Heads Should Roll

Melson's Head Won't Do

Gun running should cast a cloud over any administration. It did during the IranContra affair that was uncovered during the Reagan administration and some heads rolled. That seems like a kitten compared to the news htting the presses over "Operation Fast And Furious" and its sister operation code named "Project Gun Runner." Yes it has a sister and close companion. I reported back when on "Project Run Runner" which you can find at the link at the bottom of this article.

It is being reported that Kenneth Melson, the acting head of ATF, will resign later this week. I reckon he'll join the long line of people in the unemployment line. No offense meant to the unemployed. So Obama, being fast and furious himself, seems to be willing to throw Kenneth under the bus. It seems to be getting quite crowded under there.

Now Obama did "man up" and state that the operation was flawed. The art of understatement seems to be his art. In his own words back in March, "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 someone accountable." Heck yeah! I said that after the results of the 2008 Presidential election. When he said that, and that he had no knowledge of any of it, I knew he was grabbing the bus keys to go warm up the engine.

The complexity of the two operations was simple. The ATF, under the auspices of the Department of Justice, was allowing "straw buyers" (read: gun smugglers) to buy firearms this side of the border by pressuring gun shop owners to cooperate and then track them as they proceeded to the border or safe houses. When they reached the border, rather than collaring the smugglers, they allowed them to grow feet and keep walking south of the border. How utterly stupid. It wasn't a serious mistake as Obama contended, it was down right stupid.

How stupid you ask? So far the guns have been used in at least 150 shootings; the ATF has lost track of two-thirds of the weapons they allowed to walk; and a federal border patrol agent lays dead, gun downed in cold blood. The guns that were found on the scene of the murder were traced back to these operations. This all started to come to the surface when Agent Brian Terry was gunned down back in December. His parents have been more than a bit upset and have been demanding justice and have been met with what appears to be a coverup.

So where does the buck stop? Obama knew nothing about it, Attorney General Holder knew nothing about it, supposedly Kenneth Melson knew nothing about it. According to the video at the link below (Gun Running Gone Haywire) Janet Napolitano, the DHS bobble head, hadn't a clue. Now in her case, I have to believe that she didn't know as she is as clueless as a blind person taking a Rorschach test. The buck needs to stop higher than Melson though. He's being made a sacrificial lamb, and I'm about to tell you why.

Those weren't squirt guns that had feet. They were of the heavier armament type. Assault rifles and 50 caliber sniper rifles. The arsenal was heavy and the numbers were in the thousands. Now it seems nobody knows nothing about nothing and who actually authorized any operation of that magnitude to be authorized in the first place? That line and a buck fifty will get you a cup of coffee.

As far back as January of this year Senator Grassley got stonewalled by Eric Holder and his minions when he subpoenaed any, and all, documents from the DOJ. Holder cloaked his refusal under the "on going investigation" humma-humma. Grassley is calling for an independent investigation now. Gee, I wonder why? Is it that he doesn't trust Eric Holder? Gee, I wonder why again? Holder's head needs to roll right along with Melson's Obama needs to throw his buddy, Eric, under the bus with the rest of the people lying there waiting for more company.

Representative Issa, R-CA, has been conducting hearing into the whole fiasco and I'm not sure Melson's head alone will suffice either. Issa is a bit pissed with a dash of miffed. Appeasement is an art and he might not be so angry over this whole affair if the White House was providing even a little bit of cooperation with these operations and others investigations that are being conducted by the House Oversight Committee. During the first two years of this administration, under the Democratic House, there wasn't much oversight of anything going on and I'm glad to see some appear.

For weeks on end Holder and Melson threw up the stone wall. I don't understand why unless dirt was being swept under the carpet at the DOJ again. When the subpoenaed documents were finally released by the DOJ they had been heavily redacted. If the word is new to you it means: "to obsure or remove (test) from a document prior to publication or release." So after the constant stone walling they went the white-out route. So why not rub salt in Issa's wound Holder?

Now here's some hubris if I've ever seen any. Assistant AG Ron Weich pleaded with the committe members that the DOJ was indeed cooperating and trying so hard to provide the committee what they were requesting. Issa's reaction? He held up a white piece on paper and on that stark whiteness was a large box of blackness where text had been removed.

Was Issa mad? Here's how he dressed Weich down for pulling such stunts when Agent Terry was a victim of stupidity. He said, “You should be ashamed of yourself. It doesn’t take so long if you don’t spend your life redacting it. The pages go on like this forever. You’ve given us black paper instead of white paper. You might as well have given us a ream still in its original binder. How dare you make an opening statement of cooperation.”

