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ATF Agent says Brian Terry's killers were working with the FBI

Jeff Dunetz is reporting that John Dodson, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, told the Arizona Republic the FBI had ties to the men who killed Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in 2010. Dodson says the Mexicans who gunned down Terry using American weapons were working for FBI operatives and had been sent to the border to do a "drug rip-off" using intelligence gathered by the DEA.

"I don’t think the (FBI) assets were part of the rip-off crew," Dodson said. "I think they were directing the rip crew."

Dodson’s comments to The Arizona Republic amplify assertions he made in his recently released book, "The Unarmed Truth," about his role as a whistle-blower in the Fast and Furious debacle.

Terry belonged to an elite Border Patrol tactical team sent to a remote area known as Peck Canyon, roughly a dozen miles northwest of Nogales, where violence had escalated because criminal gangs were stealing narcotics from drug runners known as mules. He was slain in a shootout with several bandits. Two assault-type rifles found at the scene were subsequently traced to Fast and Furious.

The operation, based in Phoenix, was launched in 2009 to identify and prosecute drug lords, but instead allowed guns to be "walked" into the hands of Mexican criminals. ATF agents encouraged licensed firearms dealers in Arizona to sell more than 2,000 weapons to known "straw buyers" who were working for cartels. Instead of arresting suspects immediately, surveillance agents took notes and let them disappear with the guns.

After the Terry slaying and an attempted cover-up within the Justice Department, Dodson provided evidence and testimony to Congress. His revelations, later verified by an Office of the Inspector General’s report, ignited a national scandal over Fast and Furious that resulted in a congressional contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder and the replacement of top ATF and Justice Department officials.

In his book, Dodson uses cautious language to characterize his account of circumstances surrounding Terry’s death, saying the information is based on firsthand knowledge, personal opinion and press reports. He asserts that the DEA had information about, and may have orchestrated, a large drug shipment through Peck Canyon that December night. He alleges that DEA agents shared that intelligence with FBI counterparts, who advised criminal informants from another cartel that the load would be "theirs for the taking."

"Stealing such a shipment would increase the clout of the FBI informants in the cartel organization they had penetrated," Dodson wrote, "and thus lead to better intel for them in the future."

If these charges are proven true it means the Justice Department's ATF supplied weapons to a drug cartel who was trying to increase its power with help from the Justice Department's FBI, those weapons and that program resulted in the shooting death of Brian Terry, an American Hero. Which leaves us with one important question. Why is Eric Holder still running the Justice Department?


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CBS Report reveals Obama's DoJ tried to block the Fast & Furious whistleblower book

Mara Zebest is reporting that CBS did an interview with John Dodson -- an ATF whistleblower on Fast & Furious. Dodson recently wrote a book titled ‘The Unarmed Truth: My Fight to Blow the Whistle and Expose Fast and Furious’.

At the 1:50 minute marker of the interview segment below, Dodson explains that Obama’s Department of Justice tried to block the book from being published. Emperor Obama agreed to "allow" the book to be published as long as Dodson doesn’t receive profits from the book. Dodson is determined to publish the book with or without compensation.

In a free nation with guaranteed Freedom of Speech, who is Obama to dictate what can and cannot be published, or when people can and cannot profit?

It is outrageous that Obama’s Administration interfere with either the free speech aspect or the profit aspect of a man who may be out of a job due to his brave efforts as a whistleblower. On the topic of "profit" -- it is not to be demonized as Liberals believe it should be. A reminder of the true story of Thanksgiving as a perfect example of what this nation was built upon. Profit saved lives, not just of the Pilgrims, but also benefitted the Indians. For all the Liberals that believe profit as evil, ask yourselves: Who among you expect to work for free?

The question about those who "orchestrated the controversial strategy" may be unanswered, but we know for a fact that Fast & Furious was ordered by Barack Obama:

This above video evidence from CSPAN clearly shows that on March 24, 2009, just sixty days after the inauguration, Deputy Attorney General David Ogden made the following announcement from the White House:

"The president has directed us to take action.... and Attorney General Holder and I have taken several new and aggressive steps as part of the administrations comprehensive plan...to fortify its Project Gunrunner which is aimed at disrupting arms trafficking between the United States and Mexico...specifically to facilitate gun tracing..."

In government terms that's a Priority I project. That's a fast-track project. This "false flag" action was conceived and implemented to provide evidence to support Team Obama's "more than 90 percent of the guns recovered in Mexico come from the United States" lie.

A couple of days later, Holder re-introduced the "assault-rifle ban.

Now you know what Obama meant when he told gun-grabber, Sarah Brady, "I just want you to know that we are working on it (gun control). We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar."


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Add "grenade walking" to Obama's "gun walking"

CBS News has learned of a shocking link between a deadly drug cartel shootout with Mexican police last week and a controversial case in the U.S. The link is one of the grenades used in the violent fight, which killed three policemen and four cartel members and was captured on video by residents in the area.

