AZ Central Reports on ATF Scandal

The mainstream media is beginning to report on the ATF scandal we posted about earlier. It seems Senator Charles Grassley (R- Iowa) has written Attorney General Eric Holder regarding the failed “operation”. From the article:

The e-mails released by Grassley contradict those statements. In correspondence with an unidentified gun dealer last April, ATF Supervisor David Voth wrote:

“I understand that the frequency with which some individuals under investigation by our office have been purchasing firearms from your business has caused concerns for you. . . . However, if it helps put you at ease, we are continually monitoring these suspects using a variety of investigative techniques which I cannot go into (in) detail.”

The firearms vendor responded by asking for a letter to ensure that he would not face repercussions for selling dozens of weapons to a suspected criminal: “I want to help ATF with its investigation, but not at the risk of agents’ safety because I have some very close friends that are U.S. Border Patrol agents in southern Arizona.”

U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed six months later in a shootout near Nogales, AZ. Two AK-47s found at the scene were later traced to Operation Fast and Furious. It seems the gun-store owners had more common sense than the federal authorities regarding knowingly permitting criminals to make straw purchases.

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