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ATF Whistleblower Case Triggers Retaliation Inquiry
NPR.org ^ | 7/21/11 | Carrie Johnson

Posted on 07/21/2011 4:42:10 PM PDT by Nachum

The Justice Department's inspector general has opened an investigation into possible retaliation against a whistle-blowing agent at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to two people briefed on the inquiry.

Watchdogs are examining whether anyone at the Justice Department improperly released internal correspondence to try to smear ATF agent John Dodson, who told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last month that he repeatedly warned supervisors about what he called a reckless law enforcement operation known as "Fast and Furious."

Republican lawmakers in both the House and Senate have spent months pursuing allegations that the ATF may have knowingly allowed assault weapons to enter Mexico in order to try to build bigger criminal cases against violent drug cartels that make use of AK-47s and other American weapons.

(Excerpt) Read more at npr.org ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: atf; banglist; case; castaway; dea; doj; fastandfurious; fbi; gunrunner; gunwalker; holder; obama; triggers; whistleblower

1 posted on 07/21/2011 4:42:12 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/gunrunner.htm


2 posted on 07/21/2011 4:43:09 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

Another Inspector General firing in the offing?


3 posted on 07/21/2011 4:46:16 PM PDT by Spok (A truly free man rejects the role of both slave and master.)
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To: Nachum
"The ATF was formerly part of the United States Department of the Treasury, having been formed in 1886 as the "Revenue Laboratory"".....
4 posted on 07/21/2011 4:49:02 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Nachum

The Justice Dept’s Inspector General is investigating the Justice Dept? Isn’t that a little like having a fox investigate who killed the chickens in the hen house?


5 posted on 07/21/2011 4:49:15 PM PDT by lonevoice (Life is short. Make fun of it.)
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To: Nachum

If this is true Issa or Grassley should walk John Dodson out in front of the cameras and expose this dictatorial regime for what it is. This would also make a great commercial against the dictator in chief in the upcoming 2012 elections.

However the wimpy Republicans refuse to expose this administration with the ammunition that is handed to them.


6 posted on 07/21/2011 4:49:20 PM PDT by doc
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To: Nachum
This from NPR? The story wasn't even slanted like usual. Huh. Someone snuck one by.
7 posted on 07/21/2011 4:51:35 PM PDT by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management)
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To: lonevoice

It is a good way to find evidence and then hide it from the public with gag orders. Another lawyers’ trick.


8 posted on 07/21/2011 4:52:30 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: 50cal Smokepole

Lots of slant here. This is just a brazen attempt to hide evidence.


9 posted on 07/21/2011 4:53:31 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

NPR, this is good. I want to see this story break out in the MSM.


10 posted on 07/21/2011 5:00:44 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Nachum

I’m afraid you’re right about that.


11 posted on 07/21/2011 5:02:13 PM PDT by lonevoice (Life is short. Make fun of it.)
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To: Nachum

12 posted on 07/21/2011 5:07:18 PM PDT by Bean Counter ("A society that gets rid of all its troublemakers goes downhill." — Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Nachum

Alinsky again!


13 posted on 07/21/2011 5:10:48 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Nachum
I should have said “The story wasn't even slanted AS MUCH AS usual.” It's NPR, enuff said.
14 posted on 07/21/2011 5:11:50 PM PDT by 50cal Smokepole (Effective gun control involves effective recoil management)
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To: Nachum

Our government - and the Obama Administration particularly - reminds me of a sewage lagoon. A slick surface appearance, but bubbles keep erupting emitting a foul stench. >PS


15 posted on 07/21/2011 5:16:56 PM PDT by PiperShade
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To: lonevoice
"Isn’t that a little like having a fox investigate who killed the chickens in the hen house?"

And! . . Reported by NPR!

Yep, we're really gonna get to the bottom of this scandal. /sarcasm

16 posted on 07/21/2011 5:27:42 PM PDT by labette ( Humble student of Thinkology)
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To: Nachum; All
allegations that the ATF may have knowingly allowed assault weapons to enter Mexico in order to try to build bigger criminal cases against violent drug cartels that make use of AK-47s and other American weapons.

There is the slant. It is the *underpants Gnome* theory of how this was supposed to work.

