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  • Issa Expects More Resignations after Release of IG Report on Fast and Furious

    09/20/2012 8:52:03 AM PDT · by tsowellfan · 15 replies
    House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said Thursday that he expects that the 14 DOJ and ATF officials found responsible for Operation Fast and Furious to resign like two other top officials did after the inspector general’s report was released on Wednesday. “We expect that all 14 would find a way to find appropriate new occupations – ones in which their poor judgment or lack of dedication or unwillingness to actually read documents...
  • Gun Report Spurs Exits (Fast and Furious)

    09/20/2012 6:45:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    wsj.com ^ | 19 September, 2012 | EVAN PEREZ and DEVLIN BARRETT
    WASHINGTON—A Justice Department watchdog cited a "pattern of serious failures" in the oversight of the botched Fast and Furious operation against gun traffickers, in a harsh report that contributed to the departure of two senior officials. Inspector General Michael Horowitz's 471-page report was the most extensive review to date of actions by officials in Arizona and Washington that led to the operation that lost track of guns sold to suspected smugglers. In addition to the two officials who left, Mr. Horowitz said 12 others from the Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should be reviewed...
  • OIG Fast and Furious report requires analysis before media jumps to conclusions

    09/20/2012 6:32:18 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 September, 2012 | David Codrea
    The long-awaited report from the Office of Inspector General was released this afternoon, prompting media conclusions that could not possibly reflect adequate scrutiny and analysis that effectively assess its findings. “The report says Attorney General Eric Holder was not made aware of potential flaws in the program until February of last year,” Fox News is reporting, while making no reference to deficiencies admitted up front by the OIG. Case in point, Chapter One of the report identifies key individuals who declined to be interviewed, significantly including “Criminal Chief [Patrick J.] Cunningham [who] declined through counsel our request for a follow-up...
  • Quayle on Fast and Furious report: Holder ‘lied to my face’ during House testimony

    09/20/2012 2:02:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 48 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | September 19, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    Arizona Republican Rep. Ben Quayle told The Daily Caller that Attorney General Eric Holder gave him false testimony under oath about Operation Fast and Furious wiretap application documents during a June 7 House Judiciary Committee hearing. Quayle said the Department of Justice’s inspector general report proves that Holder lied to him while under oath during the hearing. “I saw earlier that Holder is basically doing a victory dance and that he thinks this [inspector general] report exonerates him and there was no dishonesty with Congress — that’s just a blatant lie,” Quayle said in a phone interview. “I mean, he...
  • DOJ Fast-and-Furious Report: WH Aide Declined Interview With IG; 'White House Did Not Produce Any

    09/19/2012 4:17:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    CNS News ^ | 9/19/12 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - The report on Operation Fast and Furious released today by the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General says a member of the White House National Security staff declined to be interviewed for the inspector general's investigation and that the White House itself did not produce internal documents for the investigation because the White House said it was "beyond the purview" of the inspector general. The report said that gun traffickers purchased more than 2,000 weapons during Fast and Furious and that U.S. law enforcement officers eventually only recovered about 100 of these because "of a strategy jointly pursued...
  • Fast and Furious, Executive Branch Key Players (pdf graph)

    09/19/2012 2:43:38 PM PDT · by Nachum · 8 replies
    House Oversite Committee ^ | 9/19/12 | House Oversite Committee
    A handy dandy chart
  • Major report released on Fast and Furious, DOJ official resigns

    09/19/2012 12:14:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | 09/19/2012
    <p>A bombshell report released Wednesday on Operation Fast and Furious faulted a range of federal agencies for the failed anti-gunrunning program and accused officials in charge of a "disregard" for public safety. In the wake of the report, one Justice Department official resigned.</p>
  • Issa Statement on DOJ IG’s Findings

    09/19/2012 11:58:58 AM PDT · by Anti-Hillary · 10 replies
    Rep. Issa's office ^ | 9-19-12 | Rep. Issa
    WASHINGTON – House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, issued the following statement on Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s findings of widespread failures by both senior DOJ and ATF leaders in both Operation Fast and Furious and the Department of Justice’s false denials of reckless conduct to Congress. Issa and Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley (R-IA) have led the Congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious following Justice Department denials of reckless conduct that were later retracted. Guns from the reckless program contributed to the deaths of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and...
  • ‘Fast & Furious' operation: Justice probe clears Eric Holder

