At least one of the weapons used by Islamic terrorists in the Nov. 13, 2015, Paris, France, terrorist attacks came from Phoenix, Arizona, where President Barack Obama’s administration intentionally let criminals buy thousands of weapons illegally in a covert operation that turned ugly known as “Operation Fast and Furious.” The Islamist attackers murdered 130 people, including 89 at the Bataclan theatre, where they took hostages before engaging in a stand-off with police. Another 368 people were wounded, with about 95 of them seriously
There are many who believe that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton pushed for such a U.S. police operation as “Fast and Furious” in order to prove her allegation that the lack of gun restrictions in the U.S. is the cause of Mexico’s violence and enormous homicide rate. Clinton, along with Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder were — and still are — obsessive champions of gun control.
A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Report of Investigation (ROI) filed by a case officer tracked the firearm used by a jihadist in the Paris attacks to a Phoenix, Arizona, gun owner who illegally sold it “off the books,” Judicial Watch’s law enforcement sources confirm. Off the books means the gun dealer kept absolutely no records of the business transaction that ultimately put a weapon into the hands of an Islamic radical under the watchful eyes of the Justice Department’s ATF agents.
The federal law enforcement agents assigned to tracing the Paris firearm also discovered that the Phoenix gun owner himself possessed an unregistered fully automatic weapon, according to Judicial Watch officials who have been investigating corruption allegations against the Obama White House, Attorney General Eric Holder’s office, and political appointees at the ATF.
The Arizona gun owner who sold the weapon was discovered to have been nailed for at least two federal firearms violations: for selling one weapon illegally and possessing an unregistered fully-automatic firearm. The investigators were surprised to learn that the gun owner was not arrested nor prosecuted. In fact, Judicial Watch discovered that ATF superiors went as far as protecting the suspected gun owner from discovery.
“Agents were [ordered], in the process of taking the fully auto, not to anger the seller to prevent him from going public,” a veteran law enforcement official told Judicial Watch.
It’s not clear if the agency, which is responsible for cracking down on the illegal use and trafficking of firearms, did this because the individual was involved in the Fast and Furious gun-running scheme. An ATF spokesman, Corey Ray, at the agency’s Washington D.C. headquarters told Judicial Watch that “no firearms used in the Paris attacks have been traced” by the agency.
When asked about the ROI report linking the weapon used in Paris to Phoenix, Ray said “I’m not familiar with the report you’re referencing.” Judicial Watch also tried to contact the ATF office in Phoenix, but multiple calls were never returned.
The ATF admitted it ran the Operation Fast and Furious and during the joint-operation they actually allowed criminals, “straw purchasers,” working for Mexican drug cartels to buy weapons at federally licensed firearms dealers in Phoenix and allowed the guns to be “walked”—possessed without any knowledge of their whereabouts.
The U.S. government in Fast and Furious scandal finally admitted it had lost track of most of the weapons and many have been used to murder hundreds of innocent people as well as a U.S. Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry, in Arizona.
A mainstream newspaper reported that a Muslim terrorist who planned to murder attendees of a Muhammad cartoon contest in Garland, Texas last year bought a 9-millimeter pistol at a Phoenix gun shop that participated in the ATF’s Fast and Furious program despite drug and assault charges that should have raised red flags. Judicial Watch has thoroughly investigated Fast and Furious and has sued the Obama administration for information about the once-secret operation.