ATF Agents Behind Obama’s Fast and Furious Gunrunning Operation Get Promoted

Arming Mexican thugs who kill U.S. Border Patrol agents will get you a promotion at the ATF.

The ATF has promoted three key supervisors of a controversial sting operation that allowed firearms to be illegally trafficked across the U.S. border into Mexico.

All three have been heavily criticized for pushing the program forward even as it became apparent that it was out of control. At least 2,000 guns were lost and many turned up at crime scenes in Mexico and two at the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona.

The three supervisors have been given new management positions at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. They are William G. McMahon, who was the ATF’s deputy director of operations in the West, where the illegal trafficking program was focused, and William D. Newell and David Voth, both field supervisors who oversaw the program out of the agency’s Phoenix office.

……Kenneth E. Melson, the ATF’s acting director, said in an agency-wide confidential email announcing the promotion that McMahon was among ATF employees being rewarded because of “the skills and abilities they have demonstrated throughout their careers.”

……Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa, the top Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, are reviewing the operation.

http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/nation/la-na-atf-guns-20110816,0,7676977.story

McMahon, by the way, was promoted to deputy assistant director of the ATF’s Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations — the division that investigates misconduct by employees and other problems.

Obama, Holder, and at least four high ranking supervisors in the ATF signed off on this criminal enterprise.   Congressional hearings won’t amount to shit, no matter how much hell is raised by Issa and Grassley.  All parties involved should be prosecuted and jailed, but it won’t happen. 

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