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  • Rep. Darrell Issa's agenda in 2014: IRS, Benghazi and Fast and Furious

    01/12/2014 4:48:46 AM PST · by maggief · 24 replies
    The Hill ^ | January 12, 2014 | Molly K. Hooper
    Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) in 2014 will pursue the IRS scandal, the deadly Benghazi attack and the botched Fast and Furious operation in what will likely be his last year as the House GOP's chief investigator. Issa sounded a cautionary note that the investigations might not conclude while he has the gavel. “The administration wraps up investigations. We are done when we are done … there shouldn’t be any sort of effort to load in or unload" before his term limit of six years as the top Republican on the Oversight and Government Reform Committee ends in December. Rep. John...
  • NM:More Fast and Furious Scandal Allegations

    01/08/2014 1:30:18 PM PST · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 January, 2014 | Dean Weingarten
    When this case first appeared, at the height of the first exposure of  the Fast and Furious scandal, it was highlighted as an example of smuggling to the Mexican cartels that was *not* a part of the operation.    It might or might not be significant that the BATFE agent quoted in the article is William Newell, who had a significant role in Fast and Furious, and whose testimony before congress became infamous. Now, one of the victims of the prosecution is able to tell a bit of his story.   He was never allowed bail from the time he was...
  • Report: 'Fast and Furious' gun turns up at Mexico shootout scene

    01/01/2014 7:19:08 AM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/1/14
    A gun from the failed U.S. operation known as "Fast and Furious" turned up at the scene of a shootout between Mexican authorities and alleged cartel gunmen earlier this month, according to CNN. U.S. officials told CNN at least one AK-47-style gun that could be traced back to the failed gun-walking scheme was found at the scene. The shootout on Dec. 18 left five alleged cartel members dead in Puerto Penasco, a popular tourist site in Mexico. The now-defunct Fast and Furious program began in 2009 and was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Agents...
  • YET ANOTHER ‘FAST AND FURIOUS’ GUN TURNS UP AT SCENE OF DEADLY SHOOTOUT

    01/01/2014 6:46:46 AM PST · by lowbridge · 22 replies
    theblaze.com ^ | december 31, 2013 | Jason Howerton
    Investigators have traced yet another firearm, used by suspected cartel gunmen in a deadly Mexican resort shootout, back to the failed federal gun-walking operation known as “Fast and Furious.” A U.S. official confirmed to CNN Tuesday that an “AK-47 style” firearm was recovered at the scene of a Dec. 18 gunfight in Puerto Penasco, a Mexican town just across the Arizona border. So far, it’s the only gun from the shootout that has been linked to the disastrous ATF operation.
  • ATF Agent Sends Shockwaves ... Explosive Allegations About ‘Fast and Furious’ ...

    12/28/2013 6:54:37 AM PST · by Islander7 · 26 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Dec27, 2013 | Jason Howerton
    John Dodson, the federal agent who blew the lid off the Justice Department’s “Fast and Furious” gun-walking scandal, claims the FBI had ties to the men who killed U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in 2010 near Nogales, Ariz. In fact, Dodson says the Mexican bandits who gunned down Terry were working for FBI operatives and had been sent to the border to do a “drug rip-off” using intelligence gathered by the DEA. Dodson, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said he doesn’t think the FBI was part of the rip-off crew, but the...
  • Call for independent counsel better late than never but false premise continues

    12/19/2013 8:32:16 PM PST · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 19 December, 2013 | David Codrea
    Congress could reenact an independent counsel law that expired in 1999 “to prosecute ‘Fast and Furious’-related criminal charges against high-ranking Obama administration officials,” The Washington Times reported, citing House lawyer opinions from a late Tuesday court filing. While it may be gratifying to see the idea finally getting serious consideration in some quarters, it’s nonetheless bewildering to some why it’s taken so long for it to happen. It’s also frustrating, although entirely predictable based on their conduct throughout the unfolding “Gunwalker” story, that no other “legitimate news media” outlets deem the development worth reporting on, as a news feed search...
  • Attkisson: Fast and Furious Whistleblower 'Rare Example' Amidst Obama's 'War On Leaks'