So here's what I'm thinking. Darrell Issa will now go gunning for Weich and Holder for pulling another stupid stunt to cover up the first stupid stunt. In my humble opinion both of those two individuals should join Melson under the bus. Grab the hydraulic lift Obama, you need to make some more room under the bus. And rightfully so. Hasn't anything been learned since Watergate about the art of "not stone walling" and just telling the truth? Oh, I forgot. I'm expecting too much from the Obama administration in that regard.

Have a wonderful day. I can guarantee you that Agent Brian Terry's parents will not be.

The Frog Prince

Excellent Reporting On This Issue. Listen to Holder closely.

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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Great job putting this together. It will be interesting to see who all goes under the bus as a result of this investigation. I can imagine some of those at the top will skate away free and clean as a whistle, but that is to be expected. Please keep this on the front burner and keep us up to speed on what is happening with this investigation. Heads need to roll, let's just hope it is the heads of those really responsible.

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breakfastpop 5 years ago

Fabulous piece Frog,

I suggest that Obama make some room under that bus for Napolitano and himself. Being clueless can't be acceptable. Up useful and awesome.

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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Thanks Frog for the info on this one. Its getting harder to blame the Texas gun dealers for supplying the cartels after something like this comes out, white-out or not.. Wonder if it was more some kind of plan rather than stupidity though? We'll see whose heads go under the bus.

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

OP - This and Boeing I am tracking closely.

Alastar - I'm not a conspiracy theorist but it seem odd that Obama has been crowing that the majority of the weapons in Mexico are coming from our side of the border. Of course they are. This administration is escorting them across.

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tony0724 5 years ago from san diego calif

Froggy it seems to me that since Feinstein and Schumer have been on a crusade to assault the 2nd amendment they needed some ammunition to justify removing guns from the citizenryby pointing out how all these guns are in the hands of the cartels. I think Brian Terry was an unintended consequence of this botched operation. And had he not been killed this would never have been brought to light by the ATF agent who blew the whistle. I have wanted Holder in jail since he first arrived in Washington. Hard to believe Bush was the guy who appointed him to an office first !

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

tony - He was the Assistant AG under Bill Clinton. He was the vessel that allowed Marc Rich, a convicted fugitive, in Clinton granting Rich amnesty. I have an amazing memory for corrupt people.

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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Well done. Being down here in southern Arizona I'm very sensetive about this thing of course. The bus picture is cool. I'm just hoping they get everyone under it before someone gets the bright idea of trying some F-18 Super Hornet running, or perhaps some nice weapons grade uranium running.

These clowns make me sick. Thanks for reporting Frog.


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Mary Contrary 5 years ago from Columbus, OH

I don't recall anyone dying because of Watergate. Hello Woodward and Berstein! If it weren't for Colderone, no one would be thrown under the bus, because Obama doesn't care how many Americans die,but he sure doesn't want to look bad in the eyes of the rest of the world. I sure haven't heard any late night talk show hosts mentioning this bit of news.

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Amy Becherer 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

This is the very kind of thing that no matter who objects, even those in authority, cannot derail ill-conceived, renegade, idiotic ideas that our leaders continue to follow and defend despite dire consequences...even at the expense of an American defending our borders. No amount of letters from the public will even make a dent in their thick skulls. I'm convinced that stupidity is not the issue...its an agenda, that somewhere down the line, is self-serving. I cannot believe that anyone is so stupid they would believe this could end up any less than disasterous. Remember, those calling the shots are known liars.

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Amy - I agree with everything you said except for the "no amount" of letters part. You see, before people started paying attention the idiots on Capitol Hill took it for granted that no one was watching. I term it as being apathetic.

I can tell you from personal experience that hammering them with letters does have an effect. We need to get on them and stay on them. You have Claire McCaskill out there coming up for reelection and she is scared to death about losing her seat. She is terrified about losing that comfy seat. I'd be riding her hard like a bucking bronco and then put her up wet.

We can't just ignore them like in the past. That is what they want us to do.

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b. Malin 5 years ago

The Biggest Mistake was Obama being Elected President...The rest is just Water Under the Bridge...No Experience, and No Mind to Learn...And a Mind is a Terrible thing to Waste. But as Usual You Froggy keep our Minds so well informed and Sharp to the latest Administrative Blunder!

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

b. malin

I've been writing to my 2 Senators today calling for three resignations being generated by applying tremendous heat - Holder, Weich and Melson.

