Operation Gun Runner
Operation Fast and Furious

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Recap and Overview articles:

The Fast and Furious scandal is sometimes compared to Watergate, inasmuch as there is a general perception that something sinister is being covered up (and lied about) by the White House staff, if not the President himself.  This is especially true now that the Attorney General is being accused of contempt of Congress.  The comparison to Watergate is insufficient because Watergate did not get hundreds of people killed, and the Fast and Furious scheme did.  Now that the general public is being made aware (by the news media) of the Fast and Furious scandal, nearly every article on the subject starts out with a recap of the story's origins.

This page is presented in roughly chronological order, so the newest material is at the bottom of the page.


Overview, recap and timeline articles:

The Biggest Scandal in U.S. History.  This is what we know:  (1) Liberals thought it would be a great argument for gun control if American guns were ending up in the hands of Mexican criminals;  (2) They wanted that to be true so badly, Democrats lied about it;  (3) After they were busted on their lie, the Obama administration began dumping thousands of guns in the hands of Mexican criminals.  We also know that hundreds of people were murdered with these U.S.-government-supplied guns, including at least one American, U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

Untangling Operation Fast And Furious.  Agent Terry was part of a five-man crew, a tactical Border Patrol unit called BORTAC.  A group of Mexican bandits were hunting drug smugglers for their marijuana loads in the desert when they ran into the agents.  The agents identified themselves, one shot at the bandits with a beanbag gun.  The bandits opened fire.  Terry was shot in the back, once.  A bandit was hit.  He survived.  He was arrested.  The other four men ran off into the night.

Remember Fast and Furious's Mexican Victims.  Largely overlooked is this plan's calamitous impact on Mexico, its people, and U.S.-Mexican relations.  Fast and Furious has spilled American blood.  But south of the border, it has made blood gush like an oil strike.

Report of Investigation Fast & Furious: The Path to the White House :  Fast & Furous timeline.

Fast and Furious Falling Apart.  [Scroll down]  For those who keep a constant wary eye on the left's never-ending war on our 2nd-Amendment right to keep and bear arms, the increasingly fishy smell emanating from Washington led to connecting the dots back to the year-earlier revelations in the liberal media that weapons being used in Mexican crimes were traceable back to American sources more than 90% of the time.  That false meme had spread quickly through the major liberal media, along with calls for stricter gun control laws in this country by... guess who!  How about our president, our secretary of state, our attorney general, and other notable Democrats, for starters?

Connecting the Dots on Fast and Furious.  A very lengthy timeline of the Fast and Furious story so far.

Is Fast and Furious the Next Watergate?  Katie Pavlich has written an extraordinary expose, "Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and its Shameless Cover-Up" (Regnery Publishing).  Pavlich, a reporter with extensive contacts within the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), has meticulously documented a story that should result in contempt of Congress action against Attorney General Eric Holder and possibly Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano as well.  It is an appalling story of arrogance, stupidity, and the intimidation of ATF agents who dared to question and expose the operation.  It is a story of deception at the highest levels of our government.

This is a book review and an excellent overview of the scandal.
Katie Pavlich's 'Fast and Furious'.  As Katie Pavlich shows in her remarkable and eye-opening new book, "Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up," the whole scheme was either absolutely harebrained or, as some have more ominously theorized, intentionally designed to manufacture "evidence" for tightening gun control legislation.

Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal.  Operation Fast and Furious is the deadliest and most sinister scandal in American history.  A scandal so big, it's worse than Iran-Contra and makes Watergate look like a high school prank gone wrong.

Fast & Furious: As a Community Organizer program it makes perfect sense.  Fast and Furious, the gun-walking operation that created an avalanche of traceable guns being shipped to Mexican drug cartels never made sense to me as a law enforcement operation.  The cover story is that the program was designed to identify the cartel leaders.  That's a ridiculous cover story.  Everyone in Mexico knows who the cartel leaders are; many of the cops are already on the payroll.  The program was specifically designed to identify weapons purchased in American gun shops after they were used to murder Mexicans.  The only thing that could be learned was the identity of the shop in which the gun was sold, and the US government already knew that because its agents authorized the sale.

Mission Implausible.  Operation Fast and Furious — the Hollywood-style code name for the aforementioned botched sting on gun runners — has emerged as one of the Obama administration's biggest scandals.  No less an establishment voice than CNN's Jack Cafferty has asked if Fast and Furious could become "President Obama's Watergate."

Is it complete incompetence or outright lying?  There are volumes of documents that support our belief that the people involved in Fast and Furious come from the very top levels of government and fully intended to keep the entire operation under wraps, provide some criminals with guns, then use their possession of those guns as an excuse to further deny law-abiding citizens in the United States the legal guns they have or intend to acquire.  They would have simply had to say, "We told you so."  Unfortunately for them, the operation was exposed when one of those guns was, in fact used to kill a law enforcement officer, which just happened to be one of ours.

What — and Who — Made 'Gunwalker' Tick?  As early as 2009 and until recently, ATF agents were ordered to allow weapons illegally purchased in the United States to "walk" across the southern border into the hands of drug traffickers.  The attempts of honest, competent line agents to stop the flow of guns were met with orders to ignore their duty and threats by their supervisors who told them that the highest levels of the ATF and Department of Justice were behind the program.  Gun dealers who complained were told to cooperate and to sell large numbers of guns to criminals.  So loose were the controls that, to this day, the number of guns involved is not precisely known, but ranges from the hundreds to the thousands.

'Gunwalker' Much Worse Than 'Iran-Contra'.  On December 14, 2010, a special unit of the U.S. Border Patrol came across a group of heavily armed suspects near Rio Rico, Arizona.  The Border Patrol team identified themselves as law enforcement officers, at which point the armed men open fire.  Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was hit in the pelvis by a single bullet and died the next morning.  One of the suspects was captured, and two AK-pattern semiautomatic rifles recovered at the scene were identified by serial number as weapons that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) — acting in concert with and with the blessing of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) — allowed weapons smugglers to purchase at U.S. gun shops.  The weapons were just two of more than 2,000 firearms that ATF supervisors and the highest levels of DOJ management allowed to be "walked" across the border to narco-terrorist drug cartels in Mexico, in a scandal that promises to be more damning and deadly than Iran-Contra.

Cartel Member Makes Startling Claim About Fast and Furious.  The more information uncovered throughout the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious, the more incriminating and controversial it becomes.  According to some recent allegations made by a high-ranking Mexican drug cartel operative in American custody, Fast and Furious was an agreement between the U.S. government and the Mexican Sinaloa Cartel to help take down rival cartels.  Likewise, the operative indicates that drugs were permitted to be trafficked across the U.S. border from 2004 to 2009, incriminating both the Bush and Obama administrations, if proven true.


News articles about Fast and Furious, in roughly chronological order:

Allen West: Obama Should Remove Holder Over Operation Fast and Furious.  Operation Fast and Furious started in April 2009 and was an offshoot of the Project Gunrunner program implemented under the Bush Administration.  Project Gunrunner involved the surveillance of straw purchasers buying weapons, but those purchasers were immediately apprehended before crossing back into Mexico.  Operation Fast and Furious allowed straw purchasers working for Mexican drug cartels to purchase mass amount of weapons in the United States and then take them back to Mexico.

Obama's Watergate:  A year ago this week, U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered.  He died protecting his country from brutal Mexican gangsters.  Two AK-47 assault rifles were found at his death site.  We now know the horrifying truth:  Agent Terry was killed by weapons that were part of an illegal Obama administration operation to smuggle arms to the dangerous drug cartels.  He was a victim of his own government.  This is not only a major scandal; it is a high crime that potentially reaches all the way to the White House, implicating senior officials.  It is President Obama's Watergate.

How a botched operation spawned fatal results.  The central characters in the failed "Fast and Furious" firearms investigation were 19 men and one woman, all legal residents of the U.S., accused of laying down hundreds of thousands of dollars in illicit cash at Phoenix-area gun shops to buy an arsenal of high-powered weapons for Mexican drug smugglers.  Between September 2009 and December 2010, congressional investigators said, they purchased or aided in the purchase of more than 2,000 AK-47 assault weapons, Barrett .50-caliber sniper rifles, FN 5.7mm semi-automatic pistols and other assorted rifles, shotguns and handguns that later were "walked" into Mexico.  About half the weapons remain unaccounted for.

Just the facts on Fast and Furious.  The facts are so clear that there isn't much the Department and its defenders can say, other than to lash out and blame the messengers.  The fact is that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) encouraged gun dealers to sell assault rifles to known straw purchasers illegally buying on behalf of others.  The fact is that the Justice Department oversaw the operation as ATF literally watched bad guys collect hundreds of guns — week after week — for nearly a year.

A Journalist's Guide to 'Project Gunwalker' - Part Seven.  Part of an exhaustive timeline of the Gunwalker scandal.

Sipsey Street Irregulars:  A web site that specializes in the Gunwalker scandal.




Editor's note:
From here down, the articles are in chronological order, so the newest material is at the bottom of the page.

ATF Officials Implicated in Operation Fast and Furious.  Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif), chairman of the U.S. House of Representative's Oversight and Government Reform Committee, got his hearing.  Representative Issa has been trying to find out why the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives) told gun-store owners to sell thousands of semi-automatic firearms to straw purchasers (those who buy guns for someone who can't do so legally) — and then just watched as the guns went across the border, into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

'Gunwalker' Under Fire.  Will the Justice Department be held to account for arming lethal Mexican cartels?

Why the Lies About Guns Going to Mexico?  The Mexican Ambassador to the United States, Auturo Sarukhan, appeared on a CBS news program recently and repeated a lie we have heard for many months about the violence in Mexico.  The ambassador says Americans are to blame for the violence wrecked on his country by the Mexican drug cartels because "most of the guns confiscated by Mexican police can be traced back to the United States."  That is not true, but the way that claim has been accepted by American politicians and the mainstream media raises suspicions about a hidden agenda.

The Scandal of 'Gun-Walking'.  The phenomenon of "gunwalking" appears to be a standard sting-operation tactic that in this case has gone wildly awry.  The idea was that federal authorities would approve firearms purchases that seemed suspicious, and then monitor the buyers to see where the guns ended up.

What if Richard Nixon Had Been President During 'Operation Gun Runner'?  [Scroll down]  No one was killed during Watergate, yet Nixon was openly maligned, castigated, and pursued to the point of being forced out of office because he covered up a break-in.  On the other hand, it seems that untold hundreds have been killed as a result of "Operation Gun Runner" and one Border Patrol Agent — which is one too many — definitely died as a result of it.  It appears President Obama's Justice Department knew about "Gun Runner," and the BATF obviously knew about it as well.  But beyond these two groups everyone else — including Obama — claims to have been blissfully ignorant of the experiment.

ATF Gun Runner Scandal Continues to Grow: Who's Lying?  Liberals have unfairly held law abiding gun shop owners responsible for the violence in Mexico for years, but as evidence continues to pile up against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, the Justice Department, Homeland Security and President Obama over what is now known as "Operation Gun Runner," things aren't looking so good for the Obama Administration.

The Scandal of 'Gun-Walking'.  Why did the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives stand by and watch as guns were transported across our southern border to Mexico, to be used by violent drug cartels?  The phenomenon of "gunwalking" appears to be a standard sting-operation tactic that in this case has gone wildly awry.

Barack Obama's 'I am not a Crook' Moment.  [Scroll down]  In the Univision interview Obama revealed more than he would have liked.  At one moment he tried to claim that the American government has "too many moving parts" for him to keep up with things like Project Gunwalker.  It was a thinly veiled attempt to divert the conversation, but it left Obama looking as if the injuries and deaths of at least 150 Mexican nationals didn't rate his attention.  However, that fact is getting a lot of attention in Mexico where the PGR, or the Mexican Attorney General's office is seeking information on U.S. agents who might have committed crimes by facilitating the movement of arms into Mexico.

Sen. Grassley Releases Damning Docs on Gov's Gunrunner Program.  Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) has damning evidence that US ATF officials sanctioned or allowed the sale of assault weapons to straw purchasers.  The agency was doing this on purpose.  The government encouraged this.  Two of the weapons ended up at the murder scene of a US border patrol agent in Arizona, Brian Terry.  Obama later said he and Holder knew nothing about Operation Gunrunner.

Issa Threatens ATF Director with Contempt of Congress.  The chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform is threatening contempt proceedings against the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) for "failing to cooperate in good faith" with his committee's investigation.  Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., sent a letter to ATF acting Director Kenneth Melson threatening the action after Issa says the agency "failed to produce any documents" in response to a March 31st subpoena.  "I am disappointed that you have failed to produce any documents that would meet your legal obligations by the subpoena's April 13th deadline," he wrote in the letter.

What we know about Project Gunrunner:  House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, is threatening to begin contempt proceedings if the Justice Department doesn't start providing documents about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' (ATF) Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious.  But what's the controversy about? And what could the documents show?

NRA to Call for Holder's Resignation Over 'Project Gunrunner' Allegations.  Having deflected questions so far regarding how much he knew about a federal project suspected of allowing guns sold in the U.S. to be illegally smuggled to Mexico, Attorney General Eric Holder is under fire again, this time from the National Rifle Association, a conservative group with a loud voice and influence in Washington.

Is Obama A Gunrunner?  Considering how this administration has made a cause celebre out of gun control, the revelation of a program run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), in which weapons were transferred on purpose to Mexican drug cartels and criminals and then lost track of, is at best embarrassing and at worst an unconscionable dereliction of duty.

Questions Over U.S. Program Linger.  Just days after lawmakers repeated calls for justice in the killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, at least three men have now been charged in connection with the murder.  The move, however, will not end questions over whether investigative tactics employed by parts of the Justice Department played a role in Terry's death.  On Friday [5/6/2011], authorities unsealed an indictment against Manuel Osorio-Arellanes and two other Mexican nationals, charging them with murder and weapons and conspiracy charges.  Osorio-Arellanes was already in U.S. custody, but the other two, whose names remain under seal, are still at large.

DOJ deflects Gunrunner.  President Obama's Justice Department is trying to deflect responsibility over decisions in the Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious investigations, which are being spearheaded by House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican.  Last Wednesday [5/4/2011], Issa released new Project Gunrunner documents, including an approved wiretap application bearing Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer's name.  Though Breuer didn't sign it, his Deputy Assistant Attorney General (DAAG), Kenneth Blanc, did.

Obama's ATF: Too Busy Gun Smuggling to Arrest Criminals?  A new report from Syracuse University researchers notes that the Obama administration fails to prosecute violent criminals who most likely contribute to gun-related violence.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is supposed to investigate and arrest those who violate federal gun laws (e.g., felons in possession, straw purchasers).  Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) reports that January 2011 was "the lowest level to which federal weapons prosecutions have fallen since January 2001, when they were 445 at the time President George W. Bush assumed office."

Did MSNBC Produce Project Gunrunner's Smoking Gun?  Imagine a scenario in which the media outlet most afflicted with Barack Obama Sycophancy Syndrome (BOSS) — the place Chris 'thrill up my leg' Matthews calls home — presented a 'smoking gun' that could implicate the Obama White House in a cover-up akin to that of Watergate but with the added scarlet letter of murder.  The notion of such a thing would be like Woodward and Bernstein ignoring Deep Throat.  Impossible, right?  Yes, unless it did so unintentionally.  It looks like that honor may just go to none other than...

Issa: 'We do know' decisions for Gunrunner ... were made in Washington.  Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican and the Chairman of the powerful House Oversight Committee, expressed more confidence in his committee's investigation into President Obama's Department of Justice policies surrounding Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious, comparing it to the Iran-Contra scandal.  Issa told radio host Rick Amato that it is "not unprecedented" for government agencies, like the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), to refuse to honor Congressional subpoenas.

Issa calls hearing on Justice Department possibly obstructing justice.  California Republican Darrell Issa has called a hearing to look at the possibility that the Department of Justice (DOJ) may be committing obstruction of justice by ignoring a subpoena.  On April 1, Issa, House Oversight Committee chairman, subpoenaed all documents pertaining to two Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) programs, Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast and Furious.

Will Public Be Intentionally Distracted From Project Gunrunner Hearings?  This scandal blows the one involving [Rep. Joe] Sestak out of the water and is looking more and more like Watergate with murder.  Sipsey Street is quoting a source allegedly close to the investigation as saying he will be "surprised" if Attorney General Eric Holder doesn't end up in "federal prison."

Guns From U.S. Probe Surface in Mexico.  An arsenal found in Mexico included at least five assault rifles that U.S. authorities trace to a federal operation gone badly awry, according to government documents.  The discovery appears to confirm for the first time fears cited by Republican lawmakers that a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives operation called Fast and Furious failed to stop guns from ending up with drug gangs in Mexico.

Missing The News.  "Fast and Furious" is the name given to a Department of Justice/Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms investigation into gun running into Mexico.  The Feds decided to try and tag and follow heavy weaponry into Mexico with the idea of charting the smugglers' map.  What happened to the operation is the subject of an investigation by Darrell Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight and Governmental Affairs Committee.

Federal 'gunwalking' operation called a failure.  Three federal firearms agents told lawmakers Wednesday their supervisors in Phoenix prevented them from breaking up Mexico-bound gun purchases in Arizona so that the weapons could instead be tracked as they moved to those higher up in the drug cartels.

Four BATFE agents tell their story.  The report includes testimony from four Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) agents offering firsthand accounts about the controversial Operation Fast and Furious that allowed suspects to walk away with illegally purchased guns.  Two of the approximately 2,000 guns that ATF let criminals walk away with were found at the murder scene of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010.

Deadly Incompetence.  Given the federal government's batting average, another failure should come as no surprise.  But sometimes the incompetence strains believability.  Case in point:  "Operation Fast and Furious."

House panel slams 'Fast and Furious' gun operation tied to border agent's death.  A U.S. law enforcement operation intended to crack down on major weapons traffickers on the Southwest border spiraled out of control as federal agents were told by superiors to "stand down" and ignore weapons bought in Arizona headed for Mexico, a House panel heard Wednesday [6/15/2011].  Three federal firearms investigators told the House Oversight and Government Reform committee that they wanted to "intervene and interdict" loads of guns, but were repeatedly ordered to step aside.

Gun Walker Hearings: ATF Agents Feared Link To Giffords Shooting.  If the news were not filled with economic collapse, horrifying displays of cluelessness from the President, and Anthony Weiner's underwear, this would be one of the biggest stories in the world.  People died because of this unbelievably stupid program.

Obama's the Target of Mexico Gunrunning Probe.  Did the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), an agency of President Obama's Justice Department, operate a program that deliberately allowed some 3,500 guns bought in the U.S. to be "walked" across the Mexican border and into the waiting hands of the murderous Mexican drug cartels?  At first, President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder denied such a program existed.  Four ATF agents who worked in the program, called Operation Fast and Furious, however, answered yes this week in testimony before the House Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R.-Calif.).

Operation Fast and Furious should end Holder tenure.  Watergate cliches though they are, two questions beg to be asked about the exploding Fast and Furious scandal at the U.S. Department of Justice:  What did Attorney General Eric Holder know and when did he know it concerning the underlying concept, operational protocols and legal status of the Operation Fast and Furious program in the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms bureau?

Two AK-47s Were 'Fast and Furious' Guns From U.S., Sources Say.  Two guns sold to a Mexican cartel and used in the high-profile kidnapping and murder of a Mexican lawyer last year were purchased under the U.S. Justice Department's failed anti-gun trafficking program Operation Fast and Furious, sources tell Fox News.

Issa: DOJ Covering Up on Mexican Gun-Running Scandal.  House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R.-Calif.) told CNSNews.com in an interview that he believes the Justice Department is covering up information relevant to a congressional investigation of an operation in which the department knowingly allowed intermediaries of Mexican drug cartels to purchase guns at licensed firearms dealers in the United States and then get away without being arrested or the guns being retrieved.

Head of ATF Is Likely to Go.  The Justice Department is expected to oust the head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to people familiar with the matter, amid a troubled federal antitrafficking operation that has grown into the agency's biggest scandal in nearly two decades.

Shakeup coming at ATF in the wake of the "gunwalker" revelations?  Sipsey Street is reporting that Kenneth Melson, acting director of the ATF, is going to get the ax next week because of the revelations about his active role in the "gunwalker" scandal.  Gunwalker involved the ATF letting guns "walk" into the hands of the Mexican drug cartel.

Acting ATF Chief Facing Pressure to Resign Over Botched Gun Operation.  Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives acting Director Kenneth Melson is facing pressure to resign over a poorly run gun-trafficking operation blamed for putting weapons in the hands of a border agent's killers.

Issa: Holder 'Absolutely' Knew About 'Fast & Furious' Earlier Than He Testified.  House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R.-Calif.) told CNSNews.com in an interview that he believes the Justice Department is covering up information relevant to a congressional investigation of an operation in which the department knowingly allowed intermediaries of Mexican drug cartels to purchase guns at licensed firearms dealers in the United States and then get away without being arrested or the guns being retrieved.

A Drug-War Plan Goes Awry.  "Operation Fast and Furious" [was] a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms plan that allegedly facilitated the flow of high-powered weapons into Mexico in the hope that it might lead to the take-down of a major cartel.  It did not.  But it may have fueled a spike in the murder rate and led to the death of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

The gang that couldn't sting straight.  What did Attorney General Eric Holder know — and when did he know it?  That's the question congressional investigators are asking — and rightly so — about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which stands exposed as having perpetrated one of the most bizarre gun-sting operations imaginable.

Issa staffer: Gunrunner investigation points much higher than ATF director.  A spokesman for House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa told The Daily Caller the congressman expects his investigations into the Justice Department's gun walking programs to point to a much higher political appointee than acting ATF director Kenneth Melson.  Melson is widely expected to resign some time in the next couple of days in the face of political pressure from Issa's investigations into Project Gunrunner and Operation Fast Furious (sic).

Who OK'd 'Guns To Gangs' Program, And Why?  After getting caught doing the unbelievable — arming Mexico's cartels — word is the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms boss is out, and the gun-controller the White House wanted all along is in.  How far up does this go?

Was Fast And Furious A Gun-Control Plot?  Rather than a botched attempt to catch criminals, was the ATF program actually an attempt to advance gun-control efforts by an administration that has blamed Mexican violence on easy access to U.S. weapons?

'Gunwalker' Requires Special Counsel Investigation.  "Gunwalker" never should have happened.  We've spent the better part of a week here at Pajamas Media documenting the damning evidence of a reckless government that has conspired to allow gun runners to smuggle an estimated 2,000 weapons across the Mexican border to violent drug cartels.  During that time, we've discovered that the president and Democratic lawmakers have lied, and continue to lie, about the role of American guns and American small businessmen in arming drug cartels south of the border.  We've watched as they've lied, and continue to lie, blaming gun shops for the carnage that has resulted from the depravity of Mexican narco-terrorists.

Mega-Scandal: Was 'Gunwalker' a PR Op for Gun Control?  The most damning revelations coming out of the hearings on Operation Fast and Furious held by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform are the unmistakable indications that the program was never designed to succeed as a law enforcement operation at all.  A quartet of Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) agents and supervisors turned into whistleblowers to bring the operation down, but only after U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was gunned down in the Arizona desert.  Two of the weapons recovered at the scene of Terry's murder were traced to the operation.

Gunwalker: From Obama's Inauguration to Issa's Report.  Major scandals don't always have the most dramatic beginnings.  Andrew Johnson was impeached for replacing the sitting secretary of war; Richard Nixon's collapse started with a breaking and entering.  Bill Clinton's infamy was guaranteed for quibbling over the definition of a common verb.  It now appears that high-ranking officials in the Obama administration may be writing the end of their careers and risking a life behind bars by arguing about the technical definition of "walking" firearms.

Obama Admin's Comments on 'Gunrunner' Scandal Strain Credulity.  On June 15, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-California), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, held another hearing into the failed "Operation Fast and Furious" program, which has also been dubbed the "Gunwalker" scandal.  "Gunwalker" allowed literally thousands of weapons to walk across the border into Mexico.  The guns, which included semi-automatic AK-47 variants and Barrett .50 caliber sniper rifles, were purchased by straw buyers in Arizona, who then allegedly passed them on to Mexican drug cartels.

U.S. AK-47s linked to Mexican attorney's slaying.  A U.S. congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious, the controversial federal gun-running surveillance operation, moves to Mexico amid reports that two assault weapons sold in Arizona were found at the scene of a shootout with the suspects in a Mexican attorney's slaying.

Gun Owners of America Calls for Dissolution of ATF.  The Second Amendment grassroots group Gun Owners of America today called for the dissolution of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, citing work done by the House Oversight Committee over the last several months to expose an ATF program that led to the killing of a Border Patrol agent.

The Truth About Gun Walker.  Earlier this week, the Washington Post ran a hit piece on Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Oversight committee, designed to imply — without evidence — that Issa was aware of "Operation Fast and Furious" all along.  That would be the astonishing Alcohol, Tobacco, & Firearms operation that deliberately flooded Mexico with American guns, and which Issa's committee has been investigating.  The thinking behind planting such a story is almost as appalling as the "Gun Walker" scandal itself.

"Gun Walker" Fall Guy Refuses To Fall.  The fall guy designated to short-circuit Rep. Darrell Issa's investigation of the "Gun Walker" outrage, acting ATF director Ken Melson, has noticed the open grave yawning at his feet, and apparently doesn't feel like jumping in.  According to the L.A. Times, Melson is "strongly resisting pressure to step down," and is "reportedly eager to testify to Congress about the extent of his and other officials' involvement in the operation."  Wow.  This is how regimes crumble:  one guy refusing to fall on his sword.

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I'll bet he's about to sing like a canary.

ATF Director Eager to Testify About Operation Fast and Furious.  ATF Director Kenneth Melson, who was heavily involved in Operation Fast and Furious, doesn't look like he's willing to fall on his sword for Attorney General Eric Holder and President Obama just yet.  In fact, Melson is ready to testify in front of the House Oversight Committee where Rep. Darrell Issa will ask him who above him ordered the operation within the Justice Department.  Eric Holder should be very, very worried.

Another Murder Linked to US Gunwalker Case.  CBS News has confirmed that ATF Fast and Furious "walked" guns have been linked to the terrorist torture and murder of the brother of a Mexican state attorney general last fall.  Two AK-47 variant rifles were found at the scene of a shoot-out with the murder suspects.

'Gunwalker' Scandal and the Case for Impeaching Holder.  Besides Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry's murder, "Mexican officials estimate 150 of their people have been shot by Fast and Furious guns."  This indicates at least 150 incidents of murder or attempted murder.  While Holder didn't pull any triggers, the Department of Justice was involved in Gunwalker from the beginning.

Fast and Furious Fiasco: Time to Abolish the ATF.  Voltaire observed "It's a good thing to kill an admiral now and then to encourage the others."  This observation inspires me to suggest that when an agency carries out such a bit of idiotic malfeasance as the ATF's operation "Fast and Furious" with the cooperation of agents at all levels of the spectrum, an operation which resulted, among other things in the murder of a U.S. customs agent and prominent relative of a Mexican official, it's time to dissolve the operation and dismiss all of its employees.  To encourage the others.

'Project Gunrunner' Whistleblower Says ATF Sent Him Termination Notice.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is being accused of retaliating against an agent who helped publicize the agency's role in allowing thousands of guns to cross the U.S. border and fall into the hands of Mexican drug gangs.  The agent, Vince Cefalu, who has spoken out about the ATF's so-called "Project Gunrunner" scandal, says he was served with termination papers just last week, and he calls the move politically motivated.

Rep. Cummings' Gunwalker Report Neglects To Mention ... Gunwalker.  The report doesn't mention the estimated 150 dead in Mexico, plus two U.S. agents.  Just gun control.  And long-debunked statistics.

'Fast and Furious' sparks new gun control debates.  The tainted "Operation Fast and Furious" has dealt the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms its worst blow since the agency's botched 1993 raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco that left four ATF agents dead.  With federal agents testifying against their commanders, members of Congress calling for the top man's ouster and accusations that ATF is fudging its gun smuggling numbers, the political fallout itself has become fast and furious.

GOP Lawmakers Accuse Justice Department of Gunrunner Coverup.  The operation, Project Gunrunner, has drawn scrutiny amid allegations that, rather than stanch the export of guns from the U.S. to Mexico, it has instead facilitated sales to traffickers.  Issa and Grassley are raising the prospect that the purported scandal could have spread much wider and higher than the Obama administration has acknowledged.

U.S. Officials Behind 'Fast and Furious' Gun Sales Should Be Tried in Mexico, Lawmaker Says.  While the investigation continues into the U.S. operation that helped send thousands of guns south of the border, Mexican lawmakers say they'll press for extradition and prosecution in Mexico of American officials who authorized and ran the operation.

The Editor asks...
If the investigation goes all the way to the top, does that proposal include President Obama?

What Did Obama Know, and When Did He Know It?  Rep. Issa has already stated that he knows with certitude that Attorney General Eric Holder knew about Fast and Furious much earlier than Holder has admitted.  This is a huge scandal with enormous implications that could rival the Iran-Contra mess in gravity.

Could controversy kill the ATF?  The unfolding scandal over a gunrunning investigation allegedly botched by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives could do what years of criticism of the long-beleaguered agency never quite accomplished — result in its demise.

Project Gunrunner Got Stimulus Money.  A large number of jobs for Mexican hit men were "created or saved" as a result of this expenditure.

Eric Holder Now Feigns Ignorance of Operation 'Fast and Furious'.  News about Operation "Fast and Furious" is now ubiquitous.  Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson's Fourth of July testimony to Senator Charles Grassley and Representative Darrell Issa blew the cover off what appears to be one of the biggest political cover-ups in the last 50 years.

Fast-And-Furious-Gate.  The ATF's acting director spills the beans on a program involving multiple agencies that not only supplied guns to Mexican gangs and drug cartels but may also have used taxpayer dollars to buy them.

Holder Lied.  New information indicates that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's actions are squarely behind the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms) operation known as "Fast and Furious", which orchestrated the delivery of almost 2,000 weapons to Mexican drug cartels.  Holder openly proclaimed his connection to the operation in April 2009 during a publicized speech in Mexico, then told a Congressional Committee in May 2011, "I probably heard of Fast and Furious the first time in the last few weeks."

Holder bragged about Operation Gunrunner in 2009.  On May 3, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder testified before House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa's committee that he only learned about the government's sale of weapons to Mexican drug cartels "in the last few weeks."  But Big Government found a 2009 speech by Holder on the Department of Justice's own website that proves the attorney general was well aware of Operation Gunrunner back in 2009.

Obama handling of 'Fast and Furious' reminiscent of 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.

ATF Tampa Division Walked Guns to Honduras and to MS13 Gang Members.  Leaders of the transnational organized criminal gang Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) even ordered a hit on a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent in New York.  There are now reports that 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.  1,000 of those guns were sold to MS13 buyers.

Allen West: Obama must remove Eric Holder.  Florida Republican Rep. Allen West is demanding that President Barack Obama force Attorney General Eric Holder to resign.  Appearing on Nashville radio host Steve Gill's show last week, West said Obama would be "complicit" with what he sees as Justice Department attempts to slow down and avoid a congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious and Project Gunrunner if he didn't push his attorney general to resign.

The Stimulation of Murder.  The ATF's gun-running disaster was funded in the stimulus bill.  Think about all the criminal and drug cartel jobs saved or created.  And our attorney general once bragged to a Mexican audience about implementing it.

Obama Pal Dohrn Linked to Mexican Killer Case.  Crime reporter and blogger Tina Trent says that President Obama's intervention on behalf of an illegal alien killer can be traced back to a 2003 conference that featured Bernardine Dohrn, Van Jones, and representatives of the Soros-funded Open Society Institute.

Did someone mention Bernadine Dohrn?

This is what's known as stonewalling.
White House Mum on When Obama Became Aware of Botched Gunrunner Operation.  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.

Bordergate? Did Eric Holder lie to Congress? Does Obama know?  Eric Holder testified that he "probably" only learned about Gunrunner in "the last few weeks," but took credit for it in 2009.  President Obama, who provided $10 million "stimulus" money and $11 million for 2011, says neither of them knew about it At a May 3 House Judiciary Committee hearing, Attorney General Holder, under questioning by House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), testified that he had "probably" only learned about Operation Fast and Furious in "the last few weeks."

New border gun rules a distraction from Fast and Furious scandal, Issa says.  The Obama administration bolstered sales-reporting requirements Monday for gun dealers in the southern border states of Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas.  Darrell Issa, House oversight committee chairman, has already criticized the new requirements as nothing more than an attempt to deflect attention from the Operation Fast and Furious scandal.

American Stalin, Obama, Seizes Control of Food and Energy Production.  The previously clandestine "Fast and Furious Operation Gunwalker" has been uncovered as an Obama/Holder-planned and supported program. ... The actual reason for the program was to force gun shop owners to work with the ATF in providing them with the guns to sell and then betraying them by blaming them for selling guns to the cartels.  Then, Obama believed he would be able to eliminate the 2nd Amendment under a faux "emergency."

'Gunwalker' Whistleblower: ATF Director 'Horribly Irresponsible'.  One of the original whistleblowers on Operation Fast and Furious — which allowed thousands of guns to cross the border into Mexico — said Acting Director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Ken Melson's testimony before congressional investigators on July 4 was nothing but "smoke and mirrors."

DOJ Inspector General Can't Be Trusted to Investigate Gunwalker.  Such serious charges, potentially reaching the highest levels of the Department of Justice and possibly higher, should not be undertaken by an acting inspector general, which is typically a caretaker role until a new inspector general has been appointed.  Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) made that very observation in a March 8 letter to Kevin L. Perkins, chair of the Integrity Committee for the Council of Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency.

Attorney General Holder's credibility takes another hit.  An email cited in Senator Charles Grassley's testimony in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Operation Fast and Furious indicates that knowledge of the program was spread across the highest levels of the Justice Department.  This lends even greater suspicion to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder's claim that he knew nothing about the program until well after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed.

Republicans want records from Justice officials about botched gun operation.  Republican lawmakers have requested correspondence records, including emails and handwritten notes, from a dozen senior Justice Department officials who may have been involved in a controversial gun-tracking operation.

Eric Holder, You've Got Mail.  The overflowing mailbox of Attorney General Eric Holder includes a few interesting letters from Congress.  One of them comes from Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL), who represents the 9th Congressional District, right next to Tampa.  Bilirakis wants to know more about "Operation Castaway," the latest revelation in the Gun Walker saga of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Did Operation Fast and Furious have a Tampa twin, Operation Castaway?  Republican lawmakers are alleging that Operation Fast and Furious may have had a twin in Tampa:  Operation Castaway.  The new revelations have come to light as Florida Republican Rep. Gus Bilrakis fired off a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and acting ATF Director Ken Melson asking them for answers about the newly discovered program.

ATF loses track of 1,400 guns in criticized probe.  Federal agents can't account for more than 1,400 guns after a widely criticized operation aimed at tracing the flow of weapons to Mexican drug gangs, sources with knowledge of the investigation tell CNN.  Of 2,020 guns involved in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives probe dubbed "Operation Fast and Furious," 363 have been recovered in the United States and 227 have been recovered in Mexico.  That leaves 1,430 guns unaccounted for, the sources said.

Gunwalker Probe Points to DOJ.  Two Republican congressman investigating ATF's controversial "Fast and Furious" program said yesterday "senior officials at the Department of Justice" were "unquestionably aware" of the operation.  In a letter yesterday [7/12/2011] to Attorney General Eric Holder, Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) demanded copies of all communications among a dozen top DOJ officials in what they called "this reckless program."

Operation Fast and Furious: Designed to Promote Gun Control.  "Internal ATF emails seem to suggest that ATF agents were counseled to highlight a link between criminals and certain semi-automatic weapons in order to bolster a case for a rule like the one the DOJ announced yesterday [Monday] [7/11/2011]."

