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  • Obama Asserts Executive Privilege for Eric Holder's Wife, Mother in Fast & Furious

    10/24/2014 6:29:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | October 24, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)On October 23, Judicial Watch announced it received a "Vaughn index" for records the Department of Justice has withheld from Congress regarding Operation Fast and Furious. Contained in the index details are evidence that Obama asserted executive privilege for Attorney General Eric Holder's wife Sharon Malone—and his mother. According to Judicial Watch, emails between Holder and his wife and Holder and his mother are the materials withheld via executive privilege and "the dubious claim of deliberative process privilege." Yet the release of the Vaughn index is a good thing, and it comes after Judge John D. Bates ordered the index...
  • House Oversight Committee Pursues New Contempt Charges, Fines, And Possibly Jail Time For Holder

    10/05/2014 8:21:45 AM PDT · by PROCON · 28 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Oct. 4, 2014 | Debra Heine
    The House Oversight Committee is pursuing another contempt of court charge, and possibly a daily monetary fine, and jail time for outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder unless he complies with a court order to release certain Fast and Furious documents. Via The Washington Times: Members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee requested U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson to fine Mr. Holder if he doesn’t comply with her own order issued back in August — the one where she said he couldn’t claim executive privilege to keep private certain documents related to the federal gun-running program, “Operation...
  • Eric Holder's Top Deputy Resigns Amid Revelation Fast and Furious Guns Used in Phoenix Crime

    10/17/2014 9:46:36 AM PDT · by george76 · 19 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | 17 Oct 2014 | Matthew Boyle
    The top deputy to Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation on Thursday amid revelations that Operation Fast and Furious scandal guns were used to harm Americans in Phoenix in 2013, a development top congressional Republicans say President Obama’s administration sought to cover up. ... Holder, the attorney general, has failed to cooperate with the Fast and Furious congressional investigation led by Issa and Grassley. Holder was voted, on a bipartisan basis, into both criminal and civil contempt of Congress—a first in the history of the United States for a Cabinet-level official—after he failed to provide documents to Issa’s committee...
  • Obama Asserts Fast and Furious Executive Privilege Claim for Holder’s Wife

    10/23/2014 10:19:50 AM PDT · by Red Steel · 44 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | OCTOBER 23, 2014
    Judicial Watch announced today that it received from the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) a “Vaughn index” detailing records about the Operation Fast and Furious scandal. The index was forced out of the Obama administration thanks to JW’s June 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and subsequent September 2012 FOIA lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice (No. 1:12-cv-01510)). A federal court had ordered the production over the objections of the Obama Justice Department. The document details the Attorney General Holder’s personal involvement in managing the Justice Department’s strategy on media and Congressional investigations into the Fast and Furious...
  • Bombshell: Valerie Jarrett Helped Manage Fallout Over Eric Holder's

    10/24/2014 1:34:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 24, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    For years the White House has argued it had nothing to do with Operation Fast and Furious while it was active and certainly wasn't involved the fallout and cover-up that followed after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in 2010 by Mexican bandits carrying guns from the lethal program. Now years later, a Vaughn Index describing Fast and Furious documents being held from the American people and Congress under President Obama's assertion of executive privilege shows White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett played a key role in Attorney General Eric Holder's changing testimony to Congress. More from Judicial Watch: Practically lost in...
  • Valerie Jarrett Key Player in Fast and Furious Cover-Up After Holder Lied to Congress

    10/24/2014 10:12:50 AM PDT · by wrhssaxensemble · 107 replies
    judicialwatch ^ | OCTOBER 24, 2014 | Staff
    President Obama’s trusted senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, was a key player in the effort to cover-up that Attorney General Eric Holder lied to Congress about the Fast and Furious scandal, according to public records obtained by Judicial Watch. The information is part of a Department of Justice (DOJ) “Vaughn index” detailing records about the gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious. JW had to sue the agency for the records after the Obama administration failed to provide them under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A federal court ordered the DOJ to provide the records over the agency’s objections. Yesterday...
  • Valerie Jarrett Key Player in Fast and Furious Cover-Up After Holder Lied to Congress

