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GunGate: Operation GunRunner / Fast & Furious / GunWalker / Castaway – CONTINUOUS ROUND-UP

2011/07/03

208 Commentarama: When Is An ATF Agent Not An ATF Agent?  When he’s a double dipping flunky. [Thanks L.A.!- Ed.]

207 Big Journalism: Contempt Lawsuit Against Holder: NBC Ignores, ABC and CBS Do Bare Minimum Well, there’s a reason the networks are loosing money: People are decreasingly using television for their news sources. The fix is somewhat straightforward: When in the information business, there’s no substitute for… information.

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206 Roll Call: Darrell Issa to Sue Eric Holder Monday   “House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa plans to sue Attorney General Eric Holder on Monday for refusing to provide documents related to the “Fast and Furious” gun-smuggling operation.

205 Bob Owens: Yet ANOTHER Fast and Furious operation? Yes. More.

204 The Blaze: High-Ranking Mexican Drug Cartel Member Makes Explosive Allegation: ‘Fast and Furious’ Is Not What You Think It IsIt wasn’t about tracking guns, it was about supplying them — all part of an elaborate agreement between the U.S. government and Mexico’s powerful Sinaloa Cartel to take down rival cartels.” Gee! Who knew?

203 Bob Owens: Another Fast and Furious gun surfaces in murder plotWhat? The Obama Administration’s warren of gun smuggling operations leads to law enforcement officers being targeted for murder? Never saw that coming.

202 Washinton Guardian: DOJ withheld ‘Fast and Furious’ whistleblower memo Kippah-tip to Dutchman6 – Ed.

201 Monica Crowley: What the (bleep) Just Happened? Will we see justice for Agents Zapata and Terry?

200 AOSHQ: Judge Orders Indictments Against Brian Terry’s Murderers Unsealed;
Brian Terry Fired Bean Bag Ammunition Against Heavily (US-) Armed Drug Gangsters, Per Standing RoE This… is just sick.

199 Maggie’s Notebook: Kevin O’Reilly Sent to Iraq – Not Allowed to Testify in Fast Furious: O’Reilly Takes Virginia Ramadan’s Job  You don’t say?

198 The Hill, via Instapundit: Sen. Grassley demands additional ‘Fast and Furious’ documents.

197 IBD: Blood Money: Obama Contributor Ran Fast and FuriousIn July 2010, Burke told the Arizona Capitol Times there had “clearly been direction provided already by President Obama and Attorney General Holder as to what they want to be doing.”

196 Sipsey Street Exclusive: Mike Vanderboegh and David Codrea file ethics complaint on Eric Holder with the D.C. Bar!

195 Bob Owens: White House Will “Neither Confirm Nor Deny” Obama’s Role in Fast and Furious Cover-up.  Quoth Bob: “I love the sound of a dodging politician in the morning. It sounds like inevitability.

194 The Liberty Belle: Ken Melson – Key Figure in Fast and Furious? Where is Ken Melson? More, too, over at Maggie’s.

193 The Daily Caller: Issa, Grassley Release Details About Fast and Furious Whistleblower Retaliation, Cover-up

192 Roll Call: Darrell Issa Puts Details of Secret Wiretap Applications in Congressional Record

191 DØNE!!! House Finds Attorney General Holder In Contempt

(ahem)

CRIMINAL CONTEMPT.

190 InstaPundit Mini-Roundup: Extra! Extra! Contempt Vote Today!

189 Daily Caller: Sen. Cornyn blasts Eric Holder: ‘You’ve violated the public trust’Cornyn called for Holder to resign over the attorney general’s handling of Fast and Furious, making him now the fourth U.S. senator to do so.” As they say…”Faster, please!

188 CBS: House Committee Schedules Contempt Vote Against Attorney General

UPDATE: FRAUD ALERT #187 – “DEAL” A FICTIONAL (NYTIMES) CLAIM

REP. BOEHNER DENIES. 

More later – Ed.

187 Daily Caller: Justice Dept. tries to cut Fast and Furious deal with Congress

Sure. Here’s the deal, Eric: Testify. Truthfully. All of it. If you lie, you will spend time in Leavenworth.

Hey, it beats the deal you gave Agent Brian Terry.

. . .

186 Town Hall & Katie Pavlich: Barack Obama’s Bloodiest Scandal

“Since just moments after Brian Terry was killed in the Arizona desert on December 15, 2010 by Mexican cartel thugs, carrying AK-47s provided to them by the Obama Justice Department through Operation Fast and Furious, the FBI, Homeland Security, ATF, Justice Department and the White House have been engaged in a full scale cover-up.  These are simply names of government agencies, but who are the people behind the cover-up?”

185 InstaPundit: HEADS SHOULD BE ROLLING: New documents: ATF had “Fast & Furious” prime suspect in custody in 2010 — and let him go.  “And the ATF should be abolished.”

AMEN.

184 American Thinker: Connecting the Dots on Fast and Furious

183 Bob Owens: Obama’s murder spree continues to unravel

182 Maggie’s Notebook: Fast and Furious: 2nd Gun in Agent Zapata Murder – What About the Third Gun in Agent Terry Death? Dunno. What about charging Holder with perjury and contempt?

181 Daily Caller: Breitbart on why the media tends to ignore Fast and Furious [VIDEO]

Fast and Furious happened, Breitbart explained, “for the purposes of creating a narrative that they could use in America to try and thwart our Second Amendment constitutional rights. I don’t think the most sinister screenwriter could imagine a government that would abide by that, let alone the media to cover that up.”

