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  • Leak At Department Of Justice Pulls White House Deeper Into Fast And Furious

    04/05/2012 1:01:23 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 19 replies
    Western Center for Journalism ^ | 4 April 2012 | Doug Book
    Last month, FOX News reported that someone at Eric Holder’s Department of Justice has been leaking information to Congressional committees about the Obama Regime’s Mexican gunwalking enterprise Fast and Furious. ATF Investigation Reports (ROI’s) that reached the offices of Senator Charles Grassley and Congressman Darrell Issa revealed gun runners and drug dealers to be secretly in the employment of the FBI. And a Mexican illegal, already wanted on weapons charges, was shown to have been turned loose by a remarkably accommodating ATF agent. And now something new has been added to the mix. On March 28th, Senator Grassley wrote Kathryn...
  • Obama Alienates Canada And Mexico At Three Amigos

    04/04/2012 6:41:51 AM PDT · by bkopto · 42 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | Apr 3, 2012 | Staff
    Obama's neglect of our nearest neighbors and biggest trade partners has created deteriorating relations, a sign of a president who's out of touch with reality. Problems are emerging that aren't being reported. Fortunately, the Canadian and Mexican press told the real story. Canada's National Post quoted former Canadian diplomat Colin Robertson as saying the North American Free Trade Agreement and the three-nation alliance it has fostered since 1994 have been so neglected they're "on life support." Energy has become a searing rift between the U.S. and Canada and threatens to leave the U.S. without its top energy supplier. The Winnipeg...
  • Leak at Department of Justice pulls White House deeper into Fast and Furious

    04/04/2012 10:03:50 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 27 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 4/4/2012 | Doug Book
    Last month FOX News reported that someone at Eric Holder’s Department of Justice has been leaking information to Congressional committees about the Obama Regime’s Mexican gunwalking enterprise Fast and Furious. ATF Investigation Reports (ROI’s) which reached the offices of Senator Charles Grassley and Congressman Darrell Issa revealed gun runners and drug dealers to be secretly in the employ of the FBI. And a Mexican illegal, already wanted on weapons charges, was shown to have been turned loose by a remarkably accommodating ATF agent. (1) Now something new has been added to the mix. On March 28th, Senator Grassley wrote Kathryn...
  • Senate approves Breuer supporter as head of OIG at Justice(gunwalker)

    04/04/2012 7:19:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 31 March, 2012 | David Codrea
    “Attorney General Eric Holder today welcomed the confirmation of… Michael E. Horowitz as Inspector General for the Justice Department,” a Friday Office of Public Affairs release announces. “…Horowitz [was] confirmed yesterday by the U.S. Senate,” it reports. The nominee was confirmed by a voice vote, per the Library of Congress THOMAS legislative database. So who is Michael E. Horowitz? Most recently he’s been a partner at a law firm. He’s been a commissioner on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, a deputy Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Staff at the Justice Department, an Assistant U.S. Attorney, a law firm associate, and...
  • 'Project Gunwalker' and human sacrifice

    04/04/2012 7:11:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 3 April, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    "Human sacrifices suspected along Mexico border," reads the headline of a disturbing MSNBC story. The story, admittedly, has nothing to do with "Operation Fast and Furious" or "Project Gunwalker." Still, a journalist writing a story about the U.S. government's deliberate arming of ruthless Mexican drug cartels could do far worse for a headline. The MSNBC story is about a poor Mexican family, worshippers of Santa Muerte (Saint Death), who are accused of murdering two 10-year-old boys and a 55-year-old woman, believing that these blood sacrifices would bring them wealth: "They thought that by offering the blood, they would be protected...
  • U.S. Senator Wants Details on Bush-Era Gun-Walking Scheme

    03/31/2012 10:53:21 PM PDT · by Rabin · 8 replies
    Latin American Herald Tribune ^ | April 1,2012 | Caracas staff
    Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) called on Congress to probe the existence of a government operation that allowed hundreds of weapons to enter Mexico under (Wide Receiver), George W. Bush.
  • Why is White House blocking ‘Gunwalker’ testimony from former NSC director?

