Wednesday, March 2, 2011

A Project Gunwalker Scandal Grab Bag: Questions, Indictments and a Congressman agrees to press for hearings.

Congressman Raúl Labrador, 1st District, Idaho.

David Codrea asks: "Was ICE agent killed with ‘walked’ gun?"

When the killing was first reported, two separate journalists investigating the unfolding “Project Gunwalker”* story asked this correspondent if walked guns were involved, but at the time it was premature to even speculate. Since revelations in this arrest show “the [arrested] men were the subject of an undercover investigation by agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Drug Enforcement Administration in November," it’s no longer premature—at least to speculate.

The Osorio and Kelvin indictments, which continue to raise questions about timing, Osorio here, and Kelvin here.

And it is nice to see that there are at least a few Congressmen who get it:
"Idaho Rep. to urge Darrell Issa to investigate ‘Project Gunwalker’ charges."

David Codrea writes:

Two Idaho congressmen have responded to constituent requests to investigate “Project Gunwalker”* allegations. Rep. Raúl Labrador and Rep. Mike Simpson sent email replies to two constituents who have shared them with this correspondent, and which are presented in the sidebar slideshow accompanying this article.

Rep. Labrador demonstrated a familiarity with the circumstances and background of this story, citing Senator Charles Grassley’s investigation and the need to ensure whistleblower protection. Further, he made a pledge that will be welcome to advocates for expanding hearings to the House of Representatives:

…I agree that it is time for the Oversight and Government Reform Committee to hold hearings on the BATFE abuses and I will encourage Chairman Issa to do so in the future.

Issa’s committed and focused involvement is essential. As The Washington Post noted in an unrelated story:

The chairman's post has almost limitless subpoena power.

Indeed it does does.

Congressman Labrador's Letter:

March 1, 2011


Thank you for contacting me about holding the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives accountable. I appreciate hearing your thoughts and concerns on this important issue.

As you know, Senator Charles Grassley has written and asked the BATFE to respond to allegations of suspicious firearm transactions. In the letter, he questions the agency’s conduct of Project Gunrunner, which as you know seeks to lessen the trafficking of drugs and weapons into Mexico, and specifically questions whether the agency tried to silence an internal whistleblower, who noticed this error.

I understand both your concern and the importance of this issue. BATFE actions should not infringe on the Second Amendment rights of law-abiding citizens. Because of this, I agree that it is time for the Oversight and Government Reform Committee to hold hearings on the BATFE abuses and I will encourage Chairman Issa to do so in the future.

Again, thank you for taking the time to contact me. As your representative in Congress, it is helpful for me to know your thoughts and opinions on issues that are important to you. I would encourage you to visit my website,, where you can read about my views on a variety of issues and also sign up for my e-newsletter.

Raúl Labrador
Member of Congress
1st District, Idaho

And what has your Congresscritter done on this scandal so far?

And why not?


Anonymous said...

They have done NOTHING. Absolutely NOTHING.

David Codrea said...

If there's one thing readers can do right now to really set off the second stage booster on this it would be to turn the heat on Issa. Contact him yourself, get your friends to contact him and spread the word on blogs, forums, email lists, etc.

If Issa weighs in on this it will literally terrorize responsible BATFU management--I may start a pool to see which one will rat out the other ones first.

Please help make that happen?

eddymatthews said...

What have my reps done? Not one thing. After repeated e-mails, nada. Conservative talk show hosts that say they are patriots, nada! I'm talking about Texas! and I am talking about someone who reps the area where Carter's country is. I am tired of diversions! It is time to raise some hell and go to these "rep's" offices with some signs and I am going to do my best to organize that. Funny thing, my computer slows down while I am trying to convey this. hmmmmmmmmmmmmm

WarriorClass said...

175 years ago today, day nine of the siege of the Alamo...

I have sent numerous emails to my congressman and senators as well. Let's take the Texas reps to task, eddy! I'll go with you.