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  • Behavior by Department of Justice Officials May Lead to Impeachment

    12/09/2011 6:35:39 AM PST · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 9, 2011 | Katie Pavlich
    It was a very uncomfortable Thursday for Attorney General Eric Holder on Capitol Hill as he testified before the House Judiciary Committee about Operation Fast and Furious. If it wasn’t clear that Fast and Furious was implemented as a way to push more gun control measures without the consent of Congress, it’s crystal clear now. Continued stonewalling from the Justice Department had Rep. James Sensenbrenner talking about impeachment Ranking Member of the House Judiciary Committee Democrat John Conyers called for the enforcement of new gun control measures pushed through the Justice Department in July without the approval of Congress, requiring...
  • A Plot To Undermine The Right To Bear Arms

    12/08/2011 4:32:42 PM PST · by raptor22 · 21 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 8, 2011 | IBD staff
    Scandal: Newly obtained documents show that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives discussed using its covert operation Fast and Furious to argue for new rules about gun sales. We told you so. As we observed in June, the way Fast and Furious — the government's gun-running operation that resulted in the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry — was conducted made no sense unless its intent was to facilitate violence with U.S. weapons in the interests of pursuing the administration's gun-control agenda. Now documents obtained by CBS News confirm that our first suspicions were correct. As CBS'...
  • Documents: ATF used "Fast and Furious" to make the case for gun regulations

    12/07/2011 1:11:53 PM PST · by Hunton Peck · 39 replies
    CBS ^ | December 7, 2011 1:44 PM | Sharyl Attkisson
    Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation "Fast and Furious" to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales. PICTURES: ATF "Gunwalking" scandal timeline In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after the "big fish." But ATF whistleblowers told CBS News and Congress it was a dangerous practice called "gunwalking," and it put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder...
  • See, I Told You So: E-Mails Show Fast and Furious was Vehicle for Gun Control

    12/08/2011 11:33:27 AM PST · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | December 8, 2011 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Those of you at the Sullivan Group out in Sacramento, my opinion auditing firm, you better listen up. I gotta go up now, I gotta go up above 99.6. I mean Fast and Furious, right on the money, I called it. Sharyl Attkisson, CBS News, found evidence in the e-mails that the whole plan was about affecting gun laws in this country, exactly as I prognosticated all the way back on July 7th of this year. BREAK TRANSCRIPT RUSH: I take you back to this program. This is me on July 7th of this year. RUSH ARCHIVE:...
  • Justice Dept. details how it got statements wrong

    12/02/2011 2:32:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 77 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 12/2/11 | ap
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has provided Congress with 1,364 pages of documents detailing how the department gave inaccurate information to a U.S. senator in the controversy surrounding Operation Fast and Furious, the flawed law enforcement initiative aimed at dismantling major arms trafficking networks on the Southwest border. In a letter last February to Charles Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Justice Department said that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms had not knowingly allowed the sale of assault weapons to a straw purchaser
  • RED ALERT: Deputy A.G. behind 'Fast & Furious' met with Obama four times during height of operation

    11/29/2011 8:22:08 AM PST · by Qbert · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Director Blue ^ | 11/28/2011 | Doug Ross
    Item 1: In March of 2011, President Obama denied knowledge of 'Operation Fast and Furious' -- the Justice Department program that sent thousands of murder weapons to Mexican drug cartels. 25 March 2011 - Under fire for an operation that allowed smuggling of U.S. weapons across the nation’s border with Mexico, President Obama said in an interview that neither he nor Attorney General Eric Holder authorized the controversial “Operation Fast and Furious.” ...Obama told Univision‘s Jorge Ramos that President Felipe Calderon wasn’t informed of the operation because he — the president of the United States — wasn’t informed either. When...
  • ATF Classifies Pot Scrubbers as Silencers, Makes Possession Illegal

    11/16/2011 1:13:04 PM PST · by DCBryan1 · 65 replies
    Truth About Guns ^ | 15 NOV 11 | Nick Leghorn
    David Codrea published an article today about an interesting letter one law abiding silencer owner received from the ATF. The silencer owner in question owns an AWC .22lr silencer that uses a material made of tangled copper ropes to slow down the expanding gasses, a material not unlike the common Brillo pad or Chore Boy Pot Scrubber. He wanted to know whether it would be legal to replace the worn out material in his legally owned silencer with some pot scrubber material, an act which seems pretty innocuous to the impartial observer. The ATF, on the other hand… From the...
  • Former Ariz. US Attorney admits leaking memo smearing Fast and Furious whistle-blower

    11/09/2011 9:04:11 AM PST · by martosko · 13 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11/09/2011 | Matthew Boyle
    Former Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke, who resigned in August, admitted late Tuesday that he leaked a document aimed at smearing Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent John Dodson, an Operation Fast and Furious whistle-blower. “Dennis regrets his role in disclosing the memo but he’s a stand-up guy and is willing to take responsibility for what he did,” Chuck Rosenberg, Burke’s lawyer, said according to NPR. “It was absolutely not Dennis’s intent to retaliate against Special Agent Dodson or anyone else for the information they provided Congress.” Rosenberg claims Burke is cooperating with congressional investigators.
  • Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer Blames Second Amendment For ATF/DOJ Gun Walking Mistakes

    11/02/2011 6:45:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 46 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Novemeber 2, 2011 | Katie Pavlich
    During a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing today on Capitol Hill, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, who is facing pressure surrounding his role in the Obama Justice Department’s Operation Fast and Furious, asked for more gun control and blamed law abiding gun shop owners for violence in Mexico. Breuer declared that nearly 70 percent of guns found in Mexico come from the United States, a figure that has been disproven by the National Rifle Association, FactCheck.org, PolitiFact and by Senator Charles Grassley’s office multiple times.  Also during testimony, Democratic Senator Diane Feinstein pushed for more gun control and Breuer expressed his...
  • DOJ official knew of ATF "gunwalking" in April 2010

    11/01/2011 12:03:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    CBS News ^ | October 31, 2011 | Sharyl Attkisson
    (Excerpt) Gunwalking is a controversial investigative tactic in which police allow suspects to traffic guns without stopping them in order to see where they end up. Documents just released this afternoon show the head of the Justice Department's criminal division, Lanny A. Breuer, learned about the tactic of ATF gunwalking as early as April of last year. In a memo, Breuer's deputy wrote him that, in a case called "Wide Receiver" started under the Bush Administration, "ATF let a bunch of guns walk" in an effort to catch the big fish of Mexican drug cartels and said the gunwalking case...
  • Smoking Gun? Most Gunwalker Guns Targets of Ban Efforts, but not Wanted by Cartels

    10/28/2011 12:03:20 AM PDT · by Watchdog85 · 28 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 27 October, 2011 | Bob Owens
    On March 30, the 30th anniversary of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, Jim Brady, who sustained a debilitating head wound in the attack, and his wife, Sarah, came to Capitol Hill to push for a ban on the controversial “large magazines.” Brady, for whom the law requiring background checks on handgun purchasers is named, then met with White House press secretary Jay Carney. During the meeting, President Obama dropped in and, according to Sarah Brady, brought up the issue of gun control, “to fill us in that it was very much on his agenda,” she said. “I just...
  • Gun Walking In the Midwest

    10/14/2011 3:43:06 PM PDT · by neverdem · 33 replies
    Human Events ^ | 09/06/2011 | John Hayward
    First, we learned about Operation Fast and Furious, a program run from the Arizona offices the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, in which American guns were “walked” into Mexico. Straw buyers for drug cartels would make big purchases at American gun shops, while ATF agents watched on closed-circuit TV. The ostensible purpose of this project was to track the guns to their cartel end-users and take them down, but testimony to the House Oversight committee has revealed very few serious measures to track the weapons were ever in place, and not many arrests were made. The whole thing fell...
  • Obama Administration Complicit in Murdering Mexicans in Covert War on Mexico

    10/12/2011 9:48:07 AM PDT · by xzins · 58 replies · 1+ views
    Bloggers and Personal ^ | 12 Oct 11 | Xzins
    On October 11, Eric Holder broke the news that Iran had been engaged in a covert war against the United States, and had even sent an agent to the U.S. to involve Mexican drug cartels as accomplices in a plot to murder the Saudi Arabian ambassador to the United States. What is truly amazing about this is that Eric Holder has been engaged in his own covert war against Mexico and Mexicans for the past two years. In the bizarre world of Washington D.C., the Obama Administration was doing the same thing against the Mexican government that it accused Iran...
  • Obama appoints fox to watch 'Fast and Furious' henhouse

    10/11/2011 9:55:15 AM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    wnd ^ | 10/11/11 | Jeff Knox
    Was the new acting director of ATF involved at the inception of the criminal gunwalking scandal known as Operation Fast & Furious? The appointment of B. Todd Jones as acting head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, hasn't caused much of a ripple – in the media or in the ATF. By most accounts Jones is a stand-up guy, ex-Marine, and in a refreshing change of pace, apparently not known for ignominious bouts of bad judgment. But who your friends are generally says a lot about you, and Todd Jones is a longtime friend and...
  • Gunwalker: Issa reveals DEA involvement.

    10/11/2011 12:38:31 AM PDT · by Watchdog85 · 86 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11 October, 2011 | Bob Owens
    "It was a joint operation in which DEA knew more than ATF." It was a brutal weekend for the Obama administration: Gunwalker continued unraveling at a faster pace, with new developments suggesting that Attorney General Eric Holder may not be the only Obama appointee destined for a political fall and possible criminal charges. In an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa revealed for the first time that the Drug Enforcement Administration was far more involved in running the operation than the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives: It...
  • Gunwalker: Issa Reveals Drug Enforcement Administration Involvement

    10/11/2011 6:17:51 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 16 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/11/2011 | Bob Owens
    It was a brutal weekend for the Obama administration: Gunwalker continued unraveling at a faster pace, with new developments suggesting that Attorney General Eric Holder may not be the only Obama appointee destined for a political fall and possible criminal charges. In an interview with Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa revealed for the first time that the Drug Enforcement Administration was far more involved in running the operation than the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives: It wasn’t an ATF operation. They were part of that. It was a...
  • Ten Arizona Sheriffs Call For Special Counsel to Investigate Eric Holder

    10/08/2011 5:08:33 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | October 8, 2011 | Katie Pavlich
    Shortly after Attorney General Eric Holder sent a combative letter to Congress yesterday denying he knew about Operation Fast and Furious prior to testimony in May 2011, (despite memos showing Holder was briefed at least five times in July and August 2010 about the program) ten Arizona sheriffs, including National Sheriff of the Year Paul Babeu, came together to demand accountability from Holder for the lethal program that deliberately put 2,000 high powered weapons into the hands of the most dangerous criminals in North America. Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and nine other elected Sheriffs from across Arizona held a...
  • Fast and Furious weapons found in Mexico cartel enforcer's home

    10/08/2011 8:42:23 PM PDT · by Deo volente · 66 replies · 1+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | October 8, 2011 | Richard A. Serrano
    High-powered assault weapons illegally purchased under the ATF's Fast and Furious program in Phoenix ended up in a home belonging to the purported top Sinaloa cartel enforcer in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, whose organization was terrorizing that city with the worst violence in the Mexican drug wars. In all, 100 assault weapons acquired under Fast and Furious were transported 350 miles from Phoenix to El Paso, making that West Texas city a central hub for gun traffickers. Forty of the weapons made it across the border and into the arsenal of Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo, a feared cartel leader in Ciudad...
  • ‘Fast and Furious’ docs reveal Holder was given multiple detailed accounts of gun program

    10/06/2011 9:26:58 AM PDT · by matthewreporter · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 6, 2011 | Matthew Boyle
    New Department of Justice documents the House Oversight Committee released Thursday morning show Attorney General Eric Holder was briefed on Operation Fast and Furious many more times than previously discovered documents suggested. They also show that Holder was given detailed information on what happened in Fast and Furious. These new documents show Holder received information and updates on Fast and Furious in at least five weekly memos starting in July 2010 — including over four consecutive weeks last summer. In summer 2010, Holder received briefing memos from National Drug Intelligence Center Director Michael Walther on July 5, July 12, July...
  • WaPo: ‘Calm down’ about Fast and Furious gun sting, ATF acting director says

    10/06/2011 6:52:23 AM PDT · by maggief · 108 replies · 1+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 6, 2011 | Sari Horwitz
    The new acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives announced a major shake-up of his agency Wednesday and urged Washington insiders to “calm down” about the latest revelations surrounding a controversial ATF gun operation. B. Todd Jones said calm is needed as he begins rebuilding the beleaguered agency, including shuffling top personnel. He made his comments as his boss, Attorney General Eric J. Holder Jr., came under fire this week from Republican lawmakers, with one calling for a special counsel to investigate Holder’s role in the Fast and Furious gun-trafficking operation.
  • New ATF Head: ‘We’ve Got to Hit Reset’ on Investigative Moves in Wake of Fast and Furious (Too Late)

    10/06/2011 3:32:12 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 35 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/5/2011 | By Mike Levine
    Hoping to chart a new path forward in the wake of the controversial "Fast and Furious" investigation, the newly assigned head of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Wednesday that "everything is under review" in the way of investigative practices and processes at the agency. “We've got to hit the reset button and move forward," acting director B. Todd Jones said. The furor over "Operation Fast and Furious" focuses on tactics used by ATF investigators in Arizona to target major gun-runners. Launched in late 2009, the investigation planned to follow gun purchasers in hopes that suspects would...
  • Fast And Furious: 22 Shocking Facts About The Scandal That Could Bring Down The Obama Administration

    10/05/2011 11:29:00 AM PDT · by Lucky9teen · 12 replies
    Could Fast and Furious be the scandal that brings down the Obama administration?  With the full knowledge of the Department of Justice, ATF agents facilitated the sale of thousands of guns to Mexican drug cartels and dropped all surveillance of those weapons once they crossed the border.  Weapons sold during Operation Fast and Furious have been used to shoot U.S. border control agents.  Weapons sold during Operation Fast and Furious have been found at dozens of crime scenes in Mexico.  Nobody has been held accountable for this scandal yet.  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has been stonewalling all efforts by...
  • ATF Letter To Gun Dealers: Don’t Sell Guns To People Who Use Medical Marijuana (by decree)

    10/04/2011 1:50:30 PM PDT · by Nachum · 72 replies
    The Real Revo ^ | 10/4/11 | http://therealrevo.com/blog/?p=57265
    We’re talking hundreds of thousands of Americans. From Gun Owners Of America: With the stroke of a pen, the U.S. Justice Department has just subjected hundreds of thousands of Americans to a lifetime gun ban. In an open letter to all licensed firearms dealers, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) unilaterally decided that any person who is prescribed marijuana for medical purposes is prohibited from possessing a firearm. That means over 300,000 people in the states that allow medical marijuana suddenly cannot buy or possess a gun. Oh yeah, and for the many who already own firearms,...
  • ATF Death Watch 91: More Gunwalker Revelations; DOJ Considers Eliminating ATF

    10/02/2011 8:37:52 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 14 replies
    The Truth about Guns ^ | October 1, 2011 | Robert Farago
    When you’ve got bad news, release it on Friday. The White House followed that dictum yesterday by surrendering carefully selected documents to Congressional investigators exploring the link between Operation Fast and Furious and the Obama Administration. CBS has obtained records that prove that then-ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix office (and Fast and Furious coordinator) Bill Newell and then-White House National Security Staffer Kevin O’Reilly were schmoozing about F&F by phone and email. [Click here for the pdf.] The White House said the two men never discussed the fact that ATF guns were walking. Riiiiight. That’s why O’Reilly’s...
  • ATF claims it’s illegal to sell guns to users of medical marijuana

    09/30/2011 7:38:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 57 replies
    benningtonbanner.com ^ | 28 September, 2011 | AP
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) -- Firearms dealers in states that allow medical marijuana can’t sell guns or ammunition to registered users of the drug, a policy that marijuana and gun-rights groups say denies Second Amendment rights to individuals who are following state law.
  • ATF Death Watch 89: 40 Fast and Furious Firearms “Found” in Dallas(gunwalker)

    09/30/2011 6:03:57 AM PDT · by marktwain · 48 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 29 September, 2011 | Robert Farago
    There are so many curious aspects to the Gunwalker scandal. There are well over a thousand smoking guns still out there, somewhere. All of which prove that the ATF “lost control” of Operation Fast and Furious. But there is no single piece of evidence that answers the fundamental question about Uncle Sam’s gun running black bag job: why? What was the point of allowing bad guys to buy guns? The ATF claims they were going after the “big fish” controlling the U.S. gun stores-to-Mexican drug cartel weapons trade. That hardly seems likely—as there were no big fish to be gotten....
  • Do medical marijuana users have right to bear arms? No, says ATF

    09/29/2011 9:35:55 AM PDT · by LonelyCon · 109 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 09/29/2011 | Matt Volz
    Firearms dealers in states that allow medical marijuana can't sell guns or ammunition to registered users of the drug, a policy that marijuana and gun-rights groups say denies Second Amendment rights to individuals who are following state law. Federal law already makes it illegal for someone to possess a gun if he or she is "an unlawful user of, or addicted to" marijuana or other controlled substances. A Sept. 21 letter from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, issued in response to numerous inquiries from gun dealers, clarifies that medical marijuana patients are included in that definition. "There...
  • "Fast And Furious" Just Might Be President Obama's Watergate

    09/28/2011 8:34:19 AM PDT · by maggief · 54 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 28, 2011 | Frank Miniter
    Why a gunrunning scandal codenamed “Fast and Furious,” a program run secretly by the U.S. government that sent thousands of firearms over an international border and directly into the hands of criminals, hasn’t been pursued by an army of reporters all trying to be the next Bob Woodward or Carl Bernstein is a story in itself. But the state of modern journalism aside, this scandal is so inflammatory few realize that official records show the current director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), B. Todd Jones — yes the individual the Obama administration brought in to...
  • ATF Chief Counsel’s office warned management of Gun Rights Examiner column(gunwalker)

    09/28/2011 5:14:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 27 September, 2011 | David Codrea
    Gun Rights Examiner has obtained a copy of a January 20, 2011 email from Barry Orlow, Associate Chief Counsel (Field Operations and Information) for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, calling top management’s attention to a January 19 column posted by this columnist, “Open Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee staff on 'Project Gunwalker'.” Written to inform the committee of whistleblower allegations and to arrange for their protection, the ultimate goal of the open letter was to prompt a full congressional investigation. Orlow was named by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa in July for...
  • Gunrunner: Cash for Cartels

    09/28/2011 7:34:56 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 12 replies
    INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY ^ | September 28, 2011 | IBD staff
    Scandal: New documents reveal the Department of Justice lied to Congress and show how U.S. officials bought guns with tax dollars and then made sure no one stopped their transfer to Mexican drug cartels. The funneling of thousands of American guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartels in the operation known as Fast and Furious was not a botched sting operation or the result of bureaucratic incompetence. It was not designed to interdict gun trafficking, but to facilitate it. We now know that it involved not just the use of straw buyers, but also agents of the federal government...
  • Mexican attorney general demands explanation on Operation Fast and Furious

    09/27/2011 2:51:04 PM PDT · by opentalk · 27 replies
    AHN News ^ | September 27, 2011 | Tom Ramstack
    Washington, DC, United States (AHN) –Mexico’s attorney general is demanding an explanation from the United States as evidence grows the Obama administration was more deeply involved in Operation Fast and Furious than top officials admitted in previous statements. Operation Fast and Furious was a federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives effort to track more than 2,000 smuggled guns to Mexican drug cartels by allowing gang members to purchase them illegally from U.S. gun stores then take them back to their leaders. However, the federal agency lost track of many of the guns. Some later were traced to murders...
  • Vanderboegh & Codrea exclusive: U.S. Gov't used an ATF employee to buy weapons with taxpayer money

    09/26/2011 4:49:12 AM PDT · by marktwain · 29 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 25 September, 2011 | Mike Vanderboegh & David Codrea
    A Sipsey Street Irregulars/National Gun Rights Examiner Column Exclusive: ATF Letter and Sources Confirm That There Was No "Botched Sting Operation" in Fast and Furious. "One hundred percent us." Official ATF documents as well as sources in Arizona and Washington D.C. confirm that in at least two instances in 2010, an agent of the United States government purchased Kalashnikov-pattern semi-automatic pistols from licensed federal firearms dealers with taxpayer money and delivered those weapons directly into the hands of cartel smugglers. In a letter dated June 1, 2010, then Phoenix ATF Group VII supervisor David Voth instructed a Federal Firearms Licensee...
  • U.S. Government Bought and Sold Weapons During 'Fast and Furious,' Documents Show

