Fortune magazine, that bastion of liberal bias and anti-capitalism (except it’s anything but), reveals that there’s no there there to Fast and Furious.
Quite simply, there’s a fundamental misconception at the heart of the Fast and Furious scandal. Nobody disputes that suspected straw purchasers under surveillance by the ATF repeatedly bought guns that eventually fell into criminal hands. Issa and others charge that the ATF intentionally allowed guns to walk as an operational tactic. But five law-enforcement agents directly involved in Fast and Furious tell Fortune that the ATF had no such tactic. They insist they never purposefully allowed guns to be illegally trafficked. Just the opposite: They say they seized weapons whenever they could but were hamstrung by prosecutors and weak laws, which stymied them at every turn.
Indeed, a six-month Fortune investigation reveals that the public case alleging that Voth and his colleagues walked guns is replete with distortions, errors, partial truths, and even some outright lies. Fortune reviewed more than 2,000 pages of confidential ATF documents and interviewed 39 people, including seven law-enforcement agents with direct knowledge of the case. Several, including Voth, are speaking out for the first time.
Memo to Darrell Issa: your fifteen minutes are now up. Thank you for playing our game; we have some lovely parting gifts for you, including your very own home lobotomy kit.
By the way, if you’re waiting for the rest of the media to pick up on this report from Fortune, go stand over there next to the folks waiting for Mr. Godot.