Acting ATF Director may resign because of “Gunwalker”by Hugh Holub on Jun. 21, 2011, under atf, politics
First goat to be sacrificed in ATF Gunwalker scandal….
From CNN June 21, 2011:
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 controversy over Operation Fast and Furious, two senior federal law enforcement sources said Monday.
In the operation, straw buyers were allowed to purchase illegally large numbers of weapons, some of which ended up in the hands of cartels in Mexico.
Attorney General Eric Holder will meet Tuesday with Andrew Traver, head of the ATF field office in Chicago, about possibly becoming the agency’s acting director, according to senior federal law enforcement sources, who are familiar with the details of the controversy.
COMMENT: Melson will probably either be thrown under the bus or throw himself under bus to try to save higher ups in the Department of Justice from being targeted in the ATAF Gunwalker Scandal.
Senatr Charles Grassley and Representative Darrell Issa already have way too much dirt on the fact that Melson wasn’t at the top of the food chain on the Gunwalker scheme. It does reach higher and there are more goats to be sacrificed.
Andrew Traver, the purported replacement for Melson, is not going to get an easy ride because Second Amendment interersts see Traver as trying to achieve even more stringent gun control laws via ATF efforts.
The central point is US gun laws had nothing to do with the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry or the amount of guns getting into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels from the US.
The effort to tie gun law reform to weapons in the hands of the Mexican drug cartels is a smokescreen to hide the reality that thousands of guns would not have gotten into the cartels’ hands except for ATF deliberately letting this happen.
And Travers may not be innocent of knowledge and participation in Gunlwaker, either.