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Fast and Furious Claims a Pair of Scalps

Filed under: General — Aaron Worthing @ 8:22 pm

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Via Fox News:

Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson has been reassigned to a lesser post in the Justice Department and the U.S. attorney for Arizona was also pushed out Tuesday as fallout from Operation Fast and Furious reached new heights.

Do read the whole thing, but watch what they do here (emphasis added):

U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke, one of the officials closely tied to Fast and Furious, is also a casualty in a shakeup tied to the botched gun-running program. Burke was on the hot seat last week with congressional investigators and, according to several sources, got physically sick during questioning and could not finish his session.

The purge of those responsible for the firearms trafficking scandal continued as new documents reveal a deeper involvement of federal agencies beyond ATF.

Ha-ha, very clever Mr. Lajeunesse!

It’s interesting that much of the press is getting “the vapors” at the thought that Rick Perry might be packing heat, but seems considerably less interested in the bad guys that were handed weapons by the United States government.

[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]

9 Responses to “Fast and Furious Claims a Pair of Scalps”

  1. I think as punishment for those clowns at the ATF and Justice we send them to Juarez to live for 3 months and publish their residence address in the local papers.
    That will cure them of their “problem solving” disease.

    S. Carter aka J-Z (049336)

  2. Melson is not a “scalp claimed” by F&F. On the contrary, he’s the victim of retaliation against a whistleblower. He defied his superiors’ orders not to testify before the Congressional committee, and he’s being punished for that defiance.

    Milhouse (ea66e3)

  3. I want to hear what was in the testimony that Burke was able to give last week before getting sick.

    Any links or was his testimony just to staff?

    daleyrocks (bf33e9)

  4. 2. Agree about the whistleblower. Someone higher up had their fingerprints on this fiasco. I doubt anyone will push too hard as there appears to be some bs sensitivity because Obama is black. Doubt Holder or Obama would face the music. And was it not a runaround way to take weapons away from American citizens? Plus the talk of a UN treaty allowing those scumwads to ignore our Bill of Rights. On the other hand, there seems to be another way to screw gun owners by making ammo very hard to acquire.

    Calypso Louie Farrakhan (2cc74c)

  5. F&F, as a Federal operation that cuts across jurisdictions within the Administration, and across International boundaries, had to have been signed off on at the very highest levels of the Administration, if not The Highest.
    Hello Eric, Hello Janet, Hello Hillary, Hello Barry!
    And, I think that an appearance before a Grand Jury by Mr. Gates, and Mr. Panetta is not unreasonable.

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks! (5a8b7e)

  6. Calypso,

    Don’t worry, reload. I reload 30-06 Springfield, 243 Winchester, .45 ACP, 10 MM Norma, 40 Smith & Wesson, 9 MM Lugar, 380 ACP and 38 Special.

    I reload for three reasons.

    1. My handloads are better than off the shelf cartridges. I use a single stage press and measure the weight of the powder charge with a balance beam scale to one tenth of a grain. (One pound = 7,000 grains.) Mass producers of ammo measure powder volume the which may be off by 10%. I shoot hundreds of rounds through a chronograph, optimizing charge, bullet weight, primer, over all length and crimp to obtain a standard deviation in muzzle velocity of less than 20 fps. I have fired commercial rounds that vary by 100 fps.

    2. My cartridges are either less expensive or much less expensive than commercial rounds. For example, 50 Winchester white box .45 ACP sells for $30, or 60¢ per trigger squeeze. A box of 250 Magnus .45 caliber bullets (projectiles) costs $42 or about 17¢ each. Primers are 3.5¢. Powder costs $25 per pound; I charge at 5.3 grains costs less than 1.8¢. 23¢ per round is the high end. If I cast my bullets out of wheel weights they cost me a penny. 6.3¢ much less expensive. It is cheaper for me to shoot my .45s than my .22s! If anyone wants to try it without making a large investment, just ask.

    3. My ammunition is beyond the control of the government. In my reloading building, I have 80 pounds of powder, 8,000 primers, 1,000 bullets and 15,000 pieces of brass. In the garage, where I do my casting, I have 600 pounds of wheel weights and another 8,000 primers.

    Every week I shoot at least 100 rounds. I’ll run out of heart beats before I run out of ammo.

    Arch (0baa7b)

  7. Gotta get those guns outta of the law abidings hand.

    DohBiden (d54602)

  8. “More Guns, Less Crime”

    Another Drew - Restore the Republic / Obama Sucks! (f8e76c)

  9. “Assigned to a lesser post”?! That project was so majorly idiotic that it should have resulted in a lot more than just a reassignment. I also find it hard to believe that the Attorney General became physically ill during questioning – aren’t lawyers supposed to have tougher skins than that? He must have been faking it to buy some time.


    CARiD (f1ec74)

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