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New Fast and Furious report finds DHS warning signs ignored

WASHINGTON — Even as they lost scores of illegal firearms in their Fast and Furious operation, federal ATF agents asked their Border Patrol counterparts not to pursue criminal leads or track gun smuggling in southern Arizona so they could follow the firearms themselves, and senior Homeland Security agents "complied and the leads were not investigated," according to a new Department of Homeland Security inspector general's report.

The report, obtained Thursday by the Los Angeles Times, also said that a Homeland Security special agent on the border was collaborating with the ATF in Fast and Furious, but his "senior leaders" in Arizona never read his updates about fundamental flaws with the failed gun tracking operation. Had they done so, Homeland Security officials could have tried to close down the operation before one of their Border Patrol agents, Brian Terry, was killed not far from Tucson.

Furthermore, the report determined that top Department of Homeland Security officials in Washington did not learn about Fast and Furious until Terry was shot to death in December 2010 and two of the 1,430 lost firearms were found at the scene of his murder.

Fast and Furious has led to a contempt of Congress citation against Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. Now, the new Homeland Security inspector general's findings for the first time document that the ATF also managed to mostly keep their Border Patrol counterparts in the dark about Fast and Furious.

Officials at Department of Homeland Security headquarters in Washington, responding to the report, agreed to enact a series of recommendations to better coordinate law enforcement operations on the border.

New Fast and Furious report finds DHS warning signs ignored 03/21/13 [Last modified: Thursday, March 21, 2013 10:48pm]
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