    03/30/2012 4:51:21 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Examiner ^ | 3/30/12 | David Codrea
    “Lawmakers push to interview ex-White House aide in 'Fast and Furious',” Ed Henry of Fox News reported Wednesday. “To date, the White House has not complied with multiple congressional requests to interview [former National Security Council Director of North American Affairs Kevin] O'Reilly,” Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, wrote in a March 28 letter to Counsel to the President Kathryn Ruemmler. “Our staffs have had extensive discussions with lawyers in your office, who have represented that the White House does not perceive any need for us to interview O’Reilly and consequently will not make arrangements for...
  • Partisan Politics Plague Probe of 'Fast and Furious'

    03/30/2012 1:06:12 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | March 29, 2012 | Sandra Hernandez
    "Fast and Furious," the federal government's ill-fated operation to track gun sales along the Mexican border, set out to penetrate drug cartels before it spiraled out of control. Under the program, agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives watched, but did not arrest, purchasers of high-powered weapons with hopes of tracking the guns back to the cartels. Instead, the ATF lost track of more than 1,700 guns, some of which later turned up at crime scenes in the United States and Mexico, including two found near Tucson where a Border Patrol officer was shot to death. Others...
  • Family demands to know if weapons used to kill ICE agent could have been seized before they crossed

    03/29/2012 4:27:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    fox ^ | 3/29/12 | William La Jeunesse
    The family of a murdered U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent is demanding to know if U.S. agencies could have seized the weapons used to kill him before they crossed the border into Mexico. Amador and Mary Zapata also believe their son Jaime, who was only in Mexico for 9 days before his death, was not adequately trained for his assignment, a trip on one of Mexico’s most dangerous roads in a $160,000 armored Suburban. “We want to find out the truth,” Amador Zapata said from the living room of his Brownsville, Texas home. “Who thought of this program? How...
  • Issa: Why Is White House Ordering Former Aide To Not Speak To Oversight On Fast & Furious?

    03/29/2012 5:56:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    youtube ^ | 3/29/12 | fox
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, goes on Fox News to discuss the latest on the failed Justice Department program Operation Fast and Furious.
  • “Drug Lords” Targeted in Fast & Furious Worked for FBI (Suprise!)

    03/29/2012 7:35:49 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 16 replies
    New American ^ | 3-29-12 | Alex Newman
    In another significant embarrassment to the scandal-plagued Obama administration, newly released documents revealed that the supposed “drug lords” being targeted in the deadly federal “Fast and Furious” gun-running operation were actually working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) all along. Thousands of American weapons were illegally offered to violent Mexican cartels by the Justice Department as part of the controversial program — many of them paid for by U.S. tax dollars through the two FBI assets supposedly being targeted in the investigation. Those guns were later linked to hundreds of murders, including the killings of U.S. federal agents. The...
  • “Drug Lords” Targeted in Fast & Furious Worked for FBI

    03/28/2012 8:41:04 PM PDT · by Rabin · 14 replies
    The New American ^ | 28 March 2012 | Alex Newman
    Drug lords being targeted in the Fast and Furious gun-running operation were actually working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) all along. ATF zeroed in on a gun trafficker, Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta, (he) was detained in May of 2010, questioned, and released after promising to cooperate with investigators seeking to track down two supposed “cartel chiefs.” The two cartel chiefs, it turned out, were already on the FBI’s payroll.
  • “Drug Lords” Targeted in Fast & Furious Worked for FBI(gunwalker)

    03/28/2012 6:22:34 PM PDT · by marktwain · 22 replies
    The New American ^ | 28 March, 2012 | Alex Newman
    In another significant embarrassment to the scandal-plagued Obama administration, newly released documents revealed that the supposed “drug lords” being targeted in the deadly federal “Fast and Furious” gun-running operation were actually working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) all along. Thousands of American weapons were illegally offered to violent Mexican cartels by the Justice Department as part of the controversial program — many of them paid for by U.S. tax dollars through the two FBI assets supposedly being targeted in the investigation. Those guns were later linked to hundreds of murders, including the killings of U.S. federal agents. The...
  • Family of Border Patrol Agent (Brian)Terry issues statement ...

