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Rep. Issa counters anonymous critics
http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-31727_162-20073465-10391695.html#ixzz1Q5wOOm6j ^ | June 22, 2011 5:52 PM | Sharyl Attkisson

Posted on 06/23/2011 4:02:55 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

A chief critic of ATF's gunwalking operation was reportedly briefed on the program last year --- but didn't object. That's according to unnamed sources speaking to the Washington Post about the classified briefing. The sources said Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) was given "highly specific information" in an April 2010 briefing, attended by members of Congress from both parties.

The operation called "Fast and Furious" is now under fire by Issa and others for allegedly allowing thousands of assault rifles and other weapons to get into the hands of Mexican drug cartels. CBS News first broke the story in February. "All of the things [Issa] has been screaming about, he was briefed on,'' said one anonymous source to the Washington Post.

Today, a spokesman for Issa said that unlike the Post's sources, Issa will not discuss the classified briefing except to say he was not briefed or told about gunwalking by ATF agents until after the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

Terry was gunned down near the Arizona-Mexico border last December. Two guns that ATF allegedly let "walk" were found at the murder scene.

"(O)pponents of this investigation are incredulously trying to assert that Obama Administration political appointees at the Justice Department were ignorant - yet Congress was in the know on the details of Operation Fast and Furious," said Issa in a statement.

Today's public relations attack against Issa comes as sources tell CBS News ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson is coming under increasing pressure to resign over the scandal. Internal emails obtained by CBS News indicate Melson was deeply involved in the controversial ATF operation run out of the Phoenix office.

Despite rampant speculation, Melson hasn't resigned. Today, he hosted ATF's first annual Gay Pride observance. Melson told ATF employees "Our role is to do our best to welcome the many so that we can work as one."

The keynote speaker at the event, Rep. Barney Frank (D-MASS) didn't mention or defend Fast and Furious,


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: anonymous; atf; banglist; bho44; contempt; corruption; critic; doj; dojtrytosmearissa; fastandfuriousgate; ffgate; holder; impeachobama; issa; melsonnotresigning; obama; obamaliespeopledie; treason; washcompost; weaponsgate

1 posted on 06/23/2011 4:02:57 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

“ATF’s first annual Gay Pride observance”

Pink jackboots?

Perfect...yeah that’s just what the ATF needs....more homo’s...


2 posted on 06/23/2011 4:08:55 AM PDT by Crim (Palin / West '12)
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3 posted on 06/23/2011 4:11:33 AM PDT by bcsco
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To: bcsco
Issa spokesman Frederick Hill told The Daily Caller the Post is the first newspaper to run these DOJ claims, but not the first one the Justice Department went to with them.

“We have had people who have contacted us before the Washington Post,” Hill said. “They told us people in the Justice Department were trying to push this story and I think a number of publications didn’t think it was credible or, for whatever reason, decided not to run it.”

LINK

4 posted on 06/23/2011 4:14:36 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Crim

The MSM schools and government can’t mention ONE NATION UNDER GOD. Or God in any way but it is somehow okay to have a “Gay Pride Observance,” like it is a mandated religion? What happens to employees who do not wish to attend?


5 posted on 06/23/2011 4:18:06 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

“What happens to employees who do not wish to attend?”

Demotion and sensitivity training I surmise.


6 posted on 06/23/2011 4:20:39 AM PDT by Crim (Palin / West '12)
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To: bcsco

I never thought I’d live to see the day that one of our supposed trusted agencies the DOJ, stonewalls justice refuses subpoena’s and refuse to answer questions saying; THEY DON’T KNOW.

Yet, they know enough to try to make Issa guilty of something falsely? It shows desperation alright but this is the DOJ spreading smear tactics about Issa.This is truly frightening when the DOJ is corrupt muchless our entire government because of one treasonous Obama who thinks he and his mob thugs are above the law!

When will WalpinGate be investigated?


7 posted on 06/23/2011 4:25:12 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
"All of the things [Issa] has been screaming about, he was briefed on,'' said one anonymous source to the Washington Post.
If this were true it wouldn't have to come out through an anonymous source as the administration would be shouting it from the rooftop.
I guess that's too hard for the MSM to figure out.
8 posted on 06/23/2011 4:28:26 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
When will WalpinGate be investigated?

After Walpin dies.........maybe......

9 posted on 06/23/2011 4:30:00 AM PDT by Roccus
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Certainly the DOJ is desperate, they may have spread this corrupt story about Issa, but the corrupt,biased, pinko Washington Post bit big time.

Is not the Washington Post being used by DOJ? Doesn’t the Washington Post have a record of being used by liberals Justice and Democrats to spread the filth they put out.

The Washington Post cannot go broke fast enough to suit me.


10 posted on 06/23/2011 4:31:05 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

They would probably even declassify the notes taken at the briefing just to prove it if it were true.


