Issa staffer: Gunrunner investigation points much higher than ATF director
A spokesman for House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa told The Daily Caller the congressman expects his investigations into the Justice Department’s gun walking programs to point to a much higher political appointee than acting ATF director Kenneth Melson. Melson is widely expected to resign some time in the next couple of days in the face of political pressure from Issa’s investigations into Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast Furious.
Even if Melson resigns, Issa spokesman Frederick Hill said the Committee expects to find much more and continue with investigations. “The investigations are far from over,” Hill told TheDC. “It’s quite certain that Kenneth Melson was not the principal architect of this plan nor was he the only high-ranking official who knew about and authorized this operation.”
Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious were programs that involved ATF officials allowing guns to be taken into Mexico with the ultimate apparent goal of tracking the larger Mexican drug cartels’ arms market. The ATF officials allowed the sale of guns to “straw purchasers” or people who were eligible to purchase guns in the U.S. but were doing so with the known intention of trafficking them into Mexico.
This latest development comes after Issa told Fox News on Tuesday morning that he thinks Melson should resign.
I wrote about this BATFE debacle yesterday and I pointed out the obvious, Operation Gun Runner and Fast & Furious did NOT get authorized at the Agent level, someone far up the chain made the decision to let this unbelievable mess come to life.
I had a local reader send me an email, BLASTING me for saying bad things about the BATF, its agents and the fine job they do. I was told that I needed to ‘mind MY business’ and I was asked, “Just what kind of police supporter are you anyway?”
I’ll tell you exactly the kind of police supporter I am, the kind that doesn’t look the other way when an ILLEGAL order is given and ILLEGAL operations are carried out.
I don’t give a damn WHO is doing wrong, from the newest agent on the beat all the way to the Director, Kenneth Melson, his boss, Eric Holder, or Holder’s boss, Barack Hussein Obama.
Whoever brainstormed this Gun Runner thing needs to tried as an accessory to murder, the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry.
The BATFE Agents that accepted the orders to initiate Operation Fast & Furious need to be punished to the fullest extent of the law. They accepted and acted upon orders that were, at best, highly questionable, and were, most likely, illegal as well.
The BATFE and its agents encouraged, or, more accurately, insisted that LEGAL gun dealers make sales that they knew were illegal in order to put guns in the pipeline to Mexico under the guise of tracking these weapons to drug cartels. Some believe that it was done to give legitimacy to BATF claims that Americans were willingly supplying guns to drug cartels in Mexico.
“We’ve never witnessed anything like this rottenness, lying and corruption,” said Wayne LaPierre, NRA Executive Vice President and CEO “and we’ve had it. We’ve had it with Erica Holder and Hillary Clinton and the rest of this administration. And Lord knows, Americans have sure had it with the arrogant, sanctimonious, gun-hating liars who call themselves the national news media.”
That’s only a build up to the calling-out of Attorney General Holder, the President and his entire administration that took place Saturday at the National Rifle Association’s annual member’s meeting.
In Saturday’s membership meeting, LaPierre, NRA-ILA head Chris Cox and other members of the NRA executive team made it abundantly plain that the NRA was speaking out regarding the growing scandal that proves the NRA’s longstanding claim that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) is a rogue organization.
As Congressional investigators are being stonewalled regarding the ill-conceived ATF operation that not only encouraged, but sanctioned the movement of illegal guns into Mexico, the nation’s largest pro-Second Amendment group is going on the offensive.
“We’ve never witnessed anything like the rotten level of corruption, conspiracy and cover-up confronting us today. All because they hate Americans and our rights, more than they care about the lives of innocent people,” LaPierre told a crowd that sometime seemed to sit in shock at his unvarnished challenges to the administration.
“I’ll say that again,” LaPierre hammered, “Our government has been willing to let people die … to advance their assault on the Second Amendment. Our southern border proves it. When ATF officials ORDER lawful gun dealers to make illegal sales … that’s corrupt.” SOURCE
I encourage my readers to offer opinions, I look for folks that have more knowledge on topics than I do, but when someone wants to tell me about all the GOOD things that BATF does, and has done, and wants to blast me for taking the BATF to task, I tend to get a bit PISSED THE HELL OFF!
The BATF has NEVER been a friend to the American gun owner and under the watchful eye of Obama and Holder, they have become a rogue agency, evil and corrupt! They are now complicit in the murder of a U.S. Border Patrolman and if certain readers can’t see that and understand that, then there is NO HOPE for them.
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton told TheDC a Melson resignation “would be seen as an admission that something went terribly wrong.” Fitton thinks Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious were political ploys from the Obama administration, not real law enforcement efforts.
So, to the reader that blasted me in email, tell me again about all the wonderful work the BATF is doing and what a fine, upstanding agency they are, and oh yeah, that part about how they keep us SAFE, remind me one more time…
And do it in comments on the blog, because I want some of the LAW OFFICERS that read here to see your words and educate you regarding the BATF and what they think of them.