    03/28/2012 12:14:30 PM PDT · by brityank · 15 replies
    Twitter Sharyl Attkisson - CBS ^ | 28 March, 2012 | Twitter Sharyl Attkisson
    Sharyl Attkisson tweeted the following this afternoon: Family of Border Patrol Agent Brain Terry issues statement about reports of lack of coordination among feds: "The Terry Family, like most of America, is sickened to read the latest revelations relating to ATF's error-plagued..." "...and misguided Fast and Furious Investigation. It is beyond our comprehension that U.S. federal law..." "...enforcement agencies were not talking with one another. American citizens deserve better..." "...from their public servants; the FBI, DEA, ATF and U.S. Attorney personnel in Arizona should have been.. "..coordinating their investigative and prosecutorial efforts. This coordination should have started and.." "..continued with...
  • The Wages of Perjury and Cover-up is . . . (Gunwalker)

    03/28/2012 8:56:36 AM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 3/28/12 | Dutchman6
    Maybe a gig as a law school dean. University of Baltimore announces finalists in search for law school dean. Five candidates will visit campus starting March 26 to meet students, faculty, staff The University of Baltimore has selected five finalists in its search for a new law school dean. The candidates are: Nicholas Allard, a political lawyer at Washington firm Patton Boggs; Penelope Bryan, the dean of Whittier Law School in California; Alfredo Garcia, a professor and former dean at St. Thomas University Law School in Miami; Patricia Salkin, a professor and associate dean at Albany Law School in New...
  • Internal memo shows ATF rank and file don't trust the brass

    03/26/2012 6:44:25 PM PDT · by U-238 · 13 replies · 18+ views
    Fox News ^ | 3/26/2012 | Fox News
    Top leaders at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, already under fire from lawmakers in the wake of the “Fast and Furious” debacle, also get harsh marks from the men and women who serve under them, according to an internal survey. An ATF memo obtained by FoxNews.com reveals that rank-and-file workers at the beleaguered federal agency, where whistleblowers who first alerted lawmakers to the “gun-walking” scandal say they were threatened or even punished, don’t trust the agency’s leaders. “A key area in which ATF fell short was leadership,” the e-mail from ATF Headquarters, describing the results of the internal...
  • DEA "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" Claim 3 - a rebuttal

    03/26/2012 11:07:14 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 35 replies · 15+ views
    (self) | March 26, 2012 | (self)
    The DEA Web pages on "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" are linked with some regularity on FR. They're full of errors in fact and logic; since I couldn't find a comprehensive rebuttal online, I've started creating one. Here's my rebuttal to their "Fact 3;" more to come as time permits. ("Fact 1" rebutted at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2858443/posts; "Fact 2" rebutted at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2861557/posts.) Claim 3: "Illegal drugs are illegal because they are harmful." Fact: The legal drugs alcohol and tobacco are legal despite being harmful. Claim: Drug use can be deadly, far more deadly than alcohol. Although alcohol is used by seven times...
  • More Democrats critical of Holder’s handling of Fast and Furious

    03/25/2012 9:40:20 PM PDT · by expat1000 · 16 replies · 8+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 23, 2012 | By Matthew Boyle
    Two House Democrats have come forward demanding that Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice release findings from an internal investigation into Operation Fast and Furious before the upcoming November election. Democratic Reps. Nick Rahall of West Virginia and Gene Green of Texas told The Washington Times’ Kerry Picket that they want the inspector general to release her report before the election to ensure that any officials from President Barack Obama’s administration who are responsible for Fast and Furious are held accountable. Green said the DOJ’s Office of the Inspector General was taking too long to release the report. “Yeah,”...
  • DOJ charges release of ‘Gunwalker’ reports impedes investigations

    03/24/2012 10:36:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies · 1+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | 3/24/12 | David Codrea
    “The latest twist in the tug of war over Department of Justice documents central to the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious came Friday evening, when a top Justice official refused a congressional request for subpoenaed documents and blamed GOP lawmakers over the leaking of sensitive information,” CNN reported Friday. In a letter to Rep. Darrell Issa, R-California, and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich suggested that sensitive information relating to ongoing investigations is coming from their staffs. “Late Friday, Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Ron Weich warned Issa, ‘We are deeply disturbed that the sensitive...
  • William LaJeunesse makes the connection -- the Miramontes brothers -- on the payroll of the FBI --

