Skip to comments.ATF promotes supervisors in controversial gun operation (Fast and Furious)
Posted on 08/16/2011 5:15:19 AM PDT by Libloather
ATF promotes supervisors in controversial gun operation
The three, who have been criticized for pushing on with the border weapons sting even as it came apart, receive new management jobs in Washington.
By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
August 16, 2011
Reporting from Washington The ATF has promoted three key supervisors of a controversial sting operation that allowed firearms to be illegally trafficked across the U.S. border into Mexico.
All three have been heavily criticized for pushing the program forward even as it became apparent that it was out of control. At least 2,000 guns were lost and many turned up at crime scenes in Mexico and two at the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona.
The three supervisors have been given new management positions at the agency's headquarters in Washington. They are William G. McMahon, who was the ATF's deputy director of operations in the West, where the illegal trafficking program was focused, and William D. Newell and David Voth, both field supervisors who oversaw the program out of the agency's Phoenix office.
McMahon and Newell have acknowledged making serious mistakes in the program, which was dubbed Operation Fast and Furious.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimes.com ...
Hush money, plain and simple. That and to keep close tabs on them.
Same thing happened after Ruby Ridge and Waco. The agents in charge (both FBI and ATF) were almost to a man promoted.
If we give you a nice cushy job, with a healthy salary and lifetime benefits after retirement, will you shut up?
These are the things that liberals rail against regarding corporations (you see it in the news and movies) trying to silence “whistle-blowers”.....but when gov’t does it...no problem.
The Peter Principle gone to extremes.
By the way, from my perspective, this attempt to silence them is called being an accessory after the fact.
In today's America, if millions were rounded up for orderly disposal, the authorities would promote those involved.
The participants in the Ruby Ridge murders got awards, too.
“In today’s America, if millions were rounded up for orderly disposal, the authorities would promote those involved.”
Uhhh - aren’t you assuming that the ‘rounders’ (pun intended) survived the responses of the ‘roundees’?
What complete and utter scum they all are. Rather than being promoted they should all be arrested and tried.
Gots to be.
Three ATF agents directly involved in an operation that let straw buyers buy guns that ended up in the hands of mexican drug cartels, let the operation get out of control, and get promoted for their efforts. Doesn’t that sound odd to you? Am I missing something here? What would you do with someone who you knew could take you down with what they know?
“Voth was an on-the-ground team supervisor for the operation, and last month he was moved to Washington to become branch chief for the ATF’s tobacco division.”
HIs first scheme is to allow tobacco to freely cross the border into NYC.
That is the way it is done at the ATF. The criminals rise to the top.
The SEC did the same, rewarded the employee that botched Madoff investigation. Very corrupt administration.
Here they are. Doing this. Killing people. Gaining power daily.
Go. Do it. Let's see this "response".
Are you willing to be painted as the next Drega? The next Heemeyer? The next Kaczynski? The next Breivik?
ATF needs to be abolished and loads of its management should be in prison.
Did we expect anything less?
In the posiiton of the commies now running th egovernment, it depends if they wanted to play ball or not. If they didn't want to play ball then they would be "liquidated" with the utmost haste. Since these ATF yahoos are obviously team players, they are rewarded for keeping their yaps shut and playing ball.
Unfortunately they're not playing for the American team.
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So...WHO made this decision?
They acknowledged committing serious mistakes (crimes) and got promoted. This is the perfect argument for shuttering about half of the US governmental agencies.
That might lead to othersif you know what I mean.
...But, I best not say it. All ready got the boot once...
I screamed at my monitor. [It didn’t help one bit.]
I just might kick the dog. //sarc
Circling the wagons...
Yes it is, and I would venture to say criminal.
Yet, isn’t this a classic example of your typical gov’t employee screw up getting promoted?
Even with Obama’s reelection campaign underway, the opposition party don't even pretend to be outraged about this injustice.
...Been following this for a long time. Someone posted not only is this issue egregious, everything this administration has done is criminal! Even Clinton, as corrupt as he was, is a choirboy compared to these Nazis and Leninists!!!
Nah. History does not precisely repeat itself, but it does echo art times.
On 30th January, 1943, Adolf Hitler promoted Freidrich von Paulus to field marshal and sent him a message reminding him that no German field marshal had ever been captured. Hitler was clearly suggesting to Paulus to commit suicide but he declined and the following day surrendered to the Red Army. The last of the Germans surrendered on 2nd February.
Purchased silence. But it will not silence the investigation.
Issa “must” smell blood in the water....
Nothing we haven't known for a long while now...
"Internal ATF emails seem to suggest that ATF agents were counseled to highlight a link between criminals and certain semi-automatic weapons in order to bolster a case for a rule like the one the DOJ announced yesterday [Monday]."
Townhall has obtained the email which states "Can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same FfL and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks Mark R. Chait Assistant Director Field Operations."
The FBI pulled a really slick one after Ruby Ridge. The two agents in charge (I have forgotten their names) were caught red handed violating FBI procedures and probably the law.
They were both given reprimands. Now a reprimand in your personnel file used to be considered a career killer. Typically anyone getting one would simply resign.
Not these FBI agents tho. A few weeks after getting their reprimands, they were both promoted.
It just got worse under Obastard.
Actually his name was just Friedrich Paulus not von Paulus. I once had a history prof tell us that and sure enough, years later I looked it up and there is no “von” in his name.
Interesting as it is probably stated as von Paulus more often than not.
...The main reason...
And why not??
The Extra-Constitutionalist Statists running America want people they can TRUST running things. Hitler did the same thing.
ATF along with the DEA needs to be abolished and the WORTHWHILE AMERICANS in either organization - if there are any - re-assigned to the FBI and CIA where they belong.
control by silver of lead, these guys chose the silver
...Hang in, Friend...
Gulags and killing fields are the twinkles in this administrations' eyes. The sooner ordinary citizens wake up to this, the better. What's wrong with Repubs, I wonder. Riding gravy train? On board with the program? Blackmailed because of what they have in their closetses? Eunuchs?
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