According to a Justice Department "Significant Incident Report" filed Tuesday and obtained by CBS News, evidence connects one of the grenades to Jean Baptiste Kingery, an alleged firearms trafficker U.S. officials allowed to operate for years without arresting despite significant evidence that he was moving massive amounts of grenade parts and ammunition to Mexico's ruthless drug cartels.

The gun battle took place last week in Guadalajara. Authorities say five members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel used at least nine firearms and ten hand grenades against Mexican police. If one of the grenades was supplied with the help of Kingery, as believed, it adds to the toll of lives taken with weapons trafficked by suspects U.S. officials watched but did not stop.

The Kingery case was overseen by the same Arizona U.S. Attorney and ATF office that let suspects traffic thousands of weapons to Mexican drug cartels in the operation dubbed Fast and Furious. The strategy was to try to get to the cartel kingpins, but it was halted after CBS News reported that Fast and Furious weapons were used by cartel thugs in the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry on December 15, 2010. Weapons trafficked by other ATF suspects under surveillance were used two months later in the cartel murder of Immigration and Customs Agent Jaime Zapata in Mexico on February 15, 2011.

On Wednesday, ATF told CBS News it has "no information" about the Kingery connection to last week's gun battle in Mexico.

As CBS News previously reported, documents show ATF began watching Kingery in "2004 related to AK47 purchases" he was believed to be trafficking to Mexico.

In 2009, ATF also learned Kingery was dealing in grenades; weapons of choice for Mexico's killer cartels. Documents show they developed a secret plan to let him smuggle parts to Mexico in early 2010 and follow him to his factory. Some ATF agents vehemently objected, worried that Kingery would disappear once he crossed the border into Mexico.

That's exactly what happened.

Continue reading here . . .


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Censorship because telling the truth about ATF and the DoJ cover-up "might be harmful to moral"?  From the most transparent administration in history?  And what about the First Amendment?  Only for pornographers, Muslim propagandists, and Obot attack dogs now?

Congress needs to subpoena this guy, and his manuscript, and go over this in detail. Get it all in the record.
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ATF tries to block whistleblowing agent's Fast and Furious book

John Solomon is reporting that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is blocking the main whistleblower in the Fast and Furious case from publishing a book for pay, claiming his retelling of the Mexico "gun-walking" scandal will hurt morale inside the embattled law enforcement agency, according to documents obtained by The Washington Times.

ATF's dispute with Special Agent John Dodson is setting up a First Amendment showdown that is poised to bring together liberal groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and conservatives in Congress who have championed Mr. Dodson's protection as a whistleblower.

The ACLU is slated to become involved in the case Monday, informing ATF it is representing Mr. Dodson and filing a formal protest to the decision to reject his request to publish the already written book, sources told The Times, speaking only on the condition of anonymity.

The battle also could have repercussions on Capitol Hill, where the two lead investigators who helped uncover the Fast and Furious scandal, Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell E. Issa, Calif. Republican, had written a foreword to the book, the sources said.

ATF Special Agent John Dodson warned his superiors of the Fast and Furious investigation, "I think it's going to end bad. Are you prepared to go to an agent's funeral?" He tells the story in a newly published book. (Associated Press)

ATF officials declined Sunday night to discuss Mr. Dodson's specific matter, citing personnel privacy. But the officials said it was possible for an agent to be rejected for publishing a book for pay but get permission to publish it for free. No manuscript for any Fast and Furious book has received approval for unpaid publication, however, the officials said.

Mr. Dodson was the first ATF special agent to go public in 2011 with allegations that his supervisors had authorized the untracked flow of semi-automatic weapons into Mexico instead of interdicting them, touching off a scandal that toppled most of the top leadership of ATF in Washington and Phoenix. The controversy also led to angry recriminations in Mexico, which dealt with a wave of violent crime linked to the weapons, and high-profile congressional hearings that embarrassed the Obama administration.

Mr. Dodson began penning a book late last year about his role as the central whistleblower in the case and in June sought formal permission for outside employment that would allow him to engage a publisher and publish the book.

Documents show that one of Mr. Dodson's supervisors in Arizona, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Carlos Canino, rejected his request July 19 and was backed in the decision by the agent in charge of the office, Thomas G. Atteberry, four days later.

Their rejection made no claims that the book would release sensitive or classified information or compromise ongoing law enforcement proceedings.

Rather, the supervisors offered a different reason for their decision. "This would have a negative impact on morale in the Phoenix [Field Division] and would have a detrimental effect on our relationships with DEA and FBI."

The ATF general counsel's office subsequently sanctioned the decision, all but killing the book project.

"An employee's supervisory chain may disapprove any outside employment request for any reason, at any supervisory level," ATF attorney Greg Serres wrote Mr. Dodson on Aug. 29, underlining the word "any" for emphasis. "The Office of Chief Counsel cannot approve outside employment requests in lieu of the supervisory chain's disapproval.

"Therefore, your request to engage in outside employment is denied," he said.

Separately, a top ATF official has been reviewing Mr. Dodson's manuscript for any concerns about sensitive or classified information, potentially leaving open the possibility a process by which it could be published for free, a senior law enforcement official told The Times.


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Justice Department slides because of the "shutdown"

The AP is reporting that a judge has suspended activity in a dispute over documents between the Justice Department and Congress because of the government shutdown.