    10/24/2014 12:25:29 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 5 replies
    JudicialWatch.org ^ | OCTOBER 24, 2014
    President Obama’s trusted senior advisor, Valerie Jarrett, was a key player in the effort to cover up that Attorney General Eric Holder lied to Congress about the Fast and Furious scandal, according to public records obtained by Judicial Watch.The information is part of a Department of Justice (DOJ) “Vaughn index” detailing records about the gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious. JW had to sue the agency for the records after the Obama administration failed to provide them under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). A federal court ordered the DOJ to provide the records over the agency’s objections. Yesterday...
  • Obama Claims Executive Privilege Over 15,000 Fast and Furious Docs

    10/23/2014 2:22:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 10/23/2014 | BY: CJ Ciaramella
    The Obama administration is claiming executive privilege over more than 15,000 documents related to Operation Fast and Furious, including correspondence between Attorney General Eric Holder and his wife, according to records received Wednesday night by the watchdog group Judicial Watch. Last month, a federal judge ordered the Justice Department to release to Judicial Watch the list of documents, known as a “Vaughn index,” that it is withholding from the public, calling its requests for further delays “unconvincing.” The 1,307-page Vaughn index lists 15,662 documents related to Operation Fast and Furious that the Obama administration is asserting executive privilege over—the first...
  • Federal Court ... Orders Release of Fast and Furious Documents List to Judicial Watch by October 22

    10/22/2014 5:21:53 PM PDT · by Revel · 19 replies
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on September 23, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that by October 22, the Department of Justice (DOJ) must submit a “Vaughn index” listing Fast and Furious materials Judicial Watch sought in its June 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and subsequent September 2012 FOIA lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice (No. 1:12-cv-01510)). A Vaughn index must: (1) identify each document withheld; (2) state the statutory exemption claimed; and (3) explain how disclosure would damage the interests protected by the claimed exemption.
  • BREAKING: Documents Confirm Fast and Furious AK-47 Used in Phoenix Gang Assault

    10/16/2014 1:41:42 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 23 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 16, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Documents obtained through a lawsuit recently issued against the City of Phoenix by government watchdog Judicial Watch reveal a weapon from the Department of Justice's Operation Fast and Furious was used to injure two people in a 2013 gang-style assault on an apartment complex. When the incident occurred and during investigation afterward, police worked with federal law enforcement agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Department of Homeland Security, FBI and Drug Enforcement Agency in the case, raising suspicions the assault wasn't simply a typical, local gang shootout and prompted questions about the details of where the weapons...
  • Fast and Furious: Phoenix Sued by Judicial Watch Over Federal Documents

    10/09/2014 12:43:16 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 9, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Government watchdog Judicial Watch has sued the City of Phoenix Police Department over documents surrounding a 2013 gang-style assault on an apartment complex. Long-guns, a handgun, empty casings and buildings riddled with bullets were reported at the scene and two people were wounded in the incident. When the incident occurred and during investigation afterward, police worked with federal law enforcement agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Department of Homeland Security, FBI and Drug Enforcement Agency in the case, raising suspicions the assault wasn't simply a typical, local gang shootout and prompted questions about the details of the...
  • EXCLUSIVE - Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry's Sister on Timing of Holder Resignation:

    09/25/2014 2:04:58 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 25, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    In light of a federal judge denying a request from the Department of Justice to delay the release of a long-sought after Fast and Furious document list, the sister of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, Kelly Terry-Willis, doesn't find the timing of Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation to be a coincidence. "I do not find it a coincidence that Eric Holder chose now to resign after Judge Bates denied the request from the DOJ to delay the release of the Fast and Furious documents. I personally think Eric Holder was really hoping that the documents would never be made public to...
  • Judge Denies DOJ Request to Delay Release of Fast and Furious Document List (Be Released by Oct 22)

    09/25/2014 12:28:13 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 34 replies
    Town Hall ^ | Sep 25, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates has denied a request from the Department of Justice to delay the release of a list of Operation Fast and Furious documents being protected under President Obama's assertion of executive privilege. The list, better known as a Vaughn index, was requested through a June 2012 FOIA filing by government watchdog Judicial Watch. When DOJ didn't respond to the FOIA request in the time required by law, Judicial Watch sued in September 2012, seeking all documents DOJ and the White House are withholding from Congress under executive privilege claims. President Obama made the assertion...
  • Federal Court Denies DOJ Motion for Delay, Orders Release of Fast and Furious Documents List to...

