Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Fast and Furious Unravels Still Further

The Fast and Furious gun-smuggling controversy (my last post is here) has included within the story the death of US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.  Forensic examination of the weapons found at the scene showed that some of them were from those smuggled during the ATF-led operation gone awry, but senior ATF officials have maintained that the one used to kill Terry was not among them.  This was based, they said, on a report from the FBI.

Now we find that the FBI report did not, in fact, rule out the possibility that Terry had been killed by one of those weapons.

We also discover, by way of testimony from the ATF Special Agent in Charge (SAIC) of the Phoenix office, that he had been in contact with an official of the National Security Council at the White House.  The contact between the two was as early as September 2010, and includes an e-mail from the SAIC that begins with "you didn't get this from me".  The ATF official stated that the information was sought out by his friend in the White House.

The White House continues to deny that it had any knowledge of the operation.

This is a story that just won't go away.

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