FBI neglected to tell ATF it was paying drug cartel informants who were getting ATF “walked” gunsby Hugh Holub on Jul. 17, 2011, under atf, politics
Just when one thought the ATF Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal couldn’t get any worse…it did.
This from the Los Angeles Times July 17, 2011:
Reporting from Washington— 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, officials said Saturday.
COMMENT: Now it seems the FBI was paying drug cartel guys as informants…guys were walking guns via the ATF scheme. The FBI neglected to tell ATF about the paid informants.
Interagency cooperation? The federal government doesn’t know what that means.
Two of the ATF “walked” guns ended up at the murder scene of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry south of Tucson.
Now Congress and the ATF want to require gun shops to report sales of more than a couple of guns.
Maybe Congress ought to require the FBI to communicate with ATF.