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  • Republican senators seek to cut funding to czars

    06/22/2011 7:37:13 PM PDT · by bronxville · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | June 22, 2011 | Michael Mayday
    Four Republican senators seek to cut off money to czars in the Obama administration and force current and future czars to undergo a Senate confirmation. The senators, David Vitter of Louisiana, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Dean Heller of Nevada and Chuck Grassley of Iowa, have introduced the amendment in the Nominations Process Reform Bill. Heller said the amendment, which defines czar as the “head of any task force, council, policy office or similar office established by the president that has not been confirmed by the U.S. Senate,” excluding the National Security Advisor, could return some accountability to the current administration’s...
  • Report describes gun agents' 'state of panic' (Gun Walker)

    06/15/2011 11:28:37 AM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 14, 2011 | Kim Murphy
    Federal gun agents, concerned about weapons sales to Mexican drug suspects, begged to make arrests but were rebuffed, according to a congressional report on a controversial investigation. Federal gun agents in Arizona -- convinced that "someone was going to die" when their agency allowed weapons sales to suspected Mexican drug traffickers -- made anguished pleas to be permitted to make arrests but were rebuffed, according to a new congressional report on the controversial law enforcement probe. Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told congressional investigators that there was "a state of panic" that the guns...
  • Justice Department Accused of ‘Reckless Technique’

    06/15/2011 11:07:59 AM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    NY Times ^ | June 14, 2011 | GINGER THOMPSON
    WASHINGTON — In a report issued Tuesday by two powerful Republicans in Congress, the Justice Department was accused of conducting an operation that allowed nearly 1,000 guns to flow illegally into Mexico, including two that were eventually found at the scene of the murder of an American Border Patrol agent. The report, by Senator Charles E. Grassley of Iowa and Representative Darrell Issa of California, said the 2009 operation in Arizona by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, called Fast and Furious, was intended to shift the focus of enforcement efforts toward criminal organizations south of the border...
  • Obama's DOJ leads Mexican and American citizens to slaughter

    06/11/2011 4:37:36 PM PDT · by GilGil · 9 replies ^ | 06/11/.11 | Gil Guignat
    This is an article about the abuse of Phoenix, and of Arizona by the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ). Arizona is accustomed to being trashed by the Obama administration being peppered by lawsuit after lawsuit. What has changed is that Obama’s DOJ has now crossed the line and is getting hundreds if not thousands of people, many Americans, killed in the process. Notice in the attached video that Attorney General Holder is now engaged in a cover-up when it has now been proven that the DOJ was very aware of this botched project that is getting so many people killed.
  • Gunwalker rumors.

    06/04/2011 5:13:38 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    sipseystreetirregulars ^ | 2 June, 2011 | Mike Vanderboegh
    There is a rumor floating around in ATF agent circles that Billy Hoover has approached Senator Grassley for whistleblower status. At the moment, it is an unsubstantiated rumor. If true it could be significant, for it means that Billy beat Melson to the roll. Good for Hoover, bad for Melson and everybody else above him in DOJ and White House. A top-level HQ guy like Hoover will have virtually all the beans. Speaking of beans. There is another rumor -- which I have a greater tendency to believe since I've heard from two sources now -- floating around DC that...
  • Top Justice Nominees Could Be Held Up Over Grassley Concerns on 'Gunrunner'

    05/26/2011 8:33:46 AM PDT · by Libloather · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/25/11 | Judson Berger
    Top Justice Nominees Could Be Held Up Over Grassley Concerns on 'Gunrunner'By Judson Berger Published May 25, 2011 | A Republican senator looking for answers on a gun-trafficking investigation gone awry is warning the Justice Department that nominees for top positions could be in jeopardy if the administration doesn't start cooperating. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, has threatened to block Justice nominations until he gets answers. A Grassley aide told on Wednesday that three Justice nominees recently sent to the floor could be the first to get caught up in the dispute....
  • Obama on border today; can he explain Holder’s ‘Gunrunner’ discrepancy?

