"A wise and frugal government which shall restrain men
from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government."
(Thomas Jefferson)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Fox News: Evidence Suggests Cover-Up in ATF Scandal, as More Guns Appear at Crime Scenes

This report makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up.  Watching the video at Fox News with the report shows the cover-up that happened not only in ATF but looks to extend to the DOJ and to some people in the White House.  What other agencies involved?  Fox News has the details along but how much of the MSM has bothered to report on what has happened except for Fox News and some from CBS on this cover-up.  Why was the head of the ATF Hurley transferred in the Government and not fired?

Here is the latest from Rep Issa and Senator Grassley:
Issa and Grassley said they want to speak with Hurley and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Morrissey, along with Patrick Cunningham, chief of the office’s Criminal Division. 
Not only do congressional investigators want to "make sense" of details of the operation that allowed more than 2,000 guns to "walk" and later turn up at crime scenes on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border, but they want to known why Hurley -- who knew almost immediately the guns found at Terry's crime scene belonged to Fast and Furious -- tried to "prevent the connection from being disclosed." 
Grassley also raised concerns about the latest data on Fast and Furious guns found at crime scenes in Mexico.
It is scary when you realize that these weapons have been showing up at crimes on both sides of the border.  How could the ATF get away with doing this without outcry by the media except for Fox News and CBS demanding answers.  Those are the only two you can find in search that are reporting this cover-up by the US Attorney's office in Arizona that extended to the White House in order to conceal "Fast and Furious" which according to Fox News was aimed to track gun sales to Mexico, allegedly, say critics of the program, to build up evidence to publicly blame cartel violence on U.S. gun store owners and lax American gun laws.

Why haven't more heads rolled in this since the DOJ refuses to turn over documents?  IMO the Obama Administration in their zeal to make gun store owners along with their definition of 'lax' American gun laws the culprits for the drug cartel violence should be held responsible for the death of a Border Patrol agent and who knows how many people in Mexico or Arizona.  Cannot believe the cover-up that was done in the death of a Border Patrol Agent by the US Attorney in Arizona and DOJ with some reporting now that three people in the White House knew.  But then I cannot believe the ATF intentionally sold guns to the cartels.  Is this Administration dumb enough to think that the cartels wouldn't get guns one way or the other? Whoever came up with that idea needs to be indicted along with the leaders that carried out this insanity.
Evidence Suggests Cover-Up in ATF Scandal, as More Guns Appear at Crime Scenes 
By William La Jeunesse & Laura Prabucki 
Published September 02, 2011| FoxNews.com
See video of this report at Fox News
Just hours after the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, federal officials tried to cover up evidence that the gun that killed Terry was one the government intentionally helped sell to the Mexican cartels in a weapons trafficking program known as Operation Fast and Furious.

This picture shows part of a cache of seized weapons 
displayed at a news conference in Phoenix.
The revelation comes just days after a huge shake-up of government officials who oversaw the failed anti-gun trafficking program and Congress renewed its demand for more answers.
Also late Thursday, Sen. Charles Grassley's office revealed that 31 more Fast and Furious guns have been found at 12 violent crime scenes in Mexico.
In an internal email the day after Terry's murder, Assistant U.S. Attorneys Emory Hurley and then-U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke decided not to disclose the connection, saying "this way we do not divulge our current case (Fast and Furious) or the Border Patrol shooting case." 
Grassley, R-Iowa, and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said Thursday they are expanding their investigation into the scandal. In a strongly worded letter to Anne Scheel, the new U.S. attorney for Arizona, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee requested interviews, emails, memos and even hand-written notes from members of the U.S. attorney's office that played key roles in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) program. 
“The level of involvement of the United States Attorney’s Office ... in the genesis and implementation of this case is striking,” wrote Issa and Grassley. 
The two claim witnesses have told them that recently reassigned Hurley may have also prevented ATF agents from doing their jobs. 
“Many ATF agents working on Operation Fast and Furious were under the impression that even some of the most basic law enforcement techniques typically used to interdict weapons required the explicit approval of your office, specifically that from Hurley,” the letter states.Issa and Grassley said they want to speak with Hurley and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Morrissey, along with Patrick Cunningham, chief of the office’s Criminal Division. 
“The Justice Department has been less than forthcoming since day one, so the revisions here are hardly surprising, and the numbers will likely rise until the more than 1,000 guns that were allowed to fall into the hands of bad guys are recovered -- most likely years down the road," Grassley said in a statement released Thursday. 
"What we’re still waiting for are the answers to the other questions the Attorney General failed to answer per our agreement. The cooperation of the Attorney General and his staff is needed if we’re ever going to get to the bottom of this disastrous policy and help the ATF and the department move forward.” 
Excerpt:  Read more at at Fox News 
In doing the research for this article discovered from Town Hall that there were more agencies involved in 'Fast and Furious' than the DOJ and ATF:
Yesterday during testimony on Capitol Hill, we heard Former ATF Special Agent in Charge William Newell admit he was in contact with White House National Security staffer Kevin O'Reilly about Operation Fast and Furious as early as September 2010. Newell also admitted that the DHS, IRS, DEA, ATF, ICE and the Obama Justice Department were all heavily involved and were full partners in coming up with the concept and execution of Operation Fast and Furious.There is more from Town Hall about all of this:
Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama still deny authorizing the lethal program, despite President Obama specifically asking Holder to conduct a complete review of current gun enforcement policies during a joint press conference in Mexico City with Mexico President Felipe Calderon in April 2009. The quote below starts at 1:16 in the video. 
“Our focus is to work with Secretary Napolitano, Attorney General Holder, our entire Homeland Security team, ATF, border security, everybody who is involved with this to coordinate with our counterparts in Mexico to significantly ramp up our enforcement of existing laws. In fact, I’ve asked Eric Holder to do a complete review of how our current enforcement operations our working and make sure we are cutting down on the loop holes that are causing some of these drug trafficking problems. Last point I would make, is that there are going to be some opportunities where I think we can build some strong consensus I’ll give you one example and that is the issue of gun tracing, the tracing of bullets and ballistics and gun information that had been used in major crimes.”

So let me get this straight, President Obama specifically asked Eric Holder to do a “complete review” of “current gun enforcement operations,” in April 2009, yet Eric Holder and President Obama deny they authorized or knew anything specific about Operation Fast and Furious until 2011? It seems too “coincidental” that the President of the United States was talking about “ballistics and gun tracing” in April 2009, when Operation Fast and Furious started in Fall 2009, especially when the agencies he listed in the 2009 press conference, DHS, DOJ, ATF, “everybody involved,” match up with Newell’s admission about which agencies came up with the idea for Fast and Furious in the first place, which included, as stated above, DEA, IRS, ATF, DHS, and the Obama DOJ.   
Source:  Town Hall
We ask again why aren't all of the MSM reporting about this and pushing for the answers?  Are they afraid the answers will lead direct to the Oval Office?  

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