Issues by Topic: Fast & Furious

October 18, 2013

BATFE Whistleblower Can Now Publish "Fast and Furious" Book

Last week, we reported on the latest news regarding the deadly Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' "Fast and Furious" gun-walking scandal, noting a Washington Times article that detailed how the BATFE was, "blocking the main whistleblower in the Fast and Furious case from publishing a book for pay, claiming his retelling of the Mexico 'gun‑walking' scandal will hurt morale inside the embattled law enforcement agency."   In a letter to the whistleblower--Agent John Dodson--BATFE said that if he publishes his book, it "would have a negative impact on morale in the Phoenix [BATFE office] and would have a detremental [sic] effect on our relationships with [the Drug Enforcement Administration] and FBI."
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October 11, 2013

Double-Standards in D.C.

As most Americans know, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives--and perhaps others in the Obama administration--knowingly allowed guns to be smuggled from the United States to Mexican drug-smuggling cartels, on the hope that the guns would be recovered at Mexican crimes scenes and eventually traced to sales in the United States. The goal of the effort, dubbed Operation Fast and Furious, was to give anti-gun politicians evidence to use in their campaigns against general-purpose semi-automatic rifles, such as the hugely popular AR-15.  As for the carnage that might precede the guns' recovery?  That was obviously a risk the planners of the operation were willing to take.
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July 12, 2013

"Fast & Furious" Remains Out of Sight and Therefore Out of Mind

With all of the scandals the Obama administration has been involved in of late, it's not surprising that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' ill-fated "Operation Fast and Furious" would fade from the public's memory.  Conceived as a secretive "gun-walking" scheme, "Fast and Furious" instead became a deadly debacle that came to light with the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Numerous investigations and hearings culminated with the nation's top law enforcement officer, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, being found in contempt of Congress.  That was more than a year ago, and Holder remains in contempt of Congress for his role in the operation and subsequent cover-up.  That's likely to remain the case, as President Obama invoked executive privilege to protect Holder from providing requested, and potentially further incriminating, documents to Congress. While "Fast and Furious" has been relegated to the back burner, reports of continuing carnage directly attributable to the failed operation continue.
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November 27, 2012

December 2012 Standing Guard: The Truth You’re Not Allowed to Know

The “truth you are not allowed to know” is that the Obama administration’s sanctioned “gun-walking” scheme called "Operation Fast and Furious" was an evil success—through body counts that bolstered the media-charged campaign to empower Obama’s ever-hungry gun-ban bureaucracy and its zealots to enact more misguided gun laws.
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November 2, 2012

Second Part of Joint Staff Report on "Fast and Furious" Released

This week, the second of three parts of the joint staff report on the "Fast and Furious" scandal was released by House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee.  While the first report looked at the actions of those who actually implemented the disastrous program, this report focuses on the management and oversight of the operation by senior Department of Justice officials--or, to put it more accurately, the lack of management and oversight by those officials.
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November 1, 2012

November 2012 Political Report: House Committee Files Suit Against Eric Holder

The U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform filed a civil lawsuit against Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr., a follow-up to a June 28 House resolution that found Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over the documents related to "Operation Fast & Furious."
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November 1, 2012

November 2012 Standing Guard: If Obama Wins, Freedom Loses

The votes of the nation’s gun owners have never been more important. We can and must make the difference at the polls on Nov. 6.
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November 1, 2012

Four More Years? Here's What Could Happen If You Don't Defeat Obama!

Considering a worst-case scenario in which Obama is re-elected and, no longer beholden to voters, unleashes a multi-front war against Americans' Second Amendment rights.
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October 26, 2012

Whistleblower Sues Time, Inc. Over "Fast and Furious"

We reported recently that a key "Fast and Furious" whistleblower, John Dodson had called on Fortune Magazine to retract a story on the scandal that the Department of Justice Inspector General's report showed to be full of inaccuracies.
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October 5, 2012

"Fast and Furious" Whistleblower Calls On Fortune to Retract False Story

A key figure in the "Fast and Furious" scandal is now fighting to clear his name against a discredited media attack.
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September 24, 2012

October 2012 Standing Guard: Ending Holder’s Corrupt, Lawless Rule

The U.S. Department of Justice is supposed to be a neutral guardian of the rule of law and protector of our national order. It is supposed to uphold the United States Constitution. Instead, under President Barack Obama’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, it has become the national enforcer of Chicago-style thuggery on the national scene.
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September 21, 2012

DOJ "Fast and Furious" Report Hits Hard--But Pulls Punches on Holder

The Department of Justice Inspector General's report on the "Fast and Furious" scandal was released this week, and while it found 14 officials from the department and its Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives responsible for the reckless program, it failed, unfortunately, to hold Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. responsible for the actions of those under his supervision. 
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September 21, 2012

As If Anyone Needed Another Reason to Vote This Year . . .

