Skip to comments.E-mails reveal retaliation, cover-up at ATF, DoJ following Fast & Furious exposure
Posted on 06/30/2012 9:48:17 AM PDT by Kaslin
I recall a time when Democrats regularly lionized whistleblowers … during the Bush administration, of course. The media hailed them as heroes; Time Magazine even made them the collective Person of the Year for 2002. Democrats loved them so much that they ran one of the whistleblowers on that cover in my Congressional district in 2006 against Rep. John Kline, a former Marine colonel that Colleen Rowley’s campaign photoshopped into a Nazi uniform for their campaign website. Needless to say, Rowley has disappeared back into well-deserved obscurity, while Kline still represents my district.
These days, in the Obama era, Democrats and the media seem a lot less admiring of whistleblowers, oddly enough. Imagine for a moment that Rowley had been assigned a new boss at the FBI after her whistleblowing, one that had told others that the agency needed to “get whatever dirt we can” on her to “take her down,” and especially if that boss had previously said in the presence of at least one witness that the FBI needed to “f**k” said whistleblower. Can you imagine the media meltdown that would have occurred? Well, you’re going to have to be satisfied with imagining it, but Senator Charles Grassley and Rep. Darrell Issa want answers as to why two Operation Fast and Furious whistleblowers got assigned to work for a man who said exactly that about them:
In a Friday letter to the DOJs Inspector General Michael Horowitz, Grassley and Issa said theyre now concerned retaliation is much more likely following Thursdays votes to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal and civil contempt of Congress.
We just learned that ATF senior management placed two of the main whistleblowers who have testified before Congress about Fast and Furious under the supervision of someone who vowed to retaliate against them, they wrote before describing how senior political figures have made dangerous threats before.
Grassley and Issa said that in early 2011, right around the time Grassley first made public the whistleblowers allegations about Fast and Furious, Scot Thomasson then the chief of the ATFs Public Affairs Division said, according to an eyewitness account: We need to get whatever dirt we can on these guys [the whistleblowers] and take them down.
Thomasson also allegedly said that: All these whistleblowers have axes to grind. ATF needs to fk these guys.
According to Grassley and Issa, when Thomasson was asked about whistleblowers allegations that guns were allowed to walk, Thomasson said he didnt know and didnt care.
That’s not all that Issa and Grassley want to know, either. Departing Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich wrote the now-infamous letter of February 2011 to Grassley that asserted the DoJ had no knowledge of gunwalking in OF&F. Newly released e-mails now show Weich and former acting ATF head Ken Melson cc’ed on e-mails discussing how to respond to Congressional inquiries on just this point. A January 12, 2011 memo from ATF circulated within the agency briefs officials about how to respond to this question:
“Some media reports, referencing an anonymous ATF official, claim that ATF knowingly “walked” about 1,900 firearms across the US-Mexico border as part of this operation. What can you tell me about that?” — Or — “The news release/indictment indicates that A TF waited until nearly 2,000 guns were
illegally purchased before arresting the straw buyers in this case. Why did ATF wait so long?”
ANSWER: It’s not against the law for an individual to purchase 10,20 or 50 or even 100 guns at one time. It’s not illegal to own or possess hundreds of guns; however, it is illegal to straw purchase firearms for those who cannot possess them legally. Operation Fast and Furious became a long-term investigation because of the amount of time it took to gather enough evidence against those who were supplying these violent criminals with the tools of their trade. We needed to ensure that when we did arrest these individuals, justice would be served.
ANSWER: Knowing what it takes to prosecute these types of federal violations is the best way to understand why this investigation took as long as it did and utilized so many resources. Investigations of this type are often long and complicated due to the fact that firearms are a legal commodity being diverted for illegal use. When conducting these investigations we have found that the end user of often shrouded by many layers of straw purchasers and middlemen whose sole purpose is to hide the connection between the first retail purchaser and the violent criminal. Determining when the firearm leaves legal commerce can be extremely difficult and therefore hard to prove.
In other words, the gunwalking was common enough knowledge that the ATF prepared a formal memo (see attachment 2) to instruct officials how to respond to questions about it on January 11, 2011. Yet when Congress asked Weich to inform them, Weich prepared a response three weeks after that ATF briefing memo was published that outright denied it ever happened, and the DoJ did not correct that testimony for another ten months. Either Weich is one of the most incompetent bureaucrats in recent history, or he and the ATF were trying to cover up their gunwalking from Congress. Intimidating whistleblowers had to be part of that strategy; Weich’s position would have been — and turned out to be — untenable while whistleblowers kept tipping off Congress.
So when will the media fall back in love with whistleblowers? I’ll go out on a limb and predict it will be when a Republican gets elected President. May that day come soon.
What does Holder know about Obama? There must be something big to cover-up.
Sadly, we are in a BANANA REPUBLIC right now......the DOJ attorneys REFUSE to prosecute Holder.....Obama waves his hand and makes laws.......and the Supreme Court is out of control!
They are friends and they are black....need I say more??
“Let’s get something on him and take him down.” This is also what the said about SC Justice Roberts.
“....need I say more??”
‘How ‘bout bein’ on the down low?
"ATF officials didn't intend to publicly disclose their own role in letting Mexican cartels obtain the weapons, but emails show they discussed using the sales, including sales encouraged by ATF, to justify a new gun regulation called "Demand Letter 3". "
President Mountain Dew told John Roberts it would be a shame for something to happen to him like happened to Judge Roll.
Yeah, but SO WHAT!?
Did everyone just forget that Eric Holder is black?
Nothing is going to happen to him, no one is going to do a damn thing, most certainly not John Boner.
I know! Maybe they can sue him for whatever, then he will apoeal the the SCOTUS, then guess what...
He deserves to be under the jail...
Without the MSM reporting on this night after night the majority of the public won’t get worked up
BTW Krauthammer assures us that the MSM would be forced to cover it
Hey Charles I am still waiting
Based on THAT damn picture, Ronald Weich actually gives credence to the occasional wacko conspiratorial theory that reptilians have taken human form and are subverting our government from within.
No one wants to be first to spill their guts, as then the dam will break wide open.
All in all, this last week has been devastating to us peons in flyover country, as first AZ law turned upside down, then healthcare upheld by Roberts (is he being blackmailed - something about his adopted children??), F&F is hitting the fan and we're just stuck here watching the mud and poo sling every which way.
God save this country. God doesn't have to be on our side, we need to be on HIS side! Vote in November to oust this nightmare from the White House.
As slow Joe Biden would say, “this is a big fu**ing deal”.
Punctuation doesn't change when administrations change and either should the ‘take’ on whistleblowers. Then again maybe the MSM;s not concerned about the respect and trust of readers - - there's always some friggin’ worthless prize to hang on the fattest ego in the organization...
Yeah, that's it - lay off more journalists, downsize, write crap - and win a great big PRIZE. ( never been a prize for a conservative expose... odd isn't it?)
The merry-go-round of corruption speeds up. Up and down and ‘round and ‘round.
Good observation, mkjessup. It gave me the heebie-jeebies but I didn't know why until your post! HA!
Great minds think alike FRiend, we both picked up on it with our visual instincts, I merely articulated what we were both thinking.
Oh wait, you just said that. lol