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  • ATF's notional resource shortfall raises new questions about 'Project Gunwalker'

    07/14/2014 1:59:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 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...
  • AG Holder asks for appeal in Fast and Furious case holding him in contempt

    11/16/2013 1:02:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 16, 2013
    <p>Attorney General Eric Holder wants to appeal a recent judge’s ruling that allows the House to continue with its contempt case, related to Holder’s refusal to turn over documents concerning the Justice Department’s failed Operation Fast and Furious gun-tracking program.</p>
  • Judge Blocks Eric Holder's Fast and Furious Contempt Appeal

    11/19/2013 11:08:48 AM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 19, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    In case you missed it over the weekend, late Friday night Attorney General Eric Holder issued a motion to appeal after U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled in September she will not dismiss contempt and executive privilege lawsuits against the Justice Department. Department of Justice attorneys argued the lawsuits should be dismissed on grounds the judiciary has no business getting in-between Executive branch and Legislative branch disputes. Jackson disagreed with their argument, saying the judiciary has an obligation to look at these kinds of disputes. Holder was hoping to get the case in front of the U.S....
  • How the US gave guns to Mexican cartels

    12/02/2013 6:13:09 AM PST · by marktwain · 13 replies
    The New York Post ^ | 1 December, 2013 | John Dobson
    <p>In September 2009, John Dodson, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, was assigned to the ATF’s Phoenix office. What he found there shocked him. The bureau was encouraging gun dealers to sell weapons in bulk to known straw buyers, who would funnel those guns to Mexican drug cartels. Known as Operation Fast and Furious, it ended with the death of at least one American law enforcement officer. Dodson became a congressional whistleblower, and the investigation into the operation is ongoing. In this exclusive excerpt from his new book, “The Unarmed Truth,” Dodson explains how tragically inept Fast and Furious was.</p>
  • Attkisson: Fast and Furious Whistleblower 'Rare Example' Amidst Obama's 'War On Leaks'

    12/02/2013 6:47:44 PM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 5 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | December 2, 2013 | Matthew Balan
    Sharyl Attkisson touted 'Fast and Furious' whistleblower John Dodson as "a rare example, especially amid the Obama administration's war on leaks" during a segment on Monday's CBS This Morning. Attkisson, whose reporting on the arms trafficking scandal won CBS a Edward R. Murrow Award, spotlighted the ATF senior agent's new book on "the inside story of why he went public to expose the government's false denials about its gunwalking secrets." The correspondent also pointed out how "there's still a court battle over the 'Fast and Furious' documents that President Obama is withholding from Congress under executive privilege". She also featured...
  • House seeks Fast and Furious gun-walking documents

    12/17/2013 9:04:34 AM PST · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 17, 2013 | Jim McElhatton
    House lawyers late Monday filed court papers asking a federal judge to force the Justice Department to turn over records to reveal the extent of efforts to stonewall a congressional probe into a botched weapons investigation known as Fast and Furious. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wants the records to wrap up its probe, which has shifted from the bungled gun-walking operation to “an apparent effort, over a period of many months, by high level DOJ officials” to hinder the investigation, lawyers argued in a court pleading filed Tuesday night in federal court in Washington. The request marks...
  • DHS Complicit In Drug Cartel Human Trafficking

    12/21/2013 7:55:52 AM PST · by raptor22 · 25 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 21, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Border: A federal judge finds that the Department of Homeland Security, instead of arresting cartel members and the clients who pay them to smuggle children into the U.S., helps the drug lords complete the transactions. Former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano once proclaimed the U.S. border to be as secure as it has ever been. Yet her department has been found by Judge Andrew S. Hanen of the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Texas to have actively undermined that security by enabling drug cartels engaged in the lucrative smuggling of children. The case before Judge Hanen — United...
  • ATF whistleblower website decries disproportionate discrimination complaints

    12/27/2013 2:19:59 PM PST · by OddLane · 5 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | December 27, 2013 | David Codrea
    Expressing dismay at an increase in Equal Employment Opportunity complaints under the administration of recently confirmed permanent Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Director B. Todd Jones, a moderator at CleanUpATF blasted the agency Thursday by citing Department of Justice statistics, also released yesterday. Longtime readers of this column recall CUATF is a website run by disaffected ATF agents dedicated to exposing Bureau waste, abuse, corruption and fraud. It was from their forum that this correspondent and citizen journalist Mike Vanderboegh of the Sipsey Street Irregulars blog first got wind of allegations that ATF was facilitating “gunwalking” into Mexico...
  • ATF Agent: FBI Played Key Role In Brian Terry's Death ( Fast & Furious Gun Running )

    12/27/2013 2:09:49 PM PST · by george76 · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Dec 2013 | Debra Heine
    John Dodson, the ATF agent who blew the whistle on the the Justice Department’s blood-soaked gun-trafficking operation known as Fast and Furious, told the Arizona Republic in an interview, Thursday, that the FBI played a key role in events leading to the 2010 murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. His comments to the paper, augment what he wrote in his new book, The Unarmed Truth - My Fight to Blow the Whistle and Expose Fast and Furious. Dodson claims that the bandits who killed Terry were working for FBI operatives and were tipped by the DEA to be...
  • Drug Agent Joins Budding Industry