1. We allow thousands of guns to illegally cross into Mexico without tracking them or alerting the Mexican authorities.

2. We get excited when the guns are used to murder Mexican police and civilians. Then a miracle happens.

3. We bring down the drug cartels! ( but no one can explain how this occurs!)

17 posted on 07/21/2011 5:52:22 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: marktwain

Can we assume the tracking devices in the guns malfunctioned? /s


18 posted on 07/21/2011 5:54:55 PM PDT by GOPJ (Honk if I'm paying for your car, your mortgage, and your big, fat Greek bailout - mewzilla)
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To: vette6387; MetaThought; 60Gunner; XHogPilot; FreedomPoster; Josephat; Prince of Space; ...

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19 posted on 07/21/2011 5:56:34 PM PDT by MestaMachine (Guns don't kill people, the obama administration does. (Gunwalker Ping List))
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To: GOPJ

Heard that an agent tried to rig his own tracking system using Radio Shack components, but the batteris ran out too fast to do any good.


20 posted on 07/21/2011 5:59:25 PM PDT by MestaMachine (Guns don't kill people, the obama administration does. (Gunwalker Ping List))
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To: Spok

Apparently the IG was unsuccessful in his CYA efforts. First one under the bus?


21 posted on 07/21/2011 6:02:40 PM PDT by willibeaux (de ole Korean War vet age 81)
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To: Nachum

‘Bout damn time.


22 posted on 07/21/2011 6:15:24 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: GOPJ; All
Can we assume the tracking devices in the guns malfunctioned? /s

As far as I can tell so far, out of thousands of guns, there were only two with GPS trackers. The ATF folks watched one of them go into Mexico until it got out of range or batteries. I have not heard anything about the other one.

Even if they all had GPS devices, what is the point? Eventually batteries die. So you can show that guns smuggled into Mexico were in certain places at certain times.

The ATF was not cooperating with any Mexican authorities, and they had no jurisdiction to investigate in Mexico.

23 posted on 07/21/2011 6:37:24 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: doc

“However the wimpy Republicans refuse to expose this administration with the ammunition that is handed to them.”

Some of them probably have a hand in this mess.


24 posted on 07/21/2011 6:40:22 PM PDT by Darryl Lecht ("Head down over a saddle.")
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To: doc
If this is true Issa or Grassley should walk John Dodson out in front of the cameras and expose this dictatorial regime for what it is. This would also make a great commercial against the dictator in chief in the upcoming 2012 elections. However the wimpy Republicans refuse to expose this administration with the ammunition that is handed to them.

Dodson has been put in front of the cameras. It is not "wimpy Republicans" that are the problem. I learned that in 1995. The Republicans were making great speeches, they would have carried the day if the public had heard them. The MSM just didn't carry them.

That is what we are up against. The MSM has ruled as a Mediacracy by deciding what is important and what the public needs to know. With the new media, they no longer have nearly complete control over the dissemination of the news.

The struggle that we are involved in is a great contest to see if there is enough new media to create a majority that the MSM will not be able to fool.

25 posted on 07/21/2011 6:44:26 PM PDT by marktwain
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To: Free Vulcan

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22Kl_-Bo7R8


26 posted on 07/21/2011 8:18:56 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Nachum

Wait a minute are they looking into why the whistle blower was fired after testifying before congress? I’ll have to read the entire article but I don’t see his name.


27 posted on 07/21/2011 8:23:12 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Nachum
I read this and went...Arrrrrrgh!, as I KNEW it had to be written by a ditz reporterette:
Republican lawmakers (blah blah blah) ATF may have knowingly allowed assault weapons to enter Mexico in order to try to build bigger criminal cases against violent drug cartels that make use of AK-47s and other American weapons.
And sure as the sun rises in the East I looked and found what I already KNEW: by Carrie Johnson

First, as FReepers all know an AK-47 isn't an 'American Weapon', though our Spec Ops guys do use them on some missions, but that's another topic and irrelevant here. Second, what's being 'smuggled' (/s) in Gunwalker aren't "Assault" weapons. They're semi-auto versions of REAL "Assault" weapons.

Now I used to joke that it has to be a Union Rule that all articles that have a 'gun' in it must be written by an ignorant gun hating leftist *w*itch. Well, the joke's over as these ignoramuses are spreading outright lies and I believe intentionally poisoning the minds of the younger generation that 'All Guns Are Evil'.

