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ATF acting director may resign over Fast and Furious program
cnn.com ^ | June 20, 2011 2:13 p.m. EDT | Terry Frieden, CNN

Posted on 06/20/2011 11:34:20 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Kenneth Melson is expected to resign from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS

NEW: The Chicago ATF field office head is to meet with Holder, sources say The sources say the resignation could occur in the coming days The operation allowed illegal gun purchases Some weapons ended up in the hands of Mexican cartels

Washington (CNN) -- Kenneth Melson, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, is expected to resign under pressure, perhaps in the next day or two, in the wake of the ongoing controversy over Operation Fast and Furious, two senior federal law enforcement sources said Monday.

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1 posted on 06/20/2011 11:34:23 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Let’s hope Issa does not stop with the ATF. This isn’t over yet.


2 posted on 06/20/2011 11:37:11 AM PDT by HollyB
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Holder is the one who should resign! This guy is the sacrificial lamb, isn’t he?!


3 posted on 06/20/2011 11:37:59 AM PDT by jacknhoo (Luke 12:51. Think ye, that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, no; but separation.)
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To: HollyB

Take Holder with ya...


4 posted on 06/20/2011 11:38:29 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Eh ?)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
Oh Oh, Holder is starting to throw people overboard. That is a sure sign that Issa has touched a nerve.
5 posted on 06/20/2011 11:40:11 AM PDT by oldbrowser (breitbart for a Pulitzer Prize)
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To: HollyB

I agree, this is far from over. This had to have been authorized by Holder himself, but I won’t hold my breath until he’s held accountable for anything.


6 posted on 06/20/2011 11:40:23 AM PDT by Bean Counter (Your what hurts??)
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To: jacknhoo

Yes he is. And WTH is with the he may resign in ‘the coming days.’ “Holder to meet with him.”Holder will tell him to shut the hell up and offer him cash or what?


7 posted on 06/20/2011 11:40:45 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

They want Andrew Traver to fill in as acting? Oh geez, he’s the Chicago ATF guy. Another Chicago guy in the administration, unbelievable.


8 posted on 06/20/2011 11:41:06 AM PDT by HollyB
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To: oldbrowser

Yep exactly!


9 posted on 06/20/2011 11:41:39 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Where’s my pension?


10 posted on 06/20/2011 11:45:03 AM PDT by Razzz42
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To: jacknhoo

This is only the beginning, they will get to Holder.


11 posted on 06/20/2011 11:45:19 AM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
The Nuremberg Defense, *I was just following orders* cannot stand and his resignation should not give him a pass.

The ATF director needs to be on the list for prosecution or extradition to Mexico.

12 posted on 06/20/2011 11:45:34 AM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: Deaf Smith

Soro’s must have sent out his DUmmy bloggers; there is actually a comment under the article saying “it is not corruption it was a botched operation.”

http://www.cnn.com/2011/POLITICS/06/20/us.fast.and.furious/


13 posted on 06/20/2011 11:47:47 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Smoke and Mirrors!

This is designed to distract from the real lynchpins — Obama and Holder.

Keep pressing, Issa!


14 posted on 06/20/2011 11:52:44 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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To: DarthVader
Oh I agree this is only the beginning.

One Fall Guy (ATF Chief) Not Good Enough for ‘Fast and Furious’ Fiasco

15 posted on 06/20/2011 11:53:15 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

“Botched” because it didn’t accomplish its goal of providing 0bama with an excuse to push through more gun control.

“Botched” because it didn’t accomplish its goal of denying that there is a crime problem on the border that would be solved with more enforcement.


16 posted on 06/20/2011 11:55:00 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

We want blood!! Feed them all to the lions, bears and alligators.

Check my tagline.


17 posted on 06/20/2011 11:55:39 AM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: HollyB

Exactly! We need to know how high up the chain this goes.


18 posted on 06/20/2011 11:55:47 AM PDT by JaguarXKE
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To: All; Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
Obviously this is someone being pushed under the bus to save the neck of someone higher up like Eric Holder.

Issa should not let up!

19 posted on 06/20/2011 11:56:04 AM PDT by newzjunkey (49% of CA registered voters would reelect Obama? I need out of this state.)
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To: MrB

20 posted on 06/20/2011 11:56:11 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

It just goes down to their [only] core beliefs:

Advancement of communism is a moral good.
Thwarting that advancement is evil.


