By: Amy Lutz
Despite the widespread corruption spread throughout those tied into Operation Fast and Furious, a few involved eventually evolved into whistleblowers for Issa’s hearings and helped bring new evidence to light. ATF agents John Dodson and James Casa testified that they asked their superiors for permission to seize firearms after they ended up in the hands of drug runners, but were rudely rebuffed. According to Casa: “On several occasions, I personally requested to interdict or seize firearms, but I was always ordered to stand down and not to seize the firearms.” Watchful agents like Casa and Dodson could have halted the Operation’s dangerous descent, but were stopped by bureaucratic machinery and political corruption. Similarly, Agent Peter J. Forcelli voiced his concerns on the project: “The gun storeowners were our friends. We told them to sell guns to straw purchasers. This harmed our reputation with the gun storeowners.” I highly doubt this sentiment is limited strictly to Forcelli. ATF agents were forced to choose between following orders and doing what is right and rational, which is a choice no government agent should ever be forced to make within a political system which claims to be ethical. However, despite the cries from agents like those mentioned, the operation continued to plow at full steam ahead. Only a tragic death on the border was capable of shocking those in charge back into reality.
Both President Obama and Attorney General Holder have recently admitted that a “serious” mistake may have been made in regards to Operation Fast and Furious. At the least, this endeavor was a horrible mistake. At the worst, it was a political stunt hatched to target firearm retailers, but considering no solid evidence has proven this theory, we must simply wait for the hearings to play out if we ever hope to get a clearer picture. In the meantime, the left has used this opportunity to once again push for harsher laws on gun ownership and purchases. For President Obama and his liberal allies, the word “gun” is not detachable from the word “control” and they use every firearm-related crisis to push their anti-second amendment agenda. Just think about the Norway or Tucson shootings. In both cases, cries for tighter gun control grew louder and louder. This case is not different. Yet, according to the mounting evidence that a cover-up has been in the works for many months, this administration has a bit more to worry about. Forget Solyndra, if this narrative takes another turn for worse for the ATF and those involved, President Obama may have a scandal on his hands that even he can’t sweet talk his way out of.