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By Chris W. Cox
NRA-ILA
Executive Director

ops Short
read the documents that back up the applications and make
sure that the requests are legal and appropriate.
You have to wonder: If the Justice Department's top criminal
lawyers were not using their judgment with respect to these
affidavits, why were they bothering to look at them at all? It is
nothing short of astonishing that this recommendation had to
AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

senior officials, including Holder, were completely unaware that
thousands of illegal firearms were allowed to cross the border.
No senior DOJ official who had knowledge of "Fast and
Furious," including the head of the Criminal Division, Assistant
Attorney General Lanny Breuer, or the Attorney General's
deputy chief of staff, thought it was important to provide
Holder any information about the operation.
Claims by Holder and congressional Democrats that
"Fast and Furious" wiretap affidavits contained no significant
information about reckless tactics or "gun walking" were wrong.
A May 2, 2011, DOJ letter to congressional investigators,
which said "It remains [the department's] understanding that
ATF's Operation 'Fast and Furious' did not knowingly permit
straw buyers to take guns into Mexico," was "troubling," because
the senior DOJ officials who drafted or reviewed it already
knew or should have known that a similar denial three months
earlier had been false.

Report Recommendations

The report makes six recommendations for action. What
stands out is that the recommended actions are things that
you'd expect to be standard practice-such as ensuring that
BATFE procedures comply with current Department of Justice
policies. However, the report does not recommend any changes
in basic policy and does not call for actually prohibiting the sort
of reckless tactics used in "Fast and Furious."
Without a doubt, the most telling recommendation is the
last, which reads:
"The Department should require that high-level officials
who are responsible for authorizing wiretap applications
conduct reviews of the applications and affidavits that are
sufficient to enable those officials to form a personal judgment
that the applications meet the statutory criteria."
Translated from government-speak, this says that before
signing off on federal law enforcement agencies' requests to
listen in on Americans' phone calls, DOJ officials should actually
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