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Tag: fast and furious

Mexican Police Arrest 3rd Suspect in Slaying of Border Patrol Agent

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The December 2010 slaying of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry shed light on the U.S. government’s botched gun-smuggling investigation, Operation Fast and Furious, The Washington Times reports.

Now a third suspect is in custody in the shootout that left Terry dead in the Arizona borderlands.

Police in Sinaloa, Mexico, arrested suspect Ivan Soto Barraza, 30.

He is awaiting extradition, the Times reported.

“Brian’s family is pleased to hear of another arrest and we remain hopeful that two additional fugitives believed to be in Mexico will be arrested. Questions remain unanswered about the death of Brian, including details on the failed gun trafficking investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious,” Terry’s cousin told Reuters.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Mexican Man Who Killed Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in 2010 to Be Sentenced Sept. 10

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Mexican man who pleaded guilty to killing a Border Patrol agent in 2010 and whose case revealed the botched “Fast and Furious” investigation is to be sentenced Sept. 10, the Associated Press reports.

Manuel Osorio-Arellanes is one of five men accused of killing Agent Brian Terry, but he’s the only one to plead guilty. One other suspect is in custody, while the others remain on the loose.

Two rifles found at the scene belonged originated from the “Fast and Furious” investigation.

Fed Judge Skeptical of Justice Dept. Bid to Dismiss Lawsuit in Fast and Furious Case


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
A fed judge in D.C. appeared skeptical of the Justice Department’s bid to dismiss a lawsuit centering on the poorly thought out ATF operation known as Fast and Furious, according to the Associated Press. 

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has filed a lawsuit seeking records related to the operation.

On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson “sharply challenged the department’s claim that federal courts have no jurisdiction in the dispute,” according to the Associated Press.

“I’m a check and balance,” countered Jackson.”The third branch exists.”

 

Report: ICE Agents Could Have Blown the Whistle on Bungled Fast & Furious Investigation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

ICE agents along the Arizona border became aware that ATF was allowing illegal guns to cross the border as part of the bungled Fast & Furious investigation, the Washington Guardian reports.

But ICE agents, who were concerned and talked to local ATF officials about the unusual probe, never took the complaints to Washington, missing an opportunity to blow the whistle on the scandal, the Guardian wrote.

The findings were revealed in a new Homeland Security inspector general report.

“Most Homeland Security Investigations personnel in Arizona who received information about the investigation recognized that the task force was using a flawed methodology, which was contrary to ICE policy and practices for weapons smuggling investigations,” the inspector general concluded in a little-noticed report issued late last month.

 

Sidelined for Blowing the Whistle on ATF, Special Agent Now Hailed As Hero

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

ATF Special Agent John Dodson, who was sidelined after blowing the whistle on the botched gun-running operation Fast and Furious, has been cleared by his bosses and now is considered a hero, Fox News reports.

John Dodson has been cleared of any wrongdoing, was praised by Congress for bringing the botched operation to the public, Fox News wrote.

“I fully appreciate that you took the courageous step of going to Congress to ensure that the public learned of the flawed tactics used in Operation Fast and Furious,” Deputy Director Tom Brandon said to Dodson.

“Although it took some time, the basic truth is now known to all: Throughout Operation Fast and Furious, agents and prosecutors failed to ensure that firearms were interdicted from straw purchasers and traffickers whenever there was a legal basis and opportunity to do so,” Brandon said.

STORIES OF OTHER INTEREST

More Guns Show Up from Botched Gun-Trafficking Operation Fast and Furious

atf file photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Two weapons linked to the botched gun-trafficking Operation Fast and Furious were found at the scene of a deadly drug cartel gunfight last month, the Tribune Washington Bureau reports.

The guns – an AK-47 assault rifle and 5.7 mm pistol – illustrate that some of the 2,000 weapons lost under Operation Fast and Furious remain in the wrong hands and likely will be used in crimed, the Tribune reported.

The pistol was purchased by Supervisory Agent George Gillett, who was helping oversee the botched operation.

Feds are investigating. Gillett declined to comment.

Four ATF Leaders Face Termination; Disciplinary Board Recommends Firings

ATF William Newell was a key person in operation.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Four senior ATF managers behind the botched Fast and Furious gun-smuggling investigation face termination after a disciplinary board recommended they be fired, the Washington Times reports.

The ATF Professional Review Board recommended the termination of the four managers, William Newell, former special agent in charge of the ATF’s Phoenix office; George Gillett, the former second in command in the Phoenix office; Mark Chait former assistant director for field operations; and William McMahon, a former deputy assistant director of ATF who oversaw field operations in the West –

Federal officials said they were among a number of managers who mishandled the operation by letting hundreds of weapons reach the hands of Mexican smugglers.

The three may appeal their dismissals or faec a disciplinary review board of senior managers, the Washington Times reported.

ATF Whistleblower Vince Cefalu Reinstated While Federal Board Investigates His Case

Vince Cefalu

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The ATF special agent who was fired recently after blowing the whistle on the failed gun-running operation, Fast and Furious returned to his job, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports.

Vince Cefalu is back on the payroll for at least 45 days while the U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board, which oversees federal employment issues, examines the case, the Journal reported.

The request to temporarily reinstate Cefalu came the Office of Special Counsel, an independent federal investigator.

Giving ATF officials five days to comply, the board ordered the agency to “reinstate Mr. Cefalu to his position of Criminal Investigator, with the same duties and responsibilities in effect immediately prior to his removal,” according to the Journal.

The agency maintains Cefalu was fired for “lack of candor.”