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  • Eric Holder grilled tomorrow

    02/01/2012 4:38:05 PM PST · by westmichman · 62 replies · 2+ views
    Liberty Council | 2/1/12 | Matt Staver
    Mathew Staver, Chairman Liberty Counsel Action Attorney General Eric Holder is facing possible “Contempt of Congress” charges over his failure to disclose information concerning the now infamous Fast and Furious debacle! Tomorrow, Holder will appear before Representative Darrell Issa and the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and I am expecting a firestorm of intense questioning. Time is now of the essence! I am calling on my Liberty Counsel Action team to join in our powerful Fax Barrage demanding Eric Holder’s resignation, firing, or impeachment. Please, click here now to schedule your personalized faxes: http://www.lcaction.cc/2659/offer.asp stephen, Eric Holder is about...
  • Family of murdered Border Patrol agent files $25M suit against ATF

    02/01/2012 3:58:57 PM PST · by Kaslin · 42 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | February 1, 2012
    The family of murdered Border Patrol agent Brian Terry has filed a $25 million wrongful death suit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives -- claiming Terry was killed with AK-47s that were knowingly sold under the Fast and Furious gunrunning probe to a straw purchaser for drug cartels. In a 65-page complaint, attorneys for the family claim ATF "wrongdoing" in Fast and Furious.
  • Are Big Media Covering Up Fast and Furious?

    02/01/2012 10:21:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 02/01/2012 | By M. Catharine Evans
    Where was the public outcry for justice when Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry bled to death at the hands of a drug cartel in cahoots with the U.S. government? It happened in the Peck Canyon corridor northwest of Nogales, Arizona -- nowhere. The general public didn't hear about it. It's been one year and two months since agent Terry died. Within weeks of his demise, his shocking murder would illuminate a bizarre and murderous government plot to run guns, lots of guns -- over 2,000 guns -- into the hands of the Sinaloa drug cartel. Members of Sinaloa were behind...
  • ATF Death Watch 135: The Smoking Gun(gunwalker)

    02/01/2012 1:12:06 PM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    The Truth About Guns ^ | 31 January, 2012 | Robert Farago
    The average American doesn’t have the bandwidth for devilish details about public policy. Politicians know if they “control the narrative”—make an issue as simple as humanly possible—they can manipulate public opinion. Millionaires and billionaires = oppressors. Iraq = not our problem anymore. The public can handle the truth; they just don’t have time for it. They’ve got money to make, kids to raise, bills to pay, football to watch, spouses to deceive, etc. And that’s why, more than a year after ATF-enabled drug thugs gunned down Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, the ATF Fast and Furious Scandal is still flying...
  • "So get more rocks and build you a dam." A high compliment and a metaphor from one rock(gunwalker)

    02/01/2012 7:44:24 AM PST · by marktwain · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 31 January, 2012 | Mike Vanderboegh
    "Vanderboegh," the friend/source/retired spook said to me in a conversation on the general topic of 'change agents' a couple of days ago after I got to DC, "you're like this little rock in the middle of their stream, defying the water. The water and everything in it can try to ignore you as they pass by, but they can't go through you, or under the ground you occupy. You just sit there and defy them and they hate you for it, because you not only defy them but you mock them. It pisses them off because you just won't go...
  • Does ‘fatally flawed’ minority report on gunwalking ‘absolve’ administration?

    02/01/2012 7:36:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 21 replies
    examiner.com ^ | 1 February, 2012 | David Codrea
    “Report by House Democrats Absolves Administration in Gun Trafficking Case,” Charlie Savage of The New York Times would have us believe: Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday are expected to publish a report on the disputed gun trafficking investigation called Operation Fast and Furious, concluding that agents in Arizona — not Obama administration officials — were responsible for the tactics used in the inquiry and for providing misleading information relayed to Congress. The “expected” report, that is, the report House Democrats gave their reliable mouthpiece a heads-up on, has been released, just in time to...
  • Are Big Media Covering Up Fast and Furious?