    09/19/2012 11:21:52 AM PDT · by barryobi · 41 replies
    politico ^ | 9/19/2012 | josh gerstein
    An internal Justice Department investigation into the Operation Fast and Furious scandal recommends discipline for 14 officials, but found no evidence that the department’s top leaders knew about the gun-walking aspect of the operation when it was underway. The long-awaited report from Justice’s Inspector General finds misconduct or poor judgment on the part of officials at DOJ headquarters, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives headquarters in Washington and field office in Arizona, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona. However, the investigators found Attorney General Eric Holder didn’t know about the operation until after the scandal emerged in...
  • Major report released on Fast and Furious, DOJ official resigns

    09/19/2012 11:21:39 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 18 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 9/19/12 | foxnews
    A major report released Wednesday on the Operation Fast and Furious scandal faulted a range of federal agencies for the failed anti-gunrunning program -- and has resulted in the resignation of one Justice Department official.
  • DOJ and Media Matters coordinated Fast and Furious reports

    09/19/2012 12:01:54 AM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 9/18/12 | David Corea
    The Department of Justice and Media Matters corresponded and coordinated on stories about Operation Fast and Furious “gunwalking,” going so far as to disparage the citizen journalist who initially broke the story, Matthew Boyle of The Daily Caller reported today, citing emails obtained from a Freedom of Information Act request to determine the extent of cooperation between the government and the “progressive” advocacy group. “The emails…often show department public affairs chief Tracy Schmaler communicating with Media Matters bloggers,” Fox News reported in a follow-up story noting the arrangement targeted administration critics. “Sometimes, the emails were in response to inquiries. Other...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Long-awaited 'Furious' report places blame on ATF, Justice

    09/11/2012 12:51:05 PM PDT · by Jean S · 64 replies
    FoxNews ^ | 9/11/12 | William La Jeunesse
    Dozens of senior-level U.S. government officials turned a blind eye to public safety as they pursued an ill-conceived and poorly managed investigation into gun trafficking in Mexico, according to a long-awaited inspector general's report on Operation Fast and Furious. Portions of the Justice Department IG report, which has not been made public, were obtained exclusively by Fox News Channel. The report and accompanying accounts cite a failure in leadership and a lack of accountability and oversight up and down the chain of command at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Justice Department itself and other offices....
  • 'Fast and Furious' Report Coming: Inspector General Will Soon Release Details on Gun-Walking Scandal

    09/11/2012 11:27:56 AM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    Roll Call ^ | Sept. 10, 2012 | Jonathan Strong
    Since Republicans began tormenting him almost two years ago over a botched gun-smuggling investigation, Attorney General Eric Holder has wielded it as a shield. "It" is a forthcoming report from the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General on exactly what happened in Operation Fast and Furious, in which agents for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed hundreds of powerful assault guns to "walk" to criminal networks. When facing down hostile GOP lawmakers in antagonistic Congressional hearings, or refusing to disclose subpoenaed documents, Holder has pointed to the report as evidence he wants to get to the...
  • Oversight Chairman Issa forced to delay 'Fast and Furious' hearing

    09/10/2012 11:02:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    The Hill ^ | 09/10/12 | Jordy Yager
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has been forced to postpone a hearing on an inspector general’s investigation of "Operation Fast and Furious" until next week. The Justice Department’s inspector general, Michael Horowitz, told Issa in a recent letter that after 17 months of investigating the botched gun-tracking operation, the lengthy report would not be ready for public release until later this week, at the earliest. Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, worried the DOJ would try to delay the report’s release for political reasons, according to an earlier letter to Horowitz sent last month. And the...
  • Suspect arrested in Fast and Furious killing of Brian Terry

    09/10/2012 1:04:41 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/9/12
    Video
  • 'Fast and Furious' guns ended up in Colombia

