September 26, 2011

Ship Government Of Fools

The stonewalling perpetrated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the now infamous Operation 'Fast and Furious' debacle continues to unravel. ATF agents actually bought guns with taxpayer funds and gve them to straw buyers where they eventually ended up in the homicidal hands of Mexican narcotics cartel members.

Mexican officials claim at least 200 of their citizens have been murdered by cartel members who were armed by the ATF.

Mind you, there are some very decent, hard working people who work for the ATF and they also are outraged by what happened. But apparently only a very few have had the courage to step forth and give evidence implicating the government in a massive cover up of an incredibly ill-advised, ill-conceived, bungled law enforcement initiative that was doomed from the get-go. Whoever floated this idea should have been booted out of the office and reassigned to Guam.

The only way this could get worse is if the ATF also provided party favors - the machetes that the cartels have used in the scores of decapitions that plague Mexico's cities.

From Fox News:

Not only did U.S. officials approve, allow and assist in the sale of more than 2,000 guns to the Sinaloa cartel -- the federal government used taxpayer money to buy semi-automatic weapons, sold them to criminals and then watched as the guns disappeared.

This disclosure, revealed in documents obtained by Fox News, could undermine the Department of Justice's previous defense that Operation Fast and Furious was a "botched" operation where agents simply "lost track" of weapons as they were transferred from one illegal buyer to another. Instead, it heightens the culpability of the federal government as Mexico, according to sources, has opened two criminal investigations into the operation that flooded their country with illegal weapons.
Clue #1: A sting operation or a "buy-bust" is when you arrest and charge the guys who are buying the guns. This never happened. As far as we know, not one arrest has been made from this operation. However, an ATF agent who criticized his superiors for the way this whole cluster was run was transferred. That'll teach 'em.
In June 2010, however, the ATF dramatically upped the ante, making the U.S. government the actual "seller" of guns.
Prior to this the ATF worked with Arizona gun dealers and made sure that they, the ATF licensed gun dealers, sold guns even to buyers that the dealer normally would not have sold any guns to.sold guns even to buyers that the dealer normally would not have sold any guns to. One ATF agent, Agent John Dodson, was very critical of this move and his supervisor decided to "dirty him up, by implicating him in a very questionable action. This would diminish Dodson's credibility.

But Agent Dodson refused to let the criminals out of his sight and kept them under suveillance for almost a week. When the guns were going to be picked up. he was about to move in and make arrests when his supervisor ordered him directly to let all the suspects go. The supervisor's name is David Voth. Voth was recently promoted:
The transfers to Washington include one promotion and two lateral moves, according to the official who asked not to be identified because he is not authorized to comment on the matter.

Three ATF supervisors who played roles in the controversial gun sales sting known as Operation Fast and Furious have been given jobs at ATF headquarters in Washington even as the Justice Department's Inspector General is probing the matter, a senior federal law enforcement source has confirmed.

The move to positions at ATF headquarters, first reported by the Los Angeles Times, were given to William McMahon, ATF deputy director of operations for the West; and William Newell and David Voth, both field supervisors in the Phoenix office who oversaw the program.

Voth received a promotion to branch chief in the ATF's tobacco division, according to the senior federal law enforcement source.
The emails detailing how these deals went down are still coming in under Congressional subpoena. Hopefully other ATF agents will find their stones and come forth with more information. This whole operation was nothing more than a way to politicize the gun violence meme that Obama and the liberals have been spouting for decades. It blew up in their faces when a Border Patrol agent was murdered with a "Fast and Furious" firearm and now with the help of the MSM the Obamites are trying to cover their tracks.


Gorges Smythe said...

"We the people" elected the morons who pushed for this, but few folks will hold American voters accountable.

banned said...

Were these sales really Government/Agency policy or were they more akin to Officers busting a drug dealer, confiscating his goods and then selling them on the black market for their own personal gain?

Scott said...

There will be no action taken against the REAL perps in this debacle...Holder, Big Sis, and BO. Evidence has been lost, destroyed, someone threatened or paid off...It's the Chickago way.

WoFat said...

"Morons" is far too nice a word.

sig94 said...

banned - unfortunately -- yes. Our gubmint actually pressured gun shops to sell guns to people that they normally wouldn't have and despite the dealers' better judgement. Some of the dealers got nervous about the whole screwy thing and secretly recorded their conversations with ATF agents.

Then they arrested - nobody.

sig94 said...

Scott - I'm afraid you may be right. Hopefully enough people involved have covered their asses and kept documentation on what really transpired.

sig94 said...

WoFat - Gorges Smythe is a very charitable person. Much more so than I.

They Say/We Say said...

If this had worked for the Gov., it would have been easy to work up the crowd of Un-Documented Immigrants/Illegal and Alien to protest our gun rights (2nd Amendment); and with a stroke of the President's pen - walah our enemies will come a Russian to aid, protect the populous from this Capitalist Selfish - Gun and Bible Clinging Environment.

Scott said...

Amen to that Sig...extremely charitable and living that way.