11 posted on 06/23/2011 4:31:21 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: philman_36
Issa spokesman Frederick Hill said the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee was not briefed about the "Fast and Furious" operation in a 2010 meeting with officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF).

Hill criticized a report in the Washington Post on Wednesday that stated Issa was told of the operation at that briefing and raised no objection. Hill depicted the anonymous information used in the article as a last-ditch attempt by Justice Department (DOJ) officials to derail Issa’s investigation into the operation, which may have contributed to the killing of at least one federal agent.

“The Justice Department right now is packed full of people who had knowledge of this operation and they had their careers ended over it, and there’s people out there that have every incentive to lie or do whatever it takes right now to try to discredit this investigation so that they can save their careers by this investigation not being able to expose everybody who was involved in it,” Hill said.

LINK

12 posted on 06/23/2011 4:33:39 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Sounds to me like trying to interfer with a Congressional investigation. The entire DOJ ATF and Executive Offices are repleat with political hacks who should be burnt at the stake.


13 posted on 06/23/2011 4:33:54 AM PDT by Mouton (Voting is an opiate of the electorate. Nothing changes no matter who wins..)
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To: Crim

Bfl.


14 posted on 06/23/2011 4:36:55 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: The flash mob who won’t leave.)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
"That's according to unnamed sources speaking to the Washington Post about the classified briefing."

Oh yeah! I'll see your "unnamed sources" and raise you with my "unnamed sources" who say that the operation was referred to in the past tense, and that when Rep. Issa specifically asked if the operation had ceased, the response was 'yes.'

I just love the game of "unnamed sources" - heck, I have other "unnamed sources" that tell me there's some gently-used urban infrastructure in Brooklyn that's up for sale.
15 posted on 06/23/2011 4:40:51 AM PDT by Oceander (The phrase "good enough for government work" is not meant as a compliment)
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To: Oceander
Obama,Holder et al are not above the law.Chicago thug tactics won't work this time.

Issa staffer: Gunrunner investigation points much higher than ATF director

16 posted on 06/23/2011 4:44:27 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Venturer

Pravda on the Potomac.


17 posted on 06/23/2011 4:45:09 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Maybe not, but studied indifference from the MSM could; after all, without the constant screaming in the papers for Nixon’s head, Watergate would still be just the name of a hotel in D.C.


18 posted on 06/23/2011 4:48:55 AM PDT by Oceander (The phrase "good enough for government work" is not meant as a compliment)
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To: Venturer

Do not forget that in the early days of Fast & Furious, the Washington Post published indictments of several firearms dealers, accusing those dealers for being responsible for the “iron river” of firearms flowing into Mexico.

The information that the Washington Post stories were based upon came from the BATFE.

After several major articles, every one of those dealers were cleared because they were cooperating with BATFE on the straw purchases.

The Washington Post printed a one paragraph blip on the truth, but in a suspicious way.

In summary, the Washington Post is a demonstrated tool of liberal administrations.


19 posted on 06/23/2011 4:49:52 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Too many conservatives urge retreat when the war of politics doesn't go their way.)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Congress needs to indict Melson now.


20 posted on 06/23/2011 4:54:43 AM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: Venturer
What happens if in this case the AG of the USA pleads the fifth? So far they are trying to stonewall by claiming it classified and the committee's subpoena's could ruin ongoing investigations.<-------BS! YET they don't know a thing about it. In the end Obama could claim executive privilege. But even the dems bud Cummings has to see the cover up?

http://bigpeace.com/bbarrack/2011/05/16/did-msnbc-find-project-gunrunners-smoking-gun/

21 posted on 06/23/2011 4:55:42 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: DarthVader
What is strange is in the WaPo hit piece yesterday it was clearly stated (and their ‘source’ is the DOJ themselves that Melson was not resigning. It's like getting caught red handed and going on with their literal gay activities like nothing happened because Obama and Holder have Melson’s back.It is sick. It is further abuse of power and obstructing justice from Obama and Holder.When will it end?
22 posted on 06/23/2011 5:01:55 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

23 posted on 06/23/2011 5:15:49 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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there’s people out there that have every incentive to lie or do whatever it takes right now to try to discredit this investigation so that they can save their careers

24 posted on 06/23/2011 5:18:23 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

Try having a “Religious Pride Observance” and see what kind of reaction you get – just make sure to suit up in your body armor and cup first.


25 posted on 06/23/2011 5:50:40 AM PDT by BerserkPatriot (There are no 1st Amendment rights without 2nd Amendment Rights)
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26 posted on 06/23/2011 6:16:24 AM PDT by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
The hit-piece from yesterday was complete and utter BS (Bacon Sandwich)!!!

How in the world was Congress "briefed" on something which the upper management at the DOJ has continually stated they knew nothing about?!?!?