180 PJ Tatler: Was the Killing of ICE Agent Jaime Zapata Linked to Fast and Furious?

179 Instapundit: “ANOTHER DOJ SCANDAL? “A U.S. Justice Department source has told The Daily Caller that at least two DOJ prosecutors accepted cash bribes from allegedly corrupt finance executives who were indicted under court seal within the past 13 months, but never arrested or prosecuted.” Stay tuned.”

Our take: Got a fork? Holder is nearly done.

178 IBD: Eric Holder’s False Testimony Warrants Impeachment

177 Bob Owens: Fortress Holder (…with Thanks and Three Cheers for Bob!)

176 Bob Owens: Former CIA Director Hayden weighs in on Fast and Furious

175 Bob Owens: BOO-YAH: Issa threatens to hold Holder in contempt

174 Bob Owens: House Oversight Dems run sham investigation in an attempt to save Holder

173 Bob Owens: Email does not show Holder was told that Terry killed with Fast and Furious weapons  – NOT show – (Thanks Bob!)

172 New York Post: A Fast & Furious Fib: Holes in Holder’s testimony? Hat tip Instapundit

171 Daily Caller: Latest Friday night document dump shows Holder was informed of Brian Terry’s murder on day Fast & Furious weapons killed border agent

170 Via SG: NPR: Emails Show How ‘Fast and Furious’ Ambush News Unfolded At Justice Dept.

169 David Codrea: Documents say DOJ knew of Fast and Furious connection day after Terry murder

168 FOX:Federal official in Arizona to plead the fifth and not answer questions on ‘furious’

167 LA Times: Operation WHITE GUN – Another ATF weapons operation comes under scrutiny
More here from SacBee.

166 Via InstaPunditRedefining Chutzpah: “Either Holder is dumb as a stump or he is setting himself up to be the most courageous Washington fall guy since G. Gordon Liddy, and since I can’t imagine Eric Holder holding his hand over a fire just to show people how tough he is, I know which way I’m betting.

165 Steven Givler: Operation Faster and Furiouser – Let’s facilitate illegal missile shipments?  Now with added MISSILES!  Would shipping certain individuals to Levenworth or  Kenya via Guantanamo  be legal?

164 Bob Owens: Obama’s Watergate?  One of many, if there was any Justice.

163 Cap’n Ed Morrissey: It’s Time for Eric holder to Resign. Race… to the bottom, Eric.

162 Bob Owens: Cornyn: There was another gun-walking plot in Houston. Where does one draw the line between high crimes and treason?

161 IBD Editorials: Documents Show Justice’s Breuer Misled On ‘Furious’Attorney General Eric Holder insists “nobody at the Justice Department has lied” about the gun-running scandal Fast and Furious. That in itself is a lie, as his deputy’s emails prove.

160 AllahPundit: New e-mails: ATF officials discussed using Fast & Furious to … push gun control

NO!? We’re Shocked! Shocked!

157, 158, 159 InstaPundit Trifecta!

Gunwalker: Justice Dept. Violated U.S. Laws Beyond Those Being Investigated.

Ariz. congressman: Pressure to resign is getting to Eric Holder.

DEA Laundering Money For Drug Cartels?

156 Bob Owens: DOJ violated IEEPA and Kingpin Acts in Fast and Furious Plot

155 The Hill: New documents detail how Justice sent faulty info on gun walking

154 Roll Call: Justice Department Reveals Origins of False Gun Letter To Grassley

153 Bob Owens: Inhofe joins call for Holder to resign over Fast and Furious

152 Libertarian Advocate: Eric Holder to Press: Waaaaaaah – Stop pickin’ on me – Waaaaaaah.

151 HotAir: Did the DoJ attempt to manipulate Fast & Furious media coverage?

150 Sipsey Street Irregulars: The Cover-Up Continues. You want to know why Holder didn’t fire anybody, just did a shell game with them? To keep them under control & silent.

149 David Codrea: Senate Judiciary Committee questions Holder on gunwalking

148 Bob Owens: Former Fast and Furious U.S. Attorney cops to leaking info about whistleblower

147 Instapundit: It just keeps unravelling.  Indeed.

146 InstaPundit: THE HILL: Eric Holder Has A Gun Problem. Heads. Chopping block. Axe. (Some assembly required.)

145 Sipsey Street Irregulars: WSJ: Lawmakers Seek Information on ‘Fast And Furious’ Leaks. It is about time. Past time, actually.

144 Bob Owens: Depends Militia plots ricin attack based on novel conveniently written by blogger pressuring the Administration on Fast and Furious So now they’re going after Mike Vanderboegh?

143 Robert Farago / TTAG: ATF Death Watch 112: US AG Launches “Ban Semis” Defense

142Hot Air: Fast and Furious: NRA calls for Holder’s resignation — and urges you to do the same

141 Sipsey Street Irregulars: Kimberly Dvorak , Homeland Security Examiner: “Operation Armas Cruzadas- DHS Napolitano’s own Mexican gun-trafficking program.”

140 Sipsey Street Irregulars: David Codrea: Why does Justice Department need to lie on FOIA responses?

139 Bob Owens: Clinton confirms DOJ/DHS committed felonies in Operation Fast and Furious

138 CBS / Sharyl Attkisson: ATF gunwalker update: Eric Holder to testify on Fast and Furious

137 Maggie’s Notebook: Eric Holder Fast and Furious: Four More Call for Holders Resignation Count us in. – Ed.

136 Bob Owens: Straw purchaser in Jaime Zapata killing pleads guilty

135 Sipsey Street Irregulars: Gowdy & Issa on Lou Dobbs.

134 Pajamas Media / David Steinberg: BREAKING: PJ Media Finds Gunwalker’s ‘Unreachable’ Man in the White HouseThe Obama admin. told Rep. Darrell Issa that Kevin O’Reilly — Gunwalker’s possible connection to Obama — was “in Iraq and unavailable.” He’s there, but available. After we called him, his phone number was deactivated.
Uh-huh. If it don’t reach, you MUST impeach.

