View Full Version : Remember when we had to have an investigation ...

08-19-2011, 03:39 PM
... into who didn't out someone who wasn't a covert agent, and we needed to continue investigating even after the leaker of the non covert agent's name was known?

Yet a quite obvious scandal of much greater magnitude, which has cost the lives of many, and the far left is eerily silent?

<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><span style='font-size: 11pt'>Only in Washington, D.C., are juicy promotions given to three senior career government executives at the center of a dangerously harebrained, officially sanctioned gun-sales scheme that, so far, has led to the slaying of one U.S. Border Patrol agent and played lethal roles in at least 11 other violent crime scenes in two states.</span> The scheme -- officially dubbed Operation Fast and Furious inside the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives -- allowed U.S. gun dealers over a 14-month period beginning in November 2009 to sell more than 2,000 firearms, including semiautomatic assault rifles, to buyers known to be linked to Mexican drug cartels. The idea was the weapons would show up at crime scenes in Mexico, thus enabling Mexican and U.S. officials to link drug kingpins to specific criminal acts. <span style='font-size: 14pt'>Instead, the weapons are showing up here in the United States where horrendous crimes have been committed. Not one Mexican drug cartelist has been arrested as a result of Operation Fast and Furious.</span>

<span style='font-size: 17pt'>The most prominent of the three just promoted is William G. McMahon, who was elevated from ATF's deputy director of operations to deputy assistant director of the ATF's Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations. That just happens to be the ATF division that investigates misconduct by employees and other problems.</span> In recent testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee headed by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., McMahon, who championed Fast and Furious inside ATF, admitted that "the advantage of hindsight, the benefit of a thorough review of the case, clearly points me to things that I would have done differently." Also promoted was William Newel, the special agent in charge of ATF's office for Arizona and New Mexico. Newel was promoted to special assistant to the assistant director of the agency's Office of Management in Washington. The third promotion went to David Voth, formerly the program's on-the-ground team supervisor, who is now branch chief for the ATF's tobacco division here.

These promotions point to one of the most important but least frequently discussed factors driving the explosion of federal spending. The career federal bureaucracy is more than happy to cooperate with professional politicians in Congress and the White House who want bigger government programs. The politicians get more goodies to hand out to friends, while the bureaucrats get fatter budgets, bigger staffs and more power. <span style='font-size: 11pt'>The culture of the buddy system insulates them as far as possible from individual accountability for their work. If one of them is held accountable, then sooner or later all of them could be, so they take care of each other. That is why senior bureaucrats who make horrendous management mistakes like Operation Fast and Furious that ultimately cost lives are so often promoted instead of fired.</span>

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/20...s#ixzz1VVreOMM6 (http://washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/2011/08/operation-fast-and-furious-grows-more-outrageous#ixzz1VVreOMM6)</div></div>

IMHO ... once the truth shakes out it will be learned that when Obama said he was working "UNDER THE RADAR" to undermine the 2nd amendment, F&F was the vehicle.

By allowing these weapons into the hands of criminals they had the plan in place to trace the sales back to gun shop owners and push for stronger gun control regs, claiming the shop owners were criminals.

In the end ... the shop owners were law abiding patriots and the state was the criminal.