    12/02/2013 6:47:44 PM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 5 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | December 2, 2013 | Matthew Balan
    Sharyl Attkisson touted 'Fast and Furious' whistleblower John Dodson as "a rare example, especially amid the Obama administration's war on leaks" during a segment on Monday's CBS This Morning. Attkisson, whose reporting on the arms trafficking scandal won CBS a Edward R. Murrow Award, spotlighted the ATF senior agent's new book on "the inside story of why he went public to expose the government's false denials about its gunwalking secrets." The correspondent also pointed out how "there's still a court battle over the 'Fast and Furious' documents that President Obama is withholding from Congress under executive privilege". She also featured...
  • AG Holder asks for appeal in Fast and Furious case holding him in contempt

    11/16/2013 1:02:40 PM PST · by jazusamo · 55 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 16, 2013
    <p>Attorney General Eric Holder wants to appeal a recent judge’s ruling that allows the House to continue with its contempt case, related to Holder’s refusal to turn over documents concerning the Justice Department’s failed Operation Fast and Furious gun-tracking program.</p>
  • Court throws out Brian Terry family’s case; Appeal possible

    11/16/2013 7:29:21 AM PST · by Hotlanta Mike · 15 replies
    Twitchy ^ | November 15, 2013 | Twitchy Staff
    A federal court tonight has thrown out a case brought by the family of Brian Terry, the Border Patrol agent who was killed in a firefight on the Arizona-Mexico border in December 2010. Sharyl Attkisson reports that money already awarded to the family precludes this sort of case from proceeding.
  • More Real Guns Found In Phony Fast And Furious Scandal

    08/16/2013 4:07:45 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | August 16, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Media Bias: Rodeo clowns constitute a real crisis in media eyes, while deaths from the administration's gun-running operation to Mexican drug cartels are ignored as three more guns show up at crime scenes in Mexico. The media have had a field day with a single, supposedly racist rodeo clown. But somehow, with few exceptions, mainstream media ignore the far-more-dangerous clowns in the Obama administration — those whose incompetence in the Fast and Furious scandal has led to human tragedy and deaths. One exception is the relentless Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News, who reported Wednesday that three more weapons from Fast...
  • Extortion 17- Set Up and Cover Up

    07/30/2013 4:13:51 PM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    If you haven’t heard of Extortion 17 it’s understandable. For some reason the obama regime has been working real hard to suppress any information regarding this incident and to keep it from getting into the Mainstream Reality TV media. Thankfully, their efforts to cover their involvement in both the incident and the cover up have blown up in their faces. The usual spin, stonewalling, deception and manipulation of events that is a hallmark of the obama regime has fallen short. Congressional hearings are on the way. A fabricated outrage of synthetic racism can generate only a finite amount of distraction...
  • NM:Reese brief highlights government evidence suppression, misconduct(BATFE persecution)

    07/14/2013 10:25:46 AM PDT · by marktwain · 4 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 14 July, 2013 | David Codrea
    Requesting that the United States Court of Appeals affirm the district court’s decision to grant a new trial and permit oral arguments, attorneys for the Reese family filed an Apellees’ Brief Thursday claiming “suppressed impeachment evidence was both favorable and material and … the decision to grant a new trial was within the sound discretion of the trial court.” Arrested almost two years ago for allegedly knowingly selling guns to cartel members while operating a New Mexico gun store, all Reese family members were found not guilty on the most serious charges of conspiracy. Additionally and significantly, money laundering charges...
  • Forget Operation Fast and Furious? Not with bodies still piling up

    07/12/2013 1:04:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | July 10, 2013 | Masthead Editorial
    Before we knew that the IRS was targeting conservative groups, what a mess the Obama administration would make of Benghazi, or the Justice Department’s monitoring of selected journalists — even before Edward Snowden and his national security leaks — there was Operation Fast and Furious.If you accept the government line, Fast and Furious was an ATF-Justice Department operation that supposedly would allow guns illegally straw-purchased in Arizona to reach suspected Mexican narco-terrorists. ATF agents would follow the supply chain, recover the guns and make arrests.It worked perfectly — except for the parts about following the guns, recovering them and arresting...
  • Shipley makes appeal to overturn gun convictions (FBI Agent Persecuted; Link to Fast and Furious?)

