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  • ATF leader’s email could be Fast and Furious smoking gun and Holder admitted Obama can’t shield it

    06/27/2012 4:43:17 AM PDT · by marktwain · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 25 June, 2012 | Matthew Boyle
    A single internal Department of Justice email could be the smoking-gun document in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal — if it turns out to contain what congressional investigators have said it does. The document would establish that wiretap application documents show senior DOJ officials knew about and approved the gunwalking tactic in Fast and Furious. This is the opposite of what Attorney General Eric Holder and House oversight committee ranking Democratic member Rep. Elijah Cummings have claimed. It appears that email would also prove senior DOJ officials, likely including Holder himself, knew in March 2011 that a Feb. 4,...
  • ATF leader’s email could be Fast and Furious smoking gun and Holder admitted Obama can’t shield it

    06/26/2012 6:14:06 AM PDT · by Qbert · 69 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 06/25/2012 | Matthew Boyle
    A single internal Department of Justice email could be the smoking-gun document in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal — if it turns out to contain what congressional investigators have said it does. The document would establish that wiretap application documents show senior DOJ officials knew about and approved the gunwalking tactic in Fast and Furious. This is the opposite of what Attorney General Eric Holder and House oversight committee ranking Democratic member Rep. Elijah Cummings have claimed. It appears that email would also prove senior DOJ officials, likely including Holder himself, knew in March 2011 that a Feb. 4, 2011 letter...
  • Codrea & Vanderboegh Exclusive: Documents detail early knowledge by Lanny Breuer and subordinates

    11/01/2011 12:52:31 PM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 11/1/11 | Codrea & Vanderboegh
    "I'm shocked! Shocked! To find gunwalking going on here!" Email correspondence and handwritten notes obtained today by David Codrea of the National Gun Rights Examiner and this correspondent provide details on information and strategy being shared between top level officials of the Department of Justice and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, including between Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer and then-ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson. These documents, in the possession of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, provide a much clearer picture than that given by Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer in his statement of yesterday of what...
  • GOP report: Justice officials were on top of Fast and Furious

    02/02/2012 7:08:40 AM PST · by nicmarlo · 5 replies
    Fox News ^ | William La Jeunesse & Laura Prabucki
    Top Department of Justice officials had extensive knowledge of and involvement in Operation Fast and Furious, claims a new report released Thursday, hours before Attorney General Eric Holder's scheduled testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. The report released by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, top lawmakers investigating the botched gunrunning operation, claims Justice Department officials in Washington and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were involved in the coordination in the early stages of the operation. Justice headquarters "had much greater knowledge of, and involvement in, Fast and Furious than it...
  • New E-mail Blows Hole In Obama’s “Fast And Furious” Story

    01/14/2012 11:16:37 AM PST · by marktwain · 35 replies
    westernjournalism.com ^ | 11 January, 2012 | Doug Book
    Discovery of a January 2011 e-mail exchange between then Acting ATF Director Ken Melson and the Bureau’s chief council Steve Rubenstein has put the kibosh on Obama administration elites’ latest “we didn’t know about it” defense concerning the regime’s involvement in Operation Fast and Furious. On December 22, 2010, a contributor identifying himself as “1desertrat” posted the following to the “CLEANUP ATF” website: Word is that curious George Gillett the Phoenix ASAC stepped on it again. Allegedly he has approved more than 500 AR-15 type rifles from Tucson and Phoenix cases to be “walked” to Mexico. Appears that ATF may...
  • Administration/media collaboration continues Gunwalker misdirection

    12/28/2011 9:03:39 PM PST · by marktwain · 14 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 28 December, 2011 | David Codrea
    “Angry former ATF chief blames subordinates for Fast and Furious,” Richard A. Serrano of the Los Angeles Times reported in his Christmas Eve gift to the administration. The story is he didn’t know, and he’s sticking to it. And if Ken Melson didn’t know, how could Eric Holder? Now the new acting Bureau head, B. Todd Jones dutifully carries the meme forward: [W]eak management structure has given some field agents a license to operate independently of Washington. Except field agents at CleanUpATF, the website dedicated to exposing and correcting agency waste, abuse, corruption and fraud, aren’t buying it: Mr. Jones...
  • "Things will most likely get ugly." The selective leaks go on apace, (gunwalker)

