MURDER INC.  2:01 pm August 30, 2011

ATF Chief Who Funneled Illegal Arms To Mexico ‘Punished’ By Reassignment To Obama’s Justice Dept.

by Ken Layne

What happens when the nation’s chief of weapons enforcement is caught running an illegal weapons operation that funnels guns to Mexico’s murderous drug cartels? He gets reassigned to the Justice Department, hahaha:

Reuters has this comical report:

The head of the agency that oversaw a botched attempt to track arms flowing to drug cartels in Mexico is being reassigned to Justice Department headquarters, the Obama administration said on Tuesday.

Kenneth Melson, who has been acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, has been under fire and admitted mistakes in the sting operation meant to try to crack down on the flow of weapons to violent drug gangs. He will be reassigned to the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Policy as an adviser on forensic science, the Justice Department said.

No mention of how many Mexicans have been slaughtered with these thousands of illegal firearms intentionally given to Mexico’s death squads by America’s government, but we’re now told that at least one U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed by a gun given to the drug cartels by the American government. [Reuters]

 

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nounverb911 August 30, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Again with the "Peter Principle", promoting failure? Melson should go work for the NRA.

Giveusabob August 30, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Indeed, of all the possible courses of action presented to one for combating armed TexMex drug cartels, selling more guns directly to the cartels definitely ranks highly in novelty.

sati_demise August 30, 2011 at 2:31 pm

He would make more money too.

Callyson August 30, 2011 at 4:36 pm

Actually, he's close to doing so:
Melson will be reassigned to the Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy as an adviser on forensic science, the Justice Department said.

SexySmurf August 30, 2011 at 2:07 pm

Jesus Hussein Christ, Layne, this is supposed to be a humor site.

proudgrampa August 30, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Yeah, Ken's working overtime today…

weejee August 30, 2011 at 2:19 pm

But isn't happiness a warm pun gun?

BaldarTFlagass August 30, 2011 at 4:42 pm

You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it's me, I'm a little fucked up maybe, but I'm funny how, I mean funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I'm here to fuckin' amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?

OkieDokieDog August 30, 2011 at 2:10 pm

This makes the NRA so proud! Messicans killing Messicans is a good thing. Border Patrol agent getting killed is just collateral damage or friendly fire or not important whatever.

Sue4466 August 30, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Of course, if that border patrol agent had been armed, he could have defended hisself . . . oh, wait.

SmutBoffin August 30, 2011 at 2:10 pm

Why, oh why, didn't we give the Drug Gangsters the eyeball gonorrhea instead?

MichelesPantalones August 30, 2011 at 8:15 pm

It's always easier to inject sick Poorz; they usually can't resist. Armed drug gangsters have a tendency to try and shoot your fucking nuts off when you try to inject gonorrhea into their eyeballs.

proudgrampa August 30, 2011 at 2:13 pm

Well, hopefully an "advisor on forensic science" can't get too many people killed. Presumably, they're already dead.

chascates August 30, 2011 at 2:13 pm

He'll have fun with all of the 'reassigned' people from the Bush/Cheney years who've burrowed themselves into the federal B-teams.

SorosBot August 30, 2011 at 2:28 pm

And hey, the law that allowed Bush to fire a bunch of seasoned Federal lawyers and replace them with graduates of Regents University and other fundie law schools has been repealed so no one can abuse that power again – or rectify Bush's horrible appointees.

Lascauxcaveman August 30, 2011 at 3:12 pm

Heh. You said 'rectify.'

MichelesPantalones August 30, 2011 at 8:16 pm

That's nice to know.

SilverTsunami August 31, 2011 at 1:05 pm

Since he was an "interim" I think the sentence could be, "He'll have fun with all of the other 'reassigned' people from the Bush/Cheney years . . ."

johnnymeatworth August 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm

"The Generalissimo sets up shop
Step out of line, your neck's on the block
Armies marching through the streets
Dressed so sharp, dressed so neat"

–The Circle Jerks

EatsBabyDingos August 30, 2011 at 2:20 pm

COUP D'ETAAAAAAAAAAH

Crank_Tango August 30, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Needz moar killing for jesus.

freakishlywrong August 30, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Great. He failed sideways.

SorosBot August 30, 2011 at 2:16 pm

Oh and look, this incompetent has been in charge of the ATF because the Senate Republicans have blocked Obama's nominee because the NRA doesn't like him.

ManchuCandidate August 30, 2011 at 2:17 pm

It looks like he tried to do his best to rectify the trade imbalance.

Lionel[redacted]Esq August 30, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Hasn't the Obama Administration learned anything? Give these guys the Medal of Freedom, then no one can question what they did.

Maman August 30, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Under the Bush Administration the government would have made him a Supreme Court Justice.

EatsBabyDingos August 30, 2011 at 2:21 pm

He should have been sent to the Pentagon Department of Making Everything That Is Expensive.

DaRooster August 30, 2011 at 2:24 pm

Shoot happens.

Mumbletypeg August 30, 2011 at 2:26 pm

This sort of news must explain why lately, Old Crow & gingerale for with dinner is having such a numbing agreeable effect on my psyche. It re-warms the blood flow that turned ice-cold with every despicable new thing apprehended about human incompetence.

Goonemeritus August 30, 2011 at 2:29 pm

Admittedly the plan was bone headed at best but what they were trying to do was decrease the flow of arms not increase them. I would suspect the cartels in Mexico probably are better armed than the Marine Corps was at Guadalcanal. In the end the people feigning the most outrage are the very ones that refuse any law to stem the flow of arms to these murders.

sati_demise August 30, 2011 at 2:29 pm

oh the Justice Department is where they dump all the idiots:
http://www.gibson.com/en-us/Lifestyle/News/gibson

They think running an old American company out of town is a good idea in a recession?

MichelesPantalones August 30, 2011 at 8:22 pm

Hmm … activism required. Thanks for the alert.

sati_demise August 30, 2011 at 8:27 pm

This is a War Blog after all!

MichelesPantalones August 30, 2011 at 8:35 pm

The commenters over there are a bunch of RWNJ assholes, though. Just saying.

baconzgood August 30, 2011 at 2:33 pm

Send lawyers, guns, and money. Obama get me out this place!!!

EatsBabyDingos August 30, 2011 at 2:33 pm

In related news, Halliburton's subsidiary, KBR, is filing suit to stop the flow of death machines from any entity other than KBR. "It's in our contract."

CapeClod August 30, 2011 at 2:48 pm

Does it help to be an idiot when you are appointed to the ATF? Or does the job just turn you into one regardless of how many smarts you have?

EatsBabyDingos August 30, 2011 at 2:53 pm

It's only one letter from "ATF" to "WTF."

Lascauxcaveman August 30, 2011 at 2:55 pm

This guy's predicament reminds me of that time when I was in the ATF and I got caught trying to smuggle several hundred kilos of hashish from Turkey. Boy, did I get yelled at!

Swampgas_Man August 30, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Did you get to keep the drugs?

MichelesPantalones August 30, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Hmm. Clearly you are a person whose acquaintance (and hashish stores) I need to make.

ifthethunderdontgetya August 30, 2011 at 3:09 pm

Great. Now Melson can help Obama's D.O.J. persecute Bush-Cheney era whistle-blowers, which is pretty much all Hopey's D.O.J. does these days.

USA! USA! USA!
~

poncho_pilot August 30, 2011 at 3:12 pm

why am i reminded of the deal offered Yossarian at the end of Catch-22?

BaldarTFlagass August 30, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Well, at least in forensics he'll be dealing with already-dead people, and won't have so much opportunity to help alive people become dead.

SayItWithWookies August 30, 2011 at 4:05 pm

Well — I guess that's how you look forward instead of dwelling on the past.

Nothingisamiss August 30, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I haz a sad just thinking about this quote.

SayItWithWookies August 30, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Me too, if that's any consolation.

DerrickWildcat August 30, 2011 at 4:12 pm

I think their plan was not to arrest the guys that were buying the weapons because they were just low level plebes that were a dime a dozen. They were trying to figure out who the plebes reported to and get them. It was a good plan on paper, but the plebes vanished into thin air and the trail was quickly lost. Their plan went to shit real fast, but they didn't change the plan to adapt to this problem and it just kept happening over and over again.

Chet Kincaid August 30, 2011 at 4:35 pm

They should have just sent Jesse Pinkman to Melson's house to shoot him in the head.

lochnessmonster August 30, 2011 at 5:25 pm

We are still rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic to see if that will result in something different?

MinAgain August 30, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Guns don't kill people. ATFE operations kill people.

DahBoner August 30, 2011 at 6:20 pm

ATF: Ass-to-Face

DahBoner August 30, 2011 at 6:18 pm

"We’re now told that at least one U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed by a gun given to the drug cartels by the American government."

Heeeeeeey!

This is America. What can we do? –The NRA

Nothingisamiss August 30, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Ken Layne, the despair is worth it. I'm glad to see your posts. (With "glad" meaning "happy to see I'm not the only one who wants to know just how fucked we are.")

Boojum_Reborn August 31, 2011 at 4:36 am

You have to have worked for the feds to understand that this is a real punishment. He went from being in charge of lots of big guys with guns to being the pretend lab rat guy in CSI at whom everybody rolls their eyes and laughs. I would be on the lookout for a suicide attempt in six months, which will fail because of incompetence.

SilverTsunami August 31, 2011 at 1:06 pm

What did forensic science to do deserve this?

ttommyunger September 1, 2011 at 7:15 am

No white people got killed, right?

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