    02/01/2012 1:35:22 AM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | February 1, 2012 | M. Catharine Evans
    Where was the public outcry for justice when Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry bled to death at the hands of a drug cartel in cahoots with the U.S. government? It happened in the Peck Canyon corridor northwest of Nogales, Arizona -- nowhere. The general public didn't hear about it... --snip-- Last November, Dennis Wagner of The Arizona Republic wrote a chronological exposé of the Fast and Furious scandal. But he put a fancy spin on his article which illustrates perfectly how a Big Lie can emerge from a kernel of truth told with bad intent. *The once-obscure case in Phoenix...
  • Darrell Issa threatens Eric Holder with contempt ( Holder has until Thursday, Feb. 9. to comply.)

    01/31/2012 9:02:11 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    Politico ^ | | 1/31/12 5:48 PM EST Updated: 1/31/12 7:18 PM EST | TIM MAK
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) threatened Tuesday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress if the Justice Department did not provide certain documents in response to the committee’s subpoena.In a letter to Holder, Issa wrote that “this committee will have no alternative but to move forward with proceedings to hold you in contempt of Congress” if Holder and the DOJ didn’t produce documents they demanded relating to the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal.Holder has until Thursday, Feb. 9. to comply, according to Issa.
  • Issa threatens Holder with contempt over 'Fast and Furious'

    01/31/2012 7:34:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies
    The Hill ^ | 01/31/12 | Jordy Yager
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) threatened to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress if the nation’s top cop doesn’t hand over Justice Department documents within nine days. Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, blasted Holder in a letter on Tuesday for refusing to comply with the panel’s subpoena for documents relating to the "Operation Fast and Furious" gun-trafficking operation. “If the department continues to obstruct the congressional inquiry by not providing documents and information, this committee will have no alternative but to move forward with proceedings to hold you in contempt of Congress,”...
  • Issa threatens contempt proceeding against Holder if Justice fails to comply with...subpoenas

    01/31/2012 4:34:56 PM PST · by Jet Jaguar · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 31, 2012 | by William Lajeunesse
    The head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is threatening to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress if he fails to comply with congressional subpoenas for documents. Holder has until Feb. 9 to comply. In a four-page letter to Holder, Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., claims the Department of Justice has "misrepresented facts and misled Congress," which began its investigation of Operation Fast and Furious one year ago.
  • Why was Holder thrown under Obama bus in White House document dump?

    01/31/2012 11:01:17 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 23 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/31/2012 | Doug Book
    It’s easy to tell when Attorney General Eric Holder is about to take part in another bout of prevarication before a congressional committee. Just look for a Friday night, White House sponsored, Department of Justice document dump. This time the White House oversaw the release of some 500 redacted emails and other assorted tid-bits, designed as usual to lead House and Senate investigators precisely where the Obama Regime wants them to go in their investigation of the “gunwalking” Operation Fast and Furious. And one of those emails makes it clear that Eric Holder’s DOJ aide, Monty Wilkinson received news of...
  • Issa threatens contempt charge against Holder if Justice.....( Fast and Furious subpoenas)

    01/31/2012 2:07:52 PM PST · by Doogle · 48 replies
    FOX ^ | 01/31/12 | William Lajeunesse
    The head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is threatening to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress if he fails to comply with congressional subpoenas for documents. Holder has until Feb. 9 to comply. In a four-page letter to Holder, Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., claims the Department of Justice has "misrepresented facts and misled Congress," which began its investigation of Operation Fast and Furious one year ago. Issa claims Holder's "actions lead us to conclude that the department is actively engaged in a cover-up" because it refuses to comply with previous subpoenas. "If the...
  • More gunwalker questions for Attorney General Holder

