Last nights episode of NCIS (No Good Deed) left me speechless. Basically the team investigates the dead of a Marine found on the side of the road who was shot with an FN 7 pistol that gets traced back to ATF. The F Troop sends an agent (DiNozzo’s girlfriend) who explains with all the pain she can muster that the gun was from a case they were making in Arizona against straw buyers and drug cartel figures.
Imagine my surprise when Jethro Gibbs mentions the magic words “Operation Fast and Furious.” But I composed myself knowing that it was just a passing reference and nothing more would be said…
And then they pulled out the baseball bats.
Dear God in heaven. The Director of NCIS came out swinging. He basically gave the 30 second/ elevator version of the scandal and the ATF agent admitted it was a huge fuck up with still 1,700 weapons sold to bad guys not recovered…other than the ones that kept appearing at crime scenes such as the one that killed the Marine.
Some things were left out: The death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, the death U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Jaime Zapata and the deaths of over 200 Mexican citizens due to the failed operation. Still, it was a level of screenwriting brutality against a government law enforcement agency by a Main Stream media fictional show that was just amazing.
I don’t think the producers of NCIS are going to get any favors in the future from The F Troop. I wonder who wrote the script for this episode, Sharyl Attkinsson?