ATF's Fast and Furious scandal

ATF's Fast and Furious scandal
An American flag on a nearby resident's home waves in the breeze near a U.S. Border Patrol truck blocking the road leading to a search area near where agent Brian A. Terry, 40, was killed northwest of Nogales, Ariz., on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2010. (Greg Bryan / AP)

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.

30-year sentence in killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

Fast and Furious gun dealer released from prison

The firearms dealer ensnared in the Justice Department's Fast and Furious scandal has won an early release from prison after a judge ruled he was overcharged.

Mexican national to be sentenced for killing border agent Brian Terry

A judge could sentence a Mexican national to life in prison for the 2010 killing of Border Patrol agent Brian A. Terry.

Atty. Gen. Holder accuses critics of politicizing 'Fast and Furious' case

Holder's 'Fast and Furious' testimony draws rebuke from victim's kin

Holder decries 'gotcha games' in Fast and Furious testimony

'Fast and Furious' provision clears Senate

Documents subpoenaed from Atty. Gen. Holder in 'Fast and Furious' probe

The Republican chairman of the House oversight committee contends Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr. knew more about 'Fast and Furious,' the failed ATF gun-tracking operation, than he has admitted.

Fast and Furious weapons were found in Mexico cartel enforcer's home

Assault weapons illegally purchased under the ATF's Fast and Furious program in Phoenix ended up in a home of the purported top Sinaloa cartel enforcer in violence-plagued Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, court records say.

Atty. Gen. Holder strikes back at GOP critics

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder says in an angry letter that he knew nothing about secret tactics involved in the Fast and Furious gun-tracking mission.

President Obama defends attorney general regarding ATF tactics

President Obama says he and Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. didn't know the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was allowing illegal gun purchases on the Southwest border. Republicans release new documents showing Holder got briefings on the Fast and Furious operation.

ATF officials reassigned in latest Fast and Furious fallout

Emails show top Justice Department officials knew of ATF gun program

Memos from 2010 show some in senior positions were aware of tactics used in a surveillance operation in which firearms were allowed into Mexico in a failed effort to catch drug cartel leaders.

ATF Fast and Furious guns turned up in El Paso

A cache of assault weapons lost in the ATF's gun-trafficking surveillance operation known as Fast as Furious turned up in El Paso, Texas, where it was being stored for shipment to Mexico, according to new internal agency emails and federal court records.

Mexico still waiting for answers on Fast and Furious gun program

Top Mexican officials say the U.S. kept them in the dark. One official was stunned to learn that the cartel hit men who killed her brother had assault rifles from Fast and Furious in their arsenal.

Gun store owner had misgivings about ATF sting

Andre Howard owns the Lone Wolf gun store in Glendale, Ariz. In 2009, ATF officials hid cameras in his store and told him to sell guns to illegal purchasers. He had misgivings. Then a Border Patrol agent was shot.

Congress expands Fast and Furious probe to White House

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 when they attempted to stop two men in a stolen vehicle with two of the weapons in a confrontation south of Phoenix last year.

Republicans refuse to confirm leader for ATF despite its troubles

Republicans have been upset at the management at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which authorized a botched sting operation near the Mexican border. But Republican leaders, responding to complaints from gun-rights lobbyists, have refused to confirm a director for the bureau.

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

Three national security officials were given some details about the gun-trafficking 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.

Kenneth Melson, who oversaw ATF's Fast and Furious, steps down

ATF denies it promoted Fast and Furious supervisors

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Wednesday that three supervisors in its controversial Fast and Furious gun-trafficking investigation were transferred to lateral jobs, not promoted.

Firearms from ATF sting linked to 11 more violent crimes

Firearms from the ATF's Fast and Furious weapons trafficking investigation turned up at the scenes of at least 11 violent crimes in the U.S., as well as at a U.S. Border Patrol agent's slaying in southern Arizona last year, the Justice Department has acknowledged to Congress.

ATF promotes supervisors in controversial gun operation

The ATF has promoted three key supervisors of a sting operation that allowed firearms to be illegally trafficked across the Mexico border. Two have acknowledged making serious mistakes in the program, dubbed Operation Fast and Furious.

Drug agency played role in ATF gun sting

The head of the Drug Enforcement Administration has acknowledged to congressional investigators that her agency provided a supporting role in the ill-fated Operation Fast and Furious run by their counterparts at the ATF.

FBI report at odds with ATF claim on weapons

A copy of the FBI document shows ballistics tests did not rule out the Fast and Furious guns in the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry.

U.S. Embassy in Mexico not told of ATF guns sting

A U.S. Embassy cable raised concerns that U.S. guns were showing up in Mexico. But ATF officials kept mum about the operation to sell guns to trace smuggling routes, even when they lost track of some weapons.

ATF sought to downplay guns scandal, emails show

As Sen. Charles Grassley and congressional investigators looked into the Fast and Furious operation and the killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, ATF officials took steps to throw them off the trail.

Justice Department trying to shield officials in guns scandal, ATF chief says

The Justice Department is trying to protect its political appointees in the Fast and Furious gun-tracing scandal by refusing to release an internal report that acknowledges the role of top officials, says the head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Gun-smuggling cartel figures possibly were paid FBI informants

Congressional investigators probing the controversial "Fast and Furious" anti-gun-trafficking operation on the border with Mexico believe at least six Mexican drug cartel figures involved in gun smuggling also were paid FBI informants.

Gun control at the border

The Obama administration has taken a a small but significant step that could help federal authorities keep weapons sold in the U.S. out of the hands of Mexican gangs and drug cartels.

U.S. to require more gun-buyer information in border states

As a backlash mounts over the failed Fast and Furious gun-tracing operation, the Justice Department will require gun dealers in states bordering Mexico to alert officials if they sell more than two semiautomatic rifles to someone in a five-day period.

More U.S. agencies implicated in Mexico gun-trafficking probe

The head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has told congressional investigators that the FBI and DEA kept his agency 'in the dark' about their dealings with Mexican drug cartel figures linked to the controversial gun-trafficking operation called Fast and Furious.

Democrats seek crackdown on gun trafficking

Democratic Reps. Elijah Cummings and Carolyn Maloney seek tighter restrictions on gun trafficking to combat U.S. sales that supply Mexican drug cartels. Republicans say the move is meant to distract attention from the ATF's troubled Fast and Furious operation.

ATF and Congress under the gun

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives failed in a border operation that let guns fall into the hands of criminals. But Congress has failed to adopt sensible laws to prevent mass 'straw purchases' of arms destined for use in crimes.

Federal ATF chief said to resist pressure to step down

The acting director of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Kenneth Melson, is resisting pressure to step down because of controversy over the agency's surveillance program that allowed U.S. guns to flow into Mexico, according to federal sources.

U.S. AK-47s linked to Mexican attorney's slaying

A U.S. congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, the controversial federal gun-running surveillance operation, moves to Mexico amid reports that two AK-47s sold in Arizona were found at the scene of a shootout with the suspected killers of a Mexican attorney.

ATF director to resign, agency sources say

The acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Kenneth E. Melson, is expected to step down because of an operation that allowed the sale of weapons to suspected agents of Mexican drug cartels, agency sources say.

ATF chief regularly briefed on botched gun operation