    01/31/2012 11:07:34 AM PST · by neverdem · 16 replies · 1+ views
    CBS News ^ | January 30, 2012 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Newly-released documents show that last February, on an official visit to Mexico, Justice Department official Lanny Breuer suggested fighting arms trafficking by using the tactic of intentionally letting guns flow into Mexico via criminals. According to the documents, Assistant Attorney General Breuer suggested the U.S. and Mexico consider working together to allow arms traffickers for Mexican drug cartels "to cross into Mexico," so that Mexican authorities could later prosecute and convict them. The documents indicate Mexico's then-attache spoke against Breuer's idea. He "raised the issue that there is an inherent risk in allowing weapons to pass from the US to...
  • Dems: no high-level direction on Fast & Furious

    01/30/2012 9:59:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 18 replies
    NewsOK ^ | 1/30/12 | PETE YOST
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats on a congressional committee say the panel has obtained no evidence that a flawed gun smuggling probe called Operation Fast and Furious was conceived or directed by high-level political appointees at Justice Department headquarters. The Democrats say the probe grew out of a misguided five-year-long effort during both the George W. Bush and Obama administrations in the Phoenix division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to dismantle arms trafficking networks along the Southwest border.
  • Democrats Fully Engaged in Fast and Furious Coverup

    01/31/2012 12:38:34 PM PST · by OPS4 · 18 replies
    Town Hall Magazine ^ | 1/31/12 | Katie Pavlich
    Democrats on the House Oversight Committee are officially trying to cover for Attorney General Eric Holder just before he testifies on Thursday about Operation Fast and Furious, with anti-Second Amendment Ranking Member Elijah Cummings leading the way. Last night, Cummings released a 95 page waste of paper and taxpayer money report, alleging that top Justice Department officials did not authorize the program, despite evidence showing otherwise. The report tries to pin the blame back on a few "rogue" managers in the ATF Phoenix Field Division. This is the same argument we've heard since the beginning of the scandal: it was...
  • Fast and Furious: Holder’s Perjury Defense Gets Shaky

    01/31/2012 6:08:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    humanevents.com ^ | 30 January, 2012 | John Hayward
    To the great annoyance of congressional investigators, Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department has been dragging its feet turning over subpoenaed documents relating to several inquiries – most infamously the “Fast and Furious” gun walking operation, in which American guns were deliberately allowed to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartel killers. DOJ has a habit of releasing these subpoenaed documents in massive “dumps” on Friday night, to guarantee minimal media coverage. Last Friday’s dump weighed in at 500 pages, and turned out to contain some very interesting emails sent in the wake of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian...
  • OIG sharing information with DOJ over Wide Receiver CI's objections(Gunwalker)

    01/31/2012 6:41:52 AM PST · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 30 January, 2012 | David Codrea
    “I was invited to speak with two investigators from the Office of Inspector General regarding the gunwalking scandal and general abuses of the ATF and DOJ,” Mike Detty, a central figure in Operation Wide Receiver due to his work as a confidential informant has told Gun Rights Examiner. “Eager to help I met with them and also provided all copies of recordings, journal entries, photos etc. I was determined to see justice done.” “Imagine how surprised I was when one of the investigators informed me that my materials had all been turned over to Laura Gwinn at DOJ-one of the...
  • Holder's fantastical claim about 'Fast and Furious'

    01/31/2012 5:57:26 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 30 January, 2012 | Examiner Editorial
    Philosophers and poets have argued for at least three millennia about who is more valuable. Poets claim they tell tales that inspire men to do things they would otherwise never accomplish. But philosophers argue that this requires the acceptance of obvious fantasies, thus leading men away from the truth. Judging by what Attorney General Eric Holder has been asking Congress and the American people to believe regarding what and when he knew about Operation Fast and Furious, we think he is telling tales that lead away from the truth. Fast and Furious is the Justice Department program that allowed thousands...
  • Sipsey Street Exclusive: Attack of the Gun Control Monkeys. "Joined at the hip." January 2011

    01/30/2012 10:41:35 PM PST · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 1/30/12 | Dutchman 6
    The Gun Control Monkeys -- ATF & The Joyce Foundation -- Joined at the hip. = Roseanna Ander, executive director of the University of Chicago's Crime Lab, backed the Police Department while noting that "it would be great if we had more resources and more could be done." She said she understood the argument set forth in the opinion — that people in high-crime areas might believe they'd be safer with a gun in their home. But research shows that gun availability leads to more bloodshed, not less, she said. "I understand the concern about public safety, but that is...
  • Report by House Democrats Absolves Administration in Gun Trafficking Case

