Operation Fast Furious

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Analyze Operation Fast & Furious video. Considering the chapter readings, an individual field agent’s decision to participate in Operation Fast and Furious based the decision under what type of authority and is considered what type of problem? What type of act and under which school of ethics is whistle-blowing? Explain how the chapter lessons/concepts may apply to the video and/or the situation. Make sure that you properly cite the video, textbook, and any other information sources used to provide scholarly support for your analysis paper. (NO PERSONAL OPINIONS)

Please submit your two-page analysis (APA formatted: double-spaced, two pages are excluding title page, and references), as follows:

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The study of ethics is particularly important for criminal justice professionals who face significant ethical dilemmas in the course of performing their unique duties. The United States Department of Justice's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives conducted Operation Fast and Furious, which permitted the transfer by third parties of regulated firearms to gun-trading Mexican cartels in an effort to trace the cartels' operations. However, the operation back-fired when two of those weapons were found at the scene of the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol agent. Brought to light in part by whistleblowers, Operation Fast and Furious subsequently became the subject of professional, law enforcement, and congressional scrutiny.

An individual field agent's decision to participate professionally in Operation Fast and Furious is an example of what type of problem?

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Correct. An individual field agent's decision to participate professionally in Operation Fast and Furious is an example of an ethical dilemma. See: "Analyzing Ethical Dilemmas" LO1, Bloom's: Understand.

The decision by criminal justice professionals to proceed with Operation Fast and Furious was an exercise of what type of authority?

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Correct. The decision by criminal justice professionals to proceed with Operation Fast and Furious was an exercise of discretion. See: "Why Study Ethics?" LO2, Bloom's: Remember.

The report by the Office of the Inspector General referred fourteen criminal justice professionals for disciplinary action for their respective roles in Operation Fast and Furious. These professionals are held to a higher standard than the average citizen because they are __________________.

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Correct. These professionals are held to a higher standard than the average citizen because they are public servants. See: "Why Study Ethics?" LO2, Bloom's: Remember.

If we consider Larry Alt's decision to become a whistle-blowing informant commendable but not morally required, what type of action was it?

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Correct. If we consider Larry Alt's decision to become a whistle-blowing informant commendable but not morally required, it was a supererogatory action. See: "Defining Terms" LO4, Bloom's: Understand.

The study and analysis of the ATF's conduct in Operation Fast and Furious is an example of what school of ethics?

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Correct. The study and analysis of the ATF's conduct in Operation Fast and Furious is an example of the school of professional ethics. See: "Defining Terms" LO4, Bloom's: Remember.

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Here is the transcript of the video:

Video Transcript:

>> It's the closest thing so far to a definitive account of an investigation that almost everybody agrees was a terrible idea: allowing firearms to slip south of the border to try to catch the cartels that were doing the gunrunning in Mexico. At the Justice Department, most did not see the red flags until December of 2010 when two of the guns turned up at the murder scene of Brian Terry, a US Border Patrol agent in Arizona. Larry Alt is one of the ATF agents who blew the whistle.

>> I found it egregious that we were observing the transfer of firearms to persons that we knew were ultimately transferring these guns to persons in Mexico and we were not taking an enforcement action.

>> A report from the Justice Department's Inspector General said that, "Operation Fast and Furious and related matters revealed a series of misguided strategies, tactics, errors in judgment, and management failures that permeated ATF Headquarters and the Phoenix Field Division and at the Headquarters of the Department of Justice." It referred 14 people for possible disciplinary action, but did not recommend anyone for criminal prosecution. And almost with an hour of the report's release, two of the highest-ranking individuals named in the report were out: former ATF Director Kenneth Melson and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein. It also found no evidence that Attorney General Eric Holder knew about Operation Fast and Furious prior to January 2011. I asked Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz if this meant Holder had been exonerated? Holder was cited with contempt of Congress for failing to turn over documents in the matter.

>> No. I mean, this is his organization. He takes personal -- he should take some personal responsibility to this. To suggest that everything he said was right and that everything Congress did was wrong, is -- would be a mischaracterization of "let's move forward" here.

>> Holder issued a statement saying quote, "It is unfortunate that some were so quick to make baseless accusations before they possessed the facts about these operations -- accusations that turned out to be without foundation and have caused a great deal of unnecessary harm and confusion." Still, Larry Alt wants to see those responsible held accountable.

>> But, certainly I would say that the persons responsible for this case both at the field level, the division level, and at the headquarters level, and as far as it went into the Department of Justice, should be held accountable for any decision that they made that allowed these guns to go out on the street unmonitored.

>> There's a hearing on Capitol Hill on Thursday. The Justice Department's Inspector General Michael Horowitz is expected to testify about his new report. Democrats and Republicans are both claiming they've been vindicated. Joe Johns, CNN, Washington.

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