'Fast and Furious' just won't die
The Kansas City Star
You have to wonder how long before this story finally gets the treatment it deserves. One of the few outfits to take it seriously is Univision, the Spanish-language network.
Sunday, Univision aired an hour-long special, detailing how drug-cartel hitmen mowed down teenagers using weapons obtained via a U.S. government gun-walking operation called “Fast and Furious.” Key bit:
“On January 30, 2010 … at least 20 hit men parked themselves outside a birthday party of high school and college students in Villas de Salvarcar, Ciudad Juarez. Near midnight, the assassins, later identified as hired guns for the Mexican cartel La Linea, broke into a one-story house and opened fire on a gathering of nearly 60 teenagers. Outside, lookouts gunned down a screaming neighbor and several students who had managed to escape. Fourteen young men and women were killed, and 12 more were wounded before the hit men finally fled.
“Indirectly, the United States government played a role in the massacre by supplying some of the firearms used by the cartel murderers. Three of the high caliber weapons fired that night in Villas de Salvarcar were linked to a gun tracing operation run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), according to a Mexican army document obtained exclusively by Univision News.”
Univision said it had verified nearly 60 more weapons purchased by straw buyers that were supposedly being monitored by ATF as part of the Fast and Furious operation. These weapons were found at locations in Mexico involving at least one other massacre, as well as several homicides and kidnappings.
Univision said it had access to the “list of serial numbers for weapons used in Fast and Furious” and a “list of guns seized in Mexico” and by cross-referencing the lists was able to locate many of the victims.
Mitt Romney should find a way to bring this up in Wednesday’s debate, which will deal with domestic policy. One of the segments, after all, will cover “the role of government.”