It is also one scandal that should bring Eric Holder, the most corrupt attorney general in US History who has used the Justice Department as a political weapon, to his downfall and a deserved orange jumpsuit.
It begins with Project Gunrunner, also known as "Fast & Furious." Jeff at Yid with Lid has background, for those who are not familiar with this.
"Project Gunrunner" (A.K.A Fast and Furious)Was a project of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Fireworks In late 2009, the ATF was alerted to suspicious buys at seven gun shops in the Phoenix area. Suspicious because the buyers paid cash, sometimes brought in paper bags. And they purchased classic "weapons of choice" used by Mexican drug traffickers - semi-automatic versions of military type rifles and pistols. According to news reports several gun shops wanted to stop the questionable sales, but Bureau encouraged them to continue.
ATF managers allegedly made a controversial decision: allow most of the weapons on the streets. The idea, they said, was to gather intelligence and see where the guns ended up. Insiders say it's a dangerous tactic called letting the guns, "walk." Yes, that's right, the US government decided--in order to fight the Mexican Drug Cartels, we should arm them and let them keep their weapons once they were used in committing crimes (kind of the same thing we do with the Palestinian terror groups such as Fatah).
The end result of this slick move by our ATF? Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed in late 2010 in Arizona. The weapon that killed him was tied to a gun allowed to get into the hands of his killer by "Fast & Furious." Hundreds of people in Mexico have been killed with guns obtained in this program as well, as 70 percent of the weapons used by drug gangs in Mexico came from Fast & Furious.
How high does this go up? Eric Holder, who has shown more gusto going after CIA agents over supposed "war crimes" while treating Islamic terrorists as common criminals, has played such a game of delay in Rep. Darrell Issa's request for documents he faced a possible contempt of Congress charge. When they did receive e-mails, they were heavily redacted.
As the family of slain ATF agent Brian Terry pleaded for justice, Issa said officials should be “ashamed” for handing over heavily redacted documents about the program. …
After more than two months of back-and-forth between DOJ officials and Issa’s staff, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich told lawmakers that the department was cooperating and actively working to respond to the committee’s request.
Outraged, Issa held up a piece of white paper with a giant black box of entirely redacted text on it.
“You should be ashamed of yourself,” Issa said to Weich. “It doesn’t take so long if you don’t spend your life redacting it.
“The pages go on like this forever,” he said, referencing the blackened piece of paper. “You’ve given us black paper instead of white paper. You might as well have given us a ream still in its original binder. How dare you make an opening statement of cooperation.”
Word is now that the head of the ATF, Kenneth Melson, may be another person thrown under the Obama bus. But as Ed Morrissey writes at Hot Air:
It’s moments like this that will almost certainly lead Melson to join millions of other Americans looking for work. But thanks to the conduct of Holder and Weich, that’s not going to be enough. Issa now will go after the DoJ for its conduct in the investigation, because Holder and Weich have certainly acted as if they have something to hide. And the sudden desire to throw Melson under the bus seems to indicate that the White House would like to end this probe rather quickly, too. At this point, even a resignation by Weich wouldn’t slow Issa’s probe.
Where there's smoke, there's fire, and as much as this criminal Regime thinks they are above the law, it smells like they're hiding something.