Organización Editorial Mexicana
September 19, 2012
Washington. – The official report of the U.S. Justice Department on a smuggling weapons into Mexico tolerated on Wednesday denounced the “serious errors” in the case, but acquitted the attorney general, Eric Holder, have withheld information.
The inspector general’s report on Operation Fast and Furious (Fast and Furious), waited for more than a year, believes that Holder was not aware of the scandal until February 2011, when the official investigation started.
The report suggests, however, that evaluates the possibility of taking action against 14 officers and senior officials involved in the case.
The Republican opposition, which dominates the House of Representatives, suspects that Holder did know in advance of the operation, and in June, held him in contempt, the first time that an attorney general suffers that penalty in the country’s history.
The inspector general’s report shows severe with the staff of the Department of Justice, which was unable to take adequate measures.
The investigation “revealed a series of failed strategies, errors of judgment and failures of leadership” and in particular the Department of Arms Control Agency, Snuff and Alcohol (ATF) who authorized Fast and Furious, the text said.
Holder responded to the report with a statement in which he announced the dismissal of a senior official, the assistant deputy attorney general, Jason Weinstein, and early retirement of the former head of the ATF, Kenneth Melson.
Between 2009 and 2010 at least 40 people bought more than two thousand different caliber weapons in U.S. gun shops, for shipment to Mexican criminal organizations, with $ 1.5 million in cash, supposedly to follow them after the trail, remember the text.
ATF agents in Arizona (southwest) were aware of such purchases and allowed under the name of Fast and Furious, an operation that also had had a precedent, Operation Great Receiver (Wide Receiver) in 2006 and 2007.