Skip to comments.ATF Counsel email to Melson on Gunwalker-Terry murder link preceded intimidation
Posted on 09/23/2011 4:48:50 AM PDT by marktwain
A Gun Rights Examiner/Sipsey Street Irregulars exclusive
A just-uncovered January 5, 2011 email to former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Acting Director Kenneth Melson from Stephen R. Rubenstein, Chief Counsel, ATF, responded to a request by Melson for information regarding allegations on whistleblower website CleanUpATF that walked guns were linked to the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, and indicated this was a violation of ATF Orders and Standards of Conduct.
Copies of the email and Melsons reply are posted in this correspondent's Scribd account and included in the sidebar slideshow accompanying this article. Per Rubensteins email:
This is in response to your request regarding information posted on "Clean Up ATF." Specifically, on December 22, 2010, "1desrtrat" [screen name used by CUATF comment poster--DC] stated that "word is" that Phoenix FD ASAC George Gillet "[a]llegedly approved more than 500 AR-15 type rifles from Phoenix and Tucson cases to be 'walked' into Mexico." The post further states that "[o]ne of those rifles is rumored to have been linked to the recent killing of a Border Patrol Officer in Nogales, AZ."
That post can be read here, and was the basis for Mike Vanderboeghs initial December 28 report on the Gunwalker/Terry nexus.
The disclosure of this information has a potential deleterious effect on ATF's undercover operations, Rubenstien continued. In that regard, suspects may alter their behavior if they know that law enforcement is allowing certain firearms to 'walk' into Mexico. In addition, public knowledge of this type of operation potentially places informants and undercover agents in jeopardy. Finally, public disclosure of such information could ATF's working relationship with Mexico.
Examined objectively, Rubenstein admitted guns were purposely allowed to walk, that walking guns to a foreign country must be hidden from the public, and that if the Mexicans found
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What I find incredibily depressing is this: if Gunwalker, and now Solyndra and LightSquared, had occurred on a GOP president’s watch, the voices being raised in the media and in Congress demanding a special prosecutor would be reaching deafening proportions.
I think you are wrong. A Republican president would already have been hounded from the office in shame.
More and more, it appears that Watergate was an MSM coup to remove a Republican president from office.
Only now, when we have independent sources of information, is it becoming clear how much we have been ruled by a mediacracy.
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I've long suspected as much, which is why, much as I value a free press, I cheer whenever I hear news of another newspaper folding or layoffs in the electronic media. With the internet we simply do not need them any more.
A favorite Thomas Jefferson quote, himself a strong defender of the press:
The man who never looks into a newspaper is better informed than he who reads them; inasmuch as he who knows nothing is nearer to the truth than he whose mind is filled with falsehoods and errors.
So he learned there was gunwalking on January 5th of this year, and was, according to earlier accounts, “sick to his stomach” when he discovered the truth.
The nausea did not, however, cause him to tell his boss, Eric Holder, who learned of the whole thing 4 months later.
Or possibly lied under oath to Congress. One of the two.