    09/10/2012 10:54:10 AM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    Columbia News ^ | 9/10/12 | Adriaan Alsema
    U.S. weapons that were exported to Mexico as part of the controversial "Fast and Furious" program ended up in the hands of Colombia crime syndicate Oficina de Envigado, reported newspaper El Tiempo Monday. According to the newspaper, investigations by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) have established that some of the weapons found during the arrest of Oficina boss "Sebastian" were part of the thousands of arms lost in the Fast and Furious program. "Two rifles that were seized in February with "Frank," the brother of Sebastian also are part of the tracking operations of the ATF,...
  • Mexico arrests suspect in Fast and Furious killing of Brian Terry

    09/09/2012 8:24:54 PM PDT · by tsowellfan · 7 replies
    Mexican federal police announced Friday that they have arrested a suspect in the killing of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, the slaying at the center of the scandal over the botched U.S. gun-smuggling probe known as Operation Fast and Furious. Jesus Leonel Sanchez Meza is one of the five men charged with killing Terry in December 2010 during a shootout in Arizona near the Mexico border. One is on trial in Arizona and the other three remain fugitives. Sanchez was arrested Thursday in Sonora state...
  • Mexico detains man accused in "Fast and Furious" gun-running killing

    09/08/2012 3:13:41 AM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    news.terra.com (Reuters) ^ | 7 September, 2012 | Herbert Lash
    Mexican police detained a man accused of fatally shooting a U.S. Border Patrol agent almost two years ago in Arizona in a botched U.S. operation to track guns smuggled across the border, the government said Friday. Federal police detained Jesus Leonel Sanchez Meza on Thursday in Sonora state, which borders Arizona, where agent Brian Terry was shot dead in December 2010, the Public Security Ministry said. The Mexican Attorney General's Office plans to extradite Sanchez Meza to the United States, the ministry said in a statement. Two guns found at the scene were traced to a botched U.S. Bureau of...
  • UPDATE: Suspect in Brian Terry death in custody

    09/08/2012 3:06:59 AM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 54 replies
    KVOA ^ | Sept 7, 2012 | Sam Salzwedel
    Mexican federal police announced Friday that they have arrested a suspect in the killing of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, the slaying at the center of the scandal over the botched U.S. gun-smuggling probe known as Operation Fast and Furious. Jesus Leonel Sanchez Meza is one of the five men charged with killing Terry in December 2010 during a shootout in Arizona near the Mexico border. One is on trial in Arizona and the other three remain fugitives. Sanchez was arrested Thursday in Sonora state. Two guns found at the scene were bought by a member of a gun-smuggling...
  • "Fast and Furious" Failure Fosters Favoritism for Finagling Fed

    08/31/2012 2:29:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | August 24, 2012 | NA
    Fox News, the Washington Post, the L.A. Times, and The Hill are all over this one, as they should be. It seems that BATFE’s William McMahon, who, as the agency's Assistant Deputy Director for Field Operations approved its catastrophic and deadly “Fast and Furious” operation, is being allowed to receive his six-figure federal paycheck for nearly half a year, while working full-time as investment bank J. P. Morgan’s executive director for global security and investments in the Philippines.As the Washington Post reports, "McMahon was one of five ATF officials recently singled out in a congressional report on the botched gun...
  • New GOP platform condemns Fast & Furious, blame agent's death on operation

    08/31/2012 5:40:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 30 August, 2012 | NA
    The Republican platform ratified this week by party members at their national convention “condemns” the Justice Department’s Operation Fast and Furious, saying “reckless actions” associated with the failed gun-tracking program resulted in the murder of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and others. The 62-page document does not mention Terry by name. However, Terry was the only border agent killed in connection with the operation. Guns allowed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to slip across the U.S-Mexico border and into the black market were found close the where Terry was killed Dec. 14, 2010, in a...
  • Grassley: Federal judge should overturn Obama’s Fast and Furious executive privilege claim

    08/30/2012 7:28:04 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 29 August, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    TAMPA, Fla. – Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley told The Daily Caller that if a federal judge doesn’t overturn President Barack Obama’s assertion of executive privilege over Operation Fast and Furious documents, it’d be the worst abuse of the presidential secrecy power in its history. “Well, if he [a federal judge] doesn’t [overturn Obama’s executive privilege assertion], it’s going to be the most sweeping abuse of executive privilege in the history of executive privilege,” Grassley said in an interview Tuesday at the Republican National Convention. The House of Representatives voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal and civil...
  • Attorney’s analysis of Project Gunrunner report shows admission of gunwalking

    08/29/2012 12:39:15 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    The Examner ^ | 8/29/12 | David Codrea
    While Justice Department and ATF officials (reportedly including key players from the Phoenix Field Division at the time Operation Fast and Furious was being implemented) pore over the Office of Inspector General draft report during the required review and comment period, Arizona attorney, author, civil rights activist and blogger David T. Hardy, reminded his readers yesterday of an earlier report that, in his words, “spells out ‘gunwalking.’” Writing on his Of Arms and the Law blog, Hardy linked to the Justice Department’s September, 2010 “PROJECT GUNRUNNER, A Cartel Focused Strategy” publication and called attention to several key passages. Including, and...
  • 'Fast and Furious' ATF Official Granted Paid Leave to Take 6-Figure Job at JP Morgan

    08/23/2012 8:11:34 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 39 replies
    CNS News ^ | August 23, 2012 | Susan Jones
    (CNSNews.com) - The long-awaited inspector general's report on the Justice Department's botched gun-running scheme is finished, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said on Wednesday. But along with that news comes more questions: Issa and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) are demanding to know why a top ATF official involved in Operation Fast and Furious remains on paid leave from ATF -- while simultaneously drawing a six-figure salary from J.P. Morgan, a major investment bank.
  • Facts of Shipley case lead to some conclusions, much speculation(Gunwalker)

    08/21/2012 3:22:19 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 21 August, 2012 | David Codrea
    A series of stories developed from documents received and analyzed in this column over the past few days have resulted in some answers and more questions regarding John Shipley, a former FBI agent convicted of illegal gun dealing. A remarkable conclusion from a source close to his case is convinced “ATF was directly responsible for the sale of [a .50 caliber rifle] to Jonatan Lopez through their informant Paul Lee on 12/19/2007” in the parking lot of an El Paso gun store. Readers of this series have seen how Lopez, a Mexican national with a Texas driver license, purchased the...
  • Documents show prejudicial tactics helped result in Shipley conviction(Gunwalker)

    08/18/2012 5:13:16 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 18 August, 2012 | David Codrea
    An FBI agent’s conviction for illegally dealing in firearms was greatly influenced by the introduction of prejudicial statements and materials, documents obtained and analyzed by Gun Rights Examiner over the past few days reveal. John Shipley, found guilty in April, 2010, has insisted throughout his prosecution and incarceration that he was instead an active and enthusiastic collector who bought and sold guns in accordance with federal firearms regulations recognizing such activities as legal. Courtroom transcripts, reported statements and irrelevant exhibits designed to sway jurors with emotion, rather than evidence, appear to bolster his contention, especially when compared to what the...
  • Documents Cited in Complaint in Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (Holder)

    08/17/2012 8:39:07 AM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 7 replies
    House Committed on Oversigh & Government Reform ^ | latest added October 11, 2012 | Committe on Oversight & Government Reform
    Document List Cited in Complaint at link: October 11, 2011 Subpoena to Attorney General Eric Holder Letter from Sen. Charles Grassley to Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson (Jan. 27, 2011) Letter from Sen. Charles Grassley to Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson (Jan. 31, 2011) Letter from Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich to Sen. Charles Grassley (Feb. 4, 2011) Letter from Rep. Darrell Issa to Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson (Mar. 16, 2011) Letter from Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich to Rep. Darrell Issa (Apr. 19, 2011) Letter from Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich to Sen. Charles Grassley (May 2, 2011)...
  • Darrell Issa to Sue Eric Holder Monday

    08/12/2012 5:33:08 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 45 replies
    Roll Call ^ | August 12, 2012 | Jonathan Strong
    House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa plans to sue Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday for refusing to provide documents related to the "Fast and Furious" gun-smuggling operation. "The committee expects to file the civil contempt suit against the attorney general Monday," a Republican source said. The suit will be filed in the federal district court for the District of Columbia.The action is the latest escalation in the dispute between House Republicans and the Justice Department over the documents, which relate to a botched gun-smuggling operation.On June 28, the House voted to hold Holder in contempt of Congress...
  • High-Ranking Mexican Drug Cartel Explosive Allegation: Fast and Furious Is Not What You Think