    01/30/2012 10:16:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 109 replies
    NY Times ^ | January 31, 2012 | CHARLIE SAVAGE
    WASHINGTON — Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday are expected to publish a report on the disputed gun trafficking investigation called Operation Fast and Furious, concluding that agents in Arizona — not Obama administration officials — were responsible for the tactics used in the inquiry and for providing misleading information relayed to Congress. In an 89-page report, titled “Fatally Flawed: Five Years of Gun-walking in Arizona,” the Democratic staff portrays Fast and Furious as the fourth investigation, dating back to 2006, in which Arizona-based agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives employed...
  • Eric Holder's False Testimony Warrants Impeachment

    01/30/2012 5:20:16 PM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | January 30, 2012
    Scandal: For incompetence alone, Attorney General Eric Holder should resign in the wake of the illegal "Fast and Furious" gunrunning scandal. But fresh news that he knew of it and is covering it up warrants impeachment. In the latest Friday night document dump — news released as to minimize its scandalous impact on the White House — congressional investigators learned that Attorney General Holder knew all along that a gun his Justice Department intentionally let fall into the hands of Mexico's cartels was used to murder U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry on Dec. 15, 2010. Holder must have known...
  • A Fast & Furious fib - Holes in Holder’s testimony?

    01/30/2012 3:09:59 PM PST · by opentalk · 13 replies
    nypost ^ | January 29, 2012 | Michael A. Walsh
    It’s not the crime, it’s the coverup, goes the old Washington cliché. In the case of the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal, it’s both. As Attorney General Eric Holder gets ready to face more congressional grilling Thursday, something’s clearly rotten at the Justice Department. The stench goes all the way to the top — to Holder. Friday, the feds disclosed documents that show that despite Holder’s claim during congressional testimony that he’d only learned of F&F “a few weeks” earlier (a claim later amended to “a couple of months”), he has known (or should have known) about it all along...
  • New Emails Suggest Eric Holder Perjured Himself

    01/30/2012 10:54:59 AM PST · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    PJ Media ^ | January 30, 2012 | Bob Owens
    The attorney general's claim regarding when he knew about Operation Fast and Furious conflicts with the released communications.The Department of Justice released hundreds of documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious late Friday afternoon, including a series of emails that strongly suggests that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder perjured himself in congressional testimony. The crucial email exchange began at 2:31 a.m. on December 15, 2010, with a message from an unidentified DOJ source to “OIOC SIT” and “SITROOM”: On December 14, 2010, BORTAC agent working in the Nogales, AZ AOR was shot. The agent was conducting Border Patrol Operations 18...
  • Jailed N.M. Gun Store Owner on Hunger Strike

    01/30/2012 9:24:01 AM PST · by CedarDave · 29 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 30, 2012 | AP
    LAS CRUCES — A jailed New Mexico gun store owner accused of selling weapons that made it into the hands of Mexican cartels says he is on a hunger strike. Ian Garland wrote in a letter to the Las Cruces Sun-News that he won’t eat until he is allowed visits from his lawyers and the media. “I have been in a 6-by-12 room for 316 days in maximum security for making legal and lawful sales to people who have lied to me, they even admitted they lied, so why am I here?” he wrote.
  • Issa puts up Fast and Furious Website

    01/30/2012 9:04:55 AM PST · by AmericanDave · 17 replies
    Congressmand Darrell Issa | 30 Jan 2012 | American Dave
    Just received tweet from Congressman Issa that Fast and Furious has its own website for information updates now.
  • NRA Calls for Action to "Stop Obama/Holder Gun Registration Scheme"

