential ATF documents and interviewed 39 people, including seven law-enforcement agents with direct knowledge of the case.
What they found was startling.
- Arizona has the weakest gun laws in the nation. There are no limits, no waiting periods, no permits…nothing. According to one agent ”someone buying three guns is like someone buying a sandwich.”
- The US Attorneys in Phoenix consistently refused to indict anyone.
- The office was started with agents unfamiliar with Arizona with no budget and no supplies.
- Thanks to the NRA‘s lobbying, there’s no federal statute to prevent arms trafficking, no nationwide database of gun purchases, nor any of the tools law enforcement needs to stop the flow of arms into Mexico.
I would highly recommend that my readers take the time to read the entire report.
Perhaps the one statement that makes it as plain as day how this is purely political nonsense is this:
The ATF’s accusers seem untroubled by evidence that the policy they have pilloried didn’t actually exist.
Read the story at the link here.
- What really happened in Fast and Furious? (features.blogs.fortune.cnn.com)
- Five Signs You May Be A Fast & Furious Conspiracy Theorist (kaystreet.wordpress.com)
- The truth about the Fast and Furious scandal (heloise8.wordpress.com)
- Jon Stewart Rips Fox News’ Hypocritical Outrage Over Fast And Furious (mediaite.com)
- Rep. Darrell Issa Admits There Is No Evidence Connecting White House To Fast & Furious Scandal (mediaite.com)