10 July, 2011

Fast & Furious Update

As promised, new links. Previous info can be found here.

I can’t repeat this often enough. Pay attention to this developing story. This is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mind-bogglingly big it is.

(with apologies to Douglas Adams)

This is going to be another mostly “just the facts, ma’am” type of post.

Moe Lane @ RedState is doing an excellent job of keeping up with events here and summarizing. As he says:

For those coming in late: [Congressman Darrell] Issa [(R-CA-49)] and [Senator Chuck] Grassley [(R-IA)] are investigating the horrifically botched Fast & Furious program that Justice/BATFE had put together, starting in late 2009. F&F was this ingenious method by which the federal government ended up knowingly and deliberately permitted illegally-resold firearms to be supplied to Mexican narco-terrorists; said narco-terrorists then proceeded to use those guns to shoot various hostages, Mexican civilians and police officers, at least one US Border Agent… as you can imagine, the Mexican government is not exactly pleased about any of this, which is why elements within said government are currently muttering about extradition treaties. This is where Kenneth Melson comes in: he is the Acting Director of BATFE, and was apparently picked to be the duly-assigned sacrificial lamb in this particular drama.

Soon to be outgoing directory Kenneth Melson apparently cut a deal with Issa and testified last week in private without the knowledge of the Department of Justice.

Really, read the whole thing from Moe Lane, but I want to highlight just one point in the letter that Issa sent to the DoJ regarding Melson’s testimony.

Melson and the rest of BATFE’s leadership of course wanted to give full disclosure to Congress over this entire sorry affair. Alas, “he said Justice Department officials directed them not to respond and took full control of replying to briefing and document requests from Congress.”

Remember, the cover-up is always worse than the crime. The cover-up in Watergate brought down a President. I think President Barack Obama (D-USA) will survive this, mostly because the MSM won’t want to talk about it, but I just don’t see how Attorney General Holder is going to keep his job. He may end up in jail. A Mexican jail.

This is small now, but nobody was paying attention to Watergate early on either.

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