    01/30/2012 7:01:19 AM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Opposingviews ^ | 27 January, 2012 | NRA
    Recently, a federal district court in Washington, D.C. issued a ruling upholding an Obama administration policy that requires federally licensed firearms retailers in states bordering Mexico to report multiple sales of semi-automatic rifles. The case was brought by two NRA-backed firearm retailers and by the National Shooting Sports Foundation acting on behalf of its affected members. Plaintiffs have already filed an appeal—but while we await the outcome, your help is urgently needed in seeking congressional action to end this illegal policy. Devised by Attorney General Eric Holder’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the plan requires all of the...
  • DOJ dodges, won’t say when Holder knew of border guard’s death

    01/29/2012 11:34:13 PM PST · by Nachum · 16 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/30/12 | Matthew Boyle
    A document the Department of Justice sent to Congress Friday shows that Eric Holder’s deputy chief of staff was made aware on the day of U.S. border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s murder that a weapon traced back to Operation Fast and Furious killed him. But when asked Sunday, a Justice spokesperson would not would not answer The Daily Caller’s question about whether Attorney General Eric Holder himself was informed of the connection. The documents sent from the DOJ to congressional officials Friday night included a series of emails between former Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke and Holder’s then-deputy chief of...
  • Eric Holder knew of Fast & Furious killing months before congressional testimony

    01/29/2012 8:31:07 PM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 21 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | January 29, 2012 | Henry D'Andrea
    PHOENIX, January 29, 2012―President Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, had the Department of Justice dump more documents relating to botched Operation Fast and Furious on congressional officials late Friday night. The documents reveal that Holder learned of the death of Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry, on the day it happened. The released emails show a conversation between one official, whose name was redacted, and now-former Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke. “On December 14, 2010, a BORTAC agent working in the Nogales, AZ AOR was shot. The agent was conducting Border Patrol operations 18 miles north of the international boundary when...
  • Personnel Is Policy. Dennis Wagner's article about the anti-firearm zealot Dennis K. Burke.

    01/29/2012 9:01:45 AM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 1/29/12 | Dutchman 6
    Readers will recall my survey of Dennis Burke's career, Personnel Is Policy," Part One and Part Two. I concluded Part Two with this: Why did the administration pick Burke for the job of overseeing Fast and Furious? What was it about him that made them think he could be trusted with such a sensitive position? His anti-gun politics? His competence in executing the agendas of his superiors? His powerful friends? Why do they sustain him now, even in his disgrace when they are publicly trying to blame the whole thing on him? We will one day find out. But one...
  • Friday Night Document Dump Show Eric Holder Was Informed of Border Agent's Death Immediately

    01/29/2012 11:51:48 AM PST · by blog.Eyeblast.tv · 11 replies
    MRCTV (Media Research Center TV) ^ | 1/29/2012 | Joe Schoffstall
    Operation 'Fast and Furious' has taken a new turn. Late Friday night, the Department of Justice (DOJ) released documents that show Attorney General Eric Holder was alerted of border patrol agent Brian Terry's death the day it occurred- contradicting Holder's statements when he testified before the House Judiciary Committee on May 3, 2011. At the time, Holder said he was informed of Terry's murder only "a few weeks" before the hearing.
  • Justice Department changes inquiry response procedures to Congress after Fast and Furious

    01/29/2012 10:18:17 AM PST · by Nachum · 14 replies
    Fox ^ | 1/29/12 | ap
    The Justice Department is tightening procedures for responding to information requests from Congress in the aftermath of a troubled arms trafficking investigation. In Operation Fast and Furious, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed hundreds of weapons to flow across the border into Mexico. The Justice Department told three congressional committees in a letter Friday night that it has improved coordination between agents and their managers in carrying out arms trafficking investigations. Attorney General Eric Holder probably will face questions about the changes when he testifies Thursday before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. That committee has...
  • Latest Friday night documentdump shows Holder was informedof Fast and Furiousconnection to

    01/28/2012 7:13:42 PM PST · by Nachum · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 1/28/12 | Matthew Boyle
    Attorney General Eric Holder’s Department of Justice dumped documents related to Operation Fast and Furious on congressional officials late Friday night. Central to this document dump is a series of emails showing Holder was informed of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s murder on the day it happened – December 15, 2010 – and that he was informed the weapons used to kill Terry were from Fast and Furious on the same day. An email from one official, whose name has been redacted from the document, to now-former Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke reads: “On December 14, 2010,
  • Documents say DOJ knew of Fast and Furious connection day after Terry murder(gunwalker)

    01/28/2012 5:56:30 AM PST · by marktwain · 16 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 28 January, 2012 | David Codrea
    Email from aide appears to demonstrate Holder perjury “Emails Show How 'Fast and Furious' Ambush News Unfolded At Justice Dept.,” NPR reports tonight. For the first time, the Justice Department has made public a series of sensitive messages that passed to the highest levels of the agency within hours of an ambush that killed a U.S. border patrol agent…The email messages show the former top federal prosecutor in Arizona, Dennis Burke, notifying an aide to Holder via email on Dec. 15, 2010 that agent Brian Terry had been wounded and died. "Tragic," responds the aide, Monty Wilkinson. "I've alerted the...
  • Emails Show How 'Fast and Furious' Ambush News Unfolded At Justice Dept.

    01/28/2012 10:26:26 AM PST · by Texas Fossil · 41 replies · 1+ views
    Georgia Public Broadcasting ^ | January 27, 2012 8:59pm (EST) | Carrie Johnson
    For the first time, the Justice Department has made public a series of sensitive messages that passed to the highest levels of the agency within hours of an ambush that killed a U.S. border patrol agent along the Southwest border in December 2010, igniting a national scandal over a gun trafficking investigation gone wrong. Justice officials sent the documents to Congress late Friday evening, only a few days before Attorney General Eric Holder is set to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The email messages show the former top federal prosecutor in Arizona, Dennis Burke, notifying an...
  • Issa Demands Access to Second US Attorney who Supervised Operation Fast and Furious

    01/27/2012 3:41:44 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies
    Issa Demands Access to Second US Attorney who Supervised Operation Fast and Furious WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa demanded in letter to Attorney General Holder that the Justice Department make Arizona U.S. Attorney's Office Assistant United States Attorney Michael Morrissey available to speak with Committee investigators about his role in and knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious. His supervisor, Patrick Cunningham, has stated he will exercise his Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer any questions pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious – such an assertion is extremely rare and suggests possible criminal culpability...
  • Breaking: Issa demands access to second 'Fast and Furious' US Attorney(gunwalker)

    01/27/2012 8:37:39 AM PST · by marktwain · 10 replies · 2+ views
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 26 January, 2012 | David Codrea
    “Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa demanded in [a] letter to Attorney General Holder that the Justice Department make Arizona U.S. Attorney’s Office Assistant United States Attorney Michael Morrissey available to speak with Committee investigators about his role in and knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious,” a release issued moments ago by the committee reveals: His supervisor, Patrick Cunningham, has stated he will exercise his Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer any questions pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious – such an assertion is extremely rare and suggests possible criminal culpability on the part of a high ranking...
  • Issa says Holder should apologize to Mexico: ‘Justice has blood on their hands’

    01/26/2012 3:14:24 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 01/26/2012 | Matthew Boyle
    House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa told The Daily Caller that Attorney General Eric Holder owes an apology to the Mexican government and to the families of Operation Fast and Furious victims south of the border. “Justice has blood on their hands,” Issa said Wednesday during an exclusive interview with TheDC, referring to the U.S. Department of Justice. “The attorney general, as the head of Justice, has to explain that to the families of survivors,” Issa said. “Yes, he should find a way to make it very clear to our neighbors to the south — at least to the...
  • Fast and Furious: House Oversight Wants Testimony From Another Arizona U.S. Attorney

