Originally Posted by beastmode986
ok im out of the loop right now. what are they investigating all i know is f&f lost track of firearms and a border patrol man was killed can someone fill me in please
Firearms were allowed to be illegally sold to straw purchasers in Arizona and elsewhere for shipment to Mexican cartels. The Mexican authorities were not aware of this operation. There was no way to track the firearms once they crossed the border. Over 2000 weapons were delivered to cartels this way. The BATFE ran the operation.
Several hundred Mexicans are dead as a result - firearms found at the scenes have serial numbers matching those sold in the straw purchases. At least two American federal agents were killed with rifles bought for F&F: Jaime Zapata and Brian Terry.
The Mexicans are not happy. Several ATF agents have come forward as whistle blowers and had their lives turned upside down in retribution. Several mid- and high-level ATF people have resigned or been transferred out of the Arizona office.
The congressional investigation seeks to find out who authorized a plan that could not succeed: that is, allow weapons to cross into a foreign nation for use in criminal activities with no way of tracking the weapons once they crossed the border. Also, since the ATF is part of the Department of Justice, they want to know who knew about this operation when.
DOJ chief Holder has withheld many subpoenaed documents and may find himself in contempt of congress.
The theory out there now is that this operation was set up to fail exactly the way it did in order to illustrate the need to clamp down on gun laws in the U.S. In other words, they allegedly sacrificed hundreds of lives to push an anti-gun agenda.