The only things we know for certain about ATF’s disastrous Fast and Furious operation so far are: thousands of firearms were secreted into Mexico by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) without the Mexican government’s knowledge; hundreds of Mexicans and one US Border Patrol agent were killed by these guns; Attorney General Eric Holder has lied before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about his involvement in the operation, and President Barack Obama has invoked Executive Privilege to keep Fast and Furious documents hidden. All of this under the most corrupt administration since Warren G. Harding.
What does it take to put together an operation such as Fast and Furious and who would necessarily have to be involved? A fully credentialed law enforcement officer and former undercover operative for ATF and US Customs, Mike Downie provides an insider’s view for TGM.
“Depending on which agency you’re working, for an operation such as Fast and Furious is either called a Class 1 or Group 1 undercover operation,” informs Downie. “Any time the number one comes into play there is a special committee that has to approve it before it can be worked. As soon as a Group 1 operation is approved, it is assigned an assistant US attorney (AUSA).” As for an operation such as Fast and Furious where laws were broken and regulations ignored, there are exceptions that allow for it.
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