ATF promotes supervisors in controversial Operation Fast and Furious.

The ATF has promoted three key supervisors of a controversial…

The ATF has promoted three key supervisors of a controversial sting operation that allowed firearms to be illegally trafficked across the U.S. border into Mexico.

All three have been heavily criticized for pushing the program forward even as it became apparent that it was out of control. At least 2,000 guns were lost and many turned up at crime scenes in Mexico and two at the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona.

The three supervisors have been given new management positions at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. They are William G. McMahon, who was the ATF’s deputy director of operations in the West, where the illegal trafficking program was focused, and William D. Newell and David Voth, both field supervisors who oversaw the program out of the agency’s Phoenix office.

McMahon and Newell have acknowledged making serious mistakes in the program, which was dubbed Operation Fast and Furious.

Source: Richard A. Serrano for LA Times.

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  • jsa

    Jeff’s right. It’s how it’s done in gummit and big corp’s. Basically bury them so deep in bureaucracy they can’t be affective anymore. Or make a critical decision.

  • Jeff

    Its a common bureaucratic method of dealling with people you know did something wrong, but which you can’t get rid of because of the implications of wrong doing. On paper its a promotion… in reality its a horizontal move within the bureaucracy to ensure they can’t do anything else thats damaging.

  • Wow, just wow. They are promoting the guys to confirm that they did nothing wrong in their eyes.

    One lies and another swears to it.