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Tag: fast and furious

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.”

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.