Friday, February 12, 2016



Comment: of course, it is still a "sting". There is strong belief that it was actually a scheme against American's 2nd Amendment Rights rather than a "B" movie "plot". Especially given the background of some of the "planners". The very light sentences given the low level participants appears to confirm the suspicion.
BTW many of the F&F weapons recovered far outside the Sinaloa AOR.
Seems to be very little interest in US media.

New report sheds light on progress and improvements since botched 'Fast and Furious' sting
Megan Thompson
5:40 AM, Feb 12, 2016
3 hours ago

A new report released this week is showing what progress has and has not been made since the failed gun-smuggling sting known as 'Fast and Furious' came to light.

This watchdog report from the Department of Justice shows there has been progress, but the Inspector General states - there is still more work to do.

Under the operation, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed gunrunners to actually buy weapons. The hope was that they would be able to track down those weapons and disrupt Mexican gun-smuggling rings.

However, the failed program was revealed right here in southern Arizona when at least one of the guns in "Fast and Furious" were found at the scene of the 2010 shooting that killed Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

Now, that new report states the organizations involved are doing much better, but could do more to improve.

Inspector General Michael Horowitz claim departments, including the ATF, are making significant progress since the aftermath of the botched program in 2012.

But, in a statement - Horowitz said that other agencies, "... had not taken sufficient steps to institute policies to avoid repetition of the errors we identified."

The report suggests putting in stronger policies in place when ti comes to firearm transfers, as well as suggesting the Drug Enforcement Administration revises policies on using confidential informants.

The DOJ said this isn't the end and that they will continue to monitor progress within it's departments.


Note: as usual, more and often better reporting from Mex. media.

With Fast and Furious, ATF risked public security in Mexico and the US
POSTED: February 11, 2016

WASHINGTON (approved) .- The office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Snuff, Firearms and Explosives (ATF, for its acronym in English) managed "irresponsibly" overseeing the Fast and Furious operation and Wide Receiver, risking the public security in Mexico and the United States, said in a statement the Department of Justice.

"We conclude that Fast and Furious operations and Wide Receiver were irresponsibly supervised by the office of ATF and DOJ in Phoenix (Arizona) and that the most significant failure was adequately considering the risks that this implied for public security in Mexico and the United States, "the report prepared by the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Justice.

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The new findings, which follow the first conducted by the Inspector General in 2012, further contends that the ATF headquarters in Washington "failed" to impose adequate supervision on the operations of arms trafficking orchestrated and conducted by the Phoenix office.

According to Michael Horowitz, Inspector General of the Department of Justice, failure to supervise operations of the two arms trafficking operations even with "the risks to public safety involved, threatened the US relationship with Mexico. "

The Fast and Furious and Wide Receiver operations were developed and applied by the ATF office in Phoenix to allegedly stop illegal arms trafficking to Mexico.

In 2008 and 2009, agents of the ATF office in Phoenix hired known arms traffickers in the region of the state of Arizona that buy wholesale and handed to other individuals in the southern border of the United States, those involved in taking illegally, weapons to Mexico.

Presumably the intention of the Phoenix ATF office was to track each of the weapons acquired under their supervision, in order to dismantle the smuggling of arms to Mexico, aimed at 'empowering' drug cartels.

Both Fast and Furious as Wide Receiver proved to be a failure, because the agents of the ATF's Phoenix office not only failed to track the whereabouts of hundreds of high-powered weapons to be acquired, but even caused a fatal incident of an US federal agent.

The December 14, 2010, Brian Terry, agent Customs and Border Protection, was killed in Rio Rico, Arizona, near the border with Mexico, just one of the weapons purchased by the Fast and Furious operation. Terry's death caused a scandal not only at the governmental level, but that the US Congress attempted the federal impeachment of then Attorney General Eric Holder, who was directly accused of the death of the agent by not to impose appropriate supervision operations ATF in Phoenix.

"We determined that the heads of ATF must recognize that these agents (Phoenix) did not take appropriate measures while arms purchases were made, which were made with a frequency and an alarming level therefore should terminate operations" a crushing Inspector General report delivered to Attorney General Loretta Lynch.

"Besides," Horowitz insists its conclusions, "we determined that some of the heads of ATF ignored warnings made by other agents that colleagues involved in the operations were not confiscating weapons, while having the authority to do so."

Horowitz's research highlighted in another section that differences with other federal agencies such as the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), ATF caused the loss of several opportunities to investigate and capture characters directly involved in the transfer of arms and drugs.

"ATF failed to seize the opportunity they gave Fast and Furious to advance research to miss the information that gave the DEA, and may have served to identify significant suspects," he concludes.

