From the article (read it at the link). Note that the ONLY reason the straw purchasers of these arms were arrested was because one of the guns was used in the murder of Agent Brian Terry. I suspect that agents of the Border Patrol today are furious.
The indictments only took place at all because U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered using the weapons authorized for free flow by ATF and DOJ. Terry wasn’t the only person killed because of Fast and Furious — the weapons OK’d by the DOJ and ATF were used in three murders, four kidnappings and an attempted murder in Mexico. They’ve been identified at 11 other crime scenes in the United States.
So what was the real goal of the DOJ and ATF? It certainly wasn’t to shut down access to arms for the cartels — the ATF was agreeing to such access. It wasn’t to stop straw purchasers — the ATF was signing off on the straw purchasers. It wasn’t to track the movements of the cartel — there was no way to do that. It was, very simply, to establish for political reasons that American guns were being used in crimes by foreign cartels.
This was the Reichstag fire of the Second Amendment. By authorizing the passage of weapons to America’s enemies, President Obama and his administration clearly wanted to set up a narrative that America’s lax gun laws were killing American troops and law enforcement officers. They wanted their misuse of law enforcement authority to create the impetus for a crackdown on gun sales in the United States.
How high does this go? Apparently, all the way to the top. The attorney general of the state of Arizona, a Democrat operative, has already resigned in an attempt to avoid the consequences of participating in this fiasco. Middle management at DOJ and ATF has already been thrown under the bus. The acting director of the ATF, Kenneth Melson, has already been defenestrated