    07/11/2013 5:04:05 AM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 10 July, 2013 | David Codrea
    Oral arguments were heard yesterday in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in Louisiana in the case of United States of America vs. John Thomas Shipley, seeking to overturn the former FBI agent’s convictions in 2010 for dealing firearms without a license. Shipley, who has already served his sentenced time in prison a halfway house, is appealing in order to clear his name. Shipley first came to this column’s attention when a gun he sold to a former El Paso County Sheriff’s Deputy turned up at a Mexican crime scene. It soon became evident from a...
  • White House's Fast And Furious Claims Another Victim

    07/08/2013 4:19:50 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 6 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | July 8, 2013 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Scandal: The administration's gun-running fiasco claims the life of a Mexican police chief, revealing that the weapons have made it into the hands of drug cartels deep inside Mexico. It's been lost in the litany of Obama scandals, but Fast and Furious, like Benghazi, is one that has produced a body count, in this case one that's still rising as the White House and Department of Justice continue to restrict and hinder access to related documents. Attorney General Eric Holder remains in contempt of Congress for his role in the ongoing cover-up. President Obama's contempt for the rule of law...
  • Another ATF weapon tied to a killing in Mexico (Jalisco, used to kill a Mexican police chief)

    07/05/2013 8:24:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 27 replies
    Star Tribune ^ | 7/5/13 | Richard A. Serrano
    WASHINGTON – A high-powered rifle lost in the ATF’s Fast and Furious controversy was used to kill a Mexican police chief in the state of Jalisco earlier this year, according to internal Justice Department records, suggesting that weapons from the failed gun-tracking operation have now made it into the hands of violent drug cartels deep inside Mexico. Luis Lucio Rosales Astorga, the police chief in the city of Hostotipaquillo, was shot to death Jan. 29 when gunmen intercepted his patrol car and opened fire. Also killed was one of his bodyguards. His wife and a second bodyguard were wounded. Local...
  • ATF leader who oversaw botched sting will run Phoenix office

    06/30/2013 7:30:35 AM PDT · by rabidralph · 32 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 6/30/2013 | John Diedrich
    The ATF leader who oversaw a botched undercover operation in Milwaukee will now be in charge of the agency's embattled Phoenix office, where agents allowed more than 2,000 guns to walk into the hands of suspected criminals through the infamous "Operation Fast and Furious."
  • Hacked Sharyl Attkisson tells O'Reilly: 'I Think I Know' Who Did It

    06/18/2013 6:49:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Fox News ^ | 06/18/2013
    O'REILLY: "Personal Story" segment tonight. CBS News announced on Friday that Investigative Correspondent Sharyl Attkisson's computer was hacked into late last year. This, combined with the James Rosen situation here at Fox News and the A.P. snooping, causing a lot of concern. With us now on a Factor Cable Exclusive is Ms. Attkisson. So, when did you know that somebody was messing with your computer. SHARYL ATTKISSON, INVESTIGATIVE CORRESPONDENT, CBS NEWS: Well, there were signs probably around 2011 but I don't think I recognized exactly what was going on until perhaps the fall of last year when so many things...
  • Holder dodges GOP subpoena

    06/14/2013 6:49:11 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/14/13 | Jordy Yager
    Attorney General Eric Holder has agreed to meet with House Republicans as part of their probe into whether he misled Congress or acted inappropriately in the Justice Department’s investigation of two separate leaks to media outlets. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) made the announcement late Friday after exchanging several weeks worth of testy letters with the nation’s top cop. In agreeing to meet with the lawmakers, Holder staved off the threat of a subpoena from Goodlatte for a second time in as many weeks. Goodlatte is investigating whether Holder misled the committee last
  • Pick your Scandal

    06/12/2013 4:19:01 AM PDT · by SueRae · 16 replies
    National Review ^ | 6/11/2013 | Victor Davis Hanson
    All can agree that the Obama administration is mired in myriads of scandals, but as yet no one can quite figure out what they all mean and where they will lead. Benghazi differs from all the other scandals — and from both Watergate and Iran-Contra — because in this case administration lapses led to the deaths of four Americans. Nine months later, the administration’s problems of damage control remain fourfold: (a) there was ample warning that American personnel were in danger in Libya, and yet requests for increased security were denied; (b) during the actual attack, the American tradition of...
  • 'It’s like a job fair in here': Mexican cartels tap U.S. prisons to get ‘criminal talent’ ....

    06/09/2013 7:45:19 PM PDT · by Fractal Trader · 8 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 9 June 2013
    Mexican drug cartels are recruiting convicts in U.S. prisons to work for them as drug runners, assassins and enforcers when they are released. One prisoner who is nearing the end of a 10-year sentence has said he was approached by Mexican drug gangs who wanted to give him 20kilograms of cocaine to sell when he got out - worth nearly half a million dollars on the street. The prisoner said the Mexican drug gangs are beginning to see American prisons as a 'job fair' that can supply an endless stream of talent in the United States as prisoners are released...
  • Jeff Flake Promised that "Those accountable for (Fast and Furious Scandal) will be held accountable

    06/08/2013 8:54:34 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 9 June, 2013 | Dean Weingarten
    Credits: (Photo courtesy of ATF via Getty Images) On October 27th, in a townhall meeting in Yuma, Arizona, before his election as senator, Jeff Flake promised to hold those who had allowed and covered up the Fast and Furious scandal accountable. The time has come for Senator Flake to start making good on his promise. On June 11th, the Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to begin hearings on the confirmation of B.Todd Jones as the Director of the BATFE. Senator Flake is a member of that committee. B. Todd Jones was present at a key meeting that occurred just...
  • Judiciary Committee and tell them you want answers to these Critical Questions for B. Todd Jones

    06/07/2013 6:23:02 PM PDT · by marktwain · 3 replies
    The Firearms Coalition | 3 June, 2013 | The Firearms Coalition
    What did he know, when did he know it, and what has he done about it? Was ATF Director Appointee, B. Todd Jones, involved in the inception of the felony stupid program known as Fast and Furious?  What has he done regarding the scandal in the year and a half that he has been Acting Director? What specific actions does he intend to take to focus ATF enforcement efforts on violent criminals and reduce the incidence of prosecution of unwitting technical violations by regular gun owners? The Judiciary Committee of the US Senate is scheduled to begin hearings on the...
  • ATF whistleblower Dobyns’ case against government to begin on Monday (Fast and Furious)

    06/06/2013 7:24:51 PM PDT · by marktwain · 15 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 5 June, 3013 | David Codrea
    The case of Jay Anthony Dobyns v. The United States is scheduled to begin Monday by the United States Court of Federal Claims, an entry yesterday on the ATF agent’s blog announced. “The trial will start in Arizona and end in Washington, D.C. in early August,” Dobyns wrote.Dobyns is the agent who gained fame after infiltrating the Hells Angels in a “harrowing undercover journey” he wrote about in his New York Times bestseller “No Angel.” He, along with colleague, friend and fellow whistleblower Vince Cefalu, has been the subject of several Gun Rights Examiner reports focused on retaliation they have...
  • Border-State Gun Dealers Must Report Sales, Court Rules

    06/04/2013 9:59:47 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | May 31, 2013 | Ashby Jones
    The U.S. government can require gun dealers in border states to disclose records of certain firearm sales, a federal appeals court has ruled, upholding a key component of the government’s recent crackdown on illegal gun trafficking. The ruling on Friday, by a unanimous three-judge panel for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Washington, comes over strenuous objection by the firearms industry. And it could renew calls among gun-rights supporters that the government’s program trammels rights of gun sellers and owners. In 2011, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm and Explosives began issuing so-called “demand letters”...
  • Watchdog report says DOJ official retaliated against ‘Furious’ whistle-blower, lied about it

