The death toll from the Obama administration’s notorious Fast and Furious covert program to track down weapons to Mexican drug cartels now stands at 200 after another 69 deaths were reported by a watchdog group based in the nation’s capital.
President Barack Obama’s botched federal sting operation hit another low as more massacres — one of which left 22 dead — have been reported by Judicial Watch, which maintains that at least 69 more people have been killed by firearms that his plan put into criminals’ hands before disappearing.
Horrible track record
According to Judicial Watch, the Obama administration is responsible for arming gangsters south of the border with nearly a hundred weapons.
“[A] total of 94 Fast and Furious firearms have been recovered in Mexico City and 12 Mexican states, with the majority being seized in Sonora, Chihuahua and Sinaloa,” the watchdog group out of Washington, D.C., announced. “Of the weapons recovered, 82 were rifles and 12 were pistols identified as having been part of the Fast and Furious program. Reports suggest the Fast and Furious guns are tied to at least 69 killings.”
For years, Fast and Furious has drawn media attention for its failed operations.
“The gun-running operation drew attention when it was revealed that Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in a 2010 firefight with Mexican bandits armed with a weapon that originated with Fast and Furious,” WND reports. “Judicial Watch said that from December 2012 to March 2014, 94 Fast and Furious weapons were seized, including one found in the hideout of drug lord ‘Chapo’ Guzman.”
Links to Guzman’s infamous ring resurfaced again this year, when a .50-calibur rifle was confiscated during his re-arrest at the criminal mastermind’s hideout in Los Mochis, Sinaloa, on January 11.
“Fast and Furious was a Department of Justice Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) ‘gunrunning’ operation in which the Obama administration allowed guns to be sold to Mexican drug cartels in the hope the weapons would be recovered at crime scenes,” Judicial Watch’s report continued. “Fast and Furious weapons have been implicated in the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and hundreds of other innocents in Mexico. Prior reports tie Fast and Furious weapons to at least 200 deaths in Mexico alone.”
The watchdog group maintains that “violent recoveries” were needed to recover 20 of the Obama administration’s guns, including a 7.62mm rifle that was seized during a massacre where 22 were fatally shot in Tlatlaya, Estado de Mexico, on June 30, 2014. A gun battle taking place last year on May 22 in Rancho el Sol, Michoacán, ended up with 42 alleged drug cartel criminals being fatally shot — along with a Mexican federal police officer — when a couple of 7.62mm rifles were confiscated.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton revealed details it received as a result of its March 17 request made about the DOJ’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — information that was attained under the Freedom of Information Act.
“These documents show President Obama’s legacy includes one of gunrunning and violence in Fast and Furious,” Fitton announced. “As the production of documents from the ATF continues, we expect to see even further confirmation of Obama’s disgraced former Attorney General Eric Holder’s prediction that Fast and Furious guns will be used in crimes for years to come.”
There is no indication that the White House will be in the clear any time soon when it comes to its failed sting operation.
“Earlier this year a federal appeals court ruled the Obama administration could not necessarily keep private certain documents that could shed light on some unclear matters,” WND informed in February. “A federal appeals court overturned a lower court’s determination that shielded eight documents related to the government program from congressional and public view.”
Obama’s Fast and Furious operation can expect to be under additional fire as Judicial Watch continues to take more actions to expose more of its fatal flaws.