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In a letter to the Chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee Joe Lieberman, McCain calls Operation Fast and Furious “ill conceived and poorly implemented.”

As CBS News first reported last February, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allegedly allowed thousands of weapons to “walk” onto the streets without interdiction into the hands of suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels.

The operation allegedly had the blessing of the lead prosecutor on the case. That prosecutor, Emory Hurley, was recently reassigned. Last week, his boss U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke resigned, as did the head of ATF Kenneth Melson.

Read McCain’s letter here.

Source: Sharyl Attkisson for CBS.

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