Thursday, September 20, 2012

"Fast and Furious" IG report due at 2 p.m. today...

2,000 weapons lost to violent criminals  

WASHINGTON -- Nearly two years after a U.S. Border Patrol agent was shot and killed in southern Arizona, the Department of Justice's Inspector General will issue its report into the ATF’s Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation, which allowed illegal firearms to circulate among criminals on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border.

The report, scheduled to be released at 2 p.m., was called for by Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. after mounting criticism that the Department of Justice and federal ATF agents in Phoenix and supervisors in Washington ran the Fast and Furious operation for more than a year without appropriate supervision.The program was not shut down until two months after Agent Brian Terry was killed in December 2010. At that point, whistle blowers went public with assertions that ATF had hoped to track firearms to Mexican cartel leaders but instead lost about 2,000 weapons. Some were recovered at violent crime scenes in Mexico and in the hands of illegal gun-smugglers in this country.

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