Gunwalker Update: Holder Document Dump, Lanny Breuer Mumbles Something Something “Bush Did It”

Posted: November 1, 2011 by ShortTimer in Department of Justice, Government, Guns, Leftists, Media, Operation Gunwalker, Second Amendment
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From the Daily Caller:

The Obama administration appears to be attempting to defend Attorney General Eric Holder as the Justice Department dumped more than 650 pages worth of Operation Fast and Furious documents on congressional investigators late Monday.

There are two reasons why the timing of this release is significant: first, 28 members of Congress are currently calling on Holder to resign immediately. Second, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday — and this appears to be an attempt to divert pressure for Fast and Furious away from Holder.

The new documents, according to Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley, “indicate that contrary to previous denials by the Justice Department, the criminal division has a great deal of culpability in sweeping the previous Wide Receiver strategy under the rug and then allowing the subsequent Operation Fast and Furious to continue without asking key questions.”

“Most importantly, officials raised very appropriate questions related to Operation Wide Receiver at the same time that many of these same officials were receiving briefings on Operation Fast and Furious,” Grassley said in a statement. “It begs the question why they didn’t ask the same important policy questions about an ongoing case being run out of the same field division.”

Operation Wide Receiver was a Bush administration program similar in nature to Operation Fast and Furious. In a statement he gave after the release of the new documents, Breuer took responsibility for not having learned from the mistakes made during Wide Receiver and implementing the failed tactics again under Fast and Furious.

The first comment wins:

Where were these pages of documents the first time Congress asked for them?

Meanwhile, from a brain-dead leftist site, DOJ Asst. Atty General Lanny Breuer regrets not connecting Bush-era gun walking tactics to Fast and Furious:

A top Justice Department official said Monday that he regretted not informing others in DOJ’s leadership about a Bush-era operation that used the flawed “gun walking” tactic like the technique used in Operation Fast and Furious.

Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, who heads DOJ’s Criminal Division, said in a statement released by DOJ that he first learned of “unacceptable tactics used in Operation Wide Receiver” in April 2010. He instructed one of his deputies to schedule a meeting with ATF’s Acting Director Ken Melson to bring the issue to his attention.

We already covered this, summarizing:

Wide Receiver WAS a botched operation.  RFID trackers in the guns failed, gun smugglers figured out the on-station time of ATF air assets, many things went wrong… and the program was ended.  The guns were to be interdicted in Wide Receiver.  In Fast & Furious, the guns were meant to go south.

Remember, John Dodson stated ATF supervisers were “giddy” when guns turned up at murder scenes in Mexico.

Bob Owens at Pajamas Media already covered this:

When Associated Press reporter Pete Yost uncritically repeated claims by anonymous Department of Justice officials that the Bush-era Operation Wide Receiver was “the same tactic” used by the Obama Justice Department in Operation Fast and Furious and other operations, I called him out, knowing the claim was incorrect.

…Fast and Furious was no accident.

Nor was it within spitting distance of being a law enforcement operation. Fast and Furious and the alleged gunwalking operations based in Houston, Dallas, Charlotte, Indiana, Tampa, and elsewhere were specifically designed to assure that straw purchasers and cartel weapons smugglers would be under the de facto protection of the Obama adminstration, with no attempts at interdiction and with interference on behalf of the criminals being traced to the ATF, FBI, and DOJ.

Let us hear no more false comparisons: Wide Receiver was botched law enforcement, while the gun-walking programs of the Obama administration were intentionally criminal — and arguably terrorist — acts, arming violent narco-terrorists waging war on a U.S. ally.

Wide Receiver was a screw-up.  RFID trackers in the guns didn’t work long enough, and the cartels figured out how long they had to drive in circles until the RFIDs went dead and the ATF’s air assets had to refuel.  The cartels knew how to get away, and did.  The ATF wasn’t intentionally giving guns to the cartels – totally different motive.  The ATF were keystone cops then, not gunwalking cartel arms dealers.  Actually, that gives arms dealers a bad name – arms dealers don’t use tax money to give away guns to people who will then kill the people the arms dealer is sworn to protect.

Mike Vanderboegh’s take on the leftist yellow rag’s story.

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