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Gunwalker Cover-Up Accelerates: Ken Melson Reassigned
Pajamas Media ^ | August 31, 2011 | Patrick Richardson

Posted on 08/31/2011 9:51:38 AM PDT by Kaslin

ATF whistleblower Vince Cefalu tells PJMedia: "It's no secret that they're cleaning house."

The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Acting Director Ken Melson, who has been linked to Operation Fast and Furious which allowed thousands of military-style weapons across the border into Mexico, is stepping down to take a position in the Department of Justice:

Kenneth E. Melson, who has faced heavy criticism in connection with the gun-trafficking investigation, announced Tuesday that he is stepping down as acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Also resigning is Dennis Burke, the U.S. attorney in Phoenix whose office oversaw the Fast and Furious program, in which ATF agents purposely allowed weapons to be illegally purchased in the hope of catching Mexican drug cartel leaders.

According to CBS News, Melson will become a senior advisor on forensic science in the DOJ’s Office of Legal Programs.

The move is suspect at best, given that Melson gave secret testimony about who knew what and when within DOJ, and included Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer.

ATF Special Agent Vince Cefalu, one of the original whistleblowers on the case, believes it’s motivated by a “cover your ass” attitude on the part of Holder. Cefalu notes Melson is a “lab rat” and believes he should never have been put in charge of ATF in the first place:

I think everything we said all along has been proven to be true. It’s no secret that they’re cleaning house.

Cefalu thinks Holder asked Melson what job he wanted in return for his silence:

You don’t think they gave him that for his stellar performance at ATF, do you?

Melson reportedly watched some of the straw purchases in Arizona live via webcam in his office.

Despite the fact that Dennis Burke’s resignation letter cited everything but Fast and Furious as his reason for stepping down, sources within ATF tell PJMedia he was forced to resign because he’d thrown Melson and Holder under the bus on Operation Fast and Furious. According to Fox News:

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.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which has been investigating the case, responded to the moves by Justice:

While the reckless disregard for safety that took place in Operation Fast and Furious certainly merits changes within the Department of Justice, the Oversight and Government Reform Committee will continue its investigation to ensure that blame isn’t offloaded on just a few individuals for a matter that involved much higher levels of the Justice Department. There are still many questions to be answered about what happened in Operation Fast and Furious and who else bears responsibility, but these changes are warranted and offer an opportunity for the Justice Department to explain the role other officials and offices played in the infamous efforts to allow weapons to flow to Mexican drug cartels. I also remain very concerned by Acting Director Melson’s statement that the Department of Justice is managing its response in a manner intended to protect its political appointees. Senator Grassley and I will continue to press the Department of Justice for answers in order to ensure that a reckless effort like Fast and Furious does not take place again.

In addition to Melson’s reassignment, several others have been reassigned as well. Fox News reports:

In Phoenix, Assistant U.S. Attorney Emory Hurley, who oversaw Fast and Furious on a day-to-day basis, was reassigned from the criminal to civil division. Also in Phoenix, three out of the four whistleblowers involved in the case have been reassigned to new positions outside Arizona. Two are headed to Florida, one to South Carolina.

Hurley’s reassignment came after three ATF supervisors responsible for the operation were promoted. William G. McMahon, a former deputy director of operations, took over the Office of Professional Responsibility. Field supervisors William D. Newell and David Voth also moved up despite heavy criticism.

Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) was unamused:

Instead of reassigning those responsible for “Fast and Furious” within the Department of Justice, Attorney General Holder should ask for their resignations and come clean on all alleged gun-walking operations, including a detailed response to allegations of a Texas-based scheme.

The new acting ATF director will be U.S. Attorney for Minnesota Todd Jones, who is supposed to be an outsider. However, information obtained by PJMedia contributor Bob Owens at Confederate Yankee indicates that may not be quite the case. In fact, Jones may have ties to Fast and Furious himself:

Jones was appointed to chair the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee back in August of 2009, and was briefed in Gunwalker.

According to Senator Charles Grassley’s June 15, 2011 congressional testimony attachment 4, the chair of AGAC (Jones) was a member of the Southwest Border Strategy Group and attended at least one briefing on Fast and Furious in October 2009.

It’s fairly clear the real cover-up has started. The mid- to upper-level officials who could conceivably hurt the people at the top are being moved out or given promotions in order to keep them quiet.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: banglist

1 posted on 08/31/2011 9:51:42 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Gunwalker should be brought up in the Reopublican Debates!


2 posted on 08/31/2011 9:54:51 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: Kaslin

if the pubies had balls,

they’d pursue this up the ladder.


3 posted on 08/31/2011 9:56:13 AM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: ken21
There's probably no statute of limitations on international gunrunning so these guys can be picked up and prosecuted by the next administration.

Still, maybe someone could check that out. i'm not all that familiar with that body of law.

4 posted on 08/31/2011 10:01:14 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: ken21
Are you kidding? Republicans pursuing something illegal in the nobama administration? After what happened to the in the Clinton impeachment? Not likely!
Color the Gun Walker “scandal” Going, Going, Gone by next August at the latest.
5 posted on 08/31/2011 10:01:42 AM PDT by Tupelo ( 2012 TEA PARTYER but no longer a Republican)
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To: Kaslin

Pardon me if I’m a bit naive,
but even if they’ve been reassigned, why wouldn’t they still be able to testify?


6 posted on 08/31/2011 10:03:33 AM PDT by kidd (S&P gives Obama an 'AA+'...Obama's only published grade)
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To: Kaslin

What did Holder know and when did he know it? What did Obama know and when did he know it?


