Operation Wide Receiver (2006) lost about 450 guns (AR-15's, AK's etc.) once they "walked" into Mexico. The ATF knowingly allowed these guns to
move over the border, and lost track of them from there. Issa and the rest of the GOP have shown no interest in reviewing that precedent (since it
occurred under Bush).
It was exactly the same scenario as Operation Fast & Furious, and was the precedent in losing track of the guns once in Mexico. F&F was just a
continuation of the same police sting operation. Both of these operation (WR and F&F) are under the umbrella of Project Gunrunner.
The big difference between Wide Receiver and Fast & Furious is no one in congress back in 2006-7 tried to politicize the event or play the blame game,
the way Issa and the Republicans are now. Why don't they bring back Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and grill him the way they have Holder?
Hell, Project Gunrunner was his brain child.
There are two documents that Congress, and news reporters covering Project Gunrunner, choose to ignore. The first is the US Attorney General's
report stating that Project Gunrunner began in Laredo, Texas, in 2005. The document was published in Wikipedia.
The second is the ATF Southwest Border Strategy, Project Gunrunner Weapons of Choice. The brochure, dated Feb. 2008, shows photos of the assault
weapons that the ATF allowed to flow to drug cartels in Mexico. It was published online by the hacktivists Lulzsec when they hacked the Arizona police
Prior to the ATF Project Gunrunner's Fast and Furious, the ATF allowed assault weapons to flow to Mexico's drug cartels beginning in 2006 in
Operation Wide Receiver in Tucson.
Congress showed no interest in Project Gunrunner until Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was murdered with those weapons near Nogales, Ariz, in Dec.
2010. Another agent, ICE agent Jaime Zapata, was also murdered with the weapons in northern Mexico. An unknown number of citizens of Mexico and the US
have been murdered with those weapons.
The complete report from the US Attorney General is at:
The ATF Southwest Border Strategy, Weapons of Choice is at:
(Source: Project Gunrunner began in 2005 in Texas