21 posted on 06/20/2011 11:57:59 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
Not nearly good enough if this were the extent of it (which it probably won't be). What kind of disincentive is it if on the rare occasions they get caught AND get called on the carpet, they can make it go away by throwing a relatively minor figure under the bus? NONE, that's what kind. I'm not sure loss of position is enough, no matter HOW high it goes. If they conceived this plan to gin up evidence to then be used to fraudulently violate or limit our civil rights under color of law, they should be off to the pokey, not the unemployment office. And even THAT's letting them off easy.

There could BE no disincentive too harsh in a case like that.

22 posted on 06/20/2011 11:58:00 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

There is plenty of room under the bus. This is just the first sacrificial lamb. You can bet it came from higher than this to allow this fiasco. My bet is at least Holder.


23 posted on 06/20/2011 11:59:01 AM PDT by chuckles
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Good. Now slap his ass with a Subpeona and put him under oath in front of Issa’s committee.


24 posted on 06/20/2011 11:59:19 AM PDT by Lurker (The avalanche has begun. The pebbles no longer have a vote.)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

There should be enough information and evidence out for Mexico to issue indictments & arrest warrants for various ATF officials and the director.


25 posted on 06/20/2011 11:59:40 AM PDT by Deaf Smith
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To: JaguarXKE

All the way to Obama,Jarrett and his entire admin.Common sense prevails otherwise. Issa Promised the family Justice all around so the next move is a subpoena to Kenneth Melson whether he resigned or not.


26 posted on 06/20/2011 12:00:17 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
The Chicago ATF field office head is to meet with Holder, sources say...

Got to get their stories straight, huh...

"Yes, Congressman, that's my story and I'm sticking to it."

27 posted on 06/20/2011 12:04:10 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

In a few days don’t be surprised to find this guy on the missing person’s list, turning up in a parking garage somewhere in a few weeks.


28 posted on 06/20/2011 12:04:44 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

The only botched part of it is that it generated whistle blowers willing to tell the truth about it.

The cover up after the fact is the corruption.


29 posted on 06/20/2011 12:04:45 PM PDT by savedbygrace (But God.)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Hey. Weiner hasn’t resigned, either. No letter to Boehner. He just SAID he will resign.


30 posted on 06/20/2011 12:04:51 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Did Melman actually have responsibility for the plan, or is he just the scapegoat? Is he a Republican?


31 posted on 06/20/2011 12:05:27 PM PDT by American Quilter (Take back the White House and Senate in 2012--end the Obama Depression.)
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To: Zeppo

They want the head of the ATF in Chicago to head up the ATF after the resignation. They wanted him in before, but the repubs didn’t want him. So, they are finding a way to get their guy in one way or another. What do they say about not letting a crises go to waste. How ya like that one?


32 posted on 06/20/2011 12:08:48 PM PDT by HollyB
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33 posted on 06/20/2011 12:08:51 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: HollyB
They want the head of the ATF in Chicago to head up the ATF after the resignation. They wanted him in before, but the repubs didn’t want him. So, they are finding a way to get their guy in one way or another. What do they say about not letting a crises go to waste. How ya like that one?

Nah, doesn't it require Senate approval? Just let this guy resign and don't confirm the replacement. Who cares if the JBT department can't function? They shouldn't be anyway. If The Won can come up with an acceptable replacement, then fine. No reason to be too accommodating, THEY'RE the ones that want the department to exist in the first place.

34 posted on 06/20/2011 12:14:31 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: savedbygrace

It’s pretty corrupt that they would use this plan as a means and cover for their anti gun laws. They were spouting off how 90% of guns in Mexico came from the US just before this operation started. They told dealers to sell the guns, told the agents to let them go over the border when they wanted to stop the trucks. They knew people would be killed, why...so they could tally numbers and say they were from illegal gun purchases and tighten control. That alone is corruption. Their lies and cover up is more corruption.


35 posted on 06/20/2011 12:14:49 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: Lee'sGhost

Issa will get to “Black Panther” Holder, and to the Moslem-In-Chief, Omoslem.

The whole cabal of dirty moslem commies will tumble from their magic carpet, one way or another.


36 posted on 06/20/2011 12:21:09 PM PDT by LyinLibs (All moslems are somewhere on the killing-you spectrum)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Yeah never mind who gave him the order.


37 posted on 06/20/2011 12:23:50 PM PDT by Sprite518
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

ATF Acting Director Kenneth E. Melson

Kenneth E. Melson was named as Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives by President Obama. He assumed the post on April 12, 2009.

