What an amazing display of ineptitude today by the spokesperson for our President. First he forgot the name of the border patrol agent killed due to Operation Fast & Furious:
It gets better
And when it comes to the operation itself, everything has been provided to congressional investigators. And that is really the issues, isn’t it? It is, how did this operation come about? It originated in a field office during the previous administration. It was ended under this administration by this attorney general.
Jake Tapper had to correct him and tell him that no, it didn’t originate in a field office during Bush’s presidency. Of course he backpedals and says that well, um, he meant that the other operation, Wide Receiver, started during Bush’s administration.
TAPPER: It began in fall 2009. The Operation Fast and Furious began –
CARNEY: The tactic began in the previous administration.
Completely and utterly false.
In that operation the “tactic” was to track the guns and arrest the purchasers PRIOR to getting across the border. The operation was shut down when they realized that they had lost weapons across the border. The “tactic” of Fast & Furious was to allow those weapons to walk. The exact opposite of Wide Receiver.
…Wide Receiver actually involved not gun-walking but controlled delivery. Unlike gun-walking, which seems (for good reason) to have been unheard of until Fast & Furious, controlled delivery is a very common law enforcement tactic. Basically, the agents know the bad guys have negotiated a deal to acquire some commodity is either illegal itself (e.g., heroin, child porn) or illegal for them to have/use (e.g., guns, corporate secrets). The agents allow the transfer to happen under circumstances where they are in control — i.e., they are on the scene conducting surveillance of the transfer, and sometimes even participating undercover in the transfer. As soon as the transfer takes place, they can descend on the suspects, make arrests, and seize the commodity in question — all of which makes for powerful evidence of guilt.
Senator Schumer’s drawing of an equivalence between “tracing” in a controlled-delivery situation and “tracing” in Fast & Furious is laughable. In a controlled delivery firearms case, guns are traced in the sense that agents closely and physically follow them — they don’t just note the serial numbers or other identifying markers. The agents are thus able to trace the precise path of the guns from, say, American dealers to straw purchasers to Mexican buyers.
To the contrary, Fast & Furious involved uncontrolled deliveries — of thousands of weapons. It was an utterly heedless program in which the feds allowed these guns to be sold to straw purchasers — often leaning on reluctant gun dealers to make the sales. The straw purchasers were not followed by close physical surveillance; they were freely permitted to bulk transfer the guns to, among others, Mexican drug gangs and other violent criminals — with no agents on hand to swoop in, make arrests, and grab the firearms. The inevitable result of this was that the guns have been used (and will continue to be used) in many crimes, including the murder of Brian Terry, a U.S. border patrol agent.
And it wasn’t until the murder of that border patrol agent….you know, whatshisname….that the operation was shut down.
And finally in a sign that even our liberal media see’s through this administration, when Carney tries to assert that Obama invoked executive privilege due to “principal” the reporters in the room burst out laughing: