- Dennis Burke, the United States Attorney for Arizona resigned over the Operation Gunrunner/Operation Fast and Furious Scandal.
- Acting ATF Director, Ken Melson was reassigned to the Office of Legal Policy as an advisor on forensic science issues due to the scandal. Todd Jones, US Attorney for Minnesota took his place as (another) Acting ATF Director
- Operation Gunrunner was managed in Arizona. Operation Castaway, a clone of the Operation Gunrunner program was managed in Florida. Two programs point to a nationwide POLICY. Acting Director Melson didn't have the spleen to order this sort of nationwide program without approval from his boss, Attorney General Eric Holder. The quickest way for an acting director to keep from being a director is to do things that are not sanctioned.
- The White House (LINK to NY Times) was aware of Operation Fast and Furious. ATF Supervising Agent William Newell testified before Congress that he occasionally spoke to Kevin O'Reilly, a member of the White House's national security staff about the progress that they made on the case. The Obama Administration conveniently transferred O'Reilly to the US State Department, which sent him to Iraq, where he is presently unavailable to respond to Congressional subpoena.
- Dan Restrepo the National Security Advisor for the Western Hemisphere and Greg Gatjanis, the director of Counterterrorism and Counter Narcotics on the National Security Council were also briefed by ATF Supervisor Newell.
- Dan Restepo told the Mexican News Media that, "The US will work to inhibit the flow of weapons...across our border." Restrepo has not been available to receive a subpoena from Congress. "That blows apart White House claims that it had no idea the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was encouraging frontmen for Mexico’s cartels to buy weapons from U.S. gun dealers — to “trace” them afterward."(Investors Business Daily)
- DOJ Criminal Division Chief Lanny Breuer said time and again in public speeches that he supported Operation Gunrunner.
- Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano was aware of this operation and approved of it. (LINK) "Last week, our administration launched a major new effort to break the backs of the cartels. My department is committing 100 new ATF personnel to the Southwest border in the next 100 days to supplement our ongoing Project Gunrunner, DEA is adding 16 new positions on the border, as well as mobile enforcement teams, and the FBI is creating a new intelligence group focusing on kidnapping and extortion. DHS is making similar commitments, as Secretary Napolitano will detail."
- Both the FBI and DEA had their hands involved in Operation Fast and Furious. "Confidential sources have told Congressional investigators that a main target ATF was trying to identify in Fast and Furious was actually a DEA confidential informant working with the FBI." (LINK to CBS News) Clearly, FBI and DEA were aware of Operation Gunrunner/Fast and Furious.
Despite all of the evidence to the contrary, Attorney General Eric Holder said (to Fox News, September 7, 2011), "The notion that somehow or other this thing reaches into the upper levels of the Justice Department is something that. ... I don't think is supported by the facts," Holder told reporters at an unrelated press conference in Washington. "It's kind of something I think certain members of Congress would like to see, the notion that somehow or other high-level people in the department were involved. As I said, I don't think that is going to be shown to be the case -- which doesn't mean that the mistakes were not serious."
Fox News reported today (LINK to Fox) that the US Taxpayers paid for firearms that were supplied to the Sinaloa Federation narcotics cartel.
Is there any real question in your mind, dear reader, how high this scandal went in the Obama Administration?