The Obama administration has been trying to spin all manner of news like a centrifuge recently, so the latest shenanigan of the president's spinner-in-chief at the Department of Justice, Tracy Schmaler, could easily have been lost in the shuffle.  But it didn't escape the attention of everyone in the media.
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September 14, 2012

Let the Finger-Pointing Begin

We reported last month that the Department of Justice's Inspector General's draft report on "Operation Fast and Furious" placed most of the blame for the debacle on Phoenix‑based agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and on the Phoenix U.S. Attorney's Office staff. 
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September 12, 2012

Let's Throw Out the Lawless on Election Day

If you want a perfect picture of the arrogance, dishonesty and political corruption that make Americans sick when they think of the Obama administration, just look at Attorney General Eric Holder and his outrageous behavior throughout the “Fast and Furious” government gun-smuggling scandal this summer.
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September 12, 2012

What the Obama Administration Doesn't Know About Fast and Furious

On June 28, the nation's top law enforcement officer, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, was found in contempt of Congress. The House voted 255-67 for criminal contempt charges, and 258-95 to pursue civil enforcement of the subpoenas at the heart of those charges.
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August 31, 2012

Draft Report Blames Many for Fast and Furious

CBS News reported this week that the Department of Justice's Inspector General's draft report on "Operation Fast and Furious" places most of the blame for the debacle on Phoenix‑based agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and on the Phoenix U.S. Attorney's Office staff.  According to sources who have seen the report, those singled out include BATFE's then‑Special Agent in Charge Bill Newell, lead "Fast and Furious" agent Hope MacAllister, group supervisor David Voth, then‑US Attorney Dennis Burke, his lead deputy Emory Hurley, and Acting BATFE Director Kenneth Melson.
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August 24, 2012

"Fast and Furious" Failure Fosters Favoritism for Finagling Fed

Fox News, the Washington Post, the L.A. Times, and The Hill are all over this one, as they should be. It seems that BATFE's William McMahon, who, as the agency's Assistant Deputy Director for Field Operations approved its catastrophic and deadly “Fast and Furious” operation, is being allowed to receive his six-figure federal paycheck for nearly half a year, while working full-time as investment bank J. P. Morgan’s executive director for global security and investments in the Philippines. As the Washington Post reports, "McMahon was one of five ATF officials recently singled out in a congressional report on the botched gun operation. The report alleged that McMahon knew that no safeguards were in place to prevent a large number of guns from getting into Mexico, but he made no effort to stop them."Fox News says "The [double-dipping, two-paycheck] arrangement allows McMahon to retire [from the BATFE] in December with a full government pension."
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August 10, 2012

Mexican Drug Cartel Used "Fast and Furious" Gun in Failed Assassination Plot

Just when you think the news about the disastrous "Fast and Furious" gun-walking operation can't possibly get any worse, a U.S. government report has disclosed that Mexican drug cartel operatives used a firearm from the infamous scheme in a failed attempt to assassinate a high-ranking Mexican law enforcement official.
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August 3, 2012

Congressional Report on "Fast & Furious" Reveals Serious Misjudgments

This week, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) released Part 1 of a joint congressional report on the findings of the investigation into the "Fast & Furious" gun smuggling scandal.  The first part looks at the actions of the Phoenix BATFE regional office and the Arizona U.S. Attorney's Office. Parts 2 and 3 will be released in the coming months and will look at the roles of the Deputy Attorney General's office and the Justice Department's Criminal Division.
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July 24, 2012

August 2012 America's 1st Freedom Cover Story: CONTEMPTIBLE

Why the Obama-Holder stonewalling of the "Operation Fast and Furious" investigation proves they both should be sent packing this November.
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June 28, 2012

NRA Supports U.S. House of Representatives Vote Holding Attorney General Eric Holder in Contempt of Congress

Fairfax, Va. – The U.S. House of Representatives has passed a resolution holding Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. in contempt of Congress.  The resolution passed by a bipartisan vote of 255 to 67.
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June 26, 2012

July 2012 Standing Guard: "We Can't Wait!"

Today, no national politician runs an anti-gun campaign or openly opposes the Second Amendment, because we’ve made certain doing so spells political doom.
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June 22, 2012

NRA Applauds Resolution that Recommends Finding Holder in Contempt of Congress

By a vote of 23 to 17, the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform passed a resolution recommending that the House find Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. in contempt of Congress. 
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June 1, 2012

U.S. Investigators Not Alone in Condemning "Fast and Furious"

Today, the Los Angeles Times reports that U.S. congressional investigators seeking information on the "Fast and Furious" debacle are not alone in condemning this now-infamous program.
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May 18, 2012

House Leadership Demands Cooperation from Holder on "Fast and Furious"

On May 18, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), and Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), joined House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) in sending a letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder demanding full cooperation with the ongoing Congressional investigation into the infamous "Fast and Furious" operation, and the tragic death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
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April 22, 2012

May 2012 Political Report: "Obama Budget Spells Out Anti-Gun Agenda"

The fine print of President Obama's budget is a forecast of the attacks on our rights that would come in a second Obama term.
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March 30, 2012

Can't Trust the BATFE Brass

Since the story first broke, we have featured many articles on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' now-infamous "Fast and Furious” gun-walking operation.  U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Obama administration have yet to come clean on their role in the ill-fated scheme, engineered by Holder's Justice Department to blame our Second Amendment freedoms for Mexican drug cartel crime.  They have stonewalled and backpedaled at every turn, making it hard to believe what little information has been wrung out of them during investigative hearings.
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March 19, 2012

Will Holder’s Watergate Become Obama’s Waterloo?