    03/23/2012 6:32:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies · 1+ views
    It ran at 6:15 PM Eastern on FOX. When I have the links I'll let you know. William connects the dots between Celis-Acosta and the one-armed man and his brother -- the "stone cold killers" Miramontes -- laying it at the door of the Hoover Building. complete with a non-denial denial from the Fibbies. Katie Pavlich posted this letter (see page 15, footnote 48) which mentions the Miramontes. The Miramontes brothers are said to be linked to the rip crew that killed Brian Terry. The protection of the Miramontes is responsible for the FBI cover-up -- of the murder and...
  • New Document Dump Means More Backpedaling for AG Holder

    03/23/2012 1:03:36 PM PDT · by next media · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Excerpted Blog USBC News Blog ^ | 2012-03-23 | Blogger on The USBC Wire Blog
    At a March 2011 Congressional hearing, Mr. Holder stated that he had only heard of Fast & Furious “a few weeks” prior. He had to amend that later to “a couple of months” when further documents indicated that he indeed was informed of the project during that earlier time period. More revelations were dismissed by the Attorney General on the basis that he hadn't read the e-mails that were sent to him. E-mails examined last Friday show that on the day Border Agent Brian Terry was killed by criminals using Fast & Furious weapons in December 2010, messages were sent...
  • Agents appeared to have probable cause to arrest Fast and Furious suspect, documents show

    03/22/2012 5:21:23 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 9 replies · 1+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | 3/22/12 | William Lajeunesse
    Documents released Thursday show that federal agents appeared to have probable cause to arrest the biggest buyer of assault weapons in the Fast and Furious operation -- eight months before Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry's death ended the scandal-ridden program. Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, have demanded Attorney General Eric Holder provide a briefing as to why ringleader Manuel Celis Acosta was not arrested earlier given repeated evidence that he was running guns.
  • ERIC HOLDER: "BRAINWASH" THEM: Shocking Video shows Holder Advocating brainwashing kids against guns

    03/22/2012 6:02:50 AM PDT · by geraldmcg · 5 replies
    WebToday ^ | March 22, 2012 | WebToday
    In one heck of an analogy, then U.S. Attorney for Washington, D.C. – Eric Holder – likened guns to cigarettes, saying that perceptions about guns needed to become more stigmatized. He said this during a speech in 1995 and suggested an aggressive advertising campaign to convince the public that this was true. At one point, he literally said that he wanted the advertising to be so pervasive that it would “brainwash” people. To Larry Pratt, executive director of the Gun Owners of America (GOA), such advocacy on the part of Holder flies in the face of his Constitutional oath. “As...
  • Almost One year ago: Obama on "gunwalking": Serious mistake may have been made

    03/21/2012 8:20:37 AM PDT · by StaffiT · 17 replies · 1+ views
    CBS News ^ | March 23, 2011 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Last night, a reporter from Univision asked President Obama about the subject of a CBS News investigation: allegations that ATF allowed traffickers to send weapons to Mexican drug cartels in an operation called "Fast and Furious." "There may be a situation here which a serious mistake was made and if that's the case then we'll find out and well hold somebody accountable," he added.
  • ATF Managers Lawyer Up, Slam Gun Laws and Still Deny Gunwalking

    03/21/2012 5:07:24 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 38 replies · 1+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | March 21, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    The attorneys of Bill Newell, embattled former ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division, and David Voth, Supervisor of Phoenix Group VII (the group that carried out Operation Fast and Furious), are accusing Senator Charles Grassley and Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa of making “many inaccurate and harmful statements” and “factual distortions against” their clients. In a letter obtained by Townhall, attorney and former Department of Justice Prosecutor Paul E. Pelletier, representing Newell, writes on behalf his defendant to “correct the factual distortions in your staff’s ‘memorandum.’ To be clear, this faulty memorandum and...
  • Deadly ATF Fast And Furious Game Of Catch And Release

