Saturday, October 01, 2011

Fast and Furious = one big cluster F***

A big story that has been running under the Big Media radar for months may finally be getting some legs. I'm talking about Fast and Furious.

If you haven't heard of it, Fast and Furious was a program run by ATF that allowed thousands of guns to be purchased by folks who should not have been allowed to purchase a single weapon--some convicted felons--who then smuggled them into Mexico to sell to a drug cartel. Hundreds of Mexicans were killed using those weapons and at least one US border security officer was slain.

Now CBS is reporting that late Friday night, the White House released numerous documents (not all that were asked for, BTW), some of which seem to implicate the White House in this debacle. Friday night is the time when such documents/statement are made, hoping that they will be ignored/down played in the news. Hopefully, that will not be the case this time.

New Fast and Furious docs released by White House
Late Friday, the White House turned over new documents in the Congressional investigation into the ATF "Fast and Furious" gunwalking scandal.

The documents show extensive communications between then-ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix office Bill Newell - who led Fast and Furious - and then-White House National Security Staffer Kevin O'Reilly. Emails indicate the two also spoke on the phone. Such detailed, direct communications between a local ATF manager in Phoenix and a White House national security staffer has raised interest among Congressional investigators looking into Fast and Furious. Newell has said he and O'Reilly are long time friends.

I've seen T-shirts that say "Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms should be a convenience store, not a federal bureau." Who knew just how accurate that comment would be IF you were a member of a Mexican drug cartel?
Congressional investigators for Republicans Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) have asked to interview O'Reilly by September 30. But the Administration informed them that O'Reilly is on assignment for the State Department in Iraq and unavailable.

One administration source says White House national security staffers were "briefed on the toplines of ongoing federal efforts, but nobody in White House knew about the investigative tactics being used in the operation, let alone any decision to let guns walk."

Right! The guy just happens to be in Iraq.

And "...nobody in White House knew about the investigative tactics being used in the operation, let alone any decision to let guns walk." LOL. If true, than we certainly have a number of rogue--and very, very stupid--operatives in the White House. And they aren't all working to kill our energy programs and the economy.

Here's hoping a special prosecutor is soon appointed to investigate what's gone on here. Someone needs to get jail time or, should the trail lead to the president, impeached.

As others have said: Watergate had no fatalities. Fast and Furious has killed hundreds of Mexicans and at least one American.

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