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Key Facts About Operation Fast and Furious

PJ Media has been reporting Operation Fast and Furious (also referred to as "Gunwalker") since early 2011. Here's a collection of stories that will tell you what you need to know about the scandal.


  1. Operation Fast and Furious involved a coalition of federal agencies facilitating the sale of more than 2,000 firearms to known Mexican drug cartel straw purchasers. At times, federal agents ran interference for cartel weapon smugglers, thwarting local law enforcement. The operation collapsed when a number of agents came forward as whistleblowers following the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry on Dec. 15, 2010. Agent Terry died following a shootout with a cartel group led by an FBI informant. 
  2. President Obama claimed that 90 percent of guns recovered from cartels in Mexico originated from legal gun dealers in the United States. But an ATF official testified in Congress that only eight percent of weapons recovered in Mexico came through licensed U.S. gun dealers.
  3. A PJ Media investigation found the weaponry seized from Mexican cartels that can only come from the U.S. government, which tried to shift the blame to American small businessmen.
  4. Hearings on Operation Fast and Furious held by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform uncovered damning and unmistakable indications that the program was never designed to succeed as a law enforcement operation at all.
  5. The U.S. government effectively allowed weaponry to reach Mexican drug cartels, and then used the violence they helped cause to advocate for gun control.
  6. In testimony in front of Congress on May 3, 2011, Attorney General Holder insisted he’d only heard of Operation Fast and Furious “a few weeks” before he testified; a story he later change to “a few months.”  Emails strongly suggest that Holder was aware of Operation Fast and Furious within 48 hours of Brian Terry’s death, which occurred on Dec. 15, 2010.
  7. A damning confirmation that Holder received weekly updates about the gunwalking operation which specifically informed him that 1,500 guns had been delivered to the Sinaloa cartel by that time, built a stronger case that the attorney general committed perjury.
  8. Documents revealed extensive White House communication with the ATF head behind the scandal.
  9. Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has been at the forefront of the effort to get to the bottom of this scandal.
  10. Bob Owens summarizes the terrible gun policy and administration lies that have led to the scandal of scandals.
  11. Instapundit Glenn Reynolds interviewed Katie Pavlich, author of "Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up," about the Fast and Furious scandal and the troubling developments in this investigation on PJTV.
  12. Fast & Furious Gun Scandal: Is This the Obama Administration's Greatest Cover-Up?