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  • DOJ: Immigration Apprehensions Lowest Since 1972

    07/23/2012 1:39:33 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 23, 2012
    Newly released government records seem to indicate that the Obama Administration got to work right away on its stealth amnesty plan, drastically slashing the number of immigration apprehensions during its first two years in power. Apprehensions for immigration violations plummeted dramatically from 1.8 million in 2000 to an all-time low of 516,992 in 2010, according to a report released this month by the Department of Justice (DOJ). The document was created by a special division of the DOJ (Bureau of Justice Statistics) that collects and disseminates information on crime and the operation of the justice system. Less than two years...
  • ICE Stonewalls On Status Of Uncle Onyango Obama

    07/20/2012 11:31:52 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 20, 2012
    Following the publication of embarrassing internal government emails by Judicial Watch, the Homeland Security agency responsible for deporting criminal illegal immigrants is dodging questions about President Obama’s illegal alien uncle, who got busted for drunken driving last year in Massachusetts. The case received widespread media coverage because the commander-in-chief’s uncle, Onyango Obama, had previously been deported to his native Kenya yet lived and worked in the Boston area and threatened to call the White House after getting arrested. He also had a valid Massachusetts drivers’ license, which was temporarily suspended after his drunken-driving arrest but, incredibly, has been reinstated by...
  • Homeland Security deletes immigration enforcement success stories from website

    07/19/2012 3:39:35 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 1 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 19, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is not a fan of a big part of the 287(g) program, which allows state and local police to enforce federal immigration laws — but until Thursday her department’s website didn’t get that message. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the part of her agency that handles the 287(g) agreements with states and localities, had a Web page dedicated to success stories from the program, pointing to many of the dangerous criminal aliens who had been taken off the streets after local authorities nabbed them for another offense. But after Rep. Bob Goodlatte, Virginia Republican, pointed...
  • Illegal immigrant finds turning himself in is no easy task

    07/17/2012 6:36:58 AM PDT · by kevcol · 2 replies
    FOX 26 (Houston) ^ | July 16, 2012 | Randy Wallace
    <p>HOUSTON (FOX 26) - Helmut Mayer was born in Germany.</p> <p>In 1997, Mayer said he came to the US on a temporary VISA. He has a driver's license, a Social Security number and has worked for years as a cab driver in Pasadena.</p>
  • Memo Shows Obama Administration Granted Deportation Stay to President’s Illegal Alien Uncle...

    07/16/2012 11:23:18 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 16, 2012
    Full title: Memo Shows Obama Administration Granted Deportation Stay to President’s Illegal Alien Uncle Onyango Obama Documents Shows ICE Leadership Tracked Politically Sensitive Case (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch, the organization that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it has uncovered a new record from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regarding President Obama’s illegal alien uncle, Onyango Obama, who was arrested in August 2011 on drunken driving charges in Framingham, Massachusetts. The document, obtained pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit filed on April 10, 2012, includes an internal agency email from Brian Hale, ICE’s Assistant...
  • Grassley slams DOJ in remarks to Judiciary(gunwalker)

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

    07/13/2012 4:12:44 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 13 July, 2012 | David Codrea
    A spokesperson for the Department of Justice “downplayed” a complaint filed with the District of Columbia Bar asking for Attorney General Eric Holder to be investigated following being found in contempt of Congress, Fox News reported yesterday. “These are specious claims that ignore the facts and can only be described as frivolous,” Tracy Schmaler asserted. “It appears to be a desperate attempt by some factions to drag out the destructive, political games that Americans are rightly fed up with." Legal reaction to the complaint was mixed, with Brian Darling of The Heritage Foundation “suggest[ing] the complaint is on solid ground,”...
  • Man (Colombian) enters guilty plea for attempted abduction in Roanoke

    07/13/2012 6:02:59 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 3 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | July 13, 2012 | Neil Harvey
    The plea agreement drops robbery and battery charges against the man, who was to be released. A man who grabbed a stranger in downtown Roanoke in March pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted abduction. Mauricio Ramirez-Diaz, 22, initially had been charged with assault and battery and attempted robbery, but in June a Roanoke grand jury added abduction with attempt to defile and misdemeanor sexual battery to the counts against him. Through a plea agreement, prosecutors dismissed the robbery and battery charges and amended the abduction charge to a lesser felony. Ramirez-Diaz, who had been held since March, was given a two-year...
  • Judicial Watch Obtains Records from ICE Regarding President’s Illegal Alien Uncle Onyango Obama

    07/12/2012 11:13:50 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | July 12, 2012
    Documents Detail Stonewall of Congressional, Press Inquiries and Leak Investigation (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch, the organization that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it has obtained records from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regarding President Obama’s illegal alien uncle, Onyango Obama, who was arrested in August 2011 on drunken driving charges in Framingham, Massachusetts. The records include internal ICE correspondence showing agency officials withholding information on Onyango’s release from the press and possibly from Congress. The documents were turned over to Judicial Watch yesterday (July 11) pursuant to a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed...
  • Watchdog Group Files Complaints Against Issa Over Wiretap Leaks

    07/11/2012 11:24:02 AM PDT · by kristinn · 13 replies
    The Hill ^ | Wednesday, July 11, 2012 | Jordy Yager
    An ethics watchdog group filed complaints against Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) with the Office of Congressional Ethics and the Justice Department on Wednesday for revealing details of federally sealed wiretap applications. In the two complaints filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), the group claims that Issa “violated federal law by including material from a sealed wiretap application in the Congressional Record.” As part of Issa’s successful move to place Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for allegedly not responding to a congressional subpoena, the powerful chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee...
  • FBI indicts 5 men for murder of Border Patrol agent Terry

    07/10/2012 5:23:27 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies
    NEWS 4 TUCSON KVOA ^ | Jul 9, 2012 | NA
    (NBC News) - Federal prosecutors are filing more charges in the murder of a US Border Patrol Agent, Brian Terry, whose death is at the center of the controversy over the failed ATF gun tracing operation known as Fast and Furious. The new charges accuse five men of being involved in the shootout with Terry that resulted in his death. Prosecutors say the men were in the US illegally, trying to rob drug couriers. Four of the men are fugitives, federal officials say, and the FBI will ask for public help in finding them. A federal official says it's assumed...
  • FBI unsealing indictment could endanger Terry murder suspects

    07/09/2012 6:42:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    Examiner ^ | 7/9/12 | David Codrea
    The Federal Bureau of Investigation unsealed an indictment in Tucson and offered a $1 million reward “for information leading to the arrest of four fugitives” wanted in connection with the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, the Bureau’s Phoenix Division announced today. “Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga, Ivan Soto-Barraza, Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, and Lionel Portillo-Meza are charged with crimes including first-degree murder, second-degree murder, conspiracy to interfere with commerce by robbery, attempted interference with commerce by robbery, use and carrying a firearm during a crime of violence, assault on a federal officer, and possession of a firearm by a...
  • Fast and furious cover-up at Holder’s Justice

    07/09/2012 6:16:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    Washington Times ^ | July 6, 2012 | David A. Keene
    Team Obama resorts to default excuse: Blame Bush Obama administration officials must remind each other daily that they will never have to accept responsibility for anything that goes wrong on their watch as long as they can find some way to blame their troubles on George W. Bush. So it should surprise no one that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and the administration’s surrogates are vociferously claiming that Operation Fast and Furious, the gun-walking scandal run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is all Mr. Bush’s fault. Fast and Furious was a program that resulted...
  • Justice unseals indictment charging 5 in Brian Terry's death

    07/09/2012 2:39:01 PM PDT · by Neil E. Wright · 18 replies
    FOX News ^ | July 9, 2012 | William LaJeunesse
    The Justice Department on Monday unsealed an indictment charging five individuals allegedly involved in Border Patrol agent Brian Terry's death, and announced a reward of up to $1 million for information leading to the arrest of those suspects still at large.  For the first time, federal officials also revealed that Terry and an elite squad of federal agents initially fired bean bags -- not bullets -- at a heavily armed drug cartel crew in the mountains south of Tucson in December 2010. During the exchange, Terry was shot and killed.  The announcement comes amid an intensifying debate over the department's...
  • Kevin O'Reilly Sent to Iraq - Not Allowed to Testify in Fast & Furious: Took Virginia Ramadan's Job

    07/09/2012 1:19:32 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 7 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 7-8-12 | Maggie@MaggiesNotebook
    What does Kevin O'Reilly know about Fast and Furious, when did he know it, and why was he spirited off to a job in Iraq that he was not in line for? Why did his Iraq office change the phone number the day after Pajamas Media called and asked to speak with O'Reilly? Virginia Ramadan was expected to ascend to the directorship of the International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Bureau for Iraq (INL-Iraq). She didn't. O'Reilly did. O'Reilly was serving as a White House National Security advisor during the time of Fast and Furious. One of the star participants, Alcohol...
  • Justice Dept. Unseals Indictment Charging 5 in Border Patrol Agent Terry's Death

    07/09/2012 12:28:04 PM PDT · by Nachum · 37 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/9/12 | William La Jeunesse
    For the first time, federal officials revealed Monday that murdered Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and an elite squad of federal agents first fired bean bags -- not bullets -- at a heavily armed drug cartel crew in the mountains south of Tucson in December 2011. The announcement came as the Department of Justice unsealed an indictment charging five individuals allegedly involved in Terry's death. A sixth suspect has also been charged in a related incident. The U.S. is also offering a reward of up to $1 million for information leading to the arrest of four outstanding suspects believed to...
  • Justice unseals indictment charging five in Brian Terry's death

    07/09/2012 11:05:11 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 22 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 09, 2012 | William La Jeunesse
    For the first time, federal officials revealed Monday that murdered Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and an elite squad of federal agents first fired bean bags -- not bullets -- at a heavily armed drug cartel crew in the mountains south of Tucson in December 2011. The announcement came as the Department of Justice unsealed an indictment charging five individuals allegedly involved in Terry's death. A sixth suspect has also been charged in a related incident. The U.S. is also offering a reward of up to $1 million for information leading to the arrest of four outstanding suspects believed to...
  • 'Fast And Furious' Shows GOP's Big Weakness (They're idiots and wimps)

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

    07/10/2012 5:39:44 AM PDT · by icwhatudo · 64 replies
    The Department of Justice unsealed documents today showing that Brian Terry was shooting bean bags at men who returned fire with assault rifles.
  • Obama mum on Fast and Furious - President speaks up for Holder.

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

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

    07/11/2012 11:09:03 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 11 July, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney pushed back Tuesday against President Barack Obama’s calls for Romney to be transparent with his tax returns by calling on the president to cease using executive order to block documents related to Operation Fast and Furious. Appearing on Sean Hannity’s conservative radio program Tuesday afternoon, Romney ripped Obama for his lack of transparency after the conservative media personality walked his listeners through the series of attacks the Obama campaign has launched against his Republican rival. “The war on how you traveled with your dog, Bain Capital,” Hannity said. “The latest attack is to go out...
  • BREAKING: Brian Terry Murder Indictment Unsealed, Five Charged

    07/09/2012 3:33:54 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 60 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 9, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    After more than 18 months of waiting and a contempt of Congress charge against Attorney General Eric Holder, the FBI unsealed an indictment of five illegal Mexican bandits charged with the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry today in Arizona and offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of four of the five men who are still on the run and suspected to be in Mexico. The men are Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, Jesus Rosario Favela-Astorga, Ivan Soto-Barraza, Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes and Lionel Portillo-Meza, Manuel and Heraclio are brothers. During a press conference earlier today, the FBI confirmed...
  • DOJ charges five with Brian Terry’s murder, FBI offers $1M reward for arrests

    07/09/2012 11:06:37 AM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 7/9/12 | Joel Gehrke
    Justice Department (DOJ) officials indicted five individuals for the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry — who was murdered by drug traffickers armed through Operation Fast and Furious – and a $1 million reward for information leading to their arrest. “Agent Terry served his country honorably and made the ultimate sacrifice in trying to protect it from harm, and we will stop at nothing to bring those responsible for his murder to justice,” Attorney General Eric Holder said today. “This investigation has previously resulted in one defendant being charged with Agent Terry’s murder and taken into custody, and...
  • Who is the president hiding?(Gunwalker)

    07/09/2012 6:26:13 AM PDT · by marktwain · 39 replies
    9 July, 2012 | Robert Gardner, Henderson
    I have followed the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal investigation since it began. At first, President Barack Obama tried to blame “unscrupulous gun dealers” along our southern border. We wouldn’t have known any differently had it not been for Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent John Dodson. Dodson testified that someone in our government forced gun dealers to sell assault weapons to known straw purchasers who had ties to Mexican drug cartels. Guns from this fiasco have turned up at many crime scenes, including the one in which a Border Patrol agent was killed. Some testified on Capitol Hill...
  • HART: Fast and curious

    07/09/2012 6:18:51 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    oaoa.com ^ | 8 July, 2012 | Ron Hart
    “I would rather be exposed to the inconveniences attending too much liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.” —Thomas Jefferson Chattanooga, Tenn. The House Republicans and many Democrats voted 255-67 to hold the most politically-motivated Attorney General in modern times in contempt of Congress. Keep in mind the nuanced distinction; it was a “contempt of Congress” vote, not what you and I feel: contempt for Congress. Holder failed to pursue blatant New Black Panther Party voter intimidation (all caught on tape), but instead went after Florida for trying to purge its voter rolls of those legally...
  • Fast and Spurious and a Prosecution by Federal Co-Conspirators(Gunwalker)

    07/09/2012 5:44:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    unifiedpatriots.com ^ | 8 July, 2012 | vassarbushmills
    Once upon a time I made a lot of money doing nothing more than graphic timelines of events and people all engaged in a single endeavor, just to see who did what, and in what order, and asking why. It’s a terrific analytical tool. From the moment Fast and Furious went public in Dec 2010, after the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, the story became so political, with so much dancing and sidestepping by administration officials inside ATF and the Department of Justice, no wonder a whole category of crimes involved have been overlooked. In fact, all the...
  • Remember Fast and Furious's Mexican Victims

    07/08/2012 6:38:10 PM PDT · by 6ft2inhighheelshoes · 6 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 6, 2012 | Deroy Murdock
    The American people finally have heard of Brian Terry. He is the best-known victim of Fast and Furious, an Obama-administration conventional-weapons-proliferation program. Between November 2009 and January 2011, Team Obama arranged for licensed firearms dealers to sell guns to straw buyers, who transferred them to known violent criminals in Mexico. Two of these firearms, AK-47s, were found near Rio Rico, Ariz., where suspected smugglers fatally shot Terry, a 40-year-old former Marine, on December 15, 2010. “I do not fear death,” Terry once wrote. “I do fear the loss of my honor, and would rather die fighting than have it said...
  • Fast and Furious plan backfires

    07/08/2012 5:39:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 8 July, 2012 | Deroy Murdock
    The American people finally have heard of Brian Terry. He is the best-known victim of Fast and Furious, an Obama administration conventional-weapons proliferation program. Between November 2009 and January 2011, Team Obama arranged for licensed firearms dealers to sell guns to straw buyers, who transferred them to known violent criminals in Mexico. Among these firearms, two AK-47s were found near Rio Rico, Arizona, where suspected smugglers fatally shot Terry, a 40-year-old former Marine, on December 15, 2010. While Brian Terry epitomizes those whom Fast and Furious has harmed, he is not its sole casualty. U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agent...
  • NRA President on Differences Between 'Wide Receiver' and 'Fast and Furious'

    07/07/2012 11:42:17 AM PDT · by hamboy · 3 replies
    MRCtv ^ | July 6, 2012 | MRCtv
    The liberal media continues to make a connection between "Operation Fast and Furious" under the Obama and "Operation Wide Receiver" under Bush, and major news outlets have made no effort to explain the difference. MRCTV sat down with NRA president David Keene, who explains the fundamental difference between these two operations.http://www.mrctv.org/embed/114643  
  • Remember Fast and Furious’s Mexican Victims

    07/06/2012 12:18:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 36 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 6, 2012 | Deroy Murdock
    The American people finally have heard of Brian Terry. He is the best-known victim of Fast and Furious, an Obama-administration conventional-weapons-proliferation program. Between November 2009 and January 2011, Team Obama arranged for licensed firearms dealers to sell guns to straw buyers, who transferred them to known violent criminals in Mexico. Two of these firearms, AK-47s, were found near Rio Rico, Ariz., where suspected smugglers fatally shot Terry, a 40-year-old former Marine, on December 15, 2010.“I do not fear death,” Terry once wrote. “I do fear the loss of my honor, and would rather die fighting than have it said...
  • Grassley asks for Justice Department records of field agent memo on Fast and Furious

    07/05/2012 11:38:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    U.S. Senate ^ | July 3, 2012 | Senator Grassley
    Article For Immediate Release July 3, 2012 Grassley asks for Justice Department records of field agent memo on Fast and Furious ATF agent describes discussion of operation one day before Justice Department denial WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley today asked Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. for information about who at the Department of Justice (DOJ) saw a memo from a special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) who was stationed at the Phoenix field division and was knowledgeable about Operation Fast and Furious.  This memo was produced the day before the Department of Justice...
  • Sanctuary State: California Senate Passes “Anti-Arizona” Bill to Protect Illegal Aliens

    07/06/2012 8:44:29 AM PDT · by montag813 · 13 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 07-06-2012 | John Hill
    by John HillStand With Arizona It's no contest. It's not even close. California is America's undisputed "Sanctuary State" for illegal aliens. And now, in their hysteria over the recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding the central provision of Arizona's S.B. 1070 - that requires police officers to check the immigration status of people they stop - California legislators are setting new lows in contempt for the rule of law. The California Senate on Thursday passed a bill supporters dub the "anti-Arizona" law, which seeks to "shield illegal immigrants from status checks by local police" and which even welcomes in illegals from states such as Arizona. The...
  • Sipsey Street Exclusive: Mike Vanderboegh and David Codrea file ethics complaint on Eric Holder

    07/04/2012 7:33:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 3 July, 2012 | Mike Vanderboegh
    An ethics complaint against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has been filed by David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh with the Office of Bar Counsel, Board on Professional Responsibility of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Codrea and Vanderboegh are the two bloggers who first broke the news of the Fast and Furious scandal in December 2010. Said Vanderboegh, Eric Holder believes that he will escape serious consequences of the congressional investigations of the Fast and Furious scandal simply by running out the clock on his tenure. We intend this ethics complaint to place him on notice that his lies...
  • Grassley releases another document showing possible Fast and Furious cover-up

    07/04/2012 6:48:39 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/03/2012 | Matthew Boyle
    In a letter Tuesday, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley pressed Attorney General Eric Holder for details about a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives memorandum that indicates his Department of Justice may have tried to cover up the gunwalking tactics that were at the heart of Operation Fast and Furious. Gary Styers, an ATF special agent in the Lubbock, Texas field office, wrote what Grassley described as a “Fast and Furious memorandum” on Feb. 3, 2011. In it, Styers described how two investigators for Grassley’s Senate Judiciary Committee office had contacted him the day before about the Fast and...
  • Sen Grassley : New Letter to Holder Today

    07/03/2012 2:15:35 PM PDT · by sunmars · 59 replies
    Some who spoke with my office claim they were “alarmed” by the substance of the memorandum and it caused such a stir that ATF planned to put a panel together to address the allegations but someone within DOJ suppressed the idea. The possibility that DOJ was aware of this memorandum on February 3, 2011, and still sent the erroneous letter to Congress on February 4, 2011, raises more questions about DOJ’s claim that faulty information from Department components inadvertently led to the false letter. This was direct, documented information from street level agents in a far better position to know...
  • A Fast Jason Weinstein Trip to a Furious Pat Cunningham

    07/03/2012 10:36:36 AM PDT · by frithguild · 4 replies
    Radio Free NJ ^ | 7/3/2012 | frithguild
    I have picked up on a strange report about Jason “Main Justice” Weinstein, whose appearances in subpoenaed documents brackets Department of Justice involvement Fast & Furious. Weinstein first appears in a September 9, 2009 email to Lanny “Deep in the Cheese” Breuer, which discusses ATF and DOJ coordination of gun trafficking investigations. It ends with an analytical review, now claimed to be the subject of executive privilege, ordered by Breuer, sometime after February 4, 2011. On that date, the DOJ provided a letter to Congress, drafted in part by Weinstein, which falsely claimed that ATF made “every effort to interdict...
  • Issa warns Holder on continued whistleblower retaliation

    07/04/2012 7:55:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 3 July, 2012 | David Codrea
    The Sipsey Street Irregulars blog and Gun Rights Examiner have obtained an exclusive copy of a letter written by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa to Attorney General Eric Holder, warning him against continued retaliation against whistleblowers in the Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal, citizen journalist Mike Vanderboegh announced this morning. The letter, dated June 1, specifically identifies agents Jay Dobyns and John Dodson as targets of official retribution. Dobyns was the agent who had his family threatened and his house burned down after the Bureau failed to apply proper relocation procedures, and has been a...
  • Another ‘Fast and Furious’ Memo Released

    07/03/2012 5:12:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    roll call ^ | 7/3/12 | Jonathan Strong
    The day before the Justice Department broadly, and falsely, denied that guns had “walked” as part of the botched “Fast and Furious” gun-smuggling operation, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told supervisors in a memo that he had expressed his concerns about the operation to Congressional investigators. In a July 3 letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) questioned whether the memo should have raised red flags at the Justice Department. “The possibility that DOJ was aware of this memorandum on February 3, 2011, and still sent the erroneous letter to Congress...
  • Obama’s halt on deportations already under way

    07/03/2012 11:14:59 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 2, 2012 | Stephen Dinan
    House chairman says ‘amnesty’ violates president’s own rulesFederal immigration authorities have begun granting tentative legal status to illegal immigrants under President Obama’s deportation halt — and in some cases are even ignoring the administration’s eligibility rules to stop deportations for those who shouldn’t qualify, according to the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. Lamar Smith, Texas Republican, said he’s learned some illegal immigrants who have been in the U.S. less than five years have had their deportations canceled, even though Mr. Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano had listed the five-year mark as one of their criteria....
  • ICE agent shot in South Texas

    <p>Dozens of law enforcement officers picked over a miles-long crime scene bisecting a rural South Texas town Tuesday, collecting evidence after a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent was shot while conducting surveillance.</p> <p>The agent with ICE's Homeland Security Investigations was shot early Tuesday near Hargill, about 25 miles northeast of McAllen. The agent was conducting surveillance related to an ongoing criminal investigation, ICE spokeswoman Nina Pruneda said. The agent was taken to a local hospital and was undergoing surgery, she said.</p>
  • Obama Contributor, Who Helped Enact Assault-Weapons Ban, Ran ‘Fast and Furious’

    07/02/2012 10:53:05 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 13 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 29, 2012 | Fred Lucas
    (CNSNews.com) – Dennis K. Burke, who as a lawyer for the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 1990s was a key player behind the enactment of the 1994 assault-weapons ban, and who then went on to become Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano’s chief of staff, and a contributor to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential primary campaign, and then a member of Obama's transition team focusing on border-enforcement issues, ended up in the Obama administration as the U.S. attorney in Arizona responsible for overseeing Operation Fast and Furious. When Obama nominated Burke to be U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona,...
  • Blood Money: Obama Contributor Ran Fast and Furious

    07/03/2012 6:34:56 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 8 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | Posted 07/02/2012 06:50 PM ET
    Scandal: A campaign contributor who was an architect of the 1994 assault weapons ban was the mastermind behind the Fast and Furious operation that let guns walk into Mexico, including those that killed two U.S. agents. Shortly after the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry on Dec. 15, 2010, Attorney General Eric Holder's deputy chief of staff, Monty Wilkinson, received an email from U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke telling him just that: "The guns found in the desert near the murder(ed) BP officer connect back to the investigation we were going to talk about — they were AK-47s...
  • Found While Hiking: Stash of AK-47s