    03/20/2012 7:12:02 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | March 20, 2012 | IBD editorials
    Scandal: A prime suspect in the smuggling of weapons to Mexico was captured and released on a promise of cooperation and with the instruction not to engage in criminal acts unless instructed by the U.S. government. If the purpose of Fast and Furious, the gun-running operation directed out of the Phoenix office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was to track and capture those involved in smuggling illegal firearms to Mexico, it seemingly succeeded with the May 29, 2010, capture of Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta as he drove his BMW in a remote area of Arizona near the...
  • DEA "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" Claim 2 - a rebuttal

    03/20/2012 2:54:08 PM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 37 replies
    (self) | March 20, 2012 | (self)
    The DEA Web pages on "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" are linked with some regularity on FR. They're full of errors in fact and logic; since I couldn't find a comprehensive rebuttal online, I've started creating one. Here's my rebuttal to their "Fact 2;" more to come as time permits. ("Fact 1" rebutted at http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2858443/posts.) Claim 2: "A balanced approach of prevention, enforcement, and treatment is the key in the fight against drugs." Claim: Drug treatment courts are working. Researchers estimate that more than 50 percent of defendants convicted of drug possession will return to criminal behavior within two to...
  • Mask Coming Off Coordinated Administration Deception On Guns

    03/19/2012 6:30:21 PM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 19 March, 2012 | David Codrea
    USA --(Ammoland.com)- “We need to do this every day of the week and just really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way,” then-U.S. Attorney Eric Holder advocated in a 1995 C-SPAN video that surfaced over the weekend on Breitbart.com and has since gone viral in the gun activist community. Comparing it to the way government helped create a stigma for smoking, Holder bragged “Now we have people who cower outside of buildings and kind of smoke in private and don’t want to admit it.” This was consistent with the administration talking points message being promulgated through...
  • Eric Holder 1995: We Must 'Brainwash' People Against Guns

    03/19/2012 11:51:18 PM PDT · by RC one · 12 replies
    video of Eric Holder talking about brainwashing Americans against exercizing their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.
  • The Vetting - Holder 1995: We Must 'Brainwash' People on Guns

    03/19/2012 4:55:50 PM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    breitbart.com ^ | 18 March, 2012 | Joel B. Pollak
    Breitbart.com has uncovered video from 1995 of then-U.S. Attorney Eric Holder announcing a public campaign to "really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way." Holder was addressing the Woman's National Democratic Club. In his remarks, broadcast by CSPAN 2, he explained that he intended to use anti-smoking campaigns as his model to "change the hearts and minds of people in Washington, DC" about guns. "What we need to do is change the way in which people think about guns, especially young people, and make it something that's not cool, that it's not acceptable, it's not hip...
  • HOLDER: "BRAINWASH" THEM: Shocking Video shows AG for Ad Campaign to deter Gun Ownership

    03/19/2012 11:33:59 AM PDT · by geraldmcg · 22 replies · 1+ views
    www.webToday.tv ^ | 03/19/2012 | webtoday.tv
    In one heck of an analogy, then U.S. Attorney for Washington, D.C. – Eric Holder – likened guns to cigarettes, saying that perceptions about guns needed to become more stigmatized. He said this during a speech in 1995 and suggested an aggressive advertising campaign to convince the public that this was true. At one point, he literally said that he wanted the advertising to be so pervasive that it would “brainwash” people...
  • Feds Released Fast And Furious Target

    03/19/2012 8:53:38 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 4 replies
    Friends of Ours ^ | 03/19/12 | Friends of Ours
    Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta, the main target of the Obama Administration's gun walking operation known as Fast and Furious, was apprehended for questioning in May 2010 -- seven months into the disasterous program -- but released after a day when "he pledged to cooperate and keep in touch with investigators" as reported by Richard A. Serrano for the Los Angeles Times: Then Celis-Acosta disappeared into Mexico. He never called. Had they arrested him red-handed trying to smuggle ammunition into Mexico, Fast and Furious might have ended quickly. Instead, the program dragged on for another eight months, spiraling out of control. Celis-Acosta...
  • The Vetting - Holder 1995: We Must 'Brainwash' People on Guns

