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June 22nd, 2011
12:30 AM ET

AC360 Follow: Congress wants answers on ATF operation

Editor's note: CNN's Drew Griffin reports on how scrutiny of a controversial ATF operation may not end with an expected resignation.


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  1. Grham Wellington

    Anderson, firstly, I think you’re an extremely smart man. With that being said, I’d assume even you would believe that just one man (Melson) could NEVER have had the authority or power to do something this HUGE in this operation/scandal just by himself. That’s NOT how our Government works. Eric Holder is the head of the DOJ and Fast and Furious has been going on since 2008, yet he doesn’t know any about it??
    The President knows Nothing about it?? That’s outlandish! It's a lose-lose for Holder here. Either he KNEW about it and gave the go ahead (which he should be charged for) or which that he “claims” he didn’t know about after more than 2 1/2 years after the operation started, then he is incompetent to run the DOJ. My feeling is the former…but with the latter swiftly completing the circle.
    Something this BIG doesn’t just happen at the lower levels by a couple of people without top DOJ officials knowing and being involved in approving it’s go ahead. It's so obvious to me and MANY that Melson is being used as a scapegoat.

    June 22, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
  2. Curt Monroe

    Keep digging! Ken Melson is just a fall guy for higher ups in the Dept of Justice and Whitehouse. Many more heads must roll to clean up this mess. Uncover the ongoing coverup!

    June 22, 2011 at 2:58 pm |
  3. Californian

    Keep digging on this. There are reports that BATFE agents were told to stand down and NOT track these weapons. The end goal was to prop up the lie that 90% of recovered guns from the Mexican Drug Cartels originated in U.S. gun stores. This was nothing but a false flag attack on firearms ownership in America. I would not be surprised if this went all the way to the top.

    June 22, 2011 at 2:01 pm |
  4. cyril

    Seems like shoddy journalism to imply that the US border agent would be alive had the ATF not allowed the weapons to cross the border. The criminals would of gotten the weapons from someone else.

    the NRA is fanning the flames on this story because they do not want data tracked on cross border weapons.

    June 22, 2011 at 11:19 am |
  5. Bryan

    Why can't our own government tell the truth and stand up for their mistakes. How is it that members of the ATF are allowed to "resign"? They should be tried for murder. Putting guns in the hands of known criminals so they can be traced to acts of violence and deemed a secret operation? Why don't we just put poison in the American water supply and see if everyone dies? What kind of logic is this? This is gross abuse of power and the blood of their own countrymen are on their hands. Sounds like another cover up that will have thousands of pages of documents with blacked out names and no justice will come of it. The border mess is sickening.

    June 22, 2011 at 1:24 am |