GOP Votes for Contempt as "Fast and Furious" Blows Up in Its Face.
Excerpt: According to Fortune, though, almost everything about the
story that Republicans have been flogging is wrong. And the magazine
makes the case that the GOP's allegations against Holder and the Obama
administration aren't just inaccurate - rather, they distract from the
possibility that GOP's politics are actually to blame for the deluge of
three-quarters of a million American guns per year into Mexico.
"Republicans who support the National Rifle Association and its attempts
to weaken gun laws are lambasting ATF agents for not seizing enough
weapons—ones that, in this case, prosecutors deemed to be legal," the
"Republican senators are whipping up the country into a psychotic
frenzy with these reports that are patently false," Linda Wallace, an
IRS agent who worked on the Fast and Furious team and calls herself a
"gun-rights supporter," told Fortune. Could Fast and Furious be a new Climategate, the next fact-free conservative conspiracy that takes roost in America's collective unconscious?
Excerpt: A Fortune investigation reveals that the ATF never
intentionally allowed guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug
cartels. How the world came to believe just the opposite is a tale of
rivalry, murder, and political bloodlust.
New facts are still coming to light—and will likely continue to do so
with the Justice Department inspector general's report expected in
coming months. Among the discoveries: Fast and Furious' top
suspects—Sinaloa Cartel operatives and Mexican nationals who were
providing the money, ordering the guns, and directing the recruitment of
the straw purchasers—turned out to be FBI informants who were receiving
money from the bureau. That came as news to the ATF agents in Group
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