Skip to comments.Fast and Furious Tapes: Sit Your Ass Down, Charles Grassley
Posted on 09/21/2011 7:13:23 PM PDT by neverdem
CBS News has been among the few mainstream media outlets to treat the Operation Fast and Furious scandal as a big story all along. They just published some tapes of an amazing conversation between Arizona gun dealer Andrew Howard, who was one of the dealers used by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to deliberately sell American guns to Mexican drug cartels, and ATF agent Hope MacAllister.
Howards Lone Wolf Trading Company sold the guns that later turned up at the scene of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terrys murder. The tapes were made in February, just as the scandal was appearing on the radar screen of those who did not choose to studiously ignore it, like most of the supposedly scandal-hungry mainstream media.
A.W.R. Hawkins has a great write-up this morning of the Watergate-sized leak these tapes blow in the Obama Administrations stone wall. I wanted to add a few other points from the CBS News transcript that jumped out at me:
First and foremost, after talking some smack about Senator Charles Grassley of the Judiciary Committee who, according to the tapes, is an arrogant bastard Agent MacAllister claims she actually suggested hiring a private investigator to dig up dirt on Grassley to shut him up. She makes it sound like a joke she told to break the tense mood in a meeting with her superiors. It sounds like MacAllister is a real live wire during ATF conference calls.
Agent: That's kind of what my suggestion but nobody thought that was funny like if I were a P.I. I'd put him on Grassley, I'm sure there's a lot would go away. Actually my one suggestion was just tell him in a registered Republican. I'm sure if he knew that everything would be fine, they...
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In the end, they had to cover it, to avoid looking totally clueless, or worse, like part of the coverup.
Gunwalker, of course, is a billion times worse, and more newsworthy.
Sooner or later, they will even put Sharl Atkinson's stories on the CBS Nightly News.
I think it’s safe to say that Hope MacAllister’s career in federal law enforcement is over. One big rule of thumb in federal agencies is that you don’t let your personal opinions of certain senators who oversee your agency get back to the senators.
Who is calling for who’s resignation and how fast...I’m furious!
I have to also say that the people in the transcript are very inarticulate and sound like they have pretty low IQs. Our overlords are basically morons with guns.
If this gets any bigger Congress might send a letter to Holder asking him to consider looking into it. That'll teach them!
What, does CBS now work for Hillary? Could get real ugly!
Since the guns ended up in Mexico the solution is simple: just threaten to send Holder and MacAlister to the Mexican authorities.Let them face Mexican Justice.
Why do I think like everything else under Obama’s watch that this will blow over too.
I’m geting cynical in my old age. Some people say it is just wiser.
It is somewhat odd that Drudge has been very light on the coverage.
I’m for that. The Messican Laws are you are GUILTY until YOU prove your innocent. And no club fed down there. Yeah that’s a plan I can get behind.
How many people were killed in Watergate?
People thaough Martha Mitchell may have been offed for her big mouth.
And one of the WG ops wife was killed in a plane crash.
But Two hundred ..no way.
CBS has given up on Obamas re-election so they now will join in the investigations of this most corrupt administration in history to “appear” to be objective. Had his poll numbers remained high, this would not be necessary. They have lied for him, covered for him for three years. This man should be impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors but he will simply fade away and not run for re-election. For them, keeping the presidency in Democrat hands is the priority. So, now Hillary is the objective. Get the loser out, and usher in Hillary.
All of these people are safe for now, but in a few months, their lives may change drastically if a Republican is President and there is a Republican House and Senate. Some astonishing things are being leaked, and as another poster wrote, politicians don't like being disrespected by Federal employees. I think little miss McAllister will be appearing before Issa's committee soon. It will be worth watching.
On the other hand, the cynic in me whispers that CBS is pleading for Obama to clean house to save his presidency.
I hope you are right!
The Narcissist-in-Chief will not step aside for Hildebeest.
No one died in Watergate. I take a Skynyrd view on the subject.
So far any responses have been pretty much on the “C/P” liberal line of “attacking the attacker” ! >PS
And The Machine can't afford to take The B!tch back.
What we got heayah is a sitcha-ayshyin.
Any Hawkeyes out there want to call Sen. Grassley's office for a comment?
The agent could have been playing along. Nothing monumental came from these tapes. Also, I have heard that the agent in the recordings is top notch. The gun dealer got a raw deal as well.
Any Hawkeyes out there want to call Sen. Grassley’s office for a comment?
Senator Grassley, is it common for low level Federal employees to have Private Investigators hired to dig up dirt on Senators?
Senator Grassley, it has been said that the Senate is basically 100 of the most power people in the world. Is this no longer true, and has the Senate delegated its power and prestige to low level Federal employees?
Senator Grassley, why do Senators work so hard to get re-elected to office when the true power belongs to low level Federal employees?
My experience with the BATF has shown the female agents to be the worst. They always have a chip on their shoulder.
Lighten up on the agents. They are not the problem. The bureaucracy?.... now there is your problem.
Maybe you’ve met different agents than I have. I stand by my comment.
Isn't that like saying UAW workers are not the problem, GM management is.
Oh me of little faith.
Isn’t that like saying UAW workers are not the problem, GM management is.
That might not work if 'Operation Castaway' gets out (run out of Miami, running guns to Honduras). There was a little on it as this story started coming out, but danged little since. The State Dept. had to be in on that one, and possibly the shuffling of military grade (not gun show stuff) weapons to the Cartels through a warehouse in New Mexico. Both operations were mentioned early on, but this has pushed them aside.
Bullcrap. They're no better than the guards at Auschwitz were.
[It’s unclear why the Inspector General, who is supposed to investigate independently, would turn over evidence to an entity that is itself under investigation.]
I heard Issa talk about this last night on Greta. This prevented them from getting to interview agent McCallister without her knowing what they already knew.
Look forward to Obama pardoning scores or hundreds of people before his last day in office, 20 Jan 2013.
Please don’t cheapen the Holocaust with comments like this. Until federal agents secretly arrest and murder people, there is no comparison.