That being said, if they are just plain STOO-PID, then screw the p.c. BS, and make them stick to writing about Cake recipes, their favorite Detergent, and the latest in Dishwashers!

28 posted on 07/22/2011 9:16:46 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits [A.Einstein])
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To: Condor51

Look at the bright side. Ditz-ettes will be forced to pay attention to the case.

There are a lot of people who love to read what the Ditz-ettes write.


29 posted on 07/22/2011 9:22:05 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum; Condor51

May I count upon you two for a contribution to the 501-3c that I am organizing to prevent the sale of automatic revolvers at gun shows and trailer park bake sales? I am all for the American hunter keeping a rifle for bird hunting, though. (Providing of course that no lead shot that might harm the environment for the women,+ children, gays and lesbians, minority groups, the handicapped, and the transgendered. I am also worried about endangered species!)


30 posted on 07/22/2011 10:30:20 AM PDT by Kenny Bunk (America. Could be too late to fix anything. And just a wee bit too early to start shooting.)
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To: Kenny Bunk
May I count upon you two for a contribution to the 501-3c that I am organizing to prevent the sale of automatic revolvers at gun shows and trailer park bake sales?
Gee. I'd like to but I gave my last Dollar to FR in the current FReepathon.

However I do share your concern as I've *heard on the street* that there's a rush on by gang-bangers Renegade Mennonites to buy old Webley-Fosbery Self-Cocking Automatic Revolvers. In the six shot .455 Caliber version of course. (why do the Brits always make firearms that need odd size ammo?)

Though I also hear that getting ammo is a bit of a problem since the 'Webley Automatic' hasn't been made since 1915 ;-)

I have an 'older' friend whose from England and he has one of those 'Webley .455s'. It was handed down to him from his grandfather who was in WWI. But he hasn't any .455 ammo for it and he can't find it anywhere.

31 posted on 07/22/2011 11:31:26 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits [A.Einstein])
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To: marktwain
That is what we are up against. The MSM has ruled as a Mediacracy by deciding what is important and what the public needs to know. With the new media, they no longer have nearly complete control over the dissemination of the news.

Yep. They have been flailing around looking for the next show/soap opera trial to soak up 4 networks airtime with. The last one didn't get them over the hump (they expected this story to die, even though it has been unfolding for months).

The OJ trial provided a similar smokescreen for the Clinton DOJ and the BATF during the Congressional Hearings on Waco and Ruby Ridge, while the hearings were only available on C-SPAN starting sometime between 5 pm and midnight....(after the conclusion of House Business), and then only parts were televised. You couldn't even set the VCR timer with an 8 hour tape and be assured of getting what was there, you had to stay up.

32 posted on 07/22/2011 1:37:08 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: marktwain
It is not "wimpy Republicans" that are the problem. I learned that in 1995. The Republicans were making great speeches, they would have carried the day if the public had heard them. The MSM just didn't carry them.

That was never more evident than in the first two hours of the Waco Hearings as carried by CNN.

There was a five-minute rule imposed (each side of the aisle got to speechify/ask questions/whatever, for five minutes, and then handed off to the other party). CNN carried five minutes of Democrat (Schumer) spew, and cut to commercial for five minutes, then five more minutes of Democrat spew, then five more minutes of commercial. After two hours, one hour of Schumer, et. al., and one hour of commercials, they cut away to 'commentary', and did not carry the rest of the hearings.

It took about 20 minutes for me to realize I wasn't getting the whole story and go channel hopping for better coverage--and I found that on C-SPAN, where (for a while) I at least got to hear the Republicans speak.

I'd bounce back to CNN from time to time and find the Republicans still buried in the commercial breaks.

I haven't watched CNN since (except to catch Lou Dobbs late at night once in a while when he was there, questioning the trade deficit with China), but that was the real eye-opener for me.

In contrast with what is happening on the news with Gunwalker, the Watergate hearings dominated the networks in the DC area, taking up almost all of the broadcasting day.

This should be front page, above the fold, headline news all over, but the blackout is on.

33 posted on 07/22/2011 2:04:17 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Nachum

Waiting for the FBI to start whistle blowing .. or being punished for telling what happened.

But I am not holding my breath.


34 posted on 07/22/2011 3:18:56 PM PDT by Munz (All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent.)
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