More on Operation Gunwalker
CBS covers the case of the fellow whom Justice Dept allowed to run grenade casings to Mexico. In this case, ATF was begging to stop him, and Justice refused to allow it.
"Attkisson added on "The Early Show" that, in August, Mexican authorities raided Kingery's stash house and factory, finding materials for 1,000 grenades. He was charged with trafficking and allegedly admitted not only to making grenades, but also to teaching cartels how to make them, as well as helping cartel members convert semi-automatic rifles to fully-automatic. As one source put it: There's no telling how much damage Kingery did in the year-and-a-half since he was first let go."
I think Holder's defense -- he got over a hundred weekly reports each week, and had no time to read them (though you'd think he would have done so before testifying before Congress) -- points out how the national government has grown so large that it really isn't manageable. The nominal head of Justice -- named by the President, and confirmed by the Senate -- can't even read the memos being sent up by his subordinates. His immediate subordinates, the Assistant AGs and their equivalent -- probably are in the same fix. Even the heads of agencies below them aren't much better off -- look at Melson's statement that he became nauseous at reading what had gone on, and that was an operation in which he'd taken a serious interest.
I saw this at Interior. At one point the Secretary enjoyed calling staff attorneys to see how a particular case was going (he was being given a briefing book, actually many books, which explained each case and had the staff attorney's name and phone). We were given written orders not to take his phone calls. He was to make a request thru channels, and receive an answer that had been prepared by the staffer, edited by his boss, his boss's boss, and the Solicitor, to ensure it was "our position."