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Saturday, October 22, 2011

Hidden Gem in News Story: Gunwalker Was Never a 'Sting'

In a news report published today by Florida's Sun Sentinel, a hidden gem contained in the story serves to highlight the fact that the Project Gunwalker scandal, also known as Operation Fast and Furious, was never a 'sting' as claimed by countless mainstream media outlets.
The Sun Sentinel story contains ATF allegations that over 2000 guns stolen from Florida citizens have been linked to various crimes scenes in other states around the country. But the hidden gem in the story that is directly related to Gunwalker is found buried in the 15th paragraph:
In December 2009, Washington, D.C., police and FBI agents arrested dozens of alleged gun traffickers and seized 123 guns in an undercover sting, according to The Washington Post.
Authorities posed as gun traffickers interested in buying illegal guns to sell to Mexican cartels. In the end, 44 people were arrested in the sting, and the trafficked weapons were traced to Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and Kentucky.
Two things in this quote are of key interest. One, the original Washington Post story states that it was the local D.C. Police Department and its Narcotics and Special Investigations Division that was responsible for the sting. The FBI provided assistance. Two, when law enforcement authorities set out to conduct a sting operation, complete with undercover officers who trace weapons to their intended destinations, arrests are inevitably made.
Undercover sting operations have become a routine tactic in law enforcement at every level, from local police departments to state law enforcement divisions, all the way up to the federal level. This is not new technology or rocket science. In this case, it was the D.C. police department that successfully implemented a sting operation that traced guns to criminals, resulting in the arrest of 44 criminals engaged in gun trafficking.
So, how does this tie in to the Gunwalker scheme?

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