“I spilled blood for this agency trying to make sure that suspects don’t get crime guns and in Gunrunner, the exact opposite policy took place.”
–Jay Dobyns, ATF agent
The ancient Romans, after all these years still wiser in many ways than we, used this phrase, meaning “as a benefit to whom”, to imply a covert purpose or to indicate that the party responsible for something may not be who it initially appears to be. It is a phrase worth keeping in mind when attempting to dissect the unfolding arms trafficking scandal at Barack Obama’s Department of Justice, a scandal that now apparently also includes the importation of firearms into Honduras by ATF agents in Tampa. Who benefits, indeed–a question answered best, perhaps, by the Sipsey Street Irregulars:
The left-collectivist gun confiscationists, unable to ignore the Gunwalker Scandal any longer, are chanting the “Permanent Director, More Gun Control” mantra louder, longer and more frequently now.
[…] Now folks, when rabid anti-gunners like Helmke get around to accepting the ATF’s demise, you’ve got to ask yourself why. The answer? They are protecting the larger mission — both the Obama administration and the gun control mission. This scandal is so bad, they know they’ll have to give up something. But they also know that the firearm laws of the United States are NOT going to be repealed anytime soon.
As a matter of fact, these schmucks — both the gun confiscationists and the guilty Gunwalker conspirators — NEED you to think that this is about the ATF. The more folks focus on the tree of the ATF, the less they’re worried about the larger forest of their naked attempt to subvert the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States.
There are five key accusations against ATF and DOJ made by ATF whistleblowers and other sources within FedGov:
1. That they instructed U.S. gun dealers to proceed with questionable and illegal sales of firearms to suspected gunrunners.
2. That they allowed or even assisted in those guns crossing the U.S. border into Mexico to “boost the numbers” of American civilian market firearms seized in Mexico and thereby provide the justification for more firearm restrictions on American citizens and more power and money for ATF.
3. That they intentionally kept Mexican authorities in the dark about the operation, even over objections of their own agents.
4. That weapons that the ATF let “walk” to Mexico were involved in the deaths of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and ICE agent Jaime Zapata, as well as at least hundreds of Mexican citizens.
5. That at least since the death of Brian Terry on 14 December, the Obama administration is engaged in a full-press cover-up of the facts behind what has come to be known as the “Gunwalker Scandal.”
The most damning revelations coming out of the hearings on Operation Fast and Furious held by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are the unmistakable indications that the program was never designed to succeed as a law enforcement operation at all.
Spokesman Jay Carney said that the new steps would be made public “in the near future.” He didn’t offer details, but people involved in talks at the Justice Department to craft the new measures said they expected to see something in the next several weeks. Whatever is proposed is not expected to involve legislation or take on major issues, like banning assault weapons, but could include executive action to strengthen the background check system or other steps.
Gun control, implemented by Barack Obama’s Department of InJustice? Who benefits? Do we even have to ask?
H/T to Texas Fred
Obama aide: Gun legislation in ‘near future’ (The TexasFred Blog)
The Ulsterman Report: Obama Administration Hiding Thousands of Gunrunner Scandal Docs From Congress (Tancredo Radio Show) H/T to LoopyLoo
Common Sense Gun Control Talks Begin says Obama (VotingAmerican)
‘Fast and Furious’ White House Gun Control (Chuck Norris via Newsbusters)
DOJ Obstructs Fast and Furious Probe (Right Hook)
Botched ATF Operation Getting Hotter For Holder & Obama (Lorinov’s Blog)
Issa Says He Doesn’t Believe Holder’s Testimony Was Accurate (The Texas Fred Blog)