Law And Odor

Posted on January 29, 2012 by


Of the many government officials involved in the “Operation Fast and Furious” gun- running scheme, only one has lost his jobOn July 10, 2009, President Obama named Dennis Burke as his nominee for U.S. attorney for Arizona. He was confirmed by unanimous consent in the Senate on Sept. 15 of that year. Interestingly, over the course of the previous two decades, Burke was deeply involved in “gun control” legislation, working closely with a White House policy analyst named Rahm Emanuel to draft legislation banning semiautomatic rifles. Introduced by Burke’s mentor, then-Senator Dennis DeConcini, a Democrat from Arizona, it was subsequently passed and signed into law by President Clinton in 1994.

Burke continued to work closely with Emmanuel until 1997, at which time he teamed up with Janet Napolitano, with whom he worked for the next decade.

One month after his appointment as U.S. Attorney/Arizona was confirmed, the clandestine scheme known as “Operation Fast and Furious” was initiated under the watchful eye of a long-time gun opponent. Although there is general agreement that Burke ultimately became the fall guy, taking the heat for others in the Department of Justice and the White House, perhaps nothing so deftly illustrates his enthusiastic complicity in the sordid operation as his own words – crafted and sent to colleagues as whistle-blowers within ATF unraveled the scheme: in response to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who informed DoJ of his abiding concerns regarding the operation, Burke denounced the assertions as “categorically false.” And he went further, referring to congressional investigators as “stooges” who were beholden to right-wing gun-nuts.

In fact, Burke composed and sent numerous emails to top DoJ officials, bemoaning “bad publicity” and accusing Senator Grassley of lying. Eventually, even one of those Burke was apparently seeking to protect – his boss, Eric Holder – admitted that Senator Grassley’s assertions were true. Clearly, Burke’s days as US Attorney were numbered.

It seems unquestionable that he hoped to employ the operation as a means toward the end of gutting the Constitutional guarantee afforded by the 2nd Amendment; he may not have been “fast”, but he was clearly “furious” over the unraveling of his plan. The deaths of a few hundred Mexican citizens and at least one U.S. Border Patrol agent appear to have been irrelevant to him. And all that’s happened to him, thus far, is that he was forced to resign as a US Attorney. Nobody else – not Eric Holder, not Janet Napolitano, nor anyone in the White House has been called to account.

The investigations on two fronts are ongoing.

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