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  • Today's Gun Walker Hearing will be broadcast on CSpan 3 at 7:00PM

    07/26/2011 2:50:21 PM PDT · by dickmc · 18 replies
    C Span 3 ^ | 07/26/11 | dickmc
    The gun walker hearing untelevised earlier today will be on CSpan3 at 7:00 PM this evening. If not on your cable, you can also go to CSpan and watch in streaming mode. Regards,
  • Live Now: Fast and Furious Hearings on Fox

    Questioning about to begin. http://interactive.foxnews.com/livestream/live.html
  • VIDEO:Obama Orders:Launched Fast and Furious

    07/24/2011 10:34:49 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 33 replies
    youtube video ^ | youtube video
    VIDEO:Obama Orders:Launched Fast and Furious
  • Gunwalker: Testimony Reveals Eric Holder’s Obfuscation Tactics

    07/21/2011 2:23:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 20, 2011 | Patrick Richardson
    ATF Acting Director Ken Melson's testimony shows just how far the DOJ has gone to impede the investigation and to protect political appointees.Attorney General Eric Holder continues to duck responsibility for Operation Fast and Furious, which allowed more than 2,500 weapons, including thousands of AK-47 variants and .50 caliber sniper rifles, across the Mexican border and into the hands of the cartels. The weapons were used to murder Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and an estimated 150 Mexican nationals. In May of this year, Holder was called to testify in front of Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-CA) House Committee on Oversight...
  • Gunwalker: New Hearings Scheduled

    07/20/2011 10:06:39 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 21 replies
    pajamasmedia.com ^ | July 20,2011 1 hour ago 12:45 PM | pajamasmedia.com
    According to a release from Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-Calif.) his House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has scheduled new hearings into the on going Operation Fast and Furious scandal — this time they’ll be talking to ATF agents based in Mexico: “Operation Fast and Furious: The Other Side of the Border” will examine accounts of agents based in Mexico Washington DC– On Tuesday, July 26th, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will convene a hearing as part of the ongoing investigation into the Department of Justice’s Operation Fast and Furious, a tragically flawed effort that is connected to...
  • 'Gunwalker' could have major impact on Mexican politics

    07/20/2011 4:18:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 July, 2011 | Kurt Hofmann
    Writing for the Abilene Reporter-News, Jorge de la Isla points out a relatively unexplored implication of "Project Gunwalker": Mexico's presidential election, coming up a year from now, could easily have the U.S. gun policy known as "Fast and Furious" at the center of public debate. Two weeks ago, Fox News went farther than that, reporting that the potential next president of Mexico (as the likely nominee by President Felipe Calderón's National Action Party), Senator Santiago Creel, has advocated extradition, and prosecution in Mexico, of any U.S. officials behind Project Gunwalker. Says Sen. Creel: I think we should at least try...
  • Justice Department trying to shield officials in guns scandal, ATF chief says

    07/18/2011 4:30:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 62 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 7/18/11 | Richard A. Serrano
    The Department of Justice is trying to protect its political appointees from becoming embroiled in the broadening Fast and Furious gun-tracing scandal by refusing to release an internal "smoking gun" report that acknowledges the role of top officials in the program that allowed guns to flow illegally into Mexico, according to the head of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Kenneth Melson, the ATF acting director, earlier this month also told congressional investigators examining the role of top officials in the ill-fated program that affidavits in support of wiretaps used in the operation are inconsistent with what...
  • Gun-smuggling cartel figures possibly were paid FBI informants.

    07/18/2011 6:42:35 AM PDT · by GlockThe Vote · 36 replies
    LA Times ^ | July 17, 2011 | Richard Serrano
    Congressional investigators probing the controversial "Fast and Furious" anti-gun-trafficking operation on the border with Mexico believe at least six Mexican drug cartel figures involved in gun smuggling also were paid FBI informants, officials said Saturday. The investigators have asked the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration for details about the alleged informants, as well as why agents at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which ran the Fast and Furious operation, were not told about them. The development raises further doubts about the now-shuttered program, which was created in November 2009 in an effort to track guns across...
  • Violence in Mexico acquires new repercussions

    07/16/2011 10:24:31 PM PDT · by Rabin · 33 replies
    granma, havana ^ | June 23, 2011 | Jacinto Granda de Laserna
    A failed operation by U.S. authorities, known as Operation Fast and Furious, which allowed the entry of huge numbers of weapons into Mexican territory is also generating expectations given an upcoming related hearing in Congress… Plan Merida was launched in 2008 by President George W. Bush has been continued by his successor, Barack Obama, supposedly as a contribution to Mexico and Central American countries in combating drug trafficking… A Citizens’ Pact was signed in the (Mexico) city by around 200 organizations and public figures, which also calls on the Mexican government to reconsider its anti-drug strategy, which it considers a...
  • Project Gunrunner(gunwalker)

    07/16/2011 5:33:35 PM PDT · by marktwain · 14 replies
    America's 1st Freedom, NRA ^ | July, 2011 | James O.E. Norell
    As the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives continues to resist congressional demands that it explore its reckless operations on the southwest border, Mexican citizens, and even U.S. federal agents, are paying the price—with their very lives. Until CBS News first aired correspondent Sharyl Attkisson’s continuing blockbuster series on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ “Fast and Furious” project, very few Americans had a clue that the agency was reportedly “monitoring” individual criminals as they violated federal firearm and smuggling laws. Through “whistleblowing” by inside-agency critics and journalists, pro-gun Americans have become increasingly suspicious of the fraudulent...
  • Fast & Fraudulent(gunwalker)

    07/16/2011 5:04:19 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies · 1+ views
    America's 1st Freedom, NRA ^ | July, 2011 | James O.E. Norell
    THE SCANDAL SPREADS You have to look back at recent history to understand the origins and true danger to our liberty from Operation Fast and Furious, the star-crossed Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives scheme to covertly and passively supervise the felonious acquisition, transfer and international smuggling of thousands of firearms into Mexican criminal commerce. But first, be aware that the continuing steadfast efforts of two federal legislators, U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the ranking minority member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, are revealing...
  • ‘Fast and Furious’ not a ‘renegade operation,’ sources say

    07/15/2011 4:07:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 14 July, 2011 | Dave Workman
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ botched Operation Fast and Furious was not a “renegade operation” but a coordinated effort “from the top down,” congressional sources and ATF insiders told the Seattle Gun Rights Examiner today. The suggestion surfaced in National Law Enforcement Examiner Jim Kouri’s column, quoting an unnamed New Jersey police commander who referred to the controversial gun trafficking sting as a “renegade operation.” One police commander in New Jersey told Law Enforcement Examiner, "We need to get to the bottom of this renegade operation fast. I am furious that our government actually contributed to the...
  • ATF Florida Gun Probe Earns Congressional Scrutiny in Wake of 'Fast and Furious'

    07/14/2011 5:20:14 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/14/2011 | Fox News
    Several lawmakers are questioning the Obama administration about whether the controversial "Fast and Furious" gunrunning probe may have had a cousin in Florida that resulted in guns being trafficked to Central America. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., penned a letter Tuesday to Attorney General Eric Holder and ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson inquiring about a program known as "Operation Castaway." Other top lawmakers are also starting to look into it, though ATF claims the program was above board and not similar to Operation Fast and Furious at all.
  • Fast and Furious just got more interesting (July 4th meeting)

    07/13/2011 9:05:18 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 21 replies
    Hillbuzz ^ | July 7, 2011 | Bridget
    I know I’ve been doing a lot of posting on the Fast and Furious scandal and some of you might not be as enthralled as I am with it but I think this is heading downhill quickly for the DOJ (and thus Eric Holder) and I can’t wait to see where this will all end up. It’s like a great mystery movie where you watch and watch and wait to see “who done it”. We all know “who done it” here but will they get away with it and will it eventually end up in Obama’s lap? Breaking news out...
  • Republicans vote to block funding for new gun-sale requirements

    07/13/2011 4:03:27 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 24 replies
    the hill ^ | 7/13 | Jordy Yager
    House Republicans on Wednesday voted to strip funding for a new Obama administration policy that increases reporting requirements for some gun dealers who sell semi-automatic rifles. The rule from the Department of Justice (DOJ) requires dealers to report within five days multiple sales to the same person of semi-automatic rifles with removable magazines. Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.) sponsored the amendment to the fiscal year 2012 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies appropriations bill that would nix funding for the rule. "For more than a decade, efforts to track rifle purchases and create a national gun registry have failed to gain...
  • Did Fast & Furious violate the Arms Export Control Act?

    07/13/2011 1:49:38 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 26 replies
    First, the Arms Export Control Act, 22 USC §2778.. It authorizes the President to define defense articles and regulate their export. In so doing, he must consider the possibility that export could "support international terrorism, increase the possibility of outbreak or escalation of conflict..." Those defense articles may not be exported without a permit, issued by the Secretary of State ( Department of State guidelines here), "except that no license shall be required for exports or imports made by or for an agency of the United States Government (A) for official use by a department or agency of the United...
  • "Fast and Furious" Scandal Making Cops, Citizens Furious Fast

    07/13/2011 7:11:29 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Right Side News ^ | 7/12/2011 | Jim Kouri
    When the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee released a report -- “The Department of Justice’s Operation Fast and Furious: Accounts of ATF Agents -- it infuriated law enforcement officers and American citizens across the country. One police commander in New Jersey told Law Enforcement Examiner, "We need to get to the bottom of this renegade operation fast. I am furious that our government actually contributed to the killing of two American law enforcement officers -- one in the U.S., the other in Mexico." The at times shocking report includes testimony from four Bureau of...
  • Another Mexico Drug Cartel Leader Arrested, Says Guns Supplied By U.S Government

    07/12/2011 6:41:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    blog.Alexander Higgins ^ | 7/10/11 | Alexander Higgins
    Another Mexico Drug Cartel Lead Has Been Arrested And He Says The Cartel’s Guns Have Been Supplied Directly By The U.S Government, And The CIA Has Infiltrated (AKA RuA leader of another Mexico Drug Cartel has been arrested and says U.S government supplied gunsnning) The Columbia Drug Cartels. As previously reported, a hacker data release revealed the arrested leader of the La Familia drug cartel in Mexico was in fact the feds point man for the U.S government drug smuggling operation to Mexico drug cartels. As Obama supplies the cartels with guns he uses the cartel’s violence as a justification...
  • Congressman Bilirakis Questions Holder On Tampa ATF Office Gunwalker Allegations

    07/12/2011 6:09:59 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    captainsjournal.com ^ | 12 July, 2011 | Herschel Smith
    David Codrea is reporting that Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) wrote a letter today to Attorney General Eric Holder and Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Kenneth Melson, expressing deep concerns over the allegations of release of guns to MS-13 from the Tampa ATF office. “These reports,” Bilirakis writes, “raise troubling questions about the motives, intentions, and competency of the ATF and DOJ.” “In recent days,” he notes, “it has come to light that the ATF and DOJ may have participated in the act of ‘gun walking’ beyond the acts conducted within the scope of “Operation...
  • BREAKING: New Fast & Furious allegation about witness access to documents

    A startling new allegation about possible tainting of potential witness testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has surfaced in a letter sent yesterday by Congressman Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley to Attorney General Eric Holder. In their letter,obtained by this column, Issa and Grassley reveal: “We have recently learned that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has afforded potential witnesses for the Committees’ investigation into Operation Fast and Furious access to a shared drive on its computer system replete with pertinent investigative documents, including official ATF e-mails. Although our staff has been...
  • Fast and Furious Video (Get ready for Operation Castaway.)

    07/11/2011 7:14:30 PM PDT · by neverdem · 34 replies
    Human Events ^ | 07/11/2011 | John Hayward
    Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Oversight committee, appeared on Fox News last Thursday to discuss his investigation of the “Gun Walker” scandal. Notably, he seems a bit protective of Acting ATF Director Ken Melson, as he describes what Melson was “told,” and how ATF was “kept in the dark” on Gun Walker strategy.
  • Anatomy of a Scandal – Project Gunrunner

    07/11/2011 2:17:58 AM PDT · by Islander7 · 33 replies
    Handgun Club of America ^ | July 8, 2011 | by hcaeditor
    Handgun Club of America has been following the BATFE Project Gunrunner scandal as it unfolds. Like any government scandal, the media doesn’t always present a clear picture of what’s going on. Fortunately, with this scandal two RKBA advocates were on the ground-floor, so to speak, as the information came out. Thus, we can provide you a chronological look at the scandal as it unfolds. Below you’ll find a .PDF file that documents the unfolding scandal and provides a good look at the issues involved. You’ll need Adobe Acrobat reader (click to get Acrobat reader free) to read the file if...
  • Mark Steyn: It's time to re-aim our pitchforks

    07/10/2011 2:54:56 PM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    ocregister.com ^ | 8 July, 2011 | Mark Steyn
    The official explanation is that the federal government used stimulus funding to buy guns from Arizona gun shops for known criminals to funnel to Mexican drug cartels. As I said, that's the official explanation: As soon as your head stops spinning, we'll resume the narrative. Supposedly, United States taxpayers were picking up the tab for Mexican drug lords' weaponry in order that the ATF could identify high-up gun-traffickers. But, as it turns out, these high-up gun-traffickers were already known to other agencies – FBI, DEA and other big-spending acronyms in the great fetid ooze of federal alphabet soup in which...
  • Holder Lied: DOJ News Release Shows Obama Admin Approved ATF Mexico Weapons Smuggling

    07/10/2011 6:09:34 AM PDT · by libstripper · 86 replies
    Salem[OR]-News.com ^ | July 10, 2011 | Tom King
    Eric Holder gave false info. to a Congressional Committee last May about ATF operations tied to the deaths of two U.S. Agents; we have the proof. (SALEM, Ore.) - New information indicates that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's actions are squarely behind the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) operation known as "Fast and Furious", which orchestrated the delivery of almost 2,000 weapons to Mexican drug cartels[1]. Holder openly proclaimed his connection to the operation in April 2009 during a publicized speech in Mexico, then told a Congressional Committee in May 2011, "I probably heard of Fast and Furious...
  • Video: Rep. Allen West calls for Eric Holders removal over "Fast and Furious"

    07/09/2011 10:33:49 PM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 48 replies
    YouTube ^ | Allen West
    Video at link
  • Operation Castaway / Operation Fast & Furious - ATF out of control - BACKLASH card ?!?

    07/09/2011 8:09:04 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 46 replies
    Above Top Secret ^ | 7/8/2011 11:15 AM | Signals
    I'm working on another thread about how the Elites seem to be in full Civil War right now, and the ATF is really a prime example, it looks like the current administration's open and blatant plan to grab guns is being exposed, big time. I will acknowledge a lack of sources at the moment, they all seem to lead to an Examiner story, but ATF's own site acknowledges the program. This is a developing story and I'll add more links as obtained. Operation Castaway. Used in conjunction with Operation Fast & Furious, the program has allowed the release of THOUSANDS...
  • Operation Gunrunner was funded by the 2009 Stimulus Package

    07/07/2011 10:06:47 AM PDT · by Domandred · 192 replies
    7/7/2011 | Domandred
    Something about Project Gunrunner (gunwalker, fast and furious) has been bugging me but I just couldn't put my finger on it. This morning when I woke up I remember seeing Project Gunrunner in a bill that was discussed here. The original thread about it was a rumor thread that HR45 had been rolled into the stimulus package. In that thread I scanned the text of H.R.1 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 for gun, firearm, etc and came up with a hit. I posted in the thread: "Only time “gun” or “firearm” appears is in the part that give...
  • ‘Gunwalker’ Whistleblower: ATF Director ‘Horribly Irresponsible’

    07/07/2011 11:59:19 PM PDT · by XHogPilot · 67 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 7/7/2011 | Patrick Richardson
    One of the original whistleblowers on Operation Fast and Furious — which allowed thousands of guns to cross the border into Mexico — said Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Ken Melson’s testimony before congressional investigators on July 4 was nothing but “smoke and mirrors.” ATF Special Agent Vince Cefalu continued: At this point he’s doing what anyone would do, he’s saving his own ass. Cefalu is one of the founders of CleanUpATF.org, a message board dedicated to addressing abuses within the ATF. He is one of the most vocal critics of the heads...
  • Oversight Reveals New Details on Deady Gunrunner Investigation [FOX video]

    07/07/2011 8:17:01 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 9 replies · 1+ views
    youtube ^ | 6 July 2011 | oversightandreform
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, discusses new details of the deadly, failed Operation Fast and Furious, along with William La Jeunesse on Fox News. July 6, 2011
  • A serious question about operation "fast and furious" (vanity)

    07/07/2011 1:44:52 PM PDT · by my3centseuro · 42 replies
    self | 7/7/2011 | my3centseuro
    I have been following the various news stories about operation "fast and furious" and how various levels of the administration may or may not have covered up aspects of the operation etc. One thing I have not seen discussed or questioned is what the BATF should or could have done in the first place. Here in Arizona I can walk into any gun store and purchase a firearm or many firearms legally and without very many restriction. I can carry that gun loaded or unloaded just about anywhere in the state. I can freely sell that firearm to just about...
  • Which Was Worse: Watergate or Operation 'Fast and Furious'?

    07/07/2011 11:43:20 AM PDT · by paul in cape · 68 replies
    Big Government ^ | 7/7/2011 | AWR Hawkins
    After The Washington Post broke the news of the Watergate break-ins in 1972, the Nixon administration circled the wagons. And in 1997 – a full 25 years after the fact – Katherine Graham, who was with The Post in 1972, vividly recalled how “Nixon began making threats of economic retaliation against the paper.” According to Graham, Nixon bullied the paper, sought to silence it, and launched a “campaign to undermine public confidence in [it].” Judging from what Graham said, it appears that Nixon wanted to be sure people understood that if they continued to pry into Watergate or talk about...
  • More federal agencies implicated in gun-trafficking controversy (FBI, DEA, Oh My...)

    07/06/2011 4:13:52 PM PDT · by Smogger · 92 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | July 6, 2011, 3:27 p.m. | Richard A. Serrano
    Reporting from Washington— The embattled head of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has told congressional investigators that the FBI and Drug Enforcement Administration kept his agency "in the dark" about their dealings with Mexican drug cartel figures linked to a controversial gun-trafficking investigation. Kenneth Melson, the ATF's acting director, has been under pressure to resign over the agency's handling of the gun-trafficking operation, known as Fast and Furious. But in two days of meetings with investigators, Melson disclosed that other law enforcement agencies had a connection to the operation. His statements sharply ratcheted up the affair, and...
  • “Fast and Furious” Blows Sky-High

    07/06/2011 3:29:47 PM PDT · by macquire · 244 replies · 1+ views
    This morning, there was a stunning development in Congress’s investigation of the Justice Department’s “Fast and Furious” gun-running program: it was revealed that on July 4, Kenneth Melson, the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Obama administration’s intended fall guy in the scandal, broke ranks with his superiors. Without their knowledge, he gave an interview to Darrell Issa’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, accompanied only by his personal attorney. While a transcript of that interview is not yet public, it is clear that he blew the whistle on senior officials in the...
  • When the “fall guy” won’t “fall”: Melson will testify before Senate “Fast and Furious” Committee

    07/01/2011 11:40:22 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 17 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | July 1, 2011 | Doug Book, staff writer
    Barack Obama has spent a political lifetime profiting from underhanded deals made with one or another fellow incarnation of the devil. So in 2009, when Obama appointed Ken Melson to head the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, he once again did what arrogant, would-be dictators do…he made a criminally irresponsible deal with a fellow egotist and power hungry usurper. Melson had spent 12 years as a director of the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board, lecturing throughout the nation on the wisdom of giving his organization absolute authority over procedural, ethical and certification requirements governing forensic labs...
  • Issa rips Obama's silence on ATF gun-tracking matter

    06/30/2011 5:08:17 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 29 replies
    thehill.com ^ | 06/29/11 04:07 PM ET | Jordy Yager
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) denounced President Obama for refusing to comment on a controversial gun-tracking program that is under investigation. Issa, who is the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said Obama did not express the necessary “urgency” that is called for in investigating who approved of the “Fast and Furious” operation, which may have contributed to the death of at least one federal agent. At a press conference Wednesday, Obama reiterated that Attorney General Eric Holder did not order the gun-tracking program, which was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) and...
  • ATF whistle blower has been fired

    06/28/2011 7:50:28 AM PDT · by pabianice · 51 replies
    Fox News Channel | 6/28/11
    Vince Cefalu, the ATF agent who blew the whistle on Fast and Furious, has been fired. He is being interviewed on Fox now. This comes after Rep. Issa warned the ATF not to fire him.
  • 'Project Gunrunner' Whistleblower Says ATF Sent Him Termination Notice

    06/27/2011 4:28:04 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/27/2011 | Fox News
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is being accused of retaliating against an agent who helped publicize the agency’s role in allowing thousands of guns to cross the U.S. border and fall into the hands of Mexican drug gangs. The agent, Vince Cefalu, who has spoken out about the ATF's so-called "Project Gunrunner" scandal, says he was served with termination papers just last week, and he calls the move politically motivated. “Aside from Jay Dobyns, I don't know of anyone that's been more vocal about ATF mismanagement than me,” said Cefalu, a senior special agent based in Dublin, Calif....
  • Mega-Scandal: Was ‘Gunwalker’ a PR Op for Gun Control?

    06/21/2011 7:28:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 26 replies
    pajamasmedia.com ^ | 20 June, 2011 | Bob Owens
    The most damning revelations coming out of the hearings on Operation Fast and Furious held by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are the unmistakable indications that the program was never designed to succeed as a law enforcement operation at all. A quartet of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) agents and supervisors turned into whistleblowers to bring the operation down, but only after U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was gunned down in the Arizona desert. Two of the weapons recovered at the scene of Terry’s murder were traced to the operation. Fast and Furious,...
  • BATF Acting Director Melson resisting efforts to step down…Eager to testify

    06/23/2011 9:43:35 PM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 43 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | June 24, 2011 | Corky Boyd
    The LA Times is reporting this incredible story in this morning’s edition. His resignation was rumored a week ago, last Friday and expected to take place Monday, then Tuesday then in the immediate future. The delay seemed to some to indicate his handlers at Justice might be having trouble convincing him he should fall on his sword to protect Attorney General Holder. Rep. Issa has publicly stated Justice had to know about the Fast and Furious program, since they had to approve the funding for it. . Here is some of what the LA Times is reporting. "The acting director...
  • Breaking: ATF heeds Issa's 'no retaliation' warning by...retaliating

    06/23/2011 3:19:50 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 34 replies
    Examiner. Com ^ | June 23, 2011 | David Codrea
    "ATF served Special Agent Vince Cefalu with termination paperwork today." That's the word from Jay Dobyns, himself a subject of Bureau retaliation, in a post on CleanUpATF. Gun Rights Examiner reported on Cefalu in May of last year--He was the agent assigned to do nothing because he came forward to complain about ATF mismanagement.From Dobyns post:
  • Editorial: Was Fast And Furious A Gun-Control Plot?

    06/22/2011 6:09:24 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 76 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 22, 2011 | Staff
    Scandal: Rather than a botched attempt to catch criminals, was the ATF program actually an attempt to advance gun-control efforts by an administration that has blamed Mexican violence on easy access to U.S. weapons? If "Operation Fast and Furious" was merely a botched attempt at law enforcement, why was a supervisor of the operation, David Voth, "jovial, if not, not giddy but just delighted about" marked guns showing up at crime scenes in Mexico, as career Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent John Dodson told Rep. Darrell Issa's House Oversight Committee? Perhaps because all was going as planned...
  • A 'Fast and Furious' border fiasco

    06/20/2011 12:05:02 PM PDT · by neverdem · 53 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 19, 2011 | Michael A. Walsh
    There's a war along the Mexican border all right, but it's not necessarily the one you're thinking of. In fact, this one has spread all the way to the halls of Congress. This week, the Obama administration is expected to fire Kenneth Melson, the acting head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives -- tossing him under the bus as a symbolic gesture to a congressional committee headed by Rep. Daryl Issa (R-Calif.). Issa's Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is investigating an insane ATF operation -- a supposed sting that involved the deliberate funneling of thousands of...
  • REPORT: ATF DIRECTOR EXPECTED TO RESIGN UNDER PRESSURE... DEVELOPING...

    06/20/2011 11:31:46 AM PDT · by Dacula · 57 replies
    Drudgereport ^ | 6-20-11
    REPORT: ATF DIRECTOR EXPECTED TO RESIGN UNDER PRESSURE... DEVELOPING...
  • On Gunwalker - The Ultimate False Flag Operation

    06/18/2011 8:19:14 AM PDT · by marktwain · 36 replies
    barnhardt.biz ^ | Ann Barnhardt
    Yes, I have been watching this closely but it feels like the fit is hitting the shan on this - finally. Obama and Holder are complicit in murder and are engaging in outright treason just within the matrix of Gunwalker alone. Here is a link to a great piece at Pajamas Media that sums it all up - and read the comment thread which is every bit as informative as the article itself. Click Here for article and comment thread. Bottom line: Gunwalker never, ever had ANYTHING to do with drug enforcement or stopping the cartels. NOTHING. The reason that...
  • The Definitive Scandal: ‘Gunwalker’ Much Worse Than ‘Iran-Contra’

    06/17/2011 10:28:44 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 26 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 6/16/11 | Bob Owens
    On December 14, 2010, a special unit of the U.S. Border Patrol came across a group of heavily armed suspects near Rio Rico, Arizona. The Border Patrol team identified themselves as law enforcement officers, at which point the armed men open fire. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was hit in the pelvis by a single bullet and died the next morning. One of the suspects was captured, and two AK-pattern semiautomatic rifles recovered at the scene were identified by serial number as weapons that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) — acting in concert with and with...
  • When in the Course of Human Events ...

    06/16/2011 10:04:39 AM PDT · by TCH · 19 replies
    TCH | June 16, 2011 | TCH
    BATF elitists knew full well what they were doing—as did Attorney General Eric Holder and the Resident in Office, Barack Obama. These individuals intentionally facilitated the sale of weapons to mobsters, for the purpose of inciting political ire against lawful American gun owners—and did so with the expectation of increasing this Administration’s draconian choke hold on our American liberties! The plot is a leap far beyond “high crimes and misdemeanors” or mere malfeasance in office—this crime entails a very particular offense, as defined in Article 3, Section 3 of the Constitution for the united States: Treason against the United States,...
  • Agents worried ATF program connected to Loughner gun

    06/16/2011 7:23:11 AM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 23 replies
    The Hill ^ | June 15, 2011 | Jordy Yager
    TUCSON, Ariz. - Federal agents were worried that the gun used to shoot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) in the head could have been part of the controversial “Fast and Furious” gun-tracking operation. They learned eventually that it had not, sources said. The “Fast and Furious” operation was a program run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) that authorized and monitored the sale of weapons to known and suspected straw purchasers for Mexican drug cartels with the stated goal of exposing and dismantling gun trafficking routes. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) held...
  • Top Agency Officials Knew of Disputed Gun Program

    06/16/2011 5:13:53 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 58 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | Published: June 15, 2011 | SEAN COLLINS WALSH
    WASHINGTON — Knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious, a controversial border security strategy that allowed guns to be shipped illegally into Mexico in an effort to track them to drug cartels, went to the top of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, according to evidence released on Wednesday at a House Oversight Committee hearing. Witnesses at the House hearing included three relatives of a Border Patrol agent killed in Arizona and three A.T.F. agents, right. The operation, which began in 2009, came under fire after two guns linked to it were found at the scene of the killing of...
  • House Panel Slams 'Fast and Furious' Gun Operation Tied to Border Agent's Death

    06/15/2011 3:40:06 PM PDT · by Blood of Tyrants · 22 replies
    Foxnews ^ | 6/15/2011 | William LaJeunesse
    A U.S. law enforcement operation intended to crack down on major weapons traffickers on the Southwest border spiraled out of control as federal agents were told by superiors to "stand down" and ignore weapons bought in Arizona headed for Mexico, a House panel heard Wednesday. Three federal firearms investigators told the House Oversight and Government Reform committee that they wanted to "intervene and interdict" loads of guns, but were repeatedly ordered to step aside. "Allowing loads of weapons that we knew to be destined for criminals -- this was the plan," John Dodson, a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and...
  • Phoenix ATF agent reveals why guns were allowed to enter Mexico

    06/15/2011 10:38:05 PM PDT · by Tarantulas · 12 replies
    Radio station KFYI, Phoenix ^ | June 15, 2011 | Mike Broomhead
    Phoenix radio station KFYI, Mike Broomhead show, June 15, 2011, 4 p.m. segment At about 8:10 in the poddcast, Mike interviews Joe Gordon, former ATF supervisor in Phoenix. He was the Assistant Special Agent in charge for law enforcement operations in Phoenix from 1999-2007. Joe said the operation started out doing very well, tracing guns used in Mexican crimes back to where they were purchased. They were researching gun stores in Phoenix and Tuscon, identifying the people buying the guns, and assembling a package of information about who was making money by selling guns to the cartels. Originally they stopped...