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  • Grassley, Issa criticize ATF message; editorial nails Issa critic

    07/19/2012 2:46:45 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 July, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Senator Charles Grassley and Congressman Darrell Issa are strongly criticizing a video message from B. Todd Jones, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to agency employees that might discourage them from stepping forward as whistleblowers. They sent a letter to Jones on Wednesday, and on Thursday morning, a San Diego newspaper came to Issa’s defense when it labeled a “watchdog” group now demanding that Issa be held in contempt of Congress as being, in reality, a “front group” set up by Democrats “to pursue and defend their interests.” It is the latest chapter in the...
  • Fast and Furious will prove worse than Watergate

    07/18/2012 8:36:23 AM PDT · by marktwain · 33 replies
    Buckeye Firerams Association ^ | 16 July, 2012 | Tim Inwood
    A few days ago Obama spokesman Jay Carney tried to tie Bush era operations like Wide Receiver with Operation Fast and Furious. If you watch something other than MSNBC you would know there is little in common between the Bush era operations and what Obama/Holder did. The fact is, in the other cases they were run like any other classic police show set up you have ever seen. Whether it is drugs, fake bombs, guns, etc... this is done all the time. The contraband objects the criminals wanted to get never left the careful watch of Law Enforcement and then...
  • Did the DoJ hide whistleblower memos that prove officials lied to Congress?

    07/18/2012 7:41:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies ^ | 17 July, 2012 | Ed Morrissey
    So says the Washington Guardian, uncovering at least one of the targets of Rep. Darrell Issa’s subpoenas, and it might be a game-changer. According to the Guardian, which says they have a copy of the memos, the ATF knew full well that guns had been walked across the border before Congress started demanding answers. They had already begun to put whistleblower-protection processes in place to address agents who had complained to Congress over those actions before assuring Congress that no one knew about the practice: The memos, obtained by the Washington Guardian, were triggered by the agents’ allegations, Justice officials...
  • Reward offered for White House Fast & Furious info

    07/18/2012 12:32:09 AM PDT · by marktwain · 21 replies
    Washington Secrets ^ | 17 July, 2012 | Paul Bedard
    One of the nation's oldest conservatives group is offering whistleblowers a $100,000 reward for information from the White House and Justice Department on the "Fast & Furious" administration gun-running bungle. The Conservative Caucus told Secrets that it believes that the scandal which led to the death of a U.S. Border Control agent is a potential Watergate. Their reward poster reads: "If you have verifiable evidence that President Obama or one of his aides knew about Operation Fast & Furious while it was underway, Call 1-888-692-7374 toll free. This is your opportunity to save yourself before Operation Fast & Furious comes...
  • Romney hits Obama on Fast and Furious, ‘broken promises’ of transparency

    07/17/2012 6:13:10 PM PDT · by Red Steel · 8 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 12:05 PM 07/17/2012 | Matthew Boyle
    Presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is ripping President Barack Obama for his transparency failures when it comes to the Operation Fast and Furious scandal and other matters. In a lengthy press release posted on its website, the Romney campaign laid out a series of examples of Obama’s transparency “hypocrisy.” “President Obama has run one of the least transparent administrations in American history,” Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul said in a statement accompanying the release. “Whether hiding lobbyists in coffee shops, cutting back-room deals on Obamacare, or concealing the records of ‘Fast and Furious,’ President Obama’s pledge to be transparent has...
  • Romney rips Obama over Fast and Furious ‘hypocrisy’

    07/17/2012 4:07:42 PM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies ^ | 17 July, 2012 | Dan Freedman
    Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney lashed out Tuesday at President Obama for a lack of “transparency’’ in invoking executive privilege to withhold Operation Fast and Furious documents. In a release headlined “Transparent Hypocrisy: Obama’s Fast and Furious Broken Promises,’’ Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said: “President Obama’s pledge to be transparent has turned out to be just another broken promise.’’ The statement is an effort by the presumed GOP candidate to push back at Obama attacks on Romney’s limited release of tax returns and his tenure at Bain Capital, which invested in companies that laid off workers or specialized in...
  • Memo shows ATF recognized red flag of F&F whistleblowers