7 posted on 08/31/2011 10:04:59 AM PDT by JrsyJack (a healthy dose of buckshot will probably get you the last word in any argument.)
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To: vette6387; MetaThought; 60Gunner; XHogPilot; FreedomPoster; Josephat; Prince of Space; ...

8 posted on 08/31/2011 10:05:26 AM PDT by MestaMachine (Id imperfectum manet dum confectum erit.)
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To: Kaslin

They’re keeping him on the payroll so employment rules require he keep his mouth shut. Same with ALL of the others reassigned.


9 posted on 08/31/2011 10:06:23 AM PDT by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: muawiyah

don’t hold your breath!

when have the pubie party pursued the socialists as they pursue the losers?


10 posted on 08/31/2011 10:06:34 AM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: ken21

Issa & Coburn are armed and ready.
They have sources by which they can evaluate the lies coming from the AG’s office.
Holder MUST have known the details and given Obama’s statements about keeping their gun control efforts “under the radar” HE likely knew.
Holder will be gone by February.


11 posted on 08/31/2011 10:16:16 AM PDT by G Larry (I dream of a day when a man is judged by the content of his character)
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To: Tupelo

That was all Bush’s “new tone” B.S. I think President Palin should appoint a “czar” to look into this mess. I’m sure Ann Coulter would be glad to do it, and since Obama set the precedent for czars, she wouldn’t have any kind of messy appointment hearings.
BTW the only reason I mentioned Palin is because I don’t think any of the men running have the balls to do that. Not even Perry, considering his immigration policy.


12 posted on 08/31/2011 10:17:44 AM PDT by chae (I was anti-Obama before it was cool)
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To: JrsyJack
What did Obama know and when did he know it?

Obama knew when he thought it up. This is so stupid it has a Community Organizer's finger prints all over it.

13 posted on 08/31/2011 10:19:11 AM PDT by politicianslie (Democrats are COMMUNIST, Repubs are SOCIALIST, and Barry's a Muslim manipulating USEFUL RINO IDIOTS)
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To: ken21
if the pubies had balls, they’d pursue this up the ladder.

If the MSM loved this country, the administration would have already been destroyed. Stupid sheeple.

14 posted on 08/31/2011 10:38:44 AM PDT by houeto
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To: Kaslin
We are all witnessing the core of the problem... NO ONE DOES ANYTHING OF CONSEQUENCE TO THWART THESE EVENTS.
15 posted on 08/31/2011 10:43:49 AM PDT by VideoDoctor
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To: Kaslin
>"the reckless disregard for safety"

Not to mention an outright act of WAR against Mexico!

16 posted on 08/31/2011 11:25:00 AM PDT by rawcatslyentist (It is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; ~Vattel's Law of Nations)
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To: Kaslin

The more they cover up, the more they indicate that this was not an operation that went bad, but a criminal enterprise that reaches to the highest office’s in the land.


17 posted on 08/31/2011 11:26:07 AM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: G Larry

i think so.


18 posted on 08/31/2011 11:54:47 AM PDT by ken21 (ruling class dem + rino progressives -- destroying america for 150 years.)
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To: Kaslin

Witness tampering bump.


19 posted on 08/31/2011 2:25:16 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: Kaslin

Doing nothing is tacit consent.

“Insult leads to injury.” Really

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrUB0g8Vjgg&feature=artistob&playnext=1&list=TLMAER6gDltFE


20 posted on 08/31/2011 2:26:35 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: MestaMachine

Why don’t you name it BATFags scandal ping?


21 posted on 08/31/2011 2:50:17 PM PDT by 10thAmendmentGuy ("[Drug] crusaders cannot accept the fact that they are not God." -Thomas Sowell)
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To: 10thAmendmentGuy

Why insult batfags? As long a they don’t try to teach their lifestyle in schools or want special rights, they can fly around all night long.


22 posted on 08/31/2011 3:24:42 PM PDT by MestaMachine (Id imperfectum manet dum confectum erit.)
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To: MestaMachine
Why insult batfags? As long a they don’t try to teach their lifestyle in schools or want special rights, they can fly around all night long.

Funny, but not so funny when I think about all of the innocents they murdered at Waco and Ruby Ridge. :\

23 posted on 08/31/2011 4:28:16 PM PDT by 10thAmendmentGuy ("[Drug] crusaders cannot accept the fact that they are not God." -Thomas Sowell)
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To: GraceG
"Hello. Special prosecutor's office please."

"One moment and I will connect you."

24 posted on 08/31/2011 6:27:42 PM PDT by Rapscallion (The majority of democrats (50%+) pay no income taxes.)
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To: Kaslin

on June 17 1971 President Nixon Officially Declared a WAR ON DRUGS, Congress immediately PASSED LEGISLATION to Facilitate the WAR ON DRUGS,

CHARGES OF TREASON ARE APPROPRIATE FOR ALL PERSONS INVOLVED, and yes it will hold if they had the decency to do the right thing for once in their lives.
I can’t do much on my own but 20 years ago I personally vowed to NEVER VOTE GUILTY while on a Jury for any person charged with a crime where there is NO VICTIM. Mainly Drug Laws. I have known since 1974 that the Government was heavily involved in facilitating the wholesale importation of Controlled Substances into this country. This was straight from the horses mouth at the time, A relative very High up in the FBI who still had contacts with the CIA.


25 posted on 08/31/2011 8:36:02 PM PDT by eyeamok
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To: houeto
If the MSM loved this country, the administration would have already been destroyed.

If the MSM loved this country, this administration would likely never have been sworn in.

26 posted on 08/31/2011 8:44:32 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Smokin' Joe
If the MSM loved this country, this administration would likely never have been sworn in.

You are absolutely correct.

27 posted on 09/01/2011 10:25:04 AM PDT by houeto
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