The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) began an ill-fated gunwalking program known as Operation “Fast and Furious” in 2009. The operation allowed guns to be put into the hands of Mexican drug cartels, ostensibly to track them.
A disastrous plan from the start, “Fast and Furious” ultimately led to U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s murder in the winter of 2010. As with any government program that has gone awry, the U.S. Congress must investigate what happened so the same mistakes that led to the death of a federal officer, and who knows how many Mexican citizens, never happens again.
That is why it is truly alarming that President Obama has invoked executive privilege on potentially damaging documents related to the case to seemingly protect himself and Attorney General Eric Holder. If the Obama Administration really believed that these “Fast and Furious” documents fell under the executive privilege, then why did they wait until the last minute to invoke it? This reeks of politics – in the business this is known as a “frivolous claim of executive privilege.”
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