    09/25/2014 9:14:32 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 47 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | September 25, 2014
    Full title: Federal Court Denies DOJ Motion for Delay, Orders Release of Fast and Furious Documents List to Judicial Watch by October 22 “The government’s arguments for even more time are unconvincing.” – U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today that on September 23, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that by October 22, the Department of Justice (DOJ) must submit a “Vaughn index” listing Fast and Furious materials Judicial Watch sought in its June 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and subsequent September 2012 FOIA lawsuit...
  • DEA payments to Amtrak employee being investigated

    08/26/2014 4:09:48 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 9 replies
    ABC News ^ | 8-26-14
    Hundreds of thousands of dollars in alleged payments by Drug Enforcement Administration personnel to an Amtrak employee are being investigated by the Justice Department inspector general's office. The announcement by Jay Lerner, a spokesman for the IG's office, follows the disclosure by Amtrak's inspector general that DEA paid an Amtrak secretary $854,460 over nearly 20 years to obtain confidential information about train passengers that the drug-fighting agency could have lawfully obtained for free through a law enforcement network. The Amtrak IG's report says that under a joint drug enforcement task force that includes the DEA and Amtrak's own police agency,...
  • Judge: Justice Dept must provide list of documents (Fast and Furious)

    08/21/2014 3:36:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 20 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 20, 2014 8:19 PM EDT | Pete Yost
    A federal judge has ordered the Justice Department to provide Congress with a list of documents that are at the center of a long-running battle over a failed law enforcement program called Operation Fast and Furious. In a court proceeding Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson set an Oct. 1 deadline for producing the list to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The Justice Department says the documents should remain confidential and President Barack Obama has invoked executive privilege in an effort to protect them from public disclosure. …
  • “El Chapo’s” Arrest Packaged for Media Consumption

    08/12/2014 11:39:19 AM PDT · by mgist · 5 replies
    Narco News ^ | 3/1/2014 | Bill Conroy
    Narco-Villain “El Chapo’s” Arrest Packaged for Media Consumption Posted by Bill Conroy - March 1, 2014 at 4:25 pm Former DEA Supervisor Contends Guzman’s Capture Was An “Arranged” Event The recent capture of the notorious Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman Loera, longtime leader of Mexico’s Sinaloa narco-trafficking organization, was not what it appeared to be, according to a former DEA supervisory agent who still has a deep network of contacts in Mexico. Guzman’s takedown, despite the media script portraying it as a daring predawn raid, was, in fact, an “arranged thing,” claims the retired DEA agent, Hector Berrellez, who led the...
  • ATF's notional resource shortfall raises new questions about 'Project Gunwalker'

    07/14/2014 1:59:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Examiner ^ | 7/14/14 | Kurt Hofmann
    National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea noted last week that a new General Accounting Office report has found that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives lacks the resources to effectively investigate one of their highest stated priorities--firearms in the hands of those prohibited by federal law from having them. Specifically, the GAO report draws the conclusion that the BATFE is unable to efficiently pursue "delayed denial" investigations, in which a person ineligible to own a firearm under federal law is permitted to do so anyway, because the criminal background check did not turn up any disqualifying information in...
  • House Passes Bill to End Medical Marijuana Raids by the DEA

    07/03/2014 4:18:53 PM PDT · by grundle · 26 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | May 30, 2014 | Abby Haglage
    In an unprecedented move Thursday night, the House of Representatives voted to pass a bill that prevents the Drug Enforcement Administration from raiding state-legal medical marijuana dispensaries. Just after midnight, the vote won with 219 ayes, including an unexpected 49 Republicans and 170 Democrats. It’s the first time Congress has approved a major marijuana law reform, which shows the changing tide of marijuana policy in the United States—and suggests a new day is rising in the war on drugs. A similar measure failed in Congress six previous times, receiving the most votes (165) in 2007. But with data showing three...
  • Congress Tackles Marijuana for Next Year's Budget

    05/31/2014 7:39:35 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 31 replies
    Main St. ^ | May 30, 2014 | Debra Borchardt
    In a historic vote, Congress voted to support states on legalized medicinal marijuana. The measure will not allow the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to spend federal funds to interfere with states that have legalized medicinal marijuana. "The states have spoken, the American people have spoken and now for the first time the U.S. House of Representatives have spoken on allowing medical marijuana," said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, the sponsor of the measure, in a press conference on Friday.
  • Feds: Cartel money launderer charged in cocaine conspiracy

    05/24/2014 2:29:52 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 15 replies
    Phily.com ^ | 05/21/2014 | Sam Wood
    An alleged associate of a Mexican drug cartel has been charged in a conspiracy that distributed more than 100 kilograms of cocaine in the Philadelphia region, federal prosecutors said today. Prosecutors say it was Jorge Bautista-Banda’s job to launder the illegal drug proceeds, depositing the money in $8,000 increments at Center City banks. By depositing amounts less than $10,000, prosecutors said Bautista could avoid having to file currency transaction reports.
  • JUDGE SIGNALS SHE’LL FORCE HOLDER TO HAND OVER FAST & FURIOUS DOCUMENTS

    05/15/2014 4:23:28 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 78 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 15, 2014 | by KEN KLUKOWSKI
    U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson was openly irritated both with Attorney General Eric Holder and with the U.S. House of Representatives over whether executive privilege allows Holder to withhold documents on Operation Fast and Furious. But she also signaled she would rule against Holder in part, making it likely that Congress—and the public—could learn the truth about a gun-running scandal that ended with a murdered federal agent. Berman began today’s hearing in Washington, D.C.’s federal district court with an opening statement about this case “concerning the suspected illegal flow of firearms from the United States to Mexican drug cartels.”...
  • DEA Director Slams President Obama's Drug Sentencing Act

    05/10/2014 1:14:40 PM PDT · by mgist · 14 replies
    Desin trend ^ | 5/6/14 | peter Black
    May 06, 2014 05:12 PM EDT by Peter Black The director of the Drug Enforcement Administration is furious about a bill that would lower the mandatory minimum prison sentences for federal drug offenses, arguing that harsh prison terms are "very important to our investigations." DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart slammed the Obama administration's Smarter Sentencing Act at a hearing last week, telling the Senate Judiciary Committee that her experience suggests that reducing minimum sentences would have severe consequences—although she wasn't particularly specific about what those consequences would be. Like Us on Facebook "Having been in law enforcement as an agent for...
  • DEA raids woman`s Shorewood home after she shops at garden center, (Illinois)

    04/13/2014 8:56:24 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 135 replies
    DEA raids woman`s Shorewood home after she shops at garden center Posted: Apr 12, 2014 CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) - A woman in the southwest suburbs says she woke up to find armed DEA agents pointing guns at her -- all because she shopped at a hydroponic garden center. Angela Kirkling was driven out of her bed in Shorewood at gunpoint. The DEA had started investigating her because she had made a purchase at a hydroponics shop. Agents say they thought she was growing pot indoors. Police had also been digging through her garbage and tracking her electrical bill.
  • Militias head to Nevada rancher’s standoff with feds: We’re not ‘afraid to shoot’

    04/11/2014 11:23:53 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 382 replies
    Washington Times ^ | April 11, 2014
    Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s decades-long battle against the federal government over grazing rights has heated to the point where militia groups have joined in and taken up spots against the feds who’ve circled his land — and talk is, they’re not afraid to open fire. A spokesman for the one of the militia groups said as much to local 8 News Now: I’m not “afraid to shoot,” he said. Margaret Houston, Mr. Bundy’s sister and a cancer survivor, said at a town hall gathering this week that the situation “was like a war zone” and that she felt “like I...
  • Dennis Burke Should Be Further Sanctioned, Not Celebrated For Lying to Brian Terry's Family

    04/02/2014 4:20:37 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 2, 2014 | Katie Pavlich
    Earlier this week the Arizona Republic editorial board published an opinion piece titled, “Dennis Burke should've been celebrated, not sanctioned.” The board portrays the former U.S. Attorney and Operation Fast and Furious ring-leader as a whistleblower and victim rather than holding him accountable for his extensive and reckless actions during his time in office. Consider the following a direct response. Between 2009 and 2011 when Operation Fast and Furious was active, Dennis Burke and his Assistant U.S. Attorney Emory Hurley refused to prosecute nearly every straw purchaser case handed to them citing “no probable cause.” One of those straw purchasers...
  • ATF Meets Congress' Deadline for Fast & Furious Info-Some materials "highly redacted"

    04/01/2014 8:37:39 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 16 replies
    sharylattkisson.com ^ | 4-1-2014 | Sharyl Attkisson
    ATF Meets Congress' Deadline for Fast & Furious Info  Some materials "highly redacted" by Sharyl Attkisson April 1, 2013 Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) Director Todd Jones today met a 5 p.m. deadline to provide Congress with some information related to disciplinary action, or lack thereof, against key players involved in ATF’s Fast and Furious gunwalking case. That’s according to an official with the House Oversight Committee who says committee members haven't yet thoroughly reviewed the materials but that they are often “highly redacted.”  Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) set the deadline in a letter...
  • Federal Task Force Blocked Investigation, Retaliated Against Agents

    03/27/2014 11:47:59 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 4 replies
    freebeacon.com ^ | 3/26/14 | CJ Ciaramella
    A federal anti-drug task force obstructed an internal investigation and retaliated against agents who cooperated with investigators, the Justice Department Inspector General said in a report issued Wednesday. The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces Program (OCDETF), a multi-agency task force within the Department of Justice, put in place protocols to limit what the department’s inspector general could learn. Agents were told to answer investigators’ questions but not elaborate. They were also told by superiors that information given to the Inspector General could be tracked back to agents, and all documents released to the IG were required to be reviewed...
  • More drivers positive for pot in Washington [State]

    03/07/2014 11:28:57 PM PST · by steve86 · 19 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 3/7/2014 | Gene Johnson
    SEATTLE — More drivers tested positive for marijuana in Washington in 2013 -- the first full year after the state legalized pot -- but officials so far say there's been no obvious, corresponding jump in car accidents. The Washington State Patrol says 1,362 drivers tested positive for having active marijuana in their system -- a jump of just under 25 percent from the year before, even though the patrol had fewer troopers on the road and there was no overall rise in intoxicated driving arrests.
  • Man’s good deed lands his home on a list of meth labs

    03/02/2014 9:01:09 AM PST · by kiryandil · 35 replies
    Iowa Watchdog ^ | February 28, 2014 | Paul Brennan
    DES MOINES, Iowa — On Jan. 5, 2012, Paul Valin called the police to report he’d found a backpack containing what he believed to be meth-making equipment. That simple act of good citizenship landed his and wife Cindy’s house on the National Clandestine Laboratory Register, the federal Drug Enforcement Agency’s list of meth labs. The NCLR “contains addresses of some locations where law enforcement agencies reported they found chemicals or other items that indicated the presence of either clandestine drug laboratories or dumpsites.” The fact that Valin found the backpack more than 15 miles from his house isn’t the sort...
  • Lubbock Sheriff severing ties with DEA (Texas)

    02/20/2014 8:43:24 PM PST · by Army Air Corps · 9 replies
    KCBD Channel 11 ^ | 20 February 2014 | Sarah-Blake Morgan and L. Scott Mann
    LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - It's a partnership meant to keep drugs and the people who deal them off the streets. But now, the Lubbock County Sheriff says he doesn't want his office working with these federal agents. Our investigation has uncovered a letter written by Sheriff Kelly Rowe, terminating the county's relationship with the Drug Enforcement Agency. The issue stems from a massive drug bust which was executed on February 4th, 2013. The month-long investigation took law enforcement from Lubbock down to Odessa and up to Borger. "All in all, we ended up seizing two homes, obviously all of the...
  • NCR: U.S. Guns, Not Obama, to Blame for Mexican Violence (Catholic publication)

    02/16/2014 1:42:11 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Breitbart's Big Journalism ^ | February 15, 2014 | AWR Hawkins
    In the second installation of a three-part series on "gun violence in Mexico," the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) continues to blame the U.S. for gun violence in Mexico, while viewing Fast & Furious as a legitimate attempt at law enforcement which just happened to go wrong. According to NCR, Obama tried to reinstitute an "assault weapons" ban in the U.S. as a way to keep Mexico safer. He also pledged to "keep increasing the pressure on the gun traffickers." NCR claims part of the pressure on traffickers included Operation Fast & Furious, which turned out to be a "botched 2009...
  • Fast and Furious defendant gets 30 years in border agent's killing

    02/10/2014 2:49:36 PM PST · by yoe · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | Feburary 10, 2014 | AP
    A man convicted in the shooting death of a federal Border Patrol agent during a firefight that revealed the government's botched gun-smuggling investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious was sentenced Monday to 30 years in prison. Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, who is from El Fuerte in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, is the only person to be convicted in the Dec. 14, 2010, shooting death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry near the Arizona-Mexico border. U.S. District Court judge David C. Bury handed down the sentence, 360 months with credit for time served.
  • Killer Sentenced In Flat Rock Native's Murder (Brian Terry)

    02/10/2014 1:56:56 PM PST · by jazusamo · 23 replies
    Monroe News ^ | February 10, 2014 | AP
    PHOENIX (AP) — A Mexican man has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison in the 2010 killing of a U.S Border Patrol agent that revealed the botched gun-smuggling investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious. #Manuel Osorio-Arellanes was sentenced Monday after pleading guilty in Flat Rock native Brian Terry’s shooting death.
  • Brian Terry’s brother rips Eric Holder over ‘shocking’ ineptitude

    02/09/2014 4:43:21 PM PST · by Libloather · 32 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 2/06/14 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Kent Terry, the brother of slain border agent Brian Terry, sent a scathing letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding to know why the United States has let years pass without holding anyone accountable for Operation Fast and Furious. In his letter, Mr. Terry wrote, Breitbart.com reported: “Mr. Holder, I am going to get right to the point of this letter. I am not pleased with your behavior as America’s Attorney General. Simply denying that you had no knowledge about Operation Fast and Furious is troubling in itself, but for you to not comply with Congress is even more troubling....
  • Prosecutor: There Were Fast & Furious Guns at Scene of Brian Terry's Murder

    02/05/2014 6:53:55 PM PST · by gooblah · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 5 Feb 2014, 3:20 | Awr Hawkins
    On December 14, 2010, Border Agent Brian Terry was shot and killed by drug smugglers north of the Arizona/Mexico border. He was hit once and pronounced dead at the scene. Two rifles from Operation Fast & Furious, an ATF gun walking operation, were recovered from the crime scene.
  • Making Moonshine At Home Is On The Rise. But It's Still Illegal

    01/27/2014 2:03:55 PM PST · by Theoria · 90 replies
    NPR ^ | 27 Jan 2014 | Alastair Bland
    Within days after each season premiere and season finale of the Discovery Channel's reality show "Moonshiners," they come — a small but perceptible wave of people — to purchase suspiciously large amounts of corn, sugar and hardy strains of fermenting yeast at Austin Homebrew Supply. "We know what they're up to," says Chris Ellison, the manager of the Texas store.That is, it's obvious they're planning to ferment the sugars from grain or fruit juice into alcohol, then distill the resulting mid-strength beverage into high-alcohol hooch.Making spirits at home with plans to drink it is against federal law. Only with the...
  • DEA Agent Goes to Pot, Leaves Fed Agency to Join Marijuana Industry (Washington State)