    01/26/2012 2:27:48 PM PST · by neverdem · 9 replies
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | 01/26/20125 | John Hayward
    Better get that Fifth Amendment warmed up! Last week, the Criminal Division Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Arizona, Patrick Cunningham, stunned the House Oversight committee by announcing he would take the Fifth and refuse to testify before them about Operation Fast and Furious. Now House Oversight chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has sent a letter(PDF) to Attorney General Eric Holder, demanding access to Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Morrissey, another key player in the Fast and Furious scandal and cover-up, who reported to Cunningham. Cunningham’s assertion of Fifth Amendment privilege “suggests that the Department has jeopardized public safety and the...
  • Issa to Holder: ‘Major escalation of DOJ’s culpability’ in Fast & Furious

    01/26/2012 1:59:54 PM PST · by marktwain · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 25 January, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Congressman Darrell Issa has raised the temperature on his investigation of Operation Fast and Furious after Patrick J. Cunningham, chief of the criminal division of the U.S. Attorney’s office in Phoenix invoked his Fifth Amendment right to not testify Tuesday. In a Tuesday letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Issa called Cunningham’s “broad assertion of the privilege” a “startling development” in the investigation. The implication that Mr. Cunningham may have engaged in criminal conduct with respect to Fast and Furious is a major escalation of the Department’s culpability. The significance of these developments cannot be overstated, and this assertion raises...
  • Sipsey Street Exclusive: Fifth Amendment Theater. A Whole Flock of Designated Goats. (gunwalker)

    01/26/2012 1:36:15 PM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 25 January, 2012 | Mike Vanderboegh
    Why is this man smiling? He's taking the Fifth, of course. There are rumors floating about regarding the three Assistant U.S. Attorneys in Phoenix during the Fast and Furious clandestine operation, one of whom, Patrick Cunningham, has already resigned and claimed Fifth Amendment protections. I am reliably informed by an investigation insider that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will have an announcement on this in the morning. Look for it to involve some real Fifth Amendment Theater.
  • I can understand why he wants to get out of town. Darrell Issa flies off to Davos to hobnob with

    01/26/2012 12:58:52 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 1/26/12 | Dutchman 6
    No, I didn't make that headline up. Issa has flown off to Davos to hobnob with the international elites this weekend. That, at least, is what I'm being told. This is a marvelous turn of events for the New World Order conspiracists. Shortwave millennialists will be going nuts. Much is being made today in various places of Issa's latest letters to Holder here and here. Here is David Codrea's take, which lays out succinctly the public facts as known. Last night, I was floated some rumors that Morrissey and Hurley, Cunningham's fellow myrmidons working under Dennis Burke on the Fast...
  • Issa calls for second prosecutor to testify about ‘Fast and Furious’

    01/26/2012 9:57:23 AM PST · by Nachum · 25 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 1/26/12 | Jerry Seper
    The chairman of a House committee investigating the failed “Fast and Furious” operation demanded on Thursday that the Justice Department make a key federal prosecutor in Arizona available for questioning about “his role in and knowledge of” the controversial gunrunning probe. Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, made the demand in a letter to Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., saying Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Morrissey played an “integral part” in Fast and Furious and has information not available from other sources. Mr. Morrissey’s supervisor, Patrick J. Cunningham, chief of the...
  • Ignorant or lying? An open letter to Rep. Hank Johnson(gunwalker)

    01/26/2012 9:32:12 AM PST · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 25 January, 2012 | David Codrea
    Rep. Johnson, I won’t begin this with letter with the salutation “Dear,” because I only have contempt for you, and the disgusting responses you gave to The Daily Caller when they asked you about the Congressional investigation into the Fast and Furious “gunwalking” international criminal conspiracy (see article for video--Examiner.com does not accomodate the html code to embed it here). Has Guam tipped over and capsized yet? And have you “fl[own] a space shuttle” through the “gun show loophole” yet—you know that “hole in our gun control laws” you lie about when you say “untold thousands of unlicensed private weapons...
  • 1st convictions from Fast and Furious gun probe

    01/25/2012 5:02:03 PM PST · by george76 · 22 replies
    KPHO ^ | Jan 24, 2012
    Two men pleaded guilty to buying guns that were destined to be smuggled into Mexico, the first convictions in the federal government's botched Operation Fast and Furious. The men were so-called "straw buyers" who acknowledged purchasing guns that they knew were headed to Mexican drug gangs. The goal of the federal government's investigation was to catch weapons-trafficking kingpins, but firearms agents lost track of many weapons they were trying to trace to smuggling ringleaders, and some guns ended up at crime scenes in Mexico and the U.S. Jacob Wayne Chambers and Jacob Anthony Montelongo each pleaded guilty in federal court...
  • What have been effects of politics and new media on 'Gunwalker'?

