Operation Fast & Furious – The Facade Continues To Crack

Twitter colleague and investigative journalist Mary Chastain published this report on Breitbart.com yesterday, reporting on the latest development in the ongoing and ever-growing Fast & Furious scandal.

Operation Fast & Furious, for those of you who get your news from the mainstream media, was a “botched” sting operation by the ATF and DOJ against gunrunners selling arms to the Mexican drug cartels, which the Obama administration terminated and attempted to cover up after guns sold by the AFT to these gunrunners were recovered at the site of the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Despite extensive stonewalling and non-cooperation by the Department of Justice and Attorney General Eric Holder, this operation has been the object of a slowly-unfolding investigation both by citizen journalists like Mary Chastain and Katie Pavlich* and by Rep. Darrell Issa’s House Oversight Committee. I use scare quotes around the word “botched” because the manner in which the operation was conducted, the involvement of high level DOJ officials in its planning and execution (despite protestations to the contrary), and the frenzied attempt to cover up what happened suggest the possibility that Operation Fast & Furious might not have been mishandled at all, but functioned perfectly according to what some speculate to be its actual (but secret) purpose and goal: the fabrication of a body of evidence that the Obama administration could then use to make a political case for new and restrictive gun control laws.

As Chastain reports, a Fox News investigation revealed that the primary target of the alleged sting operation, one Manuel Celis-Acosta, was actually arrested and later released three times on various weapons-related charges.

Fast & Furious started in October 2009. Mr. Acosta was first arrested in April 2010 in Phoenix with cocaine and handguns hidden in his truck. He was released and not charged. Then, in May 2010, immigration stopped him from crossing the border because he had 74 rounds of ammunition hidden his car. According to The LA Times  the top Fast and Furious investigator, Special Agent Hope MacAllister, put her phone number on a $10 bill and gave it to Mr. Acosta after he pledged to cooperate and keep in touch. But, of course, he didn’t.

Released and no charges.

In October 2010 they caught him on tape in the shootout by a surveillance camera attached to a telephone pole. The police found 15 shell casings. Mr. Acosta is arrested again. He is also released….again.

The Phoenix police say they did forward both cases to the county attorney’s office. There were no charges the first time, but the second time he was held on charges of illegally discharging a firearm within city limits.

If the goal (or one of them, at least) of Operation Fast & Furious was to land Mr. Acosta behind bars for his gunrunning ways, then why did the DOJ intervene to have him released multiple times during the period of their investigation?

This is just one more crack in the crumbling facade that is the administration’s account of what happened during Operation Fast & Furious. The American people deserve honest answers as to what really took place here. Since the Holder DOJ and the Obama administration has been so far unwilling to provide those answers, and the mainstream media conspicuously uninterested in reporting on the scandal, it is left to citizen journalists and congressional investigators to uncover the truth.

*Check out Katie Pavlich’s new book, Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-up

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