USA --(Ammoland.com)- “ATF’s #2 Says Agency Mistakenly Used Drug Strategy in Operation Fast and Furious,” Tickle the Wire reported yesterday, citing Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Deputy Director Thomas E. Brandon’s appearance on the radio program “The Badge.”
“Being totally candid with you and the public, we made mistakes and we’re owning up to them,” Brandon told host Howard Safir, citing good intentions but bad decisions to apply a drug and money-walking strategy to gun investigations.
“You’re on the street and you’re watching dope deals go down, and you’re trying to locate the stash house so you let…you know…you follow it and so forth,” he said.
“Basically that’s what happened,” Brandon claimed, adding “those mistakes won’t happen again—we changed the management team in Phoenix.”
Only that’s not what happened, not even close: a recurring charge by whistleblowers is that the guns were not followed—in many cases under orders from ATF management. Characterizing Fast and Furious as “a mistake” totally dismisses the criminal aspect of allowing guns to walk across an international border to result in untold deaths. Presuming that ordering management realignments is the same as “owning up” merely advances talking points established by “ATF’s #1,” Acting Director B. Todd Jones, who has publicly identified the operation as a personnel matter. And intentionally confining his remarks to Phoenix ignores that the gun identified in the murder of ICE agent Jaime Zapata was traced to Dallas, the Houston-based case involving Carter’s Country, documented reports of directed straw purchases in Indiana, insider-sourced allegations of similar operations in Tampa…
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