As a result of the failure of the Fast and Furious operation and Wide Receiver, the same government and the federal Congress they have ensured that the vast majority of the weapons bought with the permission and supervision of the office of ATF in Phoenix ended up in the hands of Mexican drug traffickers, mostly members of the Sinaloa cartel.


Con Rápido y Furioso, ATF arriesgó la seguridad pública de México y EU

WASHINGTON (apro).– La oficina del Buró de Alcohol, Tabaco, Armas de Fuego y Explosivos (ATF, por sus siglas en inglés) manejó con "irresponsabilidad" la supervisión de las operaciones Rápido y Furioso y Receptor Abierto, poniendo en riesgo la seguridad pública de México y Estados Unidos, destacó en un informe el Departamento de Justicia.

"Concluimos que las operaciones Rápido y Furioso y Receptor Abierto fueron irresponsablemente supervisadas por la oficina de ATF y del Departamento de Justicia en Phoenix (Arizona), y que lo más significativo de su fracaso fue considerar de manera adecuada los riesgos que esto implicaba para la seguridad pública en México y Estados Unidos", indica el reporte elaborado por la Oficina del Inspector General del Departamento de Justicia.

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Las nuevas conclusiones, que dan seguimiento a la primera que realizó el Inspector General en 2012, sostienen además que la oficina central de ATF en Washington "fracasó" en imponer una supervisión adecuada a las operaciones de tráfico de armas que orquestó y llevó a cabo la oficina en Phoenix.

De acuerdo con Michael Horowitz, Inspector General del Departamento de Justicia, el fracaso en la supervisión de las dos operaciones de tráfico de armas "supervisadas", incluso "por los riesgos a la seguridad pública que implicó, puso en riesgo la relación de Estados Unidos con México".

Las operaciones Rápido y Furioso y Receptor Abierto fueron desarrolladas y aplicadas por la oficina de ATF en Phoenix para presuntamente detener el tráfico ilegal de armas a México.

En 2008 y 2009, agentes de la oficina de ATF en Phoenix contrataron a reconocidos traficantes de armas de la región del estado de Arizona para que las compraran al mayoreo y las entregaran a otros individuos en la frontera sur de Estados Unidos, quienes se dedican a meter ilegalmente armamento a México.

Supuestamente la intención de la oficina de ATF en Phoenix era rastrear cada una de las armas adquiridas bajo su supervisión, para así poder desmantelar el tráfico ilegal de armas a México, enfocado a 'empoderar' bélicamente a los cárteles del narcotráfico.

Tanto Rápido y Furioso como Receptor Abierto resultaron ser un fracaso, porque los agentes de la oficina de ATF en Phoenix no sólo no pudieron rastrear el paradero de cientos de armas de alto poder que se adquirieron, sino que incluso provocaron un incidente fatal de un agente federal estadunidense.

El 14 de diciembre de 2010, Brian Terry, agente de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza, fue asesinado en Río Rico, Arizona, cerca de la frontera con México, justamente con una de las armas compradas por medio de la operación Rápido y Furioso. La muerte de Terry provocó no solo un escándalo a nivel gubernamental, sino que el Congreso federal estadunidense intentó someter a un juicio político al entonces procurador general Eric Holder, a quien buscó acusar directamente de la muerte del agente por no imponer supervisiones adecuadas a las operaciones de ATF en Phoenix.

"Determinamos que los jefes de ATF debieron reconocer que estos agentes (los de Phoenix) no instrumentaron las medidas adecuadas al tiempo que se hacían las compras de armas, y que se hacían con una frecuencia y a un nivel alarmante, por tanto debieron dar por terminadas a las operaciones", machaca el reporte del Inspector General entregado a la procuradora general Loretta Lynch.

"Además", insiste en sus conclusiones Horowitz, "determinamos que algunos de los jefes de ATF ignoraron las advertencias que hicieron otros agentes de que sus colegas involucrados en las operaciones no estaban confiscando las armas, aun teniendo la autoridad para hacerlo".

La investigación de Horowitz resalta en otro apartado que por diferencias con otras agencias federales, como la Administración Federal Antidrogas (DEA), ATF provocó la pérdida de varias oportunidades de investigar y capturar a personajes directamente involucrados en el trasiego de armas y de drogas.

"ATF fracasó en aprovechar la oportunidad que le dio Rápido y Furioso para avanzar en una investigación al desaprovechar la información que le dio la DEA, y pudo haber servido para identificar a un personaje sospechoso y significativo", remata.

Como resultado del fracaso de las operaciones Rápido y Furioso y Receptor Abierto, el mismo gobierno y el Congreso federal de Estados Unidos han asegurado que la gran mayoría de las armas compradas con la autorización y supervisión de la oficina de ATF en Phoenix terminaron en manos de narcotraficantes mexicanos, en su mayoría integrantes del cártel de Sinaloa.


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