With Attorney General Eric Holder facing contempt of Congress charges it seems that the ATF operation Fast and Furious has finally made it into the mainstream news. However, would this have been possible without New Media (i.e., pajama-clad bloggers on the internet)?
For those completely unaware, this short video summarizes the issues surrounding Eric Holder, Fast and Furious, and Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
The blog Sipsey Street Irregulars first reported on Terry's death being linked to an ATF-smuggled rifle in December of 2010. It was information gathered from the CleanUpATF forum. The forum post reads,
Word is that curious George Gillett the Phoenix ASAC stepped on it again. Allegedly he has approved more than 500 AR-15 type rifles from Tucson and Phoenix cases to be “walked” to Mexico. Appears that ATF may be one of the largest suppliers of assault rifles to the Mexican cartels! One of these rifles is rumored to have been linked to the recent killing of a Border Patrol Officer in Nogales, AZ. Can anyone confirm this information?
Besides Sipsey Street Irregulars, David Codrea, at Gun Rights Examiner, has also been instrumental in providing news and updates on this story long before the mainstream media took interest. Codrea wrote about "Project Gunrunner", back in early 2011,
- ATF management was allowing potentially hundreds of semiautomatic firearms to be walked across the Mexican border in order to pad statistics used to further budget and power objectives.
- Mexican authorities were kept in the dark, and protests that they should be informed were overridden, first by the Phoenix ATF office, and ultimately by higher-ups in Washington, DC.
- A gun used in this operation was involved in a December 2010 incident in which a Border Patrol agent was killed.
While most in mainstream media ignored the story, Sharyl Attkisson of CBS was one of the first (if not the first) to report on it.
Of course, there will be accusations that the operation started under the Bush administration (you remember the drill, right? - when in doubt, blame Bush). The only problem being that the operation under the Bush administration was designed to nab illegal arms sales and not let the firearms leave the country. And Holder himself has had to retract his claim that the Bush administration's attorney general knew about gunwalking. But of course, the blame Bush diversions are just that - diversions. Indeed, in accusing the Republicans of playing politics is nothing more than playing politics from the other side of the fence.
So, here we are. The story is gaining ground, so much so that even NBC, which had yet to mention Fast and Furious, resorted to reporting on it (yet note how they refer to the power struggles between the congress and the executive branch as "broken politics"). But Border Patrol agent Brian Terry deserves more than a "broken politics" excuse. And, as Sipsey Street Irregulars is now reporting, the reprocussions of this operation extend to another federal agent - one Jaime Zapata.
This story should not be seen as a fight between the Left and the Right. It has always been a fight for the truth.
Update: Info on Operation Wide Receiver (in case anyone asks)
Update 2: Sorry, I missed this important point.
And Bill Whittle tells us who the real racists are here.