    01/25/2012 1:15:43 PM PST · by 2nd amendment mama · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | 1/25/2012 | David Codrea
    "I am crediting you with being the first to really report on the 'gunwalking' scandal and for covering it extensively on your blog," a student at a prominent law school who is doing a paper on Fast and Furious congressional investigations wrote to me. He then asked me for my take on two fundamental points: How well have the Republicans pursued this investigation, i.e., has it been effective politically?What are yout thoughts on the use of new-media tools (such as the blogosphere and Twitter, where Darrell Issa and his staff are quite active) to further the storyline? Good questions, and...
  • Issa on Cunningham: 'We are still going to bring him forward'(gunwalker)

    01/25/2012 10:25:49 AM PST · by marktwain · 7 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 24 January, 2012 | David Codrea
    "Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, goes on Fox News to discuss next week's hearing on Operation Fast and Furious. Patrick Cunningham, Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona, will plead the fifth amendment during next week's committee hearing," the committee YouTube page video caption reads. Cunningham's reported pending resignation was the subject of a WarOnGuns blog report, followed the next day by Chairman Issa issuing a subpoena to compel his testimony after he backed out of voluntarily complying with the Committee's requests to...
  • NUGENT: Fast and Furious stinks

    01/25/2012 10:20:53 AM PST · by marktwain · 17 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 19 January, 2012 | Ted Nugent
    The United States of America has turned into bizarro land. Think of this: Our very own Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), under the direct guidance of the attorney general of the United States - America’s top cop, mind you - not only allowed, but encouraged American gun dealers to sell about 2,000 guns to known punks involved in the drug trade in order to trace the guns to Mexican drug cartels. If you think that’s unbelievably nuts, get a load of this: The suspected goons who bought the guns were not even placed under law enforcement surveillance....
  • Ask Obama about Gunwalker

    01/25/2012 5:56:14 AM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 24 January, 2012 | David Codrea
    "What would you ask President Obama?" a January 23 email from The White House begins: Tomorrow, President Obama will deliver his State of the Union address at 9:00 p.m. ET. During that speech, he’ll lay out his vision for an America where hard work and responsibility are rewarded, where everyone does their fair share, and where everyone is held accountable for what they do. There is a range of ways to get involved with this year’s State of the Union address. Immediately following the President’s speech on Tuesday, be sure to stay tuned to WhiteHouse.gov/SOTU for a live panel featuring...
  • Why Patrick Cunningham is first Fast and Furious conspirator to plead the 5th

    01/24/2012 11:13:05 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 7 replies · 1+ views
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/24/2012 | Doug Book
    Last week, Patrick Cunningham, chief of the criminal division of the Arizona US Attorney’s office, informed Darrell Issa’s House Government Reform and Oversight Committee investigating Obama Administration involvement in Operation Fast and Furious, that he would be pleading the 5th Amendment in his scheduled February 2nd deposition before the committee. (1) Cunningham worked with Arizona US Attorney Dennis Burke who resigned last year after his involvement in Fast and Furious had made him a prime subject of congressional investigators. Document dumps and Eric Holder’s testimony before the House committee in December have made the tactics of the Department of Justice...
  • Issa on Fox News: Top AZ Justice Department Official Will Plead the 5th on Fast & Furious

    01/24/2012 10:51:43 AM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Youtube ^ | 1/24/12 | Fox News
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, goes on Fox News to discuss next week's hearing on Operation Fast and Furious. Patrick Cunningham, Chief of the Criminal Division in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona, will plead the fifth amendment during next week's committee hearing.