Holder must go over gun scandal, but what did Obama know?  Operation Fast and Furious is a growing scandal.  Attorney General Eric Holder must go, but Congress should not stop investigating there, and ask if Democratic operatives knew anything.  Fast and Furious is the latest variation of the ATF's Operation Gunrunner (aka Gunwalker), allowing U.S. guns into Mexico.  It's a disaster involving more than 2,000 guns, many now being used in crimes, and one used to kill a federal agent.

Issa, Grassley name 12 senior Justice officials in Fast and Furious letter.  House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, and Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, ripped Attorney General Eric Holder again in another Monday [7/11/2011] letter.  The top Republicans investigating the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Operation Fast and Furious also blasted Holder for allegations that he allowed his Justice Department to skew potential witnesses by prepping them with access to background information.

Too fast, too furious.  The Justice Department's effort to contain the Operation Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal is crumbling.  Members of Congress are demanding full disclosure regarding the bizarre scheme to funnel guns to Mexican drug cartels, supposedly to help sniff out the higher-level bad guys.  Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. isn't helping congressional investigators understand the rationale behind this breathtakingly dumb idea.

The Real 'Under the Radar' Target of Operation Fast and Furious.  [Scroll down]  Why would ATF leaders pursue a dangerous policy that has already caused the death of one agent and resulted in the deaths of unknown numbers of Mexicans, all cut down by US/ATF-supplied weaponry?  If the cartels are beyond the legal reach of American authorities for the most part and the Mexican government is incapable of following through on any supposed entrapment program, then what was the true purpose of this otherwise senseless secret program?

Democrats to Introduce Gun Control Legislation Tomorrow.  Democrat Representatives Maloney, Cummings and McCarthy, all members of the Minority on the House Oversight Committee chaired by Republican Congressman Issa, plan to hold a press conference tomorrow [7/15/2011] to announce new  gun control  anti-gun trafficking legislation in light of Operation Fast and Furious.  The "Stop Gun Trafficking and Strengthen Law Enforcement Act," is designed to "keep high powered firearms out of the hands of dangerous criminals, including Mexican drug cartels."

ATF Florida Gun Probe Earns Congressional Scrutiny.  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.  Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., penned a letter Tuesday [7/12/2011] to Attorney General Eric Holder and ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson inquiring about a program known as "Operation Castaway."

The 'Fast and Furious' gun fiasco.  Mexico's presidential election, coming up a year from now, could easily have the U.S. gun policy known as "Fast and Furious" at the center of public debate.  Revelations about how the policy was implemented and its consequences are still developing, but the bullhorn of new disclosures tends to show it was crazy from the start.

Gun-smuggling cartel figures possibly were paid FBI informants.  Congressional investigators probing the controversial "Fast and Furious" anti-gun-trafficking operation on the border with Mexico believe at least six Mexican drug cartel figures involved in gun smuggling also were paid FBI informants, officials said Saturday [7/16/2011].  The investigators have asked the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration for details about the alleged informants, as well as why agents at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which ran the Fast and Furious operation, were not told about them.

Which Was Worse: Iran/Contra or Operation 'Fast and Furious'?  It's simply undeniable that Holder is smack dab in the middle of "Gun Runner" and "Fast and Furious."  It's also undeniable that as a result of these two programs, approximately 2,500 guns were sold to "straw purchasers" who were then allowed to smuggle the weapons illegally into Mexico with the DOJ's knowledge.  It's undeniable that only 1300 of the approximately 2500 guns have been recovered:  which leaves 1200 guns in the hands of criminals in Mexico and, according to one of the ATF's own supervisors, has to be factored into the mix when one considers that in March 2010 alone, 958 people were killed in Mexico.

A Watergate For Obama?  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.

NBC's Investigative Unit Ignores Obama's ATF Debacle.  The NBC News Investigative Unit has devoted considerable resources to uncovering "scandals" ranging from Marcus Bachmann's health clinic to Newt Gingrich's credit line at Tiffany to the Sarah Palin document dump, but continues to ignore a botched Justice Department operation that contributed to the death of a U.S. border agent.

Lawmakers want answers about ATF gun operation.  Two Republican lawmakers investigating a controversial Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives weapons operation known as "Fast and Furious" have asked the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration to explain what role their agents played in the investigation.

ATF Chief Accuses Holder Aides of Stonewalling Congress.  The head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has admitted that his agency, in at least one instance, allowed sales of high-powered weapons without intercepting them — and he accuses his superiors at the Justice Department of stonewalling Congress to protect political appointees in the scandal over those decisions.

ATF Director's Surprised to Learn ATF Might Have Been Selling Guns to FBI.  Interviewed by congressional investigators earlier this month, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Ken Melson agreed that the allegations that federal agencies weren't sharing information regarding the Fast & Furious program were "eye-popping," according to transcripts of the interview exclusively obtained by ABC News.

Obama-Contra.  As if "Project Gunrunner" and "Operation Fast and Furious" weren't bad enough, we now learn of "Operation Castaway," run out of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' Tampa field division.  It's another operation that allowed guns to "walk" south of the border, this time to Honduras, using similar techniques and tactics.

ATF Whistleblower Case Triggers Retaliation Inquiry.  The Justice Department's inspector general has opened an investigation into possible retaliation against a whistle-blowing agent at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to two people briefed on the inquiry.

ATF sought to downplay guns scandal, emails show.  As Sen. Charles Grassley and congressional investigators looked into the Fast and Furious operation and the killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, ATF officials took steps to throw them off the trail.

ATF Whistleblower Case Triggers Retaliation Inquiry.  The Justice Department's inspector general has opened an investigation into possible retaliation against a whistle-blowing agent at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to two people briefed on the inquiry.

Inspector General Investigates Gun Walker Retaliation.  When a rogue government agency launches a political operation that ends up killing both foreign citizens and Americans, and a deeply corrupt Justice Department tries to cover the whole thing up with smokescreens and retaliation against whistleblowers, the obvious solution is to give the government more power.  Representative Issa, the House Oversight dentist who has been drilling into the Gun Walker abscess, wants the Justice Department to rinse, spit, and get ready for its next root canal.

The Assault Weapons Ban: How Silly Was It? (Part Two).  Attempting to impose such a restrictive and prohibitionist law is far harder today in a nation where judicial interpretations favoring individual gun rights are ascendant.  It would take a dramatic and drastic turn of events to undermine the growing gun rights movement and to generate the sort of popular support for more national gun control laws.  Such firearms would have to be used, repeatedly and with great affect, [sic] to generate massive levels of violence and the media furor needed to revive a flagging gun control movement.  It would almost take a massive covert operation delivering thousands of weapons to violent felons to make this even potentially viable.

Time to Fire Eric Holder.  Operation Fast and Furious was run out of Phoenix.  Operation Castaway bubbled forth from the Tampa office of the ATF.  Some of the ostensible gunrunning "targets" of these operations turned out to be paid FBI informants.  The programs enjoyed funding from the Obama "stimulus" package.  These factors combine to make regional ATF supervisors, or acting ATF Director Ken Melson, unsuitable as fall guys.  Ken Melson doesn't want to be a fall guy.  He's cooperating with congressional investigators, but their requests for information have been stonewalled by Attorney General Eric Holder at every turn.

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.

Feds Silent on How Convicted Felons Bought Guns in 'Fast and Furious'.  In the latest chapter of the gunrunning scandal known as Operation Fast and Furious, federal officials won't say how two suspects obtained more than 360 weapons despite criminal records that should have prevented them from buying even one gun.  Under current federal law, people with felony convictions are not permitted to buy weapons, and those with felony arrests are typically flagged while the FBI conducts a thorough background check.

Issa: Obama admin intimidating witnesses in ATF gun probe.  The Obama administration sought to intimidate witnesses into not testifying to Congress on Tuesday about whether ATF knowingly allowed weapons, including assault rifles, to be "walked" into Mexico, the chairman of a House committee investigating the program said in an interview Monday [7/25/2011].

Senior ATF, Justice Dept officials ignored Mexico-based agents' complaints.  House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, California Republican, will soon air a different side of Operation Fast and Furious:  what Mexico-based U.S. law enforcement officials dealt with.  Senior Justice Department leadership in Washington ignored concerns Mexico-based Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) officials raised about the program, according to assertions made as part of the congressional investigation.

ATF Accused in Congressional Report of 'Arming' Cartel.  The failed federal anti-gunrunning program known as Operation Fast and Furious got so out of control in November 2009, it appeared the U.S. government was single-handedly "arming for war" the Sinaloa Cartel, documents show, even as U.S. officials kept lying to fellow agents in Mexico about the volume of guns it helped send south of the border.  Those shocking allegations are revealed in the latest congressional report investigating the operation.

Gunrunning sting fatally wrong.  They came from all over the country, agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, brought here in a bold new effort to shut down the flow of U.S. guns to Mexican drug cartels.  It was called Operation Fast and Furious, after a popular movie about street car racing.  But from the beginning, much of the fury was inside the agency itself.

Cornyn wants Holder to "come clean" on Fast and Furious.  The Texan who once served as the Lone Star State's top lawman says the nation's top lawman needs to "come clean" so Congress can complete its investigation into the "Operation Fast and Furious" effort to trace U.S. weapons to Mexican drug cartels.  Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, a former Texas attorney general and state Supreme Court judge, says Attorney General Eric Holder is part of a "concerted effort (by the Justice Department) to try and mislead and cover up" when the attorney general knew about the controversial scheme.

Obama Talked About "Gun Tracing" in 2009.  Yesterday [7/26/2011] during testimony on Capitol Hill, we heard Former ATF Special Agent in Charge William Newell admit he was in contact with White House National Security staffer Kevin O'Reilly about Operation Fast and Furious as early as September 2010.

White House Staffer Knew About Gun Running Operation Last Fall.  At least one person in the White House knew about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives gun-running operation three months before weapons from the botched sting were found at the murder scene of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.  That's what a high-ranking ATF official told Congress on Tuesday [7/26/2011].

Fast and Furious: Enter the IRS and White House.  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and his House Oversight committee did not waste any time getting down to business when their "Gun Walker" hearings resumed yesterday [7/26/2011].  Within a matter of hours, they had Special Agent in Charge William Newell, of the Phoenix ATF office, sizzling nicely on the Oversight hibachi, and this astonishing exchange occurred...

Is 'Fast and Furious' Just the Tip of Obama's Gun Smuggling Iceberg?  [Scroll down]  Only 1,300 of the 2,500 weapons sold were recovered and what was supposed to be a sweep of the Mexican cartel turned instead into a gift of 1,200 weapons that we failed to find.  In the aftermath of these operations, Acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson has given testimony under oath indicating that Attorney General Eric Holder pressured him not to speak openly with members of Congress about the operations, Obama has denied knowledge of either, and the crime rate in Mexico has jumped exponentially.  Could it get any worse?  Maybe so.

How Mexican killers got US guns from 'Fast and Furious' operation.  US officials thought they would catch Mexican criminals in a bold gun-running sting called 'Fast and Furious.'  Instead, they inadvertently armed drug cartels as the operation spiraled out of control, a congressional report finds.

Holder Lied, Agents Died?  As hearings reveal the attorney general to be either a charlatan or a boob, word comes of possible FBI complicity in letting guns "walk" into Mexico, ordered by an administration pushing gun control.

ATF: The White House Knew.  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.

Gunwalker: William Newell Circles the Wagons.  The Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, the Drug Enforcement Agency, and the Internal Revenue Service were all aware of Operation Fast and Furious, which allowed thousands of military-style weapons to "walk" across the southern border to the Sinaloa drug cartel and other criminals.  These explosive revelations came on Tuesday, as Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-PA) grilled the former ATF special agent who was in charge of the Gunwalker program, William Newell.

Gunwalker: One Step Closer to the Oval Office.  This week's revelations placed knowledge of the operation within the White House for the first time.

The Associated Press Covers Gunwalker.  Associated Press reporting on the Gunwalker ("Fast and Furious") scandal has been sporadic but fair.  However, not many newspapers around the country have picked up the AP's stories on Gunwalker, apparently because they would rather cover up than expose scandals that originate in the Obama administration.

Enemy of the State.  Within months after Barack Obama became President, a covert operation was launched to allow gun sales to people with ties to the Mexican drug cartels, ostensibly in hopes that those guns would lead agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to cartel members in Mexico. ... The problem is that the ATF was not able to keep track of the weapons, and to date only 1,300 of the approximate 2,500 have been recovered.

'Fast and Furious' top agents grilled.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent in charge of the agency's controversial Fast and Furious investigation on Tuesday [7/26/2011] defended his unit's actions, telling lawmakers that "it was not the purpose" of ATF to permit firearms trafficking to Mexico.

ATF Manager says he shared Fast and Furious Info with White House.  At a lengthy hearing on ATF's controversial gunwalking operation today [7/26/2011], a key ATF manager told Congress he discussed the case with a White House National Security staffer as early as September 2010.  The communications were between ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix office, Bill Newell, and White House National Security Director for North America Kevin O'Reilly.  Newell said the two are longtime friends.  The content of what Newell shared with O'Reilly is unclear and wasn't fully explored at the hearing.

'Fast and Furious' traced to White House.  Did President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder authorize the ATF's deadly Fast and Furious operation?  During Tuesday's testimony on Capitol Hill, William Newell, a former special agent in charge of the Phoenix field division of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Affairs he discussed the case with a White House National Security staffer as early as September 2010.

"Fast and Furious" Goes All the Way to the White House.  By now, "Gunwalker" and "Fast and Furious" have both entered the national lexicon. ... What most people seem not to know is who exactly was behind the Gunwalker and Fast and Furious operations.  Was it the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives)?  Yes.  Was it also Attorney General Eric Holder?  Well, there's no doubt he was instrumental in Gunwalker, and it's now known that his chief of staff was briefed on Fast and Furious.  So how about President Obama?  What did he know?

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.

Much More than a Third Rate Burglary.  To believe that no top administration officials were involved in Operation Fast and Furious is not only disingenuous, it's dumb.  Of course some top Obama administration officials were involved, if for no other reason than contemporary bureaucrats simply lack the intestinal fortitude to initiate such an ill-conceived and uncoordinated program without clearance from above.

Cornyn demands answers on gun probe.  Another senior Republican has questions about the Fast and Furious undercover weapons investigation on the U.S.-Mexico border, demanding that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. immediately brief his office regarding the "scope and details of any past or present ATF gun-walking programs" in Texas.

ATF's gun surveillance program showed early signs of failure.  Just a few months into Operation Fast and Furious, an agency official called for a strategy to shut down the program aimed at following guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

Promotions of 'Fast and Furious' officials draw Texan's wrath.  A senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday [8/16/2011] described as "inconceivable" a Justice Department decision to promote key Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) personnel who oversaw the controversial "Fast and Furious" weapons investigation that allowed hundreds of guns to be walked into Mexico.

ATF's 'Fast and Furious' firearms tracked to at least 11 violent crimes.  Firearms illegally trafficked under the ATF's Fast and Furious program turned up at the scenes of at least 11 "violent crimes" in this country in addition to being involved in the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in southern Arizona last year, the Justice Department has acknowledged to Congress.

Holder requests Fast and Furious docs from Issa, Grassley.  New details about Operation Fast and Furious cast doubt on the ability of the Justice Department's Office of Inspector General to conduct an "independent" and fair investigation, congressional Republican investigators say.  The information comes via a letter Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Darrell Issa sent to Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday [8/16/2011].

ATF denies it promoted Fast and Furious supervisors.  The agency says three officials involved in the guns scandal were moved laterally to jobs in its Washington headquarters.

Fast And Furious Promotions?  As guns funneled by the ATF into Mexico continue to show up at crime scenes, three key supervisors of an operation that resulted in the deaths of two U.S. agents get moved up instead of fired.

Obama Smuggling Guns and Registering Yours.  President Barack Obama wants you to believe that America's Founding Fathers were in error when they gave citizens the right to bear arms.  The Obama administration and even its Mexican counterpart have manipulated public opinion to believe that the cartel drug wars are being fueled largely by American guns.  In support of that spin, they are trying to impose a new regulation that requires licensed firearms dealers in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California to report to the federal government whenever someone buys from them more than one semiautomatic rifle with certain characteristics.

Gunwalker and the Foundation of Liberty.  Is there an inalienable right to self-defense?  If there is, each man has indisputable, inestimable value, value that he may rightly preserve even if the life of another man is forfeit. ... But if there is no such inalienable right, the entire nature of the social contract is changed.

Grassley, Issa: Shakeup Won't Stop Probe of ATF.  There might be more to come in the investigation of the anti-gun-trafficking program that sparked the shake-up at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, according to two lawmakers who have spearheaded the congressional probe.  "There's a lot of blame to go around.  As our investigation moves forward, and we get to the bottom of this policy, I wouldn't be surprised to see more fall out beyond the resignations and new assignments announced today," said Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa).

Issa responds to departure of ATF director.  House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, on Tuesday responded to news that Kenneth Melson, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tabacco, Firearms and Explosives, has been reassigned in the wake of the committee's probe into the "Fast and Furious" program.

The Gun Walker Cover Up Unravels.  The Gun Walker investigative team of Rep. Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley announced yesterday that their probe into this almost unbelievable scandal will be growing wider.  They've got evidence of a cover-up at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to pursue, as reported by CBS News — which deserves kudos for being the mainstream news organized most determined to get to the bottom of this story.

NYT burying latest Fast and Furious stories shows paper's 'biased approach'.  House Oversight Committee officials aren't happy with The New York Times.  Committee staff are accusing the paper of burying its story on how acting ATF director Ken Melson lost his job amid the Operation Fast and Furious scandal.  Times readers would have to dig down to page A13 of Wednesday's Gray Lady to find out that Attorney General Eric Holder reassigned Melson to a different job inside the Justice Department.

Screw Up, Move Up, Cover Up: The Fast and Furious Edition.  On Tuesday [8/30/2011], the Justice Department announced it was shuffling Kenneth Melson, acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, out of his job.  The disclosure comes amid continued GOP investigations into the administration's fatally botched straw gun purchase racket at the border and spreading outrage over legal obstructionism and whistleblower retaliation by DOJ brass.  The DOJ inspector general is also conducting a probe.

Serious questions remain in ATF firearms probe.  No one should think the reassignment of the head of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will quiet questions about a dangerous federal gun trafficking investigation gone awry. ... The Obama administration must act quickly and responsibly to fully explain how the debacle came to pass.

Did Napolitano know about Fast and Furious?  Heads seem to be rolling from the deadly Operation Fast and Furious gun scandal that is revealing the Obama administration to be as anti-gun as the National Rifle Association has always said.  Fast and Furious is the program initiated two years ago by officials within the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to allow more than 2,000 firearms to be sold by U.S. gun dealers to suppliers known to be working for Mexican drug cartels.

Evidence Suggests Cover-Up in ATF Scandal.  Just hours after the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, federal officials tried to cover up evidence that the gun that killed Terry was one the government intentionally helped sell to the Mexican cartels in a weapons trafficking program known as Operation Fast and Furious.  The revelation comes just days after a huge shake-up of government officials who oversaw the failed anti-gun trafficking program and Congress renewed its demand for more answers.

Five Gunwalker Questions the Media Won't Ask, and the Obama Administration Won't Answer.  In the months since the scandal was revealed, the Department of Justice (DOJ), BATF, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Internal Revenue Service Criminal Division (IRS-CD), Department of Homeland Security, and Department of State, have conspired to stonewall and House and Senate investigations that have been launched to investigate a scandal that appears to be worse than Iran-Contra and Watergate combined.

Fast & Furious scandal may have its first cover-up.  Evidence has emerged that suggests a cover-up of the Fast & Furious scandal involving the Department of Justice — specifically the recently-departed US Attorney in Phoenix.  Fox News has been almost the only major outlet following the story, but that may change given the disclosures coming to the surface as Sen Grassley and Rep. Issa press their investigation.

Scapegoats:
ATF chief who oversaw Operation Fast and Furious to step down.  Kenneth E. Melson, who has faced heavy criticism in connection with the controversial Fast and Furious gun-trafficking investigation, announced Tuesday [8/30/2011] that he is stepping down as acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Also resigning is Dennis Burke, the U.S. attorney in Phoenix whose office oversaw the Fast and Furious program, in which ATF agents purposely allowed weapons to be illegally purchased in the hope of catching Mexican drug cartel leaders.

Issa to DOJ: We've been Gamed.  The Justice Department's recent staff reshuffling can be seen as a result of the criticism of the botched gun tracking operation known as Fast and Furious, but it is unlikely to get the operation out of Congress' crosshairs anytime soon.

White House received emails about Fast and Furious.  Three national security officials were given some details about the operation.  But an administration official says the emails do not prove that anyone in the White House was aware of the covert tactics of the program.

ATF Gunwalker: Who at the White House knew?  CBS News has obtained a series of emails that show the White House had more information on ATF's controversial Fast and Furious operation than previously disclosed.  But administration officials insists [sic] nobody at the White House knew specifically that ATF was allowing guns to "walk" into the hands of suspected gun traffickers for Mexican drug cartels.

It's time for the administration to come clean, under oath, and face the consequences for its actions.
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.  Now they are saddled by yet another claim of retaliation against a whistleblower and new revelations that gunwalking was far more lethal and widespread that originally thought.

Gunwalker: Details of Coverup Revealed.  Emails reveal attempts to hide that Gunwalker guns were present at Brian Terry's murder — within hours of Terry's death.

Three Fall Guys Won't Make Fast and Furious Go Away.  After 2,500 guns were bought with illegal intent, transferred to various criminals of one type or another, and used to kill well over 1,100 people to date, the Department of Justice announces that they're going to deal firmly with three people who were involved in the operation by reassigning them and/or accepting their resignations.

Holder Denies Prior Knowledge of 'Fast and Furious'.  The head of the U.S. Justice Department launched his strongest personal defense yet in the growing furor over Operation Fast and Furious, the controversial sting targeting Mexican drug cartels and American gunrunners.  On Wednesday [9/7/2011], Attorney General Eric Holder said for the first time that not only he but also other higher-ups at the Justice Department were not aware of the operation as it was being carried out.

A White House 'Gunrunner'?  Operation Gunwalker, the rogue ATF operation to arm Mexico's cartels, extends now to three White House officials.  A bell goes off with the one named Dan Restrepo.  Late last Friday [9/2/2011], CBS News and the Los Angeles Times almost buried the news that Restrepo, the National Security Council's top man for Latin America, and two other officials, were in on ATF memos from the Gunwalker operation called "Fast and Furious."

Third Gun Linked to 'Fast and Furious' Identified.  A third gun linked to "Operation Fast and Furious" was found at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, new documents obtained exclusively by Fox News suggest, contradicting earlier assertions by federal agencies that police found only two weapons tied to the federal government's now infamous gun interdiction scandal.

FBI Hid Weapon, Tax Dollars Subsidized Murder.  Fox News investigative reporter William Lajeunesse dropped a pair of bombshells in one article Friday afternoon [9/9/2011], 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.

ATF Mexico gun scandal far from over.  A smoldering scandal is stalking the administration of U.S. President Barack Obama despite it being temporary obscured by budget battles and unemployment figures.  It's called Operation Fast and Furious, a botched gun-running sting along the Mexican border by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives that went decidedly wrong.

ATF investigation expands to White House staffers.  Today [9/9/2011], the Congressional investigation into ATF's Fast and Furious scandal officially expanded to include White House staffers.  In a letter to President Obama's National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) asked for records involving three current and former White House staffers.

Issa doubts Eric Holder 'didn't know' about Fast and Furious.  House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa went after Attorney General Eric Holder on national conservative radio host Laura Ingraham's show Monday morning [9/12/2011].  Issa said even if Holder really didn't know about Operation Fast and Furious, he should've.  "We have a paper trail of so many people knowing that the only way the attorney general didn't know is he made sure he didn't want to know," Issa said.  "But if you don't want to know something of this sort then you shouldn't have the job he has.  And ultimately one of the questions is, if he didn't know, is he that inept that he is dangerous to have as the attorney general, and that is for the president to decide."

"Fast and Furious" Corpses Pile Up.  The New York Times had better get some more ridiculous hit pieces cooked up against House Oversight chairman Darrell Issa, because some more dead bodies have turned up in connection with the Obama Administration's plan to push American guns into Mexico.

Today's Special: Rocket Launchers.  Let's review:  When we first learned about Fast and Furious, the news was that a number of assault rifles had been sold to straw purchasers.  Soon, we learned that the number was approximately 2,500 and that some of those were .50 caliber sniper rifles.  Then we learned that somewhere between 1,200 and 1,300 of the weapons were unaccounted for, and that the ATF had allowed another upstanding gentleman to walk grenade components into Mexico (I guess he ended up in Mexico:  no one knows because the ATF lost him).  And finally, we're learning that just a few days ago, on our side of the border, U.S. Border Patrol Agents found rocket and grenade launchers, assault rifles, and C4 explosives.

Three more murders linked to Gunwalker.  Weapons linked to ATF's controversial "Fast and Furious" operation have been tied to at least eight violent crimes in Mexico including three murders, four kidnappings and an attempted homicide.  According to a letter from U.S. Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich to Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the disclosed incidents may be only a partial list of violent crimes linked to Fast and Furious weapons because "ATF has not conducted a comprehensive independent investigation."

Fast and Furious? More Like 'Dumb and Dumberer'.  The idea that we would conduct a "reverse-sting" operation and intentionally allow weapons to fall into the hands of criminals and drug cartels is mind numbing.  The one and only, guaranteed-to-happen outcome — that these weapons actually would be used to commit crimes — to kill people — had to have been known in advance.  That fact alone is a crime.

Alcohol, Tobacco And Murder.  Weapons linked to ATF's "Fast and Furious" operation have been tied to at least eight violent crimes in Mexico, including three murders and four kidnappings.  At least Solyndra doesn't have a body count.

Secret recordings raise new questions in ATF 'Gunwalker' operation.  CBS News has obtained secretly recorded conversations that raise questions as to whether some evidence is being withheld in the murder of a Border Patrol agent.  The tapes were recorded approximately mid-March 2011 by the primary gun dealer cooperating with ATF in its "Fast and Furious" operation.

Audio Tapes Reveal More Details in 'Fast and Furious' Gunrunner Scandal.  The inspector general of the Department of Justice undermined and obstructed a congressional investigation by releasing secret tape recordings that corroborate allegations of misconduct in "Operation Fast and Furious," according to a letter written by Rep. Darrell Issa and Sen. Charles Grassley.

Attorney General in Mexico: 200 Murders Result of Operation Fast and FuriousAt least.  In a conference call this morning with Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa, reporters were told the Attorney General in Mexico has confirmed at least 200 murders south of the border happened as a result of Operation Fast and Furious.  "I would be remiss if I didn't mention, as the Attorney General in Mexico is so concerned, she's made the point that at least 200 Mexicans have been killed with these weapons and probably countless more," Issa said.

Lawmakers Claim Justice Inspector Obstructed Probe Into 'Fast and Furious'.  The inspector general of the Department of Justice undermined and obstructed a congressional investigation by releasing secret tape recordings that corroborate allegations of misconduct in "Operation Fast and Furious," according to a letter written by Rep. Darrell Issa and Sen. Charles Grassley.

ATF Gun Dealer Calls Murdered Patrolman "Collateral Damage".  ABC News published more bombshell audio recordings of conversations between a gun dealer and an ATF agent, who were both intimately involved in the Fast and Furious gunrunner scandal.  The latest audio appears to reveal dealer Andre Howard and ATF agent Hope McAllister discussing the murder of border patrol agent Brian Terry as "collateral damage".

Gunwalker's Body Count Grows, Along with the Obama Administration's Cover-Up.  [Scroll down]  The White House has thus far refused to divulge any of the documentation the congressional investigators have asked for, and the administration's political appointees are stymieing all attempts to get information out of the Justice Department, Homeland Security, and other involved agencies.  Rep. Issa seemed quite aware that his goal of resolving the congressional investigation in 2011 was going to be obstructed by an administration in full cover-up mode.

Holder's hell week.  Hatched somewhere in the bowels of the Justice Department, that misbegotten scheme had the Department of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives deliberately allowing high-powered guns to "walk" from Arizona and elsewhere into Mexico:  Our agents turned a blind eye toward the straw purchasers who were funneling the weapons to the drug cartels.

U.S. Government Bought and Sold Weapons During 'Fast and Furious,' Documents Show.  Not only did U.S. officials approve, allow and assist in the sale of more than 2,000 guns to the Sinaloa cartel — the federal government used taxpayer money to buy semi-automatic weapons, sold them to criminals and then watched as the guns disappeared.  This disclosure, revealed in documents obtained by Fox News, could undermine the Department of Justice's previous defense that Operation Fast and Furious was a "botched" operation where agents simply "lost track" of weapons as they were transferred from one illegal buyer to another.

Republicans Step Up Pressure on Holder.  The new inquiry comes from Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee.  Despite recent personnel changes at the Justice Department, Smith told Holder in a letter Friday [9/23/2011] the department cannot "pin this scandal on a few individuals and expect it to be forgotten."

Fast and Furious: Using Humans as Collateral Damage.  "The only thing I have ever asked is to put all the cards on the table.  Tell the truth," ATF whistleblower Vince Cefalu said.  Cefalu was heavily involved in Operation Fast and Furious and has been an ATF agent for over 20 years.  He has watched the bureau become a political entity rather than fulfilling its obligations as a law enforcement agency.  "We should not concern ourselves with any administration's agenda," Cefalu said.  "It [Operation Fast and Furious] defies logic, common sense, it defies our core beliefs, our training and our experience as ATF agents."

Fast and Furious: Justice's obstruction.  The inherently suspect nature of the Justice Department's internal Operation Fast and Furious probe is magnified by Justice's acting inspector general giving pertinent audio recordings to potential witnesses. ... On the tapes, the ATF case agent and a federal firearms licensee discuss obstructing the independent inquiry led by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa and Sen. Charles Grassley, senior Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Tucson town hall over Fast and Furious.  It was a botched operation that sent more than 2,000 guns into the hands of Mexican cartel members.  There are still many questions about the federal gun-running investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious, but Monday night [9/26/2011] there were some answers.  The Tucson Tea Party hosted a town hall meeting at CDO High School Monday night [9/216/2011] in an attempt to get the facts straight about the under cover operation that essentially armed the Mexican cartels.

Gunrunner: Cash For Cartels.  New documents reveal the Department of Justice lied to Congress and show how U.S. officials bought guns with tax dollars and then made sure no one stopped their transfer to Mexican drug cartels.

Mexican attorney general demands explanation on Operation Fast and Furious.  Mexico's attorney general is demanding an explanation from the United States as evidence grows the Obama administration was more deeply involved in Operation Fast and Furious than top officials admitted in previous statements.

Unanswered Questions Haunt Family in 'Fast and Furious' Case.  On December 15, 2010, Brian Terry was murdered.  Brian was a BORTAC Border Patrol Agent, considered among the most dedicated and trained.  Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) are conducting an investigation to find out those involved, the facts behind this operation, and the cover-up that has ensued.  American Thinker interviewed Brian Terry's stepmother as well as participated in a conference call conducted by Congressman Issa about this case.

Does Fast and Furious Put Impeachment on The Table?  [The Iran-Contra scandal pales by comparison to the so-called Fast and Furious scandal now bubbling in Washington, D.C. In fall 2009, Eric Holder and the Department of Justice decided on a strategy supposedly designed to combat gun trafficking on the Mexican border.  They didn't want the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to seize illegal firearms anymore; instead, they wanted them to give firearms to members of the Mexican cartels.

"Fast And Furious" Just Might Be President Obama's Watergate.  Why a gunrunning scandal codenamed "Fast and Furious," a program run secretly by the U.S. government that sent thousands of firearms over an international border and directly into the hands of criminals, hasn't been pursued by an army of reporters all trying to be the next Bob Woodward or Carl Bernstein is a story in itself.  But the state of modern journalism aside, this scandal is so inflammatory few realize that official records show the current director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), B. Todd Jones ... also has questions to answer about his involvement in this gunrunning scandal.

New Fast and Furious docs released by White House.  Late Friday [9/30/2011], the White House turned over new documents in the Congressional investigation into the ATF "Fast and Furious" gunwalking scandal.  The documents show extensive communications between then-ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix office Bill Newell — who led Fast and Furious — and then-White House National Security Staffer Kevin O'Reilly.  Emails indicate the two also spoke on the phone.

DOJ Considering Elimination of ATF.  Multiple sources, including sources from ATF, DOJ and Congressional offices have said there is a white paper circulating within the Department of Justice, outlining the essential elimination of ATF.  According to sources, the paper outlines the firing of at least 450 ATF agents in an effort to conduct damage control as Operation Fast and Furious gets uglier and as election day 2012 gets closer.

White House sends Hill Fast & Furious docs, but withholds some.  The White House sent another installment of documents to Congress on Friday detailing White House staffers' knowledge about the controversial "Operation Fast & Furious" gunrunning probe run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives.  However, the chief counsel to President Barack Obama, Kathryn Ruemmler, indicated that the White House was withholding an unspecified number of internal e-mails exchanged among three National Security Staff aides.

More examples of Friday night document dumps.

Documents Suggest Holder Knew About 'Fast and Furious' Earlier Than He Claimed.  For the first time, documents appear to show Attorney General Eric Holder was made aware of the Operation Fast and Furious earlier than he claimed — up to nine months earlier.  The documents seem to contradict what Holder told a House Judiciary Committee on May 3, when he said he could not recall the exact date, but he'd "probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks."

Eric Holder Briefed Nearly a Year Before Previously Admitted.  [Scroll down]  Remember, up to this point, Operation Fast and Furious has been sold to the public by the Obama Justice Department as a rogue operation carried out by a few low level ATF agents.  Not the case. ... Justice Department and ATF officials have denied deliberatly allowing guns to be trafficked back to Mexico, yet a map revealed in the Friday night document dump from the White House proves otherwise and shows the exact path of guns going to different destinations in Mexico.

White House staffer was informed about gun probe.  Documents detailing discussions between a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agent and a White House National Security staffer concerning Operation Fast and Furious have been made public by the Obama administration, but reveal no new information about what top White House officials knew about the controversial investigation.

Fast and felonious.  The "Fast and Furious" gunrunning probe is creeping closer to the Obama White House.  It appears administration officials were willing to sign off on just about anything to accomplish their ends, and the result of this botched operation has has been over a hundred dead.  Someone needs to be held accountable.

New documents show Attorney General Eric Holder was briefed in July 2010.  New documents obtained by CBS News show Attorney General Eric Holder was sent briefings on the controversial Fast and Furious operation as far back as July 2010.  That directly contradicts his statement to Congress.  On May 3, 2011, Holder told a Judiciary Committee hearing, "I'm not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks."

Doc Dump: White House Knew.  Friday's release of documents shows the extent of White House contact with the ATF over Operation Fast and Furious.  Included is a map showing where the guns went in Mexico — enough weapons for a Marine unit.

More about Friday night document dumps.

White House maintains senior officials didn't know ATF was 'letting guns walk'.  Late on Friday [9/30/2011] the Obama White House disclosed a new avalanche of documents related to Operation Fast and Furious, in response to demands from Congressional investigators.  The documents show how often and how extensively Bill Newell, the lead Fast and Furious agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives communicated with senior Obama administration National Security official Kevin O'Reilly.

Furiously unraveling.  The joke goes that anything named "Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms" ought to be a convenience store instead of an arm of the federal government, but what's going on in Washington these days with the embattled agency is no laughing matter.

Indict Eric Holder.  A major-league pitcher was indicted for lying to Congress about steroid use.  Administration memos show Eric Holder lied about what he knew about Fast and Furious and when he knew it.  What's the difference?