    01/26/2014 6:56:51 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 10 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | January 25, 2014 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    DEA agent goes to pot, leaves fed agency to join marijuana industry Former DEA Agent Patrick Moen — whose career with the Drug Enforcement Administration went up in smoke when he joined the lucrative legal marijuana industry — isn't likely to spark an exodus from the agency, former colleagues say. Moen, 36, quit his post in Portland late last year and is now working for Seattle-based Privateer Holdings, a private equity firm specializing in acquiring businesses in the burgeoning marijuana industry. The attorney who once spent long days dismantling drug rings throughout the Pacific Northwest will now help the company...
  • 5 Reasons Marijuana Should Remain Illegal

    01/21/2014 4:29:12 AM PST · by Kaslin · 172 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 21, 2014 | John Hawkins
    How did we end up in a world where Big Gulps are being banned in New York while the welcome mat for potheads is being rolled out in Colorado? How is it that cigarette smokers are pariahs, while people smoking weed are being cheered? This is despite the fact that potheads are almost universally recognized as unmotivated, low class, degenerate – and, yes, smelly failures. Even the ones that get somewhere in life, like Barack Obama, usually turn out to be mediocrities. Moreover, we all recognize that smoking is a dirty habit that makes you die younger and while drinking...
  • Ex-DEA agent in new role with pot investment firm

    01/20/2014 2:11:07 PM PST · by IbJensen · 7 replies
    MSN ^ | 1/20/2014 | Jonathan Kaminsky
    <p>A small but growing list of individuals with unlikely backgrounds have joined or thrown their support behind state-sanctioned marijuana enterprises.</p> <p>SEATTLE – In a decade with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Patrick Moen rose to supervise a team of agents busting methamphetamine and heroin rings in Oregon - before giving it all up to join the nascent legal marijuana industry in nearby Washington state.</p>
  • DEA operations chief decries legalization of marijuana at state level

    01/20/2014 3:45:55 AM PST · by Wolfie · 122 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 01/20/2014
    DEA operations chief decries legalization of marijuana at state level The chief of operations at the Drug Enforcement Administration on Wednesday called the legalization of marijuana at the state level “reckless and irresponsible,” warning that the movement to decriminalize the sale of pot in the United States will have severe consequences. Capra’s comments marked the DEA’s most public and pointed criticism of the movement toward decriminalization in several states, where local officials see it as an opportunity to generate tax revenue and boost tourism. “It scares us,” James L. Capra said, responding to a question from a senator during a...
  • How Delaware investigators brought down a violent drug cartel kingpin

    01/14/2014 11:25:25 AM PST · by imardmd1 · 4 replies
    The News Journal (Delaware) | January 11, 2014 | Sean O’Sullivan
    http://www.delawareonline.com/article/20140112/NEWS01/301120061/A-cargo-plane-a-pickup-modified-to-conceal-dope-and-a-federa
  • CONFIRMED: The DEA Struck A Deal With Mexico's Most Notorious Drug Cartel

    01/13/2014 4:03:40 PM PST · by Para-Ord.45 · 55 replies
    http://www.businessinsider.com ^ | Jan. 13, 2014 | Michael Kelley
    The DEA agents met with members of the cartel in Mexico to obtain information about their rivals and simultaneously built a network of informants who sign drug cooperation agreements, subject to results, to enable them to obtain future benefits, including cancellation of charges in the U.S.," reports El Universal Operation Fast and Furious was part of an agreement to finance and arm the cartel in exchange for information used to take down its rivals. (If true, that re-raises the issue regarding what Attorney General Eric Holder knew about the gun-running arrangements.)
  • NM:More Fast and Furious Scandal Allegations

    01/08/2014 1:30:18 PM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    When this case first appeared, at the height of the first exposure of  the Fast and Furious scandal, it was highlighted as an example of smuggling to the Mexican cartels that was *not* a part of the operation.    It might or might not be significant that the BATFE agent quoted in the article is William Newell, who had a significant role in Fast and Furious, and whose testimony before congress became infamous. Now, one of the victims of the prosecution is able to tell a bit of his story.   He was never allowed bail from the time he was...
  • Yet another Fast & Furious gun turns up at a crime scene in Mexico