    07/17/2012 12:40:27 PM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 17 July, 2012 | Dave Workman
    A newly-revealed memorandum to Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives supervisors about whistleblower protection – sent several days after Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) warned the agency against retaliation – suggests the ATF knew it had a problem with the gun walking scheme. In an e-mail to Examiner Tuesday, Sen. Grassley stated, “If there was enough information to cause ATF to think about whistleblower protection – whether it had been from my January 31, 2011, letter alone or also additionally spurred on by the February 3, 2011, Styers memo – that should have given the Justice Department pause before publicly...
  • Retaliation fears keeping more ATF whistleblowers from coming forward(gunwalker)

    07/17/2012 5:04:43 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 16 July, 2012 | David Codrea
    A combination of fear that Department of Justice and ATF management will take revenge on them, and that most of the press and administration-supporting lawmakers will allow and even encourage that to happen, is keeping critics of agency corruption and abuse silent, Gun Rights Examiner learned over the weekend through a series of emails and telephone discussions with an agent whose name is being withheld for that reason. A post on CleanUpATF, the “whistleblower” site where allegations tying Bureau-sanctioned gunwalking to Mexico with the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry were first raised, added to the call to investigate...

    07/16/2012 9:47:13 AM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 14 replies ^ | JOHN HINDERAKER | JULY 16, 2012
    The National Rifle Association has decided to throw its considerable weight behind Mitt Romney in this year’s election. That is no surprise; the gun lobby has always viewed Barack Obama and his administration with suspicion. But the NRA says is it “all in” to defeat Obama; we will see what that translates into as the campaign continues. The NRA has created this Firearms Future page to host videos on this year’s campaign and solicit donations and new members. As you might expect, Fast and Furious is featured prominently. This is the “All In” video:
  • The other consequences of ‘Fast and Furious’

    07/14/2012 5:08:54 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies ^ | 13 July, 2012 | Scott Stewart / Stratfor
    ON the night of December 14, 2010, US Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was shot and killed while on patrol in an Arizona canyon near the US-Mexico border. Two guns found at the scene were linked to an investigation being run by the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) called “Operation Fast and Furious,” sparking a congressional inquiry into the program and generating considerable criticism of the ATF and the Obama administration. Because of this criticism, in August 2011 ATF acting director Kenneth Melson was reassigned from his post and the US attorney for Arizona was forced...
  • Grassley slams DOJ in remarks to Judiciary(gunwalker)

    07/14/2012 7:01:19 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 13 July, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Republican Senator Charles Grassley slammed the Department of Justice Thursday not only over the Fast and Furious dispute, but for what he called an abuse of power by a DoJ attorney in Louisiana. His remarks, to the Executive Committee of the Senate Judiciary Committee, opened with the observation that, “I understand the frustrations of the House leadership and understand why the House held Attorney General Holder in contempt.” Grassley recalled that on the day before the historic contempt vote – which the Justice Department subsequently dismissed by insisting no crime had been committed by Attorney General Eric Holder when he...
  • ‘specious, frivolous’ as Issa ethics charge is filed

    07/13/2012 4:12:44 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 13 July, 2012 | David Codrea
    A spokesperson for the Department of Justice “downplayed” a complaint filed with the District of Columbia Bar asking for Attorney General Eric Holder to be investigated following being found in contempt of Congress, Fox News reported yesterday. “These are specious claims that ignore the facts and can only be described as frivolous,” Tracy Schmaler asserted. “It appears to be a desperate attempt by some factions to drag out the destructive, political games that Americans are rightly fed up with." Legal reaction to the complaint was mixed, with Brian Darling of The Heritage Foundation “suggest[ing] the complaint is on solid ground,”...
  • The Content Of His Character (It's not about Romney's!)