Most recently, Mr. Melson served as the Director of the Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, where he was responsible for administrative oversight of the 94 U.S. Attorneys Offices and for liaison between the U.S. Attorneys and other Federal agencies and Department of Justice (DOJ) components.

Mr. Melson is a graduate of the National Law Center at The George Washington University. After serving as a state prosecutor in Arlington County, Virginia, he joined the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia in 1983, becoming the First Assistant United States Attorney in 1986.

Mr. Melson is a co-chair of the Subcommittee on Forensic Science, Committee on Science of the National Science and Technology Council within the Executive Office of the President. He is a Past President of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences (AAFS) and in 2006, became Chair of the Council of Scientific Society Presidents. He currently represents DOJ as a board member of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB), serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Forensic Sciences, on the Ethics Committee for the AAFS, and on the Advisory Council of the National Clearinghouse for Science, Technology and the Law at Stetson University College of Law.

Mr. Melson has been an adjunct professor at The George Washington University for over 30 years, teaching law and forensic science courses at both the law school and the Department of Forensic Sciences, and publishes in both scientific texts and legal journals.

38 posted on 06/20/2011 12:24:05 PM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: American Quilter
http://www.atf.gov/about/executive-staff/

No operation of this magnitude happens without Napolitano,Holder,Clinton,Obama knowing.

The US State Department ‘owns’ a piece of legislation known as the Export Control Act

39 posted on 06/20/2011 12:25:23 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Still Thinking

As soon as they find a landing zone with a muzzle on him, the bus will move out of the basement and take him out.


40 posted on 06/20/2011 12:30:42 PM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: Mouton

The whistle blowers are in protective custody I am sure so maybe this Melson guy needs to be as well?


41 posted on 06/20/2011 12:33:15 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Nachum

Let the falling dominoes continue to fall. Hopefully Melson will tell all he knows. These fiends not only need to be fired - all the way to the top - but face serious charges and receieve serious prison sentences.


42 posted on 06/20/2011 12:33:42 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. CSLewis)
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To: HollyB
They were spouting off how 90% of guns in Mexico came from the US just before this operation started.

Interesting "coincidence", huh?
43 posted on 06/20/2011 12:35:56 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
From the Washington Examiner, Don't make Melson a Fast and Furious scapegoat

............"That Melson should be removed is obvious, as should other senior ATF officials in Washington and in the field. But Gunwalker could not have gone as far as it did without the approval of senior Justice Department officials, including Attorney General Eric Holder, which is why The Washington Examiner last week called for Holder's resignation. Holder should have stopped the program as soon as he found out about it if he was aware of it. And if he didn't know such an outrage was being perpetrated on his watch, he clearly isn't up to the job of managing the Justice Department."..............
44 posted on 06/20/2011 12:39:16 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Not good enough. Melson and everyone in the chain of command should stand trial as accessories to murder.


45 posted on 06/20/2011 12:43:35 PM PDT by sjmjax (Politicans are like bananas - they start out green, turn yellow, then rot.)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
The operation allowed illegal gun purchases Some weapons ended up in the hands of Mexican cartels

That makes it sound like some unintended consequence, when in fact that was the whole purpose of the program.

46 posted on 06/20/2011 12:43:35 PM PDT by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ Þ)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

RESIGN!!Howsabout some jail time?


47 posted on 06/20/2011 12:45:09 PM PDT by mo ("If you understand, no explanation is needed; if you do not, no explanation is possible")
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To: BykrBayb

Yeah, they were illegal gun purchases and export...how is this not a violation of the arms export control act? Weapons were going to terrorists which is one of the tenets of the act. Of course the pissadent could have made a finding it was not a violation. Maybe someone should ask him about that on his twitter account.


48 posted on 06/20/2011 12:46:52 PM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: Girlene

Sad thing is they probably still haven’t stopped the program as the Assistant AG under Holder was asked under oath if the program was still on going and he said “I DON’T KNOW.”

Obama Holder Napolitano and Clinton can’t say it was a classified operation as th Assistant AG led to believe under oath as if it was and we are missing something to explain this that is classified they would not be firing Melson.They just dropped their hand again.(As Assistant AG did under sworn testimony when he said the executive branch.)


49 posted on 06/20/2011 12:49:31 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Mouton

LOL I needed that laugh. Obama has a twitter?


50 posted on 06/20/2011 12:51:27 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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