Jul 07, 2011 3:06 AM GMT
Basically, under an operation that began under the Obama Administration, thousands of guns were allowed to cross into Mexico which were then used to kill Mexican citizens, including an assistant prosecutor and others including at least one ATF agent. ATF agents objected to the operation termed "Operation Fast and Furious" but were overruled by higher ups. On practically every level this is far worse than Iran Contra and yet, the media coverage appears limited.
Yesterday, Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson answered questions from Rep. Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley surrounding Operation Fast and Furious. Melson voluntarily participated in the interview and appeared with personal counsel, meaning although the Justice Department has prohibited Melson to testify before Congress on behalf of the DOJ about the scandal, he can in fact come forward with information as an individual informant outside of the DOJ and separate from DOJ interests.
In a letter sent to Attorney General Eric Holder, Issa and Grassley expressed disappointment in the DOJ limiting and controlling Melson's communication and interaction with Congress surrounding the scandal but called the information Melson presented yesterday "extremely helpful," to the investigation.
Melson revealed the scope of Operation Fast and Furious reaches far beyond ATF and the Justice Department. He said the FBI, DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) and other agencies were heavily involved.