133 Glenn Reynolds: TRANSPARENCY: DOJ Proposes Letting Government Deny Existence of Sensitive Documents.

132 Sipsey Street Irregulars: For ATF, the policy is: Punish the truth tellers & reward the guilty liars. “In actuality it’s the department of anything but justice.”

131 David Codrea:  De León Mexican ‘gun flow’ meeting confirms predictions

130 Bob Owens:  Damn it, Janet…  Napolitano testimony reveals either gross incompetence or deliberate perjury.  Either way, it ain’t love.

129 Bob Owens:  IG Schnedar’s investigation: Gunwalker’s “Little Bighorn?” “The fix is in.128 Sipsey Street Irregulars:  CBS: FBI hiding facts on “Fast and Furious” scandal?

127 KHOU:  DPS: Mexican drug cartels recruiting Texas teens “HOUSTON – Violent Mexican drug cartels are recruiting Texas students to support their criminal operations, the Texas DPS said Friday.

Six of the seven cartels have established command and control networks in the state, looking for students to help them smuggle drugs, people, currency and weapons on both sides of the Texas-Mexico border.

126 Dutchman6 / Sispey Street Irregulars:  Roll Call: In Holder Subpoena, Issa Also Probes White House Press Aide.

125 David Codrea / Examiner:  ‘Hiding in plain sight’—How did Obama know about ‘Gunwalker’ before Holder?

124 Bob Owens: Video:  Obama discusses Operation Fast and Furious in March

123 Ed Morrissey / Hot Air:  CBS: Don’t forget Grenadewalker, too

122 Hot Air:  Issa subpoenas WH aide in Fast & Furious probe

121 Maggie’s Notebook: Holder Fast and Furious Subpoena: Judge Napolitano – Holder Cannot Avoid Subpoena Video  Army of Davids.  And Maggies.

120 Via Instapundit and Hal L. Ooyagh: Issa Issues Subpoena to Holder in Fast and Furious Investigation

119 David Codrea / Gun Rights Examiner: Issa to issue new subpoena to determine senior official Gunwalker involvement

118 AOSHQ: House Committee Moves to Subpoena Eric Holder This Week

117 Sipsey Street Irregulars: Sipsey Street Exclusive: “In at the beginning.” The State Department & the Gunwalker Scandal. Part 1. “To take the fight to the Mexican drug cartels.”

116 Confederate Yankee: Could Obama Administration Officials Face Life in Prison or Death Penalty Charges for Gunwalker?

115 Bob Owens/PJM: Gunwalker: Holder Got ‘At Least Five Weekly Memos’

Crime of the century
Murder. Lying to Congress. High treason. Trafficking in illegal weapons. Sponsoring international terrorism.
(Makes Watergate look like a bungled heist attempt. – Ed.)

114 Maggies’ Notebook: Darrell Issa: Special Prosecutor Not A Good Idea for Fast and Furious: The Awakening!
Our take: 1) Congress must act to impeach and try Eric Holder for corruption.
2) Congress should appoint Gerald Walpin as Congressional Special Investigator into White House activities. – Ed.

113 BlogFather: COVERING THE WHITE HOUSE, OR COVERING FOR THE WHITE HOUSE?
Is CBS News Silencing Fast and Furious Reporter?

112 LA Times: ATF officials demoted in latest Fast and Furious fallout

111 Sharyl Attkisson / CBS: ATF Fast and Furious: New documents show Attorney General Eric Holder was briefed in July 2010

110 Robert Farago / TTAG: ATF Death Watch 93: Holder Lied, People Died

109 Confederate Yankee : Gunwalker Analysis: Where Walsh was Wrong  “Elected officeholders and political appointees in the Obama Administration tried to frame American citizens in order to create the political opportunity to subvert the Bill of Rights. It will be up to a special prosecutor to determine the correct charges for such an heinous act, and determine if the actions of this corrupt government constitute an act worthy of a RICO prosecution, a prosecution for international terrorism as U.S. code seems to suggest, hundreds of counts of accessory to murder, arms export violations, or perhaps even treason.

No wonder the Obama Administration is fighting this investigation like their lives depend on it.

It very well may.”

AMEN. – Ed.

108 Matt Boyle / Daily Caller: Reports: Documents show Holder was briefed on Fast and Furious in July 2010New documents indicate Attorney General Eric Holder was informed of Operation Fast and Furious and its investigative tactics in mid-2010.

THIS IS SERIOUSLY BEYOND IMPEACHMENT INTO TRIALS FOR HIGH CRIMES AND INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM. – Ed

107 Maggie Thornton: Fast and Furious: “Significant Confidentiality Interests” Claimed by White HouseThe White House released documents on September 30th showing ATF Phoenix Manager Bill Newell had on going email and telephone communications with White House National Security then- staffer Kevin O’Reilly. Some records were not turned over by the White House, claiming “significant confidentiality interests.”

