I eventually stopped blogging about the BATFE’s “Fast and Furious” operation because nothing seemed to change. Now the Office of Inspector General has released a report (PDF download), specifically about the role of the Department of Homeland Security. News reports have been summarizing the findings. Arizona’s ABC 15 reports:
“Despite the ATF’s lead role in the Fast and Furious case, a Homeland Security Investigations special agent (which falls under U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) participated in the investigation in Arizona, as a member of the Organized Crime and Drug Enforcement Task Force. The task force also included law enforcement officers from state, local and other federal agencies. According to the OIG report, the Homeland Security Investigations special agent participated in the gunwalking tactics despite being aware ‘those activities might violate (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) policy.’”
If you think this is a “smoking gun,” don’t get your hopes up. This is a setup for perfect deniability:
“‘However,’ the report continued, ‘he believed that his role was to cooperate with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, and to coordinate enforcement activities with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Homeland Security Investigations.’ The agent documented his actions in his reports, but senior leaders never read the reports. Officials at ICE headquarters did not become aware of the tactics until weapons linked to the case were also found at the fatal shooting of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010.”
So this is the world we live in. All you have to do to avoid real trouble is send reports on your activities to those above you and all they have to do to avoid trouble is just avoid reading those reports.
How did officials at ICE headquarters know that they should avoid reading those particular reports?
The OIG and others are going to pretend that question doesn’t exist and they are going to claim this was all a freak accident. Even while Holder continues to hide his role, and the role of others above him, from Congressional oversight, and Obama continues to rely on Executive privilege to hide his role, the people providing “oversight” are really providing inane excuses. And GOP congressmen are going along with it: calling the report “troubling.”
No, it’s not troubling; it’s treason. Several departments of the United States government had colluded to provide support for declared enemies of the United States. I’m no fan of “the war on drugs,” but the people involved in the Mexican drug cartels are real killers. Aiding those cartels in getting weapons should be a high crime.
This “we don’t know how to tie our own shoelaces” defense is not credible. Do ICE bureaucrats never read reports from field agents? Then why did they just happen to not read these specific reports? There is no way that is a coincidence.
The report mentions a “flawed methodology,” but where is the evidence of a flaw? Operation Fast and Furious was intended to walk guns over the border, and the operation did so. The “methodology” worked fine. What we need to ask about are motives.