We unfortunately haven’t had any shortage of scandalous revelations stemming from the doings of the Obama administration during the president’s tenure, but both Obama and his Department of Justice have pretty much succeeded in sweeping under the rug the deadly and ongoing consequences of one of their shadiest undertakings yet.
The media was all too happy to move on after Attorney General was formally held in contempt of Congress last year for failing to turn over subpoenaed documents relating to Operation Fast & Furious, the administration’s not-“botched” exercise in walking guns to Mexican drug cartels, and no, in case you were wondering — the Obama administration still hasn’t complied with Congressional requests for more information. They’d really be happy to just forget the whole thing ever happened, you see — but in the latest update from CBS News, Sharyl Atkisson reports that three more Fast & Furious weapons have turned up at crime scenes in Mexico, meaning that the results of what we could most charitably call the Obama administration’s outrageous negligence are far from finished.
According to Justice Department tracing documents obtained by CBS News, all three guns are WASR-10 762-caliber Romanian rifles. Two were purchased by Fast and Furious suspect Uriel Patino in May and July of 2010. Sean Steward, who was convicted on gun charges in July 2012, purchased a third. The rifles were traced yesterday to the Lone Wolf gun shop in Glendale, Ariz.
During Fast and Furious and similar operations, federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) encouraged the Lone Wolf and other gun stores to sell massive amounts of weapons to questionable purchasers who allegedly trafficked them Mexican drug cartels.
Patino is said to have purchased 700 guns while under ATF’s watch. Ever since, a steady stream of the guns have been recovered at crime scenes in Mexico and the U.S. But the Justice Department has refused repeated requests from Congress and CBS News to provide a full accounting. An estimated 1,400 guns are still on the street or unaccounted for.
This isn’t the first instance of the Operation’s still-developing and bloody fallout even just this summer, and while Republicans in Congress are trying to hold the DOJ’s feet to the fire on publicly acknowledging the related crimes, the actually ‘obstructionist’ Obama administration isn’t going to do much of anything they don’t want to do. For them, limits on executive privilege are more like guidelines than actual rules.