106 Bob’s Gun Counter: Gunwalker exposed: not a law enforcement operation, but something far worseWhether or not the asshats at Fox News or the Drudge Report want to give credit where credit is due, we here in the gun community know that it was David Codrea at the Gun Rights Examiner and Mike Vanderboegh at Sipsey Street Irregulars that broke the damning news that Operation Fast and Furious was a gun-running operation that used taxpayer dollars to purchase firearms and deliver them directly to the Mexico drug cartels.

105 Fox News: U.S. Government Used Taxpayer Funds to Buy, Sell Weapons During ‘Fast and Furious,’ Documents Show   “In June 2010 … the ATF dramatically upped the ante, making the U.S. government the actual “seller” of guns.

104 Confederate Yankee:  Vanderboegh/Codrea Gunwalker Bombshell Supported by Congressional Documentation

103  Maggie’s Notebook: Border Agent Brian Terry’s Killers: Who Are They? Manuel Osario Arellanes Arrested 2006 with WASR AK-47 Any thoughts about Brian Terry’s rights, or of his family’s?

102  CBS: Secret recordings raise new questions in ATF ‘Gunwalker’ operation

101  Bob Owens, Pajamas: Gunwalker Linked to Three More Murders

100 CBS: 3 More Murders Linked to Gunwalker

99 Quin Hillyer / AmSpec: Deep Corruption at the Obama Justice DepartmentAmericans should get furious, and fast, about the abuses.” Amen.

98 Investors Business Daily Editorials: A White House ‘Gunrunner’?
High crimes and misdemeanors… mmmm mmmm mmmm.

97 Bob Owens / PJM: Gunwalker Explodes: FBI Hid Weapon, Tax Dollars Subsidized MurderFox News investigative reporter William Lajeunesse dropped a pair of bombshells in one article Friday afternoon, revealing: the presence of a third “walked” gun at the scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s murder, an FBI cover-up of the gun, and the news that your tax dollars funded cartel weapons purchases.

96 Chris Dumm / TTAG – ATF Death Watch 73: Phoenix U.S. Attorney’s Office Implodes Over GunwalkerFederal prosecutors from Los Angeles and San Diego will take over cases arising from a flawed law enforcement operation in Arizona that is being investigated by Congress and the inspector general’s office at the Justice Department,” the AP reports.

95 Bob Owens / PJM – Gunwalker Explodes into the HeartlandIf the reassignment of ATF officials in recent weeks and the abrupt resignation of U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke were attempts by the Department of Justice and the Obama administration to cover up the Gunwalker scandal, they have failed, miserably.

94 Doug Ross – Gunrunner Tip: U.S. city officials smuggled guns to Mexican cartels… under the watchful eyes of federal agentsThis story could give you chills.” La Linea cartel. Such nice boys. What could possibly go wrong?

What Did Eric Holder Know and When Did He Know It?

93 Tina Korbe – Hot Air: Issa, Grassley make good on promise to expand “Fast & Furious” investigationToday, [Reps. Issa and Grassley] sent a letter to Ann Scheel, the acting attorney general in Phoenix, basically putting the Arizona district office on notice and demanding e-mails, memos, notes and other documents from six top officials, including Scheel and ousted former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke.” The frogs turning-up the heat on the other burner. Representative Republic: It’s a beautiful thing.

92 Robert Farago: ATF Death Watch 62: Chaos vs. ControlThe idea that an ATF operation that supplied Sinaloa drug cartel members with American weapons was designed to supply Sinaloa drug cartel members with American weapons is a little too obvious for the mainstream media. The MSM continues to paint Uncle Sam’s gun smuggling program as the Bureau and its co-conspirators would have it painted: a “botched” law enforcement effort.

91  Confederate Yankee:  Issa Demands Retraction of NY Times Hit Piece.   “I appreciate your attention to these thirteen errors contained in the August 15 story and look forward to hearing your response to our request for a front-page retraction of the story due to the inaccuracies that fully undermine the premise of the article.

90 Via InstaPundit: ATF Guns Traced To 12 U.S. Crime Sites.

89 Bob Owens, PJM: ATF Whistleblower: Gunwalker Officials Being Shielded There is mounting evidence of corruption, from petty to massive, from low-level all the way to the Oval Office. Congress is going to have to take a hint: If they want to bring this to the fore, they are going to have to move fast and furiously.

88 LA Times: ATF promotes supervisors in controversial gun operationThe three, who have been criticized for pushing on with the border weapons sting even as it came apart, receive new management jobs in Washington . . . All three have been heavily criticized for pushing the program forward even as it became apparent that it was out of control. At least 2,000 guns were lost and many turned up at crime scenes in Mexico and two at the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona.

87 PJM: Gowdy: ‘Impossible to Conceive’ Holder Not Aware of GunwalkerCongressman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) tells PJMedia: “I want to know the day when U.S. law enforcement knew, or should have known, that this had gotten out of control.” Not so fast, Congressman: “Out of control” assumes loss of control. It appears less and less that the entire enterprise was anything but deliberate.

86 TAG: ATF Death Watch 56: The Truth Makes Me Nervous …It ain’t pretty.

85 Washington Times: FARAGO: Was CIA behind Operation Fast and Furious?Why did the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) let criminals buy firearms, smuggle them across the Mexican border and deliver them into the hands of vicious drug cartels? The ATF claims it launched its now-disgraced Operation Fast and Furious in 2009 to catch the “big fish.” Fast and Furious was designed to stem the “Iron River” flowing from American gun stores into the cartels’ arsenals. The bureau says it allowed gun smuggling so it could track the firearms and arrest the cartel members downstream. Not true.

