Eric Holder may no longer be attorney general, but his influence is still being felt.
One of the Islamist terrorists who tried to commit mass murder in Garland, Texas in May purchased a weapon through Holder’s “Operation Fast and Furious” gun operation that let thousands of firearms into criminal hands.
Five years before the attack that ended in his death, Nadir Soofi, purchased a 9-mm handgun at the Lone Wolf Trading Co. in suburban Phoenix, according to the Chicago Tribune. This particular shop had acquired a reputation among gun smugglers for selling illegal firearms.
Soofi probably chose Lone Wolf for that very reason. He’d already earned a criminal record of misdemeanor drug and assault charges, and had to fudge the information he gave on the federal form required to be completed by purchasers of firearms.
What the smugglers — and Soofi — didn’t know at the time was that Lone Wolf was at the center of Holder’s federal sting operation aimed at gun traffickers and Mexican drug cartels.
But Holder’s Operation Fast and Furious was just as flawed as Soofi’s attack in Garland.
Instead of nabbing bad guys, the feds lost track of the firearms and the operation became one giant SNAFU.
Some of those guns were used in shootings in Mexico, and another was linked to the 2010 murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in Arizona.
Soofi’s purchase was flagged — no doubt because of his criminal record. The feds placed a seven-day hold on his application to purchase a firearm as revealed by his Feb. 24, 2010, firearms transaction record.
Then, quite magically, after a mere 24 hours, the hold was lifted and Soofi walked away with his weapon in hand.
The big question now is whether Holder’s slipshod, anti-gun “Fast and Furious” operation actually allowed a terrorist to purchase a gun when it was trying to abridge the Second Amendment rights of Americans to self defense.
A day after the attack, the Department of Justice sent an “urgent firearms disposition request” to Lone Wolf, seeking more information about Soofi and the pistol he bought in 2010, according to a June 1 letter from Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee, to U.S. Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch.
Though the request did not specify whether the gun was used in the Garland attack, Justice Department officials said the information was needed “to assist in a criminal investigation,” according to Johnson’s letter, also reviewed by The [Los Angeles] Times.
The FBI so far has refused to release any details, including serial numbers, about the weapons used in Garland by Soofi and Simpson. Senate investigators are now pressing law enforcement agencies for answers, raising the chilling possibility that a gun sold during the botched Fast and Furious operation ended up being used in a terrorist attack against Americans.
And just like the IRS scandal and Fast and Furious itself, any information coming from the Obama administration will come — if at all — in drips and drops.
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