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson granted the Justice Department's request to halt proceedings in the dispute over "Operation Fast and Furious." That was a botched investigation of gun-smuggling in Arizona.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is suing Attorney General Eric Holder. The committee had opposed a delay, saying it has waited for nearly two years for documents it subpoenaed in the dispute.

But the judge wrote that while the most people have no control over delays in their cases, "that cannot be said of the House of Representatives, which has played a role in the shutdown that prompted" the Justice Department request.


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House wins court victory over Holder in Fast & Furious fight

Josh Gerstein is reporting thatt a federal judge has rejected Attorney General Eric Holder’s attempt to keep the courts from wading into the "Fast and Furious" documents dispute that led to him being held in contempt by the House last year.

In a ruling Monday night, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson turned down the Justice Department’s request to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after President Barack Obama asserted executive privilege to prevent some records about the administration’s response to the "Operation Fast and Furious" gunrunning scandal from being turned over to Congress.

"This case presents the sort of question that the courts are traditionally called upon to resolve," Jackson said in her 44-page decision, issued more than five months after lawyers argued the issue in her packed courtroom and more than a year after the House committee filed suit. "Dismissing the case without hearing it would in effect place the court’s finger on the scale, designating the executive as the victor based solely on his untested assertion that the privilege applies," she wrote.

(QUIZ: How well do you know Eric Holder?)

A Justice Department spokesman said officials there were reviewing the decision.

The legal fight arose after the Justice Department refused to comply with House subpoenas seeking information about the response to "Operation Fast and Furious," a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives undercover operation targeting gun trafficking along and across the Mexican border.

DOJ’s Inspector General and Congressional investigators found that the operation may have resulted in as many as 2000 weapons flowing to narcotraffickers with little or no effort to track them. The weapons have shown up at crime scenes on both sides or the border as well as at the fatal shooting of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in 2010.

DOJ officials say they turned over virtually all records about the operation and about the department’s response through a February 4, 2011 letter to Congress that contained inaccurate information and was later withdrawn. However, officials refused to turn over internal communications after that time dealing with responses to congressional and press inquiries.

(PHOTOS: Eric Holder’s career)

Obama backed up the department by asserting executive privilege over those documents days before the House voted to hold Holder in contempt for not turning over the records.

Justice Department lawyers had argued that if Jackson got involved in the dispute, all document fights between Congress and the executive branch could wind up in the courts rather than being resolved through negotiation. But the judge rejected that argument.

"The Court rejects the notion that merely hearing this dispute between the branches would undermine the foundation of our government, or that it would lead to the abandonment of all negotiation and accommodation in the future, leaving the courts deluged with subpoena enforcement actions," Jackson wrote.

The decision from Jackson, an Obama appointee, largely tracked with a ruling U.S. District Court Judge John Bates -- a President George W. Bush appointee -- rendered in 2008 in a similar fight over records pertaining to Bush’s dismissal of a batch of U.S. attorneys in 2006.

In the face of largely identical arguments from the Justice Department, Bates concluded he had authority to resolve a disagreement between the House Judiciary Committee and the Bush White House. The Bush administration appealed, but no decision was ever issued by the appeals court because the dispute was settled after Bush left office in 2009.

Jackson called the Justice Department’s arguments in the current case "flawed and selective." And she said the parade of horrible outcomes executive branch lawyers predicted during the Bush-era fight -- involving frequent recourse to the courts by Congress -- simply hasn’t materialized.

"One cannot help but observe that in the five years that have elapsed since [Bates’s] decision, the dire consequences prophesied by the Department have not come to pass," the judge wrote.

Jackson hasn’t ruled yet on whether Obama had authority to assert executive privilege over records never provided to the president or his advisers, but she concluded in her ruling Monday that the issue is an appropriate one for the courts to resolve.

"The Court cautions that this opinion should not be taken as any indication of its views on the merits of the dispute, which have yet to be briefed, argued, or considered in any way," she wrote.


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More recovered Mexican crime guns highlight inequities -- unanswered questions

David Codrea is reporting that in September of 2011, in the midst of unfolding revelations about Operation Fast and Furious “gunwalking,” agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Phoenix Field Division confronted an unlicensed “dealer”/collector hobbyist about “29 firearms traces associated with him [with] 20 of the traces related to seizures in Mexico.” The encounter is documented in a Report of Investigation provided to Gun Rights Examiner by a confidential source, posted at the above link.

It was further noted in the report that the subject of the investigation, Scott Arnberger, had a year earlier been visited by “male and female agents from the Department of Homeland Security [who] came to his house to discuss a firearm he originally had purchased that was recovered in Mexico.”

The Phoenix Field Division is the office from which Fast and Furious operations were conducted. More specifically, the ROI bears the authorization of Group VII Supervisor David Voth. Also listed on the form, but noticeably not signing it, was then-Special Agent in Charge Thomas E. Brandon, now Deputy Director reporting to newly-confirmed and sworn permanent head B. Todd Jones.