GOP Says Eric Holder is 'Either Incompetent' or 'Misleading Congress'.  Twice in 2010, Attorney General Eric Holder received memos referencing the Fast and Furious program, memos that seemingly undermine the letter of his May 3, 2010 testimony that he heard about the Fast and Furious program over the previous few weeks.  Justice Department officials acknowledge that the memos to Holder reference Fast and Furious as an operation — but they argue the memos do not include details about tactics that allowed guns to cross the border.

Holder 'less than candid,' misled in Fast and Furious testimony.  Utah Republican Congressman Jason Chaffetz told The Daily Caller on Tuesday [10/4/2011] that he believes Attorney General Eric Holder misled him and the rest of the House judiciary committee during his May 3 testimony.  Chaffetz questions how honest Holder has been throughout congressional inquiries into Operation Fast and Furious.  And now the House Judiciary Committee chairman has called for the appointment of a special counsel to investigate.

House Republicans to Request Special Counsel to Probe Holder on 'Fast and Furious'.  House Republicans are calling for a special counsel to determine whether Attorney General Eric Holder misled Congress during his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on Operation Fast and Furious, Fox News has learned.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, was sending a letter to President Obama on Tuesday [10/4/2011] arguing that Holder cannot investigate himself, and requesting the president instruct the Department of Justice to appoint a special counsel.

Memo: Holder told of 'Fast and Furious' as early as July 2010.  Newly obtained Justice Department memos show that Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. was told about the controversial "Fast and Furious" weapons investigation as early as July 2010, apparently contradicting testimony he gave before a House committee in May saying he learned of the operation just weeks earlier.

Holder backpedals on Fast & Furious.  Attorney General Eric Holder's furious backpedaling — he is now claiming that he might have known about the Fast & Furious gun-running scandal last year, but didn't hear any of the details — is entertaining to watch, even if the subject is deadly serious.

CBS News Reporter Says White House Screamed, Swore at Her.  The latest development centers around whether or not Attorney General Eric Holder lied to Congress about having knowledge of the controversial gun trafficking operation. ... What's more, CBS News investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson — who's been covering the scandal from the beginning — says in an interview on the Laura Ingraham Show today that [two people at] the White House and Justice Department have taken to screaming at her for reporting on the story.

White House very nervous about coverage of Fast and Furious.  This has become an extremely sensitive issue at the White House and for good reason; Holder may have been caught in a lie in his testimony before Congress.  Note: Congressional perjury usually sends the transgressor to jail.

Holder's Dubious History.  House Republicans are now calling for a special counsel to investigate whether Attorney General Eric Holder perjured himself in congressional testimony about the scandalous Fast & Furious program.  Specifically, the attorney general claimed on May 3 that he had only "over the last few weeks" heard about the [program].  Contrary to Holder's testimony, it is now being reported that he had actually been receiving briefings on the program since early summer 2010.

Pejury Charges Coming for Eric Holder on Fast and Furious?  Appearing on Fox & Friends on October 4, [Rep. Darrell] Issa was asked to respond to the DOJ's contention that Holder "misunderstood" his question.  Issa said that's typically what someone claims when they have "probably perjured themselves" rather than admitting "I lied."  Undoubtedly, Congress will again summon Holder to face additional questions.  But, the bigger issue is why Barack Obama hasn't fired his Attorney General?

'Furious' mess has Justice in full panic.  [Scroll down]  On top of stonewalling Rep. Darrell Issa's House investigation of the mess, Justice has floated a series of contradictory excuses:
  * There was no such program.
  * Even if there weres, Holder never knew about it.
  * Even if he should have known about it, he might not have read Breuer's memos.
  * Even if he read Breuer's memos, he misunderstood the simple question:  "When did you first know about the program, officially, I believe, called Fast and Furious?"

This is an original compilation, Copyright © 2013 by Andrew K. Dart

Fast and Furious: Let It Bleed.  We don't want a Special Prosecutor, operating in secret.  We want a media firestorm. ... Let it bleed — all over the front pages, PC's, Blackberries and plasma TV's of America.

New ATF chief reassigns top officials after Fast and Furious.  The new acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said Wednesday [10/5/2011] he was reassigning 11 of the agency's top officials in a bid to rebuild ATF after Operation Fast and Furious, in which agents let U.S.-purchased guns slip into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

White House defends Holder amid Fast and Furious accusations.  The White House defended Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday [10/5/2011] in the face of a growing torrent of Republican criticism that he has not been truthful about his knowledge of a botched gun-tracking operation.  White House press secretary Jay Carney said that Holder has been "consistent and truthful" about when he learned of the controversial tactics used in Operation Fast and Furious, which oversaw the sale of thousands of firearms to known and suspected straw buyers for Mexican drug cartels.

The Editor says...
In my opinion, both Eric Holder and Jay Carney should spend some quality time with Woodrow Tripp.

Congressman: Obama admin may be accessory to murder with 'Fast and Furious'.  Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona told The Daily Caller on Wednesday [10/5/2011] that Obama administration officials responsible for Operation Fast and Furious might be accessories to murder.  "We're talking about consequences of criminal activity, where we actually allowed guns to walk into the hands of criminals, where our livelihoods are at risk," Gosar said in a phone interview.  "When you facilitate that and a murder or a felony occurs, you're called an accessory.  That means that there's criminal activity."

Is CBS News Silencing Fast and Furious Reporter?  Yesterday [10/4/2011], CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson told radio show host Laura Ingraham that the White House yelled and swore at her over her reporting on the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal tied to the deaths of two U.S. law enforcement agents.  Attkisson also revealed that she'd also been yelled at by the Justice Department.  Today, I called CBS News in an attempt to interview Attkisson.  I was told by CBS News senior vice president of communications Sonya McNair that Attkisson would be unavailable for interviews all week.  When I asked why Attkisson would be unavailable, McNair would not say.

Secret Fast and Furious Tapes Spring a Watergate-Sized Leak.  The recordings, which seem to have been made in March 2011, are of conversations between Andre Howard, owner of Lone Wolf Trading Company in Glendale, Ariz., and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agent Hope McAllister. ... Judging from the tenor of these recordings, particularly the consternation on the part of Howard, these excerpts may only scratch the surface of the immensity of the crimes hidden behind the door marked Fast and Furious.

It's called stonewalling.
When Did Obama Learn of 'Fast and Furious'? WH Isn't Saying.  In the White House briefing on June 27, CNSNews.com asked White House Press Secretary Jay Carney for the date that President Barack Obama first learned about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' (ATF) botched gun-sting operation known as "Fast and Furious."  "I'll have to get back to you," said Carney.  "I don't have an exact date for you."  CNSNews.com had initially asked Carney the question in a June 20 email, sent a week before the briefing when Carney said he would have to "get back" with an exact date.

Darrell Issa to Eric Holder: Admit you knew.  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) is turning up the heat on Eric Holder, demanding the attorney general "come forward and at least admit" he knew about Operation Fast and Furious long before he told Congress he learned about the gun program.

Did Obama Hope to Benefit from 'Fast and Furious'?  Attorney General Eric Holder is in trouble.  The documents that strongly suggest he lied to Congress have been released to the public, and they came on the heels of the secret Fast and Furious recordings that had already blown holes in parts of his Congressional testimony.

The Administration's Expanding Scandals.  When a presidency is experiencing a political collapse, as is happening now, the last thing it needs is to face serious legal and ethical problems.  But that is precisely where the Obama administration finds itself with both the Solyndra story and the so-called Fast and Furious program.  It's clear that at a minimum, the Obama administration has given a misleading account of both matters.

Did someone mention Solyndra?

Holder Appears To Be Fast, Furious, and Finished.  News documents indicate that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder more than likely perjured himself in congressional testimony about Operation Fast and Furious earlier this year.

Justice Department Accuses GOP of Playing 'Gotcha' With Fast and Furious Memos.  The Justice Department accused Republicans of playing a "political game of gotcha," after lawmakers investigating Operation Fast and Furious said Attorney General Eric Holder received at least five memos on the gunrunning probe starting in July 2010 in spite of testimony claiming he learned of the program this year.

Holder received at least 5 memos on Fast & Furious.  Attorney General Eric Holder received at least five briefing memos about operation Fast and Furious, which runs contrary to what he told Congressional investigators in sworn testimony.  The memos were released today [10/6/2011] by House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.

Fast becoming Furious.  The newswires are glowing white-hot with questions concerning what Eric Holder, Attorney General, knew about the stupid and homicidal Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) program Fast and Furious.  That program resulted in U.S. law enforcement officers being killed with weapons the ATF allowed to be sold to drug cartel members.  Holder claims he knew nothing about the program.  Documents show Holder was briefed on the conduct of this idiocy and he was fully aware of its implications.

CBS's Sharyl Attkisson fights coverup that killed Brian Terry.  Fast and Furious has become a scandal the Obama administration wishes would go away fast and furiously, and that Attorney General Eric Holder is trying his best to sweep under the carpet.  Sharyl Attkisson, an investigative journalist for CBS News, has been digging into the "Fast and Furious scandal, following information provided to her by whistle-blowers in January 2011.  According to those at DoJ and within the Administration who wish she would just go away, she is being unreasonable.  Because she is asking questions.  The wrong questions.  The questions no one wants asked.

White House Press Secretary Doesn't Think Reporters are Tough Enough.  Fox News' Ed Henry questioned White House press secretary Jay Carney about the accusation from CBS New reporter Sharyl Attkisson that White House communications director Eric Schultz had screamed and cussed at her on the phone as she tried to obtain answers on the Fast and Furious scandal, which she has been investigating.

ATF Officials Reassigned as Fast and Furious Continues to Derail.  In the aftermath of the botched gun-tracking operation along the Southwest border, called Fast and Furious, which allowed weapons from the United States to pass into the hands of suspected gun smugglers and Mexican drug cartels, two top supervisors at federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), headquarters have been reassigned.

Attorney General Eric Holder fires back on Fast & Furious.  Attorney General Eric Holder is denying charges that he misled Congress about his knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious, and he's denouncing lawmakers for "political posturing" in their strident criticism of the ill-fated gunrunning probe.

CBS Reporter to O'Reilly: More to Come on 'Fast and Furious'.  CBS's Sharyl Attkisson, the only Big Three network reporter who's been regularly covering the "Fast and Furious" controversy, appeared on Thursday's [10/6/2011] O'Reilly Factor, throwing cold water on an earlier report that she was "unavailable" for further interviews on the story.  Attkisson emphasized that there was a lot more to the issue than what has already reported, but "we need to get more confirmation."

AZ Sheriffs call for independent investigation of Gunwalking operation.  Today [10/7/2011] ten Arizona Sheriffs demanded an independent investigation of Fast and Furious, a government operation that allowed more than 2,000 guns to cross the border into the hands of criminals in Mexico.  In a news conference at the Arizona Peace Officers Memorial in Phoenix, the sheriffs called the ATF operation "unconscionable".

Holder Challenges 'Fast and Furious' Allegations.  Attorney General Eric Holder, under new pressure from Republicans over when he learned of "Operation Fast and Furious," has mounted his most forceful defense to date, accusing critics of using "irresponsible and inflammatory rhetoric" and insisting his statements have been "truthful and accurate."

Fast and Furious in a Rotten Nutshell.  The Fast and Furious scandal has now become a large-scale criminal investigation.  It has enveloped several agencies, including the Justice Department; the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms; the Federal Bureau of Investigation; the Drug Enforcement Administration; the U.S. attorney's office in Arizona; and now even the White House.  The fact that Eric Holder will likely never appoint a special counsel makes it even more imperative that the office of the Justice Department inspector general should be above reproach.

Holder Got 'At Least Five Weekly Memos'.  The thrusting and parrying between Obama administration officials, increasingly inquisitive journalists, and congressional investigators is evolving at a dizzying pace, as the Gunwalker conspiracy continues to unravel — to the horror of the executive branch.  They have been reduced to screaming hysterics and Chip Dilleresque appeals to "calm down" by one of the most dramatic scandals in American political history.

Dems Abandoning Ship?  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has come under fire this week:  evidence revealed he either ignored weekly reports in the summer of 2010 that discussed Operation Fast and Furious, or he committed perjury when he claimed he first found out about the program in early 2011.  The former suggests incompetence, the later criminality — either would be legitimate reasons to see him removed from office.  Despite recent developments, the Department of Justice is publicly pushing back in favor of their boss, even as a key source claims career employees' morale is at an all time low and that "Stalinesque complete control" over internal communications has been implemented to squelch leaks.

A smoking gun for 'Fast and Furious'.  The other shoe has dropped in the "Fast and Furious" gun-walking scandal, and it has landed on Eric Holder's doorstep.  Members of Congress are calling for his resignation, and the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee has called for a special prosecutor to investigate the affair.  Holder's resignation would be a good start.  But if there is anyone in Washington who doubts that the White House not only knew about the illegal ATF project but was up to its elbows in it, that person must be in an hypnotic trance deep inside the CNN Washington bureau.

Congressman to Holder: Drop your 'rhetoric' and resign immediately.  Rep. Paul Gosar jabbed back at Attorney General Eric Holder after he swiped at him and other congressional Operation Fast and Furious investigators in a late Friday letter.  Gosar told The Daily Caller that "In Main Street America, you'd never get away with" dissembling about the gun-walking program, and that in different circumstances, "the people who've been responsible would've already been in jail."  Gosar also added his name to the short but growing list of those in Congress calling for the attorney general's immediate resignation.

Fast and Furious fallout puts Holder on collision course with Congress.  The fierce battle over a botched gun-tracking operation is intensifying and has put Attorney General Eric Holder on a collision course with his critics in Congress.  Republicans are calling for his resignation in the wake of Fast and Furious, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives operation that may have inadvertently contributed to the death of at least one federal agent.

Holder hits bottom - keeps digging.  AG Eric Holder sounds all powerful in his latest attempt to wriggle out of his role in the Fast and Furious operation, but hubris catches up to everybody.  A smart lawyer would never put into writing what he can't defend, but Holder did exactly that.  After a week of aggressive reporting by CBS' Sheryl Attkisson, the Attorney General tried defending himself in a letter to Congress.

Fast and Furious weapons were found in Mexico cartel enforcer's home.  High-powered assault weapons illegally purchased under the ATF's Fast and Furious program in Phoenix ended up in a home belonging to the purported top Sinaloa cartel enforcer in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, whose organization was terrorizing that city with the worst violence in the Mexican drug wars.  In all, 100 assault weapons acquired under Fast and Furious were transported 350 miles from Phoenix to El Paso, making that West Texas city a central hub for gun traffickers.

House Committee to Subpoena Holder in 'Fast and Furious' Probe.  The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is planning to subpoena Attorney General Eric Holder this week to determine who in the Justice Department knew about "Operation Fast and Furious" — the plan to let thousands of guns sold in the U.S. get into Mexican drug cartel hands — and when they knew it.  The subpoena targeting Holder aims to get at the heart of the authorization for the program, and when the people in charge decided the program was a problem.

Congressman Issa Announces New Subpoenas for Holder.  Last week, Attorney General Eric Holder tried to stall the momentum building behind the Fast and Furious investigation by submitting a letter to Senate and Congressional investigators in which he continued to plead ignorance, and in which he did his best to undercut the progress of the investigation to this point.  In the letter, Holder actually had the gall to re-affirm his feigned ignorance of Fast and Furious.

No justice from Justice.  Two things to know about Attorney General Eric Holder:  He lied to the American people — under oath, before Congress — and thus is unfit to investigate allegations of criminal negligence in the Justice Department.  This is why House Republicans have called for a special prosecutor to investigate Holder for apparent perjury regarding his testimony on the administration's "Fast and Furious" gun sting...

Impeach Eric Holder.  Only the House of Representatives can impeach, which is comparable to indictment.  The official is then tried by the Senate, where a two-thirds vote is required for conviction.  The Constitution doesn't say what constitutes "high crimes and misdemeanors," but perjury surely is among them.  So is obstruction of justice.

"Gunwalking" subpoena for AG Holder imminent.  CBS News has learned a congressional subpoena directed to Attorney General Eric Holder could go out as early as Tuesday [10/11/2011], ordering him to turn over documents to lawmakers about when he was aware of a controversial gun smuggling operation known as Fast and Furious.

Attorney general subpoenaed in probe of botched gun operation.  U.S. Atty. Gen. Eric Holder has been subpoenaed by the Republican chairman of a House oversight committee, an escalation of the congressional investigation into the botched "Fast and Furious" gun-tracking operation.

Holder documents subpoenaed in probe.  The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which has been investigating the Justice Department's "Fast and Furious" weapons probe for several months, issued a sweeping subpoena Wednesday [10/12/2011] for documents involving key department officials, including Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and more than a dozen of his top deputies.

Gunwalker is only the tip of a scandal iceberg.  On Wednesday [10/12/2011], the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee subpoenaed the Department of Justice.  "Top Justice Department officials, including Attorney General Holder, know more about Operation Fast and Furious than they have publicly acknowledged," committee chairman Darrell E. Issa said.  "The documents this subpoena demands will provide answers to questions that Justice officials have tried to avoid since this investigation began eight months ago.  It's time we know the whole truth."

How Did Obama Know About Fast and Furious Before Eric Holder?  In [an] interview with [Elijah] Cummings, King shows a clip of stumbling President Obama trying to explain who knew about Fast and Furious and when.  The problem?  Obama gave the interview in March 2011 and Holder testified before Congress on May 2, 2011 that he had only known about Fast and Furious for a "few weeks."

In Holder Subpoena, Issa Also Probes White House Press Aide.  House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) made headlines this week by issuing a subpoena for documents from Attorney General Eric Holder about a botched weapons investigation, but Holder is apparently not Issa's only target.  A little-noticed provision of the subpoena targets the White House, specifically naming Eric Schultz, a communications aide who was hired in May to respond to media inquiries on oversight matters.

Obama Spoke About "Fast & Furious" Before Holder Claimed He Knew.  CNN's John King plays Holder's testimony to Congress on MAY 3, 2011, where he said he had only just recently heard about the Fast & Furious gunrunning program.  "I'm not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks," Attorney General Eric Holder said.  Then CNN compares Holder's testimony to what President Obama said in MARCH to CNN Espanol about the operation.

Sen. Grassley to ask for resignation of highest-level person who signed off on Fast and Furious.  Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley ... told TheDC he thinks the congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious will carry into next year.  Seeing as 2012 is a presidential election year, Fast and Furious may become a campaign issue for President Barack Obama.  At least three members of Congress have directly called for Holder's resignation.  They are Reps. Paul Gosar, Raul Labrador and Blake Farenthold.

Alibis Falling Apart.  An old news tape shows that President Obama directly contradicted Attorney General Eric Holder's testimony to Congress about when he knew of Operation Fast and Furious.  How many times will the story change?

Fast and Furious an attempt at more gun control.  Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., have questioned whether the program served as a means for the administration to advance furthering gun control in the U.S., an item high on the priority list of both President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder.  We now know that Operation Fast and Furious (OFF) enabled law abiding gun shop owners, with the assistance of ATF agents, to allow guns to fall into the hands of Mexican nationals and then in turn to drug cartels.  Then, the government had the temerity to blame the very same gun shops for illegal gun trafficking.  Now, those shops are being punished through new Justice Department gun control measures.

Hypocrisy and hope, credit and blame in the Gunwalker Scandal.  [Scroll down]  As evidence, ladies and gentlemen of the jury of history, I present the undisputed fact that on the evening news shows of NBC, ABC and CBS this week not one — NOT ONE — mentioned the unprecedented subpoena by a Congressional committee of information regarding the entire top echelon of the Justice Department in the Gunwalker Scandal.  Had this scandal involved John Ashcroft and the Bush Administration, does anyone doubt that the story would have led the nightly half-hour "puppet theater"?

More examples of media bias in Obama's favor.

Issa's Gunwalker Subpoena a Virtual Non-Story.  On October 9, an unbylined Associated Press story reported that Congressmen Darrell Issa "could send subpoenas to the Obama administration as soon as this week over weapons lost amid the Mexican drug war."  On Wednesday, October 12, Issa did just that. ... It appears that only Fox News did cover the subpoena's issuance the day it occurred.

More examples of suppressed news.

Issa to press FBI for "gunwalking" info.  The head of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Darrell Issa, said he plans to send a letter to the FBI this week to ask about apparent discrepancies in the investigation of a murder related to "Fast and Furious," the government's controversial "gunwalking" case.

Senate Unanimously Passes Amendment Banning Funds for Fast and Furious-Style Programs.  The U.S. Senate unanimously voted in favor of an amendment Wednesday that guarantees zero funding for programs that include the transfer of firearms to drug cartels unless law enforcement continuously monitors the weapons "at all times."  The amendment stemmed directly from Operation Fast and Furious, the controversial botched weapons program, and was introduced by Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas.

House Republicans ask Obama for information on Fast and Furious.  Two House Republicans asked President Obama today to tell them who authorized the botched gun-trafficking operation known as Operation Fast and Furious.  Shortly after public controversy over the operation started, President Obama told an Univision interview in March that neither he nor Attorney General Eric Holder authorized it.  That interview was almost a month before the time period Holder claimed under oath to have found out about the operation.

GOP reps directly press Obama on Fast and Furious.  Republican Reps. Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Trey Gowdy of South Carolina fired off a letter to Barack Obama last Friday demanding to know what the president knew about Operation Fast and Furious and when he knew it.  Chaffetz and Gowdy outlined inconsistencies between Obama's public comments about the controversial gun-walking program and Attorney General Eric Holder's May 3 testimony before the House Judiciary Committee.  At the Judiciary hearing, Holder said he had only learned of Operation Fast and Furious a few weeks earlier.

Top oversight Democrat mum on joining GOP effort to have Holder testify again.  House oversight committee ranking member Rep. Elijah Cummings hasn't officially followed up on his public calls for Attorney General Eric Holder to testify before the committee on Operation Fast and Furious.  "I think that, John, he has to come up [to Capitol Hill] and say what he has said in his letters, and make it clear under oath," Cummings told CNN's John King on October 12.  "But at the same time, I want to make sure we are not harming any pending cases, we are not putting FBI informants in jeopardy."

Where is the outrage over Fast and Furious?  It seems that for the magnitude of the Fast and Furious scandal, there isn't much outrage.  Arizonans don't need me to tell them that Fast and Furious is a big story.  This scandal started in our backyard — in the ATF's Phoenix office — and was administered by a U.S. attorney appointed by President Obama.  Every step of this operation seems riddled with incompetence and dishonesty.

ATF Ignored Death Threats, Tried to Frame Whistleblower Agent to Cover Corruption.  [William] Newell was the brainchild of Operation Fast and Furious in the ATF Phoenix Field office.  Newell is also the agent who was in regular contact with a member of the White House national security team, Kevin O'Reilly, about the lethal program.  Newell also said he would conduct Operation Fast and Furious again, despite two Americans and hundreds of innocent Mexicans dead as a result of the program.  Newell used [Jay] Dobyns as a test run, to see just how much he could get away with in his management position within ATF before getting reprimanded.  Considering nobody was held accountable for the mistakes made in handling death threats against Dobyns, Newell knew he had the green light to do whatever he wanted, at the highest levels of corruption.

Congress tells FBI: clarify evidence in Brian Terry murder.  In a lengthy letter directed to FBI Director Robert Mueller, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) pointed to inconsistencies in reports of how many weapons and suspects were involved, as well as their current whereabouts.  The letter refers to evidence indicating there may have been five suspects in the group that shot Brian Terry, and as many as five rifles.

As Issa Closes in on FBI Role in Gunwalker, Dems Feign Outrage.  As the cover-up unravels, the Justice Department and a Democrat congressman play "shoot the messenger."

IG Schnedar's investigation: Gunwalker's "Little Bighorn?"  In recent comments by Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano, and repeated comments from President Barack Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, it has become apparent that the last, perhaps only defensive card the Administration has to play is to invoke the investigation into the gun-walking scheme being run by acting DOJ Inspector General Cynthia A. Schendar.  By claiming that they do not want to talk because of the on-going OIG investigation, the President and appointees buy themselves both time and a plausible reason to avoid making comments that may come back to haunt them in the event of impeachment or a criminal trial.

Holder's toast, is the media far behind?  I'm still amazed at the war of containment being fought by the mainstream media in a rearguard action for the current Administration.  Only Sharyl Attkission of CBS News, William LaJeunesse of Fox News, and Richard Serrano of the Los Angeles Times have been covering this story diligently, while the Washington Post's plagiarist Sari Horwitz and NY Times' disgraceful Eric Lichtblau carry out unsourced and inaccurate character assassinations on behalf of the Administration that even the left wing bloggers wouldn't run.  The various plots that make up Gunwalker (Fast and Furious, Wide Receiver, other unnamed operations mentioned in newly released documents) are evidence of the most explosive and deadly scandal in U.S. political history.

High Crimes.  A reasonable person, such as you or I, would probably say that involvement in acts that resulted in murder constitutes a high crime.  It would certainly become one, if the perpetrators went on to lie and cover up their involvement.  It has become quite clear that Attorney General Eric Holder, perhaps Secretary of State Hilary Clinton, and highly likely, their boss, Usurper Barak Hussein Obama-Soetoro, were involved in just such a crime and cover-up with Project Gunrunner and Fast and Furious.

Top 10 Bad Signs for Obama:  [#2]  Fast and Furious:  The gunrunning saga is playing out as a classic Washington scandal that keeps getting bigger as "who-knew-what-when" is unraveled.  With pit bull Rep. Darrell Issa putting Eric Holder on the hot seat, and possible tentacles into the White House, expect this one to heat up during the President's reelection campaign.

Cornyn urging wider probe of 'Fast and Furious'.  Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican and a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, asked Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Darrell E. Issa on Monday [10/24/2011] to expand their formal "Fast and Furious" investigation to include accusations that similar gunrunning probes took place in Texas.  Mr. Cornyn said he asked U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in August to address the "scope and details of any past or present ATF gun-walking programs" in his home state, but never got a response.

Rep. Joe Walsh to Eric Holder: "Resign immediately and take responsibility" for F&F.  Illinois Republican Rep. Joe Walsh joined the small but growing choir of members of Congress calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to resign over Operation Fast and Furious.  Walsh is the fourth member of Congress to make the call for Holder to resign.  Republican Reps. Raul Labrador of Idaho, Blake Farenthold of Texas and Paul Gosar of Arizona have each publicly asked Holder to step aside as well.  Walsh made the demand in a letter he sent Holder on Wednesday.

Janet Napolitano Still Giving Non-Answers on Operation Fast and Furious.  Earlier today [10/26/2011] House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa grilled Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Capitol Hill about Operation Fast and Furious.  Not surprisingly, Napolitano still gave non-answers to specific questions asked by Issa about the lethal program, what she knew, when she knew it, if she was outraged about the program and more.

Napolitano queried on lack of Fast and Furious probe.  Congressional Republicans are trying to expand the scope of questions over the disastrous ATF gun-sting operation "Fast and Furious" to Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano, asking her why she never investigated even after suspected guns showed up at the scene of a dead U.S. Border Patrol agent.

Napolitano Grilled Over 'Fast and Furious,' Likens Hearing to Cross Examination.  Napolitano, at one point likening the questioning to a cross-examination, said repeatedly she only learned of "Fast and Furious" after Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in December.  She emphasized the operation, conceived and run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, "was an ATF operation," under the auspices of the Justice Department, not her department. ... Napolitano said she has never spoken with Attorney General Eric Holder about "Fast and Furious," a revelation Republicans strongly criticized.

Reaching the Unreachable Man.  A key figure in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal is White House staffer Kevin O'Reilly, who was an old friend of Phoenix ATF Special Agent in Charge Bill Newell.  Newell and O'Reilly discussed Mexican gun running in what Newell falsely characterized as an isolated exchange of emails... until one of those epic Obama Administration Friday night document dumps revealed much more extensive communications between the two.

Will "Fast and Furious" Topple Obama and Holder?  As much as the media have tried shielding the Obama administration from responsibility for corruption and malfeasance, the combined weight of the fallout from the Solyndra fiasco and the Operation Fast and Furious scandal have begun taking a serious toll on the administration. ... The usual truism is that many politicians make the mistake of not coming completely clean when allegations of wrongdoing surface.  The cover-up, it is said, is often worse than the underlying crime or ethical violation. ... But in some cases, the crime, or lapse in judgment, is definitely worse than the cover-up.  That appears to be the case in the simmering scandal engulfing the Obama administration that the mainstream media have tried their best to ignore for many months?the above mentioned Operation Fast and Furious.

Hillary Clinton: 'No Evidence' DOJ Sought Required License to Send Guns to Mexico.  Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified in the House Foreign Relations Committee Thursday [10/27/2011] that there was "no record" that the Justice Department had given the State Department a "head up" about Operation Fast and Furious, in which guns were allowed to flow from the United States to drug traffickers in Mexico, and that the State Department had found "no evidence" that DOJ had applied for a license or waiver to send guns to a foreign country, which a member of the committee told her would have been required under U.S. law.

Perjury Charges Coming for Eric Holder?  The response from the Obama Justice Department is typical of the response we've been getting since the investigation into Operation Fast and Furious started.  Holder should be dragged before Congress to "clarify" his remarks and to explain why memos about Fast and Furious dated as far back as July 2010 were addressed directly to him.  Afterall, according to Holder's own testimony, he had only been briefed on the program just a "few weeks" prior to testimony in May.  Let the hearings begin.

Eric Holder to testify on Fast and Furious.  CBS News has learned Attorney General Eric Holder has agreed to appear before the House Judiciary Committee regarding "Fast and Furious."  The hearing will take place Dec. 8th.

One Pivotal Week For Fast and Furious.  The heroic online journalists at sites like Sipsey Street Irregulars, PajamasMedia, and Townhall have worked for months uncovering facts leading to the foul murders of federal agents and Mexican citizens.  During the week leading up to Halloween, certain signs appeared suggesting that their diligent work is beginning to yield some interesting fruit.

Holder dumps new Fast and Furious docs as 11 more congressmen call for his resignation.  The Obama administration appears to be attempting to defend Attorney General Eric Holder as the Justice Department dumped more than 650 pages worth of Operation Fast and Furious documents on congressional investigators late Monday [10/31/2011].  There are two reasons why the timing of this release is significant:  first, 28 members of Congress are currently calling on Holder to resign immediately.  Second, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer is testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday — and this appears to be an attempt to divert pressure for Fast and Furious away from Holder.

DOJ official knew of ATF "gunwalking" in April 2010.  There is new information about how much the Department of Justice new about the controversial ATF tactic of letting guns "walk" into the hands of criminals.  Gunwalking is a controversial investigative tactic in which police allow suspects to traffic guns without stopping them in order to see where they end up.  Documents just released this afternoon show the head of the Justice Department's criminal division, Lanny A. Breuer, learned about the tactic of ATF gunwalking as early as April of last year.

Top Justice Dept. Official Admits 'Mistake' in Ignoring ATF's 'Unacceptable Tactics'.  Hundreds of documents released Monday [10/31/2011] by the Justice Department show that a high-ranking Obama administration official not only knew about the ATF's botched "gun-walking" operation, he allowed it to continue "without asking key questions," as Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) put it.  Grassley, the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is among those investigating Operation Fast and Furious.

Sen. Feinstein: Lax gun control is real 'problem' with Fast and Furious.  Democratic California Sen. Dianne Feinstein told a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that lax gun control laws, not Obama administration malfeasance within the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATF), was the real problem uncovered by Operation Fast and Furious.

For Sen. Feinstein, Gunwalker Still an Excuse to Push Gun Control.  She uses a Gunwalker hearing to deflect attention from federal criminal activity onto the law-abiding citizen.  And she gets her gun facts comically wrong.

Eric Holder has a gun problem.  As the chief law enforcement officer Attorney General Eric Holder came out swinging in the first months of the Obama administration as he pushed to reinstate the assault weapons ban, pointing to the rising levels of violence in Mexico and increased presence of U.S. guns south of the border.  But nearly two years later assault weapons can still be bought and Holder has found himself at the center of a quagmire involving a botched gun-tracking operation that sent thousands of high-powered firearms to Mexico in the hands of known or suspected straw buyers for drug cartels.

Holder to face gun-walking music at Senate hearing.  Attorney General Eric Holder will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday morning [11/8/2011], and he's likely to face a barrage of tough questions from senators about Operation Fast and Furious.

Holder to accuse investigators of playing Fast and Furious politics, call for gun control.  Holder's prepared testimony does not discuss his May 3 testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, an appearance during which investigators say he either lied, intentionally misled Congress or exhibited outright incompetence when answering questions about when he first learned about the failed gun-walking program.

Holder: No apology for 'Fast and Furious' death of border patrol agent.  During a Tuesday Senate hearing, Attorney General Eric Holder refused to apologize to the family of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, who was murdered last December with a gun "walked" to Mexico as part of Operation Fast and Furious.  Texas Republican Sen. John Cornyn asked Holder if he has apologized to Terry's family for what happened to him because of the DOJ's controversial program.  Holder replied that he hasn't.

Holder concedes ATF let guns "walk" to Mexico.  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder conceded this morning [11/8/2011] that under his leadership, agents allowed guns to "walk" into Mexico, where they ended up in the hands of drug lords, and he said that the effects of this mistake would be felt for years to come.

Tough Questions for AG Holder on ATF/DOJ Mass Murder Catastrophe.  Border patrol Agent Brian Terry's death on December 14, 2010 is part and parcel of an ATF/DOJ mass murder catastrophe.  Big media has so far chosen to ignore the fiasco and the cover-up. ... Holder should leave the hot seat sweating like a real suspect.

Holder 'Regrets' Death Of Border Patrol Agent, Stands By Response In Aftermath.  Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday that he has not spoken with the family of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, who was killed in December by a group of assailants using at least two weapons tied to "Operation Fast and Furious," but he "certainly regrets" what happened.

Holder Thumbs His Nose at Brian Terry's Family, Says We Need More Gun Control.  Holder must be prosecuted.  When he appears before the House committee next month Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) should wait till the cameras are rolling then have Holder handcuffed and frog marched out of the hearing for his ongoing contempt of the Senate, the House, and the people of the United States.

Holder Says 'Not Fair' to Assume Fast and Furious 'Directly' Led to Border Agent's Death.  Attorney General Eric Holder declined the chance to apologize to the family of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, who was killed in December 2010 and where, at the crime scene, at least two of the firearms recovered were traced to the Justice Department's botched gunwalking program, Operation Fast and Furious.

CCRKBA blasts Senate anti-gunners for shifting blame on gun walking.  Today's hearing on Operation Fast and Furious before the Senate Judiciary Committee once again provided an opportunity for two leading Senate gun prohibitionists to try spreading the blame for botched gun trafficking, and change the debate to arguments for more gun control, the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said.

Former Ariz. US Attorney admits leaking memo smearing Fast and Furious whistle-blower.  Former Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke, who resigned in August, admitted late Tuesday [11/8/2011] that he leaked a document aimed at smearing Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent John Dodson, an Operation Fast and Furious whistle-blower.

Fast and Furious Was Not Botched.  The only thing botched about Operation Fast and Furious is that the American public found out about it.  Fast and Furious was carried out exactly as planned:  allow straw purchasers to transfer guns to cartels, let those guns get trafficked back to Mexico and see where they end up.  There was no plan to trace these guns and no plan to inform the Mexican Government of the operation, either.

Holder Lies Again.  Refusing to apologize to the family of a border patrol killed by a gun "walked" into Mexico, the attorney general hides his prior knowledge and blames Congress for not pushing gun control.  Holder must reside in a parallel universe with an alternate and quite flexible timeline.  His recollection of what he knew and when he knew it must depend on the meaning of "knew."

Murdered Border Patrol agent's family says...
Holder 'should accept responsibility immediately' for Fast and Furious.  Border Patrol agent Brian Terry's family broke its silence on Wednesday, and is now calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to admit he's at fault for Operation Fast and Furious.  Terry was murdered with Operation Fast and Furious weapons on December 15, 2010 — nearly a year ago — and Holder refused to apologize to his family during his Senate Judiciary Committee appearance on Tuesday.

