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    Operation Fast and Furious: The First Political Casualties

    With the resignation this week of Dennis K. Burke, the Obama-appointed U.S. Attorney in Phoenix, we have the first high-level casualty in the burgeoning scandal known as Operation Fast and Furious. Assistant U.S. Attorney Emory Hurley is also being transferred from the criminal division to the civil division, although the … More

    Morning Bell: The Fast and Furious Scandal Continues

    A U.S. government gun-trafficking investigation gone horribly wrong has resulted in the death of a U.S. Border Patrol officer, some 2,000 firearms in the hands of criminals, and the dismissal of a 24-year veteran law enforcement official. This is the story of Fast and Furious, and yesterday the latest chapter unfolded … More

    Acting ATF Chief Who Presided Over 'Fast and Furious' Steps Down

    The official who presided over the botched Fast and Furious gunwalking operation has stepped down as acting head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (known as ATF). He will move to another post at ATF, in the bureau’s Office of Legal Policy. Kenneth Melson bucked his superiors … More

    Operation Fast and Furious Guns Found at 11 U.S. Crime Scenes

    News broke yesterday that three officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who were instrumental in the agency’s botched Fast and Furious operation had been promoted. That was jarring enough, given the large and seemingly growing scope of the scandal. Now we find out that Fast and … More

    Top 10 Reads: August 16, 2011

    Catching you up on clips, commentary and news of the day. Sign up for the daily email update from Scribe. And check out the new e-newsletter from Ben Domenech, a research fellow for The Heartland Institute. It’s called The Transom and you can subscribe here. A malfunctioning ‘reset’ – Ed Feulner, … More

    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 … More

    Honoring Fallen Border Security Agent Brian Terry

      Customs Border Protection Agent Brian Terry was just doing his job when he was killed in an Arizona shootout in December 2010 by assault weapons sold illegally to Mexican drug cartels – guns sold under the supervision of the U.S. government. The undercover weapons trafficking, widely known now as … More

    Issa Hopes White House Official Aware of Fast and Furious Will Testify

    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) said on a conference call Wednesday evening that he will try to get a White House official who may have had knowledge of the botched Fast and Furious gunrunning operation to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. But Issa, who chairs the committee, … More

    Operation Fast and Furious Has Harmed U.S.-Mexican Relations

    On the night of December 15, 2010, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry joined with other agents in an effort to catch several bandits targeting illegal immigrants in Arizona near the border. In a firefight, Agent Terry was shot and killed. When law enforcement rushed to the scene, they discovered … More

    Former ATF Official Admits Bureau Allowed Guns Into Mexico

    A former special agent from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms told a House committee that the agency had, in fact, allowed firearms bought in the United States to be transported to Mexico, in the hope that “we could further the investigation” against Mexican drug cartels. The admission came … More