**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)