    07/02/2012 6:18:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 104 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    No big deal....despite the fact that a stash of AK-47s was found along a hiking trail in not Colombia, not Mexico but in....Arizona. A hiker in the Madera Canyon area found three assault rifles in a black trash bag one mile north of Old Baldy Trail. After receiving a report of the discovery on Wednesday, June 20, the Pima County Sheriff’s Office determined that the rifles were found in Santa Cruz County, and notified the local sheriff’s office. Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies then went to the site and recovered what turned out to be a stash of AK-47 assault...
  • Eric Holder says Republicans have made him a ‘proxy’ to attack President Obama

    07/02/2012 7:34:13 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 52 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 2, 2012 | Sari Horwitz
    Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. sharply criticized lawmakers Monday for voting to hold him in contempt of Congress last week, saying Republicans have made him a “proxy” to attack President Obama in an election year. In his first interview since Thursday’s vote, Holder said lawmakers have used an investigation of a botched gun-tracking operation as a way to seek retribution against the Justice Department for its policies on a host of issues, including immigration, voting rights and gay marriage. He said the chairman of the committee leading the inquiry, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), is engaging in political theater as...
  • Protesters Denounce Holder In Front Of White House

    07/03/2012 7:07:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    talkradionews.com ^ | 2 July, 2012 | Staff
    Over two dozen college-age protesters gathered this morning outside the White House to protest the Obama administration’s handling of the Fast and Furious “gun walking” investigation that has embroiled Attorney General Eric Holder. The protest involved a variety of handmade signs featuring such messages as “AG doesn’t mean Above Government” and “Guns don’t kill people, Holder does,” many featuring the Twitter hashtag #FireHolder, which has taken off in popularity in recent weeks. Timothy Dionisopoulos, 23, co-created a Facebook event last week promoting the rally, and the page has quickly turned into a gathering place for those wishing to share articles...
  • Poor Eric Holder: He's taking all this unwarranted flak just to protect Obama

    07/03/2012 6:44:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    investors.com ^ | 3 July, 2012 | ANDREW MALCOLM
    The way Attorney General Eric Holder sees it, all this mounting criticism of his inept leadership as the nation's top law enforcement officer is simply predictable politics of the worst kind in an election year. And last month's congressional contempt citation against him, the first ever of a sitting member of a presidential cabinet, isn't really about his Justice Department pouring thousands of weapons into the already pretty well-armed Mexican drug wars and causing the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent (Brian Terry, see photo above). And then denying the House Oversight Committee access to relevant documents. No. The...
  • Holder: Contempt Vote Not About "Documents"

    07/03/2012 6:36:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 3 July, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    In an interview with the Washington Post, Attorney General Eric Holder said the House vote last week to hold him in criminal and civil contempt was hardly about documents, but about Republicans not liking his boss President Obama and the decisions his Justice Department has made when it comes to certain issues like DOMA, terrorism and voting rights. Holder is the only sitting attorney general to every be held in criminal contempt of Congress. Holder failed to mention it was both Republicans and Democrats who voted to hold him in contempt. “I’ve become a symbol of what they don’t like...
  • Obama Contributor Who Ran Fast and Furious Was Also Behind the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban

    07/02/2012 2:35:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 2, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: And looky here, folks, from the Cybercast News Service: "Obama Contributor, Who Helped Enact Assault Weapons Ban, Ran ‘Fast and Furious’" Did you hear that? Let me repeat that for you. Cybercast News Service: "Obama Contributor, Who Helped Enact Assault Weapons Ban, Ran ‘Fast and Furious’ -- Dennis K. Burke, who as a lawyer for the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 1990s was a key player behind the enactment of the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, and who then went on to become Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano’s chief of staff, and a contributor to Barack...
  • Why the secrecy over ‘Fast and Furious'?

    07/02/2012 2:33:22 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    philly.com ^ | 1 July, 2012 | George Parry
    In another geological era, I served as a special attorney with the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. Way back then, working with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, we conducted investigations with the quaint object of making prosecutable cases against actual felons. Well, so much for the good old days. The Obama Justice Department has apparently come up with a novel, new mission. "Operation Fast and Furious" sanctioned and promoted illegal sales by American gun shops of thousands of military-style semiautomatic rifles to straw purchasers for the Mexican drug cartels. Thereafter, no serious...