    09/26/2011 9:54:32 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 40 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | 9/26/11 | William Lajeunesse
    In June 2010, however, the ATF dramatically upped the ante, making the U.S. government the actual "seller" of guns. According to documents obtained by Fox News, Agent John Dodson was ordered to buy four semi-automatic Draco pistols from the Lone Wolf gun store in Peoria, Ariz. An unusual sale, Dodson was sent to the store with a letter of approval from David Voth, an ATF group supervisor. Dodson then sold the weapons to known illegal buyers, while fellow agents watched from their cars nearby.
  • Secret Fast and Furious Tapes Spring a Watergate-Sized Leak

    09/22/2011 12:28:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 46 replies
    Human Events ^ | 09/21/2011 | A.W.R. Hawkins
    When the Watergate break-ins took place in 1972, President Richard Nixon knew nothing about them. But once he found out, he acted quickly to keep them secret, and it was his role in the cover-up that eventually led to his resignation in August 1974. Excerpts of recorded conversations between figures in the Operation Fast and Furious U.S.-Mexico gunrunning scheme are becoming ominously reminiscent of the 1970s watershed event in American politics. In the historically monumental Watergate scandal, Nixon’s role in the cover-up was verified when he handed over personal tape recordings of conversations he’d had in the Oval Office on...
  • Audio Tapes Reveal More Details in 'Fast and Furious' Gunrunner Scandal

    09/21/2011 11:27:30 AM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/21/11 | William Lajeunesse
    In a series of secretly recorded audio tapes, the owner of the gun store that sold a record number of weapons in Operation Fast and Furious admittedly sounds arrogant, crude and complicit in the U.S. government's plan to sell high powered assault rifles to the Sinaloa Cartel. However, the lawyer representing the Lone Wolf Trading Co. says owner Andre Howard made the tapes only after he suspected he was being lied to, and his language is meant to get Hope MacAllister, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, to implicate herself and her agency in their...
  • Gunwalker’s Body Count Grows, Along with the Obama Administration’s Cover-Up

    09/21/2011 8:55:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | September 21, 2011 | Bob Owens
    It seems like only a matter of time before administration officials face felony indictments for their role in Operation Fast and Furious. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa was brutally frank in a Tuesday morning conference call with new media representatives dedicated to the ongoing Gunwalker scandal. The California Republican kicked off the call with a brief statement reporting that Marisela Morales, Mexico’s attorney general, now says that at least 200 Mexican deaths can now be traced to weapons from the gunwalking program.That number has been revised significantly upward from earlier unofficial claims of approximately 150 deaths...
  • Secret recordings raise new questions in ATF 'Gunwalker' operation

    09/19/2011 10:36:44 AM PDT · by sunmars · 83 replies
    WASHINGTON - CBS News has obtained secretly recorded conversations that raise questions as to whether some evidence is being withheld in the murder of a Border Patrol agent. (Scroll down to listen to the audio) The tapes were recorded approximately mid-March 2011 by the primary gun dealer cooperating with ATF in its "Fast and Furious" operation: Andre Howard, owner of Lone Wolf Trading Company in Glendale, Arizona. He's talking with the lead case ATF case agent Hope MacAllister. The tapes have been turned over to Congressional investigators and the Inspector General. As CBS News first reported last February, the Bureau...
  • Heads should roll in administration’s Fast and Furious debacle

    09/20/2011 8:06:59 AM PDT · by yoe · 20 replies
    State Press ^ | September 19, 2011 | Page Gerrick
    Summary: We must demand answers and consequences for those responsible in Operation Fast and Furious. One year ago, the phrase “Fast and Furious” would conjure images of a terrible movie franchise with fast cars, hot chicks, guys with big muscles and dreadful plot lines. Now, that phrase has morphed into an entirely different image. It’s an image of the “straw purchases” of assault-style weapons from firearms dealers that are sometimes resold to criminal elements in Mexico. Straw purchasers are people who buy guns to resell to other parties, often members of cartels and gangs. And before you lay blame on...
  • Deep Corruption at the Obama Justice Department

