Finally Representative Darre Issa’s Gun Runner hearings will start. In case you’re not familiar with the Gun Runner case, let me explain.
Several months ago some brainiacs at the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) devised a sting operation with the intent to expose the entire gun smuggling organization operating between the US and Mexico. The name of ATF’s sting was Operation Fast and Furious. ATF solicited a few gun dealers in Arizona to sell automatic weapons with traceable chips hidden in the gun stocks to suspected arms dealers. After over a thousand weapons were delivered into Mexico, things started going. Some these arms were being used in crimes taking place here in the US. After US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered with one of these weapons, ATF Agent John Dodson blew the whistle and the scandal was exposed. Since then the blogosphere has refered to the scandal as Operation Gun Runner.
Congressmen and Senators and even bloggers via the Freedom of Information Act have tried to get an explanation from the ATF and the DOJ to no avail. They have been deliberately stonewalled. Now, finally, REp. Issa’s oversight committee hearings are going to start and the DOJ is running scared. FOX News has the story:
Officials at the Department of Justice are in “panic mode,” according to multiple sources, as word spreads that congressional testimony next week will paint a bleak and humiliating picture of Operation Fast and Furious, the botched undercover operation that left a trail of blood from Mexico to Washington, D.C.
What people don’t understand is how long we will be dealing with this,” Dodson told Fox News back in March. “Those guns are gone. You can’t just give the order and get them back. There is no telling how many crimes will be committed before we retrieve them.”
A high-powered sniper rifle was used to shoot down a Mexican military helicopter. Two other Romanian-made AK-47s were found in a shoot-out that left 11 dead in the state of Jalisco three weeks ago.
The guns were traced to the Lone Wolf Gun Store in Glendale, Ariz., and were sold only after the store employees were told to do so by the ATF.
The first witness in Wednesday’s hearing is Sen. Charles Grassley, who will describe what his investigative team learned from four months of interviews and thousands of documents. He will be followed by three members of Brian Terry’s family, three ATF agents and Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich, who only months ago insisted the agency did not let guns go south to Mexico, a claim contradicted by field agents in Group 7, the actual agents who ran the operation in Phoenix.
The Terry family, the Mexican Government and, the American people deserve an explanation of what happened and who authorized this disaster. We deserve to know what the Attorney General and the President knew and when did they know it. Operation Gun Runner not only broke American laws it broke International laws as well. Let’s hope that Darrel Issa’s committee gets to the bottom of this mess.