Despite the left leaning media stating that Operation Wide Receiver and Fast and Furious were exactly the same. Eric Holder states during Senate testimony that the two operation were quite different in scope and nature.
11-8-11: Oversight Productionsferant in scope and nature
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Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) presses Obama Attorney General Eric Holder on the Justice Department’s deadly Operation Fast and Furious during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing today.
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CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson has won an Murrow Award for her reports on operation fast and furious. Her reporting made it clear that Wide receiver and Fast and Furious were very different operations.
Now Attikisson is not being allowed to do further interviews on Fast and Furious. Seems she has uncovered that the Obama administration was using Gunwalking as a means of changing public opinion that Guns getting into Mexico was a problem that required Gun control legislation. One should note that early in the Obama White House, Guns crossing into Mexico was widley reported. Some of those guns counted came from Operation Fast and Furious.
Several reporters have concluded, following President Obama utilizing executive privilege to prevent Congress for gaining additional documents, that President Obama used Fast and Furious solely to convince the American public that Gun Control was needed to prevent guns from getting into the hands of the Mexican drug cartel.
Mark Hemingway of The Weekly Standard reported on Wednesday afternoon that he had attempted to interview CBS News correspondent Sharyl Attkisson about her dogged coverage of the ongoing “Fast and Furious” controversy, but was told that she was “unavailable.” Attkisson has been the sole journalist on the Big Three networks regularly covering the story, particular during the past several weeks.
Hemingway described in his blog entry that he called CBS News to interview the correspondent, but was “told by CBS News senior vice president of communications Sonya McNair that Attkisson would be unavailable for interviews all week. When I asked why Attkisson would be unavailable, McNair would not say.” On Tuesday, the reporter revealed on Laura Ingraham’s radio show that Obama administration officials had “screamed and cussed” at her over her coverage of the story.
White House Falsely Blames Bush-Era Wide Receiver For Fast And Furious
Dubbed “Operation Wide Receiver,” the Bush-era operation was run out of Tucson between 2006 and 2007, ending before Bush left office and before Fast and Furious began under Obama in 2009. The differences between it and Fast and Furious are vast, starting with the fact that Wide Receiver produced no dead bodies.
Operation Wide Receiver used the common law enforcement tactic of “controlled delivery” in which the illegal sales of weapons were allowed to take place, the movements of the weapons were closely monitored and the end purchasers were then apprehended. It involved gun-tracing, not gun-walking.
Under the “controlled delivery” of Wide Receiver, agents didn’t just write down the serial numbers and let the guns disappear as in Fast and Furious. They closely and physically followed the guns from American dealers to straw purchasers to Mexican buyers.
Most importantly, Wide Receiver was run in close cooperation with Mexican authorities, who were kept in the dark on Fast and Furious.
In contrast ATF agents involved in Fast and Furious have testified that they were ordered not to track the weapons and in cases where interdiction was possible they were ordered to stand down and actually watch the weapons walk.
ATF Special Agent John Dodson has testified how in one instance guns were sold to known illegal buyers who took them to a stash house. Against orders from his superiors, Dodson kept the stash house under surveillance and when a vehicle showed up to transfer the weapons to their ultimate destination, he called for an interdiction team to move in, seize the weapons and arrest the traffickers. His superiors refused, and the guns disappeared without surveillance.
They may blame President Bush and Wide Receiver, but on Fast and Furious President Obama and his press secretary have clearly dropped the ball.
Read the full story at White House Falsely Blames Bush-Era Wide Receiver For Fast And Furious
- Issa to Obama: So … the White House is involved in Fast and Furious, then? (hotair.com)
- Issa: Fast and Furious might have been a political operation to push for gun control (hotair.com)
- Issa to Obama: Either you abused privilege or the White House was involved in Fast and Furious (twitchy.com)