    05/10/2011 6:59:42 PM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 10 May, 2011 | Dave Workman
    While President Obama is down on the border today talking about immigration reform, will anyone ask about a serious discrepancy in Attorney General Eric Holder’s testimony before Congress last week, during which he claimed to have not known about the Project Gunrunner controversy until a few weeks ago. During an interview with Chicago’s WLS-AM’s Don Wade and Roma Friday, Sen. Charles Grassley revealed that he personally handed copies of letters sent on Jan. 27 and a Jan. 31 to Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson, detailing the senator’s concerns about the gun sting, operated by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms...
  • WHISTLEBLOWERS -- (Senate - April 14, 2011)(gunwalker)

    04/16/2011 7:18:10 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Congressional Record ^ | 14 April, 2011 | Senator Grassley
    Mr. GRASSLEY. Since January, I have been investigating allegations from whistleblowers at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. The allegations I have received are shocking, but sadly they appear to be true. Praise the Lord for the whistleblowers in this government because we don't know where the skeletons are buried, and they help us to do our constitutional role of oversight and the checks and balances of government. The ATF, which is supposed to stop criminals from trafficking guns to Mexican drug cartels, was actually making that trafficking of arms easier for them. That would be bad enough if...
  • ATF Reshuffles the Gunwalker Deck.

    04/16/2011 7:13:00 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 15 April,2011 | Brad Kozak
    Ah Spring. That time of year when a senior ATF agent’s thoughts turn to CYA. And so it is with little surprise that we report to you, gentle reader, that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (and sometimes Really Big Fires) summoned all the head cheeses to D.C. for a circle-the-wagons confab earlier this week. We can now report that what spooked the ATF spooks was a report that the Phoenix office Special Assistant Agent in Charge, George Gillett, is cooperating with Senator Charles Grassley’s investigation into Operation Fast and Furious. Or the Gunwalker Project. Or whatever they’re calling...
  • BREAKING: Grassley has ‘damning’ Gunrunner documents – CBS News

    04/16/2011 6:05:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 88 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 14 April, 2011 | Dave Workman
    Devastating e-mail exchanges between a senior official with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Phoenix, AZ and a cooperating gun shop operator have been revealed by Senator Charles Grassley in a letter sent late yesterday to Attorney General Eric Holder. “In light of this new evidence,” Grassley tells Holder, “the Justice Department’s claim that the ATF never knowingly sanctioned or allowed the sale of assault weapons to straw purchasers is simply not credible.” Grassley's press release can be viewed here. CBS News' Sharyl Attkisson is reporting that the information contained in the e-mails is “damning.” The e-mail...
  • Will this Gillette cut a few throats at ATF?

    04/15/2011 12:03:14 PM PDT · by robowombat · 5 replies
    COACH IS RIGHT ^ | APRIL 15TH, 2011 | Doug Book, staff writer
    Several months ago, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Charles Grassley began an investigation of Project Gunrunner, the disgraceful ATF practice of deliberately “walking” guns across the border and into the waiting hands of Mexican drug cartel members. The Senator was alerted by ATF whistle blowers, outraged and fed up after weapons traced to the Project had been found at the scene of the December 2010 killing of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. And how has Acting ATF Director, Kenneth Melson (Obama stooge and vehement gun-grabber) answered Senator Grassley’s requests for information about Gunrunner? He has informed agents that they “are...
  • U.S. urged dealer to continue gun sales despite concerns, inquiry finds

    04/15/2011 9:03:30 AM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 15, 2011 | Kim Murphy
    The Arizona gun dealer repeatedly raised red flags about weapons ending up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels as part of Project Gunrunner, but his concerns were brushed aside, congressional investigators say. The investigation into a federal operation that allowed Mexican drug cartels to acquire U.S. weapons escalated Thursday with new revelations that an Arizona gun dealer repeatedly expressed fears that his guns were falling into the "hands of the bad guys" but was encouraged by federal agents to continue the sales. A series of emails released by congressional investigators showed that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and...
  • ATF knew risks in border operation.

    04/14/2011 10:13:16 PM PDT · by Rabin · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | Thursday, April 14, 2011 | Jerry Seper
    ATF instructed Arizona gun dealer to engage in ‘suspicious sales’ despite concerns... Chuck Grassley, ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said emails between ATF officials and a federal firearms licensee in Arizona obtained by his staff show that the dealer took his concerns directly to the agency and later met with the U.S. attorney’s office to discuss the matter, but was told to continue the sales. One email, Mr. Grassley said, was sent six months before two AK-47s sold by the dealer were found at the scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry’s killing.
  • Grassley Questions Whether ATF Tried to Thwart Gunrunning Probe