    09/15/2011 6:04:00 AM PDT · by opentalk · 28 replies · 1+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | September 15, 2011 | Quin Hillyer
    Start rattling the chains. Start ratcheting up the hue and cry. Fire up the masses. It's long past time to force mass resignations at, and possible prosecutions of members of, the Obama Justice Department --and, more broadly, of the West Wing itself. Forgive all the links, but the scope of the corruption is so large as to defy adequate descriptions, in a single column, of each abomination. The reality is that these Obama/Holder minions at DoJ are dangerous to the very heart of constitutional, republican (small 'r') government.
  • Napolitano, FBI Give Non-Answers to Questions Surrounding Operation Fast and Furious

    09/13/2011 12:19:46 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 13, 2011 | Katie Pavlich
    Despite ATF Special Agent William Newell admitting in sworn testimony that mutiple government agencies, including the FBI and DHS, were responsible for the development and implementation of Operation Fast and Furious, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitiano and FBI Director Robert Mueller denied knowing anything about the operation until Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed with guns from the program and avoided getting into details about their involvement by referring the case to the Inspector General in the Justice Department and citing an "on-going investigation" when asked by Arizona Senator John McCain recently on Capitol Hill. On top of Newell's...
  • Fast and Furious: Feds Forced Gun Store Owner to Make Illegal Sales

    09/12/2011 7:32:32 PM PDT · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Big Government ^ | 9/12/11 | Publius
    In the fall of 2009, ATF agents installed a secret phone line and hidden cameras in a ceiling panel and wall at Andre Howard’s Lone Wolf gun store. They gave him one basic instruction: Sell guns to every illegal purchaser who walks through the door. For 15 months, Howard did as he was told. To customers with phony IDs or wads of cash he normally would have turned away, he sold pistols, rifles and semiautomatics. He was assured by the ATF that they would follow the guns, and that the surveillance would lead the agents to the violent Mexican drug...
  • 2nd Arizona crime scene yields guns from ATF sting

    09/10/2011 9:47:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 9/10/11 | Staff
    Phoenix — Guns tied to a botched federal weapons-smuggling investigation have been recovered at a second Arizona crime scene, according to federal and state authorities. The Arizona Republic (http://bit.ly/oB98j1) reported Saturday that two guns were found in the back of a stolen car in Maricopa last year that had rammed two Arizona Department of Public Safety vehicles. Federal agents contacted the DPS this week and said a trace of the guns revealed they were part of a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sting in 2009 that inadvertently
  • EXCLUSIVE: Third Gun Linked to 'Fast and Furious' Identified at Border Agent's Murder Scene

    09/09/2011 12:43:47 PM PDT · by 1066AD · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | 9/9/2011 | William Lajeunesse
    By William Lajeunesse Published September 09, 2011 | FoxNews.com A third gun linked to "Operation Fast and Furious" was found at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, new documents obtained exclusively by Fox News suggest, contradicting earlier assertions by federal agencies that police found only two weapons tied to the federal government's now infamous gun interdiction scandal. 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...
  • ATF-Enabled Indiana Guns Went to Chicago Gangs

    09/07/2011 4:30:22 PM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 45 replies
    TheTruthAboutGuns.Com ^ | September 7, 2011 | Robert Farago
    I just got off the blower with Brent R. Weil [above] 0f Kightlinger and Gray, LLP. The Evansville, Indiana lawyer represents the [as yet unnamed] gun store that sold firearms to ATF-enabled straw purchasers. “The ATF told my client to let the sales go through,” Mr. Weil told TTAG. “He later told me that the guns went to Chicago gangs.” In one case, a straw purchaser failed to pass the FBI’s NICS [National Instant Check System] background check . . . The dealer called an ATF agent in the parking lot; the agent told the dealer to let the sale...
  • Attorney General Eric Holder seeks distance from gun sting

    09/07/2011 7:00:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 58 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 9/7/11 | Jeremy Pelofsky - Reuters
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday sought to distance himself and other senior Justice Department officials from a botched operation to track guns smuggled to Mexican drug cartels, saying they were not involved. The Obama administration has been under scrutiny after revelations that as many as 2,000 guns were sold to suspected gun traffickers, not properly tracked and ended up at crime scenes in the United States and Mexico. The operation, dubbed "Fast and Furious", was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Attorney's office in Arizona. Congressional Republicans have questioned...
  • Botched U.S. Gun Smuggling Operation Let Grenades, IEDs 'Walk' Into Mexico

    09/07/2011 7:14:34 AM PDT · by Qbert · 7 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Sep. 6, 2011 | Grace Wyler
    Amid brewing controversy over the ATF's botched Fast and Furious gunrunning operation comes new allegations that the Department of Justice also let off an Arizona man suspected of supplying grenades to Mexico's drug cartels. The WSJ reports today that federal authorities are now investigating why the U.S. Attorney's office in Phoenix — the same office that oversaw Fast and Furious — released Jean Baptiste Kingery after he confessed to providing military-style weapons to the now-defunct La Familia Michoacana drug cartel. Kingery, who was arrested and released in June 2010, confessed to manufacturing improvised explosive devices (IEDs) using grenade components from...
  • Mexico Says U.S. Man Smuggled Grenade Parts for Sinaloa

    09/06/2011 10:38:09 PM PDT · by NoLibZone · 11 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | Sept 6 2011 | Associated Press
    Police have arrested a U.S. man for smuggling American grenade parts into Mexico for use by the Sinaloa cartel, and a U.S. official said the case has now been included in investigations into flawed law enforcement operations aimed at gun-trafficking networks on the Mexican border. The arrest of a man who Mexican police identified as Jean Baptiste Kingery has provided details on a network that allegedly supplied hundreds of hand grenades to Mexico's powerful Sinaloa cartel. Such grenades have been blamed in the injuries or deaths of dozens of civilians in Mexico, where grenades have been tossed into public squares,...
  • Fast and Furious update: And now…Project Grenadewalker?!; Plus: The Indiana story

    09/06/2011 6:47:28 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    michellemalkin.com ^ | 6 September, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    The truth is still seeping out, despite Team Obama’s best efforts to cover up and shut up the Fast and Furious whistle-blowers. Last week, we noted the latest evidence that the scandal went straight to the top and chronicled the desperate dance of the lemons. In discussing the quiet resignation of U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke in Phoenix, I talked with NRA News’s Cam Edwards about Burke’s transparent attempt at liability avoidance. Today, the WSJ spotlights the Phoenix USAO’s botched handling of an Arizona man accused of supplying grenades to a Mexican drug cartel. Business Insider provides a closer look (h/t...
  • Federal judge won't temporarily halt rifle sale rules

    09/03/2011 11:43:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    newsandinsight.thomsonreuters.com ^ | 1 September, 2011 | Jeremy Pelofsky
    WASHINGTON, Sept 1 (Reuters) - In a setback for gun dealers in four U.S. states bordering Mexico, a federal judge on Thursday refused to temporarily block new rules requiring them to report the sale of multiple semi-automatic rifles. Judge Rosemary Collyer said the dealers, backed by the National Rifle Association, had not sufficiently shown they would suffer irreparable harm without a preliminary injunction. She scheduled an October hearing on a permanent injunction. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) ordered more than 8,000 gun dealers in Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California to report the sale within five...
  • ‘Fast and Furious’ Explodes: Brian Terry Cover-Up, White House Emails Revealed

    09/02/2011 2:49:09 PM PDT · by montag813 · 54 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 09-02-2011 | John Hill
    by John Hill Stand With ArizonaThe disastrous Obama Administration operation "Fast and Furious", which deliberately put guns in the hands of the Mexican cartel, exploded this week with new revelations of a cover-up, and emails which tie the scandal directly to the White House for the first time."Fast and Furious" was an attempt to intercept gun-trafficking that sent 2,000 guns to cartel operatives via straw buyers. Critics believe that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder saw the program as an opportunity to embarrass U.S.-based gun dealers, and help galvanize support for increased gun-control measures, while controlling where and how the guns...