    01/02/2014 3:33:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/02/2013 | Erika Johnsen
    Lest anyone forget that the Obama administration has yet to fully come clean on the travesty that was Operation Fast and Furious — the not-”botched” but certainly crooked gunrunning scandal in which federal officials pressed American gun dealers into selling more than 2,000 weapons to known cartel smugglers, and then allowed those criminals to funnel the weapons back across the Mexican border with no way of actively tracing them — the results of the administration’s egregiously deficient enterprise are still popping up in the aftermath of deadly violence. Back in August, CBS reported on the unwelcome discovery of three Fast...
  • Ian Garland claims he was a scapegoat for Operation Fast and Furious

    12/31/2013 7:37:07 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    libertyunyielding.com ^ | December, 2013 | Renee Nal
    If not for Ian Garland’s appeal, he would still be sitting in prison. In what appears to be a gross injustice, Garland, who ran a gun shop near El Paso, Texas, was encouraged by ATF officials to sell weapons to “straw purchasers during the failed Operation Fast and Furious,” and then was arrested and thrown in prison for doing what he was told to do by the government.Thankfully, a federal judge released Garland earlier this month, over the objections of federal prosecutors.Ian Garland was arrested, along with the town’s mayor, Eddie Espinoza, former Columbus Police Chief Angelo Vega, and former village trustee Blas “Woody” Gutierrez, and...
  • ATF Agent Sends Shockwaves ... Explosive Allegations About ‘Fast and Furious’ ...

    12/28/2013 6:54:37 AM PST · by Islander7 · 26 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec27, 2013 | Jason Howerton
    John Dodson, the federal agent who blew the lid off the Justice Department’s “Fast and Furious” gun-walking scandal, claims the FBI had ties to the men who killed U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in 2010 near Nogales, Ariz. In fact, Dodson says the Mexican bandits who gunned down Terry were working for FBI operatives and had been sent to the border to do a “drug rip-off” using intelligence gathered by the DEA. Dodson, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said he doesn’t think the FBI was part of the rip-off crew, but the...
  • Rep. Olson Introduces Articles of Impeachment Against Eric Holder

    11/13/2013 6:03:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | November 13, 2013 | Matthew Boyle
    Rep. Pete Olson (R-TX) has introduced an Articles of Impeachment resolution against Attorney General Eric Holder for his role in Operation Fast and Furious and other scandals of President Barack Obama’s administration. Seven congressman have signed onto the resolution thus far in addition to Olson. They are Reps. Larry Bucshon (R-IN), Blake Farenthold (R-TX), Phil Roe (R-TN), Lynn Westmoreland (R-GA), Roger Williams (R-TX), Ted Yoho (R-FL), and Randy Weber (R-TX). The Articles of Impeachment has four different sections. The first calls for Holder’s official removal because of his failure to comply with congressional subpoenas relating to Operation Fast and Furious....
  • Articles of Impeachment Against Holder to be Introduced on Thursday

    11/13/2013 8:03:30 AM PST · by bkopto · 93 replies
    PJ Media ^ | Nov 13, 2013 | Bridget Johnson
    A Texas Republican plans to introduce a resolution of Articles of Impeachment for Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday. Rep. Pete Olson’s (R-Texas) office said this morning that “this was not a decision made lightly,” but comes with Holder’s “pattern of disregard for the rule of law and refusal to be forthright with Congress and the American people” since being held in contempt in June 2012. That 255-67 vote on criminal contempt, which included 17 Democrats, was tied to the Fast and Furious scandal and marked the first time Congress has found an attorney general in contempt. A measure of...
  • GOP Lawmakers Release Holder Articles of Impeachment

    11/14/2013 2:54:41 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 21 replies
    Roll Call ^ | November 13, 2013 | Matt Fuller with Emma Dumain
    A rump group of House Republicans are tired of waiting for answers from Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. — they want him impeached and will formally introduce their charges Thursday. As Roll Call previously reported, a small group of GOP lawmakers have been drafting articles of impeachment for Holder over a string of controversies, including a Department of Justice refusal to turn over documents related to Operation Fast and Furious, a refusal to uphold certain laws — namely the Defense of Marriage Act, the Controlled Substances Act and the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1986 — and a refusal to...