Wednesday, December 07, 2011

DOJ uses Fast and Furious to push Gun Control

Over at Hot Air, they're talking about some emails that came to light recently, wherein it looks as if DOJ officials wanted to use their own illegal program to push for greater gun control regulations. CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson has done the heavy lifting on this scandal.
ATF officials didn’t intend to publicly disclose their own role in letting Mexican cartels obtain the weapons, but emails show they discussed using the sales, including sales encouraged by ATF, to justify a new gun regulation called “Demand Letter 3″. That would require some U.S. gun shops to report the sale of multiple rifles or “long guns.” Demand Letter 3 was so named because it would be the third ATF program demanding gun dealers report tracing information.

On July 14, 2010 after ATF headquarters in Washington D.C. received an update on Fast and Furious, ATF Field Ops Assistant Director Mark Chait emailed Bill Newell, ATF’s Phoenix Special Agent in Charge of Fast and Furious:

“Bill – can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same (licensed gun dealer) and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks.”

On Jan. 4, 2011, as ATF prepared a press conference to announce arrests in Fast and Furious, Newell saw it as “(A)nother time to address Multiple Sale on Long Guns issue.” And a day after the press conference, Chait emailed Newell: “Bill–well done yesterday… (I)n light of our request for Demand letter 3, this case could be a strong supporting factor if we can determine how many multiple sales of long guns occurred during the course of this case.”
If this is true, and there is no reason to doubt that it isn't, they're pushing their own illegal activities to push for greater regulation on law-abiding people.

Holder should immediately be fired. All those folks responsible for this debacle should be indicted. We need a special prosecutor to clean house in DOJ, ATF, DEA, and all those other agencies who seem to think that they're above the law.

I believe that the case can be made that President Obama knew of this operation, approved of it, and talked with Sarah Brady about it. Impeachment proceedings should begin immediately.


Gerry N. said...

I'm getting to the point where I'd condone a quasi-military coup wherein all members of this administration including both houses of Congress were either shot our of hand or imprisoned for as long as was needful. Forty or fifty years on Guam sounds about right. Maybe all that weight will actually capsize it.

Perhaps instead of "Quasi-military Coup" we could insert the words: "Second American Revolution" and try the entire according to the Consitition as originally written, complete with Revolutionary era punishments including shooting and hanging as well as long prison terms. As it is the perpetrators will likely get at most, a severely worded letter of non-commendation included in their personal files and not be considered for raises and bonuses for six months. The crimes of elected officials of course will be entirely overlooked.

Old NFO said...

Agree, this has gone WAY too far, and the problem is DOJ, is in charge of the special prosecutor, so we know how THAT would end...

MSgt B said...

Nothing to see here folks.

Ignore the man behind the curtain.

The DOJ is doing a great job.


Titan Mk6B said...

If this is not a "smoking gun" I do not know what one is.

All I can hope is that the people responsible for this mess do not grow a Teflon skin.