    A high-ranking Mexican drug cartel operative currently in U.S. custody is making startling allegations that the failed federal gun-walking operation known as “Fast and Furious” isn’t what you think it is. It wasn’t about tracking guns, it was about supplying them — all part of an elaborate agreement between the U.S. government and Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa Cartel to take down rival cartels. The explosive allegations are being made by Jesus Vicente Zambada-Niebla, known as the Sinaloa Cartel’s “logistics coordinator.” He was extradited to the Chicago last year to face federal drug charges.
  • Federal Agent says Approvals are SOP for Operations that Break Laws(Gunwalker)

    08/10/2012 8:31:09 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    thegunmag.com ^ | 9 August, 2012 | Bob Lesmeister
    The only things we know for certain about ATF’s disastrous Fast and Furious operation so far are: thousands of firearms were secreted into Mexico by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) without the Mexican government’s knowledge; hundreds of Mexicans and one US Border Patrol agent were killed by these guns; Attorney General Eric Holder has lied before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee about his involvement in the operation, and President Barack Obama has invoked Executive Privilege to keep Fast and Furious documents hidden. All of this under the most corrupt administration since Warren G. Harding....
  • The furor over ‘Fast and Furious’

    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder may show up on “Jeopardy!” one of these days. No, not as a contestant. As an answer. The clue: “He’s the first attorney general in U.S. history to be held in contempt of Congress.” The answer: “Who is Eric Holder?” That’s surely not the distinction Holder was going for when he took the job. But thanks to the scandal known as Fast and Furious, that’s what he’s best known for: overseeing an operation that put more than 2,000 guns into the hands of a Mexican drug cartel and led to the deaths of hundreds of...
  • High-ranking Mexican drug cartel member makes explosive allegation: ‘Fast and Furious’ is not ...

    08/09/2012 9:09:10 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 106 replies
    The Blaze ^ | August 9, 2012 | Jason Howerton
    A high-ranking Mexican drug cartel operative currently in U.S. custody is making startling allegations that the failed federal gun-walking operation known as “Fast and Furious” isn’t what you think it is. It wasn’t about tracking guns, it was about supplying them — all part of an elaborate agreement between the U.S. government and Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa Cartel to take down rival cartels.
  • Report: ATF gun part of plan to kill Juarez police chief Julián Leyzaola

    08/08/2012 12:33:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 18 replies
    El Paso Times | 08/06/2012 | Diana Washington Valdez
    Here's the link.
  • Justice Department Watchdog Creates Whistleblower Post

    08/08/2012 9:56:24 AM PDT · by AtlasStalled · 3 replies
    "The Justice Department’s inspector general’s office says it is creating a new post to help protect whistleblowers who call attention to waste and abuse" after "whistleblowers who complained to Congress about the [Fast and Furious] operation later said they were threatened with retaliation by some federal prosecutors in Arizona and by some ATF officials."
  • Fast And Furious Whistle-blower Reaches Agreement Over Retaliation Claims

    08/08/2012 6:13:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    boisestatepublicradio.org ^ | 7 August, 2012 | Carrie Johnson
    Peter Forcelli, an ATF agent who blew the whistle on management lapses in the gun trafficking scandal known as Fast and Furious, has reached an agreement with the bureau over his retaliation claims. A lawyer for Forcelli declined to disclose the terms of the settlement because it was the product of a confidential mediation process. "We can't reveal the details but Mr. Forcelli's smile could not be broader," lawyer Tom Devine, of the Government Accountability Project, told NPR in an interview. "This outcome was a 180 degree reversal by new management... This dispute is over." Forcelli appeared in Congress in...
  • Barack Obama is a Murderer

    08/08/2012 5:18:21 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 7 replies
    Red State ^ | 8/8/2012 | Erick Erickson
    The Obama supporting Super PAC Priorities USA yesterday introduced us to Joe Soptic. Mitt Romney killed his wife. Except it is complete and utter crap. Mitt Romney and Bain Capital bought GST Steel at some point. Romney left day to day operations of Bain in 1999. Thereafter, Bain offered Joe Soptic a buy out and he refused. Eventually the steel plant went out of business and Joe went on the unemployment line. That happened in 2001. In 2002 or 2003, Mrs. Soptic injured her rotator cuff and left her job. She lost her insurance. In 2006, she was diagnosed with...
  • Fast, Furious gun-walking called unusual

