Was Administration's '09 Announcement Of 'Project Gunrunner' Actually A Reference To 'Fast And Furious?'

Joe Schoffstall
By Joe Schoffstall | December 22, 2011 | 6:25 PM EST

On March 24, 2009, then-Deputy Attorney General David Ogden announced new efforts, including “Project Gunrunner,” that he said “the president has directed us to take.”

In the announcement, Ogden said he and Attorney General Eric Holder were taking "several new and aggressive steps as part of the administration's comprehensive plan" – including one step that sounds like it might be a reference to the scandal-plagued, botched gun-running operation, “Fast And Furious.”

Ogden said:

"The president has directed us to take action to fight these cartels and Attorney General Eric Holder and I are taking several new and aggressive steps as part of the administration's comprehensive plan,” Ogden said. He went on to outline new drug enforcement efforts.

Then, Ogden introduced plans to “fortify” “Operation Gunrunner”:

"DOJ's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is increasing its efforts by adding 37 new employees in 3 new offices using $10 million dollars in Recovery Act funds and redeploying 100 personnel to the southwest border in the next 45 days to fortify its Project Gunrunner- which is aimed at disrupted arms trafficking between the United States and Mexico.”

“ATF is doubling it's presence in Mexico itself, from 5 to 9 personnel working with the Mexicans specifically to facilitate gun tracing activity which targets the illegal weapons and their sources in the United States."

When he announced the "new and aggressive steps" of Project Gunrunner (as directed by Obama), was this the implementation of the plan that led to 'Fast and Furious' and ultimately the death of border patrol agent Brian Terry?

Currently, 91 Congressmen have 'no confidence' in Eric Holder or believe he should quit over "Fast and Furious."

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