Skip to comments.Gunwalker: Justice Dept. Inspector General Opens Investigation
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 Departments 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 Obamas Justice Department leaked one of Dodsons 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:
Ive 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. Its 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 agencys 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 Issas 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 Melsons 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 isnt kind to inspector generals that are determined to do their jobs.
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.
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)?
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 plotLet's see, what could possibly go wrong with this approach...
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.
Gunwalker: Smoking Gun Email?
An internal ATF email seems to support the assertion that Fast and Furious was a PR stunt for gun control.
PJMs 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."
MUST protect blueboy at all costs.
This story has the potential to re-surface afresh for a decade with all those arms out there.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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