    05/21/2013 3:31:50 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies
    Fox News.com ^ | May 20, 2013 | William La Jeunesse
    The former U.S. Attorney for Arizona could be disbarred, after an investigation found he lied to the Justice Department about his role in trying to discredit the federal whistle-blower who exposed the botched gun-running scheme known as Fast and Furious. An Office of Inspector General report showed that Dennis Burke -- the former chief of staff for Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano appointed as U.S. Attorney for Arizona by President Obama in September 2009 -- lied when asked if he leaked sensitive documents to the press meant to undermine the credibility of ATF whistle-blower John Dodson. The IG report also...
  • IG Report Says U.S. Attorney Sought to Undermine Credibility of Fast and Furious Whistleblower

    05/21/2013 7:37:16 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 7 replies
    Senator Chuck Grassley ^ | May 20, 2013 | Senator Grassley
    Senator Chuck Grassley, Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made the following statement after an Office of Inspector General Report showed that U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke leaked a sensitive document to the press regarding a whistleblower who had come forward with allegations of gunwalking, that he leaked an internal memo regarding Fast and Furious suspect Jaime Avila to the New York Times, and that he lied to Deputy Attorney General James Cole. The document leaked to Fox News was deemed so sensitive by the Justice Department that it was not provided to Congress, except in a secured room at...
  • Inspector General report paves way for Burke disbarment

    05/20/2013 6:08:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 18 replies
    examiner ^ | 5/20/13 | David Codrea
    Inspector General report paves way for Burke disbarment gun rights May 20, 2013 By: David Codrea Subscribe Per the OIG report, "Burke's Law" could be a thing of the past if his "professional conduct" catches up with him at the bar. Per the OIG report, "Burke's Law" could be a thing of the past if his "professional conduct" catches up with him at the bar. Credits: United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Arizona 0 Email Policy & Issues newsletter A report released today by the Department of Justice Office of Inspector General pronounces a harsh assessment of former...
  • Culture of Intimidation

    05/20/2013 12:50:07 PM PDT · by servo1969 · 18 replies
    breitbart.com/Big-Government ^ | 5-20-2013 | Ben Shapiro
    With new reports today that the Obama Department of Justice leaked documents intended to smear a whistleblower in the Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal, it is now more obvious than ever that this administration has, in the words of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) created a “culture of intimidation” that stretches from the White House down to myriad agencies of the executive branch. *** Department of Justice: Today’s report from the Department of Justice Inspector General, showing that former US Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke leaked documents intended to smear a whistleblower in Fast and Furious, are only the...
  • IG: ex-US Attorney retaliated in Fast and Furious

    05/20/2013 2:02:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    AP ^ | 5/20/2013 | PETE YOST
    The U.S. Attorney in Arizona violated Justice Department policy by providing Fox News with information apparently aimed at undercutting the credibility of a federal agent who helped reveal the botched arms-trafficking probe called Operation Fast and Furious, the Justice Department's inspector general said Monday. There was substantial evidence in the 2011 incident that then-U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke's motive for disclosing a memo by federal agent John Dodson was retaliation, the inspector general's report said. In testimony to a House committee just two weeks earlier, Dodson had raised serious concerns about Operation Fast and Furious. In Dodson's memo, which was eventually...
  • Obama: Americans 'Are Root Cause of Violence That's Been Happening Here in Mexico'

    05/07/2013 2:52:55 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 66 replies
    CNS News ^ | 5/3/2013 | Fred Lucas
    (US President Barack gestures as he speaks at the Anthropology Museum in Mexico City, Friday, May 3, 2013.) (CNSNews.com) – President Barack Obama, speaking in Mexico City on Friday, said the United States is responsible for much of the crime and violence in Mexico because of the demand for drugs and the illegal smuggling of guns across the southern border. He told the crowd, “We understand that the root cause of violence that’s been happening here in Mexico for which so many Mexicans have suffered is the demand for illegal drugs in the United States.” He later added, “We...
  • Obama blames American guns for Mexican deaths

    05/03/2013 4:54:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | May 3, 2013 | David Martosko
    President Obama used a speech at Mexico’s Museo Nacional de Antropología – the National Anthropology Museum – to claim that ‘most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States.’ ‘I think many of you know that in America, our Constitution guarantees our individual right to bear arms,’ Obama said. ‘And as president, I swore an oath to uphold that right, and I always will.’ ‘But at the same time, as I’ve said in the United States, I will continue to do everything in my power to pass common-sense reforms that keep guns out...
  • Obama Blames U.S. for Mexican Gun Violence – After His ‘Fast and Furious’ Guns Killed 300 Mexicans