Remember Brian Terry.  On December 14, 2010, Brian was conducting operations as a member of the Border Patrol Tactical Unit in Nogales, Arizona. Brian and his team were targeting a "rip crew" who seek out to rob and assault drug runners.  When Brian and his team encountered the five individuals in the "Peck Well" area near Rio Rico, Arizona shots were fired and Brian was shot in the lower back and mortally wounded during the exchange of gunfire and [died] on December 15, 2010.

Family of Murdered Border Agent Breaks Silence, Lashes Out at Holder.  Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry died almost one year ago.  Despite almost daily headlines about the ongoing scandal in the Obama administration, his devastated parents have said nothing publicly about the U.S. program that helped provide the weapons that killed their son.  Until now.

'Furious' excuse-making.  By now it's clear that the Obama administration's "solution" to the long-simmering Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal is as easy as one, two, three.  One, scapegoating.  Two, stonewalling.  Three, blaming Bush.

Former Holder Chief of Staff Nomination to Court Imperiled Over 'Fast and Furious'.  The confirmation of a former aide to Attorney General Eric Holder to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces may be in peril over his response to questions posed by Arizona Sen. John McCain about his knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious.  Kevin Ohlson, who worked as Holder's chief of staff from January 2009 to January 2011, faces a confirmation hearing on Thursday [11/17/2011] for the post.

New emails: DOJ, Eric Holder manipulated press for favorable 'Fast and Furious' coverage.  Attorney General Eric Holder's Justice Department sought to manipulate reporters' coverage of Operation Fast and Furious during the days preceding a November 1 Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, new emails obtained by The Daily Caller indicate.  Emails between senior Justice Department officials and investigators in the office of Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley show that congressional staffers leading the investigation into Operation Fast and Furious requested information about Operation Wide Receiver — a Bush administration program — and other similar cases, more than a full month before the DOJ leaked information to selected media outlets on October 31.

Congressmen: Obama 'complicit' in Fast and Furious without action on Holder.  Several of the 43 members of Congress demanding Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation because of Operation Fast and Furious believe it is President Barack Obama's responsibility to dismiss him if Holder won't step down on his own.  If Obama fails to replace his attorney general, they said, he may share in the guilt for the program's failure and the resulting scandal.

Confirmed: Operation Wide Receiver a Controlled Delivery, Not Gun Walking.  Senator Charles Grassley's office has done some digging on Operation Wide Receiver and has found the Bush program was a controlled delivery of guns in cooperation with the Mexican Government.  The main differences between Wide Receiver and Fast and Furious are these:  Under Wide Receiver, 300 guns were involved and the Mexican government was fully informed about the operation.  Under Fast and Furious, 2,000 guns were involved and the Mexican government was left in the dark by the Obama Justice Department about the program.

Gov. Rick Perry Has Come Out Swinging Against Obama and Fast and Furious.  Gov. Rick Perry took the Republican field by storm when he announced his candidacy in August.  As a matter of fact, he seemed unbeatable.  He did this by bringing in something the rest of the field was desperately lacking — swagger.  He was a gun totting cowboy who was unapologetic about his pro-life, pro-marriage, pro-Christian roots.  And when he talked, citizens in the heartland heard the voice of someone who loved America as much as they did.

Obama Admin Seals Records of Murdered Border Patrol Agent Implicated in Fast and Furious.  And to think that Attorney General Eric Holder is getting testy about congressional calls for his resignation.  After all, the Justice Department has nothing to hide, right?

Is the Justice Department Retaliating Against Fast and Furious Whistleblowers?  William Lajeunesse of Fox News has a big report today that suggests Holder's Justice Department might not have taken congressional injunctions against Fast and Furious whistleblower retaliation to heart.

'Fast and Furious' Whistleblowers Struggle Six Months After Testifying Against ATF Program.  Six months ago, several agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives stood before Congress to testify about the details of a U.S. government program that armed Mexico's largest drug cartel with thousands of assault rifles.  The administration denied it at the time and questioned the agents' integrity.  The men were nervous and scared.  They said they feared for their careers, their reputation and their families.

Breaking News on Fast and Furious: Obama Knew in May 2010?  To date Barack Obama, the dispenser of hope and change and the presiding officer over the least transparent presidency in history, has claimed he only learned about Fast and Furious earlier this year.  However, with each new document dump Obama's timeframe seems to be as inaccurate (or as purposely misleading) as Attorney General Eric Holder's.

Holder calls for media silence, watchdogs scratch fleas.  Established media freedom groups are ignoring Attorney General Eric Holder's demand that The Daily Caller stop writing about congressional calls for his resignation.  The groups' silence contrasts with their vigorous defense against Republican critics of the news media, and contrasts with the praise given to the media's aggressive coverage of decisions by officials in George W. Bush's presidency.

Border Agent's Murder Brings Calls For Investigation.  The Justice Department has sealed court records detailing the circumstances of a border patrol agent's murder by a Mexican drug cartel, including the fact U.S. agents were being hunted with U.S.-supplied weapons.

Eric Holder's 'Fast and Furious' problem is serious, warrants close scrutiny.  While Republican Senators Bob Corker of Tennessee, Saxby Chambliss of Georgia and Jim Risch of Idaho are not among the 54 members of Congress who have demanded Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation over Operation Fast and Furious, they told The Daily Caller that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) gun-walking scandal is a serious issue that merits their continued attention.

MSM Ignores Obama Admin's Fast And Furious Friday Afternoon Docu-Dump.  Despite the fact the social media has eliminated the traditional media cycle, the Obama administration still thinks Friday afternoon document dumps will curtail reporting on what the documents entail.  Our wonderful Department of Justice dumped over 1,000 pages with details on how they gave inaccurate information.

Holder Sweats as More Lies Uncovered by Feb. 3rd Memo.  As Eric Holder's December 8th testimony before Congress draws near, more and more lies surrounding Fast and Furious are crumbling to the ground.  From new evidence that appears to indicate that President Obama knew about the operation as early as May 2010, and that he gave directives for action against Mexican cartels a year prior (March 2009), to even newer evidence that the DOJ may have "deliberately misled" Congress via a Feb. 4th memo denying the ATF had "'sanctioned' or otherwise knowingly allowed the sale of assault weapons."

New York Times Spins Fast And Furious Document Dump In Favor Of DOJ.  If Charlie Savage is going to write an original story he could at least use a headline that doesn't dupe the readers?  But the headline isn't the only bad part of the article.  The whole article is completely soft on the DOJ and the tone is off, almost as if Mr. Savage is unconcerned that this operation has taken the life of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and 200+ Mexican civilians.

Operation Fast and Furious is infuriating.  [Scroll down]  One year later the Obama administration has the case records sealed and now neither the public nor the press has any access to the information.  This action from the most "transparent administration ever" headed by the most transparent president ever.  Where is the main stream media and all their hot shot reporters bringing this story of government "corruption" and wrongdoing to the public?  The one reporter for a TV network that dared to bring the story forward was muzzled within a few days.  If this were a Republican administration, this story would be front page every day and looped "ad nausea" 24 hours a day on TV. But not so for the most transparent administration ever!

Romney says Attorney General Holder should quit.  Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is calling on President Barack Obama's attorney general to resign because of the flawed law enforcement initiative aimed at dismantling major arms trafficking networks on the Southwest border.

The Ethics of Eric Holder.  When Attorney General Eric Holder recently testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about his role in the Fast and Furious operation, where 2,000 rifles were deliberately "walked" from the United States into Mexico, his answers at times seemed incredible and stretched the limits of believability.  A few months earlier, on May the third, Holder had testified before the House that he had only recently learned of the deadly and disastrous operation.

DoJ lied about Fast and Furious in letter to Congress.  The Fast and Furious Scandal gets worse for AG Eric Holder and his Department of Justice. ... Hundreds of Mexicans have been slaughtered, and two US sworn agents murdered.  The fact that the Department of Justice has now acknowledged that it has lied to Congress, covering up its involvement, should make this a headline-grabber of a case, dominating the news.  But because the incumbent president is a Democrat, the mainstream media is yawning and pretending that serious crimes have not been committed by senior law enforcement officials, and that the carnage of Mexican and American victims matters not a whit.

Issa expands Fast and Furious probe to include alleged money laundering.  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) has requested a briefing with the Justice Department over a news report that U.S. law enforcement officials helped Mexican drug cartels launder millions of dollars into the country.  The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee made the request in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, in which he questioned DOJ head's ability to lead the agency.

Fast & furious lies.  It was all a lie.  The angry denials, the high dudgeon, the how-dare-you accuse-us bleating emanating from Eric Holder's Justice Department these last nine months.  Operation Fast and Furious — the "botched" gun-tracking program run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — did, in fact, deliberately allow some 2,000 high-powered weapons to be sold to Mexican drug cartel agents and then waltzed across the border and into the Mexican drug wars — just as Sen. Chuck Grassley and Rep. Darrell Issa, who are leading the congressional investigations, have charged all along.

Justice Dept. Violated U.S. Laws Beyond Those Being Investigated.  As we continue to watch the general uproar over the Operation Fast and Furious program, and specifically what Attorney General Holder knew and when he knew it, it needs to be noted that perjury is not the only apparent violation of law to have occurred.  I refer to the apparent violation of at least one (probably two) major U.S. laws by the Holder Justice Department.  A few years ago, the International Emergency Economic Powers Act (50 U.S.C. 1701, the follow-on to the Trading with the Enemy Act) was expanded in order to criminalize any transactions between U.S. entities — to include departments and agencies of the U.S. government — and all foreign drug cartels.

NY Dems unaware of Operation Fast and Furious, confronted by reporter.  New York Democratic Rep. Nydia Velazquez admitted she did not know what Operation Fast and Furious was at a Congressional Hispanic Caucus event on Tuesday [12/6/2011].  When The Daily Caller asked Velazquez if she thinks Fast and Furious was a scandal that rises to the level of a call for Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation, she shrugged at first.  Then, TheDC asked if she even knew what Fast and Furious was.  "No, no," Velazquez replied.

Democratic congressman: If Holder knew of Fast and Furious, he 'should leave'.  Illinois Democratic Rep. Luis Gutierrez told The Daily Caller on Tuesday that he thinks "it's much too early" for him to call for Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation over Operation Fast and Furious, but that he's watching the congressional investigation closely and may do so soon.

Holder Declared Hostile Witness Before Congress.  Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) declared Attorney General Eric Holder a "hostile witness" before the House Judiciary Committee as Holder testified about the botched gun trafficking operation called Fast and Furious run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Documents: ATF used "Fast and Furious" to make the case for gun regulations.  Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation "Fast and Furious" to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales.

Eric Holder debates definition of 'lying' with congressman.  When Wisconsin Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner and Attorney General Eric Holder had a sharp back-and-forth on whether or not officials in the Department of Justice lied to Congress.  The questioning was during Thursday morning's [12/8/2011] House Judiciary Committee hearing on Operation Fast and Furious.

Sensenbrenner floats impeachment of Obama admin. officials as 'Fast and Furious' response.  Wisconsin Republican Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, a former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee where Attorney General Eric Holder testified on Thursday, suggested that impeachment of administration officials involved with Operation Fast and Furious may be the only way to bring the scandal to a close.  In a heated exchange between Sensenbrenner and Holder during Thursday's [12/8/2011] Judiciary Committee hearing, Sensenbrenner said impeachment is one option on the table if Holder and the Justice Department continue to withhold information from congressional investigators.

Rep. Sensenbrenner Says Holder Could Face Impeachment.  Once the opening comments were over, and the actual hearing began, Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) warned Holder that he was tired of not getting the truth on Fast and Furious. ... Sensenbrenner then basically said we can do this the easy way or the hard way.  He told Holder that the A.G. could either give Congress the truth they were asking for or "impeachment" could be pursued.  That's right:  Sensenbrenner said "impeachment" to Holder's face.

New docs show Fast and Furious was going to be used to justify gun control measures.  I had seen this theory kicking around the internet for months.  The Obama administration authorized Fast and Furious at least in part to make a case for stricter gun laws.  I dismissed it as just one more conspiracy theory on the net.  Now I'm not so sure. ... Fast and Furious appears to be a bottomless pit of breathtaking stupidity and inexplicable incompetence.  To use a program that the ATF knew was killing people to gain crass political advantage in a debate over gun control is just mind boggling — until you remember who is running the country.

Somewhat related:
Issa Launches Probe of Alleged DEA Laundering Operation in Mexico.  Rep. Darrell Issa is launching a congressional investigation into the Drug Enforcement Administration following claims that the agency helped drug cartels launder money — an operation the lawmaker said bears striking resemblance to the failed "Fast and Furious" anti-gunrunning probe.  Both operations were run by agencies within the Justice Department.  Fast and Furious, which Issa and other lawmakers have been investigating all year, was run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Holder Suggests Fast and Furious Guns Will Be Used in Crimes for 'Years to Come'.  Attorney General Eric Holder suggested Thursday that weapons lost during the course of the failed "Fast and Furious" gunrunning operation will continue to show up at crime scenes in the U.S. and Mexico "for years to come."

No-confidence motion against Holder to be introduced in House.  The House resolution is a way to formalize the growing surge in calls for Holder's immediate resignation, and it sends a message to House leadership and to the administration that many members of Congress aren't happy with Holder's behavior throughout the congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious.

Eric Holder's New Scandal: Money Laundering For Cartels.  Just as Fast and Furious was allegedly intended to track and interdict gun-trafficking into Mexico, this operation, detailed in a New York Times article Sunday, is said to have as its purpose to follow how criminal organizations move their money, where they keep their assets and, most important, who their leaders are.  But the question once again arises: Have the feds interrupted or aided the flow?

A Plot To Undermine The Right To Bear Arms.  Newly obtained documents show that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives discussed using its covert operation Fast and Furious to argue for new rules about gun sales.

GOP congressman: Dems playing Holder's 'defense lawyers'.  Are congressional Democrats trying to protect Eric Holder?  Republican Rep. Ted Poe of Texas told The Daily Caller that his Democratic colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee acted like defense attorneys trying to protect Attorney General Eric Holder, rather than pushing for accountability over the deadly Operation Fast and Furious gun-walking program.

Issa: Holder protecting staff despite 'Fast and Furious' mistakes.  In anticipation of Attorney General Eric Holder's testimony today before the House Judiciary Committee, California GOP Rep. Darrell Issa wrote an op-ed in USA Today accusing Holder of protecting his staff despite admissions that Operation Fast and Furious was "fundamentally flawed."  "Surprisingly" Issa wrote Thursday, "no one at Justice Department headquarters has faced any meaningful consequences.

Congressman attempts to transfer Fast and Furious blame onto NRA 'radicals'.  Georgia Democratic Rep. Hank Johnson accused the tea party movement and the National Rifle Association of creating an "manufactured" controversy over Operation Fast and Furious Thursday [12/8/2011].  Johnson's comments came during an interview with The Daily Caller outside the House Judiciary Committee hearing room.  Attorney General Eric Holder was testifying before the committee about Fast and Furious — a Justice Department program where Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents facilitated the sale of about 2,000 guns to Mexican drug cartels.

Rep. Issa Strikes a Blow and Rep. Sensenbrenner Says Holder Could Face Impeachment.  Once Lamar Smith (R-TX) opened the hearings with comments on Fast and Furious and then passed the baton to Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), it seemed the hearings would be a wash.  That's because it was evident from the start that Conyers was there to carry water for Holder.  For example, Conyers used his opening comments to highlight the "life and contributions" of Holder, and to highlight the need for more gun control in the United States.  He particularly supported the new requirement for border state gun stores to file special reports on customers who make multiple long gun purchases.

Rep. Issa Confirms Holder Is under Oath, Yet Holder Changes His Story Again.  When it came time for Attorney General Eric Holder to make his opening comments, Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) requested that the A.G. be sworn under oath.  Issa had already noted that Congress had been lied to and that in previous hearings, Holder & Co. displayed the "unheard of" habit of redacting their letters and testimony to the Congress.  Congressman Lamar Smith (R-TX) said that it wasn't necessary for Holder to be sworn under oath because it was understood that he was already under oath by virtue of the purpose for which he was appearing.  Issa then asked Smith if he was sure that Holder was bound as being under oath, and Smith verified that he was.

Impeachment Is Not Enough, Holder Needs to Be Handcuffed.  As Attorney General Eric Holder testified before Congress yesterday, two things were reinforced.  One:  Holder has a problem telling the truth.  Two:  Congressmen Darrell Issa (R-CA), Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), and Ted Poe (R-TX), have a problem with people who have a problem telling the truth.  And they have a point.  As a matter of fact, as I watched the hearings unfold I continually thought to myself:  "If Bill Clinton had obstructed justice to this degree, even Senator Trent Lott would have manned up and removed him from office."

'Lying,' Holder Says, 'Has to Do With Your State of Mind'.  This morning on Capitol Hill, Attorney General Eric Holder was asked whether he lied to Congress about the Fast & Furious gun-running scandal.  Rep. James Sensenbrenner asked Holder:  "Tell me what's the difference between lying and misleading Congress, in this context?"  Holder's response is a bit Clintonian.

Holder refuses to fire aides from Fast and Furious operation.  Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., during a rancorous House committee hearing Thursday, dismissed Republican calls to fire top Justice Department officials involved in the botched Fast and Furious weapons operation and repudiated charges that his agency lied to Congress during the investigation.

Holder may be holding on to private emails about Fast and Furious.  A largely overlooked exchange from Thursday's House Judiciary Committee hearing includes what appears to be an admission from Attorney General Eric Holder that emails to and from him about Operation Fast and Furious may exist, and that he's refusing to provide them to Congress.

Was Fast and Furious all About Gun Control?  For some time, Second Amendment advocates have suspected that the Obama administration's gun walking program ("Fast and Furious") was intended to create a pretext for bringing back the gun control issue.  There has been a little evidence of that, but not much.  Today [12/7/2011], however, Sharyl Attkisson of CBS, who has been all over the Fast and Furious scandal and would, in a sane world, get a Pulitzer Prize, broke another scoop...

'Furious' twisting.  One of the most incompetent (at best) and murderous operations ever undertaken in the name of the Justice Department, and all the attorney general can do is say they've closed the barn door now that the horses have fled, taking the guns and ammo with them.  Oh, and promise to get to the bottom of things ... someday.

Fast and Furious continues.  [Scroll down]  This kind of obscuring raises the credibility of the conspiracy bunch that this was a planned attack on the Second Amendment, trying to do what could not be done through the open congressional format of debate and transparency.  The plan being that if enough of the guns allowed to get into Mexico illegally were found at crime scenes, then there would be an outcry for stricter gun control in the U.S.  That make sense when you consider the people in the current administration and where their sympathies lie.  We know that they couldn't get their way through the Congress so they decided to do an end run around Congress and do it by means of the disastrous "Fast and Furious" program.

Rep. Ben Quayle on Holder: 'I call for his immediate resignation'.  On Tuesday [12/13/2011], Arizona Republican Rep. Ben Quayle became the 57th House member to demand Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation over Operation Fast and Furious.  "The fact that he hasn't fired a single person shows that Attorney General Holder is more concerned with protecting himself and his political appointees than holding individuals accountable for Fast and Furious," Quayle said in a statement shown to The Daily Caller on Tuesday afternoon.

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.

Copy of ATF Email Wanting More Gun Control in Wake of Fast and Furious.  For the better part of a year, I have been saying that the end goal of Fast and Furious was more gun control.  Rush Limbaugh has said this, Sean Hannity and other Fox News personalities have said this, and the NRA and Gun Owners of America have said this, among others.  Throughout this time, I have had a copy of an email that was sent to me back in March of 2011.  It's an July 2010 email from ATF Special Agent in Charge Mark R. Chait to ATF Supervisor William Newell.

Fast and Furious Scandal Gives Rise to Gun Regulation Debate.  As a candidate, Barack Obama once endorsed a ban on handguns and favored restrictions on the purchase and possession of firearms.  So when gun owners heard of Operation Fast and Furious, many feared the worst.  Now, newly revealed emails suggest that if the gun-running operation didn't start out with that intent, as administration officials insist, the program certainly led to discussions on new gun regulations.

Old Media Continues To Ignore And Bury Any Fast And Furious Developments.  I am not shocked at all the media ignored [Sharyl] Attkisson's breaking story about the ATF using Fast and Furious to enforce more gun regulations.  After all, it would be admitting all along that we were right and they were wrong.  They thought we were crazy because we knew Fast and Furious was a way to put restrictions on guns, but now they're eating their words and I bet they're delicious!  I searched the Old Media's websites and couldn't find anything on it.

Eric Holder's continued obfuscation on Fast and Furious.  As we mark one year this week since Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was shot to death in Arizona — with guns allowed to drift over the Mexican line found at the scene — we certainly know much more about Operation Fast and Furious.  That's the bad-idea-executed-poorly child of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, sanctioned by your own U.S. Justice Department.  In addition to Terry's death, another federal agent may have been killed in Mexico by a walked gun, and the case could well have ties to North Texas.

Want Answers About Fast and Furious? You're a Racist.  Holder claims he didn't know about gunwalking techniques being used in the operation until the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, telling House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa on May 3, 2011 he had known about Fast and Furious for "a couple of weeks."  However, five memos addressed directly to Holder, detailing Operation Fast and Furious, are dated July and August 2010, nearly a year before Holder admitted he knew under oath.  The Justice Department continues to stonewall the investigation into the lethal operation and still hasn't given the Terry family details about their son's murder one year later.

Obama and Holder Should Put the Race Card back in the Deck.  President Obama led us to believe that he would be a post-racial president who would bring the races together, but it's gotten to where you can't criticize this most leftist administration in American history without someone accusing you of racism.  The most recent example involves criticism of Attorney General Eric Holder over Fast and Furious...

Even Before Fast and Furious, They Had Guns on Their Minds.  What Obama administration officials, including the president, knew or didn't know about the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives' 2009 Operation Fast and Furious has little to do with what they should have known.  Attorney General Holder, Secretary Clinton, President Obama, and Secretary Napolitano each declared that he or she did not know about Fast and Furious until 2011.  But what should they have known about a federal program that eventually led to mass murder?

Congressman trumps Holder's race card, asks if Mexican gun-walking deaths were 'racially motivated'.  Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar told The Daily Caller that Attorney General Eric Holder's race-card play to attack his critics is "absolutely horrendous."  But Gosar said he thinks race may have played a role in the Department of Justice's execution of Operation Fast and Furious -- but in a different way from how Holder is framing it.

Obama's Top Boners of 2011.  [#5] Fast and Furious:  Admittedly I haven't been a fan of Eric Holder's.  But even I'm amazed at the breathtaking cynicism shown by our top law-enforcement officer as he lied to Congress about what he knew and when he knew it regarding Fast and Furious.

Holder's OIG 'Gunwalker' investigation passes historic milestone today.  Curiously, as of today [12/27/2011], DOJ operative Schnedar has now taken more time than the Warren Commission did to produce its report on the Kennedy assassination.  That investigation, which took 303 days, was established on November 27, 1963 and their 888-page findings were delivered to President Johnson on September 24, 1964.  Today marks the 303rd day of the OIG being "asked to investigate" Fast and Furious.  Does anyone really believe the report they eventually get around to producing will answer all our questions?

The Obama administration is planning a second-term attack on gun rights.  With the help of his attorney general, Eric Holder, Obama led a campaign to demonize law-abiding gun owners, claiming our Second Amendment rights were to blame for drug violence in Mexico.  And in fact, emails recently released by the Justice Department prove that operation "Fast and Furious" was a deliberate attempt to build the case for a gun-control agenda.

AP 'Top 10' List Confirms Media Still Ignoring Fast And Furious Story.  David Crary of the Associated Press [presented] the news agency's top 10 stories for the year.  Fair enough.  They were huge stories.  The other stories selected were all noteworthy in their own ways as well, but there is one more that is remarkable in its absence from inclusion:  Fast and Furious.

The biggest little story of 2011:  [Scroll down]  Part two began on September 20, when California Congressman and House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa held a telephone press conference on the developing gunwalker component of the "Fast and Furious" scandal.  The substance of the call concerned a possible FBI cover-up, the appointment of a special prosecutor and other recent developments in the Department of Justice's program, which allowed guns to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels, resulting in the deaths of border patrol agent Brian Terry and hundreds of Mexican citizens. ... In that single act, a sitting congressman took a little credibility away from established news outlets and handed it to the blogosphere.

Eric Holder is Obstructing Justice with Fast and Furious Defense.  When the U.S. Department of Justice released over 1,000 pages of internal documents last Friday evening [12/2/2011], a charge that seemed unlikely to be proven just weeks before appears now all but certain to apply to Attorney General Eric Holder and his top lieutenants:  guilty of obstruction of justice.

Grassley: New docs prove Admin knew about gun walking.  New documents obtained from the Justice Department Thursday [1/5/2011] prove that the administration knew that guns had been walked as part of Operation Wide Receiver, Senator Charles Grassley said in a press release, and then he reiterated his call for Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer to resign.

Justice Turns Over Fast And Furious Info.  The Justice Department Thursday [1/5/2011] turned over to congressional investigators 482 pages of subpoenaed internal documents in the latest chapter of the controversial guns-to-Mexico operation known as Fast and Furious.

Fast and Furious Defense Strategy: Keep Them Quiet.  The Justice Department may be leveraging employees to keep them from testifying.

The Top 5 Reasons Obama Must Be Removed as Commander-in-Chief.  [#2] Fast and Furious:  No matter how many times you hear the facts they never get less sickening or bizarre. ... ATF Agent Vince Cefalu was fired for whistleblowing about this surreal horror show.  Attorney General Eric Holder perjured himself to Congress, pretending he knew nothing about it.  And newly released emails confirm that the motivation for supplying weapons to Mexico's most violent criminals was to use the ensuing chaos to enact stricter gun control laws here.  Not content to unleash murder and mayhem, the Department of Justice also went into the money-laundering racket, washing clean millions of dollars for Mexico's drug cartels.

Inside President Obama's War On The Fast & Furious Whistleblowers.  [Scroll down]  Senator Grassley then pointed out that the first whistleblower to come forward about Fast and Furious (ATF Agent John Dodson) had recently been attacked by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).  According to Senator Grassley, "Someone in the Justice Department leaked a document to the press along with talking points in an attempt to smear [Dodson.]"

Fast and Furious Stonewallings Call For Eric Holder's Impeachment.  For nearly a year Holder has been avoiding accountability for Operation Fast and Furious, a secret ATF program that allowed guns to "walk" into Mexico and right into the arsenals of Mexican drug cartels.  Nevertheless, he still looked shocked when a congressman insinuated he might be impeached.  Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.), a former chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, suggested impeachment of administration officials involved with Operation Fast and Furious just might be the only way to bring this bloody scandal to a close.

Holder's United Front on Fast and Furious Crumbles.  In an ominous development for the Obama administration, Patrick Cunningham, chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona, has told the House Oversight Committee that he will assert his privilege against self-incrimination rather than testify before the committee next week.  DOJ officials in Washington evidently have blamed Cunningham for the fact that they provided false information to Congress in what appears to be an effort to cover up the Fast and Furious scandal.

Federal official in Arizona to plead the fifth and not answer questions on 'furious'.  The chief of the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona is refusing to testify before Congress regarding Operation Fast and Furious, the federal gun-running scandal that sent U.S. weapons to Mexico.  Patrick J. Cunningham informed the House Oversight Committee late Thursday through his attorney that he will use the Fifth Amendment protection.

Federal prosecutor cites Fifth in 'Fast and Furious' probe.  The chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona has cited his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination in refusing on Friday [1/20/2012] to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in its ongoing investigation into the failed "Fast and Furious" gunrunning operation.

Arizona strikes back: State investigates feds over gun-running.  Arizona's state legislature will open its own investigation into the Obama administration's disgraced gun-running program, known as "Fast and Furious," the speaker of the state House said Friday [1/20/2012].  Speaker Andy Tobin created the committee, and charged it with looking at whether the program broke any state laws — raising the possibility of state penalties against those responsible for the operation.  It's a turnaround from the rest of the immigration issue, where the federal government has sued to block the state's own set of laws.

Arizona Moves to Prosecute Those the Feds Won't.  Where the same state that brought you S.B. 1070 -- the immigration law aimed at allowing the state to do the job the feds won't do -- is set to open their own investigation into Fast and Furious and bring state charges against those the feds have heretofore refused to charge.  Andy Tobin, Arizona's Speaker of the House, will announce tomorrow [1/23/2012] the scope of the investigation, and will call for state investigators to have their findings back to him no later than March 30.

Arizona strikes back: State investigates feds over gun-running.  Arizona's state legislature will open its own investigation into the Obama administration's disgraced gun-running program, known as "Fast and Furious," the speaker of the state House said Friday [1/20/2012].  Speaker Andy Tobin created the committee, and charged it with looking at whether the program broke any state laws — raising the possibility of state penalties against those responsible for the operation.  It's a turnaround from the rest of the immigration issue, where the federal government has sued to block the state's own set of laws.

Fast and Furious stinks.  [Scroll down]  In all of its bureaucratic buffoonery, the ATF lost control of the weapons.  Of course it did, as there were no electronic tracing components on the guns.  Our less-than-esteemed attorney general, Eric H. Holder Jr., to whom the ATF reports, claimed not to know a thing about this brain-dead operation.  What kind of inebriated idiot would hatch an evil scheme such as this and then believe that, somehow, the guns could be traced to Mexican drug cartels without an electronic tracing component?  This isn't some low-ranking bureaucratic village idiot but a high-ranking government bureaucratic idiot who is paid by U.S. taxpayers.

15 Questions The Mainstream Media Would Ask Barack Obama If He Were A Republican:  [#1]  Numerous Mexican citizens and an American citizen have been killed with weapons knowingly provided to criminals by our own government during Operation Fast and Furious.  If Eric Holder was aware that was going on, do you think he should step down as Attorney General?  Were you aware that was going on and if so, shouldn't you resign?

First Convictions from Fast and Furious Gun Probe.  Two men pleaded guilty to buying guns that were destined to be smuggled into Mexico, the first convictions in the federal government's botched Operation Fast and Furious.

Issa says Holder should apologize to Mexico.  House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa told The Daily Caller that Attorney General Eric Holder owes an apology to the Mexican government and to the families of Operation Fast and Furious victims south of the border.  "Justice has blood on their hands," Issa said Wednesday [1/25/2012] during an exclusive interview with TheDC, referring to the U.S. Department of Justice.

US Attorney Patrick Cunningham Refuses to Give More Than his Name and Title.  It was already known that he was going to plead the fifth to avoid self incrimination.  Yesterday, Patrick Cunningham, the chief of the criminal division of the U.S. attorney's office in Arizona, was excused from a deposition after refusing to give more than his name and title...

Arizona House Speaker to 'Put Some Light on Fast and Furious'.  Arizona's legislature has decided once more to do the job the feds won't do, and has launched its own investigation into Fast and Furious.

Burke of Fast and Furious had anti-gun history.  The career path of former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke can be charted through an ascending string of jobs from Arizona's Supreme Court to the U.S. Senate, White House, Department of Homeland Security and Justice Department.  It is a resume that spans more than two decades in three branches of government.  Then, suddenly, it nose-dives on Aug. 30, 2011, when Burke resigned as U.S. attorney amid a scandal over a gun-smuggling case known as Operation Fast and Furious.

Justice Department changes inquiry response procedures to Congress after Fast and Furious.  The Justice Department is tightening procedures for responding to information requests from Congress in the aftermath of a troubled arms trafficking investigation.

DOJ dodges, won't say if Holder knew 'Fast and Furious' gun killed border guard.  A document the Department of Justice sent to Congress Friday shows that Eric Holder's deputy chief of staff was made aware on the day of U.S. border Patrol Agent Brian Terry's murder that a weapon traced back to Operation Fast and Furious killed him.  But when asked Sunday, a Justice spokesperson would not would not answer The Daily Caller's question about whether Attorney General Eric Holder himself was informed of the connection on that day.

The Holder Department Of Justice Takes The Fifth.  Should U.S. Attorney [Patrick J.] Cunningham refuse to cooperate with the Congress and/or appropriate law enforcement officials, or should he actually take the Fifth while under oath, we will be at that point of decision, and Mr. Cunningham — and the nation — will have a serious problem.  Mr. Cunningham is a member of the Department of Justice, those law enforcers charged with watching the watchers, all of the law enforcers not only on the federal, but the state and local levels.  Who will watch the watchers of the watchers?  Who will investigate and prosecute those potentially trying to scapegoat Mr. Cunningham, if that is indeed what is happening?  The very people who may be trying to frame Mr. Cunningham are likely those who would be charged with investigating and prosecuting themselves.

A Fast & Furious fib.  It's not the crime, it's the coverup, goes the old Washington cliché.  In the case of the Fast and Furious gun-walking scandal, it's both.  As Attorney General Eric Holder gets ready to face more congressional grilling Thursday, something's clearly rotten at the Justice Department.  The stench goes all the way to the top — to Holder.

Holder's fantastical claim about 'Fast and Furious'.  [Eric] Holder wants Americans to believe an obvious fantasy, namely that he didn't know about Fast and Furious until witch-hunting House Republicans made it a highly charged partisan issue a few months ago.  But after reviewing new emails made public by the Justice Department last Friday, it seems clear that accepting Holder's claim at face value would be credulous in the extreme.

Sweeping it under the carpet:
In new 'Fast and Furious' report, Democrats clear Justice appointees of wrongdoing.  Democrats investigating the failed gun-running probe known as "Operation Fast and Furious" are laying the blame at the feet of officials in Arizona, saying in a new report that lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have "obtained no evidence" implicating high-level political appointees in Washington.

Eric Holder's False Testimony Warrants Impeachment.  For incompetence alone, Attorney General Eric Holder should resign in the wake of the illegal "Fast and Furious" gunrunning scandal.  But fresh news that he knew of it and is covering it up warrants impeachment.

Are Big Media Covering Up Fast and Furious?  Not since Lenin gathered his fellow Bolsheviks together in 1912 at the Prague conference to plan the publication of Pravda has there been such an all-out effort to quash facts that out in the open might bring down Attorney General Eric Holder and the whole Obama administration.  An amoral herd of left-wing journalists acting like "bootlicking propagandists," as Orwell once called members of his own British press in 1944, might find it difficult in the long run to get away with suppressing a scandal involving mass murder.

Democrats Fully Engaged in Fast and Furious Coverup.  Democrats on the House Oversight Committee are officially trying to cover for Attorney General Eric Holder just before he testifies on Thursday [2/2/2012] about Operation Fast and Furious, with anti-Second Amendment Ranking Member Elijah Cummings leading the way.  Last night, Cummings released a 95 page  waste of paper and taxpayer money  report, alleging that top Justice Department officials did not authorize the program, despite evidence showing otherwise.  The report tries to pin the blame back on a few "rogue" managers in the ATF Phoenix Field Division.  This is the same argument we've heard since the beginning of the scandal:  it was a local operation, nobody important knew anything.
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Family of murdered Border Patrol agent files $25M suit against ATF.  The family of murdered Border Patrol agent Brian Terry has filed a $25 million wrongful death suit against the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives claiming Terry was killed with AK-47s that were knowingly sold under the Fast and Furious gunrunning probe to a straw purchaser for drug cartels.  In a 65-page complaint, filed in Arizona state court on Wednesday [2/1/2012], attorneys for the family claim ATF "wrongdoing" in Operation Fast and Furious.

