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U.S. Government Used Taxpayer Funds to Buy, Sell Weapons During ‘Fast and Furious,’ Documents Show

Posted By admin On September 26, 2011 @ 2:02 pm In Featured Stories,Tile | Comments Disabled

William Lajeunesse
Fox News [1]
Monday, September 26, 2011

Not only did U.S. officials approve, allow and assist in the sale of more than 2,000 guns to the Sinaloa cartel — the federal government used taxpayer money to buy semi-automatic weapons, sold them to criminals and then watched as the guns disappeared.

This disclosure, revealed in documents obtained by Fox News, could undermine the Department of Justice’s previous defense that Operation Fast and Furious was a “botched” operation where agents simply “lost track” of weapons as they were transferred from one illegal buyer to another. Instead, it heightens the culpability of the federal government as Mexico, according to sources, has opened two criminal investigations into the operation that flooded their country with illegal weapons.

Operation Fast and Furious began in October 2009. In it, federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives encouraged gun stores to sell weapons to an arms smuggling gang, then watched as the guns crossed the border and were used in crimes. Each month, the agency allowed hundreds of guns to go South, despite opposition from some agents.

All told, the gang spent more than $1.25 million for the illegal guns.

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URLs in this post:

[1] Fox News: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/09/26/us-government-bought-and-sold-weapons-during-fast-and-furious-documents-show/

[2] Obama admin. let grenades walk in Fast and Furious, documents show: http://www.prisonplanet.com/obama-admin-let-grenades-walk-in-fast-and-furious-documents-show.html

[3] Holder heading to House hot seat, Fast and Furious grilling on the way: http://www.prisonplanet.com/holder-heading-to-house-hot-seat-fast-and-furious-grilling-on-the-way.html

[4] Fast and Furious weapons were found in Mexico cartel enforcer’s home: http://www.prisonplanet.com/fast-and-furious-weapons-were-found-in-mexico-cartel-enforcers-home.html

[5] Grassley releases another document showing possible Fast and Furious cover-up: http://www.prisonplanet.com/grassley-releases-another-document-showing-possible-fast-and-furious-cover-up.html

[6] Holder’s No. 2 in 2009: Gunwalking, Fast and Furious a ‘terrific idea’: http://www.prisonplanet.com/holder%e2%80%99s-no-2-in-2009-gunwalking-fast-and-furious-a-%e2%80%98terrific-idea%e2%80%99.html

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