July 30, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Republican congressional investigators have concluded that five senior ATF officials -- from the special agent-in-charge of the Phoenix field office to the top man in the bureau's Washington headquarters -- are collectively responsible for the failed Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation that was “marred by missteps, poor judgments and inherently reckless strategy.” The investigators, in a final report likely to be released later...
July 5, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - A high-powered rifle lost in the ATF's Fast and Furious controversy was used to kill a Mexican police chief in the state of Jalisco earlier this year, according to internal Department of Justice records, suggesting that weapons from the failed gun-tracking operation have now made it into the hands of violent drug cartels deep inside Mexico. Luis Lucio Rosales Astorga, the police chief in the city of Hostotipaquillo, was shot to death Jan. 29 when gunmen intercepted his patrol car and opened fire.
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January 15, 2008 |
Rex D. Davis, 83, a former director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms who presided over ATF's transition into an independent bureau, died Jan. 7 at a hospital in Bethesda, Md., of complications from a colon infection, the Washington Post reported. Davis joined what is now the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in 1949. He became a "revenuer" -- staking out moonshiners in the woods at night, raiding stills and smashing barrels of moonshine with an ax. He became director of the ATF in 1970.
September 11, 2011 |
In the fall of 2009, ATF agents installed a secret phone line and hidden cameras in a ceiling panel and wall at Andre Howard's Lone Wolf gun store. They gave him one basic instruction: Sell guns to every illegal purchaser who walks through the door. For 15 months, Howard did as he was told. To customers with phony IDs or wads of cash he normally would have turned away, he sold pistols, rifles and semiautomatics. He was assured by the ATF that they would follow the guns, and that the surveillance would lead the agents to the violent Mexican drug cartels on the Southwest border.
August 30, 2011 |
Justice Department officials have removed the head of the beleaguered ATF and the U.S. attorney in Phoenix - an attempt to provide a fresh start for the agency whose employees had expressed a lack of confidence in their leadership since the Operation Fast and Furious gun-tracking scandal. But the moves did not satisfy congressional Republicans, who vowed to ratchet up their investigation of the failed program that sent hundreds of guns to Mexican drug cartels. They are preparing for a new round of hearings into who was involved at other law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Justice Department.
June 11, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who took over the agency in its meltdown with the Fast and Furious gun-tracking scandal, ran into opposition Tuesday when he appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for consideration as permanent director. Disturbed by allegations that B. Todd Jones had mismanaged his other current role as the U.S. attorney in Minnesota, Republicans said they hoped to block or delay his appointment until an internal investigation into his leadership of that office could be completed.