#FastAndFurious Get people killed, get a reward!

Posted by: Phineas on August 23, 2012 at 1:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

When confronted with monumental stupidity, one’s options are usually a) get outraged; b) do a Homer Simpson impression and shout “D’oh!”; or c) bang your head on the nearest hard surface.

I’ll take d) all of the above:

Double-dipping: ATF ‘rewarding’ man who ran Operation Fast and Furious

One of the federal law enforcement officials that Congress regards as most responsible for Operation Fast and Furious received extended paid leave from his government job, which allows him to draw a second salary working at JP Morgan.

The paid leave also allows [Bill] McMahon to get a larger pension when he finally, officially, leaves the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

“Given McMahon’s outsized role in the Fast and Furious scandal, the decision to approve an extended annual leave arrangement in order to attain pension eligibility and facilitate full-time, outside employment while still collecting a full-time salary at ATF raises a host of questions about both the propriety of the arrangement and the judgment of ATF management,” wrote Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., in a letter to ATF.

Gee, ya think? McMahon knew there were no real safeguards on Fast and Furious’ gunwalking operation, yet he –by his own admission– did nothing to stop it. Two federal agents and more than 300 Mexicans are dead, killed by weapons this numbskull let into the hands murderous Mexican drug cartels. And what happens to Mr. McMahon? Censure? Demotion? Dismissal? Criminal charges?

Don’t be silly, silly! For his sterling efforts, Bill McMahon gets leave with pay that will pad his federal pension, while working another cushy full-time job.


Cynical Question: What if this isn’t just a spectacular, albeit all too common, example of bureaucratic idiocy? Doesn’t it seem a bit convenient that the man who knows an awful lot about the most explosive scandal facing the administration gets a boatload of money tossed at him? Maybe in return for taking the fall? Hmmm…

RELATED: Earlier posts about Operation Fast and Furious.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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3 Responses to “#FastAndFurious Get people killed, get a reward!”


  1. Carlos says:

    Sometimes, when one “follows the money” one must also look to see who ISN”T getting theirs taken away. This seems to be a classic example of that.

    And my first guess about who is keeping their cushy, expensive job due to this incompetent thief’s silence? Mr. “My People.”

  2. This revelation is nauseating enough but stop and think about executive privilege being used to prevent finding out the truth about this stupid gun running operation and it becomes evident who the root of the problem is: Obhammud. It all starts at the top. And all Congress can do is sit on their collective as*es, give sound bites to selected TV reporters, write impertinent letters to constituents, or otherwise feign outrage. Election day is Nov. 6th; early voting starts Oct. 22.

  3. Carlos says:

    I feel like a lonely voice in the wilderness, but if there were any reputable, ethical people (especially Repubs, but also jackasses) in DC they would be screaming about the rampant corruption so evident in Washington, D.C. By their very silence they as as complicit in the corruption as the actual perpetrators of that corruption, and nicey-nice sound bites during an election year just don’t cut it, either with me or anyone else with more than two active brain cells watching that supposedly-drained swamp.