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  • 'Fast and Furious' report finds DHS missed warning signs, Napolitano in the dark

    03/24/2013 6:58:34 PM PDT · by haffast · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3-23-2013 | William La Jeunesse
    The second of two reports examining who's to blame over the federal anti-gunrunning scheme known as Operation Fast and Furious exonerates top officials at the Department of Homeland Security, but paints a picture of ineptitude, ignorance and mismanagement at the DHS operations in Arizona. A report by the Homeland Security inspector general, obtained Friday by Fox News, concluded many in the agency's Arizona operation knew for a long time the U.S. helped criminals smuggle guns to Mexico in violation of policy, but did nothing to stop it. Further, the report said word of the gun-smuggling operation within DHS never traveled...
  • DHS Fast and Furious OIG report fed to Los Angeles Times, not to public

    03/24/2013 7:28:54 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 22 March, 2013 | David Codrea
    The Department of Homeland Security's long-awaited Office of Inspector General report on Operation Fast and Furious “gunwalking” has been obtained by The Los Angeles Times, Richard Serrano reported Thursday. “ATF agents asked their Border Patrol counterparts not to pursue criminal leads or track gun smuggling in southern Arizona so they could follow the firearms themselves, and senior Homeland Security agents ‘complied and the leads were not investigated,’” Serrano writes. “The report … also said that a Homeland Security special agent on the border was collaborating with the ATF in Fast and Furious, but his ‘senior leaders’ in Arizona never read...
  • 'Fast and Furious' report finds DHS missed warning signs, Napolitano in the dark

    03/22/2013 4:55:45 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 10 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 3/22/13 | William La Jeunesse
    The second of two reports examining who's to blame over the federal anti-gunrunning scheme known as Operation Fast and Furious exonerates top officials at the Department of Homeland Security, but paints a picture of ineptitude, ignorance and mismanagement at the DHS operations in Arizona. A report by the Homeland Security inspector general, obtained Friday by Fox News, concluded many in the agency's Arizona operation knew for a long time the U.S. helped criminals smuggle guns to Mexico in violation of policy, but did nothing to stop it. Further, the report said word of the gun-smuggling operation within DHS never traveled...
  • House Dem: New DHS report on Fast and Furious 'troubling'

    03/22/2013 4:29:46 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | March 22, 2013 | Jordy Yager
    The top House Democrat on homeland security criticized a division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Friday for its role in the failed gun tracking operation, Fast and Furious, after a new report detailed the agency’s involvement. At the urging of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), officials with ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations unit did not pursue leads on potential weapons smugglers, according to the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) inspector general report released on Friday. The 84-page report also found that senior leaders in ICE’s investigative Arizona division failed to read the reports from agents...
  • House GOP Not Backing Off Fast & Furious Lawsuit Despite Media Claims

    03/19/2013 3:59:24 PM PDT · by Nachum · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/19/13 | Matthew Boyle
    House Republicans are standing strong in their pursuit of Operation Fast and Furious documents, The Hill’s Jordy Yager reports, undercutting a narrative the Department of Justice has tried to seep into the media. President Barack Obama asserted executive privilege over the documents minutes before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform voted Attorney General Eric Holder into both civil and criminal contempt of Congress last summer. The full House followed up voting on a bipartisan basis to hold Holder in contempt shortly thereafter, spurning the current lawsuit against the administration for the documents. The DOJ has declined to pursue...
  • Holder Defiant on Fast and Furious, Says White House Had No Role in Scandal

    03/08/2013 8:21:57 AM PST · by Nachum · 53 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 3/8/13 | Fred Lucas
    Attorney General Eric Holder told senators on Wednesday that he did not respect the House members who voted to hold him in contempt for not cooperating in the Fast and Furious investigation, and that “the president, the White House was not involved in the operational component of Fast and Furious.” Fast and Furious was the Justice Department’s gun-running operation that allowed about 2,000 guns to flow into Mexico under federal supervision before authorities lost control of the guns. The operation began in the fall of 2009 and was
  • Eric Holder: I have no respect for lawmakers who held me in contempt

    02/28/2013 8:38:39 PM PST · by Nachum · 40 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 2/28/13 | Joel Gehrke
    Attorney General Eric Holder admitted to something that the congressional investigators probing Operation Fast and Furious must have already understood: he has no respect for the legislators who voted to hold him in contempt for refusing to hand over documents about the gun-walking scandal. I have to tell you that for me to really be affected by what happened, I’d have to have respect for the people who voted in that way,” Holder told ABC News when asked about the historic contempt vote. “And I didn’t, so it didn’t have that huge an impact on me.”
  • Lawsuit filed on behalf of agents shot in Mexico

    02/12/2013 8:57:27 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 12, 2013 11:44 PM EST | Christopher Sherman
    The family of a U.S. agent killed in a 2011 ambush on a Mexican highway and another agent who survived the attack on Tuesday sued the government and nearly two-dozen other defendants. The federal lawsuit arises from the Feb. 15, 2011, attack on U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Jaime Zapata and Victor Avila. They were attacked in their armored sport-utility vehicle near San Luis Potosi, Mexico, shortly after picking up some equipment from another agent. Zapata died and Avila was seriously wounded. … On Feb. 15, 2011, Zapata and Avila drove from Mexico City to San Luis Potosi to...
  • Obama Moves Fast And Furious On To Hide Gun Hypocrisy

    01/22/2013 8:09:06 PM PST · by raptor22 · 3 replies
    IBD EDITORIALS ^ | January 22, 2013
    Gun Control: The president seeks a review of groups barred from gun ownership, while his attorney general asks the courts to keep hidden documents on running guns to drug lords sealed by executive privilege. Presumably the list of prohibited individuals include Mexican drug lords and their operatives who to this day continue to maim and murder with assault weapons and other semiautomatic firearms provided to them by this administration under the gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious. Attorney General Eric Holder has been tasked to review this list. Unfortunately, this representative of an administration that pretends to care about...
  • WAPO Fawns Over Infamous Justice Department Official Who Covered Up Fast and Furious Connection to

    01/07/2013 1:23:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Town Hall ^ | 1/7/13 | Katie Pavlich
    The Washington Post, the same newspaper that falsely smeared border state gun dealerships as cartel suppliers before the Fast and Furious scandal broke, has a new piece out by Ann Marimow fawning over former Department of Justice Deputy Attorney General Jason Weinstein, who resigned in September. A high achiever Weinstein came to Washington as a teenager in 1982 to compete in the National Spelling Bee, having won the regional championship in San Antonio. The son of a hospital administrator and a nurse, he was a high achiever from the get-go. He also was captain of the math and debate teams...
  • Weapon used in Mexico gunfight linked to Operation Fast and Furious

    12/19/2012 3:13:48 PM PST · by Smogger · 21 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | December 19, 2012, 10:56 a.m. | By Richard A. Serrano
    <p>Two of the weapons involved in a drug cartel gunfight last month in Sinaloa, Mexico, that killed five people, including two soldiers and a young beauty queen, have been traced back to the U.S. – one lost during the ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious, the other originally purchased by a supervisory ATF agent who helped oversee the botched gun-tracking operation.</p>
  • ATF agent's personal weapon found at Mexican beauty queen cartel crime scene

    12/19/2012 1:42:22 PM PST · by Theoria · 27 replies
    CBS ^ | 19 Dec 2012 | Sharyl Attkisson
    Mexican beauty queen Susana Flores Maria Gamez and four others died in a brutal gun battle between Sinaloa cartel members and the Mexican military in November. CBS News has learned that one weapon recovered from the area of the crime scene was originally purchased by federal agent George Gillett, an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) manager who was faulted by the Inspector General in Operation Fast and Furious. Gillett was the Assistant Special Agent in Charge of ATF Phoenix when Fast and Furious started. The recovered weapon is a so-called FN Herstal pistol nicknamed a "cop-killer" because of its designation...
  • Fast and Furious gun found at Mexican crime scene (Beauty Queen Maria Gamez)

    12/18/2012 11:50:49 AM PST · by Red Steel · 40 replies
    cbs ^ | December 18, 2012, 12:38 PM | Sharyl Attkinsson
    Another weapon from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agency's controversial Operation Fast and Furious was recently recovered at a Mexican crime scene, CBS News has learned. Congressional investigators say the crime scene was likely where a recent shootout took place between reported Sinaloa drug cartel members and the Mexican military, in which Sinaloa beauty queen Maria Susana Flores Gamez and four others were killed. According to Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, the Justice Department did not notify Congress of the Fast and Furious firearm recovery in November, even though Grassley has requested an accounting of weapons that...
  • Report: Security Clearances Revoked, Criminal Charges Pending For ATF Fast and Furious Officials

    11/30/2012 3:09:51 PM PST · by smoothsailing · 21 replies
    Townhall ^ | 11-30-2012 | Katie Pavlich
    November 30, 2012 Report: Security Clearances Revoked, Criminal Charges Pending For ATF Fast and Furious Officials Katie Pavlich Washington D.C. - According to credible ATF sources, officials heavily involved in Operation Fast and Furious and named as partially responsible for the program's failure by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz and the House Oversight Committee have been stripped of their government security clearances while some have been fired, demoted, and transferred. Criminal charges are also reportedly pending. Former ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division Bill Newell, former ATF Special Agent in Charge of Operations in...
  • House panel: Let courts decide Fast and Furious

    11/21/2012 3:36:12 PM PST · by TurboZamboni · 9 replies
    pioneer press ^ | 11-21-12 | ap
    WASHINGTON—A House panel said Wednesday it believes federal courts have the authority to decide a dispute in which Attorney General Eric Holder is refusing to provide Congress with Justice Department documents about a botched criminal investigation into gun-trafficking on the Southwest border. In a 65-page filing about Operation Fast and Furious, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said federal courts have routinely reviewed the validity of congressional inquiries. The lawyers for the House said Holder's contention that courts cannot adjudicate political disputes would permanently shut the courthouse doors to virtually all disputes between the executive and legislative branches. In...
  • Holder Announces He Might Not Stay On As Attorney General

    11/08/2012 10:39:41 AM PST · by Evil Slayer · 64 replies
    CBS ^ | 11/8/12
    BALTIMORE (CBSDC) — Attorney General Eric Holder might not be sticking around for a second term. Holder told law school students at the University of Baltimore School of Law that he does not know if he will stay in his job. “That’s something that I’m in the process now of trying to determine,” Holder said. “I have to think about, can I contribute in a second term?” Holder says he needs to sit down with his family and President Obama to see if he wants to continue on the job. “[I have to] really ask myself the question about, do...
  • Fast and Furious: The Anatomy of a Failed Operation (Executive Summary)

    10/29/2012 12:14:15 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Part II of III Fast and Furious: The Anatomy of a Failed Operation Executive Summary> Operation Fast and Furious was not a strictly local operation conceived by a rogue ATF office in Phoenix, but rather the product of a deliberate strategy created at the highest levels of the Justice Department aimed at identifying the leaders of a major gun trafficking ring. This strategy, along with institutional inertia, led to the genesis, implementation, and year-long duration of Fast and Furious. Shortly after he took office, Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. delivered a series of speeches about combating violence along...
  • ATF whistle-blower fired, claims complaints about 'Fast and Furious' played role (w/video)

    10/11/2012 2:15:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | October 11, 2012 | Judson Berger
    A well-known whistle-blower in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives confirmed to FoxNews.com that he was fired this week, and he claims his complaints about Operation Fast and Furious played a role in his dismissal. Vince Cefalu said he was served his termination papers Tuesday in a Denny's parking lot in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. But he doesn't plan to go quietly. "It will be challenged," he said. Cefalu, who's served as an ATF special agent for 25 years, was first notified of the plan to fire him more than a year ago but had been on administrative...
  • ATF Whistleblower Vince Cefalu Fired

    10/11/2012 3:29:44 AM PDT · by marktwain · 31 replies
    ticklethewire.com ^ | 10 October, 2012 | Allan Lengel
    Veteran ATF agent Vince Cefalu, a whistleblower who became a particularly controversial figure after voicing concern about the failed Operation Fast and Furious, was “unceremoniously” handed his dismissal papers on Tuesday, according his spokesman. An ATF official met him at the Denny’s parking lot in South Lake Tahoe, Nevada, near his home, where Cefalu turned in his credentials, said his spokesman Patrick Crosby, a former spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, who now has his own public relations firm. Crosby said Cefalu was fired for “lack of candor.” He did not elaborate. Cefalu has hired an Atlanta law...
  • Univision Exposes Barack Hussein's Rising Fast And Furious Body Count

    10/02/2012 11:26:39 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 14 replies
    Scandal: A Univision special documents how weapons provided by the administration to Mexican drug cartels repeatedly have taken a deadly toll as families on both sides of the border wait for true answers and accountability. We may never know how many deaths, kidnappings and other criminal activities were facilitated by more than 2,000 weapons that were allowed to "walk" into Mexico under the Obama administration's Fast and Furious program, but a Univision special aired Sunday exposes more of the carnage. The special, put together by Univision's investigative unit and aired as a special edition of Univision's "Aqui y Ahora" ("Here...