Voth was the same official who advised a cooperating Fast and Furious gun shop "I understand that the frequency with which some individuals under investigation by our office have been purchasing firearms from your business has caused concerns for you ... However, if it helps put you at ease we (ATF) are continually monitoring these suspects using a variety of investigative techniques which I cannot go into [in] detail."

[Voth]

Voth infamously told subordinates involved in the operation “If you are going to make an omelet, you need to scramble some eggs,” and invited dissatisfied agents to find another job serving lunch to inmates. He also is the official who cited “an increased sense of urgency” after “ATF personnel in Mexico reportedly noted the increased violence and contacted ATF Headquarters to express concern over the Operation Fast and Furious strategy of allowing the weapons sales to proceed.”

Voth was the supervisor who signed a letter instructing a dealer to complete a cash firearms transaction without Form 4473 paperwork, characterized by Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars as “startling proof that the Federal government did not merely 'lose track' of weapons purchased by 'straw buyers' under surveillance by the ATF and destined for the Mexican drug cartels. In an undercover operation ordered by Fast and Furious supervisor David Voth, the U.S. government purchased firearms with taxpayer money from licensed firearms dealers, instructed them to conduct the sales 'off the books,' and used an ATF agent, [whistleblower] John Dodson, to deliver them directly to people that Dodson believed were conducting them across the border."

Voth is named as one of the defendant in the conspiracy and cover-up lawsuit filed by the parents of murdered ICE agent Jaime Zapata. He was a central figure portrayed as a victim in Katherine Eban’s since-debunked Fortune piece, and he’s someone who has yet to offer a compelling explanation for why a key suspect, who was stopped at the border with hidden ammunition in his vehicle, was let go.

Curiously, but in keeping with the new ATF Director’s stated position of treating Fast and Furious matters as personnel issues (with no one, including in Congress, the least bit interested in opening up the ITAR can of worms and looking at criminal charges for an operation in which hundreds of human beings are estimated to have been killed), Voth was conveniently transferred to HQ.

Also curiously, the only repercussion imposed on Arnberger was a warning letter telling him what he was doing was a violation of law, that if he kept it up there would be criminal penalties, and that if he wanted to continue dealing in firearms, he would need to first obtain a Federal Firearms License. Not that this column is calling for the hammer to come down on him, but compare his treatment for consistency to the case of active collector John Shipley, who sold a gun to a deputy that later ended up in Mexico, and who was subsequently convicted and incarcerated on illegal gun dealing charges. Compare it to that of Hugh Crumpler or the Reese family. Look at Arnberger's outcome to that of the pending Valdes case in Florida.

And finally, of utmost curiosity, ask yourself why there have been no follow-up reports on one Alfred de la Torres. That’s the person the ROI says Arnberger “sold approximately 60 firearms to … from approximately early 2006 to early 2008.

“Arnberger stated that after he was told of a Mexican recovery by the agents from DHS he was upset [and] stated he had a conversation with de la Torres regarding the firearm and his frustration with de la Torres,” the ROI states. “Arnberger said after the conversation with de la Torres he never heard from de la Torres again.”

Has anyone? A follow-up report identified two rifles sold to Oscar de la Torre (note the first name has changed, as has the spelling of the last) that were recovered in Mexico. How did they get there? That report says “Arnberger believed that many of the traced firerarms … that were recovered in Mexico were sold to Oscar de la Torre.” Has there been any follow-up on the other guns Arnberger sold him, and any resolution on how 20 of the guns ended up south of the border, with nine others traced to domestic crimes?

With the full acknowledgment that Arthur/Oscar de la Torre(s) should be presumed an innocent collector unfortunately caught up in circumstances beyond his control, don’t count on any “Authorized Journalists / legitimate news media / real reporters” to seek out any answers, or even acknowledge that anyone outside their exclusive circuit is asking questions. Likewise, don’t count on ATF to admit to a thing -- unless there’s a chance for self-promoting headlines, questions are generally met with an “ongoing criminal investigation” deferral.

That leaves one last logical place where a public inquiry could and should be conducted, but Mr. Issa hasn’t shown much interest in following up on things of late, and the Republican leadership hardly seems inclined to encourage him to do so, for reasons we can only speculate. 


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Third suspect arrested in Brian Terry murder case

Mary Chastain is reporting that authorities have detained a third suspect in the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, who was allegedly shot to death with weapons linked to the ATF's "Fast & Furious" gun-walking program.

Ivan Soto-Barraza was arrested in Mexico Thursday for the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. He faces first- and second-degree murder charges, assault on a federal officer, robbery, and firearms violations.

Terry was murdered on December 14, 2010 in the Arizona desert. It was revealed that two of the guns were linked to the government’s gun walking scheme Operation Fast and Furious. "Straw" buyers were allowed to purchase guns and traffic them to Mexican drug cartels and ATF agents hoped to track the weapons. However, no agents tracked them and thousands of guns disappeared. They have been found at numerous crime scenes in Mexico and America. No one has been held accountable for Fast and Furious, and Attorney General Eric Holder is still in contempt of Congress for not handing over documents related to the program.

The FBI is not revealing many details on the arrest. Terry family spokesman said the family is very happy.

