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Tag: fast and furious

ATF Whistleblower Vince Cefalu Vows on Fox News to Challenge His Firing


Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A veteran ATF agent and well-known whistleblower who was fired in a Denny’s parking lot this week has pledged to challenge his dismissal, Fox News reports.

Vince Cefalu, a co-founder of the website CleanUpATF.org, which is critical of the agency, said his firing was the direct result of blowing the whistle on the failed gun-smuggling operation, Fast and Furious.

First reported this week at ticklethewire.com, Cefalu was fired in Nevada near his home for “lack of candor,” according to his spokesman Patrick Crosby, a former spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Atlanta, who now has his own public relations firm.

Cefalu told Fox News that his decision to blow the whistle on Fast and Furious “was the final straw.”

 

New York Times Editorial: Fast, Furious and Foolish

By The New York Times
Editorial Page

The recklessness of federal officials in their harebrained scheme to assist in illegal gunrunning to Mexican drug cartels was laid bare in a scathing report by the Justice Department’s inspector general.

Primary blame for the botched program — known as Operation Fast and Furious — was placed on a group of Arizona-based prosecutors and officials of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives who lost track of hundreds of weapons that were allowed to pass into Mexico in hopes of tracing them to cartel leaders.

Two of the high-powered guns turned up at an Arizona shootout in 2010 that killed an American Border Patrol officer.

The ill-conceived operation put public safety at risk with no effective plan to track the guns, according to the inspector general, Michael Horowitz, who found “misguided strategies, tactics, errors in judgment and management failures,” including slipshod oversight at Justice Department headquarters in Washington.

To read more click here.

 

Family of Slain Border Patrol Agent Speaks About Frustrations

Brian Terry

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The frustrated family of a Border Patrol agent killed nearly two years ago along the Arizona-Mexico border said they want the truth about what happened, Fox 10 News reports.

“If the truth comes out and they tell me the truth, I’ll be happy with that, but I don’t want to just sit there and listen to lies just to cover up and pacify me,” a relative told Fox.

The murder of Brian Terry, which made infamous the controversial drug-running operation known as Fast and Furious, remains under investigation.

Border Patrol Station Opening in Arizona, Honors Fallen Agent Brian Terry

Steve Neavlng
ticklethewire.com

 A grand opening is planned Tuesday for the U.S. Border Patrol’s new station in Naco, Arizona, the Associated Press reports.

The station will honor Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was killed in December 2010 in a gun skirmish with armed Mexican bandits on the U.S. side of the Arizona and Mexican border, the AP reported.

Terry’s death became one of the key focuses of the an investigation into the government’s botched gun-smuggling investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious.

The new station can accommodate more tha 450 agents and support employees.

Parts of IG Report on Fast and Furious Leak Out to Fox News: Blame Placed on ATF and Justice


ATF William Newell was a key person in operation.

By William La Jeunesse
Fox News

Dozens of senior-level U.S. government officials turned a blind eye to public safety as they pursued an ill-conceived and poorly managed investigation into gun trafficking in Mexico, according to a long-awaited inspector general’s report on Operation Fast and Furious.

Portions of the Justice Department IG report, which has not been made public, were obtained exclusively by Fox News Channel.

The report and accompanying accounts cite a failure in leadership and a lack of accountability and oversight up and down the chain of command at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Justice Department itself and other offices. It says many senior executives knew the U.S. was helping traffic guns to Mexico that killed people but did nothing to stop it.

“We found no evidence in Operation Fast and Furious that the ATF or the (U.S. attorney’s office) attempted at any point during the investigation to balance the risks to the public safety against the long-term benefits of identifying trafficking networks and participants,” the draft report says.

To read more click here.

 

Report on controversial Fast and Furious to be Released by Tuesday

Michael Horowitz

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The Justice Department inspector general expects to issue the long-anticipated report on the ATF gun-running operation known as Fast and Furious by next Tuesday morning, CNN reports.

DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz is to testify before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Tuesday morning, following the report’s release.

Attorney General Eric Holder said he won’t take disciplinary action until the report is released, according to CNN.

The report is believed to assign blame on Phoenix officials who led the effort, CNN reported.

Report: ATF Officials in Phoenix Responsible for Fast and Furious

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A federal report on the controversial gun-walking operation, Fast and Furious, places much of the blame on the program on the Phoenix office of the ATF, CBS News reports.

The report by the Inspector General, which is expected to be released in a few weeks, shows a divide between the Phoenix office and their supervisors at ATF headquarters and the Justice Department, according to CBS News, which interviewed peopled familiar with the case.

Those most responsible, according to the report, are then-Special Agent in Charge Bill Newell, agent Hope MacAllister and group servitor David Voth.

Phoenix-based authorities said they knew nothing was wrong because they had the blessings of headquarters and the Justice Department – both of which were notified of the investigation during briefings.

Superiors, however, said they never wanted agents to allow guns to walk, according to CBS News.

One of the guns was found later at the murder scene of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

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Senior ATF Official Accused of Collecting Pay From Private Sector Pay While On Leave

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A top official of the ATF who was involved in the controversial gun operation “Fast and Furious” is working full time for investment bank J.P. Morgan while also collecting a government salary, according to two Republican lawmakers, Sari Horwitz of the Washington Post  reports.

Deputy Assistant ATF Director William McMahon has been receiving two salaries simultaneously, two Republican senators wrote in a letter to acting ATF director, B. Todd Jones.

What’s worse, they said, ATF was allowing McMahon to remain on leave and stay on the payroll for another four or five months to become eligible for retirement, according to the Post.

“ATF has essentially facilitated McMahon’s early retirement and ability to double dip for nearly half a year by receiving two full-time paychecks — one from the taxpayer and one from the private sector,” wrote Sen. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa).

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