February, 2011: then-U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke,responding to an inquiry from Senator Charles Grassley regarding “Operation Fast and Furious”: “Grassley’s assertions regarding the Arizona investigation and the weapons recovered” at the “murder scene are based on categorical falsehoods. I worry that ATF will take 8 months to answer this when they should be refuting its underlying accusations right now.“
In another email, Burke wrote, “By the way, what is so offensive about this whole project” of response “is that Grassley’s staff, acting as willing stooges for the Gun Lobby, have attempted to distract from the incredible success in dismantling” Southwest Border “gun trafficking operations” and “not uttering one word of rightful praise and thanks to ATF – but, instead, lobbing this reckless despicable accusation that ATF is complicit in the murder of a fellow federal law enforcement officer.”
Late yesterday afternoon, the Obama Department of Justice released a document dump of some 1,364 pages relating to their provision of “inaccurate information” to the Senator’s committee.
Little things, like the letter sent by DOJ to Sen. Grassley in which they stated that ATF would never intentionally allow guns to walk?
The Justice Department now admits that assertion was false.
Government agencies have long made a practice of releasing damaging information – if absolutely necessary to do so – late on Friday afternoons in the hope of slowing or stemming dissemination of the content by media outlets. For a number of years, it was an effective strategy. Today, not so much. Still, the mainstream media remains fairly pliant, as the links below demonstrate. According to them, the DOJ merely got its statements wrong. Only bloggers tell it like it is.
- Justice Dept. Got its Statements Wrong (myfoxphoenix.com)
- DOJ Details How it Lied About Fast and Furious to Senate Judiciary Committee(treeofmamre.wordpress.com)
- Justice Dept. details how it got statements wrong (sfgate.com)
- Justice Dept. details how it got Fast and Furious statements wrong(seattletimes.nwsource.com)