A failed 'Fast and Furious' whitewash.  "Operation Fast and Furious was the latest in a series of fatally flawed operations run by ATF agents in Phoenix and the US Attorney's Office," say committee Democrats.  "Far from a strategy that was directed and planned by 'the highest levels' of the Department of Justice... the committee has obtained no evidence that Operation Fast and Furious was conceived or directed by high-level political appointees at Department of Justice headquarters."  The operative words here are no evidence.  That's because Justice stubbornly refuses to provide any.  Holder and his flunkies have spent more than a year evading, prevaricating, changing stories and outright stonewalling.

Holder Must Come Clean On 'Fast And Furious' Scandal.  Issa's response was the right one, because that bungled operation amounted to U.S. lawmen aiding and abetting sales of deadly weapons to Mexican drug cartels.  It made no sense from a legal, law-enforcement or national security point of view.  It bore all the marks of a White House political operation to sway U.S. public opinion in favor of gun control as the bodies piled up.

GOP report: Justice officials were on top of Fast and Furious.  Top Department of Justice officials had extensive knowledge of and involvement in Operation Fast and Furious, claims a new report released Thursday [2/2/2012], hours before Attorney General Eric Holder's scheduled testimony to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.  The report released by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, top lawmakers investigating the botched gunrunning operation, claims Justice Department officials in Washington and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were involved in the coordination in the early stages of the operation.

Blood Bath on Capitol Hill: Preview of Eric Holder Under Oath.  Attorney General Holder will appear before the House Oversight Committee this morning on Capitol Hill to answer questions specifically surrounding his role in the the lethal Operation Fast and Furious program.  Holder will have a ton of explaining to do including:  when he was briefed about the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, whether he was informed by his deputy chief of staff at the time Monty Wilkinson about Fast and Furious guns being used to kill Terry the same day of his murder, why the Justice Department has been stonewalling Congress for information and more.

Holder's No. 2 in 2009: Gunwalking, Fast and Furious a 'terrific idea'.  The head of the Department of Justice's Criminal Division and Attorney General Eric Holder's highest-ranking deputy, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, called Operation Fast and Furious and gun walking a "terrific idea" in emails to now-former Acting Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Director Ken Melson back in late 2009, according a report released by Republican staff of the House Oversight Committee.

Respecting Eric Holder.  Eric Holder appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee today, and received what can charitably be called a hostile reception.  He was grilled by Republican members over everything from Fast and Furious — the intended subject of the hearing — to the Marc Rich pardon.

Holder Repeats Fast And Furious Lies.  After a series of Friday document dumps exposed DOJ's deceit, Deputy Attorney General James Cole, in another letter to Congress, wrote, "Facts have come to light during the course of this investigation that indicate the Feb. 4 [2011] letter contains inaccuracies."  In other words, the Justice Department lied to Congress.  It lied again Thursday [2/2/2012] in the person of the attorney general who once again failed to provide the whole truth and nothing but the truth.  Eric Holder and his department have lied to Congress.  Scooter Libby was sentenced to prison for much less.  We await Holder's fate and hope justice will prevail.

Democrats circle wagons around Holder in hearing.  Democrats defended — even apologized to — Attorney General Eric Holder throughout today's hearing on Operation Fast and Furious, impugning the motives of Republican investigators and absolving Holder of any scandal.

Holder should walk the plank on 'Fast and Furious'.  At yesterday's hearing, Issa and Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, who has also been probing the Fast and Furious program, released a detailed report about their investigation, saying new documents they obtained demonstrate Holder's department "had much greater knowledge of, and involvement in, Fast and Furious than it has previously acknowledged."

Covering Up Fast & Furiously.  The Fast and Furious investigation in Congress is becoming even more fast and furious with Congressional Chairman Issa threatening a contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder.  Last week's Friday document dump by the DoJ once again added to the widely held belief that that the AG and his minions are hiding something from Congress and the American people, but what?

Rep. Issa lays siege to 'Fortress Holder'.  [Scroll down]  During the four-and-a-half-hour hearing, not all of the 23 Republicans and 17 Democrats took the opportunity to question the attorney general.  But, many of those who did provided moments worth mention.  Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D.-N.Y.), came up with a new name for the program in question:  "Operation Vast and Curious."

Holder in Fast in Furious Testimony: I Should Be 'Given Some Credit'.  If you weren't able to watch today's congressional hearings with Attorney General Eric Holder on the Fast and Furious scandal, here's a taste of what it was like.  Two American law enforcement agents are dead, and despite bearing a significant measure of responsibility, the Justice Department has been stonewalling for months and several pieces of evidence suggest the DOJ has not told the truth about what it knows.  When members of Congress voice their frustration with this, Holder is defensive and says he deserves "credit".

AG Holder May Be Held in Contempt for "Fast & Furious" Cover-up.  Attorney General Eric Holder faced tough questions about the "Fast and Furious" gun-trafficking scandal from outraged members of Congress during a Thursday hearing, but he continued to defiantly stonewall while refusing to hand over key documents subpoenaed in the congressional investigation.  Republican lawmakers responded by telling the Justice Department boss to resign and saying that if the cover-up continues, he could be charged with contempt of Congress.

Former Tucson DEA head: Holder either knew of gun-walking, or was willfully unaware.  Former Tucson Drug Enforcement Administration chief Tony Coulson told The Daily Caller that Attorney General Eric Holder either knew guns were walking during Operation Fast and Furious, or should have known about the deadly practice.  "[Fast and Furious] was driven locally and it was driven from Arizona, from the ground up, I mean it was not much oversight," Coulson said in a phone interview.  "And, I mean, I can only speak to the reporting, but people all the way up to the attorney general knew what was going on."

Fast and Furious: Three Questions Not Asked.  To date, the media has largely buried the story of the Department of Justice scheme that contributed to the deaths of a federal agent and more than 300 Mexican citizens.  Such a story would have held front-page, top-of-the-hour focus until answers were provided and officials had been hounded out of office or imprisoned had it occurred under a Republican administration.  But Barack Obama is a Democrat, and black.  Also, Eric Holder is a Democrat, and black.  It is inconceivable for the mainstream media to grill the decisions, motives, or goals of black Democrats for fear of being "racist" according to their own definition of the term...

ABC and NBC Anything But Fast and Furious On Gunwalking Scandal.  Deaths, guns, whistle-blowers and the highest law officer in the land stonewalling a congressional investigation are the juicy ingredients of a story network news reporters would love to cover — if a Republican were in office.  However, when Attorney General Eric Holder testified on Thursday (February 2) before a House oversight committee investigating Operation Fast and Furious, the news was completely ignored by NBC and ABC (there was one full story on Friday's CBS This Morning).  The virtual blackout of Holder's testimony continues an overall trend of ABC and NBC burying one of the Obama administration's biggest scandals, despite continual coverage by their competitors at CBS, CNN and Fox News.

Former DEA chief says 3 other federal agencies knew about Operation Fast and Furious.  Tony Coulson, the DEA's agent in charge of Southern Arizona during Fast and Furious, says many federal field agents knew the ATF was walking guns to Mexico, but supervisors told them to back off when they objected.  "Clearly, we went too far," Coulson said.  "The question we had among rank and file law enforcement was, 'When is someone going to call ATF on this, when is someone going to tell them to stop?'"

Holder granted extra time to turn over 'Fast and Furious' documents.  A key congressional Republican who had threatened to bring a contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder if he did not comply with a demand for "Operation Fast and Furious" documents by 5 p.m. Thursday [2/9/2012], has backed off his stated deadline.

Fast And Furious Gun Control Plot Was Widely Known.  A drug enforcement agent says other agencies knew in 2009 about the Justice Department's gunrunning operation and even tried to interdict the weapons flow.  And, yes, it was a gun-control plot.

Media Silent As Mexico Arrests Key Figure In Fast and Furious.  I think late January and February have been the busiest time for Operation Fast & Furious.  The media still doesn't give it proper coverage, especially this news:  On February 4th, Mexico arrests a key figure in Fast & Furious.  Not only is he a key person in Fast & Furious, but he was also a top lieutenant to El Chapo.

Judicial Watch Announces List of Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2011.  Fast and Furious was a DOJ/Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) "gun-running" operation in which guns were sold to Mexican drug cartels and others, apparently in hopes that the guns would end up at crime scenes.  This reckless insanity seems to have resulted in, among other crimes, the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, who was killed in a shootout with Mexican criminals in December 2010.  Fast and Furious guns were found at the scene of his death.

Al Sharpton and Elijah Cummings Lie About Fast and Furious.  Sharpton recently addressed Fast and Furious on his show, Politics Nation.  Needless to say it was a mess.  Mr. Sharpton starts the show with a flat out lie:  Fast and Furious was just like the programs under President Bush. ... The whole time Rep Cummings sits back and allows Mr. Sharpton to hurl out these obvious lies and accusations.  Shame on you Rep Cummings.  You know all of this is false and you allow it to be said all the same.

Rep. Labrador is unafraid to speak truth to Holder.  Rep. Raul Labrador (R-Idaho), less than two years in office, quickly made a national mark by shining a bright light on the deeply troubling case of Operation Fast and Furious, the gun-running scandal that led to the murder of Border Agent Brian Terry in Arizona in December 2009. ... He blames media coddling of President Barack Obama.  "The mass media don't want there to be any scandals in the Obama administration," Labrador said.  "If this were a Republican administration, this would be on the top of the news every single night until there were answers or until ... heads rolled."  Labrador said that the Obama administration should never have participated in Operation Fast and Furious, but the apparent cover-up may be a greater scandal than the actual operation.

Second gun used in ICE agent murder linked to ATF undercover operation.  The government has kept a close hold on nearly all information surrounding Zapata's murder, denying the family's Freedom of Information requests on the basis of an ongoing investigation.

Walked ATF guns found at Zapata crime scene.  This wasn't part of Operation Fast and Furious, which was run out of Arizona.  It was another gun-walking operation, running out of Texas.  A second "walked" ATF gun was also recovered from the scene of Zapata's murder, sold by a different group of people... who were also on the ATF radar screen.

Holder, DOJ continue to drag out Fast & Furious probe, say lawmakers.  House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) this week, in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, wrote that the Justice Department's request for an extension for completing its document production on Operation Fast and Furious again "demonstrates a lack of good faith" and a Department "more concerned with protecting its image through spin control than actually cooperating with Congress."

Eric Holder Admits To Congress: Fast And Furious Was Executed 'Extremely Poorly'.  Holder admitted [2/28/2012] that the program, which was linked to the shooting death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, had been executed extremely poorly.  "It was a bad attempt at trying to deal with a very pernicious problem, where guns are flowing from the United States to Mexico," Holder divulged.  "In its conception, in its execution, it was fundamentally flawed," Holder said about Fast and Furious.

Eric Holder explains why he should be fired over Operation Fast & Furious.  The answer that Attorney General Eric Holder should have given to the first question should have been "Yes, and I take responsibility for what happened."  Anything else would simply make it glaringly obvious that Holder is fundamentally unfit for his job... which is what happened here.

Another Straw-Purchaser, Another Federal Agent Dead (and Still Holder won't Comply).  Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) is looking into the DOJ's role in Agent Zapata's murder, and believes the weapon which was used came from a program similar to Fast and Furious.  Which means that no one knows whether the gun-walking tied to Fast and Furious was ended, as Holder said it was, only to be started again under another program (with another name), or whether the gun walking tied to Fast and Furious simply continued longer than Holder claims it did.

Gun Walking Caused Death of ICE Agent Zapata.  Last week CBS' Sharyl Attkisson reported on a second walked gun found at the scene of Agent Zapata's murder.  Houston prosecutors and the DOJ didn't bother to tell Jaime Zapata's family their son was killed by a weapon sold to a drug trafficker under surveillance by their own government; a weapon which eventually ended up in the hands of the Zetas drug cartel believed to be responsible for Jaime's murder.  The Zapatas didn't find out anything until after Barba was sentenced to 100 months in prison on January 30, 2012.

Tea Party pressures GOP leaders to rev up Fast and Furious probe.  Local Tea Party activists are pressing House Republican leaders to pursue their investigation into the Operation Fast and Furious gun-tracking effort more aggressively.  The top three House Republicans have been slow to lead the charge of the GOP's criticism of the botched operation.

Guns used in killing of ICE agent draw scrutiny.  On Feb. 16 in Baytown, agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives arrested Manuel Gomez Barba as part of an ongoing investigation of straw purchasers who were buying guns for Mexican drug cartels.  Now, congressional Republicans are questioning why it took so long to arrest Barba, especially when agents knew early on about his drug convictions, which disqualified him from buying guns, and were aware that he was obliterating serial numbers from guns — by itself a crime.

AG Holder Could Be Jailed for Ongoing Fast & Furious Cover-up.  Tensions are rising quickly in the investigation of the deadly federal gun-running operation "Fast and Furious" as Attorney General Eric Holder's Department of Justice continues to unlawfully withhold subpoenaed documents.  The persistent stonewalling prompted Congress to renew its warning that contempt proceedings against top Obama administration officials are imminent if the cover-up does not end.

Obama apologizes for Afghan slayings, still ignores Mexican 'Fast and Furious' murders.  President Barack Obama has never apologized to Mexican President Felipe Calderon for the 300 civilians murdered with weapons the United States provided to Mexico's drug cartels, but on Sunday [3/11/2012] he found time to place a call to Afghan president Hamid Karzai apologizing for deaths caused by an American soldier this weekend in Afghanistan.

Friday document dump: Holder's DOJ releases more on 'Fast and Furious'.  In what has become a pattern, Attorney General Eric Holder dumped more documents related to Operation Fast and Furious on congressional investigators late Friday [3/16/2012].  Terry Frieden of CNN reported that Holder coughed up "hundred of pages" of documents.  Assuming that means Holder did not produce more than 1,000 documents, the Justice Department is still far from compliance with lawful congressional subpoenas.

Gun-tracking operation caught top suspect, then let him go.  Federal agents stopped the main target of the ill-fated Operation Fast and Furious in May 2010.  After they questioned him, he disappeared back into Mexico, and the program went on to spiral out of control.

Fast and Furious scandal update shows whistleblower risks.  The agents who blew the whistle on the now infamous Fast and Furious scandal, in which the Obama Administration used the ATF to place guns directly into the hands of Mexican drug cartels in order to make a case for strict gun control laws, have faced retaliatory action from supervisors within the agency.

Another F&F 'doc dump' as interest renewed in probe.  The late Friday document dump — presumably so it will get lost in the weekend — has become a habit of Eric Holder's Justice Department in the on-going Congressional probe of Operation Fast and Furious, so yesterday's [3/16/2012] reported delivery should be nothing new.  The controversial Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives gun running sting has been under scrutiny for more than one year.

Fast and Furious: Primary Target Arrested and Released in 2010.  Operation Fast and Furious, the Obama Administration's deadly gun-running outrage that put American weapons in the hands of Mexican cartel killers — while putting hundreds of Mexicans, plus at least two American law enforcement officers, in the ground — was ostensibly supposed to catch some big-time drug lords by pumping U.S. guns into their organizations, then following the trail of bullets to the big fish, who would then be nailed on firearms charges.  It never made a lot of sense, particularly given that no real effort was made to actually track the guns — they've been recovered from corpse-littered crime scenes, with hundreds of guns still unaccounted for.

Barack's People:  Is there a better personification of Barack Obama and his disastrous, demagogic administration than Attorney General "my people" Eric Holder and his Department of Justice?  He is the only leader today more odious than Barack Obama, if only because he is unabashedly racist, whereas Obama pretends not to be.  Holder believes that his people deserve preference in all things, and that the deaths of hundreds of Mexicans, due to the Fast and Furious program, designed by minions, are unimportant.  The death of one Democrat is a tragedy — hundreds of dead Mexicans are a statistic.  They're not his people, or our people, or anything of importance for that matter.

Deadly ATF Fast And Furious Game Of Catch And Release.  A prime suspect in the smuggling of weapons to Mexico was captured and released on a promise of cooperation and with the instruction not to engage in criminal acts unless instructed by the U.S. government.

DOJ 'Deeply Disturbed' by Leaked Fast and Furious Information.  The Justice Department has told Republican lawmakers it will be careful about responding to future requests for information about a botched gun-tracing operation after sensitive law enforcement information leaked to the media.

Justice for Trayvon, No Justice for Agents Terry and Zapata.  Jaime [Zapata] died on February 15, 2011 in Mexico, many miles away from his loved ones.  The guns found at the murder scene were later traced to a federally sanctioned gun-walking program.  Government higher-ups allowed guns to walk untraced straight into the hands of killer drug cartels.  So far, the Department of Justice has not held anyone accountable.  Agent Brian Terry died on December 14, 2010 in a remote area of Peck Canyon in Arizona.  He was shot in the lower back and mortally wounded.  The guns found at the scene were linked to Operation Fast and Furious — to date, the Department of Justice has held no higher-ups accountable.

Issa, Grassley hammer White House for stonewalling on 'Fast and Furious' witness.  The Obama administration is stonewalling two lawmakers' requests to interview a former member of the National Security staff in connection with the failed Operation Fast and Furious gun-walking program, according to a March 28 letter obtained by The Daily Caller.  California Rep. Darrell Issa and Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley, both Republicans, requested a response by April 4 to their letter, which asks for an interview with Kevin O'Reilly, that former staffer.  But the White House, according to the letter, is blocking access to him.

Napolitano perjured herself to Congress in Fast & Furious testimony.  In her explosive new book Fast and Furious, Katie Pavlich makes the case that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano not only failed to stop an operation that led to the death of one of her own, Border Agent Brian A. Terry, but she may have also lied to Congress in sworn testimony at a hearing held to find out what really happened.

Darrell Issa: Fast and Furious Far From Over.  Entering the Edward Jones arena to an applauding audience at the NRA Annual Convention in downtown St. Louis Friday [4/13/2012], Congressman Darrell Issa made it clear his congressional investigation into the Operation Fast and Furious scandal isn't going away until the Obama Justice Department comes clean.

How The MSM Covered Up Fast and Furious.  In Katie Pavlich's devastating new expose of the Eric Holder Justice Department-approved Fast and Furious operation, Pavlich doesn't just expose the Obama administration.  She exposes the mainstream media for what they are:  tools of the Democratic Party, and of the White House.

Did someone mention suppressed news and pro-Obama media bias?

This is openness?  Image courtest Politico

Obama: 'Most transparent administration ever' meets Fast & Furious.  From the White House web site:  ["]My Administration is committed to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government.  We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration.  Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.["]  Here's an example of Obama's "unprecedented level of openness in Government."

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No More "Mr. Obama Is a Nice Guy".  As Townhall editor Katie Pavlich makes clear in her devastating new book, "Fast and Furious: Barack Obama's Bloodiest Scandal and Its Shameless Cover-Up," the president, his corrupt attorney general, Eric Holder, and their minions weren't "in over their heads."  They knew exactly what they were doing and have obstructed investigations into the bloody consequences of their policies ever since.  That's not "nice."  It's rotten to the core.

Fast & Furious Suspect Arrested & Released THREE times.  Yesterday [4/19/2012] Fox News revealed that the main suspect of Operation Fast and Furious was arrested and released three times.  Three times.  Two of those arrests happened in Phoenix, the origin of Fast and Furious.

Obama Should 'Remove Eric Holder' and 'Just Come Clean' on Fast and Furious, Says Rep. Steve King.  "If I were the president of the United States, I would find a way for Eric Holder to step down, and it would be characterized as a firing," Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) told Fox News on Thursday [4/26/2012].  King suggested it would be better for President Obama to fire Attorney General Holder rather than let the "Fast and Furious" gun-running scandal blow up in Obama's face right before the election:  "And as more of this unfolds — and I think there is substantially more — you remember that September 19 is kind of the date that bad things happen before elections," King said.

High-ranking DOJ official to resign amid Fast and Furious, Virgin Islands bribery scandals.  U.S. Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich plans to resign his position soon, as two different scandals rage on in which he has provided allegedly misleading information to Congress.  Weich, who has served as Attorney General Eric Holder's emissary in congressional communications, will become the next dean of the University of Baltimore School of Law in July, according to the National Law Journal.

The Editor says...
One can only speculate about what this man will teach students at the University of Baltimore School of Law.

Not a Flood but a Trickle.  The number of U.S. guns recovered at Mexican crime scenes is far lower than originally claimed by the Obama administration and spiked shortly after the conclusion of Operation Fast and Furious, according to data released by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms Thursday [4/26/2012].

Government's answer to "Fast and Furious" records requests: Blank pages.  For more than a year, CBS News has been investigating the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms' "Fast and Furious" operation and related cases that also employed the controversial tactic of "gunwalking."  With Justice Department officials refusing all interview requests to date, CBS News requested numerous public documents through the Freedom of Information Act.  So far, all of the requests that have been answered have been denied in part or in full.

Obama admin. let grenades walk in Fast and Furious, documents show.  In a shocking development in the Operation Fast and Furious investigation, documents show Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents allowed grenade parts to walk in addition to guns.  The emails also show Obama administration officials acknowledging that they may lose track of grenades but would still be able to accomplish their original objective even if the grenades explode.

Related story?
Huge Amount of Ammunition Found in Southbound Truck.  Members of a Kingsville task force pulled over a pickup truck today heading southbound on Highway 77 driven by a man who was pretty nervous.  It turns out he had a very good reason to be.  Officers used a fiber optic scope to check the gas tank and immediately found it was full of rifle ammunition. [...] Officials believe the driver was heading to Mexico.

Sharyl Attkisson continues to cover a story that most journalists don't want to talk about.
Republicans prepare contempt citation against Eric Holder over Fast and Furious.  House Republicans investigating the Fast and Furious scandal plan to pursue a contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder, senior congressional aides told CBS News.  The resolution will accuse Holder and his Justice Department of obstructing the congressional probe into the allegations that the government let thousands of weapons fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.  The citation would attempt to force Holder to turn over tens of thousands of pages of documents related to the probe, which has entered its second year.

10 Things That Would Be Happening Today If Obama's Policies Were Working.  [#5]  Mexican criminals are supposed to be in jail today because of Operation Fast and Furious.  Instead, the Obama Administration ended up putting guns that were used to kill more than two hundred Mexicans and an American citizen in the hands of Mexican cartels while Eric Holder may be about to face contempt charges because he refuses to cooperate with the congressional investigation.

Issa sends out draft contempt order against Holder, says 'Furious' response 'cannot stand'.  Republican Rep. Darrell Issa has circulated a lengthy pair of documents making the case for holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over his "refusal" to cooperate in an investigation of the ill-fated Fast and Furious operation.

Contempt Process Begins Against Holder on Fast and Furious.  Sharyl Attkisson at CBS News reports that Republicans on the House Oversight Committee will take the first formal step toward contempt proceedings against Attorney General Eric Holder over Operation Fast and Furious.  The draft consists of a briefing paper and 48 pages that will be distributed to Democrats and Republicans.

Few actions, minimal compliance from Holder on Fast and Furious subpoena.  A draft of a "contempt of Congress" citation House Republicans released on Thursday [5/3/2012] shows that Attorney General Eric Holder is still far from complying with a congressional subpoena over Operation Fast and Furious.  And even within the categories of the subpoena where his Department of Justice has taken some action, Holder's document production has been minimal.

Justice Department Disputes Fast and Furious Contempt Charge.  House Republicans are inching closer to issuing a contempt citation against disgraced Attorney General Eric Holder for scandals surrounding the Obama administration's deadly weapons-trafficking operation "Fast and Furious."  But in recent days, the Department of Justice implausibly insisted that it cooperated with the congressional investigation.  Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and other Representatives, however, disagree, saying the executive branch has been engaged in a cover-up from the start.

Filmmaker Mike McNulty on Giving Voters the Fast and Furious Facts.  The filmmaker behind the Oscar-nominated documentary "Waco: The Rules of Engagement" is gearing up to shed light on Operation: Fast and Furious.  Colorado-based Michael McNulty has been watching the media give scant attention to the scandal, one which involves U.S. letting arms cross into Mexico as part of an anti-gunning running probe and has GOP officials scrambling to get Attorney General Eric Holder to reveal all the information behind the matter.  Now, McNulty has had enough.

Obama threatens to veto DOJ budget because it blocks Fast and Furious gun control law.  President Barack Obama has threatened to veto a Department of Justice appropriations bill House Republicans passed because, among other things, it includes a provision that blocks a gun control rule passed in the wake of Operation Fast and Furious.  The Obama administration's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives wrote, and began implementing, a new rule that would require gun dealers in the four U.S. states that border Mexico to report sales of multiple semi-automatic rifles to the ATF.

Gowdy: Obama will fire Holder if Fast and Furious threatens his re-election.  South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, one of the most outspoken Congressional critics of the Operation Fast and Furious scandal, said Thursday [5/10/2012] that he thinks President Barack Obama may end up firing Attorney General Eric Holder before the election. [...] "I think that if he [Obama] believes that the Attorney General has become something of an albatross, and is impacting his ability to carry some swing states, Eric Holder will be in the private practice of law quicker than you say Marc Rich," Gowdy said.

Documentary on Fast and Furious Scandal in Production Phase.  An Emmy award-winning filmmaker has decided he cannot stay silent in the face of a massive cover-up by the media complex and the Obama administration.  The magnitude of the government's involvement in Operation Fast and Furious has roused documentarian Michael J. McNulty to stand up and call out the bad guys.  Attorney General Eric Holder will figure prominently in McNulty's feature length documentary, "Blood On Their Hands."

Boehner pushes Obama to make Holder comply with Fast and Furious subpoena.  [Scroll down]  Holder has failed to comply with House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa's Oct. 12, 2011, subpoena of him on Fast and Furious.  Holder has thus far failed to comply with all 22 categories of the subpoena that requires him to provide Congress with documents relating to Fast and Furious.  On 13 of the categories, Holder has provided no documents.  On the other nine subpoena categories, Holder is still far from compliant.

Film Exposing Fast and Furious Gun Scandal in the Works.  Tired of the media's lack of serious interest in addressing the explosive nature of the scandal, award-winning documentary maker Michael McNulty decided it was time to take action.  "The people that are charged in our society with finding the truth are the media, and they have failed miserably," he said in a recent video seeking support, offering to do the job that the press has so far largely refused to do.  The Colorado-based producer is hoping to raise almost $400,000 from supporters for the film to ensure that the truth about the U.S. government's blood-drenched operation is known to the world.

GOP freshmen press for contempt vote on Holder.  House conservatives, fearing that Republican leaders may try to avoid an election-year confrontation with the Obama administration, are insisting that House Speaker John Boehner press ahead with contempt of Congress charges against Attorney General Eric Holder over the Fast and Furious gun-running operation.  Five House Republican freshmen wrote to Boehner, R-Ohio, demanding that he schedule a vote on the contempt charges, something Boehner has so far resisted.

Holder refuses Fast and Furious interview request.  Attorney General Eric Holder has refused The Daily Caller's request for a sit-down interview on Operation Fast and Furious, the latest stonewalling effort by the Department of Justice over the scandal.  Because DOJ spokeswoman Tracy Schmaler has not answered TheDC's questions about Fast and Furious for months, TheDC asked her if Holder would do an interview on the subject.  "I'm going to decline your request," Schmaler said in response.

Attendees of Eric Holder event think Operation Fast and Furious is a movie.  Attorney General Eric Holder gave the keynote address at a meeting of the Congressional Black Caucus and the Conference of National Black Churches on Wednesday morning.  Following the speech, The Daily Caller asked attendees what they thought of Operation Fast and Furious...

Another congressman joins Fast and Furious charge against Holder as contempt proceedings loom on horizon.  California Republican Rep. Tom McClintock has joined scores of his House colleagues in pushing for Attorney General Eric Holder to be held accountable for his role in Operation Fast and Furious.  McClintock's signature on Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar's official House resolution of "no confidence" in Holder over Fast and Furious makes him the 129th House member to demand Holder's resignation, sign the resolution or both.  Presumptive GOP presidential nominee and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, three U.S. senators and two sitting governors join those members in demanding Holder's removal from the Department of Justice because of Fast and Furious.

Fast and Furious wiretap information obtained by Congress.  The lead House Republican investigating Operation Fast and Furious, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), today [6/5/2012] said senior Justice Department officials had specific information that their federal agents were using controversial "gunwalking" tactics.  Justice Department officials have consistently denied that was the case.  But today in a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Issa revealed that he has reviewed sealed wiretap applications in the case, which were signed off on the authority of Holder's Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer.

Issa: Wiretaps show 'immense detail' about questionable Fast & Furious tactics.  A House investigative committee said Tuesday [6/5/2012] it has obtained new information from wiretaps related to the Obama administration's Operation Fast and Furious that suggests high-ranking officials know more than they are telling Congress about the flawed weapons sting.

Holder ducks questions on who highest-ranking official with Fast and Furious knowledge was.  Attorney General Eric Holder again today would not answer who the highest-ranking Obama administration official was that had knowledge of Operation Fast and Furious and the gunwalking tactics it employed before Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was murdered.  Instead, when House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Lamar Smith pressed him directly during a House Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday [6/7/2012], Holder dodged giving a response.

Justice Dept. tries to cut Fast and Furious deal with Congress.  The Department of Justice told Republican House leadership in a Tuesday [6/5/2012] letter that it hopes to reach an agreement with congressional overseers on how much information about Operation Fast and Furious it is required to hand over.  Congressional Republicans have threatened to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for not fully complying with a 22-part subpoena served last October.

Fast and Furious: House Oversight has a 'mole' in the Justice Department.  Attorney General Eric Holder has always maintained that knowledge of these tactics did not reach the upper echelons of his department.  The revelation of documents shredding Holder's claims stirred some in the Republican leadership to begin taking the idea of filing contempt of Congress charges against the Attorney General more seriously.

Fast & Furious amnesia hits Attorney General Eric Holder during House testimony.  Attorney General Eric Holder frustrated his most fierce Capitol Hill accuser and other GOP lawmakers Thursday [6/7/2012] when asked about the Justice Department's Fast and Furious weapons sting and which high-ranking Obama administration officials knew about the botched operation.  Holder sidestepped questions by GOP Rep. Darrell Issa about whether he or other Justice Department officials had even started to pull together Fast and Furious documents requested in an October 2011 subpoena Issa sent the agency.

Ahead of Fast and Furious hearing, Issa tells Holder 'lead or resign'.  On Tuesday [6/5/2012], [Congressman Darrell] Issa announced that his committee had obtained evidence proving that senior Department of Justice officials approved the tactics used in Fast and Furious.  In a letter to Holder, Issa specifically said his committee has "obtained copies of six wiretap applications in support of seven wire intercepts utilized during Fast and Furious."  Those documents, he said, "show that immense detail about questionable investigative tactics was available to the senior officials who reviewed and authorized them."  Issa explained that the documents prove that Holder and other Justice Department officials in the Obama administration provided false statements to Congress.

Fast and Furious: Eric Holder's bizarre House Judiciary testimony.  The Attorney General still maintains he and his top deputies didn't know anything, can't remember anything, and have no intention of complying with lawful subpoenas from Congress.  Holder acknowledges that he's only turned over 7,600 of the 140,000 Fast and Furious documents he's sitting on, and that's about as good as it's going to get.  This did not sit well with the clearly exasperated Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who is chairman of the House Oversight Committee, and the lead House investigator into Operatin Fast and Furious.

Fast and Furious stonewall is working.  Yesterday [6/7/2012], AG Eric Holder evaded questions and continued his stonewall on the House Judiciary Committee subpoena for thousands of documents related to the Fast and Furious scandal, which has claimed the lives of two sworn federal agents and hundreds of Mexicans.  If he were a Republican AG, the news would dominate all media, with ABCNBCCBSCNNNYT all demanding to know what did the AG know, and when did he know it?  But because he is the first black Attorney General, and a Democrat, there is barely a peep beyond Fox News and the conservative media.

Holder admits Axelrod, White House helped Justice Dept craft Fast and Furious public relations strategy.  Attorney General Eric Holder admitted on Thursday [6/7/2012] that President Barack Obama's chief campaign strategist David Axelrod and the White House are helping the Department of Justice craft its messaging about Operation Fast and Furious.  "We [Holder, Axelrod and the White House] have certainly talked about ways in which we could deal with the interaction between the Justice Department and Congress — about ways in which we would," Holder said in questioning before the House Judiciary Committee.

Holder Claims Emails Using Words 'Fast and Furious Don't Refer to Operation Fast and Furious.  Attorney General Eric Holder claimed during congressional testimony today that internal Justice Department emails that use the phrase "Fast and Furious" do not refer to the controversial gun-walking operation Fast and Furious.

Whose side is Eric Holder on?  We should've known the country would be in for a rough ride with Holder at the helm of the Justice Department.  Even before he was attorney general, he argued in front of the Supreme Court that one of our most cherished rights — the right to keep and bear arms granted in the Second Amendment — did not apply to individual Americans, only to organized militias.  Tragically, his trepidation over possessing firearms seems to stop at the border, as his Justice Department signed off on arming drug cartels as part of the botched Fast and Furious scheme.  Holder contorted the Second Amendment to fit with his political views on gun possession, while turning a blind eye to the dangers of arming foreign criminals.

Issa, Boehner decline 'Fast and Furious' meeting with Holder until DOJ satisfies document subpoena.  Attorney General Eric Holder publicly asked House Speaker John Boehner, House oversight committee Chairman Darrell Issa and Sen. Chuck Grassley during a Tuesday morning [6/12/2012] hearing to meet with him one-on-one about Operation Fast and Furious.  But the leading congressional investigators said a House subpoena from October 2011 is still pending and the ball is in Holder's court.

Cornyn berates Holder in hearing, calls for his resignation.  Sen. John Cornyn lambasted Attorney General Eric Holder and called for his resignation Tuesday morning during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing.  Holder appeared before the committee to address questions about Operation Fast and Furious and alleged politically-motivated national security intelligence leaks.  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.

Eric Holder Shows Nothing But Contempt For The Truth In Fast And Furious Scandal.  A House committee has announced a June 20 vote on whether Attorney General Eric Holder is in contempt of Congress for withholding documents in the "Fast and Furious" scandal.  It can't happen soon enough.

Tricky 'Fast and Furious' probe is slow and furious.  [Attorney General Eric] Holder has been extremely vigilant attempting to stop states from doing things like enforcing laws against illegal immigrants and cleaning non-citizens and non-breathing people from voter registration lists.  But Holder's surprising defense as the chief law enforcement officer in the United States of America in charge of the entire Justice Department has been 'Gee, I really didn't know about Fast and Furious.'

House moving to hold Holder in contempt.  House Republicans said Monday [6/11/2012] that they will move to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt of Congress, escalating a separation-of-powers battle over Fast and Furious, the Obama administration's botched gun-walking operation.

Grassley wants 'somebody's scalp' over Fast and Furious.  Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking GOP Member Chuck Grassley said Tuesday evening that he wants "somebody's scalp" over Operation Fast and Furious — and he stopped just short of joining his congressional colleagues demanding Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation.  "The only thing I want out of this is somebody's scalp that approved this," Grassley told Fox News Channel's Greta Van Susteren in a Tuesday evening [6/12/2012] interview.

AG wants to deal after call for contempt vote.  A day after House Republicans scheduled a vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, the nation's top law-enforcement officer told lawmakers he wants to work out a deal over releasing documents related to the "Fast and Furious" probe.  A newly conciliatory Holder testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday [6/12/2012] that he is willing to compromise on some of the records the House Government and Oversight Committee has been demanding.

Eric Holder's Corrupt Agenda.  On Tuesday, [6/12/2012] the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced it was filing a lawsuit against Florida over the state's push to clean its voter roles of dead and foreign voters.  The move comes on the heels of Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA), the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, scheduling a vote by his panel on June 20th aimed at holding U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents in the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal.  While the corrupt practices of Holder's DOJ may finally be getting the attention they deserve, it is also becoming apparent that the department is not just degrading the principles of law and order to advance a radical leftist agenda — but to enhance president's Obama's re-election chances by any means necessary.