"The family is excited but we have two more fugitive defendants in Mexico. This is an ongoing operation and case," Terry family spokesman Robert Heyer said Thursday.

Three of the five suspects have been caught. Jesus Favela-Astorga and Heraclio "Laco" Osorio-Arellanes are still at large.

I want to know when they are going to arrest the guy that gave the "go" order for Fast & Furious -- Barack Obama.


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More Fast & Furious guns surface at crime scenes in Mexico

Erika Johnsen says we unfortunately haven’t had any shortage of scandalous revelations stemming from the doings of Team Obama during Barack Obama’s tenure, but both Obama and his Department of Justice have pretty much succeeded in sweeping under the rug the deadly and ongoing consequences of one of their shadiest undertakings yet.

The media was all too happy to move on after Attorney General was formally held in contempt of Congress last year for failing to turn over subpoenaed documents relating to Operation Fast & Furious, the administration’s not-”botched” exercise in walking guns to Mexican drug cartels, and no, in case you were wondering -- Team Obama still hasn’t complied with Congressional requests for more information. They’d really be happy to just forget the whole thing ever happened, you see -- but in the latest update from CBS News, Sharyl Atkisson reports that three more Fast & Furious weapons have turned up at crime scenes in Mexico, meaning that the results of what we could most charitably call Team Obama's  outrageous negligence are far from finished.

According to Justice Department tracing documents obtained by CBS News, all three guns are WASR-10 762-caliber Romanian rifles. Two were purchased by Fast and Furious suspect Uriel Patino in May and July of 2010. Sean Steward, who was convicted on gun charges in July 2012, purchased a third. The rifles were traced yesterday to the Lone Wolf gun shop in Glendale, Ariz.

During Fast and Furious and similar operations, federal agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) encouraged the Lone Wolf and other gun stores to sell massive amounts of weapons to questionable purchasers who allegedly trafficked them Mexican drug cartels.

Patino is said to have purchased 700 guns while under ATF’s watch. Ever since, a steady stream of the guns have been recovered at crime scenes in Mexico and the U.S. But the Justice Department has refused repeated requests from Congress and CBS News to provide a full accounting. An estimated 1,400 guns are still on the street or unaccounted for.

This isn’t the first instance of Fast & Furious' still-developing and bloody fallout even just this summer, and while Republicans in Congress are trying to hold the DOJ’s feet to the fire on publicly acknowledging the related crimes, the actually "obstructionist" Obama administration isn’t going to do much of anything they don’t want to do. For them, limits on executive privilege are more like guidelines than actual rules.


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Grassley to Holder: Why is your department hiding new Fast and Furious murders?

Katie Pavlich is reporting that Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley has sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder reminding him that the Department of Justice has an obligation to inform Congress when Operation Fast and Furious weapons are found at crime scenes. Just last week, the Los Angeles Times reported Mexican Police Chief Luis Astorga and his body guard were killed by cartels using guns from the lethal operation.

"Since the beginning of this investigation, we have followed the link between Fast and Furious weapons and crimes committed on both sides of the border. On numerous occasions we have asked the Department to keep us apprised of Fast and Furious weapon recoveries -- especially as they relate to violent crimes," Grassley wrote.

The letter details not only the killings reported last week, but murders uncovered by Univision in October 2012 and by CBS News in November 2012 linked to the weapons trafficked into Mexico during the operation. On both occasions, one of which included the murder of a Mexican beauty queen who was used as a human shield, Grassley pressed the Justice Department for information.

"Despite our repeated requests, it has been over a year since we last heard from the Department on this issue. The Department his from Congress this recent internal trace record showing a link between the murder of a police chief and Fast and Furious. Such actions do little to promote trust between the Department and Congress, and only provide further evidence that the Department is actively trying to conceal all information pertaining to Fast and Furious from Congress," the letter states.

Grassley has again asked the Justice Department for more information surrounding multiple deaths connected to Fast and Furious. He has given the Department and Holder a July 25, 2013 deadline for compliance.


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Police chief murdered with rifle lost in Operation Fast and Furious

Yet another gun lost in the ATF’s disastrous federal gun-walking operation known as “Fast and Furious” has reportedly been used in a murder.

A high-powered rifle from Fast and Furious was used to kill a Mexican police chief in the state of Jalisco earlier this year, according to internal Department of Justice records. The new revelation suggests “that weapons from the failed gun-tracking operation have now made it into the hands of violent drug cartels deep inside Mexico,” the Los Angeles Times reports.

This Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011 picture shows part of a cache of seized weapons displayed at a news conference in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)

More from the LA Times:

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 authorities said eight suspects in their 20s and 30s were arrested after police seized them nearby with a cache of weapons — rifles, grenades, handguns, helmets, bulletproof vests, uniforms and special communications equipment. The area is a hot zone for rival drug gangs, with members of three cartels fighting over turf in the region.

A semi-automatic WASR rifle, the firearm that killed the chief, was traced back to the Lone Wolf Trading Company, a gun store in Glendale, Ariz. The notation on the Department of Justice trace records said the WASR was used in a “HOMICIDE – WILLFUL – KILL –PUB OFF –GUN” –ATF code for “Homicide, Willful Killing of a Public Official, Gun.”

