Fast and Furious » ATF, Operation Fast and Furious, Eric Holder

US Attorney General Eric H. Holder testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee, chaired by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-VT, in the Senate Dirksen Office Building on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Holder was there to answer questions about an erroneous investigation of arms traffickers called “Operation Fast and Furious” where United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Agents (ATF), used a investigative technique called “gun walking”. Suspecting that guns purchased in Phoenix were headed to Mexican drug cartels, ATF Agents merely observed the purchase and then let the straw purchasers walk off with them hoping to track the guns to traffickers in Mexico. Unfortunately, agents lost track of nearly 1400 weapons and Brian Terry, a U.S. Border Patrol Agent was found to have been killed with one of the missing guns. The controversy has since sparked a U.S. Congressional investigation.
November 8, 2011 Photography by Mary F. Calvert


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