Eric Holder and Operation Stonewall.  In recent testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, a combative Attorney General Eric Holder strongly denied the Justice Department is engaged in a cover-up over its involvement in "Operation Fast and Furious," the failed gun-buying probe which led to the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and over 300 hundred Mexican citizens.  Instead, Holder said the 14-month congressional probe into the failings of Fast and Furious had devolved into nothing but a "political" effort intended to embarrass the Obama administration.

Holder agrees to give Issa internal emails on Fast and Furious, offers to meet.  Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday agreed to make what he called "an extraordinary accommodation" to Republicans investigating the botched "Operation Fast and Furious" by turning over department emails he has long insisted deal with internal deliberations and should be protected.  Holder is trying to head off a push by House Republicans to hold him in contempt of Congress for allegedly "stonewalling" their investigation.

Holder aide who erred on Fast and Furious leaves Justice Department.  The senior Justice Department official who sent a letter to a Republican senator falsely claiming that the department did not allow guns to be "walked" to drug smugglers in Mexico during the Fast and Furious investigation left the department Wednesday [6/13/2012] to become dean of the Baltimore School of Law.

NBC Nightly News Devotes Mere Seconds to First-Ever Mention of Fast and Furious.  In the eighteen months since the Operation Fast & Furious investigation began, Brian Williams and NBC Nightly News have never mentioned the Department of Justice's gunwalking controversy.  Every single time Mr. Holder has testified or a major development happened, NBC Nightly News ignored it.  Tonight [6/12/2012], in their first mention of the scandal — ever — NBC Nightly News and Brian Williams distorted Attorney General Eric Holder's testimony.

Senator calls for Holder's resignation amid challenges over leak probe, Fast and Furious.  Lawmakers' frustration with Attorney General Eric Holder over an ongoing security leak probe and the botched Fast and Furious gunrunning operation boiled over Tuesday, with a top Republican lawmaker calling on Holder to resign.  Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, made the call for Holder's resignation during a Senate hearing late Tuesday morning [6/12/2012].

Fast and Furious Breeds Contempt.  Will Attorney General Eric Holder be held in contempt [of] Congress?  It's a question that could be answered this week as lawmakers consider what would be just the fourth contempt action against a member of the executive branch in the last thirty years.  Janet Reno was the last attorney general to hold such a dubious distinction.

Border Patrol group calls for Holder's resignation.  The National Border Patrol Council, which represents all 17,000 of the agency's nonsupervisory agents, called Monday for the resignation of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. for his role in the botched "Fast and Furious" gunrunning operation that resulted in the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.  Council President George E. McCubbin III, a 25-year Border Patrol veteran, described Mr. Holder's actions in the case as "a slap in the face to all Border Patrol agents who serve this country," adding that the attorney general showed "an utter failure of leadership at the highest levels of government."

'Fast and Furious' whistleblower says he's 'disappointed' one year later.  More than a year after ATF Special Agent John Dodson first blew the whistle on the scandal known as Operation Fast and Furious, Dodson says he is "disheartened and disappointed" by the congressional investigation and Attorney General Eric Holder's handling of the botched gunrunning probe.

Is this the end of Eric Holder's games?  Bait-and-switch?  Or breath-taking chutzpah?  Either way, Eric Holder is in big trouble.  The embattled attorney general destroyed what little is left of his credibility yesterday afternoon when he failed to turn over 1,300 subpoenaed and unredacted documents in the Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal to House investigators led by Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).

Issa Gives Holder One Last Deadline Before Contempt Hearing.  Darrell Issa is going go ahead with holding Eric Holder in contempt of Congress on Wednesday, after the two sides couldn't come to a deal during a last minute meeting Tuesday evening [6/19/2012], unless he gets documents relating to the Fast & Furious program by 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Last-minute deal fizzles, Holder contempt vote still on tap.  Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. faces a contempt of Congress hearing Wednesday after refusing a last-minute compromise offer to turn over subpoenaed documents to a House committee investigating the botched Fast and Furious gunrunning operation.

Holder shows up empty-handed to Issa meeting, chooses path toward contempt of Congress.  House oversight committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa said Tuesday evening that his committee plans to move forward with contempt of Congress proceedings against Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday if he fails to produce promised documents before a scheduled 10 a.m. vote.

Contempt coming?  It appears at this point the scheduled Wednesday morning [6/20/2012] contempt of Congress vote for Attorney General Eric Holder is still on as the Department of Justice has not released promised Operation Fast and Furious documents by its deadline.

Senator Grassley:  "How can the President exert executive privilege over documents he's supposedly never seen?"
Eric Holder held in contempt of Congress.  Attorney General Eric Holder has been held in contempt of Congress by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  The vote, 23 to 17 along party lines, was expected after an eleventh hour meeting between Holder and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) Tuesday evening failed to produce documents relating to the controversial gun-walking operation, known as Fast and Furious.

Obama asserts executive privilege over 'Fast and Furious' documents.  President Obama on Wednesday asserted executive privilege over documents sought by a House committee in its investigation of the botched "Fast and Furious" operation.  The last-minute move came just before the start of a scheduled hearing by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on a contempt of Congress citation against Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who has refused since October to honor a committee subpoena seeking the documents.

Obama grants Holder request on 'Furious' documents as contempt vote looms.  Rep. Darrell Issa pressed ahead with a committee vote Wednesday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, despite an eleventh-hour move by President Obama to assert executive privilege over the Fast and Furious documents at the heart of the dispute.  The announcement touched off a caustic debate on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that lasted well into the afternoon, as Democrats accused Issa of prosecuting a "political witch hunt" and Republicans stepped up their criticism of Holder's "stonewalling" over the Fast and Furious probe.  Even for Washington, the tone at the hearing was decidedly bitter and accusatory.

White House grants executive privilege over Fast and Furious documents.  The showdown between the White House and key congressional Republicans over the administration's response to a controversial program that allowed guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartels kicked into high gear Wednesday.  President Obama granted Attorney General Eric Holder executive privilege on the matter, while the head of the House panel overseeing government conduct moved forward with proceedings to hold the nation's top law enforcement official in contempt of Congress.

White House withholds Fast and Furious files.  President Obama has taken the rare step of asserting executive privilege to withhold documents sought by lawmakers probing a botched US sting operation.  The attorney general is facing moves to hold him in contempt of Congress over the issue.  Justice officials said the privilege applied to files on how they learned of problems with Fast and Furious.

Sheila Jackson Lee blames Bush for Fast and Furious.  "This Fast and Furious debacle started under the Bush administration," Jackson Lee declared.  "And it is been evidenced by various reports that it started under the ATL office in Arizona unbeknownst to leadership in Washington DC, at least leadership that came in under the Obama administration in this instance, Eric Holder."  Attempts by Democrats to pin the Fast and Furious operation on Bush, however, don't stand.

Romney Campaign Says Obama Fast And Furious Decision "Another Broken Promise".  Romney Press Secretary Andrea Saul attacked President Barack Obama's decision to invoke executive privilege on documents pertaining to the Fast and Furious scandal requested by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.  "President Obama's pledge to run the most open and transparent administration in history has turned out to be just another broken promise," she said in a statement to BuzzFeed.

Executive Privilege Kicks Off Regular Season.  This new phase of the Fast and Furious scandal begins with Americans who had paid no attention to the scandal hearing the news today and asking, "what are they trying to hide?"  The new phase might possibly include members of the old media asking why the Most Transparent Administration in History, isn't.  Or, it might see them going all out to defend their president.

Rep. Gowdy Raises Voice in 6-Minute Diatribe Blasting Holder, Obama.  Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) blasted U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and his department in an impassioned speech during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee where lawmakers were discussing whether or not to charge the attorney general with contempt.  Gowdy — who raised his voice several times — argued the documents that have been made available indicate that senior level officials at the Department of Justice in Washington were aware about Fast and Furious before the death of Border Agent Brian Terry.

Issa: 'Our Purpose Has Never Been to Hold the Attorney General in Contempt'.  In a last-minute maneuver before a House panel voted on a contempt of Congress charge against embattled Attorney General Eric Holder, the Justice Department notified the House that President Barack Obama was invoking executive privilege to shield documents pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious.  House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) made the announcement in his opening remarks to the committee on Wednesday morning [6/20/2012].

Pollster Scott Rasmussen: Fast and Furious outcome depends on the media coverage.  Pollster Scott Rasmussen told The Daily Caller he thinks coverage in the mainstream media will ultimately be one of, if not the, single biggest factors in how the congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious moves forward, and whether Attorney General Holder keeps his job.  A new poll Rasmussen's polling firm released last week shows 40 percent — a plurality — of likely-to-vote Americans want Holder to resign.

Obama's Claim of Executive Privilege: It's Frivolous.  Holder's letter is a remarkable document.  Viewed from a strictly technical standpoint, it is a terrible piece of legal work.  Its arguments are weak at best; in some cases, they are so frivolous as to invite the imposition of sanctions if they were asserted in court.

Holder's "Extraordinary" Contempt.  And so we now know exactly what Eric Holder meant when he stated that he was ready to make "An extraordinary accommodation" to avoid a contempt of Congress vote in the house.  In an "extraordinary" meeting, at 5 pm EST yesterday, Holder arrived empty handed.  Congressman Issa, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee had instructed Holder to produce some 1,300 documents, emails and memos pertaining to subpoenaed documents related to the cover up of the Fast and Furious scandal.

Hiding Behind Executive Privilege.  President Barack Obama has long tried to distance himself from the "Fast and Furious" scandal at the Justice Department, which stems from a program under which Mexican drug cartels were allowed to acquire U.S. firearms that were later used against U.S. law-enforcement personnel.  By invoking executive privilege to stymie congressional investigation of the case, the president has placed himself squarely in the center of it.

Those Fast and Furious documents must be dynamite.  Even with his fawning press, [Presdient Obama] will pay a price for this one.  He knows this, meaning that the documents now to be withheld must be dynamite.  They have to show either that Holder knew what was going on with Fast and Furious and approved it, or that he directly committed perjury in his Congressional testimony, or both.

Obama's Executive Privilege Has The Stench Of Cover-Up.  The president illegally asserts executive privilege to protect an attorney general who's either a clueless political hack, malevolent or both, withholding answers of who is responsible for a Border Patrol agent's death.

Holder Will Lose Executive Privilege Fight.  President Obama's assertion of executive privilege to prevent Attorney General Eric Holder from complying with congressional subpoenas on the Operation Fast and Furious fiasco will blow up in the White House's face.  But not for the reasons you've heard on the first day of this legal fight.

Murdered Border Agent's Family Says President Obama 'Compounding This Tragedy'.  Terry family attorney Pat McGroder on Wednesday [6/20/2012] released the following statement from [Brian] Terry's parents Josephine Terry and Kent Terry Sr.:  "Attorney General Eric Holder's refusal to fully disclose the documents associated with Operation Fast and Furious and President Obama's assertion of executive privilege serves to compound this tragedy.  It denies the Terry family and the American people the truth."

Obama raises legal eyebrows with executive privilege claim.  President Obama could be on shaky legal ground with his assertion of executive privilege in a congressional investigation that has been going on for a year, according to scholars who study the limits of presidential power.  Louis Fisher, a former specialist on the separation of powers at the nonpartisan Congressional Research Service, said he found the administration's arguments "extremely unpersuasive."

Agents call for Holder's resignation.  An organization representing Border Patrol agents has called for the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder due to "Operation Fast and Furious."

Can Obama rewrite federal law?  Here we go again.  Is the Constitution merely a guideline to be consulted by those it purports to regulate, or is it really the supreme law of the land? [...] There is no intellectually honest argument to be made that the president can pick and choose which laws to enforce based on his personal preferences.  And it is a profound violation of the Constitution for the president to engage in rewriting the laws.  That's what he has done here — he has rewritten federal law.

The Fast and Furious scandal is turning into President Obama's Watergate.  Fast and furious hasn't been discussed a lot in the mainstream media, which is why the facts can seem so preposterous when you read them for the first time.  But the story is slowly unraveling and the public is catching up with the madness.  On Wednesday, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt over his decision to withhold documents related to the "gun walking" operation — documents that President Obama tried to keep secret by invoking executive privilege.  The question of why the Prez intervened in this way will surely hang over the investigation and the White House for many months to come.

Grassley: Obama's Actions Suggest Involvement in Fast and Furious Cover-Up.  Iowa Sen. Charles Grassley charged in an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV Wednesday that President Barack Obama's decision to invoke executive privilege in the bungled "Operation Fast and Furious" gun-running scheme could indicate that the president is involved.

Fast and Furious Goes Nuclear.  The Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal, largely downplayed by the mainstream media for months, can no long be contained.  President Barack Obama granted an eleventh hour written request by his embattled Attorney General Eric Holder and invoked executive privilege, withholding documents and communications by administration officials that occurred after Feb. 4, 2011.  Those communications have been subpoenaed by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), who had warned Mr. Holder that he would be held in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn them over.  On Wednesday [6/20/2012], Issa made good on his promise.

What's Bam hiding?  Obama asserted executive privilege Wednesday regarding House subpoenas for documents that might provide some clarity — subpoenas at which Holder & Co. have been thumbing their institutional noses for months.  Indeed, the privilege assertion comes 15 months after Obama claimed that neither he nor Holder knew about, to say nothing of authorized, the gun operation.  Holder himself testified in May 2011 that he'd only heard about the operation "in the last few weeks" — though memos later came to light that undermine that claim.

Eric Holder must surrender Fast and Furious documents.  [Scroll down]  Further raising eyebrows, in May 2011 Holder told the committee that he had first heard of the operation "over the last few weeks."  Later, the committee obtained Justice Department memos about Fast and Furious addressed to Holder dating from September 2010.  Issa is targeting why Holder didn't provide the straight goods sooner.  The question is a fair one and takes precedence over Obama's claim that DOJ deliberations over dealing with the committee probe are off-limits to Congress.

An Arrogant and Lawless Cover-Up.  Few principles are more important to our constitutional scheme than the separation of powers, which is precisely why President Obama's bogus assertion of executive privilege to thwart Congress' investigation into Fast and Furious is so inexcusable.

Grassley: WH must provide Congress with a 'privilege log' for Fast and Furious documents Obama's hiding.  On Thursday [6/21/2012], Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley ripped President Barack Obama for his assertion of the executive privilege to keep hiding Operation Fast and Furious documents from Congress.  Grassley said the White House must provide a "privilege log" detailing what documents Obama is exercising his power over, and what his legal argument for doing so is.

No kidding.
House committee suspects 'Fast and Furious' cover-up.  The House committee investigating Fast and Furious has received more than 7,600 documents from the Justice Department, but Republican lawmakers say none addresses who approved the gunrunning probe, who failed to stop it before a U.S. Border Patrol agent was killed and why department officials initially lied to Congress about it.  Now the panel has its sights set on an additional 1,300 pages of documents it believes will answer those questions and also expose a political cover-up at Justice.

Welcome to the Mainstream, Mr. Furious.  The Obama administration gun-running plot known as Operation Fast and Furious exploded into the mainstream this week with a dramatic series of motions that caught many Americans (those not familiar with the scandal) by surprise. [...] The movement may seem stunning to the American people if they have not followed the scandal closely, as the mainstream media has continued to refer to Operation Fast and Furious as a "botched law enforcement operation" for 18 months.  Evidence suggests, however, that the gun-running plot worked precisely as designed.

Furiouser and furiouser.  [Scroll down]  Full public disclosure on F&F would have been the best way to defuse this crisis long ago:  Whose idea was it?  How did it go so spectacularly awry?  Instead, the administration slow-walked document disclosures and invited more questions about who knew what and when.  Remember what then-acting ATF director Kenneth Melson told congressional investigators last year?  He said Justice was scrambling to protect its political appointees from taking the blame in the rapidly spreading scandal.

Brian Terry

Fast and Furious front and center.  The two most important words in the current Obama administration scandal aren't "Fast" or "Furious."  They are "Brian Terry."

America needs to get furious ... fast.  Attorney General Eric Holder's continued refusal to turn over "Fast and Furious" documents to House investigators — even in the face of being held in contempt by Congress — is another symptom of the disease of lawlessness that has been rotting our republic ever since President Barack Obama took office.  Moreover, Obama's decision to invoke "executive privilege" to hide these documents from the American people is a tacit admission that what the National Rifle Association has been saying since day one is true.  Namely, that the inconceivable crimes committed under operation "Fast and Furious" were designed to support the Obama administration's gun-control agenda.

Does Obama Know Who Brian Terry Is?  Well, this is what happens your son doesn't look like President Obama.  Now imagine the fury that would have followed if one of George W. Bush's press secretaries couldn't remember the name of a soldier who had died in Iraq.  Then again it is probably just as well that it was Carney who said "the family that you referred to".  If it was President Obama, he'd have probably called Terry a "corpseman".  Come to think of it, does President Obama even know who Brian Terry is?  Or for that matter Jaime Zapata?

A comparison of the media coverage of Cindy Sheehan's son vs. coverage of Brian Terry:
The Media, the Terrys, and Cindy Sheehan.  Without Sean Hannity and Fox News and a lone radio show in Philadelphia, the news of Brian Terry's parents and the death of their son — not to mention the Obama administration scandal that caused it — would have long ago vanished into the usual black hole of liberal disinformation and no information.

Fast And Furious Did Not Begin Under President Bush.  The president's spokesman confuses a "controlled delivery" operation known as Wide Receiver with the quite different Fast and Furious and couldn't even remember the name of the Border Patrol agent killed by it.

Time For Super PACs to Tell the Truth About Fast & Furious.  Forget about the media.  No amount of shaming will ever convince those moral illiterates to tell the full and complete story of Fast and Furious.  If you think Brian Williams and those who staff every other newsroom in this country went to journalism school to hold power accountable and inform the public, think again.  They entered media for one purpose and one purpose only:  to defeat the right and to further the leftist cause.

Fast and Furious: Follow the Ideology.  At PJTV, Bill Whittle makes the case that Fast and Furious was driven by Barack Obama's and Eric Holder's anti-gun ideology.  The case is, I think, a persuasive one, as no one has offered an alternative explanation of why the administration would deliberately facilitate the shipment of thousands of guns to Mexican drug cartels, with no effort to track them unless and until they were involved in the commission of crimes.  If the administration didn't intend that Mexicans be murdered with Fast and Furious weapons, then what was the point?

Obama and the Kingdom of the Concrete Skull.  If this account is true, we have an Administration which ran an illegal operation designed to further regulate and therefore diminish American citizens' constitutional right to bear arms; when the scheme resulted in the death of 200 Mexicans and at least one and possibly two U.S. agents, it lied repeatedly under oath about it; and the White House was involved in the efforts illegally to cover it up.

Hume on Fast and Furious: 'The scent of a cover-up is pretty strong'.  On this weekend's broadcast of "Fox News Sunday," Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume made the case that there could indeed be evidence that the Department of Justice is involved in a cover-up of operation-turned-scandal Fast and Furious.  Hume questioned the Obama administration's use of executive privilege to withhold documents pertaining to the program.  "I think the scent of a cover-up is pretty strong," Hume said.

Issa: 'Clearly a Cover-Up' on Fast and Furious.  U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa said the Justice Department's refusal to turn over documents related to a failed gun-smuggling operation was "clearly a cover-up" by Attorney General Eric Holder and the Obama administration.  "It was deny, delay and recuse," Issa, a California Republican, said on ABC's "This Week" of his panel's clash with the administration.

Voters Disapprove of Obama Blocking Release of Fast & Furious Docs.  Though the 2-to-1 margin is higher than I expected, there was little doubt President Obama's decision to invoke executive privilege to prevent the release of documents that might shed some light in the Fast and Furious scandal was a bad political move.  This is what makes the President's decision so troubling.  What's in those documents that makes paying the political price worth it?

Rep. Allen West: 'You Don't Invoke Executive Privilege Unless You Had Some Involvement in This Operation'.  Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) believes President Barack Obama's attempt to withhold executive branch documents from Congress by declaring executive privilege indicates that the Fast and Furious scandal may go beyond the Justice Department.  CNSNews.com asked West, "So you think this has been a cover up at the very highest level based on the president's interjection in this?"  West answered, "Well, absolutely."

Obama's Watergate.  By asserting executive privilege, Obama has blocked criminal consequences for Attorney General Eric Holder from any contempt of Congress resolution that may be passed.  More importantly (at least to him), Obama has successfully blocked the disclosure of the documents at least until the November election.  It is barely within the realm of possibilities that the courts will resolve the executive privilege claim to the F&F papers before then.

Lying liars and the 'furious' lies they tell.  Thus begins the fast and furious descent of President Obama.  Almost exactly 40 years to the day after burglars slipped into the Watergate complex, setting off a coverup that toppled a president, Mr. Obama on Thursday [6/21/2012] invoked executive privilege to shield documents about his administration's shockingly inept "gunwalking" program known as Fast and Furious.  That same day, the lies poured forth in the White House briefing room, delivered by the president's chief spokesman.

Washington's "Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians" for 2011.  The Fast and Furious operation by itself should have resulted in Holder's resignation, but it is the cover-up that has prompted serious calls for Holder's ouster.  On May 3, 2011, in a House Judiciary Committee hearing chaired by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX), Holder testified:  "I'm not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks."  Newly released documents show he was receiving weekly briefings on Fast and Furious as far back as July 5, 2010.  It appears Holder lied to Congress.  Unfortunately, when it comes to Holder corruption and abuse of office, Fast and Furious is just the tip of the iceberg.

ATF leader's email could be Fast and Furious smoking gun and Holder admitted Obama can't shield it.  A single internal Department of Justice email could be the smoking-gun document in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal — if it turns out to contain what congressional investigators have said it does.  The document would establish that wiretap application documents show senior DOJ officials knew about and approved the gunwalking tactic in Fast and Furious.  This is the opposite of what Attorney General Eric Holder and House oversight committee ranking Democratic member Rep. Elijah Cummings have claimed.

32 Grieving Parents with Absolute Moral Authority over Obama.  [Scroll down]  Which brings us to Mary and Amador Zapata, the parents of slain ICE agent Jaime Zapata.  Last week, the Zapatas filed a $25-million wrongful death claim against the government.  Jaime Zapata was ambushed in a roadside attack in Mexico in February 2011, while working for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.  Highly informed sources say that Zapata was investigating Fast and Furious at the time of his murder.

Issa to Obama: Either you're involved in Fast and Furious or your executive privilege claim is unjustified.  In a letter obtained by The Daily Caller, House oversight committee Chairman Rep. Darrell Issa pressed President Barack Obama directly on his assertion of executive privilege over documents related to Operation Fast and Furious.  "[Y]our privilege assertion means one of two things," Issa wrote to the president in a letter dated June 25.  "Either you or your most senior advisors were involved in managing Operation Fast & Furious and the fallout from it, including the false February 4, 2011 letter provided by the attorney general to the committee, or, you are asserting a presidential power that you know to be unjustified solely for the purpose of further obstructing a congressional investigation."

Issa escalates: Accuses Obama of involvement in Fast and Furious.  Rep. Darrell Issa threw down the gauntlet to President Obama in a letter to the president that accuses him of being involved in the Fast and Furious operation. [...] The February 4 letter is the key, of course.  It contains the statement by DoJ that they did everything in their power to prevent gunwalking, despite that being demonstrably untrue.

Obama, Story-Teller.  Last week, the president invoked executive privilege to prevent the release of administration documents related to the Fast and Furious operation.  All presidents on occasion use that tactic, but rarely after they have put themselves on record, as did Senator Obama just five years ago, damning the practice as a de facto admission of wrongdoing.  Does President Obama remember his earlier denunciation — or why he thought a special prosecutor was necessary to look into the Scooter Libby case, but not the far greater mess surrounding Eric Holder?

Issa's Right: Tougher Gun Laws [were the] Fast And Furious Goal.  The head of the House oversight panel suggests the real reason for the administration's invoking executive privilege in the Fast and Furious case is to hide proof that the operation was part of a push for gun control.

Fox News poll: More see cover-up than witch hunt in Fast & Furious fight.  A Fox News poll released Wednesday [6/27/2012] shows that 38 percent of voters think the fight over "Fast and Furious" is better described as a "cover up by the White House," while 32 percent say it is a "witch hunt by Congressional Republicans."  Twelve percent say it's both and 18 percent don't have an opinion either way.

Fortune Magazine Tries to Tell The "Truth" About Fast and Furious, Fails Miserably.  [Scroll down]  The guns sold during Fast and Furious didn't "eventually fall into criminal hands," they were put there intentionally as soon as ATF approved the sale of those guns to guys they knew were straw purchasers before they even walked through the door of the gun dealerships.  Not to mention, weapons were never seized until they were found at violent crime scenes; 1400 remain missing.

Boehner: The Administration Covered Up 'Lies That They Gave To The Congress'.  Asked if the upcoming House vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress is distracting from the focus on jobs, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said there are other things congress must deal with.  Including why the administration "covered up the lies that they gave to the congress."

Holder Deserves Contempt Slap For Fast And Furious.  The House vote to hold the attorney general in contempt is well-deserved for someone with a track record of incompetence and lying to Congress.  He serves and protects a president just as unworthy.

House holds Holder in contempt over 'Fast and Furious' documents.  The House on Thursday cited Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. for contempt of Congress in a historic vote weighted with political significance — though it does little to break the stalemate over his decision to withhold documents regarding the Justice Department's actions in a botched gunwalking operation.  The House voted 255-67 to hold Mr. Holder in criminal contempt in a vote that amounted to a political spanking for the attorney general and President Obama, underscored by the 17 Democrats who joined Republicans.

Obama Contributor, Who Helped Enact Assault-Weapons Ban, Ran 'Fast and Furious'.  Dennis K. Burke, who as a lawyer for the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 1990s was a key player behind the enactment of the 1994 assault-weapons ban, and who then went on to become Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano's chief of staff, and a contributor to Barack Obama's 2008 presidential primary campaign, and then a member of Obama's transition team focusing on border-enforcement issues, ended up in the Obama administration as the U.S. attorney in Arizona responsible for overseeing Operation Fast and Furious.

Justice Department Won't Prosecute Holder for Contempt.  After Congress found the nation's top law enforcement officer in contempt Thursday [6/28/2012], the Department of Justice quickly wrote a letter to House Speaker John Boehner informing him that it will not prosecute U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for withholding documents in a congressional investigation of the Fast and Furious gun walking operation.

Lew won't confirm or deny whether President Barack Obama involved in Fast and Furious cover up.  White House chief of staff Jack Lew on Sunday [7/1/2012] would neither confirm nor deny whether President Barack Obama himself is involved in the Operation Fast and Furious cover-up.  Appearing on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, Lew refused to answer when asked if Fast and Furious documents now protected by Obama's executive order detail consultations with the president himself.

Boehner: GOP ready to take Holder to court over Fast and Furious documents.  House Speaker John Boehner said the GOP would likely take the "Fast and Furious" case to federal court in the next several weeks, on the heels of the House voting to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.  "It needs to happen," Boehner (R-Ohio) said on CBS's "Face the Nation" Sunday [7/1/2012].  "The American people have a right to know what happened here."

Blood Money: Obama Contributor Ran Fast and Furious.  A campaign contributor who was an architect of the 1994 assault weapons ban was the mastermind behind the Fast and Furious operation that let guns walk into Mexico, including those that killed two U.S. agents.

Fast and Furious Noose Tightens Around Justice Department.  [Scroll down]  Indeed, in a letter to the Committee in March 2011 (about three months after Agent Terry's murder), the Justice Department falsely denied that gunwalking had even been used.  Holder subsequently "retracted" that falsehood.  Moreover, as the public began to be educated about the federal law's requirements for wiretapping applications, the Justice Department changed its story on that, too.  It began claiming that, while it is true the wiretap applications were reviewed by DOJ's office of enforcement operations, the Department's top political appointees only perused "summaries" of the applications — which, it was implied, did not allude to gunwalking.  Having worked on and supervised numerous wiretapping investigations in eighteen years as a federal prosecutor in New York, I found these claims implausible.

Grassley releases another document showing possible Fast and Furious cover-up.  In a letter Tuesday [7/3/2012], Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley pressed Attorney General Eric Holder for details about a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives memorandum that indicates his Department of Justice may have tried to cover up the gunwalking tactics that were at the heart of Operation Fast and Furious.

Issa, Grassley release details about Fast and Furious whistleblower retaliation, cover-up.  House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa and Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley are asking the Department of Justice's internal investigator to hold accountable anyone who retaliated against or threatened to retaliate against Operation Fast and Furious whistleblowers.

Justice unseals indictment charging 5 in Brian Terry's death.  The Justice Department unsealed an indictment Monday [7/9/2012] charging five people in connection with Border Patrol agent Brian Terry's death — a move that drew praise as well as skepticism from lawmakers laser-focused on the case.  The department, in unsealing the document, also announced a reward of up to $1 million for information leading to the arrest of four suspects who are still at large.

69% Want Obama to Come Clean on 'Fast & Furious'.  Among adults, not registered voters or likely voters, 53 percent approve of the U.S. House of Representatives holding "Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn over documents related to a program called Operation Fast and Furious."  Only 33 percent disapprove.  The CNN survey also found that only 34 percent thought House Republicans had "real ethical concerns," while 61 percent thought House Republicans did it to "gain political advantage."  (What political advantage is that?  Just how different is the level of "advantage" the House GOP has today compared to two weeks ago?)

DOJ charges five with Brian Terry's murder, FBI offers $1M reward for arrests.  Justice Department (DOJ) officials indicted five individuals for the death of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry — who was murdered by drug traffickers armed through Operation Fast and Furious — and a $1 million reward for information leading to their arrest.

'Fast And Furious' Shows GOP's Big Weakness.  Until someone can tell us otherwise, there is only one explanation for why President Obama's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives gave thousands of guns to Mexican drug dealers:  It put guns in their hands to strengthen liberals' argument for gun control.  Precisely because this is such a jaw-dropping accusation — criminality at the highest level of government to score a political point — Republicans refuse to make it.

RNC: Obama hasn't answered for Fast and Furious 'scandal'.  The Republican National Committee (RNC) hit Obama Friday for not taking more responsibility for the problems in his administration, saying that he's unfairly attacking GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's record as a chief executive of a private equity firm when he has "scandals" of his own.  "Obama says he is responsible for what happens under his watch, but won't answer for the scandals that have plagued his administration," said the RNC in an e-mail blast.

Taking Down the Second Amendment: The Connection between Fast and Furious and the Trayvon Martin Case.  [Scroll down]  "The number of guns that are used by the drug cartels against the police and the military — 90 percent of them come from America," Hillary Clinton declared later the same day [3/26/2009].  The number was too good to be true.  The report actually states that of about 30,000 firearms seized from criminals in 2008, the Mexican government submitted only 7,200 (25%) to the ATF.  The authorities knew or suspected that the rest came from their own military or police, or overseas suppliers.  Of the 7,200 weapons, only about 4,000 could be traced, and of these 4,000 about 3,480 (87%) originated in the U.S.  The real figure for guns seized from criminals in Mexico that could be traced to the U.S. is thus about 11.6%.  There is no other reasonable explanation for Fast and Furious except to improve on this dismal number.

Top Ten Things Obama Has Not Released. [#1]  Fast and Furious documents.  After months of stonewalling Congress, Attorney General Eric Holder asked President Obama to use executive privilege to conceal thousands of documents related to the deadly scandal — and Obama did just that.

Romney rips Obama over Fast and Furious 'hypocrisy'.  Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney lashed out Tuesday [7/17/2012] at President Obama for a lack of "transparency" in invoking executive privilege to withhold Operation Fast and Furious documents.  In a release headlined "Transparent Hypocrisy: Obama's Fast and Furious Broken Promises," Romney campaign spokeswoman Andrea Saul said: "President Obama's pledge to be transparent has turned out to be just another broken promise."

Napolitano Doesn't Know if Any 'Fast and Furious' Guns Were Apprehended.  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said her department has increased the seizure of weapons along the border, but she did not know if any of those weapons were seized from Operation Fast and Furious, the botched Justice Department program that allowed guns to flow to Mexican drug trafficking organizations.  When Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said his understanding is that not a single Fast and Furious gun was apprehended, Napolitano responded, "I just can't answer that.  I don't know."  The exchange occurred during a July 19 hearing of the House Judiciary Committee.

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The Reason We Care About the Fast and Furious Scandal.  The reason we care is very simple and straightforward.  Brian Terry was murdered.  The weapon used to murder him was made available by our Department of Justice.  To date no one has been held responsible.  The real question is not about why conservatives care so much about the situation.  The real questions is why do liberal media figures not?  Why do they act as if this isn't a big deal and it's just a political witch hunt?  What about Brian Terry?  What about his family?  The man was murdered!

Fast and Furious report: Gunwalking idea came from top Holder deputies in 2009.  A new congressional report explores how gunwalking, as it occurred in Operation Fast and Furious, appears to have had its "genesis" in the offices of Attorney General Eric Holder's top deputies.  The report also lays blame for Fast and Furious at the feet of five senior Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) officials.  Gunwalking describes a law enforcement operation in which law enforcement agents choose not to interdict or seize firearms they know were illegally bought by straw purchasers — in the case of Fast and Furious, representatives of Mexican drug cartels — with the goal of allowing them to penetrate further into a criminal conspiracy chain.

Deputy Director William Hoover resigns from ATF in wake of critical report.  ATF Deputy Director William Hoover has resigned, just days after a congressional report on Operation Fast and Furious sharply criticized him and four other ATF officials for the botched gun-trafficking operation.  Hoover officially retired from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Tuesday [7/31/2012], according to two senior ATF officials.

ATF official resigns after Issa, Grassley nail him in congressional Fast and Furious report.  The man who served as the deputy director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives during Operation Fast and Furious resigned on Tuesday, an agency spokesman told The Associated Press on Thursday.  William Hoover was one of the five ATF officials House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa and Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley singled out as responsible for Operation Fast and Furious.

The Hysteria In Mexico Caused By Fast & Furious.  [Scroll down]  La Familia used Fast & Furious guns to take down a police helicopter.  The cartel shot down the helicopter, injuring two officers.  A raid by the Federal Police on La Familia left 11 dead and arrested 36 others.  They found massive artillery, including several guns from Fast & Furious.  The Oversight Committee's July 26, 2011 report gives at least 48 separate recoveries involving Fast & Furious weapons.  A letter from the DOJ to Chairman Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley on September 9, 2011 gives in depth details on a few of those recoveries.

Why Obama Thought Going Toxic Was a No-Lose Strategy.  Obama may be enamored of false flag operations.  In Fast and Furious, the Obama administration allowed Mexican cartel members to buy automatic weapons.  The objective was to make it appear, as Hillary Clinton had previously said, that the violence in Mexico was the result of liberal gun policies in America, thereby providing a rationale for restricting the rights of American gun owners.  In the latest case, a PAC supporting Obama has run a horrendously evil ad.  Obama had every reason to believe that his connection to the ad would be hidden by the media because the media has refused to report on what really happened in Fast and Furious.

Report: Drug cartel used Fast and Furious weapon in failed assassination plot.  This new information comes on the heels of the release of a lengthy congressional report into Fast and Furious from House oversight committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa and Sen. Chuck Grassley.  That report — the first of three — named five Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives officials Grassley and Issa believe are ultimately responsible for Fast and Furious.  On the same day of the report's public release, one of those officials — former deputy ATF director William Hoover — resigned his position.

Looming report to hit at peak political time.  The Justice Department's lead internal investigator is finalizing his much-anticipated report on Operation Fast and Furious, which lawmakers and whistleblowers alike hope will bring final answers and accountability over the botched gun-running probe.  And while whistleblowers who spoke to Fox News predict an "all-encompassing" and "accurate and fair" account in the report, some believe Inspector General Michael Horowitz's account may ultimately become political Play-Doh, with each side shaping it to their liking or pounding it as unreliable.

'Fast and Furious' Fallout at Your Local Gun Shop?  Have you bought a gun at a licensed federal firearms dealer in the past week or two?  If you have, you probably got as hitched up by the paperwork as I did today, as I bought a Weatherby Vanguard Series 2 in .243 for my 11-year-old son.  You may have noticed a change on Form 4473, the requirement of our federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms before you can legally buy a gun from a licensed dealer.

GOP sues to force Obama compliance on Fast and Furious.  A civil lawsuit filed Monday [8/13/2012] by House Republicans asks a federal court to enforce a congressional subpoena of Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in his refusal to turn over documents sought in an investigation by a House committee into the failed Fast and Furious gunrunning operation.

House Oversight Committee files contempt suit against Holder.  Republican lawmakers leading a congressional investigation into Operation Fast and Furious have filed a lawsuit in federal court urging a judge to compel the Justice Department to turn over documents related to the botched gun-running probe.  In the lawsuit, lawyers representing House Republicans said Attorney General Eric Holder's "intransigency" and "contumacious refusal" to comply with a House subpoena have prevented congressional investigators from determining whether the Justice Department intentionally tried to obstruct their investigation.

House Oversight Committee to file contempt suit against AG Eric Holder.  CBS News has learned that the House Oversight Committee expects to file a civil contempt suit against Attorney General Eric Holder Monday [8/13/2012].  The lawsuit is to try to force Holder to release documents from the Fast and Furious gunwalking operation.

Barack Obama — A Transparent Fraud.  The Obama Administration's lack of transparency is easily seen in its handling of Fast and Furious.  Finding out who knew what and when has been the objective of the questions from Darrell Issa, the Chairman of the House Oversight Committee.  But the Obama Administration, including the Attorney General and the president have stalled and equivocated, refusing to provide congress with the complete documents requested, preferring a contempt of congress charge rather than reveal their role in an ill thought, incompetently executed scheme that provided almost 2,000 guns to drug cartels in Mexico.

Pelosi: Civil Contempt Lawsuit Against Holder About Vote Suppression.  Fast & Furious was a gun walking scheme set in place by the government.  It caused numerous guns to walk into the hands of Mexican drug cartels, resulting in the deaths of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and 300+ Mexicans.  There are still 1,000+ guns missing.  They're also linked to numerous other crimes in Mexico.  It has nothing to do with anyone's right to vote.

Turn over Fast & Furious papers.  Mr. Holder and President Barack Obama contend the documents are protected by executive privilege.  That position, however, doesn't make sense, John Eastman told us; he's a professor at Chapman University's law school.  The House is asking for Justice Department communications.  "But the White House is adamant it had no involvement in those communications," he said.  "Which makes claiming executive privilege odd.  They're claiming executive privilege for something they weren't involved in."  Mr. Eastman added that the matter could be decided quickly "because this is purely a legal issue that would not require extensive legal arguments."

'Fast and Furious' ATF Official Granted Paid Leave to Take 6-Figure Job at JP Morgan.  The long-awaited inspector general's report on the Justice Department's botched gun-running scheme is finished, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said on Wednesday [8/22/2012].  But along with that news comes more questions:  Issa and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) are demanding to know why a top ATF official involved in Operation Fast and Furious remains on paid leave from ATF — while simultaneously drawing a six-figure salary from J.P. Morgan, a major investment bank.

Exclusive: Fast and Furious IG report slams ATF Phoenix personnel.  The Inspector General (IG) draft report on Fast and Furious heaps blame on the Phoenix-based staff of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) according to those familiar with the document. [...] Those familiar with the contents say ATF Phoenix officials shoulder much blame, including then-Special Agent in Charge Bill Newell, the lead Fast and Furious case agent Hope MacAllister, and group supervisor David Voth.

Grassley: Federal judge should overturn Obama's Fast and Furious executive privilege claim.  Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley told The Daily Caller that if a federal judge doesn't overturn President Barack Obama's assertion of executive privilege over Operation Fast and Furious documents, it'd be the worst abuse of the presidential secrecy power in its history.  "Well, if he [a federal judge] doesn't [overturn Obama's executive privilege assertion], it's going to be the most sweeping abuse of executive privilege in the history of executive privilege," Grassley said in an interview Tuesday [8/28/2012] at the Republican National Convention.

Fast and Furious: Prosecutions Coming?  House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa indicated on August 23 that the five Department of Justice officials the committee held responsible for Operation Fast and Furious may face criminal charges.  Speaking with Greta Van Susteren of Fox News, Issa discussed allegations that Deputy Assistant ATF Director William McMahon was "double-dipping," drawing both a full-time salary from the ATF and a second full-time, six-figure salary from J.P. Morgan.  The arrangement is suspicious, considering the controversy over McMahon's role in Fast and Furious and the ATF's persecution of whistleblowers who sought similar arrangements.

Mexico arrests suspect in Fast and Furious killing.  Mexican federal police announced Friday [9/7/2012] that they have arrested a suspect in the killing of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, the slaying at the center of the scandal over the botched U.S. gun-smuggling probe known as Operation Fast and Furious.

Mexico arrests suspect in Fast and Furious killing of Brian Terry.  Mexican federal police announced Friday [9/7/2012] that they have arrested a suspect in the killing of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, the slaying at the center of the scandal over the botched U.S. gun-smuggling probe known as Operation Fast and Furious.  Jesus Leonel Sanchez Meza is one of the five men charged with killing Terry in December 2010 during a shootout in Arizona near the Mexico border.

Long-awaited 'Furious' report places blame on ATF, Justice.  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.

Expect Nothing from the DOJ IG Report on Fast and Furious.  It has been amusing watching all the anticipation about the release of the Department of Justice Inspector General's report on Fast and Furious.  Some folks in Washington actually think that it will be the key that unlocks the door to the scandal.  Balderdash.  I've watched defective report after defective report come from the Justice Department internal affairs units.  In the end, they always protect the institution, unless of course conservatives are in the cross hairs.  If you think that the Inspector General's report on Fast and Furious will awaken the nation when it is released next week, you better hit the snooze bar and sleep in.

Fast & Furious Guns Found in Colombia.  Authorities have found guns from Operation Fast and Furious in Columbia in August.  They were confiscated in a raid on "Oficina de Envigado" leader Ericson Vargas, known as "Sebastian."  "Two rifles that were seized in February with 'Frank', the brother of Sebastian also are part of the tracking operations of the ATF, the same as 14 Five-seven guns we have found in several raids," an anonymous high-ranking source within Colombia's National Police said.

Trashing the Constitution.  Constitution Day is Monday, Sept. 17, so I compiled a non-exhaustive list of the ways Barack Obama has violated the Constitution. [...] [For example,] Stonewalling on Fast and Furious.  The Justice Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives "walked" more than 2,000 firearms to drug gangs across the border to Mexico.  U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed, along with at least 100 Mexicans.  The administration has shown contempt for Congress, and Mr. Holder denied knowing about the debacle despite evidence indicating otherwise.  This is not "faithfully" executing the law or defending America's sovereign borders.

What Does It Take to Get Fired In the Obama Administration?  The Department of Justice released its long-awaited report on Fast and Furious Wednesday [9/19/2012].  That report acknowledge that Fast and Furious was a monumentally idiotic operation, but it let Attorney General Eric Holder off the hook.  It singled out three of his closest lieutenants, Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, acting ATF chief Ken Melson and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein.  According to the report, none of those three informed Holder that the operation was happening, even after it had been implicated in the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.  None of those three, or any of the other 11 officers implicated, have been fired.

Grassley on Gun-Walking Report: 'Still Don't Know the Full Extent of White House Involvement'.  At first glance, the Justice Department Inspector-General's report on Operation Fast and Furious "reaffirms virtually everything" that Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) have already reported, Grassley said on Wednesday [9/19/2012].  But, the senator added, "We still don't know the full extent of any White House involvement because they refused to be transparent and provide documents requested by the Inspector General."

Eric Holder's exoneration by Fast and Furious report strains credibility.  The initial headlines shouted that the IG report had exonerated Holder.  That's one interpretation.  But the portrait the report paints of Holder's management is deeply disturbing.  Time and again, information and warnings about the operation's enormous risks flow from Arizona to Washington ... and suddenly, mysteriously, stop just short of Holder.

Fast and Furious: Justice Department report faults 14 officials.  Fourteen federal law enforcement officials — from field agents in Arizona to top managers in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Justice Department in Washington — created a "significant danger to public safety" under Operation Fast and Furious, an investigative report found.

Quayle on Fast and Furious report: Holder 'lied to my face' during House testimony.  Arizona Republican Rep. Ben Quayle told The Daily Caller that Attorney General Eric Holder gave him false testimony under oath about Operation Fast and Furious wiretap application documents during a June 7 House Judiciary Committee hearing.  Quayle said the Department of Justice's inspector general report proves that Holder lied to him while under oath during the hearing.

Management failures cited in 'Fast and Furious' report.  The long-anticipated 471-page report cites "errors in judgment and management failures" on the part of officials at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives headquarters in Washington and in the Phoenix field office, and says "questionable judgments" by Justice Department officials in Washington marred the department's response to Capitol Hill inquiries.

One scapegoat will not suffice.
Key Holder deputy resigns as inspector general releases Fast and Furious report.  The Department of Justice's inspector general released its internal investigation into Operation Fast and Furious on Wednesday afternoon [9/19/2012], and senior DOJ official Jason Weinstein resigned as it was released.  The 512-page report grills Attorney General Eric Holder and his inner circle at DOJ, and excoriates the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives for Fast and Furious.

Parents of slain border agent slam DOJ report.  The parents of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent killed with a gun sold in the government's botched "Fast and Furious" gunrunning investigation aren't happy with a Justice Department Inspector General's report.  Agent Brian Terry's father calls the report a cover-up to keep Attorney General Eric Holder from being blamed.

Fast And Furious Whitewash: Holder Exonerated.  The report our attorney general used to justify withholding evidence of who was responsible for the administration program that led to the deaths of two U.S. agents is out.  It delivers more scapegoats than answers.

Obama slammed on Fast and Furious in Spanish-language TV interview.  Interviewers on the Spanish-language television network Univision grilled President Barack Obama about the Operation Fast and Furious scandal plaguing his administration in an interview Thursday [9/20/2012]. [...] "I think that up to 100 Mexicans might have died and also American agent Brian Terry.  There's a report that 14 agents were responsible for the operation but shouldn't the attorney general, Eric Holder, he should have known about that and if he didn't, should you fire him?"  Obama responded with similar talking points his administration has used time and again.

Obama: Holder 'has my complete confidence'.  President Obama said today an inspector general's report exonerated Attorney General Eric Holder of involvement in the "Fast and Furious" fiasco[.]  "I will tell you that Eric Holder has my complete confidence because he has shown himself to be willing to hold accountable those who took these actions," Obama said during an Hispanic issues forum in Coral Gables, Fla.

Holder's not in the 'Furious' clear.  Even if we put the best possible face on the Inspector General's report about the "Fast and Furious" gunwalking scandal — and assume that embattled Attorney General Eric Holder knew nothing, nothing about a cockamamie operation that funneled thousands of American guns to murderous Mexican drug cartels until very late in the game — we're still left with one stunning conclusion:  Why [...] not?  He certainly should have known, and it's still possible that he did.

President Obama Falsely Claims Fast and Furious Program "Begun Under the Previous Administration".  In actuality, the Fast and Furious program was started in October 2009, nine months into the Obama presidency.  Previous programs involving ATF agents allowing guns to "walk" across the border so as to trace them were run during the Bush presidency, but not this particular "field-initiated program."

'Fast and Furious' Whitewash by Justice Department.  [Scroll down]  There may be deeper motives for allowing these guns to walk into Mexico that remain unaccounted for.  Is it possible that allowing an infusion of firearms to go into Mexico was intended to provoke an explosion of gun violence, thus prompting domestic politicians to call for sweeping new restrictions on our rights?  The report is silent on this count.

The Untold Story Behind The "Fast and Furious" Scandal.  A person familiar with the recent congressional hearings called Univision's findings "the holy grail" that Congress had been searching for.

Univision: The untold story of what 'Fast and Furious' wrought in Mexico .  When a journalist for Univision asked President Obama last week why he hasn't fired Attorney General Eric Holder over the "Fast and Furious" gun walking fiasco, the reporter, it turns out, had an inside scoop that added urgency to the question.

The Untold Story Behind the "Fast and Furious" Scandal.  Often lost amid the rancor in Washington are the stories of dozens of people killed by guns that flowed south as part of the undercover operation, and later slipped out of view from U.S. officials.  Univision's Investigative Unit (Univision Investiga) has identified massacres committed using guns from the ATF operation, including the killing of 16 young people attending a party in a residential area of Ciudad Juárez in January of 2010.

Univision To Air Fast & Furious Special.  [Scroll down]  The most well known Mexican victim is Mario Gonzalez Rodriguez, a prominent Chihuahua City lawyer.  His sister was Patricia Gonzalez Rodriguez, who at the time was the Attorney General of Chihuahua.  His body was found in a shallow grave on November 5, 2010.  A few days later, the police had a shoot out with cartel members and seized sixteen weapons.  Two of the AK-47s were linked to Fast & Furious.

Univision Breaks New Details of Obama Admin's Fast and Furious Cover-Up.  On Sunday night, Spanish-language station Univision — one of the only networks to provide critical coverage of President Obama's failures in office instead of cream-puff interviews — broke open the Fast and Furious investigation, revealing new evidence of weapons smuggling and displaying shocking new images of the bloody aftermath of the government-supported gun-smuggling program.  The Univision report undermines the integrity of the recently released DOJ inspector general report on Operation Fast and Furious, already heavily criticized as an attempt to whitewash criminal activity within the Obama administration.

National Pro-Immigrant Group Demands Obama Fire Eric Holder.  National pro-immigrant group Cafe Con Leche Republicans today reacted to Univision's bombshell news report about 'Fast and Furious' which aired Sunday night.  Bob Quasius, President, stated:  "President Obama promised the most transparent administration in history.  We've watched with dismay as the 'fast and furious' scandal unfolded.  With last night's bombshell revelations by Univision of dozens of murders in Mexico, it is obvious this scandal is unparalleled in American history.  Worst of all is the cover-up by Eric Holder, far worse than Watergate.

Obama, supporters lying to us.  [Scroll down]  We can then move on to Fast & Furious, which the administration has been stonewalling for two years.  Hundreds of guns were allowed to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels and the result has been the slaughter of hundreds, possibly thousands, of innocent Mexicans, including the death of Border Patrol Officer Brian Terry.  Once again, the spin doctors have been trying to sell the version that the program was started under the previous administration, like everything else the present administration has failed at.  However, the program they point to was ended two years before President Obama's administration came to power.

A Guide to the Obama Administration's Five Major Scandals for Mainstream Media Dummies.  Scandal 1:  Fast and Furious. [...] Beyond the body count, there lingers the question:  Just what did the administration hope to accomplish by letting guns get into the hands of drug cartel operators without tracking those guns adequately?  The intrepid reporter can surely run down all kinds of angles and avenues just by seriously asking that single question.  Instead of asking that question, though, the mainstream media has picked up its shovels and helped Obama and Eric Holder bury all those Fast and Furious casualties in a hole quite a bit deeper than six feet, known as the Memory Hole.

57 Previously Undiscovered Fast and Furious Guns Used in Mexican Crimes.  Fifty seven previously unidentified firearms linked to Operation Fast and Furious were recovered in sites associated with murders, kidnappings, and at least two gruesome massacres.  Univision News obtained the list of Fast and Furious weapons and a list containing almost 60,000 recovered firearms compiled by Mexico's Secretaría de la Defensa Nacional (SEDENA).

Univision Exposes Fast and Furious' Rising Body Count.  A Univision special documents how weapons provided by the administration to Mexican drug cartels repeatedly have taken a deadly toll as families on both sides of the border wait for true answers and accountability.

Mark Levin: Media Racist For Not Reporting Fast & Furious.  "It's my contention right now that these white, liberal media outlets are racist based on the priorities of what they cover and what they don't cover."  So said conservative talk radio host Mark Levin in Monday's opening monologue about the media's refusal to cover Mexican homicides associated with the Obama administration's failed "Fast and Furious" program as well as countless black murders in Chicago.

WH Aide Involved in Fast and Furious Was 'Suddenly' Transferred to Iraq; Issa Threatens Subpoena.  Kevin O'Reilly, a member of the White House National Security Staff who regularly communicated about Operation Fast and Furious with the Arizona-based ATF agent responsible for running the operation that allowed guns to flow to Mexican drug cartels, was suddenly transferred out of the White House and into Iraq in July 2011.  The transfer took place shortly after the ATF agent had testified in the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the White House had provided the committee with a series of emails that O'Reilly and the agent had exchanged while Fast and Furious was underway.

Mexican Teenagers Killed with Fast and Furious Weapons.  Confirmed: Weapons from Fast and Furious were used to gun down teenagers at a birthday party in Mexico in January 2010.  As news breaks that 57 more Fast and Furious weapons have been found in Mexico, it is also being confirmed that some of those weapons were used to slaughter 14 Mexican teenagers and wound 12 more near Ciudad Juarez.

Mexican Officials: 3 Weapons Used in 2010 Massacre Are Connected to Fast and Furious.  The Mexican Attorney General's Office (PGR) has confirmed that three guns linked to Operation Fast and Furious were used in the massacre of 15 teenagers in Villas de Salvarcar, Ciudad Juarez, on January 30, 2010, according to the Mexican newspaper Reforma.  Citing unnamed officials, Reforma, one of Mexico's most influential newspapers, reports that several government agencies are currently investigating the massacre and other violent crimes connected to Operation Fast and Furious.

I am furious over this.  Where is the American media that have failed in their responsibility to be the watch dog of irresponsible and illegal government activities?  They are missing in action and thereby have failed in their responsibility not only to the people of America but also to the Republic that entrusted them with watching over it.  Credit surely must be given to Univision for its in-depth and comprehensive reporting on a disastrous, ill-conceived and probably illegal program.

Fast and Furious: The whistleblower gets canned.  Fox News reports that "Fast and Furious" whistleblower Vince Cefalu has been fired from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms after 25 years of service.  He said he was "served his termination papers Tuesday in a Denny's parking lot in South Lake Tahoe, California."  This development doesn't really come as a surprise to Cefalu, although it probably raised eyebrows among the staff at Denny's.

Justice seeks dismissal of Fast & Furious suit.  The Justice Department is seeking dismissal of a lawsuit by the Republican-led House demanding that Attorney General Eric Holder produce records about the botched law enforcement probe of gun-trafficking called Operation Fast and Furious.

Mexico Atty Gen Marisela Morales: Obama Involved in Fast and Furious.  Mexico's Attorney General Marisela Morales said Operation Fast and Furious was "an attack on Mexicans' security."  I'd like to tell her that her Mexican nationals here illegally are an attack on America's security, but that's another story.  She also allegedly said Obama is more involved in Fast and Furious than top officials admitted in their sworn statement.

Accomplice Media, Three Years Later.  Fast and Furious should have been enough.  The Accomplice Media managed to keep details of this deadly political plan under the radar for a very long time, and when they were forced to discuss the matter, they managed to change the conversation from, "this was a cynical political ploy to bolster anti-Second Amendment support" to, "this was a covert operation that didn't work as intended". [...] The Accomplice Media was successful in their insertion of the word, "botched".  The general American public ate it from their spoon without comprehending that the only thing that was botched was the fact that the Obama administration got caught red-handed.

Report: Fast and Furious a product of DOJ 'deliberate strategy' laid out by Eric Holder, other senior Obama officials.  The latest congressional report on Operation Fast and Furious found that the gunwalking-program-turned-scandal was the result of a "deliberate strategy created at the highest levels of the Justice Department aimed at identifying the leaders of a major gun trafficking ring." [...] That "deliberate strategy," congressional investigators argue, sprang from "a series of speeches about combating violence along the Southwest border" that Attorney General Eric Holder delivered shortly after taking office.

Report: Operation Fast and Furious Part of DOJ 'Deliberate Strategy'.  The latest congressional report on Operation Fast and Furious revealed that the highest levels of Eric Holder's Justice Department were involved in creating a "deliberate strategy" to take down leaders of Mexican drug cartels.

Report: Mexican Cartel Bought Guns From U.S. Border Patrol.  The testimony of a Mexican hitman turned government witness has revealed some astonishing details of life inside Mexico's criminal underworld.  Most astonishing of all:  claims that cartel assassins obtained guns from the U.S. Border Patrol.

ATF Takes Action Against Agents Involved In Fast and Furious.  Top ATF officials involved in Operation Fast and Furious had their government security clearances revoked and others were fired, demoted, or transferred.

Fast and Furious guns found in New Mexico.  So far (and as far as we know), more than 300 Mexicans and two US federal officers have been killed by these weapons.  And now they're showing up in New Mexico. [...] Keep something in mind:  Richard Nixon lost the presidency because of the Watergate scandal, but at least President Nixon did not have blood on his hands.

Holder's Chief of Staff to Resign After Critical Fast and Furious Report.  Attorney General Eric Holder's chief of staff, Gary Grindler, plans to resign his post at the Department of Justice on Wednesday [12/5/2012].  Grindler was directly involved in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal.

Fast & Furious firings coming: WSJ.  Very quietly, the efforts to find accountability on Operation Fast and Furious have begun to produce at least some low-level results.  The Wall Street Journal reported last night that an internal review has recommended firings and demotions for several figures in the Department of Justice involved in the program that sent thousands of weapons over the southern border and into the hands of drug cartels, resulting in hundreds of murders.

Firings Set Over 'Fast and Furious'.  Four senior managers who oversaw the ill-fated federal gun-trafficking probe called "Fast and Furious" will be fired if recommendations from a disciplinary panel are accepted.

A "Fast and Furious" culprit resigns from Justice Department.  Gary Grindler, Attorney General Eric Holder's chief of staff, has resigned from the Justice Department effective tomorrow [12/5/2012].  Grindler leaves after less than two years in that position.  Grindler oversaw the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which led "Fast and Furious," the failed and criminally stupid "gun-walking" operation that allowed Mexican cartels to obtain hundreds of illegally purchased weapons.

ATF Fires Managers over Fast and Furious, Obama and Holder Get Off Scot-Free.  On Tuesday [12/4/2012], the Wall Street Journal reported that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Professional Review Board recommended the firing of four senior officials involved in the Obama administration's gun-walking program.  Fast and Furious commenced in 2009 and eventually led to the deaths of agents Brian Terry and Jaime Zapata and hundreds of Mexican citizens.  In addition to the high-level managers, two ATF employees were also cited for disciplinary actions.

Progress visible on Fast and Furious.  Two years after bandits killed U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, visible progress has finally occurred in the criminal cases and internal investigations that exploded afterward.  This week, the straw purchaser of two AK-47-style rifles found at the scene of Terry's death, west of Rio Rico, was sentenced to almost five years in prison.  Jaime Avila Jr. was one of seven defendants from the original Operation Fast and Furious sentenced this week.

While Obama Lectures Us On Responsibility Regarding Guns...  Brian Terry family sues ATF officials in Fast and Furious. [...] How about we start this "responsible gun ownership" stuff at the top?

CBS News: 'Fast and Furious' Gun Found At Site Where Mexican Beauty Queen Killed.  A gun found at the scene of a shootout between a Mexican drug cartel and soldiers where a beauty queen died was part of the botched "Fast and Furious" operation, CBS News reports.  Authorities had said that Maria Susana Flores Gamez was likely used as a human shield and that an automatic rifle had been found near her body after the Nov. 23 shootout.  Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, tells CBS News that the Justice Department did not notify Congress that a Fast and Furious firearm was found at the scene in Sinaloa.

'Before banning our guns, recover the ones your BATF sent to Mexico'.  "Before asking Congress to ban our firearms, President Obama should order his Justice Department to get back all the guns his administration allowed to be walked into Mexico under Operation Fast and Furious," the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms said today.

House Dems call for dismissal of contempt lawsuit against Holder over Fast and Furious.  The ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform filed an amicus brief Wednesday [12/19/2012] asking for dismissal of the contempt lawsuit brought by House Republicans against Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in the botched "Fast and Furious" gunrunning investigation.

Special provisions allow 'Fast and Furious' gunrunning lawsuit to continue.  Rep. Darrell E. Issa, California Republican and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, praised on Friday [12/28/2012] the inclusion of special provisions in the proposed 113th Congress rules package that will keep in place legal obligations on Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and others at the Justice Department as a result of "Fast and Furious" subpoenas issued in the 112th Congress.

Was Fast and Furious Really About U.S. Supporting A Drug Cartel?  Does America have it all wrong on Fast and Furious?  Are we looking at it all the wrong way?

Soros: 13 New Gun Laws Needed Now.  [Scroll down]  And it's funny that we need to treat gun-trafficking "as a serious crime," when the highest ranking law enforcement official in our nation — AG Eric Holder — sat over a gun trafficking scheme that eventually meant 2,500 firearms were smuggled out of the U.S. and into Mexico.  I do not remember Soros calling for Holder's prosecution over that.

Obama is coming for your guns.  The president said that he would go around Congress by taking 23 executive actions.  He signed a handful as soon as the news conference ended, and one of the upcoming proclamations will order Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. "to review categories of individuals prohibited from having a gun" to determine if those categories need to be expanded.  Mr. Holder's agency is hardly the model for gun safety, considering it came up with the Operation Fast and Furious program to run guns to Mexican drug cartels.

Photo-op president shooting blanks.  [Scroll down]  But all these are tepid, marginal stuff.  And others are outright posturing — such as issuing a presidential memorandum "directing the Centers for Disease Control to research the causes and prevention of gun violence" — or simply risible — such as the order to nominate a new director for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.  Um, what's stopping you, Mr. President?  (Of course, senators may well want to ask the ATF nominee about the Fast and Furious debacle.)

Man Claims To Have Shot U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.  A Mexican national claims to be the man who shot and killed U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, whose death is tied to the "Fast and Furious" gun-walking scandal.  Gustavo Cruz-Lozano, who says he killed Terry, turned himself in on Wednesday on charges related to a separate incident:  threatening to kill Hidalgo County, Texas Sheriff Lupe Treviño.

Holder Begs Court to Stop Document Release on Fast and Furious.  Attorney General Eric Holder and his Department of Justice have asked a federal court to indefinitely delay a lawsuit brought by watchdog group Judicial Watch.  The lawsuit seeks the enforcement of open records requests relating to Operation Fast and Furious, as required by law. [...] Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said that Holder's and Obama's desire to continually hide these Fast and Furious documents is "ironic" now that they're so gung-ho on gun control.

Obama Now King of the Gun Grabbers.  In just one afternoon, the man who is suspected of okaying the smuggling of guns into the hands of the Mexican drug cartels — known as Fast and Furious — has 'outed' himself as the king of the gun grabbers.

Obama's ATF Nominee on DOJ's Fast and Furious Design Team.  As part of President Barack Obama's 23-point gun control plan, he nominated Minnesota U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones — who currently doubles right now as the acting director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — to be the ATF director.  Jones was personally a part of the high-ranking Department of Justice unit that first met on October 26, 2009, to create the new DOJ policy that was used to justify "gunwalking" in Operation Fast and Furious.

Obama Moves Fast And Furious On To Hide Gun Hypocrisy.  The president seeks a review of groups barred from gun ownership, while his attorney general asks the courts to keep hidden documents on running guns to drug lords sealed by executive privilege.

DOJ Hopes to Stall Lawsuit Seeking Access to Fast and Furious Records.  The Obama administration is pushing gun control in the wake of the Sandy Hook, Connecticut, shootings.  President Obama is using the murders as a pretext to undermine the Second Amendment and collect data on lawful gun owners. But this administration won't come clean on its own gunrunning operation, Operation Fast and Furious, which led to the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and countless Mexican citizens.

Top 'Fast and Furious' official to resign.  Republicans expressed satisfaction Thursday at news Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, the top Justice Department figure who had knowledge of the botched "Fast and Furious" gun-walking operation, is resigning.  "He knew about reckless tactics, failed to take seriously allegations that they were continuing, and only owned up to his failures once they were publicly exposed," said House oversight committee Chairman Darrell E. Issa, who led a months-long investigation into the botched operation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Benghazi/Fast and Furious: The Real Scandals Underlying Both.  Very oddly, the ATF encouraged arms sales to criminals in the hope that the guns would reach Mexico in order to essentially strengthen cases against Mexican drug cartels.  The sales would also help the ATF identify cartel leaders and gun acquisition techniques.  The guns eventually did find their way into Mexico, and one was used to kill a U.S. border agent.  Today's scandal is the inability of lawmakers to get Attorney General Eric Holder and others in the Obama administration to explain what they were thinking. [...] Yes, it's certainly scandalous that guns walked across the border by the ATF have been turned on Americans, and it's scandalous that Holder isn't disclosing all that he presumably knows, but the bigger scandal in this writer's eyes is a less than worthless drug war.

Yes, he is a tyrant, just like the Founders warned us against.  This is the same Obama government that ran 2,500 firearms to Mexican cocaine cartels in Operation Fast and Furious, perhaps in order to carry out his promise to Sarah Brady to push for gun control, "under the radar" and above the law.  Obama's Attorney General is in criminal contempt of Congress.  The U.S Attorney for Washington DC, an Obama loyalist, refuses to duty his duty and file charges.

The Democratic Disgrace.  [Scroll down]  A decade later, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held Attorney General Holder in contempt for his cover-up of the Fast and Furious gun-running operation that led to hundreds of deaths.  That made Holder the first sitting cabinet member to be held in criminal contempt of Congress and in another administration that might have led to his dismissal. During the Bush Administration, cabinet members had resigned for much less, but the Democrats had given up even maintaining the pretense of being a law-abiding party.

Jaimie Zapata's survivors sue over Fast and Furious.  Zapata was the ICE agent who was murdered in Mexico by cartel killers using Fast & Furious guns.

Columbine survivor to Obama: Start gun talks with Fast and Furious.  A survivor of the Columbine High School shootings has penned a letter to President Obama in opposition to a federal crackdown on guns, arguing that those responsible for the botched Fast and Furious gun-running operation should be the most scrutinized.

5 Reasons Barack Obama is a Creep.  [#2]  What he says is completely unrelated to what he does:  Barack Obama is like an alcoholic who pledges to quit drinking and then gets hammered every night. [...] This is how Barack Obama can demand a sequester and then turn around and run against it or yammer on incessantly about transparency while he stonewalls on Fast and Furious.  We're talking about a man who's worth nearly 10 million dollars, who has campaign events with celebrities and millionaires on a regular basis, and who just seems to squeeze in a little bit of work in between lavish vacations and golf outings with Tiger Woods; yet he spent most of last year campaigning against rich people.

Holder Defiant on Fast and Furious, Says White House Had No Role in Scandal.  Attorney General Eric Holder told senators on Wednesday that he did not respect the House members who voted to hold him in contempt for not cooperating in the Fast and Furious investigation, and that "the president, the White House was not involved in the operational component of Fast and Furious."

House panel tells judge: Justice's offer in Fast & Furious settlement a 'grave disappointment'.  The Justice Department and a congressional committee disagree on the pace of their talks to settle a lawsuit over congressional efforts to get records related to Operation Fast and Furious, a bungled gun-tracking operation.

Obama court appointee likely to decide contempt battle between Issa, Holder.  A fight over President Obama's use of executive privilege on the documents that led to Attorney General Eric Holder's contempt charges is increasingly likely to be decided in court.  The way the court decides could drastically limit congressional subpoena powers — or curb the extent to which the president can claim executive privilege.

New 'Fast and Furious' report finds DHS warning signs ignored.  Even as they lost scores of illegal firearms in their Fast and Furious operation, federal ATF agents asked their Border Patrol counterparts not to pursue criminal leads or track gun smuggling in southern Arizona so they could follow the firearms themselves, and senior Homeland Security agents "complied and the leads were not investigated," according to a new Department of Homeland Security inspector general's report.

DHS Fast and Furious OIG report fed to Los Angeles Times, not to public.  The Department of Homeland Security's long-awaited Office of Inspector General report on Operation Fast and Furious "gunwalking" has been obtained by The Los Angeles Times, Richard Serrano reported Thursday [3/21/2013].  "ATF agents asked their Border Patrol counterparts not to pursue criminal leads or track gun smuggling in southern Arizona so they could follow the firearms themselves, and senior Homeland Security agents 'complied and the leads were not investigated,'" Serrano writes.

Obama's 'Fast and Furious' Body Count Continues Rising in Mexico.  The ongoing drug war in Mexico continues to rage on, as bodies continue to pile up on the Mexican side of the southern U.S. border.  With Mexico's military continuing to demonstrate that it is ill-prepared, or unwilling to tackle the violence head on, expect the violence to continue to escalate.  The Associate Press has reported that seven men were executed and propped up on plastic chairs and lined up along the side of the road in the Mexican state of Michoacan.

Too Fast, Too Furious.  Several congressmen sent another letter to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) Wednesday, months after first requesting information about a failed undercover operation with similarities to Operation Fast and Furious.  "Not only have you yet to provide us with any information or documents about this operation, but, months after ATF shut down the operation, you have refused to respond at all," the letter states.

The Top 50 Liberal Media Bias Examples.  [#25]  Fast And Furious:  To this day the media has not spent much time covering Obama's murderous program of supplying guns to Mexican Narco-Terrorists, a program that has killed hundreds of Mexican citizens and several U.S. law enforcement agents.  To its credit, the L.A. Times has been very good on this story and so has CBS' Sharyl Attkisson, but months went by before the rest of the media began to begrudgingly cover the story.

Judge skeptical of Obama in executive privilege fight.  A federal judge gave a skeptical reception Wednesday to the Obama administration's arguments that the courts should stay out of the dispute over the Justice Department's refusal to turn over some Operation Fast and Furious-related documents to a House committee.  Last June, the fight led President Barack Obama to assert executive privilege over the records of the controversial gun trafficking investigation, and to House votes finding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

'Fast And Furious' Just Might Be President Obama's Watergate.  [Scroll down]  A Jan. 8, 2010 briefing paper from the ATF Phoenix Field Division Group VII says:  "This investigation has currently identified more than 20 individual connected straw purchasers....  To date (September 2009-present) this group has purchased in excess of 650 firearms (mainly AK-47 variants) for which they have paid cash totaling more than $350,000."  This is an important fact because the U.S. Justice Department hasn't made it clear to tell congressional investigators when the Fast and Furious operation began and who authorized it; as a result, this ATF briefing paper's mention of September 2009 is thus far the earliest we can trace the operation.

Obama Blames U.S. For Gun Smuggling In Mexico; No Mention Of Fast and Furious.  President Barack Obama told the Mexican people today [5/3/2013] that the United States is partly to blame for Mexico's drug violence because of illegal drugs and gun smuggling.  However, he did not mention the gun smuggling undertaken by his own administration under the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Operation Fast and Furious.

Obama Spins Furiously On Guns.  Barack Obama's comments about guns in Mexico today [5/3/2013] demonstrated a curious lack of self-awareness.  "[M]ost of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States."  So the violence perpetrated by Mexican drug cartels is our fault?  That seemed to be the implication.  But obviously, if there were not a single firearm in the U.S., the drug cartels would be just as well armed as they are today.

Agent: I was ordered to let U.S. guns into Mexico.  An Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms senior agent assigned to the Phoenix office in 2010, Dodson's job is to stop gun trafficking across the border.  Instead, he says he was ordered to sit by and watch it happen.  Investigators call the tactic letting guns "walk."  In this case, walking into the hands of criminals who would use them in Mexico and the United States.

Obama Blames U.S., Repeats 90% Gun Lie In Mexico.  Once again blaming his own country for Mexico's gun violence without mentioning Fast and Furious, the gun runner in chief pledges to find and jail gun smugglers.  Perhaps he should start with his own administration.

