One of the terrorists killed in a shootout had bought a handgun through the Secret government program, Fast and Furious.
From the Chicago Tribune: “Assailant in Garland, Texas, attack bought gun in 2010 under Fast and Furious operation.”
Five years before he was shot to death in the failed terrorist attack in Garland, Texas, Nadir Soofi walked into a suburban Phoenix gun shop to buy a 9-millimeter pistol.
At the time, Lone Wolf Trading Co. was known among gun smugglers for selling illegal firearms. And with Soofi’s history of misdemeanor drug and assault charges, there was a chance his purchase might raise red flags in the federal screening process.
Inside the store, he fudged some facts on the form required of would-be gun buyers.
What Soofi could not have known was that Lone Wolf was at the center of a federal sting operation known as Fast and Furious, targeting Mexican drug lords and traffickers. The idea of the secret program was to allow Lone Wolf to sell illegal weapons to criminals and straw purchasers, and track the guns back to large smuggling networks and drug cartels.
Instead, federal agents lost track of the weapons and the operation became a fiasco, particularly after several of the missing guns were linked to shootings in Mexico and the 2010 killing of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in Arizona.
Soofi’s attempt to buy a gun caught the attention of authorities, who slapped a seven-day hold on the transaction, according to his Feb. 24, 2010, firearms transaction record, which was reviewed by the Los Angeles Times. Then, for reasons that remain unclear, the hold was lifted after 24 hours, and Soofi got the 9-millimeter.
Soofi had told his mother that he wanted the gun for protection. But he just happened to make the purchase (from what just happened to be a government operation) while having Elton Simpson as a roommate. Soofi’s mother claims that Simpson radicalized him.
A month before Soofi bought the pistol, Simpson was indicted on charges of lying to the FBI about his plans to travel to Somalia and engage in “violent jihad,” according to federal court documents.
Simpson was jailed until March 2011 and convicted of making false statements. But the judge ruled there was insufficient evidence to prove the false statements were connected to international terrorism. Simpson was released and placed on probation.
The FBI and the DOJ refuse to tell us if the terrorists actually used the handgun in the attack.
Pretty amazing coincidence that a man with a criminal record is able to get a pistol despite the application raising alarms so that the Feds delayed the purchase. Why did they change their minds and allow him to make the purchase? The FBI claims they are still trying to figure that one out.
Or else they are devising a cover story.
Of course, quoting the Chicago Tribune in no way endorses all the claims made therein. Fast and Furious was never a real sting operation. It didn’t “lose track” of any weapons because no one ever attempted or even thought about tracking the weapons that were purchased. Fast and Furious was a Federal Government operation to arm a Mexican drug cartel and thus support it against its rivals.
I suppose you can insist that it was a giant coincidence that Soofi went to the arms dealer who happened to be working undercover for the federal government. I can’t prove otherwise.
But you are still being really naïve.