By Elaine Donnelly
Extending sexual misconduct to combat units
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Concerned that Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents were "too close and would burn the operation," the lead investigator in a Fast and Furious surveillance operation ordered an ATF team monitoring the pending transfer of weapons to Mexican drug smugglers to "leave the immediate area."
ATF senior agent Olindo James Casa told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that when surveillance teams did follow weapons purchased by straw buyers, they always were terminated without interdicting or seizing the firearms.
He said the stand-down orders came from Ms. McAllister or ATF Group VII Strike Force supervisor David J. Voth, who oversaw the Fast and Furious operation.