    04/12/2011 6:04:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies ^ | April 11, 2011 | NA
    A top Senate Republican is trying to find out whether the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives intentionally blocked its employees from cooperating with his inquiry into a gunrunning sting which authorities suspect may be connected to the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent. Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to the bureau Friday complaining about the contents of an ATF email he obtained. The email, he said, contained guidance regarding his investigation telling employees they "are in no way obligated" to respond to Congress' questions and urging employees to...
  • Justice Department opposes digital privacy reforms (as does Sen Grassley)

    04/09/2011 6:23:31 AM PDT · by PghBaldy · 5 replies
    CNET ^ | April 6 | Declan McCullagh
    The U.S. Justice Department today offered what amounts to a frontal attack on proposals to amend federal law to better protect Americans' privacy. James Baker, the associate deputy attorney general, warned that rewriting a 1986 privacy law to grant cloud computing users more privacy protections and to require court approval before tracking Americans' cell phones would hinder police investigations. This appears the first time that the Justice Department has publicly responded to a set of digital privacy proposals unveiled last year by a coalition of businesses and advocacy groups including AT&T, Google, Microsoft, eBay, the American Civil Liberties Union, and...
  • ATF street agents excoriate Gillett(gunwalker)

    04/09/2011 5:58:06 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    SipseyStreetIrregulars ^ | 8 April, 2011 | Mike Vanderboegh
    ATF street agents excoriate Gillett. "He is no whistleblower";"The silver lining in this that (Melson, are about to be served up by an insider" ATF agent Jumper, a moderator on, reacts to the Grassley letter and declares: "George Gillett is no Whistleblower." Whistleblowers are people who know of corruption or criminal acts and for moral and ethical reasons risk their careers and reputations to report that to higher authorities. George Gillett has used his power to destroy Whistleblowers. John Dodson and Darrin Gil are Whistleblowers. Gillett is what is known in the world of criminal investigations as a...
  • Grassley Warns of Bailed-out Banks’ Repaying Bail-outs With Government Funds

    03/31/2011 7:04:16 AM PDT · by iowamark · 8 replies
    Chuck Grassley Senate site ^ | 03/29/2011 | Chuck Grassley
    WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley is asking the Treasury secretary for assurances that banks bailed out with government funds will not be allowed to use another government program to pay back their bailouts. “The reports that banks from New York to Nashville are using federal dollars from the so-called Small Business Lending Fund to increase profits and ‘pay back’ TARP make this look like another TARP-style money shuffle,” Grassley said. “Replacing one form of government subsidy with another wasn’t a repayment when GM did it and it still isn’t. The Treasury Department has an obligation to put the brakes on...
  • Project Gunrunner: Obama’s Stimulus-Funded Border Nightmare

    03/30/2011 10:25:10 PM PDT · by Scanian · 7 replies
    Michelle ^ | March 30, 2011 | Michelle Malkin
    I’ve been tied up on other things, but have been following the Project Gunrunner scandal closely — and delve into the basics in my syndicated column today. To its credit, CBS News gave this deadly Obama culture of corruption nightmare mainstream coverage last month. But it’s been brewing on the blogs of gun rights advocates David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh and the website, where the story originated, for months prior. Codrea’s journalists’ guide to Project Gunrunner here. Here’s Vanderboegh’s blog with massive Gunrunner links and background document caches, including this one of all official correspondence on the Gunrunner scandal...
  • DHS officials to testify on FOIA process

    03/27/2011 6:45:50 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 27, 2011 | Jordy Yager
    The Republican chairman of the powerful House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will get his first crack this week at publicly grilling Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials about the agency’s FOIA process. Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.) has doggedly sought to find out whether DHS allows political appointees to play a role in prioritizing or censoring information it is required to release under the agency’s Freedom of information Act (FOIA) guidelines. When Issa took over control of the committee in January, his first major request for documents was for DHS to turn over thousands of copies of records and emails...
  • Grassley Says Only ‘2 or 3’ Republicans Are Qualified for White House(plays classcard)

    03/26/2011 7:46:12 AM PDT · by unseen1 · 104 replies
    New York Times ^ | 3/25/2011 | MICHAEL D. SHEAR
    Senator Chuck Grassley, Republican of Iowa, offered a blunt, no-nonsense assessment of the potential Republican field of candidates for president. He said only two or three of them would be qualified to hold the highest office in the land. And then he refused to say which ones they were. In an interview with KJAN radio in Iowa, Mr. Grassley said that although it was too early for him to pick a favorite, he would focus on which candidate could emerge from the state’s caucus in a position to carry on a full-blown campaign. “It wouldn’t do me much good to...