Key Facts Left Out In The Posturing On Fast And Furious
John Cook at Gawker has some good insight.
Issa is investigating an operation that took place from November 2009, when it was launched, to January 2011, when the indictments it resulted in were unsealed. Obama only asserted privilege over “post-February 4, 2011 documents.” Documents generated after Fast and Furious was shut down. He’s not claiming any privilege over documents created while Fast and Furious was running…
Two assault weapons discovered at the scene had serial numbers matching guns that had been tracked in Fast and Furious. Neither could be linked to the bullet that killed [Brian] Terry, which was too damaged for detailed ballistic analysis.
Moreover, these were not “our own weapons.” They were weapons that gunrunners purchased and smuggled to Mexico. The fact that ATF agents were watching them do so, and tracking the serial numbers, does not mean they were “our weapons.” Precisely the same weapons would have gone to precisely the same places if Fast and Furious had never been launched. Terry would still be dead.