Posted on Susan Jones-On June 21, 2011:

( – Amid reports that Kenneth Melson will be forced to resign as acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a Republican congressman says “he should” lose his job. 

Melson “was part of the bad judgment” ATF exhibited in allowing guns to be sold in the U.S. to people acting on behalf of Mexican criminals, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) told Fox & Friends Tuesday morning.

But the bad judgment attached to ATF’s “Operation Fast and Furious” goes higher than Melson, Issa said:

Attorney General Eric Holder “should have known – I believe it was his obligation to know” what was going on at ATF, Issa said. Holder wasn’t doing his job properly if he didn’t know, the congressman added.

The ATF intended to track the guns sold to straw purchasers in the U.S. to find out where in Mexico they were going, but the ATF lost track of the weapons.

The guns that were sold in the U.S. didn’t necessarily go to Mexico, Issa said. Two ended up in Arizona, at the place where U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was shot and killed in December.

The botched mission “did sort of develop at ATF,” Issa said on Tuesday, but higher-ups in the U.S. Justice Department had to know about it – all the way up to Lanny Breuer at least, he said. Breuer is the assistant attorney general in the Justice Department’s Criminal Division.

Issa also noted that a federal judge had to sign off on wiretaps used as part of the ATF operation.

Issa indicated that even if Melson does resign, people at the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Justice Department must be held accountable.

Issa chairs the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which held hearings on Operation Fast and Furious last week. He recently told that he believes the Justice Department is covering up information relevant to the congressional investigation.”


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I.  Acting ATF Director to Resign Over Gun-Buying Sting!

Posted on Martin Gould-On June 20, 2011:

Kenneth Melson, the acting director of the Bureau of Tobacco, Alcohol and Firearms (ATF), is expected to step down in the wake of the “Fast and Furious” gun-running scheme in which weapons were sold to Mexico’s drug cartels.

Melson, who has been acting director since April 2009, is likely to resign within the next couple of days, says CNN.

Attorney General Eric Holder is to meet with Andrew Traver, head of the ATF field office in Chicago on Tuesday, about replacing Melson, the network says.

Under Operation Fast and Furious and its sister program Project Gunrunner, about 2,000 weapons were sold to so-called straw buyers, who in turn sold them to the cartels. The idea was that it would allow the ATF to trace the weapons and discover who was selling them down the line.

But the plan went disastrously wrong and the weapons have been used in at least 150 shootings. The ATF now admits it lost track of two-thirds of the guns.

The controversy came to a head in December when Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered in Arizona and two weapons discovered at the scene were found to have been part of Project Gunrunner.

President Barack Obama has acknowledged that the plan was flawed. “There may be a situation here in which a serious mistake was made. If that’s the case then we’ll find out and we’ll hold somebody accountable,” he said in March.

Obama said he had no prior knowledge of the operation.

Last week, Iowa Republican Sen. Charles Grassley called for an independent investigation into the operation and called for heads to roll.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said the operation “looks an awful lot like Iran-Contra,” the scandal that put a shadow over Ronald Reagan’s presidency, during congressional hearings he chaired.

During those hearings, John Casa, an agent at the ATF’s Phoenix Field office called the program “a colossal failure of leadership.” He said every time there was a shooting in Arizona, including the one that killed six and seriously injured Democratic U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, agents worried that guns from the operations could have been involved.

“This happened time and time again,” he testified.

Another agent, John Dodson, told lawmakers, “I cannot begin to think of how the risk of letting guns fall into the hands of known criminals could possibly advance any legitimate law enforcement interest. I hope the committee will receive a better explanation than I.”


II. Issa: DOJ Claims Are 'Outright Lie'!-Posted on Jim Meyers-On June 23, 2011:

III. ‘Gunrunner’ Whistleblower Vince Cefalu Speaks!-Posed on Pajamas Media-By Patrick Richardson-On June 24, 2011:

IV. Is Project Gunrunner Gun Control Chicago-Style?-Posted on Floyd Reports-By Guest Writer-On June 20, 2011:

V. Issa: DOJ Covering Up on Mexican Gun-Running Scandal!-Posted on Fred Lucas-On June 17, 2011:

VI.  Video: DOJ Covering Up on Mexican Gun-Running Scandal!

VII.  Video: Issa, Obama’s Holding No One Accountable for Fast & Furious!

VIII. Obama Eyeing Anti-Gun Backer to Run ATF!-Posted on Newsmax Wires-On June 20, 2011:

IX. Democrat Says Obama Not Showing 'Leadership' on Gun Control!-Posted on ERICA WERNER, Associated Press-On June 20, 2011:

Note:  My following blog posts contain numerous articles and/or blog posts and videos that relate to this disturbing issue-You Decide:

Did ATF provide weapons to Mexican drug cartels that were subsequently used to kill one of our own?

What is the true intent of the UN Small Arms Treaty?

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