    07/13/2012 3:22:15 PM PDT · by neverdem · 1 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 13, 2012 | Michael Walsh
    The Obama campaign’s desperate “felony” charge against Mitt Romney ought to serve as a wake-up call for the Romney campaign and for the American public regarding the utter amorality of the president and his functionaries. Although the jejune Boston Globe story was quickly debunked, that of course won’t stop them from pounding home the Big Lie that Romney continued to run Bain in 1999 while he was saving the Winter Olympics as long as it’s useful and “fits the narrative.” Here’s why: All’s fair in love and war — so what if the charge is untrue? No one will remember...
  • Lawyers: NM Gun Raid Case ‘Politically-Motivated’

    07/13/2012 4:14:21 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 12 July, 2012 | AP
    LAS CRUCES (AP) — Defense lawyers for a New Mexico family accused of selling weapons to Mexican cartels say the federal government’s investigation is politically-motivated.
  • Safe, Legal, and Rare: Why Not Guns, Too?

    07/12/2012 10:15:45 PM PDT · by neverdem · 20 replies
    American Thinker ^ | July 12, 2012 | Keith Riler
    President Obama has an idea that can bring the contentious gun control debate to an end, in a manner that should be satisfactory to all sides. His idea is "safe, legal, and rare" [1]. Applied here, it means that guns should be safe, legal, and rare ("SLR-guns"). Those of you expecting access to your Second Amendment rights, don't be too bothered by "rare." It is somewhat contradictory, but other "safe, legal, and rare" applications ("SLR-other") experience a near-doubling of their underlying volumes once legality is affirmed. Before considering the particulars of SLR-guns, we should note our president's reasonable appreciation for...
  • Obama team: Romney committed a felony or lied to voters

    07/12/2012 1:41:07 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 61 replies
    politico ^ | 7/12/12 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    Mitt Romney either lied in federal filings that show he worked at Bain Capital through 2002 and could be guilty of a felony, or has lied to the American people in saying he left the company in 1999, the Obama campaign is arguing in light of news reports on the firm’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Obama mum on Fast and Furious - President speaks up for Holder.

    07/11/2012 6:54:27 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    The Hawkeye ^ | 7/11/12 | CHRISTINIA CRIPPES
    CEDAR RAPIDS - President Barack Obama didn't answer a question posed by The Hawk Eye about the so-called Fast and Furious scandal, citing the ongoing investigation. But he took the opportunity to defend Attorney General Eric Holder's actions so far. The U.S. House voted to find Holder in contempt of Congress last week, due to the fact that his office did not turn over key documents to aid in Congress' investigation of the scandal. U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, has been at the forefront of the investigation, which alleges that the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed...
  • The Left Targets Issa - Left-wing organization CREW defends administration’s Fast and Furious

    07/11/2012 6:40:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | 7/11/12 | CJ Ciaramella
    A left-leaning government watchdog organization filed ethics complaints Wednesday against House Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) for revealing sealed federal documents in the ongoing Operation Fast and Furious scandal. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), in complaints filed with the Office of Congressional Ethics and the Department of Justice, accused Issa of violating federal law by putting sealed federal wiretap applications in the Congressional Record. The ethics complaint was a nakedly partisan effort by CREW to support the cover-up of the operation by the Obama administration, said House Oversight spokeswoman Becca Watkins. “It is shameful that an...
  • 'Fast And Furious' Shows GOP's Big Weakness (They're idiots and wimps)

    07/12/2012 1:19:08 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 18 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | July 11, 2012 | Ann Coulter
    Most Americans don't care about whether Attorney General Eric Holder is hiding Fast and Furious documents because they don't understand the story. Until someone can tell us otherwise, there is only one explanation for why President Obama's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives gave thousands of guns to Mexican drug dealers: It put guns in their hands to strengthen liberals' argument for gun control. Precisely because this is such a jaw-dropping accusation — criminality at the highest level of government to score a political point — Republicans refuse to make it. But the problem with Republican rectitude in...
  • Watchdog Group Files Complaints Against Issa Over Wiretap Leaks

    07/11/2012 11:24:02 AM PDT · by kristinn · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | Wednesday, July 11, 2012 | Jordy Yager
    An ethics watchdog group filed complaints against Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) with the Office of Congressional Ethics and the Justice Department on Wednesday for revealing details of federally sealed wiretap applications. In the two complaints filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the group claims that Issa “violated federal law by including material from a sealed wiretap application in the Congressional Record.” As part of Issa’s successful move to place Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for allegedly not responding to a congressional subpoena, the powerful chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee...