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Gunwalker: Justice Dept. Inspector General Opens Investigation
Pajamas Media ^ | July 22, 2011 | Bob Owens

Posted on 07/22/2011 9:13:19 AM PDT by jazusamo

Operation Fast and Furious — and other alleged “gunwalker” programs — only ended when whistleblowers came forward from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) after a firefight in Rio Rico, Arizona, left Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry dead.

NPR – yes, NPR – is now reporting that the Department of Justice inspector general is launching an investigation into whether or not the DOJ illegally retaliated against one of the agents that revealed the gunwalking plot:

The Justice Department’s inspector general has opened an investigation into possible retaliation against a whistleblowing agent at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to two people briefed on the inquiry.

Watchdogs are examining whether anyone at the Justice Department improperly released internal correspondence to try to smear ATF agent John Dodson, who told the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last month that he repeatedly warned supervisors about what he called a reckless law enforcement operation known as “Fast and Furious.”

The inspector general is attempting to determine if Obama’s Justice Department leaked one of Dodson’s internal memos to reporters in order to discredit him.

Senator Charles Grassley has warned the Department of Justice repeatedly not to attack whistleblowers, apparently with little effect:

“I’ve warned the administration several times not to retaliate against the whistle-blowers who speak to Congress,” Grassley wrote in an email to NPR Thursday. “Unfortunately, there are indications that the administration leaked Privacy Act-protected documents to the press in an effort to discredit Mr. Dodson with half-truths even though those documents had been withheld from Congress. It’s a very serious matter that should be thoroughly investigated.”

The Justice Department has been ruthless in dealing with the whistleblowers, who have blown the lid off an operation that saw the director-level involvement of every law enforcement entity within the DOJ, in addition to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and likely the State Department.

In addition to retaliating against Dodson, the DOJ stands accused of firing 30-year ATF Agent Vince Cefalu for his role in bringing this and other illegal operations to light at a website he helped found: CleanUpATF.org.

Cefalu ran afoul of the DOJ for criticizing the ATF for previous questionable operations, but his termination seems to have been in response to his stating that those government entities that participated in Gunwalker should be tried as criminals for conspiring to traffic in firearms.

Cefalu also claims that an Obama administration meme that large-scale gun smuggling operations were supplying the cartels was false, which likely drew even more scrutiny.

In addition to allegations that the DOJ participated in attempting to smear and fire ATF whistleblowers, the Department stands accused of trying to stonewall congressional oversight investigations into Operation Fast and Furious — first by stopping Acting ATF Director Ken Melson from testifying at a House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform about what he knew of the operation:

The Justice Department blocked senior ATF leaders from cooperating with Congress in its investigation of the “Fast and Furious” weapons operation, ordering them not to respond to questions and taking full control of replying to briefing and document requests, the agency’s top boss told congressional investigators.

Kenneth E. Melson, the embattled acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, told Senate Judiciary Committee and House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform investigators during a secret interview designed to circumvent Justice Department attorneys that he was “sick to his stomach” when he learned about problems with the controversial operation.

Melson was eventually told by Congressman Darrell Issa’s office that he did not have to testify with DOJ attorneys present. Once he was “free” of DOJ lawyers, he gave direct testimony to congressional investigators with only his own private lawyer present and without DOJ minders, much to the dismay of his superiors.

To date, not all of Melson’s testimony has been released — it is apparently being withheld in a game of high stakes brinkmanship as Issa and Grassley face down a recalcitrant administration.

Acting DOJ Inspector General Cynthia Schnedar would be wise to keep the results of her investigations into the alleged Dodson leak, Fast and Furious, and any other gunrunning investigations that may develop for as long as is practically possible. As Gerald Walpin discovered the hard way, the Obama administration isn’t kind to inspector generals that are determined to do their jobs.



TOPICS: Conspiracy; Government; Politics
KEYWORDS: atf; banglist; castaway; dea; doj; fastandfurious; fbi; gunrunner; gunwalker; holder; ig; obama; whistleblower
Obama and DOJ thugs are into this up to their necks and like the piece points out, if acting DOJ IG Schnedar is fond of her job she will not find any wrong doing.
1 posted on 07/22/2011 9:13:24 AM PDT by jazusamo
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping

Let me know if you would like to be on or off the ping list

http://www.nachumlist.com/gunrunner.htm


2 posted on 07/22/2011 9:15:40 AM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: jazusamo

What’s the IG going to do? Indict his boss?

/rhetorical question


3 posted on 07/22/2011 9:17:02 AM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: Nachum

It’s good to see the Department of Justice investigating itself on this. I’m sure the process will be thoroughly above-board and objective. (sarcasm off)


4 posted on 07/22/2011 9:17:32 AM PDT by Basil Duke
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To: AlmaKing

‘his’ should be ‘her’


5 posted on 07/22/2011 9:17:40 AM PDT by AlmaKing
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To: jazusamo

Please bump the Freepathon or click above and donate or become a monthly donor!

6 posted on 07/22/2011 9:20:01 AM PDT by jazusamo (His [Obama's] political base---the young, the left and the thoughtless: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Basil Duke

I know. Do the words “fox” and “henhouse” come to mind?


7 posted on 07/22/2011 9:22:37 AM PDT by truthkeeper (Vote Against Barack Obama in 2012!)
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To: jazusamo

(Starts popping the popcorn and pouring the Dr. Pepper) this is going to be some really good fiction, I can tell already.


8 posted on 07/22/2011 9:24:20 AM PDT by RowdyFFC
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To: jazusamo

Whitewash!!!!!!!


9 posted on 07/22/2011 9:26:01 AM PDT by oldbrowser (They're socialists don't call them liberals)
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To: jazusamo

They must have found a way to insulate 0bambi, Holder, and “Holder’s People’ from the investigation.

The scapegoat(s) are likely to be white males, probably armed services veterans, and probably Christians. There may be one or two of “Holder’s People” thrown into the scapegoat mix to avoid suspicion.


10 posted on 07/22/2011 9:26:33 AM PDT by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: jazusamo
Unbelievable. So Cefalu (who testified under sworn testimony as a whistle blower against the DOJ and ATF) was fired because he stated those involved should be TRIED AS CRIMINALS? What is it that Obama and his DOJ want them tried as innocuous saints?

This is insane. The DOJ IG will not be unbiased or she will lose so very obviously lose her job. As well as I am sure she was ordered to make her investigation move at a very slow snails pace.This is like asking Hitler to investigate if HE thought he was evil.Ask Gerald Walpin about being fired if an IG does not turn in reports that make the Obama admin, Michelle Obama and Americorps ties look squeaky clean.

11 posted on 07/22/2011 9:27:35 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: 444Flyer; MestaMachine; Munz; Dr. Scarpetta; RummyChick

ping


12 posted on 07/22/2011 9:29:20 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
> Americorps Amerikorps

Fixed it in honor of the Fuhrer wannabe.

13 posted on 07/22/2011 9:31:33 AM PDT by Westbrook (Having children does not divide your love, it multiplies it.)
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To: jazusamo

Justice Dept. Inspector General Opens Investigation=white wash.

Funny how the MSM isn’t touching this one...


14 posted on 07/22/2011 9:36:52 AM PDT by WKUHilltopper (And yet...we continue to tolerate this crap...)
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To: Westbrook

Unbelievable. So Cefalu (who testified under sworn testimony as a whistle blower against the DOJ and ATF) was fired because he stated those involved should be TRIED AS CRIMINALS? What is it that Obama and his DOJ want them tried as innocuous saints?

This is insane. The DOJ IG will not be biased or she will so very obviously lose her job. As well as I am sure she was ordered to make her investigation move at a very slow snails pace.This is like asking Hitler to investigate if HE thought he was evil.Ask Gerald Walpin about being fired if an IG does not turn in reports that make the Obama admin, Michelle Obama and Americorpse <-——dumbassed supposedly college degreed law professor Obama) ties look squeaky clean.


15 posted on 07/22/2011 9:37:42 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: jazusamo

Doesn’t that just give you a warm and fuzzy feeling?

I am sure justice and getting to the bottom of the lawlessness from this administration from top down is the IG’s top most priority.

Judging by Kagan’s refusal to recuse herself, probably not.


16 posted on 07/22/2011 9:38:44 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
This is insane. The DOJ IG will not be unbiased or she will lose so very obviously lose her job. As well as I am sure she was ordered to make her investigation move at a very slow snails pace.This is like asking Hitler to investigate if HE thought he was evil.Ask Gerald Walpin about being fired if an IG does not turn in reports that make the Obama admin, Michelle Obama and Americorps ties look squeaky clean.

And they get two for one: While this "investigation" is ongoing, they will be able to say, with a straight face "we cannot provide any documentation because this is an ongoing investigation!"

17 posted on 07/22/2011 9:46:25 AM PDT by marktwain
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To: jazusamo

ditto.


18 posted on 07/22/2011 9:52:31 AM PDT by ken21 (liberal + rino progressive media hate palin, bachman, cain...)
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To: AlmaKing
What’s the IG going to do?

The IG will make a thorough and complete investigation. This will take time and will give Holder et al at the DoJ cover to refuse to answer ANY questions by Issa and/or Grassley as the whole affair will be "under investigation".

Remember how all the questions about the Foster "suicide" went unanswered during the "Whitewater" hearings? This will be more of the same.

19 posted on 07/22/2011 9:58:22 AM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurers of fine arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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To: marktwain

GMTA....although it doesn’t take a Mensa card to figure this ploy out.


20 posted on 07/22/2011 10:00:58 AM PDT by Roccus (Obama & Holder LLP, Procurers of fine arms to the most discerning drug lords (202) 456-1414)
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21 posted on 07/22/2011 10:20:07 AM PDT by MestaMachine (Guns don't kill people, the obama administration does. (Gunwalker Ping List))
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To: MestaMachine
Willie Sutton was a famous bank robber. When he was asked why he robbed banks, Willie said: “Because that's where the money is.”

To have the DoJ Inspector General do an investigation of his agency [Department of Justice] is like hiring Willie Sutton to do an audit of the bank he just robbed for the insurance company that insured the bank.

22 posted on 07/22/2011 11:18:45 AM PDT by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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To: MasterGunner01
Question: Why is Acting DOJ Inspector General Cynthia Schnedar pursuing this case?

Is it because there isn't a full IG available?

Is it because the case is so radioactive that Schnedar is considered expendable or because she's a drone that can be trusted no not find anything’s been done wrong by her bosses?

Is because the top IG slot at DoJ has not been filled and so we have an Acting DoJ IG (that can be trusted to do the “right thing” for the DoJ interests, of course)?

23 posted on 07/22/2011 11:31:07 AM PDT by MasterGunner01 (To err is human; to forgive is not our policy. -- SEAL Team SIX)
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Thanks jazusamo.
Department of Justice inspector general is launching an investigation into whether or not the DOJ illegally retaliated against one of the agents that revealed the gunwalking plot
Let's see, what could possibly go wrong with this approach...


24 posted on 07/22/2011 11:35:07 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that time again -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: jazusamo
ATF Whistleblower Speaks Out

Jun 30, 2011 - 6:15 - Vince Cefalu, who's being pushed out by the agency, discusses the botched gun operation

Fox News interview with senior agent Vince Cefalu. He says he has been terminated "along with dozens of others" (agents) due to their opposition to operation Fast and Furious. Says DoJ was intimately involved.

More Fox News video interviews with Vince Cefalu.

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Gunwalker: Smoking Gun Email?

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 sales. Thanks Mark R. Chait Assistant Director Field Operations."

25 posted on 07/22/2011 11:36:52 AM PDT by TigersEye (Wranglers not Levis. Levi Strauss is anti-2nd Amendment.)
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To: MasterGunner01

MUST protect blueboy at all costs.


26 posted on 07/22/2011 11:43:12 AM PDT by MestaMachine (Guns don't kill people, the obama administration does. (Gunwalker Ping List))
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To: All
The ATF has said that there are still over 1,400 guns unaccounted for in Mexico, there were between 200 and a 1,000 guns "walked" to Honduras and new info from a Tampa ATF agent saying that guns went to other Central American countries. That is a lot of guns and every time some show up at the scene of a murder/shootout there will be new press about it. Especially if more LE agents are murdered with them. Especially if Hezbollah in Mexico gets a hold of some and murders some Americans with them.

This story has the potential to re-surface afresh for a decade with all those arms out there.

27 posted on 07/22/2011 11:44:53 AM PDT by TigersEye (Wranglers not Levis. Levi Strauss is anti-2nd Amendment.)
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To: Basil Duke

Here’s the deal.

This will be a long drawn out investigation. They DOJ will have to hire all kinds of investigators and lawyers. LOTS of per diems. With LOTS of expense accounts. This will go on and on until some nondescript Friday afternoon, all the accused will be declared innocent.
But there will be one overall catch all to explain the whole mess.

Bush’s fault.


28 posted on 07/22/2011 11:53:28 AM PDT by Texas resident (Hunkered Down)
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To: Roccus

You have got that right.

I’m not sure what is more depressing, this scandal itself, or the fact that some people think it will bring down this criminal administration.

Clinton got away with his crimes, period.

This chocolate reich will destroy it’s own nation just like the third reich before it’s stopped.


29 posted on 07/22/2011 12:36:45 PM PDT by MikeSteelBe (Austrian Hitler was as the Halfrican Hitler does.)
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Click the Gadsden flag for pro-gun resources!
30 posted on 07/22/2011 2:00:20 PM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: jazusamo
“The Justice Department’s inspector general has opened an investigation” and her first move will be to purchase a paper shredder powered by a Cat V-8 diesel engine.........Just guessing.
31 posted on 07/22/2011 2:10:01 PM PDT by The Cajun (Palin, Free Republic, Mark Levin, Rush, Hannity......Nuff said.)
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To: The Cajun

Maybe they’ll just borrow Hillary’s old Rose Law Firm unit. It has lots of mileage, so they should be able to get it cheap.


32 posted on 07/22/2011 4:40:23 PM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: jazusamo

Schnedar - is he DNC bought?

If it is business as usual with the Dems and the Rinos, expect this guy to “investigate” and find some poor lowly schmoe who voted Republican in the last election, named responsible for the whole mess.

Sorry. Don’t get your hopes up on a Marxist DOJ investigation of itself. Holder is running a racist, criminal enterprise.


33 posted on 07/22/2011 8:25:44 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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