During the course of Operation Fast and Furious, about 2,000 weapons moved from U.S. gun stores to Mexican drug cartels – exactly as intended.”

84 Pajamas Media: Gunwalker: U.S. Attorney Won’t Grant Victim Status to Murdered Agent’s Family The conflicts keep piling-up. H/T Instapundit.

83 Confederate Yankee: Associated Press Covers Gunwalker, in Detail  “And rather fairly at that, though I think they may be a bit too inclined to give the ATF the benefit of the doubt, instead of being more suspect of the motivations of the Obama Administration officials at the heart of the scandal and most of the bloggers and investigators that have propelled this story are.

82 Mike McDaniel – PJM: Gunwalker: One Step Closer to the Oval OfficeThe cover-up is always worse than the crime: considering the Gunwalker scandal, it’s hard to know if that is true — for the moment. America is now a bit closer to that answer, and is also closer to an answer for the question at the heart of all Washington scandals: what did the president know, and when did he know it?“82  IBD:  ATF: The White House KnewScandal: A former ATF special agent tells Congress a National Security Council staffer was informed about Operation Fast and Furious before guns allowed into Mexico wound up at the murder scene of a U.S. agent.

81 Instapundit: Color me skeptical. We need a special prosecutor.

80 Nice Deb: “You didn’t Get These From Me…”

79 Maggie’s Notebook: Bill Newell Kevin O’Reilly: ATF Agent Told White House Nat’l Security Director About Fast Furious

78 Katie Pavlich-Townhall.com: Obama DOJ Gave Cartel Enough Guns to Arm a Marine RegimentIt’s alleged that over 2,000 guns were trafficked in this investigation. To put that in context, upon information and belief, the U.S. Army’s 75th Ranger Regiment has approximately 2,500 rangers. That means that as a result of this investigation, the Sinaloa cartel may have received almost as many guns that are needed to arm the entire regiment. Out of these 2,000 weapons, 34 were .50-caliber sniper rifles. That is approximately the number of sniper riles a Marine infantry regiment takes into battle.

77 Fred Lucas-CNS: White House Staffer Knew About Gun Running Operation Last Fall

76 Fred Lucas-CNS: ATF Official Attempts to Deny ‘Gun-Walking’ in Botched Sting Operation

75 Katie Pavlich-Townhall.com: Who Ordered Operation Fast and Furious?Apparently, the terrible concept of Operation Fast and Furious didn’t come from one person, and as Former ATF Special Agent William Newell admits in the following clip, the Obama Justice Department, ATF, ICE, DEA and the IRS were all involved.

74 Chuck Neubauer-WashTimes: ATF Agents Denounce Rogue Guns TransfersATF field agents working in Mexico broke ranks with their supervisors Tuesday during a rancorous five-hour House committee hearing, saying they were kept in the dark about a controversial undercover operation in which hundreds of guns ended up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels.” [It wasn’t “hundreds” but literally thousands.- Ed.]

73 Fast & Furious Quoth Clayton Cramer: “What’s the difference between the Department of Justice and a daycare center?

Adult supervision.”

72 LA Times FBI report at odds with ATF claim on weaponsA copy of the FBI document shows ballistics tests did not rule out the Fast and Furious guns in the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry.” Hat Tip Instapundit

71 CBS (Yes… C-B-S!) ATF Manager says he shared Fast and Furious Info with White House  “At a lengthy hearing on ATF’s controversial gunwalking operation today, a key ATF manager told Congress he discussed the case with a White House National Security staffer as early as September 2010.” Hat Tip Instapundit

70 TAG: ATF Death Watch 44: ATF, ICE, DEA, IRS and White House Implicated in Gunwalker ScandalDuring today’s Oversight hearing, the Former ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division admitted to the Congressional Committee that the Internal Revenue Service, Drug Enforcement Agency, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agencies all kew about—and participated in—Operation Fast and Furious.

69 Maggie’s Notebook: FBI Sells Guns to Convicted FelonsThe BATF (ATF) program known as Fast and Furious continues to morph into a creepy and lawless tale of guns sold by the government with taxpayer funds, to straw buyers (buyers buying weapons for someone else – gun trafficking), some of whom were convicted felons.

68 Glenn Reynolds: CHRISTIAN SCIENCE MONITOR: How Mexican Killers Got U.S. Guns From Operation “Fast and Furious.” I’m not at all sure that the arming of Mexican cartels was “inadvertent,” and I think we need a special prosecutor.

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67 Jim Hoft at GatewayPundit:  Number 3 Leader of Los Zetas Says Mexican Cartel Bought Guns From US Government66 El Paso Times: Zetas may be smuggling weapons Bad news. Commentary from Bob Owens, below.

65: Bob Owens at PJM: Worse Than Gunwalker? State Dept. Allegedly Sold Guns to Zetas “It’s a stunning allegation that makes the other gunrunning scandals look like child’s play.”64 Patrick Richardson at PJM: Gunwalker: Testimony Reveals Eric Holder’s Obfuscation TacticsATF Acting Director Ken Melson’s testimony shows just how far the DOJ has gone to impede the investigation and to protect political appointees … Attorney General Eric Holder continues to duck responsibility for Operation Fast and Furious, which allowed more than 2,500 weapons, including thousands of AK-47 variants and .50 caliber sniper rifles, across the Mexican border and into the hands of the cartels. The weapons were used to murder Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and an estimated 150 Mexican nationals.