Lies beget lies which beget lies! Maybe the people over at the DOJ should not be using the Anthony Wiener method of deflection!
27 posted on 06/23/2011 6:19:58 AM PDT by ExTxMarine (PRAYER: It's the only HOPE for real CHANGE in America!)
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To: philman_36

Eagles may soar, but weasels don’t get sucked into jet engines.

Issa may have been informed of the program prior, but sometimes concluding what you have been told amounts to “felony stupid” can take a while, and once you realize that you may realize the paramount importance of proceeding with extreme caution.


28 posted on 06/23/2011 6:29:42 AM PDT by ctdonath2
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To: Oceander

Quote of the year regarding FastNFuriousGate.


29 posted on 06/23/2011 6:29:57 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

It will end soon because the overlords of this nation are watching and they have had enough.


30 posted on 06/23/2011 6:34:13 AM PDT by DarthVader (That which supports Barack Hussein Obama must be sterilized and there are NO exceptions!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
Today, he hosted ATF's first annual Gay Pride observance.

Perhaps the saddest sentence ever written in the English language.

31 posted on 06/23/2011 6:36:28 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: Crim
Demotion and sensitivity training I surmise.

LOL I misread your post as demolition and sensitivity training, and I'm thinking "Well, I could see either of those from PO'd libs, but probably not for the same person, at least not in that order."

32 posted on 06/23/2011 6:45:29 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: philman_36
If this were true it wouldn't have to come out through an anonymous source as the administration would be shouting it from the rooftop. I guess that's too hard for the MSM to figure out.

Anything that doesn't fit the template (liberals good, conservatives bad, government is never the problem, bigger government is always better, always the solution to any problem) is too hard.

33 posted on 06/23/2011 6:48:22 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
Today, he hosted ATF's first annual Gay Pride observance. Melson told ATF employees "Our role is to do our best to welcome the many so that we can work as one."

Didn't Hitler's early shock troops (SA? SD?) have a high percentage of 'gays' in the ranks?

34 posted on 06/23/2011 7:39:04 AM 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: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/tue-june-21-2011/the-fast-and-the-furious-—mexico-grift?xrs=share_copy

At the bottom of the article is a nifty link to a Daily Show Jon Stewart skewering of the ATF debacle. Sweet.


35 posted on 06/23/2011 7:45:56 AM PDT by sportutegrl
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To: ctdonath2
Well when something more substantial than "one anonymous source" comes to light we'll all know more, won't we.
Just think of what we didn't know a year, or even two, years ago.
36 posted on 06/23/2011 7:53:24 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: Crim

Go Issa!
He’s dug up some real dirt on Obongo.
Republican candidates should take it and run with it- if any have the guts.


37 posted on 06/23/2011 10:17:31 AM PDT by patriot08 (TEXAS GAL- born and bred and proud of it!)
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To: sportutegrl

Jon Stewart’s suggestion of putting a microphone in every bullet next time was brilliant! Funny stuff!


38 posted on 06/23/2011 10:22:44 AM PDT by publiusF27
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To: Crim
Exactly. Aside from the obvious fact that the ATF is an embarrassment and needs to be defunded and disbanded, what part of ATF does gay pride fall under?
39 posted on 06/23/2011 10:26:52 AM PDT by liberalh8ter
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!

The Washington Post was saying that US foreign policy with respect to Mexico was being developed in Phoenix, with no consultation from Washington.

Anyone buying that?


40 posted on 06/23/2011 10:27:16 AM PDT by publiusF27
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To: publiusF27
No, and I just cought on Fox News F&F: bringing up controversy.I thought it was going to be Obama and his thugs kind of talk. It was gun legislation talk.They get caught and then have the nerve to use it as anti gun routine propaganda still!
41 posted on 06/23/2011 10:37:03 AM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: Joe Brower
I called Issa's DC office yesterday and flunked the "where are you calling from" test.

Put this Wang Jun-like arming the narcos together with the jihad against the likes of Border Patrol agent Jesus Diaz and it's clear the corruption runs to the top.

42 posted on 06/23/2011 12:57:50 PM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hussein: Islamo-Commie from Kenya)
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To: PhilDragoo

Shouldn’t Melson have resigned by now?


43 posted on 06/23/2011 1:20:10 PM PDT by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! (Allen West 2012 Make it happen!)
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To: PhilDragoo; All

The Honorable Darrell Issa
House Committee on Oversite and Government Reform
2157 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515


44 posted on 06/23/2011 7:48:55 PM PDT by bitt (I don’t want illegal aliens persecuted. I want them PROSECUTED)
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To: Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid!
Melson does not want to be the fall guy

He wants to talk to Congress, but for some reason the DOJ does not want to let him.
45 posted on 06/24/2011 4:19:52 AM PDT by publiusF27
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