“Fast and Furious” Gun-walking Investigation

This page provides news and information about the ongoing Congressional investigation of federal law enforcement agencies including BATFE, FBI, and the Department of Justice and White House involvement in “Operation Gunrunner,” “Operation Castaway,” “Operation Wide Receiver,” “Fast and Furious,” and other, similar government operations involving licensed firearms dealers in Phoenix, Dallas, Indiana, New Mexico and potentially other locations. In these operations, government law enforcement agency officials encouraged gun shop owners to sell weapons to straw purchasers for resale to smuggling cartels under the premise that the straw purchasers would lead agents to the cartel heads. These operations failed because there was no way to track the movement of the guns. As far as we know, the agencies, with the exception of one or two concerned agents that turned whistleblower, did not attempt to track the weapons.

As many as 2,000 guns ended up crossing into Mexico illegally. When two of the “walked” guns showed up at the murder scene of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in Peck Canyon north of Nogales, AZ, a concerned handful of ATF agent exposed the scandal to Congress. Not long after that, more “walked” guns showed up at the murder scene of ICE agent Jaime Zapata who was working in Mexico. Congressmen Issa and Grassley have been holding investigative hearings ever since.

This issue is of utmost concern to SACPA  because ATF “walked” weapons have been used to commit one or more murders on southern Arizona ranches. We live and work on our ranches and our lives are directly endangered by careless and unethical decisions of government agencies. Our Border Patrol Agents are our first line of defense. We are outraged at the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Our lives and our families are in direct mortal danger now and for the unforeseeable future because of these ill-conceived government programs.

Infographic map of Fast and Furious weapons recovered

America needs to remember how Operation Fast and Furious has affected Mexico

House Oversight Committee Home Page

House Oversight Committee Fast and Furious Home Page

Washington D.C. Correspondence

June 25, 2012 Letter from House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa to President Obama regarding the president’s claim of  “Executive Privilege” to prevent the Committee from obtaining Fast and Furious documents requested under Freedom of Information Act

May 18, 2012_Letter to Attorney General Eric Holder from House Speaker John Boehner, Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy and Majority Leader Eric Cantor

Journalists and Bloggers Following Fast and Furious: (best sources for the latest news). The following  is simply a source of information. SACPA does not necessarily agree with content posted on other websites.

CBS News Primer on the Gun Walking Scandal

ReasonedPolitics.blogspot.org | The best consistently updated blog following not only how the scandal investigation unfolds but also shows how various media outlets, government outlets and bloggers report on it, with a thorough, complete timeline and links to sources

Clean Up ATF This site was founded by ATF agents that turned whistleblower. The first reports of the scandal came from this site.

Gun Rights Examiner |David Codrea -One of the first three sources reporting the scandal and consistently one of the best researched

Sipsey Street Irregulars -One of the first three sources reporting the scandal and consistently one of the best researched

Sharyl Atkisson | CBS News -The first mainstream investigative news reporter following the scandal, and one of the best investigative sources

CBS News Primer on the Gun Walking Scandal

War on Guns blog by David Codrea: Find Entire  “Journalist’s Guide to Project Gunwalkwer” here.

Seattle Gun Rights Examiner | David Workman

Fast N Furious Investigation (Facebook page)

Remember Border Agent Brian Terry (Facebook page)

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Video: Bill Whittle 7 minute commentary gives synopsis of Fast and Furious up to 8/1/2012

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