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NRA- calling for investigation of BATFE

On March 9, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox sent letters to key leaders in Congress calling for hearings to examine the firearms trafficking investigations tactics employed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Those tactics have allegedly allowed firearms to fall into the hands of Mexican criminal organizations, with the knowledge of the BATFE.

In the letters sent to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Ranking Member, John Conyers (D-Mich.) and their counterparts in the U.S. Senate, Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Ranking Member Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), Cox wrote that the BATFE project “reportedly allowed over 2,000 firearms to be sold to individuals already linked to Mexican drug cartels. Many of those transactions were reported as suspicious by the licensed firearms dealers themselves, but BATFE reportedly encouraged them to proceed with these sales, which the dealers would otherwise have turned down.”

Cox also called on the committees to look into the BATFE responses to inquiries about these suspect programs, stating “Any investigation should also examine the responses by the BATFE and the Department of Justice to earlier congressional inquiries about the ‘Fast and Furious’ program.”

To read the full text of these letters, click here.

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Yeah, this is turning into a

Yeah, this is turning into a real #$&^storm.

Very sad to hear about.  I can't see why they would let that many guns go south.  I understand a couple, but at that point, you'd have enough to arrest the guy.

But 2,000?????  Geez.

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NRA calling for investigation of BATFE

Because if you're trying to convince the public that there's an epidemic of guns being smuggled into Mexico, you need data to back it, right?  If you can't find a crisis to exploit, create one.  What do think would be in the news right now if that whistle blower hadn't come forward?  Think about it.

Don't get me wrong...it may not be deliberate in the classic devious sense.  It could just be a matter of corrupted ethics. Sometimes people believe so strongly in something that they don't think it's unethical to create data...they think they're just giving form to something "everyone" knows exists.  We saw this with the Bush National Guard memos, and a few years before that when NBC used rocket motors to guarantee a pickup would burst into flame when hit from the side.

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This is why we have jails

expatriate wrote:

Don't get me wrong...it may not be deliberate in the classic devious sense.  It could just be a matter of corrupted ethics. Sometimes people believe so strongly in something that they don't think it's unethical to create data...they think they're just giving form to something "everyone" knows exists.  We saw this with the Bush National Guard memos, and a few years before that when NBC used rocket motors to guarantee a pickup would burst into flame when hit from the side.

 

Yeah that's called lieing, slander, libel, and violations of professional ethics in any number of preofessions- it should lead directly to losing your job and jail time.

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True, but...

That's true, groovy mike...but we're not talking about normal folks.  We're talking about people so consumed with their ideology that they lose track of everything else.  In a normal world, we form opinions based on facts.  But some ideologues get that backward...they convince themselves of something, and then go looking for facts to support it.  In exteme cases, they not only convince themselves of a "truth", but convince themselves that facts supporting it exist as well, even if they can't find them.  In their mind, they don't see a problem with "recreating" facts they know in their hearts exist.

It's twisted, I know...but I saw it during the Bush memo case.  I actually saw someone state that it didn't matter if the early 70s memos were written in MS Word on a laser printer -- everyone knows (according to them) the documents existed...they just couldn't be found.  So in their opinion "recreating" them was legitimate.  Same thing happened in the Duke LaCrosse case...people so convinced of something that they'll falsify and manipulate to prove it.  These people don't see it as pulling the wool over your eyes...in their twisted view they see it as overcoming technicalities that prevent the truth from emerging.

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There's just no excuse for giving up your ethics.

I’m a government auditor by profession.   

My job is to look for lies and theft and expose them for prosecution and remuneration.   

So I have no patience with this stuff.  There's just no excuse for giving up your ethics.

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Go get 'em!  Somebody needs to keep these guys honest.

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