    12/12/2013 1:49:57 PM PST · by Zuben Elgenubi · 4 replies
    Online Wall Street Journal ^ | Dec. 10, 2013 | By Ryan Dezember
    Government officials regularly leverage their public-sector experience into more lucrative jobs in high finance. One former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration supervisor is giving that track a new twist. Patrick Moen, a longtime DEA agent, has left a post leading a federal team in Portland, Ore., that combats heroin and methamphetamine trafficking to join a private-equity firm that invests solely in businesses tied to the budding legal marijuana industry.
  • Judge dismisses lawsuit by family of slain border agent

    11/18/2013 7:12:32 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    chicagotribune.com ^ | 7:02 p.m. CST, November 18, 2013 | Tim Gaynor
    A wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry has been dismissed by a federal judge on the grounds that a court settlement would interfere with the powers of the U.S. government, which has a compensation scheme of its own. Terry died in a shoot-out with Mexican drug cartel gunmen in southern Arizona in December 2010 in a case tied to a flawed bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, or ATF, gun-running operation that embarrassed the Obama administration and strained relations with Mexico. Last year Terry's parents, Kent and Josephine Terry, filed a...
  • Issa on Grenade-Walking Scandal: WH 'Let Bad Things Happen' to Push Assault Weapons Ban

    10/26/2013 10:11:12 AM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/26/2013 | Awr Hawkins
    Rep. Issa commented on the DOJ grenade-walking scandal: When you have the attorney general's own offices being informed about a very dangerous person exporting hand grenades and converting AK-47s into machine guns and they let him continue as part of not, Fast and Furious, but a completely separate failure, I think what you see is an administration that I'm beginning to think really did want to let bad things happen in hopes they would get [an] assault weapons ban. The dots are being connected more and more to these kinds of actions.
  • US intelligence assets in Mexico reportedly tied to murdered DEA agent

    10/15/2013 4:46:39 PM PDT · by Theoria · 19 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10 Oct 2013 | William La Jeunesse & Lee Ross
    Few remember Enrique 'Kiki' Camarena, the DEA agent killed in the line of duty almost 30 years ago, when the War on Drugs was the talk of Washington. "On February 7, 1985, Special Agent Camarena was kidnapped by the traffickers," then First Lady Nancy Reagan somberly told a room full of anti-drug advocates. "He was tortured and beaten to death." Camarena's killer was sentenced to 40 years in jail. Now, he's free after serving only 28 years. And those who knew the agent and became close to his family are fighting to see that his story is not forgotten. "I...
  • ATF tries to block whistleblowing agent’s ‘Fast and Furious’ book

    10/06/2013 6:47:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 45 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 10/13/13 | John Solomon
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is blocking the main whistleblower in the Fast and Furious case from publishing a book for pay, claiming his retelling of the Mexico “gun-walking” scandal will hurt morale inside the embattled law enforcement agency, according to documents obtained by The Washington Times. ATF’s dispute with Special Agent John Dodson is setting up a First Amendment showdown that is poised to bring together liberal groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and conservatives in Congress who have championed Mr. Dodson’s protection as a whistleblower. The ACLU is slated to become involved in the...
  • Will Fast And Furious Justice Finally Befall Eric Holder? (good read - long)

    10/06/2013 11:27:21 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Forbes ^ | October 6, 2013 | Larry Bell
    Serial abuses of justice by America’s top law enforcement official should be enough to make just about any tinhorn banana republic dictator blush. Yet regarding any embarrassment evidenced by the leader of the free world… not so much. Despite the fact that our attorney general has been indicted for contempt of Congress on both felony and civil charges, has repeatedly lied under oath, and has routinely turned a blind eye to laws that he is duty-bound to enforce, Mr. Holder continues to serve at the behest of his presidential mentor. At least he has so far. Apparently not so very...
  • Court Says Holder Can't Stop Fast And Furious Truth Search

    10/01/2013 4:22:08 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Investors.com ^ | October 1, 2013 | IBD Editorial
    Scandal: The truth about how and why Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata and hundreds of Mexican nationals were killed with weapons supplied by this administration may yet come out as a court lets a lawsuit proceed. The most transparent administration in history suffered a defeat Monday, when U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson turned down the Justice Department's request to dismiss a lawsuit seeking "Fast and Furious" documents hidden by Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department after President Obama invoked executive privilege. The lawsuit was brought by Rep. Darrell Issa's House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after...
  • US to target high-level criminals in Puerto Rico

    09/26/2013 10:15:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 26, 2013 12:14 PM EDT | Danica Coto
    Federal agents will start targeting high-level drug traffickers in Puerto Rico with intelligence gathered during a three-month blitz on criminal activity in the U.S. territory, the Department of Homeland Security said Thursday. The campaign is part of a federal operation that began in July 2012 with help from local authorities that focuses on the smuggling of drugs, weapons, money and migrants. The agency says agents have seized a total of 53,000 pounds (24,000 kilograms) of drugs, confiscated hundreds of firearms and arrested more than 320 suspected criminals who will be prosecuted at federal and local levels. …
  • VANITY: Dental Information Form is a DEA form?

    09/19/2013 5:32:18 PM PDT · by who_would_fardels_bear · 25 replies
    I was recently asked by my dentist to fill out an on-line patient history so they could go paperless. After spending a bunch of time filling out a bunch of very detailed information I get to the last page and read this: WARNING: 21 USC 843(d), states that any person knowingly or intentionally furnishes false or fraudulent information in the application is subject to term of inprisonment of not more than 4 years, and a fine under Title 18 of not more than $250,000 , or both.By typing my full name in the space below, I hereby certify that the...