The ATF allowed hundreds of guns to walk across the border into Mexico with supposed intentions of tracking them to Mexican cartel leaders.

The ATF declined to discuss the murder of the Mexican police chief. Officials told the LA Times that they are still creating an inventory of all the lost firearms for a complete account of the Fast and Furious operation. The operation was started in 2008.

At least 211 people have been killed or wounded by Fast and Furious guns, according to Mexican authorities. This, of course, includes slain U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was gunned down by Mexican traffickers in 2010.

The scandal that keeps on giving . . .

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Obama's gun-runners "got away with it"
 
Micahel Carl is reporting that a congressional committee chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., may have moved on to other Obama administration scandals, but Arizonans still want answers to the Fast and Furious gun-running project that sent thousands of weapons to drug lords in Mexico.
 
Will they get them?
 
Not if a reported conspiracy of intimidation and enforced silence wins.
 
Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association President Noble Hathaway said it angers Arizonans that it looks like the federal officials involved with Fast and Furious "got away with it."
 
"To Arizonan's it looks like they all got promotions and were commended for executing this scheme. I hope I am wrong but that is the appearance it had," Hathaway said.
 
"By having the top people in management saying they did not know about it, this is worse than just saying they made a mistake and moving on. Not many in this administration preach personal responsibility though so it's par for the course," Hathaway said.
 
A former U. S. intelligence and State Department Security officer who still has connections in the State Department says he knows why "they got away with it."
 
The operative, who asked not to be named, said silence is part of the deal.
 
"It is highly likely that gun shops in Arizona were forced to assist the U. S. government [in] getting the Fast and Furious guns and ammunition out of the country into Mexico," he said. "As a result, the gun shops don't dare elucidate in public on this issue."
 
He said many of Arizona's gun shops were intimidated into cooperating with the federal government and now are being intimidated into silence.
 
"The government intimidation process included a threat to restrict gun shops' acquisition of these products through stiffer regulations of the products. This was done by executive action," he said.
 
There is evidence that the former intelligence operative and security officer's claims are on target.
 
A gun shop owner who declined to allow WND to use his name said he believes that the reason the issue has faded from public and that no gun shops will talk to the media is political pressure.
 
One gun shop owner refused to speak on record and referred inquiries to House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform spokeswoman Becca Watkins.
 
Several gun shops in the Phoenix and Tucson areas were contacted and all but one declined to be interviewed about the Fast and Furious investigation. Their response was, "We're not interested."
 
Hathaway says he's aware that other issues have taken center stage in the country, but because Arizonans want answers, he wants the Fast and Furious investigation to remain alive.
 
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The fact that the Emperor is allowed to travel outside the US and throw Americans under the bus is unacceptable and proof he is not from our shores. When will the sheeple wake up and get rightfully tired of being the bad guy, even in the eyes of their "elected" leader?

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Actually, the guns used by most of the Cartel's "Killer Teams" are select-fire military models, stolen from the Mexican Army and police. Also grenades. Not available in the US gun shops.
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The incredible hypocrisy of the hypocrite-in-chief

Barack Obama’s comments about guns in Mexico demonstrated a curious lack of self-awareness. “[M]ost of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States.” So the violence perpetrated by Mexican drug cartels is our fault? That seemed to be the implication. But obviously, if there were not a single firearm in the U.S., the drug cartels would be just as well armed as they are today.

But that is almost beside the point. How could anyone utter those words without thinking about Fast and Furious? Obama also said, “So we’ll keep increasing the pressure on gun traffickers who bring illegal guns into Mexico. We’ll keep putting these criminals where they belong: behind bars.” Well, when we’re not sliding them thousands of firearms on purpose, that is.

This strikes me as one more in a long series of instances where Obama believes that through sheer denial, he can inhabit an alternative universe, and perhaps convince the rest of us to inhabit it too.

Remember, Operation Fast & Furious was initiated at the direct order of Barack Obama.


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Our Apologizer-in-Chief is in fine form here.  He is, or at least was, a 'Creator of Demand' for drugs in the US, and his administration was responsible for a huge, uncontrolled gun-smuggling operation that was conducted to create an anti-gun political climate in the US at the cost of thousands of Mexican lives.

Liar and hypocrite as usual. He is willing to sacrifice Mexicans as well as Americans to forward his Agenda of disarming America.
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Obama blames U. S. for drug violence in Mexico -- while in Mexico

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Obama tried out a little Spanish on his audience, saying “Es un placer estar entre amigos” (It is a pleasure to be among friends) and struck a deferential tone in speaking about the United States’ southern neighbor.

Drug-fueled violence in Mexico is not entirely the fault of the Mexican people, he said. Instead, the United States shares the blame because much of the violence is centered around the Americans’ demand for illegal drugs and the fact that guns are smuggled into Mexico from the United States.

“In this relationship there is no senior partner or junior partner. We are two equal partners, two sovereign nations that must work together in mutual interest and mutual respect,” Obama said.

