Solyndra: next stop for the FBI — the Department of Energy?

September 9, 2011

Not only did the DoE work to get the now-bankrupt solar-power manufacturer sweetheart loans (guaranteed with your money), but Energy representatives sat in on the company’s board meetings during the time it’s business was swirling the drain:

When Harrison came to Washington in July, he said, the company was hoping to land more financing to stay afloat. “When we were there, the circumstances of the company, business was good, we had record shipments. We had momentum in the marketplace,” Miller said.

The Energy Department was keeping a close eye on Solyndra during those crucial months – sitting in on board meetings as an observer as part of the loan restructuring, iWatch News and ABC reported Thursday. That raises key questions: Did DOE miss obvious warning signs of the company’s troubles in the final months before its collapse?

So, um… What happened during the board meetings when the bad news was being discussed? Did someone tap the DoE rep on the shoulder and say “Look! It’s Elvis!” ?

Okay, so the needle on the “stink of corruption” dial has gone from “something smells” to “fish rotting in the sun” Either there was gross incompetence here, or backscratching worthy of Tammany Hall (1).

As usual, Allahpundit gets to the heart of the matter:

And yet, and yet, not only did the White House have access to industry reports, they actually had a seat in Solyndra’s board room while the meltdown was in progress. Question one: How is it that, with the buzzards circling, Solyndra was still allowed to refinance its federal loan earlier this year to extend the term of repayment? And question two: If the White House knew firsthand that the company was in trouble, why’d they let the CEO waltz into Congress two months ago and reassure House members that everything was A-OK with the business?

Good questions. It’s time for some answers.

RELATED: Earlier on Solyndra.

(1) You know it’s bad when even Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) smells a rat.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Gunwalker: did the FBI cover up evidence in the Brian Terry killing?

September 9, 2011

Brian Terry was a US Border Patrol agent killed last year near the Mexican border in Arizona a gun-battle with what were then described as “bandits.” Two of the guns used to kill Agent Terry were traced to a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF) operation called “Fast and Furious” (aka “Gunwalker”), which allowed the illegal purchase of weapons at US gun shops by straw buyers for Mexican drug cartels and then allowed them to be “walked” over the border to the real buyers.

No, I have no idea what they were thinking, either.

Now evidence has come out that there was a third Gunwalker firearm at Terry’s killing, and that the FBI may have covered it up to protect a confidential informant planted with the cartels:

Sources say emails support their contention that the FBI concealed evidence to protect a confidential informant. Sources close to the Terry case say the FBI informant works inside a major Mexican cartel and provided the money to obtain the weapons used to kill Terry.

Unlike the two AK-style assault weapons found at the scene, the third weapon could more easily be linked to the informant. To prevent that from happening, sources say, the third gun “disappeared.”

In addition to the emails obtained by Fox News, an audio recording from a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent investigating the Terry case seems to confirm the existence of a third weapon. In that conversation, the agent refers to an “SKS assault rifle out of Texas” found at the Terry murder scene south of Tucson.

The FBI refused to answer a detailed set of questions submitted to officials by Fox News. Instead, agency spokesman Paul Bresson said, “The Brian Terry investigation is still ongoing so I cannot comment.” Bresson referred Fox News to court records that only identify the two possible murder weapons.

However, in the hours after Terry was killed on Dec. 14, 2010, several emails written to top ATF officials suggest otherwise.

In one, an intelligence analyst writes that by 7:45 p.m. — about 21 hours after the shooting — she had successfully traced two weapons at the scene, and is now “researching the trace status of firearms recovered earlier today by the FBI.”

In another email, deputy ATF-Phoenix director George Gillett asks: “Are those two (AK-47s) in addition to the gun already recovered this morning?”

Be sure to read the rest.

Meanwhile, I’d sure like to know the answer to Mr. Gillett’s question, wouldn’t you? And, beyond that, where did the third gun go and who gave the orders not to include it in the evidence recovered from the crime scene?

We’re not just talking about a huge federal scandal involving multiple agencies here. A US Border Patrol agent was killed with weapons allowed purposefully to fall into the hands of the bad guys. Simple justice for Agent Terry and his family (who have been treated shabbily by the US Attorney’s office in Arizona) demands that the truth come out.

It’s time for people to start testifying under oath, both before Congress and a grand jury. And if the Obama administration won’t agree to a special prosecutor, then the attorney general offices in the affected states should open their own investigations. Surely there were multiple state laws broken here, too.

via Nice Deb through Michelle Malkin.

RELATED: Earlier Gunwalker posts.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)

9/11 ten years later: F-16 pilots were ready to ram Flight 93

September 9, 2011

All I can say is… wow:

As remarkable as it seems now, there were no armed aircraft standing by and no system in place to scramble them over Washington. Before that morning, all eyes were looking outward, still scanning the old Cold War threat paths for planes and missiles coming over the polar ice cap.

“There was no perceived threat at the time, especially one coming from the homeland like that,” says Col. George Degnon, vice commander of the 113th Wing at Andrews. “It was a little bit of a helpless feeling, but we did everything humanly possible to get the aircraft armed and in the air. It was amazing to see people react.”

Things are different today, ­Degnon says. At least two “hot-cocked” planes are ready at all times, their pilots never more than yards from the cockpit.

A third plane hit the Pentagon, and almost at once came word that a fourth plane could be on the way, maybe more. The jets would be armed within an hour, but somebody had to fly now, weapons or no weapons.

“Lucky, you’re coming with me,” barked Col. Marc Sasseville.

They were gearing up in the pre-flight life-support area when Sasseville, struggling into his flight suit, met her eye.

“I’m going to go for the cockpit,” Sasseville said.

She replied without hesitating.

“I’ll take the tail.”

It was a plan. And a pact.

I’ll point out that “Lucky” was Lt. Heather “Lucky” Penney, one of America’s first female combat pilots. She was later part of the fighter escort that guarded Air Force One when Bush returned to Washington. This article is one of the first interviews she’s given since that day.

Historian Victor Davis Hanson has often written of the selfless valor and determination of the free citizen-soldier of a republic, as opposed to the slaves of kings and dictators; the pact made by Col. Sasseville and Lt. Penney on September 11th, 2001, is yet another example

No more commentary is necessary. Just read the whole thing.

via The Jawa Report

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)