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Whistleblower, Ex-Arizona U.S. Attorney Says His Office Was Cast As Scapegoat

Fprmer U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke, who blew the whistle on the Fast and Furious gun investigation, said he leaked the information because he feared his superiors in Washington would unfairly blame the problems on his office, Main Justice reports.

During an Arizona State Bar disciplinary proceeding on March 27, Burke said his bosses were more concerned with political expediency than getting to the bottom of the problem.

Burke “believed that his office and employees were not being protected by DOJ, and that accurate and complete information was not being provided to the national media,” according to the disciplinary agreement.

Burke was issued a reprimand and accepted responsibility and agreed to $1,200 to reimburse the state bar, Main Justice wrote.

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ATF Comes Under Investigation for Handling of Undercover Storefront Stings in 4 Cities

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF is under fire for botched storefront stings and other undercover operations across the country.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports that Inspector General Michael Horowitz opened an investigation into storefront stings in Milwaukee, Pensacola, St. Louis and Wichita, Kan.

The agency is already under investigation for its handling of a controversial drug-running probe, Operation Fast and Furious

Horowitz said the investigation will “examine possible systemic deficiencies in ATF’s storefront operations policies, and evaluate the effectiveness of the Monitored Case Program as an oversight tool in these operations.”

One of the problems with Operation Fast and Furious, he said, was the lack of oversight.

Mexican Man Gets 30 Years in Murder of Border Agent Brian Terry

Brian Terry

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Some justice was delivered in a sorry chapter in law enforcement involving the murder of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry on Dec. 14, 2010.

Manuel Osorio-Arellanes of Mexico was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Tucson to 30 years in prison for the killing of Terry, whose death was linked to ATF’s botched and embarrassing gun-smuggling investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious, according to KGUN8 TV in Arizona. Two guns from the operation were found at the scene of the killing.

The  station reported that  Manuel Osorio-Arellanes — who pleaded guilty in the killing — along with four other Mexican men crossed into the  U.S. to rob marijuana smugglers  and got into a gun fight with Terry and three other agents.

The Associated Press reported that Osorio-Arellanes was wounded in the shootout at the scene and arrested. The wire service reported that the remaining crew escaped to Mexico. Two of the four are in custody in Mexico and two others are still on the run.

 

Details Emerge in Death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, Whose Attack Revealed ‘Fast & Furious’ Controversy

Brian Terry

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Details of the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry near the Arizona-Mexico border in 2010 were largely unknown – until now.

The Associated Press reports that armed men had sneaked into the U.S. to rob marijuana smugglers when the attack happened, according to an account given by prosecutors.

Watching the men from atop a small hill using night-vision gear, agents waited until the men got closer before yelling “police” in Spanish. The gunman opened fire, killing Terry.

“I’m hit,” Terry said, adding he couldn’t feel his legs.

Terry’s death revealed the government’s botched “Fast and Furious” gun-smuggling operation.

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ATF Agent Blasts Handling of Botched ‘Fast and Furious’


Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

John Dodson said he’s barely hanging onto his job.

The ATF agent blew the whistle on the botched gun trafficking scheme, “Fast and Furious,” and is the author of “The Unarmed Truth: My Fight to Blow the Whistle And Expose Fast and Furious.”

Dodson said not enough people were held accountable.

“Nobody’s ever explained where this started from, who thought this was a good idea, and how no one’s been held accountable for it.”

For more on his story, click on the video above.

Former Secret Service Agent Depicts Unflattering Picture of Bureaucrats in New Book

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 12-year Secret Service agent who resigned in 2011 to run for a Senate seat in Maryland has written a book about his career.

Dan Bongino’s “Life Inside the Bubble: Why a Top-Ranked Secret Service Agent Walked Away from it All” hit the bookshelves Tuesday, offering a look at the staffers, acolytes, lobbyists and bureaucrats who were surrounded with policy decisions.

Those people, he said, existed inside a “bubble” and lacked honor and integrity, according to a press release for the book.

Bongino also writes about the “Fast & Furious” scandal, the Boston Marathon bombing and terrorist attacks in Benghazi.

 

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Republican Lawmakers Plan to Remove AG Eric Holder From Office

attorney general/doj file photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

House Republicans are planning to remove AG Eric Holder from office by year’s end, Rep. Tod Yoho, R-Fla., told the Gainsville Sun.

“It’s to get him out of office — impeachment,” the Florida freshman said, adding “it will probably be when we get back in [Washington]. It will be before the end of the year. This will go to the speaker and the speaker will decide if it comes up or not.”

Among the reasons for removal is the botched “Fast and Furious” operation, which allowed guns to be placed in the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

The group plans to take the plan to House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, when the lawmakers return from break.

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Justice Department Gives Agent Permission to Publish Book Critical of Agency

ATF file photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has switched its position and said an ATF agent may publish a book about the agency’s bungled gun smuggling sting operation “Fast and Furious,”  the Associated Press reports.

The department said it was notifying the ACLU, which is representing ATF agent John Dodson, that the book could be published.

The department previously tried to stop the publication, saying federal employees are generally banned from making profits off of their work.

But for law enforcement reasons, the AP wrote, some parts of the book, “The Unarmed Truth,” will be redacted.

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