Fast & Furious, ATF, Justice Department, DEA

As most of us now know, Friday, the Justice Department released over 1,000 pages of documents related to Operation Fast and Furious, the botched gun-tracking program run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Today, there are new accusations that the documents show that feds lied about how they managed the program.

We here at The Thinker would just want to go on record as stating that in this upside down world we live in we feel and believe that the true heroes of this matter – the original ATF “whistle blowers” have received far less than what’s been relegated to them. Most of them are now unemployed, or working just to make ends meet. Some have started up their own micro-companies, while others face various charges predicated upon what is now coming to fruition – the malfeasance and outright lies told by their supervisors – who they originally told what was really going on.

Today former judge, best-selling author as well as Fox News Contributor on legal matters, Judge Andrew Napolitano joined Sheppard Smith in Studio B to discuss this and new revelations that the money the drug cartels were earning through the program was being deposited into American banks by DEA agents. He said, “This has been going on for a while. This is not just the fault of the Obama administration, but it’s coming out now. This bit about the money laundering is new, the revelation of it is new, and the Obama administration hasn’t even been in a position to defend it yet. The guns are another story. That they apparently and intentionally misled the Congress and some heads will probably roll.”

Napolitano said, “The thought that this money passed through hands of Federal agents, who facilitated its movement, they didn’t stop the people who deposited in the banks, they deposited it for them — is repellent.”

He posed the question, “Why does the government have to break the law in order to enforce the law?” Which in all earnest were the thesis points in two of Judge Napolitano’s best-selling books; One of these books titled, Constitutional Chaos: What happens when the government breaks its own laws? And his latest book, It is Dangerous to be right when the government is wrong: The Case for personal freedom.

As far as culpability is concerned it is those who wrote letters to Congress espousing fabrications; furthermore, those who have collected the 1,000 pages of documents are the ones who should be paying the penalty for this lawlessness; not those who put a legitimate end to it.

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6 Responses to Fast & Furious, ATF, Justice Department, DEA

  1. coyotejoe says:

    I’m amazed that any news source would continue to repeat the lame excuse that F&F was a botched sting operation to catch the bigger fish of the drug cartels. There remains a great deal we don’t know about this operation, a great deal the DOJ is witholding, but what we do know makes it obvious that the only “sting” ever intended or possible was a sting of the American people. ATF supervisors were quite proud of a “Flow chart”, a map with arrows from point of sale of the guns to point of recovery by police from crime scenes. That was the only thing F&F produced or ever could possibly produce. Hundreds of people died for a flow chart. Such wanton disregard for public safety is beyond stupid, it is blatantly criminal and the perpetrators need to be extradited to Mexico to pay for their crimes.


    • Jon-Paul says:


      I believe your reference to F&F as a “botched sting operation” is very clear and accurate; however, how much can we say the American people are? As I am sure you know by now, in lieu of the 1,200 pages turned over by DOJ there is far more known about this travesty than what is being let out. I have no doubt this mess winds up in the Oval Office of the White House and I am positive that several Asst Aty General’s are going down, including the pitiful Eric Holder.

      Reckless disregard for public safety is criminal given this matter and everyone involved should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.


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  4. This continuing disregard for the US Constitution and the freedoms and rights of all of us is just ugly. It has been ugly since 9/11 and the Patriot Act.


    • Jon-Paul says:

      Hello! Couldn’t agree with you more! Personally, I believe that in 2001 maybe, just maybe there was a need for the Patriot Act and our undue loss of liberties. But to continue that piece of legislation for a decade afterwards is just plain neglience. I think it goes under the The National Defense Appropriations Act now, with small business financing stuffed in there; that is what Senator Snowe (R-ME) was discussing — she appearently received her porkulus through that portion of the bill. Hey, don’t be a stranger!!


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