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Jonathan Tobin: Why Did Kerry Lie About Israeli Blame?

Samuel G. Freedman: A resolution 70 years later for a father's unsettling legacy of ashes from Dachau

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Kim Giles: Asking for help is not weakness

Kathy Kristof and Barbara Hoch Marcus: 7 Great Growth Israeli Stocks

Matthew Mientka: How Beans, Peas, And Chickpeas Cleanse Bad Cholesterol and Lowers Risk of Heart Disease

Sabrina Bachai: 5 At-Home Treatments For Headaches

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April 8, 2014

Lori Nawyn: At Your Wit's End and Back: Finding Peace

Susan B. Garland and Rachel L. Sheedy: Strategies Married Couples Can Use to Boost Benefits

David Muhlbaum: Smart Tax Deductions Non-Itemizers Can Claim

Jill Weisenberger, M.S., R.D.N., C.D.E : Before You Lose Your Mental Edge

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April 4, 2014

Rabbi David Gutterman: The Word for Nothing Means Everything

Charles Krauthammer: Kerry's folly, Chapter 3

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Cameron Huddleston: Best and Worst Buys of April 2014

Stacy Rapacon: Great Mutual Funds for Young Investors

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April 2, 2014

Paul Greenberg: Death and joy in the spring

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Mayra Bitsko: Save me! An alien took over my child's personality

Frank Clayton: Get happy: 20 scientifically proven happiness activities

Susan Scutti: It's Genetic! Obesity and the 'Carb Breakdown' Gene

Lecia Bushak: Why Hand Sanitizer May Actually Harm Your Health

Stacy Rapacon: Great Funds You Can Own for $500 or Less

Cameron Huddleston: 7 Ways to Save on Home Decor

The Kosher Gourmet by Steve Petusevsky Exploring ingredients as edible-stuffed containers (TWO RECIPES + TIPS & TECHINQUES)

Jewish World Review July 11, 2011 / 9 Tamuz, 5771

Furious --- America should be; Fast --- why is so little happening?

By Jack Kelly




http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Did a secret meeting on the Fourth of July break the biggest scandal since Watergate so far open the "mainstream" media can ignore it no longer?

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) deliberately permitted the transfer of more than 2,000 firearms to Mexican drug cartels, four ATF whistleblowers told a House committee June 15.

The guns have been linked to the deaths of 150 Mexican soldiers and policemen, and at least one U.S. law enforcement officer.

The Washington Post was outraged...at Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Cal, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, for bringing the scandal to light.

"A chief Republican critic of a controversial U.S. anti-gun-trafficking operation was briefed on ATF's "Fast and Furious" operation last year and did not express any opposition," reporters Jerry Markon and Sari Horwitz wrote June 21.

No sources were named, but it is apparent they were Justice Department officials. What they told the Post reporters conflicted with earlier claims by DOJ officials nobody in Washington knew guns were being "walked" across the border.

But in a meeting on the Fourth with Rep. Issa and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Ia, Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson confirmed what the whistleblowers said, and then some.

Senior Justice Department officials were aware of the gunwalking operation, code named "Fast and Furious," Mr. Melson said. The FBI and the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) also were involved, he said. Among the Washington bigwigs who attended a meeting on "Fast and Furious" were FBI Director Robert Mueller, DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart, and Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, according to an Oct. 27, 2009 email obtained by Mr. Issa's committee. ATF wanted to comply with Mr. Issa's subpoenas for documents, but "Justice Department officials directed them not to respond and took full control of replying to briefing and document requests from Congress," Mr. Melson told the GOP lawmakers, they said in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder Tuesday (7/5).

By monitoring "straw purchasers" instead of arresting them, Justice hoped to build cases against Mexican drug lords, its spokesmen say. But surveillance stopped at the border, and there was no coordination with Mexican authorities, so the likelihood of successful prosecutions was infinitesimally small.

If this really was the purpose of "Fast and Furious," it's hard to quarrel with Rep. Issa's description of it as "felony stupid." There is a more logical -- and more sinister -- explanation.

"More than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States, many from gun shops that line our border," President Barack Obama said in 2009.

That isn't true. Of 100,000 guns recovered by Mexican authorities, only 18,000 came from the U.S., ATF Deputy Assistant Director Bill McMahon testified. Of these, just 7,900 came from sales by licensed gun dealers.

Though Mr. Obama's false claim was debunked right away, administration officials kept making it. Could "Fast and Furious" have been an effort to make it appear to be true?

His supervisor was "just delighted about" Gunwalker guns showing up at Mexican crime scenes, ATF Agent John Dodson testified.

The president told the head of an anti-gun group March 30 gun control was very much on his agenda, but he had to work it "under the radar."

Thanks to Mr. Melson, there's more evidence now of a coverup by high level officials than there was until near the very end of the Watergate scandal. But most in the news media remain incurious. Mr. Melson's revelations didn't make the network broadcast of the evening news, or the front pages of the New York Times and the Washington Post.

This contrasts vividly with the media feeding frenzy Post reporters led in 2007 when then Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez fired eight U.S. attorneys. The story dominated the news for weeks. Mr. Gonzalez was forced to resign, even though U.S. attorneys are political appointees the attorney general can fire at any time for any reason.

The guns Justice let "walk" across the border have caused at least 150 deaths, which seems worse than what Mr. Gonzalez did. But to many in the news media a scandal is only a scandal if the attorney general is a Republican.

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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