    Breitbart.com has uncovered video from 1995 of then-U.S. Attorney Eric Holder announcing a public campaign to "really brainwash people into thinking about guns in a vastly different way." Holder was addressing the Woman's National Democratic Club. In his remarks, broadcast by CSPAN 2, he explained that he intended to use anti-smoking campaigns as his model to "change the hearts and minds of people in Washington, DC" about guns.
  • Friday document dump: Holder’s DOJ releases more on ‘Fast and Furious

    03/17/2012 4:47:13 PM PDT · by opentalk · 9 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Caller ^ | March 17, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    In what has become a pattern, Attorney General Eric Holder dumped more documents related to Operation Fast and Furious on congressional investigators late Friday. Terry Frieden of CNN reported that Holder coughed up “hundred of pages” of documents. Assuming that means Holder did not produce more than 1,000 documents, the Justice Department is still far from compliance with lawful congressional subpoenas. Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has subpoenaed 80,000 pages of documents concerning Fast and Furious. Holder has only provided about 7,000 pages. He has, however, given all 80,000 to his...
  • Justice Department provides gun-operation documents(Gunwalker Barf Alert)

    03/17/2012 1:30:55 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    cnn.com ^ | 16 March, 2012 | Terry Frieden
    Washington (CNN) -- The Justice Department late Friday provided hundreds of pages of internal documents to the House committee looking into Operation Fast and Furious and related programs. The documents sent to Rep. Darrell Issa, the California Republican who heads the committee that subpoenaed them, focus heavily on other Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives operations in which weapons were trafficked from Arizona gun dealers through straw purchasers across the border to Mexican drug cartels. Most of the documents deal with a 2007 operation involving Fidel Hernandez, who the ATF believed would be prosecuted for gun violations in Mexico...
  • Legal U.S. Gun Sales Arm Mexican Cartels

    03/16/2012 4:23:47 PM PDT · by marktwain · 28 replies
    reuters.com ^ | 15 March, 2012 | Stephanie Rabiner
    Recent focus on the relationship between U.S. guns and Mexican cartels has been limited to the ATF's "Fast and the Furious." That plan had agents selling assault rifles to Mexican gun runners so that they could track high-ranking cartel members. Though the ATF's actions are a bit questionable, there's actually a completely legal -- and perhaps more harmful -- way the U.S. is arming Mexican cartels. It's called "direct commercial sales" and it's operated by the State Department's Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC). So how is taxpayer money paying to arm drug dealers? Under the direct commercial sales program,...
  • Issa to CNN: ‘We’ve been lied to by DoJ’ Continue reading on Examiner.com Issa to CNN: ‘We’ve been

    03/16/2012 2:40:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 27 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 3/16/12 | Dave Workman
    California Congressman Darrell Issa has evidently gotten his “second wind” and in a Thursday evening interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper regarding Operation Fast and Furious and a similar project in Texas, accused the Justice Department and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives of lying to Congress. The interview came at the end of a lengthy report on illegal gun walking that appears to have been permitted under the Obama administration in 2009 and 2010 in more places than just Arizona. It may be seen here, and this is what Issa told Cooper: ‘We’ve been lied to by the Department...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Int’l gun rights group wants Holder gone over F&F(gunwalker)

    03/16/2012 5:04:15 AM PDT · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 15 March, 2012 | Dave Workman
    An international gun rights organization founded with the support of the Bellevue-based Second Amendment Foundation and Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms went on the warpath Thursday, demanding that Attorney General Eric Holder resign…now because of Operation Fast and Furious.. The International Association for the Protection of Civilian Arms Rights made it brutally clear in an e-mail alert that went to tens of thousands of gun owners and supporters: Operation Fast and Furious was planned and executed to make the case for gun control laws by manufacturing an international gun running crisis as an excuse to...
  • Veteran agent: Feinstein did not act on ATF abuse, corruption evidence(gunwalker)