63 Instapundit: FROM ISSA AND GRASSLEY, more ATF gunrunning bombshells.

62 Maggie’s Notebook: Fast and Furious: Ken Melson – DOJ Hiding Internal Report: ATF Paid FBI to Ignore Fed Law The plot thickens and widens. To quote Jim Quinn: “High crimes and misdemeanors… mmmm! mmmm! mmmm!

61 Bob Owens, PJM: Gunwalker: Family of Slain Federal Agent Demands Answers  “Remember when Cindy Sheehan and the left claimed “absolute moral authority” for the families of those killed in the line of duty? Think they’ll fight for Agent Zapata’s family?” PAGING MoDo… COME IN MoDo…

60 Examiner.com: Source claims ATF’s Tampa SAC walked guns to HondurasVirginia O’Brien, Special Agent in Charge at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Tampa Field Division, ran a gun-running investigation that was walking guns to Honduras using the techniques and tactics identical to Fast and Furious

59 USA Today: ATF chief: Response to gun-tracking inquiry a ‘disaster’The acting director of the [BATFE] said the Justice Department has been withholding key information from congressional officials and that the department sought to protect its political appointees from criticism over a failed anti-gun trafficking operation that allowed hundreds of weapons to be smuggled to Mexico.

58 Bob Owens at PJM: ATF agents were actually FBI informants   “It would be comical if we weren’t talking about dead federal agents and Mexican nationals.“57 J.E. Dyer at HotAir: Gunwalker and the budget: Crises in the integrity of governmentThe mainstream media are failing to address two central truths about key domestic issues for America this summer.

1. Agencies of the US federal government created the “Gunwalker” problem.

2. President Obama is the one who will decide who gets paid after 2 August, if there is no budget deal.

56 Investors Business Daily:  Fast And Furious Scandal: A Watergate For Obama?  Yes. “A 2-year-old video shows a high Justice official saying “the president has directed us,” including the attorney general, to speed up Project Gunrunner and the offshoot that got a border agent killed.”

55 Bob Owens at PJM: More ‘Gunwalker’ Emails Suggest Gun-Control Conspiracy” “Plus: Congressional investigators ask Eric Holder if there is any other evidence that Gunwalker was an anti-gun PR stunt.”

54 Fox News: ATF Florida Gun Probe Earns Congressional Scrutiny in Wake of ‘Fast and Furious’  OPERATION CASTAWAY / MS-13 “Several lawmakers are questioning the Obama administration about whether the controversial “Fast and Furious” gunrunning probe may have had a cousin in Florida that resulted in guns being trafficked to Central America.”

53 Katie Pavlich at Townhall: Operation Fast and Furious: Designed to Promote Gun Control  “Can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same FfL and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks Mark R. Chait Assistant Director Field Operations.”

52 Bob Owens at PJM: Pravda Syndrome: MSM Can’t Stop Lying About ‘Gunwalker’” target=”_blank”“Smoking gun” emails and other recent revelations about “Operation Fast and Furious” — and other gunrunning operations by agencies of President Obama’s executive branch — have backed the mainstream media into a corner: they have been responding with silence or with outright deception.

51 Gungate, anyone? WashTimes: Too Fast, Too Furious

50 Bob Owens at PJM:  ‘Gunwalker’ Deepens: Agent Zapata Killed By Gun From … Texas?

49 Patrick Richardson at PJM: Gunwalker: Justice Department Tampering with Witnesses?

48 Fast and Spurious: DOJ Preps Witnesses By Maggie.

47 Ace Goes Hmmm…: Video Sure Seems To Directly Link Operation: Gunrunner to President Obama

Update/Correction: Gunrunner Isn’t The Same As Fast & Furious?

46 Operation Fast and Furious: A Quick ‘n Dirty Guide

Bob McCarty: Project Gunrunner Tied Directly to President ObamaSi Vis Pacem:

45 Operation Fast and Furious: A Quick ‘n Dirty Guide

44 Bob Owens, PJM: Instapundit: Gunwalker Terrorizing America, Too: Guns Show Up in U.S.Phoenix reporters find the guns turning up in Arizona crimes. Also, reports that the Justice Department is looking to scapegoat another official.

43 Instapundit: Confidential Tip Line… gunwalkertips@hushmail.com

42 Maggie’s Notebook: Feinstein, Schumer Fast and Furious: Letter Report Blames US for Sending Weapons to Mexico: No Mention of Fast and Furious or Border Agents Forced to Look the Other Way

41 Kerry Patton at Big Peace: Keep Your Eyes On ‘Operation Fast and Furious’The recently exposed ATF led Operation “Fast and Furious” has not saturated the media as it should. Budget dilemmas, economy, Casey Anthony, and other topics such as the withdrawal of surge troops in Afghanistan have played as distractionary news topics. These topics have shielded the United States government from possible violations of U.S. and international laws.

40 Fox News: Gun Used to Kill ICE Agent in Mexico Traced to Dallas, U.S. Investigators Say

39 Washington Times: Justice Department orders more reports on border arms sales:

Move sparks ‘furious’ criticism

38 WashEx:  Holder bragged about Operation Gunrunner in 2009 [It may not be unreasonable to consider a Republican v. Biden presidential race in ’12 – Ed.]

DailyCaller:  Hume: Obama handling of ‘Fast and Furious’ reminiscent of scandal-plagued Nixon DOJAlthough it hasn’t gotten much mainstream media attention, the Operation Fast and Furious scandal could rank up there with the Nixon administration cover-up of the Watergate break-in, according to Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume.

During the web exclusive “Panel Plus” segment of “Fox News Sunday,” Hume said that this scandal begs the question of what Obama Attorney General Eric Holder knew about Operation Fast and Furious and when did he know it.”