    08/06/2012 6:00:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    sfgate.com ^ | 4 August, 2012 | Dan Freedman
    Washington -- Justice Department and ATF officials have described the controversial gun-walking tactics used in Operation Fast and Furious as an aberration, but ATF agents have employed variations of the same surveillance techniques for decades. ATF has long targeted gun traffickers through a combination of tailing, wiretaps and "controlled delivery" - following a contraband trail to the point where agents can catch a criminal organization's masterminds in the act, often with the help of an inside informant. "Once the criminal takes receipt, ATF generally swoops in and locks up everybody," said Michael Bouchard, former operations director for the Bureau of...
  • Federal agents take aim at Fortune's Fast and Furious report(Gunwalker)

    08/03/2012 7:26:30 PM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 3 August, 2012 | David Codrea
    The Agent, “The Official Publication of the National Association of Federal Agents,” has added its voice to those of Congressional investigators in deconstructing a Fortune Magazine report critical of Oversight Committee efforts to determine the truth about Operation Fast and Furious “gunwalking.” Earlier this week, Gun Rights Examiner was forwarded a copy of NAFA’s “Summer 2012” issue, challenging allegations made by Fortune in a rebuttal article titled “Who’s on First? What’s on Second? The Ongoing Story of Fast & Furious.” Regular readers of this column will recall an appendix to a joint congressional staff report released Tuesday characterized the Fortune...
  • GOP prepares to file lawsuit against Holder

    08/03/2012 9:32:16 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 40 replies
    NBC ^ | August 3, 2012 | Frank Thorp
    House Republicans will file a civil suit against Attorney General Eric Holder during the August recess, House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) has told NBC News. House Republicans will file suit in an effort to compel Holder to release documents associated with the failed "Fast and Furious" gun-walking operation. "We'll be filing a civil case during the break," Issa told NBC, "We will expect a day in court before a federal judge, which we have a 100 percent chance that the judge will hold that these documents should be delivered." During negotiations between House Republicans and Holder in June,...
  • On the Way to Fast and Furious Accountability: Round One

    08/02/2012 3:35:06 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 2, 2012 | Katie Pavich
    Yesterday Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee Charles Grassley issued a 211-page report and more than 2,000 documents, pinning much of the blame for Operation Fast and Furious on five ATF supervisors. This is the first in a series of three reports expected to be released. An initial look at the report and the documents reminds us of a few things and also brings us new information. First, it was just over a month ago when Attorney General Eric Holder became the first sitting cabinet member in history to be...
  • House Fast & Furious Report Embargoed - Denied to 'Just a Blogger'

    08/01/2012 10:21:47 AM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 11 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 7-31-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    After bloggers broke the Fast and Furious gunwalker story, and drove it home day after day after day, Congressman Darrell Issa's Oversight Committee announced they have placed blame and will release several reports in coming days - but "journalists" were given a copy yesterday. Sipsey Street Irregulars says the report was "embargoed until midnight," and all "authorized journalists" got copies - but bloggers who have been involved, even in the halls of Congress. I can't even count the times I've heard Greta Van Susteren report on Fast and Furious and it was obvious much of her information came from bloggers....
  • Justice Department shrugs off Fast and Furious report - Officials say they have moved ahead

    07/31/2012 9:12:58 PM PDT · by Nachum · 41 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 8/1/12 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
    WASHINGTON — Top Justice Department officials largely dismissed a new House Republican report on the Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation, saying Tuesday that they have moved ahead with major reforms to prevent future incidents of U.S. firearms being lost and smuggled across the border into Mexico. Further, the attorney for the ATF special agent in charge in Phoenix, who oversaw Fast and Furious, lashed out at Republican congressional leaders, calling their report a "political witch hunt" aimed less at finding fault than pinning Democrats with negative political fallout from Fast and Furious. The report by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Vista), chairman...
  • Obama Administration To Increase Fast & Furious After Aurora Shootings

