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By David Keene
Allowing states to innovate could reduce dependency on bureaucracy
Topic - Gary Grindler
Two years after weapons found at the site of the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent were traced to the failed Fast and Furious gunrunning investigation, a senior House Republican who led committee hearings into the shooting and the operation says there has been "real accountability" for those whose actions contributed to the death and Justice Department officials who failed to properly oversee the operation.
The Justice Department's Office of Inspector General on Wednesday blamed the failure of Operation Fast and Furious on a series of "misguided strategies," but found no evidence that Attorney General Eric. H. Holder Jr. knew of the misguided gunrunning investigation before its public unraveling in January 2011.
A Thai appeals court on Friday ordered the extradition of suspected Russian arms smuggler Viktor Bout to the United States, angering Moscow but paving the way to put the man dubbed the "Merchant of Death" on trial.
"The prosecution of Viktor Bout is of utmost priority to the United States," Mr. Grindler said in a statement, adding his case is of international concern. "He has been sanctioned by the United Nations for alleged arms trafficking activity and support of armed conflicts in Africa."
U.S. Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler said Washington was "extremely pleased" with the ruling.