Bagel Insurrection:   Obama Sold, Tracked, Same Guns To Cartels He Hoped To Ban Because They Were Tracked From Cartels  Matthew Knee: “In the Spring of 2009, the Obama administration called for the banning of “assault rifles” and .50 BMG “sniper rifles” due to their use in crimes by Mexican drug cartels. Obama dubiously alleged that 90% of these weapons were tracked back to the United States, implying that Americans have an obligation to surrender some of our freedoms to keep these weapons from being smuggled illegally over the border and used in Mexican-on-Mexican violence in Mexico. In this vintage clip, NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre discusses Obama’s proposals with Glen Beck.

Maggie’s Notebook Follows the action here…

LonelyCon:   Alert the Media! In March of 2009 Obama Admin Announced Project Gun Runner! [We ARE the media. Who needs CNN or NBC?-Ed.]

HEY, HERE’S AN IDEA: STOP GIVING GUNS TO MEXICAN DRUG CARTELS! Six Months After Tucson Shooting, White House Readies Gun Control Stance” – Glenn Reynolds

Sure. He’ll re-indict Scooter Libby, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean. Count on it.

PJ Tattler: Grassley would be supportive of a special prosecutor in ‘Gunwalker’ “[Senator Grassley] said three things came out of the interviews with Ken Melson, the Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

1. It wasn’t just an ATF operation. FBI and DEA were involved and knew about the operation.

2. This wasn’t controlled by ATF, the U.S. Attorney in Phoenix was in charge.

3. Contrary to the information the investigators had been given by letter, everyone inolved knew guns were going across the border.”

37 Confederate Yankee: Gunrunner Program is distinct from Project Fast & Furious

36 CNS News… White House Mum on When Obama Learned of DOJ’s Gun-Running SchemeWhite House Spokesman Jay Carney has failed to follow-up on a statement he made at the June 27 White House briefing that he would get back to a reporter with the exact date that President Barack Obama first became aware of “Operation Fast and Furious,” a botched sting operation in which U.S. officials knowingly allowed smugglers to buy guns at licensed U.S. firearms dealers.

“I’ll have to get back to you,” Carney said at the briefing. “I don’t have an exact date for you.””

35 Examiner.com: Congressional gun trafficking report ignores ATF “Project Gunrunner” misconductAs the ATF “Project Gunrunner” scandal continues to unfold Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D-MD) today amazingly used the botched ATF operation as a reason to call for additional gun control measures.

34 WHISKEY! TANGO! FOXTROT! Free Republic: Operation Gunrunner was funded by the 2009 Stimulus Package  “Notice that’s $40,000,000 for Southern border enforcement, $10,000,000 of which specifically for Project Gunrunner. What does $10 million pay for here? It didn’t hire any new agents that I am aware of.” – [Hat tip Instapundit-Ed.]

33 Big Government… Which Was Worse: Watergate or Operation ‘Fast and Furious’?  “After The Washington Post broke the news of the Watergate break-ins in 1972, the Nixon administration circled the wagons. And in 1997 – a full 25 years after the fact – Katherine Graham, who was with The Post in 1972, vividly recalled how “Nixon began making threats of economic retaliation against the paper.”

32 Powerline… “Fast and Furious” Blows Sky-High

31 WSJ: ATF Chief Denies Blame for Gun-Tracking Program   WSJ…The [acting] head of the [BATFE] told congressional investigators he wasn’t to blame for a troubled gun-tracking operation, saying he wasn’t aware of its details until after public questions had been raised.

30 TCOTS… Send Lawyers, Guns, And Money…The Sharia Has Hit The Fan. Operation Fast And Furious, aka: Project Gunwalker, appears to be going nuclear, with the result that Eric ‘Rule Of Man’ Holder may be in big, bunker-buster-sized trouble.

29 InstaPundit… MORE ON THAT ATF GUNRUNNING SCANDAL: ‘Fast & Furious’ gets hotter for Holder.   “As they say, worse than Iran/Contra.”

28 NY Post… ‘Fast & Furious’ gets hotter for Holder  “Don’t look now, but the real action in Washington this week isn’t the partisan wrangling over the debt ceiling but something — literally — even more incendiary”

27 Breitbart TV… ATF Director: Holder Obstructing ‘Fast and Furious’ Probe  ““If his account is accurate, then ATF leadership appears to have been effectively muzzled while the DOJ sent over false denials and buried its head in the sand,” Rep. Darrell Issa

26 Via The BlogFather… KATIE PAVLICH: Scandal Grows: FBI, DEA Involved With Operation Fast and Furious.

25 LA Times: More federal agencies implicated in gun-trafficking controversy

24 Senator C. Grassley: ATF Director Testifies on Operation Targeting Gun Smugglers

23 CNS News: DOJ ‘Distorted Truth and Obstructed Our Investigation’ in Guns-to-Mexico Probe, Lawmakers Say

22 The Hill: Issa reverses call for ATF head’s resignation

21 Bloomberg: Possible U.S. Payments to Gun Smugglers Probed by Congress

20 Human Events: Surprise: Ken Melson Testified About Gun Walker On Independence Day

19 FOX: Justice Department Obstructing ‘Fast and Furious’ Gun Probe, ATF Director Says

18 PJM: Email Confirms ‘Gunwalker’ Known Throughout Justice Department

17 Maggie’s post is up… Fast and Furious: Taxpayers Paid for Illegal Guns? Issa to Holder: Don’t Fire Ken Melson

16 Ace has thoughts on the latest… Uh-Oh: ATF Head Melson Secretly Testifies, Without Notice to ATF or Department of Justice