    07/31/2012 4:33:30 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 12 replies
    Red State ^ | 7/27/2012 | Staff
    The Obama Administration: Where Irony Goes To Die The only saving grace of having a president devoid of principles, experience, or class is that he and his sycophants, when under pressure, routinely push forward statements and ideas that are so bizarre as to be unbelievable outside a very low-brow comedy routine. For instance. Having suffered through 40 months of economic mismanagement unlike anything we’ve experienced since FDR, we’re told by the president, with no apparent sense of irony, that the private sector is “doing fine” and it is the government sector, that sector which is loss center on the national...
  • Report: GOP investigation finds five top ATF officials responsible for Fast & Furious

    07/30/2012 7:38:04 PM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 10 replies
    Hot Air ^ | JULY 30, 2012 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    Fearless prediction: Whatever happens on election day, we’re going to have ourselves a new Attorney General next year. Obama wouldn’t dump him before for fear of looking weak by caving to GOP pressure, but if he wins in November, he’ll have a perfect excuse. Just normal administration turnover; all presidents do it. No need to read anything into it just because this particular turnover involved a guy who oversaw guns being walked to Mexican drug lords. Note well: This is only the first of three reports to come.
  • Average Americans don't need assault weapons

    07/29/2012 8:40:38 PM PDT · by redreno · 148 replies
    CNN ^ | Sun July 29, 2012 | By Roland Martin, CNN Contributor
    CNN) -- To all of you gun lovers, feel free to go buy your Glock, shotgun, hunting rifle, .22 pistol, .357 Magnum or any of the other guns at your disposal. But you do not need an AK-47. For some, it's too soon to discuss gun reform, a little more than one week after the mass killings in Aurora, Colorado. I disagree. Too many Americans are being killed by guns every day; this most recent heinous tragedy should not keep us from having a rational debate.
  • Top Immigration Officials Describe Border Chaos Resulting From Admin's Amnesty Policy

    07/26/2012 3:57:10 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 20 replies
    YouTube ^ | 7/26/2012
    Sen. Sessions hosted a press conference today with top officials from two unions that represent U.S. immigration law enforcement agencies. ICE agent Chris Crane is President of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, the union representing America's more than 7,000 ICE agents and personnel. Border Patrol agent George McCubbin, III is President of the National Border Patrol Council, the union representing America's more than 17,000 border agents and personnel. From Sen. Sessions' remarks (forthcoming in a video tomorrow): "The Administration claims it has diligently enforced immigration law and that the border is 'more secure than ever.' But those on...
  • Grassley, Issa Seek Clarification of ATF Acting Director’s Message to Employees on Reporting...

    07/22/2012 9:33:02 PM PDT · by neverdem · 8 replies
    U.S. Senate ^ | July 18, 2012 | Senator Grassley
    Article For Immediate Release July 18, 2012 Grassley, Issa Seek Clarification of ATF Acting Director’s Message to Employees on Reporting Agency Concerns WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Darrell Issa today urged the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) to clarify his remarks to employees about reporting concerns within the agency.  Grassley and Issa expressed concern that the remarks are likely to chill whistleblowers from reporting legitimate problems and undermine a necessary function for making improvements.  The concern is significant because whistleblowers recently put their careers on the line to expose the...
  • ATF attempts to stifle "outside" whistleblowing

    07/19/2012 2:56:32 PM PDT · by marktwain · 13 replies
    whistleblowersblog.org ^ | 19 July, 2012 | Richard Renner
    John Solomon, writing in the Washington Guardian, is reporting today that B. Todd Jones, the Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), released a video last week to all employees. In the video, Jones warns that there would be “consequences” for any employees who report wrongdoing outside their chain of command. Jones was a federal prosecutor when Attorney General Eric Holder asked him to lead the embattled agency after the Fast and Furious scandal. He is supposed to improve morale and instill a new culture in the aftermath of that scandal. Jones' precise words are:...
  • RECORD SHOWS ISSA’S CRITIC A ‘DEM DEFENDER,’ NOT LEGIT WATCHDOG

    07/19/2012 2:51:07 PM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    utsandiego.com ^ | 19 July, 2012 | Staff
    Given that just about everybody agrees that government openness is essential to a healthy democracy, why would a self-styled government watchdog group go after a congressman for leaking information about a scandal that indisputably has been covered up by high-ranking government officials? The logical answer is that the watchdog group is just another one of the front groups set up by Democrats and Republicans alike to pursue and defend their interests. Which brings us to Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Vista, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) has filed an ethics...
  • 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...