I started writing about this when it came down and I see what Holder & Company have been doing to stone wall this investigation. I know dirty when I see dirty.

Holder has always been corrupt and dirty. That was known when they gave him a free pass to become the AG. Then he dismisses the case against the two Back Panthers caught on video in Philadelphia outside a polling place intimidating voters in uniforms and night sticks.

Now we have suffered the loss of an American patriot doing his duty along our southern border because of stupidity. It was again stupidity on Holder's watch. We need a solid effective attorney general, not someone who believes he is above the law like his boss, Obama, has been setting such a fine example for him to follow.

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Ghost32 5 years ago

Great work, Frog.

Anyone in a position of decision-making authority on this would should not only be thrown under the bus but should also be tried for treason. At least, I don't know any other word for it when guns are illegally purchased to be handed over to foreign invaders so said invaders can use them to kill American citizens.

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Ghost - This is another shining example of the corruption that permeates the Obama administration. This seems to be going a bit too far though IMHO.

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Stu From VT 5 years ago

Hi Frog,

It is very clear that the ATF had ulterior motives here (creating a panic mode to convice the Senate to ratify the UN Small Arms Treaty, as well as claim they are understaffed to justify a bigger appropriation from the House). And I agree that more than Melson's head should roll. Holder's stonewalling and intimidation of witnesses suggests he's in this up to his eyeballs. Further, Holder would never involve himself in something like this unless the president either approved the scheme from the start, or at least supported it after it started.

This is the equivalent of a CIA "black op," plus a cover-up to boot. What's truly amazing here is that the BATFE does not even have a legal right to exist. The Constitution limits federal powers to those enumerated on its behalf. Nowhere in the Constitution is the federal government granted any power to regulate alcohol, tobacco, firearms, or explosives.

By sanctioning and encouraging the illegal firearm sales, literally thousands of firearms ended up in the hands of violent Mexican drug cartels. At least two American law enforcement agents have been killed, one Mexican military helicopter has been shot down, and over 100 Mexican officers have been killed or wounded. And that’s not counting the added crime that will come in the future as a result of this insane "operation."

Perhaps I am being hyperbolic, but in my opinion the decision makers, as well as those on the ground that implemented the operation and knew it was illegal, should be charged with second degree murder by depraved indifference to human life. I would go right to the top, including Obama himself if evidence proves he is culpable. These guys don't deserve "censure" or "early retirement;" they deserve JAIL.


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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Ghost and Stu - Neither one of you will get an argument out of me.

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Stu From VT 5 years ago

Frog, let's pretend Operation Gunwalker remained under wraps. And alot of US citizens got killed by the extra guns. You would think that would encourage the feds to LOOSEN restrictions on citizen firearms ownership. But apparantly, the Obama administration thinks it would encourage the Senate to ratify tightening them. And given the liberal Senate we've got, he's probably right. While it's true that GOP's and centrist Democrats have a numerical majority in the Senate, the Senate is really controlled by liberal and socialist members, since they chair most of the major committees, and thus control how legislation is summarized and positioned.

A really scary thing with the UN Small Arms Treaty is that Obie actually gets two shots at it. If he goes the formal treaty route, he'll need 2/3 of the Senate to ratify. If this fails, he can still submit the legislation as a standard domestic bill, and get it passed if a simple majority of the House and Senate support it. Don't count on the House striking it down; treaties are considered a matter of national prestige, and even GOP's may be politically afraid of fighting it. It's analagous to Supreme Court nominations; they rarely fail the ratification process, no matter how bad the candidate is. Congress is afraid to strike down all but the most objectionable candidates because it impinges on national prestige. My guess, and I know you're going to hate to hear this, is that the UN Small Arms Treaty will be passed. Many states will enact nullification laws (sovereignty acts) on Second Amendment grounds to blunt it. Also, I strongly suspect lawsuits (combination injunctions and petitions to vacate) will be filed in federal District Courts and/or the SCOTUS.

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dahoglund 5 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

I used to be so trusting of the government. Now I wonder why.

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

dahoglund - Many of us were in the same "trust" boat. Then the sh*t hit the fan. Some folks still have those blinders in place.

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TimBryce 5 years ago

Regretably so.

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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Now this will probably shock you, but I am a proud member of the NRA. I receive the magazine that arrives monthly with this membership, and the July issue covers this subject in detail. The good news is the NRA wants Holder to resign, and they do have some clout. I would encourage everyone to join and support the NRA even if they don't even own a gun. The NRA is more about rights than guns.

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marcoujor 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA


I feel like sobbing honestly. The crux of this to me is the example of the loss that Agent Brian Terry's parents have experienced. These jerks will never experience that grief, ever. Voted UP & UA.

Old Poolman, I believe you. I know all too well that a gun in the right hands for the right reason is completely different from the victimization and crime that is rampant today. I know the NRA is trying to make it better and safer for us.

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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

Little frog: Some are theorizing that operation "Fast and Furious " was just a dumb attempt to rachet up support for gun control. Personally I think it's time for all of us to make sure we are armed. I'm gunna git me a gun :)

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Lizzee - I recommend that if you do that you contact your local gun shop owner about where the classes are held to teach you how to handle one if you don't already know how already.

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Harlan Colt 5 years ago from the Rocky Mountains

I have been a member of the NRA for many years, and while they are good people and effective, I find the Second Amendment Foundation more aggressive. I have been disappointed in LaPierre on more than one occasion, but not so far as to disassociate myself. I support both groups.

Also I wrote a longer more detailed response to the hub, but when I hit post it mysteriously disappeared. Maybe I tossed out too many banned buzz words and generated emergency censorship red flags to the hubpages police.

Who knows.

- Harlan

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Harlan - I had a problem when the NRA supported Harry Reid for reelection this last cycle.

34th Bomb Group 5 years ago

To the best of my recollection, it was Harry S Truman who had a little sign on his desk: "THE BUCK STOPS HERE."

If ANY of my cases went South - it WAS my fault - whether I could point to the person who caused the problem or not. ME, as the titular head of the operation was the one on the carpet - not some nameless cop from any one of our many law enforcement agencies.

I learned fast (although I have always acted this way-must have been the old man) if I made a mistake-get out in front of it and take the grief. Apologize and get over it.

Anyone who says they've never made a mistake is lying.

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Stu From VT 5 years ago


Operation Gunwalker had two purposes:

(1) Create an atmosphere of "gun terror" to convince the Senate to ratify the UN Small Arms Treaty (as you say, ratchet up gun control).

(2) Give the ATF an oppurtunity to say "we're understaffed" due to the increase in gun related violence from the Mexican drug gangs, and justify a funding increase from the House (higher pay and more agents).

Apparently the admin thinks law abiding American citizens are not trustworthy enough to own firearms, but there's nothing to worry about if Mexican drug gangs have thousands more assault rifles. I feel safer already.

FY 2010 ATF budget: $1.12 billion

Can you imagine how much safer we'd be if they had more money?


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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Stu, simple math tells me if we doubled that to $2.24 billion we would be twice as safe? Is there a flaw in my theory?

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Stu From VT 5 years ago

OP - No, you're exactly right. Maybe it should be $1 trillion. Or $1 quadrillion. You can never be too safe.

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Old Poolman 5 years ago from Rural Arizona

Darn good idea Stu. I like the way you think.

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

OP and Stu - I have a better idea. Defund then abolish the ATF. Works for me.

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Stu From VT 5 years ago

"Defund then abolish the ATF." - Exactly - it regulates things the federal government has no enumerated power to govern. In fact it even violates the Second Amendment by limiting citizen arms to a level below that of the federal police (e.g., citizens can't own fully automatic machine guns, armor piercing bullets, etc.). The DOI explicitly states that when federal tyranny has become excessive, and all peaceful means of redress fail, then citizen abolition and replacement of federal government is legal. Thomas Jefferson amplified on this citizen right by saying "No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms. The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government." In other words, the citizen abolition and replacement of federal government may legally be performed using armed force. It is thus axiomatic that no armament permitted in respect of the federal police may be denied the citizens, as a proper DOI inspired revolt would necessitate a battle with the federal police.

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX Author

Stu - The Founding Fathers, since they had to live under tyranny, understood it and what is necessary to deal with it. Over the course of history we have continually seen that one of the first moves any tyrants makes is to disarm the people.

But a tyrant sure shouldn't be arming the drug cartels and gangs down in Mexico.

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Stu From VT 5 years ago

Frog, correct on all points. I think the crazy idea was to brainwash the Senate into thinking "guns are bad" by suddenly "discovering through intelligence" that the gangs had alot more guns than were originally thought, so the UN Small Arms Treaty would be ratified by the Senate, and the ATF would have a pretext to ask for more funding from the House (more staff and fatter salaries). I'm writing a scathing letter to the "triumverate" this morning; I'll copy you on it.


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Harvey Stelman 5 years ago from Illinois

Froggy, Very nicely done, but Obama just got a loner bus.Oh the humanity! H

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