Thursday, June 16, 2011

Project Gunrunner update

Yesterday, the House Oversight Committee released their initial report of their findings in DOJ's/ATF's Project Gunrunner/Fast and Furious.

Also yesterday, committee chairman Darrell Issa, released copies of emails that show the involvement of the head of the ATF in this sham of a gun-tracking operation which contradicts letters sent by ATF to Congress denying they were selling assault weapons to known and suspected straw purchasers with the intent of those weapons making it back across the border and into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

In one of the emails, released by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), with the subject heading “Director’s questions,” the supervisor of the “Fast and Furious” operation wrote to the assistant special agent in charge of Phoenix field operations with an Internet Protocol address for one of the video monitoring units in a gun store which was authorized to sell guns to the suspects.

The emails seem to indicate that ATF acting director Kenneth Melson had asked for this information.

“With this information, acting Director Melson was able to sit at his desk in Washington and – himself – watch a live feed of the straw buyers entering the gun stores to purchase dozens of AK-47 variants,” said a Republican committee statement.

Earlier this year, in response to a letter from Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) to Melson asking him about his knowledge of the gun-tracking operation, the Justice Department wrote the senator, denying knowingly selling assault weapons to straw purchasers and stating that it made every effort to prevent weapons from ending up in Mexico.

In our previous post on this subject, we neglected to note that ATF-supplied guns were found at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and that of ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata.

Though hugely important, this isn't ObamaCare and it's incredibly misguided attempt to shoe-horn everybody into a one-size-fits-all government health plan in a hopeless attempt to bend the cost curve downward.

This isn't wasting hundreds of billions of dollars on Bailout Nation in a futile attempt to resuscitate the economy and the housing market via Keynesian gimmickry.

This isn't even unauthorized military kinesiology in Libya.

This is a cynically-motivated illicit activity, designed, as far as we can surmise, to gin up support for anti-gun legislation. It is a defacto gun-smuggling activity aided and abetted by the full faith and credit of a government law enforcement agency that has now resulted in the murders of two federal agents and the deaths of Mexican law enforcement officials and innocent Mexican citizens. There is blood on the hands of the U.S. government.

No one should hang for the first 3 grievances that we consistently hammer away on here at BwD but whoever is responsible for this wreckless, incompent and deadly politically-motivated stunt... Let'm swing!

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