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Barack Obama ATF Scandal: 8 Key Figures Caught Up in Fast and Furious Controversy

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A black band over U.S. Border Patrol badge during a memorial service for slain comrade Brian Terry on January 21, 2011 in Tucson, Arizona. (John Moore/Getty Images)

By    |   Friday, 26 Dec 2014 04:07 PM

The "Fast and Furious" operation by the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) left dead innocent people in its wake, including a U.S. Border Patrol agent. This is another chilling scandal during the Barack Obama presidency.

Here are eight key figures who have appeared throughout the controversial drama.

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1. U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed as a result of the Fast and Furious operation on Dec. 14, 2010. He died during a firefight while on patrol. It was later determined by the ATF that the guns involved in the incident came from its operation, but Fast and Furious still continued for another six weeks.

2. Dennis Burke resigned as a U.S. Attorney in Phoenix in 2011 when his violations of Justice Department policy were revealed. He had leaked a memo to the media about Special Agent John Dodson, who had testified about questionable actions in the Fast and Furious program before Congress.

3. John Dodson was the agent who told Congress about the ATF’s blunders during the deadly project involving selling guns to drug dealers in Mexico. Dodson talked about his concerns, but also spoke about his involvement in the activities.

4. Inspector General Michael Horowitz wrote a report on the Justice Department that included Dennis Burke’s leaked memo to Fox News, calling Burke’s conduct "particularly egregious."

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5. Attorney General Eric Holder has been criticized for withholding information from congressional committees because of his involvement. Emails finally released show his disdain for Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, "and his idiot cronies." He accused them of trying to damage the ATF and "suck up to the gun lobby."

6. Rep. Darrell Issa, a Republican from California, led the House Oversight Committee in obtaining documents that continue to show the deep involvement of the Justice Department in the Barack Obama scandal. Issa said, "If there’s culpability, I think it really belongs with the attorney general."

7. ATF director Kenneth Melson secretly met with Issa and Republican Sen. Charles Grassley in 2011, noting that higher-ups in the Justice Department were trying to protect themselves during the investigation. Melson later resigned from the post, possibly a result of his cooperation with investigators.

8. Sharyl Attkisson, while an investigative reporter for CBS, first broke the story on "a scandal so large," during a February 2011 broadcast, that some said it could rival the horrifying shootouts at Ruby Ridge and Waco, in which innocent people were killed. Attkisson later left CBS, which she said attempted to hamper her reporting on the Fast and Furious scandal.

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