Any doubt surrounding the mindset driving the gun-ban crowd, especially those infesting the Obama administration, in using human suffering and murder as propaganda tools has been erased by hard evidence coming straight out of congressional investigations of the government’s “Operation Fast and Furious.”
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March 19, 2012

Saving The Future Of Freedom

In one of the most well-received speeches of the 2012 Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre laid it all on the line concerning the importance of the upcoming presidential election and the extreme danger of a second Obama term. The resulting media acclaim was second only to the widespread viewing of the speech as it was shared through various social media. Within a week, nearly 50,000 people had already watched the speech. By the time you read it here, it’s likely more than 100,000 people will have viewed it.
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March 2, 2012

Another Tragedy Results from the Obama Administration's Fast and Furious Scandal

Three months ago, Attorney General Eric Holder told Congress that guns illegally supplied to drug cartels in Mexico -- as part of the Obama Administration's "Fast and Furious" scandal -- would continue to show up at crime scenes "for years to come." Unfortunately, this is the most honest declaration to come out of Holder's Justice Department since this deadly scheme first surfaced.
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February 24, 2012

“No More Weapons!” Sign Erected Along U.S.--Mexican Border

Last week, Mexican President Felipe Calderon unveiled a “billboard” near the U.S. border made of crushed firearms formed into the words, "No More Weapons!" The Mexican government (aided by American media) has consistently claimed that their country’s crime problems are due, in large part, to the flow of firearms into Mexico from the U.S. This sentiment has been bolstered by the Obama administration through U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, his Department of Justice, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives now-infamous “Fast and Furious” gunrunning operation.
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February 21, 2012

Holder Must Go

Attorney General Eric Holder's lies and half-truths in the "Fast and Furious" aftermath are nothing new. A look at the past shows a long history of dishonesty and disdain for the truth and the law
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February 17, 2012

Did Other Federal Agencies Know About “Fast And Furious?”

It has been said that if you tell a lie often enough, and convincingly enough, people will start to believe it is true.  Perhaps that’s the tack U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is taking regarding his, and the Department of Justice’s, role in the now-infamous “Fast and Furious” gunrunning operation that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives ran out of its Phoenix office.
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February 17, 2012

On the Second Amendment, Obama Budget Tells All

Barack Obama’s careful effort to hide his anti-Second Amendment agenda is starting to come undone.  The latest evidence is found in the budget he sent to Congress this past week. As we reported last fall, NRA was very successful in having a number of provisions included in the annual spending bills that are important protections for our rights.  Obama grudgingly signed the Fiscal Year 2012 spending bills that contained those “riders,” although in his signing statement, he announced his intent to defy some. Now, in Obama’s FY 2013 budget, he proposes eliminating many of them outright.
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February 10, 2012

Holder Tells Congress the Obama Administration Wants To Ban Guns

This week, NRA-ILA Executive Director Chris W. Cox wrote an op-ed for the Daily Caller regarding U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s February 2 appearance before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, where Holder answered questions about his role in the deadly “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal.  Of particular import during the hearings was Holder’s admission to Congress that the Obama administration still hopes to reinstate former President Bill Clinton’s so-called “assault weapons” ban. 
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February 8, 2012

Holder tells Congress the Obama administration wants to ban guns

Last Thursday, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder appeared before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to answer questions about his role in the deadly “Fast and Furious” gun-running scandal. However, instead of answers, Congress got more defiance, more arrogance, and more wasted time with an attorney general who clearly feels no sense of obligation to the American people or our rule of law.
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February 3, 2012

Help Defeat Gun Registration Scheme

“Fast and Furious” was also used as justification to force what amounts to a gun registration scheme. Devised by Holder and the Obama administration, t`he scheme requires federally licensed firearms retailers in states bordering Mexico to report all sales of two or more semiautomatic rifles within five consecutive business days, if the rifles are larger than .22 caliber and use detachable magazines. Yet, under existing law, the bureau has full access to every record of every firearm transaction by every licensed dealer, whether during a bona fide criminal investigation or simply to enforce compliance with record keeping requirements. This reporting scheme would create a registry of owners of many of today's most popular rifles--firearms owned by millions of Americans for self-defense, hunting and other lawful purposes.  Emerging evidence has made it clear that “Fast and Furious” was used as justification to force the multiple sales reporting requirement.
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February 3, 2012

Holder Testifies on “Fast and Furious,” Calls for more gun control

On Thursday, February 2, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee regarding his role in the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives' gun running operation known as “Fast and Furious.”
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January 17, 2012

From Hope and Change to Hate and Fear

President Barack Obama has certainly changed the tone in Washington. What used to be a town well-known for partisan bickering has been transformed into a 24/7 hate fest. Obama may bemoan the rancor in Congress every time the cameras are rolling, but make no mistake, this acidic atmosphere is by his own design.
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