Obama’s goal on a three-day trip to Mexico and Costa Rica is to emphasize the need for stronger commercial ties and broaden relations beyond the security partnerships that have dominated the past.


Is he for real???  This guy is delusional.  Maybe he shouldn't have hatched the plan that let guns walk into Mexico in the first place!


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Feds pin bull's-eye to "Fast and Furious" whistleblowers

It was reported back in 2012 that members of Congress were alarmed that Obama administration officials had been threatening retaliation against the whistleblowers who exposed the government’s decision to traffic weapons to Mexican drug cartels.

Taylor Rose is reporting that so concerned were they that Rep. Darrell Issa and Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley at that time asked the Department of Justice’s internal investigator to identify and prosecute any retaliation.

Now Katie Pavlich, author of the New York Times bestseller “Fast and Furious: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal and the Shameless Cover-Up,” news editor of Townhall.com and an expert on the Fast and Furious scandal, has reported the extensive attacks those employees have endured.

“They’ve been transferred, then been harassed, they’ve had their guns and badges stripped from them and placed at corner desks, and transferred to Washington D.C. at what they call the mothership” so the government can keep a better eye on them, Pavlich said.

Most shocking, she cites that the government “has actively worked with Media Matters to smear whistleblowers and their reputation,” which Pavlich says is “illegal” and a “violation of the Whistleblower Protection Act.”

Read Pavlich’s comments about the government’s false flag operation against gun dealers.

Since the exposure of the 2009 scandal over Fast and Furious whistleblowers have been essential to the revealing of information behind the actions and nature of the scandal. The scandal itself was revealed because of whistleblowers who revealed that they were being forced to traffic arms to drug dealers in Mexico.


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House GOP not backing off Fast & Furious lawsuit despite ObamaMedia claims

Matthew Boyle is reporting that House Republicans are standing strong in their pursuit of Operation Fast and Furious documents, undercutting a narrative the Department of Justice has tried to seep into the ObamaMedia.

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 criminal charges against Holder.

“A fight over President Obama’s use of executive privilege on the documents that led to Attorney General Eric Holder’s contempt charges is increasingly likely to be decided in court,” Yager wrote on Tuesday. “The way the court decides could drastically limit congressional subpoena powers -- or curb the extent to which the president can claim executive privilege.”

Members of the ObamaMedia, including Politico’s Josh Gerstein and Reuters’ David Ingram, have tried to foster a narrative that House Republicans would fold and settle the lawsuit. “Lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department and for congressional Republicans told a federal judge on Tuesday they were in talks to settle a suit stemming from Operation Fast and Furious, a botched probe into gun trafficking to Mexican drug cartels,” Ingram wrote in November, adding that such a settlement would “bring a quiet end to a political furor that stirred the passions of gun owners, ended some Justice Department careers and led Republicans to find U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt.”

In a late January story, Gerstein similarly tried to argue Republicans were seeking to settle the lawsuit. “A deal may be near in the Operation-Fast-and-Furious-related dispute that led the House of Representatives to cite Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt last year,” Gerstein wrote on January 29.

Yager notes in his Tuesday article that the discussions between the two sides are “court-ordered mediations,” something those working for House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa say are “almost certain to be fruitless.” 

Ultimately, though, Yager said wrote that “it is up to the U.S. District Court of D.C. to decide whether the president was right to assert executive privilege or whether Issa’s subpoena should be honored.”

This DoJ has a penchant for pushing such false narratives into the public sphere. Now former Holder spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler resigned her position at DoJ; she was caught colluding with far-left-wing advocacy organization Media Matters for America to smear whistleblowers, members of Congress and people in the conservative media and mainstream media who covered Holder scandals.

When asked whether she had a hand in pushing those stories inaccurately alluding that House Republicans were backing down on the Holder contempt lawsuit, Schmaler would not answer. “Just to be clear -- you're asking if I have talked to reporters covering an issue about the Department of Justice?” she said in an email to Breitbart News, and refused to answer yes or no.


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All of Obama's appointees are loyal only to him and his Agenda, not to the Constitution, America, or the People.
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Obama's BATF nominee was on the DoJ's Fast and Furious design team

Matthew Boyle is reporting that As part of 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 allowed sales to happen and didn’t stop the guns from being trafficked, even though they had the legal authority to do so and were fully capable of doing so.
 
Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and hundreds of Mexican citizens -- estimates put it around at least 300 -- were killed with these firearms.
 
Obama nominated Jones after he said in his gun control plan that the “ATF has not had a confirmed director for six years. There is no excuse for leaving the key agency enforcing gun laws in America without a leader. It is time for Congress to confirm an ATF director.”

According to a congressional report from House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform chairman Rep. Darrell Issa and Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member Sen. Chuck Grassley, Jones was one of several senior DOJ officials in the meeting. Before the meeting, then-Deputy Attorney General David Ogden disseminated a strategy that became the new law enforcement platform on which gunwalking was based.