    05/03/2013 5:11:34 PM PDT · by montag813 · 21 replies
    Stand With Arizona ^ | 05-03-2013 | John Hill
    Shameless: Obama blames the U.S. and 2nd Amendment for Mexican gun violence.- President Obama delivered a speech today in Mexico City where he blamed the United States for being the root of Mexico’s violence. He even implied that the 2nd Amendment was to blame, after absurdly claiming he was committed to "uphold" the right to bear arms. But worst of all was the shameless hypocrisy of a man whose Attorney General Eric Holder carried out a gun-running "Operation Fast and Furious" which sold AK-47s and other weapons, which have been used to murder over 300 Mexican civilians, and 2 U.S....
  • Obama Trashes Whistle Blower Protection for Federal Employees

    03/01/2013 6:06:47 PM PST · by paltz · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/1/13 | Kerry Picket
    President Barack Obama issued a one-page memorandum on January 25, five days after the inauguration. The memo told the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) and Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to establish new mandates that would allow federal agencies to terminate employment of staffers without appeal if their work can be deemed as 'national security sensitive.' Thousands of federal positions would be negatively affected by the rule if it were to go into effect. The rule would encompass any jobs involving public safety or law enforcement duties. Anyone who works for an office that has an inspector general and individual...
  • Zapata lawsuit charges government conspiracy and cover-up

    02/14/2013 11:41:27 AM PST · by AuntB · 3 replies
    Examiner ^ | Feb. 14, 2013 | David Codrea
    A comprehensive lawsuit charging government conspiracy and cover-up was filed Tuesday in the United States District Court Southern District of Texas Brownsville Division by the parents of murdered Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agent Jamie Zapata and Special Agent Victor Avila, Jr., against the government, straw purchasers, individual government officials, gun dealers and others deemed to share in responsibility per the complaint. Gun Rights Examiner has obtained copies of the Plaintiff’s Original Complaint and the related docket sheet. On first reading, the complaint appears to have the potential to uncover specifics about government-sanctioned “gunwalking” and those who authorized it beyond what...
  • Reese family FINALLY reunited

    02/06/2013 10:15:13 AM PST · by Steve0123 · 7 replies
    Rick and Ryin Reese were released on bond yesterday afternoon, a source close to the case confirmed to Gun Rights Examiner last night. The father and son are part of a family of gun dealers jailed for allegedly knowingly selling guns to cartel members, but who were found not guilty on the most serious charges of conspiracy and had money laundering charges against them dismissed. They were convicted on a handful of lesser charges of making false statements on forms, basically under the presumption that they should have know federal agents were lying. Wife Terri was released on bond last...
  • ATF begins internal review of Milwaukee sting operation

    02/02/2013 7:27:29 AM PST · by rellimpank · 13 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 02 feb 2013
    The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has launched an internal investigation into a flawed storefront sting in Milwaukee marred by a series of missteps and failures. The review was launched this week after a Journal Sentinel investigation exposed a 10-month federal operation during which an agent's Colt M-4 machine gun was stolen and burglars ripped off $35,000 in merchandise from the agency's phony store. U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.) on Friday joined a chorus of public officials from both parties demanding accountability from the ATF. Two other congressional letters were sent to the agency Thursday, including one...
  • Letter to ATF demands answers on flawed Milwaukee storefront sting

    02/01/2013 5:57:40 AM PST · by rellimpank · 21 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 01 feb 2013 | John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge
    . A bipartisan push intensified Thursday for answers from the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives about a flawed storefront sting in Milwaukee. A Journal Sentinel investigation this week exposed a 10-month federal operation marred by a series of mistakes and failures, including an agent's machine gun being stolen and burglars ripping off $35,000 in merchandise from the agency's phony store. Milwaukee police and ATF are still looking for that stolen machine gun, officials said Thursday. "Suffice to say, ATF and the police department both have a keen interest in trying to get that firearm back," said Milwaukee...
  • Hearing yields explosive testimony about law enforcement corruption in gun case