    12/26/2011 12:51:22 PM PST · by marktwain · 23 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 26 December, 2011 | Mike Vanderboegh
    Here's the latest White House spin courtesy of the ever faithful Richard Serrano of the LA Times: In a confidential deposition with congressional investigators, the then-head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives blamed agents, field supervisors and even his top command for never advising him that for more than a year, his agency allowed illegal gun sales along the southwestern U.S. border. The deposition, which was taken in July and was recently obtained by the Washington bureau, shows that Kenneth E. Melson was irate. Even his chief intelligence officer at ATF headquarters was upset with the operation,...
  • Angry former ATF chief blames subordinates for Fast and Furious

    12/25/2011 3:09:20 AM PST · by AtlasStalled · 45 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 12/24/11 | Richard A. Serrano
    In a confidential deposition with congressional investigators, the then-head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives blamed agents, field supervisors and even his top command for never advising him that for more than a year, his agency allowed illegal gun sales along the southwestern U.S. border. * * * Once Fast and Furious broke into public view, Melson said, Justice officials strenuously objected when he wanted to disclose everything to Congress. "We were floating the idea and asking them to allow us to do that," he said. But he said he was told "it is a long-standing policy...
  • Report: Former ATF head blamed aides for not informing him of Fast and Furious

    12/26/2011 7:00:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies · 1+ views
    The Hill ^ | 25 December, 2011 | Meghashyam Mali
    Kenneth Melson, then-head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives blasted subordinates in a deposition taken in July claiming they failed to inform him of a controversial gun-tracking program which may have led to the death of a Border Patrol agent. Melson criticized his chief intelligence officer and subordinates for not advising him on details of the Fast and Furious program which allowed sales of guns to straw purchasers for Mexican drug cartels reports the Los Angeles Times which obtained the confidential deposition with congressional investigators. Melson also claimed that after lawmakers learned about the program, Justice Department...
  • SSI Exclusive: "Sick to his stomach"??? Must have found his Phenergan. Melson email (gunwalker)

    12/06/2011 5:12:21 PM PST · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 5 December, 2011 | Mike Vanderboegh
    "What, me Gunwalker?" Over the Fourth of July weekend earlier this year, Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson came in for a voluntary interview with staff members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. He brought his own lawyer. On 5 July, Senator Charles Grassley sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder. This is how he characterized Melson's testimony: Yesterday, Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson participated in a transcribed interview regarding Operation Fast and Furious and related matters with both Republican and Democratic staff. He appeared with his personal counsel, Richard Cullen of McGuire Woods LLP. His interview had...
  • "Fast And Furious" Just Might Be President Obama's Watergate

    09/28/2011 8:34:19 AM PDT · by maggief · 54 replies
    Forbes ^ | September 28, 2011 | Frank Miniter
    Why a gunrunning scandal codenamed “Fast and Furious,” a program run secretly by the U.S. government that sent thousands of firearms over an international border and directly into the hands of criminals, hasn’t been pursued by an army of reporters all trying to be the next Bob Woodward or Carl Bernstein is a story in itself. But the state of modern journalism aside, this scandal is so inflammatory few realize that official records show the current director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), B. Todd Jones — yes the individual the Obama administration brought in to...
  • ATF Counsel email to Melson on Gunwalker-Terry murder link preceded intimidation

    09/23/2011 4:48:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 22 September, 2011 | David Codrea
    A Gun Rights Examiner/Sipsey Street Irregulars exclusive A just-uncovered January 5, 2011 email to former Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Acting Director Kenneth Melson from Stephen R. Rubenstein, Chief Counsel, ATF, responded to a request by Melson for information regarding allegations on whistleblower website CleanUpATF that walked guns were linked to the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, and indicated this was a violation of ATF Orders and Standards of Conduct. Copies of the email and Melson’s reply are posted in this correspondent's Scribd account and included in the sidebar slideshow accompanying this article. Per Rubenstein’s email:...
  • Liberals now calling the ATF Expendable!

    09/04/2011 9:45:23 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 41 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/4/2011 | Doug Book
    n order to prevent further “Fast and Furious” damage to the Obama Regime, it appears the left is ready to pull the plug on one of its favorite exponents of Constitutional abuse: the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. Since ATF agent-turned-whistle-blower John Dodson went to Senator Charles Grassley with the true story of the Obama Administration’s “Gunwalking” scheme, congressional investigations and diligent reporting by the blogosphere have threatened to upend the President, Attorney General Eric Holder and a host of Regime operatives, all up to their necks in the politics of murder. In fact, “Watergate with Murder” has become...
  • ‘Fast and Furious’ Explodes: Brian Terry Cover-Up, White House Emails Revealed

    09/02/2011 2:49:09 PM PDT · by montag813 · 54 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 09-02-2011 | John Hill
    by John Hill Stand With ArizonaThe disastrous Obama Administration operation "Fast and Furious", which deliberately put guns in the hands of the Mexican cartel, exploded this week with new revelations of a cover-up, and emails which tie the scandal directly to the White House for the first time."Fast and Furious" was an attempt to intercept gun-trafficking that sent 2,000 guns to cartel operatives via straw buyers. Critics believe that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder saw the program as an opportunity to embarrass U.S.-based gun dealers, and help galvanize support for increased gun-control measures, while controlling where and how the guns...
  • More Fallout Expected Over Botched Gun Sting

    09/01/2011 10:06:17 PM PDT · by neverdem · 12 replies
    National Journal ^ | August 31, 2011 | Chris Strohm
    The botched sting operation known as Operation Fast And Furious has claimed the careers of at least three Justice Department officials, with Republican lawmakers expecting even more fallout to come. The operation, run out of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives field office in Phoenix, allowed guns to knowingly fall into the hands of violent criminals in Mexico. A congressional investigation into the operation led by House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Senate Judiciary ranking member Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, is examining how high up within the administration the program was known about and authorized....
  • New warning bells in Operation Fast and Furious probe

    09/01/2011 6:45:29 PM PDT · by neverdem · 21 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 08/30/11 | Masthead Editorial
    Kenneth Melson, former acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, has a new job as a "senior adviser" in the Justice Department. A bruised and battered veteran of the U.S. Civil Service explained how the government silences whistleblowers and other uncooperative employees: "They give you a big promotion, a fancy title and a new office, but no staff and nothing to do. Then they tell you to watch the flagpole in front of headquarters and, if that flag moves, you come tell us immediately. After that, you're never heard from again." Whistleblowers in the Washington...
  • Kenneth Melson, acting ATF chief, steps down

    08/30/2011 1:21:03 PM PDT · by edwinland · 23 replies
    Politico ^ | 8/30/11 | JENNIFER EPSTEIN
    The man who led the controversial Fast and Furious anti-gun-trafficking operation will step down as the interim head of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Justice Department announced Tuesday as it named a new acting director for the agency. Kenneth Melson, the bureau’s acting director, on Wednesday will move to the Office of Legal Policy, where he will be a senior adviser on forensic science, the department said without making reference to the failed gun-tracking operation that is alleged to have ultimately put guns into the hands of criminals. Dennis Burke, the U.S. Attorney in Arizona who oversaw...
  • Sources: ATF director out of top job

    08/30/2011 9:15:07 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 55 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | August 30, 2011 11:13 AM | Sharyl Attkisson
    Sources say ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson is being moved out of the top job at the Bureau. It's not yet publicly known where he would go, but sources inside the Justice Department believe one option is a transfer to a position at Department of Justice headquarters. The Justice Department had no immediate comment, and did not confirm the move. Melson's move would be another in a number of high-level personnel shifts, as the Inspector General continues investigating the so-called gunwalker scandal at the Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. ATF promotes "Fast and Furious" supervisors...
  • Holder requests Fast and Furious docs from Issa, Grassley for ‘independent’ investigation

    08/17/2011 8:25:42 PM PDT · by Nachum · 52 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 8/17/11 | Matthew Boyle
    The Department of Justice says its Office of Inspector General is conducting an independent investigation into the gunwalking Operation Fast and Furious, which Congress is already probing. Attorney General Eric Holder requested a transcript of Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Darrell Issa from their secret July 4th meeting with Ken Melson, acting Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives director. Holder and other DOJ officials have repeatedly said the DOJ’s Inspector General is doing its own internal investigation into what went wrong with Fast and Furious.
  • Melson Brings ATF into Compliance with Supreme Court Ruling

    08/06/2011 4:35:25 PM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    opencarry.org ^ | 6 August, 2011 | Dean Weingarten
    6 August, 2011: In a surprise ruling issued on 25 July, 2011, acting director Kenneth Melson changed nearly 20 years of BATFE policy to bring the agency rules into compliance with a 1992 Supreme Court decision on the legal conversion of pistols to rifles and back again. To understand the ruling, it is necessary to go back to the legislative history of the National Firearms Act of 1934, which was the first federal gun control law to be ruled as constitutional in the infamous Miller decision. In the original version of the 1934 law promoted by the Franklin Roosevelt administration,...
  • VIDEO:Obama Orders:Launched Fast and Furious

    07/24/2011 10:34:49 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 33 replies
    youtube video ^ | youtube video
    VIDEO:Obama Orders:Launched Fast and Furious
  • Gunwalker: New Hearings Scheduled

    07/20/2011 10:06:39 AM PDT · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 21 replies
    pajamasmedia.com ^ | July 20,2011 1 hour ago 12:45 PM | pajamasmedia.com
    According to a release from Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-Calif.) his House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has scheduled new hearings into the on going Operation Fast and Furious scandal — this time they’ll be talking to ATF agents based in Mexico: “Operation Fast and Furious: The Other Side of the Border” will examine accounts of agents based in Mexico Washington DC– On Tuesday, July 26th, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will convene a hearing as part of the ongoing investigation into the Department of Justice’s Operation Fast and Furious, a tragically flawed effort that is connected to...
  • Justice Department trying to shield officials in guns scandal, ATF chief says

    07/18/2011 4:30:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 62 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 7/18/11 | Richard A. Serrano
    The Department of Justice is trying to protect its political appointees from becoming embroiled in the broadening Fast and Furious gun-tracing scandal by refusing to release an internal "smoking gun" report that acknowledges the role of top officials in the program that allowed guns to flow illegally into Mexico, according to the head of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. Kenneth Melson, the ATF acting director, earlier this month also told congressional investigators examining the role of top officials in the ill-fated program that affidavits in support of wiretaps used in the operation are inconsistent with what...
  • Melson Testimony Proves Gunwalker a Most Despicable Obama Regime Plot

    07/17/2011 9:34:44 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 7/17/2011 | Doug Book
    On July 4th,Acting ATF Director Ken Melson testified for hours before representatives of the Grassley/Issa congressional committees. Personal counsel in tow,Melson made a number of allegations concerning the Department of Justice and two agencies under DOJ control—the FBI and the DEA. According to his testimony,not only did the DOJ refuse his repeated requests that the ATF be permitted to provide information demanded by the congressional committees,the Department also arranged for tax dollars from the FBI and DEA to help finance Fast and Furious straw buyers. And as Fast and Furious supplied weapons were found at the murder scenes of both...
  • More ‘Gunwalker’ Emails Suggest Gun-Control Conspiracy

    07/15/2011 6:37:51 PM PDT · by marktwain · 70 replies
    pajamasmedia.com ^ | 15 July, 2011 | Bob Owen
    A Washington Times editorial notes that Operation Fast and Furious was “too fast, too furious,” as the gunrunning scandal continues to widen. It was bad enough that more than a half-dozen director-level law enforcement officials and an unknown number of supervisors and managers acquiesced to a plot that armed cartels with more than 2,000 weapons in ATF’s Phoenix Field Operations area. But saying that a combination of groupthink, stupidity, and institutional inertia is to blame for this fiasco is giving dozens of federal law enforcement officers across multiple agencies the benefit of the doubt that they are merely criminally incompetent....
  • ‘Fast and Furious’ not a ‘renegade operation,’ sources say

    07/15/2011 4:07:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 18 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 14 July, 2011 | Dave Workman
    The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ botched Operation Fast and Furious was not a “renegade operation” but a coordinated effort “from the top down,” congressional sources and ATF insiders told the Seattle Gun Rights Examiner today. The suggestion surfaced in National Law Enforcement Examiner Jim Kouri’s column, quoting an unnamed New Jersey police commander who referred to the controversial gun trafficking sting as a “renegade operation.” One police commander in New Jersey told Law Enforcement Examiner, "We need to get to the bottom of this renegade operation fast. I am furious that our government actually contributed to the...
  • SSI: Tampa agents ready to come in from the cold.

    07/14/2011 6:00:09 PM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    sipseystreetirregulars ^ | 14 July, 2011 | Mike Vanderboegh
    At ARFcom, Nolo Contendere, who does heroic work mirroring all the news reports of the growing Gunwalker Scandal writes: To all the agents that are wrestling with what to do, whether to become a whistle-blower or whatnot.... do it. Come forward. WE NEED YOU NOW MORE THAN EVER. If you want, I can get you in touch with the right people, or you can go straight to Grassley/Issa's committees yourself. Do not wait, do it now. You owe it to Brian Terry. Your higher-ups WILL turn on you, and you do NOT want to be carrying the water for these...
  • Media & Congress Still Missing the Big Legal Point of the Gunwalker Scandal: it was a conspiracy

    07/14/2011 4:59:06 PM PDT · by Nachum · 10 replies · 1+ views
    sipsey street irregulars ^ | June 22, 2011 | Retired fellow
    Hillary. Conspiring to violate the laws she swore to uphold. What did she know and when did she know it? International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) is a set of United States government regulations that control the export and import of defense-related articles and services on the United States Munitions List (USML). These regulations implement the provisions of the Arms Export Control Act (AECA), and are described in Title 22 (Foreign Relations), Chapter I (Department of State), Subchapter M of the Code of Federal Regulations. The Department of State interprets and enforces ITAR. Its goal is to safeguard U.S. national...
  • Will Gunwalker export violations bust criminal investigation wide open

    07/14/2011 4:42:09 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | 7/14/11 | David Codrea ,
    8 Share Print Email “Did Fast & Furious violate the Arms Export Control Act?” attorney and author David T. Hardy asks on his Of Arms and the Law blog. He’s referring to the Arms Export Control Act that “authorizes the President to define defense articles and regulate their export.” There’s no exemption from the State Department permit requirement for “official use” since no one is admitting walked guns are part of approved U.S. foreign policy, so the bottom line seems to be: Any person who willfully violates these provisions "shall upon conviction be fined for each violation not more than...
  • ATF Florida Gun Probe Earns Congressional Scrutiny in Wake of 'Fast and Furious'

    07/14/2011 5:20:14 PM PDT · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 26 replies
    Fox News ^ | 07/14/2011 | Fox News
    Several lawmakers are questioning the Obama administration about whether the controversial "Fast and Furious" gunrunning probe may have had a cousin in Florida that resulted in guns being trafficked to Central America. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., penned a letter Tuesday to Attorney General Eric Holder and ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson inquiring about a program known as "Operation Castaway." Other top lawmakers are also starting to look into it, though ATF claims the program was above board and not similar to Operation Fast and Furious at all.
  • Gunwalker: Smoking Gun Email?

    07/14/2011 2:41:15 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 13, 2011 | Patrick Richardson
    An internal ATF email seems to support the assertion that Fast and Furious was a PR stunt for gun control.PJM’s Bob Owens has long speculated that the primary reason for Operation Fast and Furious was to perpetuate the lie that 90 percent of illegal firearms in Mexico were from the United States. Owens’ assertion was buoyed on Wednesday by internal ATF emails obtained by Townhall.com. One email reads: Can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same FfL and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple...
  • Gunwalker: Justice Department Tampering with Witnesses?

    07/14/2011 10:46:50 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | July 14, 2011 | Patrick Richardson
    Darrell Issa and Charles Grassley demand to know about contact DOJ has had with committee witnesses. Also, a source tells PJM: DOJ has picked a new fall guy to target after they failed to topple ATF Director Ken Melson.   Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Sen. Charles Grassley, (R-IA), ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, have fired off another pair of letters to Attorney General Eric Holder as part of their investigation into the Operation Fast and Furious debacle, which has claimed the lives of at least two American...
  • It’s Time For Some “Gun Control”.

    07/14/2011 7:27:16 AM PDT · by Old Student · 23 replies
    Since its modern mutation in 1968 (via the “Gun Control Act of 1968), and with an infusion of power to it in 1972 by Treasury Department Order No. 120-1, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms, and Explosives (BATFE) has amassed a truly sordid record of “gun control.” Although it’s website somewhat outlandishly claims a history going back to 1789, BATFE’s modern roots go to its failed attempts at the enforcement of Prohibition (another stupid idea from the federal government). There’s hardly anything as pathetic as a bloated government agency, in search of a mission. So the “BAT” got their...
  • Gunwalker probe points to DOJ (Fast and Furious)

    07/14/2011 8:09:15 AM PDT · by Do Not Make Fun Of His Ears · 4 replies
    cbsnews.com ^ | 7/13/11 | Chris Scholl
    Two Republican congressman investigating ATF's controversial "Fast and Furious" program said yesterday "senior officials at the Department of Justice" were "unquestionably aware" of the operation. In a letter yesterday to Attorney General Eric Holder, Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) demanded copies of all communications among a dozen top DOJ officials in what they called "this reckless program." Their allegations are among the most serious yet in the unfolding gunwalker scandal, in which ATF allowed thousands of weapons to be smuggled south of the border directly into the hands of the drug cartels.
  • Its Your Government Hold Them Accountable – Demand Gunwalker Accountability

    07/14/2011 4:59:07 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies
    Ammoland.com ^ | 13 July, 2011 | Jeff Knox
    Manassas, VA --(Ammoland.com)- Most of the larger national media outlets are doing their best to ignore the Gunwalker scandal, but the word is dribbling out despite the best efforts of the Obama Administration and their lackeys in the mainstream press. Those who know about the outrageous project should be demanding answers and accountability. The recent hearings in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA), showed clearly that agents of the ATF and other agencies, working with the approval from the highest levels of the Department of Justice – no more than one desk below...
  • The GOP Focuses on Holder and Ignores Mexico's Drug War as Operation Fast and Furious Scandal Grows

    07/14/2011 4:50:53 AM PDT · by marktwain · 23 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 13 July, 2011 | Juan Williams
    The daily horror of mass murder in Mexico hit the U.S. Congress last week in the form of scandal. Sadly, the scandal is not about the incredible loss of life in the drug wars. Instead, Republicans in Congress are busy targeting their least favorite member of the Obama cabinet, Attorney General Eric Holder. The right has had it in for Holder ever since he managed the controversial pardon of fugitive Marc Rich in the Clinton Justice Department. As attorney general, Holder has angered it further by pushing to have civilian trials instead of military tribunals for alleged terrorists, including Khalid...
  • Holder's lies (Fast and Furious)

    07/14/2011 12:12:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | July 14, 2011 | Editorial
    Add lying to Congress about his Justice Department's "Operation Fast and Furious" scandal to the reasons why Eric Holder must be fired as U.S. attorney general. The idiocy of Fast and Furious -- an attempt by Justice's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to link illegally sold guns with Mexican drug cartels -- became gravely clear when two such rifles were found at the scene of a Border Patrol agent's December murder. Mr. Holder mentioned Fast and Furious essentials at an anti-arms-smuggling symposium in Mexico in April 2009. Last September, a Justice document referenced such efforts --
  • Did Operation Fast and Furious have a Tampa twin, Operation Castaway?

    Republican lawmakers are alleging that Operation Fast and Furious may have had a twin in Tampa: Operation Castaway. The new revelations have come to light as Florida Republican Rep. Gus Bilirakis fired off a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and acting ATF Director Ken Melson asking them for answers about the newly discovered program. “In recent days, it has come to light that the ATF and DOJ have participated in the act of ‘gun walking’ beyond the acts conducted within the scope of ‘Operation Fast and Furious,’” Bilirakis wrote to Holder and Melson. “Recent reports have suggested that Project...
  • Fast and Furious just got more interesting (July 4th meeting)

    07/13/2011 9:05:18 PM PDT · by Texas Fossil · 21 replies
    Hillbuzz ^ | July 7, 2011 | Bridget
    I know I’ve been doing a lot of posting on the Fast and Furious scandal and some of you might not be as enthralled as I am with it but I think this is heading downhill quickly for the DOJ (and thus Eric Holder) and I can’t wait to see where this will all end up. It’s like a great mystery movie where you watch and watch and wait to see “who done it”. We all know “who done it” here but will they get away with it and will it eventually end up in Obama’s lap? Breaking news out...
  • More than guns: 'Gunwalker' tests very legitimacy of administration's governance

    07/13/2011 6:16:16 PM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 13 July, 2011 | Kurt Hofmann
    This afternoon, Congressman Darrel Issa (R-CA), as Chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, holds the first Congressional hearing devoted specifically to the growing scandal of "Project Gunwalker." As National Gun Rights Examiner David Codrea explains, this hearing is merely the beginning, with a second already scheduled for Wednesday, and more in the works. This sequence of hearings has clearly been carefully thought out, with today's laying the groundwork of establishing the administration's obligation to comply with congressional subpeonas--something it has stubborny refused to do so far. Today's hearing, at 1:00 PM Eastern, is titled "Obstruction of Justice:...
  • EDITORIAL: Too fast, too furious--Justice Department gunrunning scheme backfires

    07/13/2011 5:34:47 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 13, 2011 | Editorial
    The Justice Department’s effort to contain the Operation Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal is crumbling. Members of Congress are demanding full disclosure regarding the bizarre scheme to funnel guns to Mexican drug cartels, supposedly to help sniff out the higher-level bad guys. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. isn’t helping congressional investigators understand the rationale behind this breathtakingly dumb idea. The so-called Fast and Furious program fit right in with the White House contention that gun shops in the Southwest have been contributing to violence in Mexico. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), part of the Justice...
  • Fast And Furious Scandal: A Watergate For Obama?

    07/13/2011 4:21:30 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 111 replies · 1+ views
    IBD Editorial ^ | July 13, 2011 | Staff
    Border: A 2-year-old video shows a high Justice official saying "the president has directed us," including the attorney general, to speed up Project Gunrunner and the offshoot that got a border agent killed. This tape has no 18-minute gap, and while it does not feature the president himself, the March 24, 2009, video may rival the tape that turned a "third-rate burglary" into a presidential resignation. No one died at Watergate. Agent Brian Terry lost his life in the administration's obsessive pursuit of gun control. In addition to Agent Terry, Immigration Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata was also killed in...
  • Statement By Gov. Rick Perry On New Justice Department Gun Rules

    07/13/2011 3:55:26 PM PDT · by smoothsailing · 24 replies
    STATEMENT BY GOV. RICK PERRY ON NEW JUSTICE DEPARTMENT GUN RULES Published 07/13/2011 - 4:45 p.m. CST AUSTIN, TX - Gov. Rick Perry issued the following statement today regarding the new U.S. Department of Justice reporting requirements for multiple purchases of semiautomatic rifles within the four U.S. states bordering Mexico: "Singling out border states and targeting legal gun sales and sellers will have little or no impact on the Mexican cartels transporting drugs, guns and cash to and from major cities throughout the U.S. These cartels - which are responsible for more than 40,000 deaths since 2006, including Americans like...
  • Mayor (Eddie Espinoza) of NM town (Columbus) pleads guilty to gun smuggling

    07/13/2011 2:29:35 PM PDT · by fishtank · 15 replies
    seattle times ^ | today | ft
    LAS CRUCES, N.M. — The former mayor of the New Mexico border town of Columbus has pleaded guilty to federal gun smuggling charges. ........
  • DOJ’s Fast and Furious head fake

    07/13/2011 9:53:46 AM PDT · by topher · 26 replies
    Michelle Malkin.com ^ | July 12, 2011 | By Michelle Malkin
    In the wake of swelling outrage over the Obama administration’s fatally botched Fast and Furious straw gun purchase racket, the DOJ is punishing the very whistleblowers who protested the scheme in the first place. This is a head fake. Instead of exercising more control over lawless bureaucrats within its own agencies, the Obama administration is tightening its grip over law-abiding gun shops: As a backlash mounts over the government’s failed Fast and Furious gun-tracing operation, the Justice Department will begin requiring firearms dealers in California and other border states to alert officials anytime they sell more than two semiautomatic rifles...
  • U.S. Representatives demand answers of ICE in Tampa gunwalking case.

    07/13/2011 10:05:58 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 9 replies
    Sispsey Street and David Codrea ^ | 7/13 | Sispsey Street and David Codrea
    Just received a pdf of this letter sent yesterday to John Morton, Director of ICE. It is apparent that at some point, the Obama administration is going to have to respond to questions about Tampa-Honduras gunwalking. I will post the pdf link when I have it. http://sipseystreetirregulars.blogspot.com/ July 12, 2011 The Honorable John Morton Director U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Department of Homeland Security 500 12th Street, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20536 Dear Director Morton: We are concerned about recent reports that suggest similarities between “Operation Castaway,” a firearms trafficking investigation led by the Tampa Field Offices of the Bureau of...
  • "Fast and Furious" Scandal Making Cops, Citizens Furious Fast

    07/13/2011 7:11:29 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 25 replies · 1+ views
    Right Side News ^ | 7/12/2011 | Jim Kouri
    When the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee released a report -- “The Department of Justice’s Operation Fast and Furious: Accounts of ATF Agents -- it infuriated law enforcement officers and American citizens across the country. One police commander in New Jersey told Law Enforcement Examiner, "We need to get to the bottom of this renegade operation fast. I am furious that our government actually contributed to the killing of two American law enforcement officers -- one in the U.S., the other in Mexico." The at times shocking report includes testimony from four Bureau of...
  • Issa, Grassley name 12 senior Justice officials in Fast and Furious letter

    07/13/2011 2:45:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 35 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 7/12/11 | Matthew Boyle
    House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, ripped Attorney General Eric Holder again in another Monday letter. The top Republicans investigating the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Operation Fast and Furious also blasted Holder for allegations that he allowed his Justice Department to skew potential witnesses by prepping them with access to background information.In this new letter, Issa and Grassley name 12 senior Justice Department political officials they believe may have been involved in the decision which allowed guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. They asked Holder...
  • Did Fast & Furious violate the Arms Export Control Act?

    07/13/2011 1:49:38 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 26 replies
    First, the Arms Export Control Act, 22 USC §2778.. It authorizes the President to define defense articles and regulate their export. In so doing, he must consider the possibility that export could "support international terrorism, increase the possibility of outbreak or escalation of conflict..." Those defense articles may not be exported without a permit, issued by the Secretary of State ( Department of State guidelines here), "except that no license shall be required for exports or imports made by or for an agency of the United States Government (A) for official use by a department or agency of the United...
  • Bilirakis questions Holder, Melson on Tampa gunwalking allegations

    07/12/2011 6:05:18 PM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 12 July, 2011 | David Codrea
    Exclusive Special Report by Mike Vanderboegh and David Codrea WASHINGTON, DC: Congressman Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) wrote a letter today to Attorney General Eric Holder and Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Kenneth Melson expressing “deep concern about reports that [ATF and DOJ] have participated in multiple acts of ‘gun walking,’ purposely allowing firearms to pass from straw purchaser into the possession of criminals and other dangerous third party organizations.” “These reports,” Bilirakis writes, “raise troubling questions about the motives, intentions, and competency of the ATF and DOJ.” “In recent days,” he notes, “it has come...