The Bloody Hands of Barack Obama.  Obama's attorney general, Eric Holder, conducted a secret gun-running operation that supplied thousands of assault weapons to drug cartels in Mexico.  Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and ICE Agent Jaime Zapata were both murdered with Fast and Furious guns.  Their families have filed wrongful death lawsuits against the federal government.

Obama's Secret to Corruption: Never Appoint a Special Counsel.  Did you scratch your head when not a single Justice Department or ATF official went to jail for sending hundreds of guns over the border to Mexican drug lords with the expressed purpose of fomenting violent crime?  Do you really think high ranking government officials are going to be held accountable for the now blazing IRS and Benghazi scandals?

Report faults former U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke for Fast and Furious leak.  Former U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke violated Justice Department policies by releasing a memo written by an Operation Fast & Furious whistleblower to the media, Justice's Inspector General found in a report issued Monday [5/20/2013].  The report called Burke's actions "wholly unbefitting a U.S. Attorney."  He resigned after acknowledging the disclosure in 2011, so no discipline by the department is possible.

Outside the Gates.  Our genius Attorney General sold guns to drug cartels in the asinine Fast and Furious debacle.  He's yet to be held accountable for the death of a Border Patrol agent as an entirely foreseeable result of such folly.

Report: DOJ Leaked Docs To Smear Fast & Furious Whistleblower, Says IG.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General published a new report Monday that confirms former U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke leaked a document intended to smear Operation Fast and Furious scandal whistleblower John Dodson.  The DOJ IG said it found "Burke's conduct in disclosing the Dodson memorandum to be inappropriate for a Department employee and wholly unbefitting a U.S. Attorney."

CBS' Attkisson Reports She's Been Shut Out by White House.  Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News has been one of the few reporters attempting to dig deep into controversial stories.  But after her work on Fast and Furious and Benghazi, she is now reporting that she's been shut out of the information loop by the White House.

IG Report Confirms: DOJ Official Smeared Fast and Furious Whistleblower John Dodson.  Monday the Department of Justice Inspector General [IG] confirmed what Townhall and other media outlets have been reporting for more than a year now:  DOJ officials smeared Fast and Furious whistleblower and ATF Agent John Dodson.  As a reminder, Dodson was the first whistleblower to expose Operation Fast and Furious.  He revealed the operation's connection to the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry on to CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson on March 3, 2011.

DOJ IG: Justice Leaked Documents to Smear Whistleblower.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General published a new report Monday that confirms former U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke leaked a document intended to smear Operation Fast and Furious scandal whistleblower John Dodson.

Justice Department IG issues report accusing officials of smearing Fast and Furious whistleblower.  For a "failed scandal," Fast and Furious sure brought out the heavy hitters at the Department of Justice to deal with a whistleblower.  The department's inspector general has released a report accusing one US attorney, Dennis Burke, of leaking a document that smeared John Dodson, a key witness in the Fast and Furious scandal, and accusing other officials in the department of coming up with a strategy to discredit him.

The Obama enemies list.  The Obama administration has an enemies list, and John Dodson was on it.  The special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) infuriated his superiors by alerting Congress and everyone else about the government's gunrunning scheme called Fast and Furious.  He had to pay for his act of good citizenship.  The Justice Department's inspector general concluded Monday [5/20/2013] that a high-ranking political appointee destroyed Mr. Dodson's credibility and ruined a career.

Uncle Sam Wants You... Under His Thumb!  The administration, under the non-leadership of Attorney General Eric Holder, shipped about 2,000 weapons into Mexico and straight into the hands of the narco-terrorist cartels effectively in a state of armed rebellion against an allied nation.  When asked about this situation, Eric Holder repeatedly said that he knew nothing about it.  Apparently, the government would have us believe that junior bureaucrats, acting on their own, decided to create their very own foreign policy.  This new, extralegal program resulted in the deaths of at least two Americans and at least one hundred times that many Mexican citizens.

Eric Holder. Remember him? Or is your memory as bad as his?  You may remember "Fast and Furious," that outrageous and, by the way, illegal gun-running operation by his department that sent weapons to drug cartels in Mexico?  Nope, he never heard of it.  Oh, well, wait.  Those words do ring a bell.  Yes, yes he had heard of it after all.  But can't quite remember when he heard of it.  Or when he ordered it stopped.  If he did.  There's a lot of bad memory going around this Obama administration.

Eric Holder's Long History Of Lying To Congress.  Before he lied to Congress while under oath about what he knew about targeting reporters, he lied about Fast and Furious.  As early as the New Black Panthers case, Eric Holder had a problem with the truth.

'What did he know, and when did he know it?'  While each day brings us new scandals, earlier ones have not gone away.  Remember, Fast and Furious, in which the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — in a stunning display of bad judgment — allowed weapons to be sold to drug cartel purchasers in Mexico.  Field agents objected, but to no avail.  Later, one of these guns killed a U.S. Border Patrol agent.  Mr. Obama invoked executive privilege, so we still do not know the full story.

Barack Obama: 'We'll Hold Somebody Accountable!'.  In the "Fast and Furious" gun-walking debacle, three ATF supervisors were transferred to new management positions at ATF headquarters in Washington.  They should have been fired.  Acting ATF Director Melson was reassigned to the Justice Department in Washington D.C.  He should have been fired.  According to the Los Angeles Times, these bureaucrats received promotions in the wake of one of the most disastrously botched operations in recent history, resulting in the death of hundreds of innocent Mexican citizens and Border Patrol officer Brian Terry.

Police chief killed with rifle lost in ATF gun-tracking program.  A high-powered rifle lost in the ATF's Fast and Furious controversy was used to kill a Mexican police chief in the state of Jalisco earlier this year, according to internal Department of Justice records, suggesting that weapons from the failed gun-tracking operation have now made it into the hands of violent drug cartels deep inside Mexico.

The next victim of Fast and Furious.  Remember the good ole' days when Fast and Furious was one of the only major, breaking scandals you needed to keep track of? [...] But even though the press has largely moved on to fresher fare, the gunwalker scandal is still with us, and apparently still claiming victims.

Mexican Police Chief Killed with Fast and Furious Gun.  Fast and Furious is the Scandal that wont go away.  Even though Attorney General Eric Holder refuses to release the documents which may prove that he lied about the scandal, we do learn a little more about this scandal every day.  The latest revelation is that one of those guns the ATF allowed to be sold to the Mexican Drug Cartels was used to kill a Mexican Police Chef.

White House's Fast And Furious Claims Another Victim.  The administration's gun-running fiasco claims the life of a Mexican police chief, revealing that the weapons have made it into the hands of drug cartels deep inside Mexico.

What Happened to Congress' 'Fast and Furious' Fury?  Last week it was revealed that a high-powered rifle employed in the unsuccessful gun-tracking program was used to kill a police chief and his bodyguard in the Mexican state of Jalisco, signaling that some of the weapons used in the enterprise are now in the possession of members of drug cartels — the same people Fast and Furious was supposed to entrap as a result of the operation.

Is Obama 'Insuring' Softball Questions?  Of course, there is the ever-popular "phony" Fast and Furious scandal, with the DoJ playing a central role once again, but apparently co-starring the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  Coincidentally, both the DoJ and DHS report directly to the president.  The deaths of four brave Americans during the embarrassing fiasco in Benghazi have the fingerprints of the Department of State, the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Department of Defense.  It is apparently kismet that all three of these government agencies report directly to the president.

More Fast and Furious guns surface at crimes in Mexico.  Three more weapons from Fast and Furious have turned up at crime scenes in Mexico, CBS News has learned, as the toll from the controversial federal operation grows.  According to Justice Department tracing documents obtained by CBS News, all three guns are WASR-10 762-caliber Romanian rifles.  Two were purchased by Fast and Furious suspect Uriel Patino in May and July of 2010.

More Fast and Furious Weapons Show Up at Violent Crime Scenes in Mexico.  During the course of Operation Fast and Furious from 2009-2010, 2500 weapons were purchased by illegal straw buyers under ATF surveillance in the United States and trafficked into Mexico.  At least 1400 of those weapons are still missing.  The only way ATF can recover these weapons is when they are left at crime scenes.

The Carnage Continues: Three more Fast & Furious guns recovered in Mexico.  Missing from this CBS News story by the unflappable Sharyl Attkission is whether the most recent three guns traced to the Operation Fast & Furious gun-smuggling plot have added to a body count that is at least 304, and counting.

More Real Guns Found In Phony Fast And Furious Scandal.  The media have had a field day with a single, supposedly racist rodeo clown.  But somehow, with few exceptions, mainstream media ignore the far-more-dangerous clowns in the Obama administration  — those whose incompetence in the Fast and Furious scandal has led to human tragedy and deaths.  One exception is the relentless Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News, who reported Wednesday that three more weapons from Fast and Furious, the administration gift that keeps on killing, have turned up at violent crime scenes in Mexico.

The president thinks you're stupid.  But just so you know, Mr. President, Americans are not stupid.  They see through your ham-handed attempt to politicize war (he clearly hoped to use a Republican rejection in the 2014 mid-term campaigns:  "Look, the GOP wouldn't even support me to stop the killing of children!").  And Americans know they aren't getting the truth on U.S. surveillance, IRS targeting of conservatives, Fast and Furious — and especially Benghazi.

Judicial Watch Sues for Records on Holder and Fast and Furious.  Judicial Watch, a legal nonprofit organization, announced Tuesday it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit to obtain records from the Justice Department regarding the contempt citation issued to Holder last year over his alleged role in the Fast and Furious scandal.  "Eric Holder is using his legal battle with Congress to keep the American people from knowing the full truth about the Obama administration's Fast and Furious killings and lies," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.  "And yet, Eric Holder has been dragging out the 'settlement' talks to the point where Congress has called them a 'waste of everyone's time.'

More Fast & Furious Guns Found At Mexican Crime Scenes.  More than three years after they were purchased by two different people at the same Arizona gun shop, three rifles that were part of the disastrous Operation Fast and Furious have been recovered at Mexican crime scenes.  CBS News first broke the story, noting that two of the rifles were bought in May and July of 2010 by gun running suspect Uriel Patino, who purchased hundreds of guns during the ill-fated gun running sting operation by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

Expected ruling in weeks on Holder's 'Fast and Furious' contempt suit.  The wheels of justice are turning painfully slow for the family of murdered Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, whose 2010 death exposed the disastrous ATF gun-walking operation called Fast and Furious.  On Thursday [9/12/2013], Mexican authorities captured a third suspect wanted by the FBI in connection with Terry's murder, leaving two suspects still at large.

Fresh DOJ loss in 'Fast and Furious' docs fight.  A federal judge has rejected Attorney General Eric Holder's attempt to keep the courts from wading into the "Fast and Furious" documents dispute that led to him being held in contempt by the House last year.  In a ruling Monday night [9/30/2013], U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson turned down the Justice Department's request to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after President Barack Obama asserted executive privilege to prevent some records about the administration's response to the "Operation Fast and Furious" gunrunning scandal from being turned over to Congress.

Federal judge to DOJ: No, you may not dismiss this Fast & Furious case just because you feel like it.  The last time we checked in on Operation Fast and Furious, the bloody and not-"botched" gunrunning scandal in which the ATF pressed American gun dealers into funneling at least 2,000 weapons to cartels across the Mexican border with no serious efforts to trace them, more of the trafficked weapons were still showing up at crime scenes as recently as this past August.

Court Says Holder Can't Stop Fast And Furious Truth Search.  The most transparent administration in history suffered a defeat Monday, when U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson turned down the Justice Department's request to dismiss a lawsuit seeking "Fast and Furious" documents hidden by Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department after President Obama invoked executive privilege.  The lawsuit was brought by Rep. Darrell Issa's House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after the president asserted executive privilege to prevent records about the administration's response to the "Operation Fast and Furious" gun-running scandal from being turned over to Congress.

Judge delivers blow to Eric Holder's Fast and Furious scandal.  A federal judge delivered a blow to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder' Monday night [9/30/2013] when she denied the Justice Department's motion to dismiss the lawsuit brought against it in the Fast and Furious investigation.

Two D.C. Attacks and a Series of Unfortunate "Coincidences".  No one would have ever believed beforehand that the President might conspire with his Department of Justice and other agencies to funnel weapons to Mexican drug lords in order to precipitate a panic over America's rampant "gun culture" — but indeed, this occurred.  Nor would Americans have thought that the President would clandestinely provide arms to the same Muslim fanatics who attacked us in 2001, then order an attack on the compound facilitating such action when it became a liability.  No one would have believed that Obama would allow American personnel to perish at that compound in order to preserve his power. [...] If that is not definitive of a tyrant — and one who would employ any means necessary in order to attain his objectives — then what is?

ATF tries to block Fast and Furious whistle-blower from publishing book.  The ATF agent who blew the whistle on Operation Fast and Furious has been denied permission to write a book on the botched anti-gun trafficking sting "because it would have a negative impact on morale," according to the very agency responsible for the scandal.  After first trying to stop the operation internally, ATF Agent John Dodson went to Congress and eventually the media following the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010.

ATF tries to block whistleblowing agent's 'Fast and Furious' book.  The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is blocking the main whistleblower in the Fast and Furious case from publishing a book, claiming his retelling of the Mexico "gun-walking" scandal will hurt morale inside the embattled law enforcement agency, according to documents obtained by The Washington Times.  ATF's dispute with Special Agent John Dodson is setting up a First Amendment showdown that is poised to bring together liberal groups like the American Civil Liberties Union and conservatives in Congress who have championed Mr. Dodson's protection as a whistleblower.

Holder's ATF Blocks Fast And Furious Whistleblower Book.  [ATF Special Agent John] Dodson has put his intimate Fast and Furious knowledge into a book titled "The Unarmed Truth."  It provides the first inside account of how the Obama administration permitted and helped sell some 2,000 guns to Mexican drug cartels, guns used in the murder of two federal agents and hundreds of Mexican citizens.  Just as Attorney General Eric "I didn't read the memo" Holder has stonewalled on providing information and documents to Congress and the American people, hiding under President Obama's invocation of executive privilege, the Department of Justice has denied Dodson permission to publish the book.

CNN Interviews 'Fast and Furious' Whistleblower; Will Networks Follow Suit?  CNN scored an exclusive interview with a "Fast and Furious" whistleblower on Tuesday morning [10/8/2013], and New Day co-host Chris Cuomo was intent on letting his guest tell his story that the Obama administration did not want him to tell.  The guest, ATF agent John Dodson, wrote a book on the operation "Fast and Furious" but the government is blocking its publication.

Fast and Furious whistleblower shunned by border patrol he tried to help.  The federal agent who blew the whistle on the Fast and Furious scandal is suddenly unwelcome at the very Border Patrol agency he sought to protect.  For months, John Dodson, a special agent at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, has been his agency's liaison to U.S. Customs and Border Protection in a local office in Arizona.  He also had been widely saluted by border agents and their families for first revealing that weapons that ATF knowingly allowed to cross into Mexico were showing up at murder scenes on both sides of the border.

ATF allows whistle-blower's book to go forward.  The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) has allowed an employee to go ahead with the publication of his book about the agency's failed "Fast and Furious" gun-walking campaign.  According to The Associated Press, John Dodson would be able to publish the book with a few parts redacted.  Dodson initially alerted congressional investigators to the campaign, which started in 2009.

ATF's prescription for leaking secrets: A firing squad?  After months of anguished debate over mass shootings, gun control and Second Amendment rights, the Justice Department finds itself on the defensive after a training manual surfaced that suggests federal agents could face a firing squad for leaking government secrets.  A photo in the online manual for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — complete with a photo of a turn-of-the-century firing squad — was obtained by The Washington Times from a concerned federal law enforcement official, and it immediately drew protests from watchdogs who said it showed a lack of sensitivity to gun violence and the continuing hostile environment toward whistleblowers.

Grenades ATF Allowed to 'Walk' Into Mexico Used to Kill Police.  ATF's gunwalking and grenade walking tactics have come back to haunt them... again.

Deadly drug cartel shootout with Mexico police linked to "grenade-walking" scandal.  CBS News has learned of a shocking link between a deadly drug cartel shootout with Mexican police last week and a controversial case in the U.S.  The link is one of the grenades used in the violent fight, which killed three policemen and four cartel members and was captured on video by residents in the area.

Rep. Joe Wilson Vindicated.  [A]s we look back on 5 years of Barack Obama, we see that Obama and his Administration do lie.  And they lie a lot.  Both Eric Holder and Barack Obama stated that "Fast and Furious was a program begun in the Bush Administration".  That was a lie.  The Bush Administration had, in fact, shut down any efforts to track illegal shipments of guns to Mexico because it was a dangerous and untenable undertaking.

AG Holder asks for appeal in Fast and Furious case holding him in contempt.  Attorney General Eric Holder wants to appeal a recent judge's ruling that allows the House to continue with its contempt case, related to Holder's refusal to turn over documents concerning the Justice Department's failed Operation Fast and Furious gun-tracking program.  Holder made the request Friday night [11/15/2013] to U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, asking that the Justice Department be allowed to put the case in front of a federal appeals court before Jackson makes any final decisions.

Judge dismisses lawsuit by family of slain border agent.  A wrongful death lawsuit brought by the family of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry has been dismissed by a federal judge on the grounds that a court settlement would interfere with the powers of the U.S. government, which has a compensation scheme of its own.

Agency That Lost 2500 Guns in Mexico Pushing New Federal Regulations For Lost Guns.  The Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, the agency whose agents purposely lost 2500 guns in Mexico during Operation Fast and Furious after sanctioning illegal gun sales from law abiding gun dealerships, is eying new federal regulations for lost guns in the United States.

How the US gave guns to Mexican cartels.  [Scroll down]  What was happening did at times almost seem like a spoof.  Letting guns "walk" was a tactic that I had never before seen or even contemplated.  It simply wasn't done.  I couldn't understand how anyone could argue that allowing guns that ought to have been in law-enforcement custody to go to known or suspected criminals — people who shouldn't have been near a gun, people who almost certainly would be passing them on to Mexico's most brutal drug cartels — wasn't madness.

How the ATF Manufactures Crime.  The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) is probably best known these days for the failure of its disastrous Fast and Furious scheme — a botched initiative that aimed to give American guns to Mexican cartels first and to ask questions later.  Under pressure, the administration was quick to imply that the mistake was an aberration.  But a watchdog report, published last week by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, suggests that the caprice, carelessness, and downright incompetence that marked the disaster was no accident.  In fact, that it is endemic in the ATF.

Federal Court: Obama's Partnership With Mexican Drug Cartels Goes Far Beyond Guns.  Last Friday [12/13/2013], an opinion by Texas federal judge Andrew Hanen opened a window onto the sheer lawlessness of the Obama administration — in particular, the Department of Homeland Security.  The case was United States of America v. Mirtha Veronica Nava-Martinez.

Agent: FBI key in border agent Terry slaying.  A federal agent who exposed the Justice Department's flawed gun-trafficking investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious says the FBI played a key role in events leading to the 2010 murder near Nogales, Ariz., of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.  John Dodson, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, contends that the bandits who killed Terry were working for FBI operatives and were sent to the border to do a drug rip-off using intelligence from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

ATF Agent Sends Shockwaves Across Internet With Explosive Fast and Furious Allegations.  John Dodson, the federal agent who blew the lid off the Justice Department's "Fast and Furious" gun-walking scandal, claims the FBI had ties to the men who killed U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in 2010 near Nogales, Ariz.  In fact, Dodson says the Mexican bandits who gunned down Terry were working for FBI operatives and had been sent to the border to do a "drug rip-off" using intelligence gathered by the DEA.  Dodson, a special agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, said he doesn't think the FBI was part of the rip-off crew, but the agency was "directing the rip crew."  The explosive claims were made in an interview with The Arizona Republic this week and are already creating some waves across the Internet.

Another Fast and Furious gun turns up at a Mexican shootout.  CNN reports on the latest grisly fruit of the disastrous "Fast and Furious" gun-walking operation, in which Attorney General Eric Holder's Justice Department released a small number of carefully-tracked firearms across the Mexican border in a bid to take down drug kingpins, but forgot the "small," "carefully-tracked," and "take down drug kingpins" parts of the operation.

Fast and Furious gun turns up after Mexican resort shootout.  A U.S. official said Tuesday [12/31/2013] that investigators have traced at least one firearm recovered at a December 18 gunfight in Puerto Peñasco, across from the Arizona border, to Operation Fast and Furious.

Yet another Fast & Furious gun turns up at a crime scene in Mexico.  Lest anyone forget that the Obama administration has yet to fully come clean on the travesty that was Operation Fast and Furious — the not-"botched" but certainly crooked gunrunning scandal in which federal officials pressed American gun dealers into selling more than 2,000 weapons to known cartel smugglers, and then allowed those criminals to funnel the weapons back across the Mexican border with no way of actively tracing them — the results of the administration's egregiously deficient enterprise are still popping up in the aftermath of deadly violence.

Whoa: Fast & Furious Was Part of a US-Drug Cartel Alliance?  Business Insider reported a bombshell this afternoon.  It reports, by translating Spanish-language reporting from El Universal, that the US government has had a relationship with Mexico's Sinaloa drug cartel since the Clinton administration.  That relationship/alliance was used to damage Mexico's other drug cartels, but at a great price:  Sinaloa alone imports about 80% of the illegal drugs that make their way to Chicago.  The alleged deal allowed the cartel to import drugs virtually without fear of capture or punishment by the US government.

Drugs R Us.  In Fast & Furious, the object of the operation seems to have been to increase illicit Mexico-U.S. drug running and border crime, protecting the worst criminals from prosecution and then blaming lawful licensed gun dealers for the perfectly predictable results of the government's secret, bizarre machinations by which they were forced to sell these weapons to middlemen who carried out the cross-border weapons transfers.  This week we learned from Business Insider that for some years (predating this administration, that is, from 2000 to 2012) the U.S. government has been working with the dreaded Sinaloa drug cartel.  In exchange for helping them damage their rivals' operations and import their drugs into the U.S. without consequence, they provided us with information about those rivals.

Stop Giving Obama Radicals the Benefit of the Doubt.  The Obama administration policies, ranging from Fast and Furious, to the New Black Panther dismissal, to the debacle of Obamacare, are not incompetent follies.  They are instead representative of ideological desires deliberately implemented through the mechanisms of power available to this administration.  Fast and Furious emerged because of hostility to the constitutional right to bear arms.  The New Black Panther dismissal happened because the civil rights industry today doesn't think civil rights laws should be used against "people of color."  Every nutty and seemingly dumb Obama policy has a genesis in ideological radicalism.  These and other seemingly dumb Obama administration decisions are features; they are not glitches.  Stop treating them like glitches.

New court documents reveal final moments of border agent Brian Terry's life.  Three years after the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry — a tragedy which exposed and ultimately ended Operation Fast and Furious — the public is finally getting a glimpse into Terry's final moments.  Federal court records released Tuesday [2/4/2014] provide the first official account of the firefight along the Arizona-Mexico border that killed Terry in December 2010.

As first defendant in Brian Terry murder is sentenced, Fast and Furious questions linger.  A Mexican man will be sentenced in federal court Monday [2/10/2014] in the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent whose death revealed a botched law enforcement sting in which agents lost track of hundreds of guns sold to criminals.

Mexican man gets 30 years in killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.  A Mexican man was sentenced to 30 years in prison Monday for Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry's slaying, which led to the unraveling of the failed federal gun-tracking operation known as Fast and Furious.  Manuel Osorio-Arellanes, 37, who pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in October 2012 in exchange for avoiding the death penalty, apologized in court.

Fast and Furious fallout: Man sentenced to 30 years in border agent's death.  A man convicted in the shooting death of a federal Border Patrol agent during a firefight that revealed the government's botched gun-smuggling investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious was sentenced Monday [2/10/2014] to 30 years in prison.

Echoes of Edward R. Murrow in Sharyl Atkisson's departure from CBS News.  CBS News has lost its strongest claim to be a fair and non-partisan news source with the departure of Sharly Atkisson from the network.  The award-winning reporter has been squeezed-out because of her reporting on investigative themes inconvenient to the Obama administration, including Fast and Furious and the Benghazi Scandal — two incidents in which United States government officials lost their lives.

Congress, watchdogs stonewalled in probes of administration.  The Obama administration has made it increasingly difficult for Congress and inspectors general to uncover government misdeeds and access information in various agencies, according to recent congressional testimony and reports.  On Thursday, Justice Department Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz testified before a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing that Attorney General Eric Holder stonewalled his investigation of the "Operation Fast and Furious" gunwalking scandal.  Mr. Horowitz also said his office has been stymied in other investigations of the Justice Department because of the Obama administration's interpretation of access laws, which essentially requires investigators to ask department heads for permission to investigate them.

Issa to ATF Head: Why Are Major Fast and Furious Players Still Working at the Agency?  Late yesterday afternoon [3/31/2014], Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Darrell Issa and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee Chuck Grassley sent a letter to ATF Chief B. Todd Jones asking why major players in Operation Fast and Furious are still working at the agency, especially considering Jones said they were no longer employed.  Although many agents and supervisors involved in the deadly operation have retired or resigned since 2010 when Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed with a gun trafficked to Mexican cartels during the program, not a single person has been fired.

Dennis Burke Should Be Further Sanctioned, Not Celebrated.  Between 2009 and 2011 when Operation Fast and Furious was active, Dennis Burke and his Assistant U.S. Attorney Emory Hurley refused to prosecute nearly every straw purchaser case handed to them citing "no probable cause."  One of those straw purchasers was Jaime Avila, a man who purchased hundreds of AK-47s on behalf of Mexican drug cartels under ATF surveillance for an entire year.  Burke never bothered to stop him.

Sharyl Attkisson Claims CBS Moved On From 'Fast and Furious' as She'd 'Barely Begun to Scratch the Surface'.  Appearing on Thursday's O'Reilly Factor, former CBS investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson claimed that CBS "had barely begun to scratch the surface" of the "Fast and Furious" scandal before the network moved on from the story.  She noted that the network showed similar reluctance for its coverage of Benghazi and the ObamaCare rollout.  Before her resignation last month, Attkisson covered Obama administration controversies like "Fast and Furious" and Benghazi and her reporting helped the CBS Evening News win the Edward R. Murrow award in 2012.  Yet she told O'Reilly that higher-ups at the network moved on from the "Fast and Furious"scandal "due to lack of interest, well before we found answers to a lot of questions."

Obama's thug administration.  Having been caught in a government-run scam that was a thinly veiled attempt to create reasons to impose gun control on Americans, the administration has been stonewalling 'Fast and Furious' files for over 5 years.  Initially they attempted to blame the Bush administration for the program that ended up putting thousands of military grade weapons into the hands of Mexican drug cartels and was ultimately responsible for the killing of at least one American border service agent.  But as the truth about their mendacity emerged, the President blithely covered all the program's records under the aegis of executive privilege.

The Fast and Furious Red Herring.  The disappearing act known as the congressional Fast and Furious investigation made a brief return to the stage recently when U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder became unhinged during questioning by Representative Louis Gohmert (R).  The trigger for his defiance was the mention by Rep. Gohmert of possible contempt charges over the Fast and Furious scandal.  The AG's admonition of "Don't go there buddy," started discussion as to why Holder reacted in such a strong manner.  Sure, he's hiding something, or someone, but are the White House, ATF, and the AG the only players?

Judge seeks middle ground in Fast and Furious lawsuit.  During a two-hour hearing, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson said she was poised to reject the most extreme arguments put forward by lawyers for the House and for the Obama administration.  The judge also appeared to harbor some hope that hinting at her likely ruling might press the two sides to work out a settlement in the long-running document dispute that led to Attorney General Eric Holder being held in contempt of Congress by the House in 2012.

Man accused in border agent killing is extradited.  One of the five men accused in the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent whose death exposed a botched federal gun sting has been extradited to the United States.

Extradition in Fast and Furious case.  One of the five men accused in the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent whose death exposed a botched federal gun sting has been extradited to the United States.

Media Bias and the Obama Scandals.  We live in a strange time. Historically, reporters and editors have believed that their job is to disseminate news.  That is no longer true. [...] Consider Fast and Furious.  The Obama administration deliberately encouraged guns to be sold illegally and transferred to Mexican drug lords, for reasons that have never been explained.  Hundreds of Mexicans and least one or two Americans died as a result.  Was that a news story?  In Mexico, yes; here in the U.S., it was generally greeted with yawns.

The Age of Mafia Government: People Wind Up Mysteriously Dead.  Fast and Furious and the Benghazi massacre are the two most obvious examples.  It's been years, in both cases, and it's still an utter mystery as to why Americans died in foreign lands, where all those guns went, who used what money, where it all came from, and why.  That may have something to do with the Justice Department's utter lack of curiosity about massive crimes being committed on its watch, but remember:  where there are mafia, there are corrupt police, district attorneys, and courts.  The mystery isn't who did it, but proving it.  Part of the reason it's impossible to find evidence to prove what everyone knows is that no one will talk.

Obama: treacherous or incompetent?  The ATF "Fast and Furious" scheme, likely designed to erode Second Amendment rights, allowed weapons from the U.S. to "walk" across the border into the hands of Mexican drug dealers.  The ATF lost track of hundreds of firearms, many of which were used in crimes, including the December 2010 killing of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

Judge: DOJ Must Provide Information on 'Fast and Furious' Docs Withheld from Congress.  On July 18 the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Department of Justice must "provide a detailed listing of all [Fast and Furious] documents that it has withheld from Congress."  The ruling was handed down by U.S. District Court Judge John D. Bates and was the result of a September 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch.  The ruling was announced by Judicial Watch on July 31.  According to the announcement, Bates went against the DOJ's claims that releasing information to Judicial Watch "would interfere with the [DOJ's] continuing litigation with House Oversight Committee."

In Blow to Obama, Court Orders Release of Fast and Furious Info.  In response to a lawsuit filed by government watchdog Judicial Watch, a federal court rejected legal arguments by the Obama administration and ordered the Justice Department to release certain information about "Fast and Furious" documents it is withholding from Congress and the public.  Analysts and lawmakers have long argued that Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder, the latter of whom is still in criminal contempt of Congress, are trying to cover-up details in the deadly "Fast and Furious" scandal, which saw the Obama administration put thousands of weapons into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.  The latest order could finally shed some light on what the executive branch is trying to hide.

The last comic standing.  "Operation Fast & Furious" was the Obama Administration's gun-running scheme that put thousands of American-made semi-automatic weapons in the hands of Mexican drug cartels and resulted in the death of at least one U.S. Border Patrol Agent, Brian Terry.  Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder lied to Congress and the public, claiming he didn't know about his Justice Department's Fast & Furious operation.  Congress has now held Mr. Holder in contempt for defying congressional subpoenas and refusing to turn over thousands of Justice Department documents on Fast & Furious.

Holder running out the clock on Fast & Furious?  One of the first major scandals of the Obama administration may not get resolved until after Barack Obama leaves office — at least, if Eric Holder has anything to say about it.  Politico's Josh Gerstein reported last night [9/16/2014] on an effort by the Attorney General to keep the issue of executive privilege and Congressional subpoenas from resolution, even after a federal judge ordered Holder and the Department of Justice to submit documents to the House Oversight Committee.

Obama DOJ Refuses to Release Fast and Furious Docs.  The "most transparent administration in history" is once again revealing the rank hypocrisy of President Obama's assessment.  In a motion filed Monday night [9/15/2014], lawyers from the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) asked U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson to delay the transfer of documents related to the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal to the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, until after her rulings requiring that transfer can be appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.  If their bid is successful, it could push the appeals process past the Obama administration's time in office.  In short, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is trying to run out the clock.

Eric Holder's Fast and Furious Fiasco Was Media Scandal, Too.  Thanks to his stonewalling of the House of Representatives investigation into the Fast and Furious scandal, in 2012 Eric Holder became the first Attorney General held in contempt by Congress.  Maybe his resignation on Thursday will revive the story for the three broadcast network evening newscasts, but don't count on it.  With Sharyl Attkisson no longer working at CBS News, there is no broadcast journalist who has shown any interest in pursuing this disgraceful story.

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry's Sister on Timing of Holder Resignation: "Not a Coincidence".  In light of a federal judge denying a request from the Department of Justice to delay the release of a long-sought after Fast and Furious document list, the sister of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, Kelly Terry-Willis, doesn't find the timing of Attorney General Eric Holder's resignation to be a coincidence.  "I do not find it a coincidence that Eric Holder chose now to resign after Judge Bates denied the request from the DOJ to delay the release of the Fast and Furious documents.  I personally think Eric Holder was really hoping that the documents would never be made public to my family and the American people," Terry-Willis tells Townhall.

Federal Court Denies DOJ Motion for Delay Orders Release of Fast and Furious Documents List to Judicial Watch by October 22.  Judicial Watch announced today [9/25/2014] that on September 23, 2014, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that by October 22, the Department of Justice (DOJ) must submit a "Vaughn index" listing Fast and Furious materials Judicial Watch sought in its June 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and subsequent September 2012 FOIA lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice (No. 1:12-cv-01510)).  A Vaughn index must:  (1) identify each document withheld; (2) state the statutory exemption claimed; and (3) explain how disclosure would damage the interests protected by the claimed exemption.

Eric Holder Runs from a Ticking Time Bomb.  The surprise resignation of Eric Holder, the first Attorney General ever to be held in contempt of Congress, exploded in the news today.  Holder has been under unrelenting assault for the most egregious politicization and abuse of power in the Department of Justice in history — exceeding that of John Mitchell and Alberto Gonzalez.  He has made the Department of Obstructing Justice notorious.  Federal judges are stepping in to end his stone walling of Congressional and other investigations on several fronts, and now he's on the run.  Why now?  What is about to blow up?

Judge: DOJ Must Produce List of Fast & Furious Docs by Oct. 22.  Two days before Attorney General Eric Holder announced his resignation, a federal court ordered the Justice Department to produce, by October 22, a detailed list of Fast and Furious documents sought by a conservative watchdog group.  Judicial Watch requested the documents in a June 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.  Three months later, in September 2012, Judicial Watch filed a FOIA lawsuit, seeking all of the documents the Obama White House was withholding from Congress under a claim of executive privilege.  This week, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled that the Justice Department must submit a "Vaughn Index" of the requested documents by October 22 — a three-week extension of the earlier Oct. 1 deadline set by the court.

Judicial Watch: Holder Went Down as We Forced DOJ's Hand on Fast and Furious in Court.  Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said in a statement on Thursday that Attorney General Eric Holder is resigning as his group is close to nailing the Department of Justice on Operation Fast and Furious.  Judicial Watch just won a key battle in federal court against the administration on the Fast and Furious documents President Barack Obama asserted executive privilege over to hide them from the American people and Congress.

Brian Terry's Sister: Holder Quitting No Accident.  The attorney general who oversaw the administration's Fast and Furious gun-walking operation into Mexico resigns right after a federal court denies a DOJ request to delay releasing Fast And Furious documents.

Eric Holder's 7 Worst Actions as Attorney General.  [#1] Operation Fast and Furious, probably the most reckless law enforcement operation ever carried out by the Justice Department.  This gun-running scandal led directly to the death of an American border agent and many Mexican citizens.  Holder was held in contempt because of his refusal to turn over information and documentation about this operation gone wrong that he basically claimed he knew nothing about.

Judicial Watch President: Holder Resigned Over Judge's Fast & Furious Ruling.  Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton says he has "no doubt" that a Sept. 23 federal court order requiring the Department of Justice (DOJ) to turn over an index of documents relating to the Fast and Furious scandal by October 22 prompted the resignation of Attorney General Eric Holder two days later.  "There's no doubt the writing was on the wall between Fast and Furious and the IRS scandal circling around the Justice Department.  He did not want to be a person of interest in Washington discussions when more information about Fast and Furious came out," Fitton told CNSNews.com.  "And the Washington way is that [when] bad things happen, get out of Dodge and hope everyone forgets."


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