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ATF's Fast and Furious scandal

A federal operation dubbed Fast and Furious allowed weapons from the U.S. to pass into the hands of suspected gun smugglers so the arms could be traced to the higher echelons of Mexican drug cartels. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which ran the operation, has lost track of hundreds of firearms, many of which have been linked to crimes, including the fatal shooting of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010.

  • Gun store owner had misgivings about ATF sting

    Gun store owner had misgivings about ATF sting

    When federal agents with Operation Fast and Furious told Andre Howard to sell weapons to illegal purchasers, he complied, but he feared someone would get hurt. Then a border agent was shot.

  • Congress expands Fast and Furious probe to White House

    Congress expands Fast and Furious probe to White House

    Congressional investigators reviewing the failed gun-tracking program Operation Fast and Furious have formally asked the Obama administration to turn over copies of "all records" involving three key White House national security officials and the program, other ATF gun cases in Phoenix, and all...

  • Fast and Furious guns tied to second violent crime

    Fast and Furious guns tied to second violent crime

    In the second violent crime in this country connected with the ATF’s failed Fast and Furious program, two Arizona undercover police officers were allegedly assaulted last year when they attempted to stop two men in a stolen vehicle with two of the program's weapons in a confrontation south of Phoenix....

  • Republicans refuse to confirm leader for ATF despite its troubles

    Republicans refuse to confirm leader for ATF despite its troubles

    Former officials say the agency, which ran a botched sting operation, needs a permanent director to guide it. But nominees to the post have met opposition from gun-rights groups.

  • White House received emails about Fast and Furious gun-trafficking operation

    White House received emails about Fast and Furious gun-trafficking operation

    Three national security officials were given some details about the operation. But an administration official says the emails do not prove that anyone in the White House was aware of the covert tactics of the program.

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