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  • Memos Show Top ATF Official Was Briefed on Gunwalker Pitfalls

    The former number two official in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives tried to put a stop to the Fast and Furious gunwalking operation months before the fatal shooting of an American border patrol agent, a batch of newly released DOJ memos show.

    According to the memos and other internal communications obtained by the Los Angeles Times, ATF Acting Deputy Director William Hoover attended a March 2010 briefing with officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who said they were concerned that Fast and Furious guns would start showing up at crime scenes in Mexico and the United States.

    Hoover began pushing for an “exit strategy” from the Fast and Furious operation. Eventually all parties agreed to wait for indictments to be handed down before ending the program.

    Ten months later, in January 2011, those indictments finally came. By that time, US Border Patrol agent Brian Terry had been killed and Fast and Furious guns found at the crime scene.

    Terry’s killing set off a political firestorm. Congressional investigators have been trying to unearth who exactly knew about the operation, and when. This new information provides more insight into those questions.

    “I probably should have been a lot more strident with that, there’s no question,” Hoover told the Times. “I probably should have jumped on a plane and flown to Phoenix and gotten the field division team and the U.S. attorney’s team together and had a discussion.”

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    18 Responses to Memos Show Top ATF Official Was Briefed on Gunwalker Pitfalls

    1. carol,az says:

      Yes, Deputy Director Hoover,
      that's exactly what you should have done as quoted in your last statement.
      Now that you know the full force of the DOJ, and how deep the corruption goes,
      your responsibly is to get rid of the jackals.
      Brain didn't get a second chance, nor the other murdered victims from the DOJ's,
      " Operation Legal Homicide..

    2. Mullan Road says:

      So now Holder and OBama is putting the blame on United States citizens who legally possess firearms for sport and self and family protection.
      Wake up America, before all we have left are harsh words to protect our families.

    3. @Grumpyelder says:

      Gotta love hindsight.. Now that American Agents have been killed, Congress is investigating ,careers are on the line, and some people could wind up in jail we're finding out how many people thought they should have said something way back when…………

    4. Chris says:

      Shouda, couda, wouda–but you didn't and for that you and your boss should loose your jobs.

      • Slick says:

        Actually Holder and Obama should both be charged as accessories to first degree murder. They were the perpetrator's accomplices any way you look at it!!! Do they have enough brains between the two of them to know that they were, in fact, breaking the law? Probably not because Big O thinks he can do whatever he wants whenever he wants to and there will be NO repercussions!!!

        Who, or more importantly how many, will stand with me to hold them accountable in 2012????

    5. Eric says:

      What were they thinking, and who knew, and when did they start this nightmare? Who are these people? We want answers and hold them accountable for this crime!

    6. carol,az says:

      Yes, Deputy Director Hoover, you "should have taken that plane to Phoenix .and had a discussion."

      No second changes for Brain Terry and the other unreported murders that have resulted in "these pitfalls" from Gunwalker.
      Do you think you can find it in your heart to see that justice is served from the resulting deaths, stamped on the backs for the fallen, marked from the DOJ, and made in America?

    7. Llolyd Scallan says:

      The "Fast and Furious" debacale was designed and approved by Obama and Holder to deceive the American people to justify more and stricter gun restrictions in this country. Once evidence surfaced in the Mexican government, proving the majorty of the guns used by Mexican cartels were coming up through South and Central America, and not down from the US, this anti-gun bunch had do find any way possible to discredit that evidence. So they "planted false evidence" by supplying hundreds of US guns to the cartels. When Brian Terry was killed with one of Obama's guns, the whole thing back-fired. Make no mistake, this entire ill-fated plan, that put more killing power in the hands of criminals in Mexico, was just another failed plan designed by the Obama administration to take away our second amendment rights.

    8. PAULA says:

      WHY ARE ERIC HOLDER AND WILLIAM HOOVER NOT BEING FIRED?

    9. coyotejoe says:

      End it sooner? It was insane to ever even consider such a reckless plan. The claim that this operation was "intended to track down the bigger fish" is pure bull. They KNEW from the start that they had no way to "track" anything inside Mexico. The only plan was to wait for cops to recover the guns. And why does anyone discard a gun at the crime scene? Only because they know it can't be traced to them.
      Fast & Furious was not a "botched operation", it was working exactly as intended until the whistle blowers came forth. Each and everyone involved at any level should be prosecuted as an accessory to every crime committed with these weapons and held for extradition to Mexico.

    10. Michael says:

      It becomes MORE AND MORE plain that Little Eric Holder is right in the MIDDLE of this, clear up to his eyeballs.

    11. Tim AZ says:

      I believe the regime has had plenty of time to generate the needed faux memos to create a small degree of defense. maybe just enough to save a job or two. I just can't bring myself to accept any information as fact that would excuse the regime of anything that subverts the law. Had enough yet?

    12. Bobbie says:

      'they were concerned" boy, doesn't that deserve high pay!! their excuses are void when death is the result!!!!
      can't let this total incompetence get away!

      You "probably" shouldn't have had any authority in the matter, Mr. Hoover! How dare this terrible disconnect to human life. Thank God it wasn't worse as this was set up to expect.

    13. Bobbie says:

      look where government holds back protection of human life! makes human life a TARGET!!!!
      God Bless the family of US Border Patrol, Brian Terry! We are truly, deeply sorry!

    14. Drew says:

      Why isn't Holder being tried as an accomplice before the fact for Homicide?

    15. altsehastiin says:

      Hoover was the former #2 official at ATF, not DOJ. The LA Times story shows that there was some justice department official present at the meeting. The LA Times story does not support your assertion that "former number two official in the Obama Justice Department" was at the meeting.

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