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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...