    03/16/2012 4:32:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 15 March, 2012 | David Codrea
    Senator Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., was informed of management corruption and abuse issues at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) before allegations of “gunwalking” surfaced, but opted to do nothing about it. That allegation comes from veteran Special Agent Vince Cefalu, who recently informed Gun Rights Examiner of his efforts to persuade the powerful Democrat to investigate documented instances of gross mismanagement and perjury. Cefalu is the veteran street agent who was served termination papers last June for his efforts to bring management wrongdoing to light, a move perceived by other whistleblowers and observers as not just retaliation,...
  • GOP leadership drops the ball on Fast and Furious(gunwalker)

    03/15/2012 6:40:25 AM PDT · by marktwain · 51 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 14 March, 2012 | M Catharine Evans
    When it comes to gun walking and mass murder, top House Republicans act as if their party lost the midterm elections. Tea party patriots are justifiably frustrated over House Speaker John Boehner's and young guns Majority Leader Eric Cantor's and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy's weak-kneed response to Operation Fast and Furious. While the Left whips up scandals over a Georgetown law student's inability to locate the nearest Target to purchase a $9 month's supply of birth control pills, Boehner and company prefer the less vocal approach when it comes to slain agents Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata. Judson Phillips, founder...
  • New Radio Ad: President Obama and Attorney General Holder need to be held accountable [Quayle-AZ]

    03/13/2012 1:06:55 PM PDT · by donna · 13 replies · 1+ views
    Ben Quayle, candidate for Congress ^ | Mar 13, 2012 | Ben Quayle
    (Ad Script) I’m Congressman Ben Quayle. Washington has treated Arizona with contempt. Instead of securing our borders President Obama has sued our state and made a mockery of our laws. Deadly drug cartels terrorize Mexico and menace our communities. And the Obama Justice Department gives us “Fast and Furious,” an outrageous scheme to sell thousands of guns to ruthless criminals. Those guns and criminals killed border agent Brian Terry. And the Obama administration accepts zero accountability for this disaster. Attorney General Holder is stonewalling the Congress, hiding the facts and hanging subordinates in the wind. Arizona’s largest trading partner is...
  • Furious Subpoena Deadline

    03/12/2012 10:52:16 PM PDT · by Rabin · 13 replies · 1+ views
    oversight.house.gov ^ | with held | staff
    WASHINGTON. D.C. – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) today, in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, wrote that the Justice Department's request of an extension for completing its document production on Operation Fast and Furious again "demonstrates a lack of good faith" and a Department "more concerned with protecting its image through spin control than actually cooperating with Congress." "The Justice Department's request for additional time has, unfortunately, not been followed by efforts to bridge the significant differences between its legal obligation to Congress and the reality of its stonewalling," said Chairman Issa on...
  • DEA "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" - a rebuttal

    03/13/2012 9:55:41 AM PDT · by JustSayNoToNannies · 100 replies · 1+ views
    (self) | March 13, 2012 | (self)
    The DEA Web pages on "Speaking Out Against Drug Legalization" are linked with some regularity on FR. They're full of errors in fact and logic; since I couldn't find a comprehensive rebuttal online, I've started creating one. Here's my rebuttal to their "Fact 1;" more to come as time permits. Claim 1: "We have made significant progress in fighting drug use and drug trafficking in America. Now is not the time to abandon our efforts." Claim: On the demand side, the U.S. has reduced casual use, chronic use and addiction, and prevented others from even starting using drugs. Overall drug...
  • Tea Party Turns Up Heat on GOP Over 'Fast and Furious'(gunwalker)

    03/12/2012 5:47:14 PM PDT · by marktwain · 20 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 12 March, 2012 | NA
    Judson Phillips, the founder of Tea Party Nation, appeared on Fox News this morning and called out top Republican leaders in Congress for their inaction on the Fast & Furious gunrunning scandal. Phillips accused GOP leaders like John Boehner and Eric Cantor of just “sitting there” and “not picking a fight with the president” instead of making the case a priority. Jamie Colby reminded viewers of Fast & Furious and its link to several deaths, including the murder of a U.S. border agent. She asked Phillips if the support of an investigation was a purely partisan one. Phillips said it...
  • Guns used in killing of ICE agent draw scrutiny(gunwalker)

