GunGate: Operation GunRunner / Fast & Furious / GunWalker / Castaway – CONTINUOUS ROUND-UP
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 Is “It 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 plot “What? 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 Furious “In 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.
191 DØNE!!! House Finds Attorney General Holder In 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!“
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.
. . .
“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.”
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.”
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.
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
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
167 LA Times: Operation WHITE GUN – Another ATF weapons operation comes under scrutiny
More here from SacBee.
166 Via InstaPundit… Redefining 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.“
NO!? We’re Shocked! Shocked!
157, 158, 159 InstaPundit Trifecta!
156 Bob Owens: DOJ violated IEEPA and Kingpin Acts in Fast and Furious Plot
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.
149 David Codrea: Senate Judiciary Committee questions Holder on gunwalking
147 Instapundit: It just keeps unravelling. Indeed.
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
140 Sipsey Street Irregulars: David Codrea: Why does Justice Department need to lie on FOIA responses?
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 House “The 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.
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 2010 “New 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 House “The 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 worse “Whether 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?
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 Department “Americans 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 Murder “Fox 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 Gunwalker “Federal 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 Heartland “If 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 agents “This 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” investigation “Today, [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. Control “The 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.“
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 operation “The 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 Gunwalker “Congressman 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 Office “The 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 Knew “Scandal: 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…”
78 Katie Pavlich-Townhall.com: Obama DOJ Gave Cartel Enough Guns to Arm a Marine Regiment “It’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 Transfers “ATF 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?
72 LA Times FBI report at odds with ATF claim on weapons “A 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 Scandal “During 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 Felons “The 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 Tactics “ATF 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.“
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 Honduras “Virginia 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 government “The 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?
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… email@example.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.“
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 DOJ“Although 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.“
LonelyCon: Alert the Media! In March of 2009 Obama Admin Announced Project Gun Runner! [We ARE the media. Who needs CNN or NBC?-Ed.]
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.”
36 CNS News… White House Mum on When Obama Learned of DOJ’s Gun-Running Scheme “White 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” misconduct “As 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.””
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“
1 TL Davis, American Thinker: Gunwalker Goes Primetime</a