Wednesday, July 20, 2011

When The Los Angeles Times Reports This...

It is no longer something coming out of right-wing fever swamps.  From the July 19, 2011 Los Angeles Times:
The Justice Department is trying to protect its political appointees from the Fast and Furious scandal by concealing an internal "smoking gun" report and other documents that acknowledge the role top officials played in the program that allowed firearms to flow illegally into Mexico, according to the head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.
Kenneth E. Melson, the ATF's acting director, also told congressional investigators this month that the affidavits prepared to obtain wiretaps used in the ill-fated operation were inconsistent with Justice Department officials' public statements about the program. Justice Department officials advised him not to raise his concerns with Congress about "institutional problems" with the Fast and Furious operation, Melson said.
The article goes on to say that Melson claims that the Justice Department "repeatedly thwarted his attempts to tell investigators about the failures of Fast and Furious" when Congress started investigating.  There seems to be major incompetence, and perhaps even criminal actions by Justice Department officials.  Unfortunately, because these are Democrats, nothing will happen.

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