Fast and furious sacrifices

The Constitution, which sets forth the principle of rule of law, defines what is unconstitutional, and guarantees freedom of speech and other liberties of a Constitutional republic, and also describes the impeachment power. (How many know of the Jewish roots of this document?) Hypocrisy threatens Constitutional government. Could Israel use a constitution like this? More to the point: would a Convention of States save it, or destroy it? (Example: civil asset forfeiture violates the Constitution.) Quick fixes like Regulation Freedom Amendments weaken it. Furthermore: the Constitution provides for removing, and punishing, a judge who commits treason in his rulings. Furthermore, opponents who engage in lawfare against an elected President risk breaking the Constitution.
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Today the Obama administration sacrificed several key players in Operation Fast and Furious. That might not satisfy the key men in Congress.

The sacrificial lambs for Operation Fast and Furious

Kenneth Melson, acting ATF director. He blew the whistle on Operation Fast and Furious.

Kenneth Melson, acting ATF director and now sacrificial lamb for Operation Fast and Furious. Photo: BATFE.

The men who lost their jobs, or took lower-paying and/or lower-profile jobs, today are:

  • Kenneth Melson, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). He will now become a Senior Advisor to the Attorney General for Forensic Science. His replacement: B. Todd Jones, US Attorney for Minnesota, who now will wear two hats.
  • Dennis Burke, US Attorney for Arizona. He resigned today.
  • Emory Hurley, Assistant US Attorney (Criminal Division) for Arizona. He will move to the civil division.

Three of the four original “whistleblowers” in the Phoenix ATF office will move out of that office. Two will move to Florida and the third to South Carolina.

The first hints of this came from Dave Workman, Seattle Gun Rights Examiner, and David Codrea, National Gun Rights Examiner. Then in rapidly accelerating order came reports from:

What does that mean, going forward?

Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said that his investigation would go on. Michelle Malkin quoted him. He said that he still wants to know who else was responsible for the Fast and Furious scheme. (One US border patrol agent died in a gun battle last December. Two of the guns that authorities took from the scene were guns that ATF had let “walk” across the border to a Mexican drug cartel.) Issa particularly remembers Melson telling his committee that the Department of Justice was “protect[ing] its political appointees.” Issa specifically said that he does not want the DOJ to blame underlings for something their superiors did or ordered.

Translation: Attorney General Eric Holder threw Melson, Burke and Hurley under the bus. (Earlier he promoted three other men who ran Fast and Furious directly.) This does not satisfy Issa. Issa will keep looking under the rug. His target: Holder himself.

This corroborates this account from someone, seemingly inside the White House, who said that Eric Holder could lose his job. This source also said that the case against Holder might build slowly, and climax next year—in the middle of the Presidential election campaign.

Congress is out of session right now. The Oversight Committee last held a hearing on Operation Fast and Furious on July 26, 2011.

Tonight on Fox News’ Special Report, LaJeunesse said that the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security also received regular reports on Operation Fast and Furious. This suggests that the scandal could affect more departments than only the Department of Justice.

Featured image: the Constitution of the United States. Photo: National Archives

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Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.

One Response to Fast and furious sacrifices

  1. Kevin J Lankford says:

    This all to rediculous. The presses should done been on fire printing indictments for them all. There is just no
    one left who will act in the persuit of justice.

    Just like with the fraudulence of obama, they think stalling and inaction can make crimes disappear and lies
    turn into truths.

    They are trying awfully hard to criminalize posession of
    a firearm by private citizens. I am suprised they are not
    already conducting house to house confiscations.

    Our Constitution says “the right to keep and bear arms
    SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED”, so how can there even be such
    a thing as “illegal posession of a firearm” we so often
    see?

    Only by voiding the Constitutio can they accomplish all
    that they want. That task is just about completed.

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