Homeland Security Inspector General to Investigate Fast and Furious – What’s the Point?

CBS News investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson has reported that the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security is currently investigating Operation Fast and Furious

So, if you’re counting, that makes two Inspector Generals investigating Fast and Furious, Michael E. Horowitz of the Department of Justice and Charles K Edwards of the Department of Homeland Security

It would be difficult not to point out the irony of these investigations, since both departments were directly involved in the gunwalking scandal that allowed thousands of weapons to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. 

charles-k-edwardsSee, while it’s true that the purpose of the Inspector General’s office is to provide independent and objective inspection and analysis regarding a department’s programs and operations in an effort to prevent and detect fraud, abuse, mismanagement, and waste, does anyone really believe that either one of these bureaucrats has the stones to indict the people who are ultimately responsible for the operation? 

I am of course referring to the top dog in each department, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Attorney General Eric Holder.

One doesn’t need an Inspector General or to delve to deeply into the minutia of the investigation to figure out the following with respect to the leadership that presided over the fatally flawed operation, that is both Napolitano and Holder claimed – before congressional investigators – that they did not know the ATF in conjunction with special agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE, which falls under DHS) were approving ‘controlled deliveries’ for known cartel operatives. 

As Ms. Attkisson pointed out in her article, “Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano testified to Congress on Sept. 13, 2011, that she was unaware of Fast and Furious while it was under way. Napolitano said she could not recall when she first learned that Fast and Furious weapons were linked to Border Patrol Agent Terry’s death.”

horwitzAs for Holder, on multiple occasions he denied knowing about Fast and Furious (for more on this, click here). 

All this leads one to conclude that despite their best efforts to try and use ignorance as an excuse for their incompetence, it doesn’t fly with the American people.  They should have known about Fast and Furious.  It’s their job to know about sensitive and, in this case, deadly operations.  For not knowing, they should be, at the very least, disciplined.

Again, the question is, does either one of these IGs have the temerity to draw this painfully clear conclusion?   

Time will tell. 

I do applaud Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX), who sits on the House Homeland Security Committee, for requesting that IG Edwards start his own investigation into Fast and Furious.  Edwards’ report, which is due in early Oct, should tell us a lot about where his allegiance lies: will he do the job the American people pay him to do?  Or will he try and cover up the mess made by his cohorts?

As for Horowitz, the DOJ IG, he has been on the case since Feb. 2011.  He was assigned to investigate by Holder himself, however there is no deadline for the release of his final report — something tells me that wasn’t by accident.  

Your thoughts?