Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson has been reassigned to a lesser post in the Justice Department and the U.S. attorney for Arizona was also pushed out Tuesday as fallout from Operation Fast and Furious reached new heights. Melson’s step down from his role as head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to the position of senior adviser on forensic science in the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Programs is effective by close of business Tuesday, administration officials announced. U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota B. Todd Jones will replace Melson. LINK
The only thing more heinous than the details of this botched government undercover operation is the utter lack of coverage devoted to it in the MSM. Other than FOX News there is precious little being said on network news about one of the biggest scandals to rock the federal government since Iran Contra. Funny thing about network news- they always seem to LOVE a scandal when it involves a republican / conservative leader. You would think a scandal about government gun running, Mexican drug cartels and a murdered Border Patrol agent with a made for Hollywood name like “Operation Fast and Furious” would be hammering us 24-7. Think again.
Remember the all Abu-Ghraib all the time stories during the Bush years? How about the body armor stories? Remember how Donald Rumsfeld personally wanted to see our soldiers get killed because of inferior body armor or Humvee’s that weren’t being up-armored fast enough? I do. But here we have a situation where the feds, led by Eric Holder’s Justice Department ALLOWED gun-running into Mexico. High powered firearms were DELIBERATELY allowed to be passed on to KNOW DRUG DEALERS AND MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS and quite possibly may be involved in the MURDERS of federal law enforcement officers. Did you see any of this on the network news lately? Not a peep.
It’s bad enough the Obama administration has declared amnesty for illegal aliens. It’s bad enough the Obama administration is more intent on prosecuting states, CIA officers, Border Patrol Officers and anyone else who dares criticize them or follow / enforce our laws. But to set up a situation that ALLOWS federal gun laws to be violated, where law enforcement officers lives are put in danger unnecessarily is CRIMINAL. The ATF’s history is already so dubious and malignant that it also time for that agency to be dissolved or at least broken up. They are clearly not serving the interest of the American taxpayers.
As the head of the Justice Department its high time Eric Holder resigns. Remember they ran Alberto Gonzalez and John Ashcroft out of Washington for far less. Holder should pray HE isn’t prosecuted over this. The GOP needs to start pushing HARD for hearings into this NOW. It’s time for an independent council to look into this since the DOJ has obvious conflicts of interest issues. Sacking the “Acting” director of ATF, (Actually just transferring him) is a sign the Obama administration knows it has big problems here. It’s like firing the Assistant to the Traveling Secretary… stay tuned.