American Proscenium March 2014 A Corrupt Bargain By H.A. Scott Trask Careful readers have long suspected that the ATF’s “Operation Fast and Furious” was about something more sinister than bureaucratic ineptitude and Department of Justice stonewalling. To read the full article, please sign in or create a free account to view Chronicles content for 30 days. H.A. Scott Trask H.A. Scott Trask is an independent historian from eastern Missouri.