    01/29/2013 5:38:49 PM PST · by Travis McGee · 49 replies
    Examiner.com ^ | January 29, 2013 | David Codrea
    A decision on whether or not members of a New Mexico gun dealer family will get a new trial on charges of lying on federal firearm purchase forms could happen as early as this week, Las Cruces Sun-News reported yesterday. Judge Robert C. Brack of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico indicated in yesterday’s hearing that he will make his decision “soon” following a day of testimony that revealed the extent of corruption a key law enforcement witness against the Reese family was under investigation for – a fact the prosecution withheld from the defense...
  • Judge rejects prosecution motion to bar public from Reese hearing

    01/27/2013 10:14:43 AM PST · by marktwain · 12 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 26 January, 2013 | David Codrea
    A court order filed yesterday and obtained by Gun Rights Examiner in the case of U.S. vs. Reese has denied a motion by the prosecution to seal a hearing from the public. Defendants Rick and Terri Reese and son Ryin, New Mexico gun dealers jailed for allegedly knowingly selling guns to cartel members, and who have since had conspiracy and money laundering charges against them dismissed, have filed a motion for a new trial after being convicted of, as Jeff Knox of the Firearms Coalition described it, “the comparatively minor charge of lying on gun sales forms -- even though...
  • DOJ's Lanny Breuer to Resign in Wake of Fast and Furious Scandal

    01/24/2013 2:12:31 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/24/13 | Matthew Boyle
    Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, the head of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division who played a critical role in lying to Congress about Operation Fast and Furious, plans to resign soon, the Washington Post reports, citing anonymous sources. “It is not clear when Breuer intends to leave his post, nor what he plans to do once he departs, but it is certain that the prosecutor’s days in office are winding down, according to people who were not authorized to speak publicly about the matter,” the Post wrote. When asked for a comment on the Post’s report, and to verify...
  • Eric Holder Displays Extraordinary Hypocrisy on Gun Control

    01/21/2013 7:28:11 AM PST · by george76 · 7 replies
    Townhall ^ | Jan 21, 2013 | Katie Pavlich
    While Holder prepares to use all the powers of the Department of Justice and ATF to push through President Obama's new gun control agenda, he is more than happy to ignore Operation Fast and Furious. As a reminder, this was the DOJ program that allowed the deliberate trafficking of military style assault AK-47s to violent Mexican drug cartels south of the border. Let's not forget Holder has not only refused to cooperate with Congress when it comes to turning over documents about the lethal scandal (death toll is 400 people and counting), he's asked a court to indefinitely hold documents...
  • Obama's ATF Nominee on DOJ's Fast and Furious Design Team

    01/21/2013 4:37:36 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1-19-13 | Matthew Boyle
    As part of President Barack Obama’s 23-point gun control plan, he nominated Minnesota U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones–who currently doubles right now as the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives–to be the ATF director. Jones was personally a part of the high-ranking Department of Justice unit that first met on October 26, 2009, to create the new DOJ policy that was used to justify “gunwalking” in Operation Fast and Furious. In Fast and Furious, the ATF “walked” roughly 2,000 firearms into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels. That means through straw purchasers the agency...
  • Holder: If we could maybe just stay those F&F docs indefinitely, that’d be great

    01/18/2013 9:09:14 AM PST · by chessplayer · 3 replies
    As President Obama searches for ways to suggest and further enforce federal laws that he supposes will have some kind of a mitigating effect on gun violence, his Most Transparent Administration, Evah is still trying to block Freedom of Information Act requests that might possibly puncture the well-orchestrated smokescreen surrounding the gun violence that they directly perpetrated. Perfect. Breitbart has the scoop on the Obama administration wondering whether we all just can’t pretend that Operation Fast & Furious — the deadly gunrunning scheme and the subsequent investigation, coverup, invocation of executive privilege, and Attorney General Eric Holder being held in...
  • Fast And Furious Scandal: Man Claims To Have Shot U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry

    01/17/2013 5:08:41 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 17 replies
    ABC News / Univision ^ | January 17, 2012 | JORDAN FABIAN
    A Mexican national claims to be the man who shot and killed U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, whose death is tied to the "Fast and Furious" gun-walking scandal. Gustavo Cruz-Lozano, who says he killed Terry, turned himself in on Wednesday on charges related to a separate incident: threatening to kill Hidalgo County, Texas Sheriff Lupe Trevińo. But before he surrendered himself, Cruz-Lozano said in an exclusive interview with Univision News' daily news magazine show "Primer Impacto" that he murdered Terry during a firefight on Dec. 14, 2010, while the agent was on patrol near the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona....
  • Holder Begs Court to Stop Document Release on Fast and Furious

    01/17/2013 4:59:33 PM PST · by Nachum · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/17/13 | Matthew Boyle
    Attorney General Eric Holder and his Department of Justice have asked a federal court to indefinitely delay a lawsuit brought by watchdog group Judicial Watch. The lawsuit seeks the enforcement of open records requests relating to Operation Fast and Furious, as required by law. Judicial Watch had filed, on June 22, 2012, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking all documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious and “specifically [a]ll records subject to the claim of executive privilege invoked by President Barack Obama on or about June 20, 2012.” The administration has refused to comply with Judicial Watch’s FOIA...
  • Gun trafficking could be regarded as a federal crime

    01/15/2013 5:50:03 AM PST · by RC one · 12 replies
    the voice of Russia ^ | Jan 15, 2013 11:57 Moscow Time
    US Vice President Joseph Biden has reportedly recommended a law that could define gun trafficking as a federal crime, several sources close to Biden’s gun policy task force have said.The details are not known yet, but the law has heartened anti-arms advocates who voiced their support of the legislation. Jim Kessler, a former official at Americans for Gun Safety, explained that “under the law, prosecutors have to prove that you knew the person was a prohibited buyer, and that is too high of a standard. Our feeling is, why have any standard at all? If you sell a gun to...
  • Obama: “Executive Action” On Gun Control “Within My Authority As President”

    01/15/2013 4:29:08 AM PST · by yoe · 69 replies
    Freedom Outpost ^ | January 14, 2013 | Tim Brown
    Barack finished up the final press conference of his first term. During it he was questioned a number of times about his plans for gun control as Vice President Joe Biden prepares to deliver his recommendations tomorrow. What was most amazing was when he referenced his executive power and stated, “How we are gathering data on guns that fall into the hands of criminals, how we track that.” He also boldly declared that executive action could be taken and that “some steps that we can take that don’t require legislation and that are within my authority as president.” First, before...
  • WashPost Editorial to Obama: Clamp Down on Gun-running; Fast & Furious Anyone?!

    01/15/2013 2:41:55 AM PST · by Libloather · 6 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | 1/11/13 | Matt Vespa
    Today's Washington Post editorial clings to the liberal anti-gun rights view that only the government should have access to "military weapons," by which of course they mean semiautomatic "assault rifles" like the AR-15. Of course, government corruption and incompetence has long been an avenue by which criminals have obtained weapons, the Fast & Furious gunrunning scandal being an instructive case in point. But alas, the drug-running scandal was curious missing from the January 11 editorial in which the Post argued that in addition to an assault weapons ban, the U.S. government needs to crack down on international gun-smuggling, particularly on...
  • Obama Admin. Pushes to Restrict 2nd Amendment after Arming Mexican Cartels

    01/08/2013 5:46:10 AM PST · by therightliveswithus · 15 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 1/8/12 | Aurelius
    It's an amazing show of absolute hypocrisy or a terribly cold-blooded power play. Either way, the Obama Administration is showing a shocking lack of common sense and prudence with its latest push for comprehensive gun control. As late as 2011, the Department of Justice was giving automatic assault weapons to Mexican drug cartels... This tremendous stupidity had the precise consequences you might expect: as of September 2011, US assault weapons connected to Fast and Furious were found at 170 crime scenes in Mexico. As of March 2011, 150 Mexicans had been shot because of Fast and Furious. US Border Patrol...