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“Today’s hearing had better be the beginning of the process of the government policing itself. If not, we the people must take up that mantle. That’s not likely to be pretty.” — Dutchman6, Sipsey Street Irregulars

On Tuesday night David Codrea and Mike Vanderbeogh spent the evening with us on my radio program, detailing the facts surrounding “Operation Fast & Furious”, the illegal project undertaken by the Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms agency under the auspices of the Department of Justice.

Congressional House Oversight Committee hearings investigating the criminal activity by a government agency will begin Wednesday and will be broadcast on CSpan 3.

During the program, Vanderbeogh received a report from Rep. Darrell Issa’s office.  He shared the report’s highlights and after the program, posted it at his site Sipsey Street Irregulars.  I’m reprinting it here.  For more information, head over.  There’s plenty.

Committee Report — “The Department of Justice’s Operation Fast and Furious: Accounts of ATF Agents” with promises of future reports.

And what a story it is.

Highlights of the report include:

* The supervisor of Operation Fast and Furious was “jovial, if not, not giddy but just delighted about” walked guns showing up at crime scenes in Mexico according to an ATF agent. (p. 37)

* Another ATF agent told the committee about a prediction he made a year ago that “someone was going to die” and that the gunwalking operation would be the subject of a Congressional investigation. (p. 24)

* The shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords created a “state of panic” within the group conducting the operation as they initially feared a “walked” gun might have been used. (p. 38)

* One Operation Fast and Furious Agent: “I cannot see anyone who has one iota of concern for human life being okay with this …” (p. 27)

* An ATF agent predicted to committee investigators that more deaths will occur as a result of Operation Fast and Furious. (p.39)

* Multiple agents told the committee that continued assertions by Department of Justice Officials that guns were not knowingly “walked” and that DOJ tried to stop their transport to Mexico are clearly untruthful. (p. 45-50)

The whole report can be found here.

And there is more coming:

This report is the first in a series regarding Operation Fast and Furious. Possible future reports and hearings will likely focus on the actions of the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona, the decisions faced by gun shop owners (FFLs) as a result of ATF’s actions, and the remarkably ill-fated decisions made by Justice Department officials in Washington, especially within the Criminal Division and the Office of the Deputy Attorney General. — Page 6.

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