15 Gunwalker: The ATF’s Kenneth Melson Blows the Whistle on the Justice Department

14 Chickens, Roosting, all that: Gunwalker guns now showing up at US crimes. UPDATED

13 Felony Stupid: Gunwalker guns now showing up at US crimes.

12 GunWalker: Straw Dealers Prohibited by US Law: Fast and Furious Guns Used in Arizona Crimes, 150 Shootings

11 ATF Chief Ken Melson Won’t Resign: Melson to Testify in Gunwalker? DOJ Terminating Whistleblowers in Fast and Furious

10 Hearing On “Fast And Furious” Uncovers Serious Failure At BATFE

9 Gun Ban Groups Hold “Fast and Furious” Forum

8 Urge Your U.S. Senator To Sign Sen. Moran’s Letter To The President Opposing The UN Arms Trade Treaty

7 Rep. Cummings’ Gunwalker Report Neglects To Mention … Gunwalker

6 Gun Dean Blames Obama for Gun Running Debacle

5 Dems Use ATF Fiasco to Push Gun Control

4 ‘Project Gunrunner’ Whistleblower Says ATF Sent Him Termination Notice

3 Operation Fast and Furious should end Holder tenure

2 Operation Fast and Furious Linked to Death of Mexican Attorney

1 TL Davis, American Thinker: Gunwalker Goes Primetime</a

52 Comments leave one →
  1. 2011/07/04 09:02

    Happy Independence Day, Ran.

  2. 2011/07/07 14:27

    Welcome TCOTS readers!

    Thanks Bob!

  3. 2011/07/07 20:10

    Well constructed articles. Didn’t know about the porkulus money. This thing is nothing more than a felonious criminal conspiracy. All involved I hope are prosecuted to the fullest extent. Build a new prison/gallows for them, just as long as they don’t escape.

  4. 2011/07/18 19:05

    Here’s another Gunwalker/Fast and Furious article for your collection.

    Operation “Fast and Furious” The California connection.

  5. Libertarian Advocate permalink
    2011/07/19 22:51

    His Arrogance is going to experience a well deserved political death of a thousand self-inflicted cuts.

  6. 2011/07/27 15:20

    Thank you for the links. You are doing a great job updating this atrocious story.

  7. Libertarian Advocate permalink
    2011/07/29 21:51

    Interesting that David Ogden served so briefly at D.O.J. (March 12, 2009 – February 2010) Perhaps Issa’s committee should subpoena him if they haven’t already.

  8. Libertarian Advocate permalink
    2011/07/29 21:59

    Wikipedia has these two entries on its David Ogden Page entry:

    On December 3, 2009 it was announced that he would be resigning his post and returning to private practice in February 2010. [9][10]

    According to news accounts, Ogden stepped down in part because of disagreements with Attorney General Eric Holder over management issues.[11]

    Uhhhh…. Yeah.

  9. 2011/09/22 00:05

    Thanks Ran. I appreciate your hard work on this.

  10. Libertarian Advocate permalink
    2011/10/07 19:21

    F&F is starting to smell like a 2 week old soon to be discovered carcass….

    • 2011/10/07 19:29

      Heh! Sharyl Atkisson over at CBS said yesterday that they are ready to break a lot of really nasty items that have emerged in the past few weeks.

      Fast & Furious was just one of at least five major operations: Miami, California, New Mexico and Arizona all had ‘em.

      I recall Waco as a distraction from Monica Lewinsky.

      Cheers LA.

  11. themadjewess permalink
    2011/11/03 00:01

    This horrible, evil, wicked man needs to go.
    The only thing that bothers me, is that Osama Hussein will get someone more radical.

  12. 2011/11/03 12:39

    Hallo ducks!

    Relax… They’re *all* arch radicals. What could possibly go wrong!?

  13. 2011/12/27 02:00

    Which comment did you refer to, dude?

    • 2011/12/27 02:13

      Heh. I recall a Winston from eight years ago at Damian’s site. Either way, great having you on-board now and then at LR. Eric is quite a decent blogger.
      Cheers!

    • 2012/01/29 16:58

      Thank-you! Surprising to see this from NPR. It’s been “See No Evil, Blah Blah Blah…”

      Will they have the guts to parse Holder’s testimony… or is that one of those conversations “about race” that their inherent “racism” prevents them from having?

  14. 2012/02/01 18:50

    Honored Maggie – Thank you.

  15. 2012/02/21 00:12

    “I got what you specify, thanks for swing up. Woh I am willing to effort this website finished google. Thanks For Share GunGate: Operation GunRunner / Fast & Furious / GunWalker / Castaway – CONTINUOUS ROUND-UP Si Vis Pacem.”

    Uh-huh. No prob.

  16. mjdar permalink
    2012/07/13 09:55

    Excellent research.
    Shalom.

  17. mjdar permalink
    2012/07/13 09:56

    (Those watercolors are outstanding, btw)

    • 2012/07/13 11:07

      Steven Givler is an unusually multi-gifted gent. Glad you like his work!
      Shalom

      • mjdar permalink
        2012/07/13 14:38

        I LOVE watercolors. He is excellent. It is my favorite medium.

        You take care now!
        Good Shabbos

      • 2012/07/14 06:01

        Thanks to both of you for your kind words, and especially to Ran for continuing to show my work. I’m grateful.

  18. 2012/07/16 11:26

    Linked in my latest post.

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