    03/12/2012 10:25:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    chron.com ^ | 10 March 2012 | Dan Freedman
    WASHINGTON - The one thing the salesman at JJ's Pawn Shop in Beaumont remembered about Robert Riendfliesh from the day he picked up an order of 10 AK-47s was his military-style camouflage hat. An Army veteran of the Iraq War, Riendfliesh was familiar with weapons like the Romanian-made 7.62 semi-automatic, capable of firing 30 rounds in under a minute. But Riendfliesh, 25, wasn't buying the guns for himself. Records show they were for "Manny," a drug dealer who had promised him $650 in cash. Six months later, ballistics tests proved one of the weapons Riendfliesh bought was used Feb. 15,...
  • Under Pressure Two more congressmen hit Holder for Fast and Furious, 120 now want resignation

    03/11/2012 11:53:53 PM PDT · by Jahoohio · 16 replies · 2+ views
    DailyCaller ^ | 3/12/3012 | Matthew Boyle
    Republican Reps. Reid Ribble of Wisconsin and Bob Goodlatte of Virginia have signed on to a House resolution of “no confidence” in Attorney General Eric Holder over his role in Operation Fast and Furious. With their signatures, a total of 120 U.S. House members have now either publicly demanded Holder’s resignation, expressed no confidence in his job performance via a formal House resolution, or both.
  • ATF Death Watch 139: It’s a Campaign Issue(AZ)

    03/11/2012 7:25:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 9 March, 2012 | Dan Zimmerman
    The following is the text of a campaign radio spot running on Phoenix area radio stations for Ben Quayle, (former VP Dan’s son) who’s locked in a primary battle with fellow Republican David Schweikert for the Republican nomination to an Arizona congressional seat: I’m Congressman Ben Quayle. Washington has treated Arizona with contempt. Instead of securing our borders President Obama has sued our state and made a mockery of our laws . . . Deadly drug cartels terrorize Mexico and menace our communities. And the Obama Justice Department gives us “Fast and Furious,” an outrageous scheme to sell thousands of...
  • Fast And Furious: Congressional Pressure For Holder's Resignation Grows

    03/08/2012 9:21:56 AM PST · by opentalk · 11 replies
    Big Government ^ | March 8, 2012 | AWR HAWKINS
    It appears that as a result of Congressman Darrell Issa’s February 28 announcement that Attorney General Eric Holder and the DOJ were not complying with the investigation into gun-walking ties to death of Federal Agent Jaime Zapata, six more U.S. Reps have added their names to the list calling for Holder’s resignation. The six Reps, Bill Huizenga (R-MI), Cory Gardner (R-CO), Pete Olson (R-TX), Mike Conaway (R-TX), Cliff Stearns (R-FL) and Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), bring the total number of House members calling for Holder’s resignation to 109. And four of these six—Huizenga, Gardner, Olson, and Conaway—have also signed Rep. Paul...
  • Higgins: Holmes’ column on guns shows ignorance

    03/08/2012 5:42:51 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    metrowestdailynews.com ^ | 7 March, 2012 | Jay Higgins
    You recently editorialized in response to an article focusing on rising gun sales in America (Gun shops find warm welcome in Natick: Feb. 29 Metrowest Daily News.)I would like to take this opportunity to respond to Rick Holmes (“Guns and paranoia,” March 5):. My first reaction to your opinion was a sense of embarrassment for you as a journalist. I simply cannot imagine a “journalist” who could be more ignorant of real reasons American citizens might choose to exercise their Constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms. The most glaring example of this shortcoming on your part would be the...
  • ATF trivializing Fast and Furious with Ziegler defense(gunwalker)

    03/07/2012 5:17:25 AM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 6 March, 2012 | David Codrea
    “ATF’s #2 Says Agency Mistakenly Used Drug Strategy in Operation Fast and Furious,” Tickle the Wire reported yesterday, citing Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Deputy Director Thomas E. Brandon’s appearance on the radio program “The Badge.” “Being totally candid with you and the public, we made mistakes and we’re owning up to them,” Brandon told host Howard Safir, citing good intentions but bad decisions to apply a drug and money-walking strategy to gun investigations. “You’re on the street and you’re watching dope deals go down, and you’re trying to locate the stash house so you let…you know…you follow...