Bob Owens

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ATF used Fast and Furious to argue for new gun control measures

Written By: Bob - Dec• 07•11

Sharyl Attkisson has smoking gun documentation that proves the government was using their own weapons-smuggling plot to argue for gun control.

Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation “Fast and Furious” to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales.

In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after the “big fish.” But ATF whistleblowers told CBS News and Congress it was a dangerous practice called “gunwalking,” and it put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder scene of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

ATF officials didn’t intend to publicly disclose their own role in letting Mexican cartels obtain the weapons, but emails show they discussed using the sales, including sales encouraged by ATF, to justify a new gun regulation called “Demand Letter 3”. That would require some U.S. gun shops to report the sale of multiple rifles or “long guns.” Demand Letter 3 was so named because it would be the third ATF program demanding gun dealers report tracing information.

On July 14, 2010 after ATF headquarters in Washington D.C. received an update on Fast and Furious, ATF Field Ops Assistant Director Mark Chait emailed Bill Newell, ATF’s Phoenix Special Agent in Charge of Fast and Furious:

“Bill – can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same (licensed gun dealer) and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks.”

On Jan. 4, 2011, as ATF prepared a press conference to announce arrests in Fast and Furious, Newell saw it as “(A)nother time to address Multiple Sale on Long Guns issue.” And a day after the press conference, Chait emailed Newell: “Bill–well done yesterday… (I)n light of our request for Demand letter 3, this case could be a strong supporting factor if we can determine how many multiple sales of long guns occurred during the course of this case.”

The Department of Justice used Operation Fast and Furious to manufacture gun crimes, and then used those crimes to argue for more gun restrictions. If this sounds eerily like the cliche of a mob protection racket to you, you’re right on the money. This is racketeering, and those DOJ officials responsible needs to face a criminal trial under RICO statues.

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  1. squidgrunt says:

    So back when all the dems we screaming to any microphone placed in front of them that 80% of the Mexican cartel’s guns were from the U.S. they didn’t have any idea that OP GW was in play? right. They knew it back then. This has been the main focus of this OP from the beginning. They were just laying the foundation for Demand 3 to come out in early 2012. Probably around May of 2012.

  2. squidgrunt says:

    Sorry, I meant OP Fast and Furious. I wish I could blame that on autocorrect. but it was my own brain that did not autocorrect. :)

  3. Larry says:

    Gosh, nobody saw that one coming…

  4. Braineaterbob says:

    Buttressing the 90% lie.

  5. Neo says:

    “They were giving themselves a license to legally lie,” Senator Grassley deadpanned. “This was supposed to be the most transparent administration we’ve ever seen. Well, they’re not.”

    This Administration is at least as rotten as that of Richard Nixon.