"On October 23, 2009, Deputy Attorney General Ogden disseminated this strategy to the heads of Department components, including the ATF, DEA, and FBI,” the Issa-Grassley report, released on Oct. 23, 2012, reads. “The Deputy Attorney General also formed a Southwest Border Strategy Group, which he headed, responsible for implementing the new strategy. The Strategy Group’s first meeting was on October 26, 2009, when it assembled to discuss the new strategy.”

“The meeting invitation included Deputy Attorney General Ogden and his deputies Ed Siskel and Kathryn Ruemmler (both of whom would later leave the Justice Department for the White House Counsel’s Office); Assistant Attorney General Breuer and his deputies, Jason Weinstein, Kenneth Blanco, and Bruce Swartz; ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson and Deputy Director William Hoover; the U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, Dennis Burke; and the U.S. Attorney for the District of Minnesota, B. Todd Jones, then serving as Chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee,” the report continues.

From that meeting came what’s become known as the “Ogden memo,” which contains a paragraph many involved in gunwalking have pointed to as their legal basis for the practice. “Thus, given the national scope of this issue, merely seizing firearms through interdiction will not stop firearms trafficking to Mexico,” the paragraph, printed on page seven of the memo, reads. “We must identify, investigate, and eliminate the sources of illegally trafficked firearms and the networks that transport them."

The Department of Justice has withheld documents, details, and more information about these meetings and this group from congressional investigators and internal DOJ investigators at the Department of Justice. Many mainstream media outlets have claimed Attorney General Eric Holder and other senior officials were “vindicated” or “cleared” by the DOJ’s Inspector General when his report came out in the fall 2012. But these documents and details remain hidden from the American people, leaving open more questions about what role Holder or his aides played in gunwalking in Operation Fast and Furious.

“The Committees were unable to ascertain any further details regarding this meeting,” the Issa-Grassley report adds.

As Townhall’s Katie Pavlich notes, Jones also has a penchant for threatening and retaliating against ATF Operation Fast and Furious whistleblowers. Issa said Obama’s decision to nominate Jones is a “slap in the face” to the Terry family.

“Acting Director Jones was at the helm of ATF as many troubling problems from the fallout of Operation Fast and Furious festered,” Issa declared. “His specific decisions on a number of Fast and Furious related issues raise concerns about his judgment and ability to lead the agency.

"While I continue to believe that ATF needs to have a Senate confirmed Director, President Obama has a responsibility to find a nominee who can win confirmation and is not saddled by a string of bad decisions related to the agency’s greatest recent failure."

A Justice Department spokeswoman hasn’t returned Breitbart News’ request for comment in response to these revelations about Jones and hasn’t answered whether Holder will release the documents and information surrounding those Fast and Furious formative meetings.


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Man claims to have shot U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry

Jordan Fabian is reporting that 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 Treviño.
 
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. Two AK-47 rifles found at the scene were linked to the botched Operation Fast and Furious, in which the U.S. government sought to track firearms sales to violent drug cartels. But it remains unclear whether those weapons were used to kill Terry.
 
Cruz-Lozano, 41, was not one of the several suspects arrested in the aftermath of Terry's slaying. But in an interview with Univision News, he insisted he is the one who pulled the trigger on Terry.
 
"We had a drug shipment and when they took us by surprise, people started surrounding them, and that's when we ambushed them," he told "Primer Impacto" correspondent Natalia Cruz. "When they started surrounding them and they had no time to react, I was the one, I was the one that killed him."
 
One man has already pleaded guilty for participating in Terry's murder: Mexican national Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, the Associated Press reported in October 2012. Osorio-Arellanes faces life in prison.
 
When Univision News contacted the Terry family's attorney, Lincoln Combs, for a reaction to Cruz-Lozano's claims, he expressed skepticism about the possibility that Cruz-Lozano was involved in the killing since his name had not been part of the investigation thus far.
 
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Weapon used in Mexico gunfight linked to Operation Fast and Furious

Richard A. Serrano is reporting that 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.
 
The discovery of the two firearms -- an AK-47 assault rifle and a 5.7 mm. pistol -- provides new evidence that the nearly 2,000 weapons lost under Fast and Furious, and others, continue to flow freely across the U.S.-Mexico border and probably will be turning up at violent crime scenes for years to come.
 
The purchase by the supervisory agent, George Gillett of ATF's Phoenix field office, is now under review by the Department of Justice's Inspector General's Office, which earlier this year found major systemic problems with both ATF agents and supervisors for Fast and Furious, sources said.

In a brief interview Wednesday, Gillett declined to discuss why he purchased the FN Herstal pistol in January 2010 or how it ended up in the fatal shooting in Mexico. When he bought the pistol, he gave his address as the Phoenix ATF field office.
 
"I've got no comment. I can't discuss it," he said. "But it was a lawful transaction."
 
The other weapon, a Romanian AK-47-type WASR-10 rifle, was purchased in March 2010 in Phoenix by Uriel Patino. It was one of more than 700 firearms he obtained illegally under the eyes of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in their attempts to track weapons to the Mexican cartels. Patino is being prosecuted in Arizona in connection with illegal gun purchases.


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This is just for show. They will be retired or rehired somewhere else. As long as they keep their mouths shut.
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