Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Fast and Furious Timeline and News Links - Jan. 2012

January 2012

January 1, 2012 - Gambling with guns
January 2, 2012 - Narcosphere: CBS News Poaches Narco News’ Drug War Coverage

January 2, 2012 - Honduras Weekly: Holding the United States Accountable

January 4, 2012 - Guess what I saw today on Hulu? A NatGeo Explorer episode, pre exposure of Fast and Furious (although the operation may have been going on at the time). They first show a Mexican law enforcement official presenting US made guns all but one of which were obviously military sourced, since they are full auto - one even had a grenade launcher! Cut to - guess who? William Newell who talks about all the guns going to Mexico from US gun shops. Then cut to a gun shop owner who is forced to say that, yes, if pass the background check you can take the gun in about 15 minutes. They do include comments by the gun store owner to the effect that, "We don't sell guns if we think something is wrong - I don't think any gun stores do." - It's an excellant example of how the mainstream press worked with both Mexican and US authorities to lie about the source of cartel guns. Imagine what they would have done with Agent Terry's death and the deaths of hundreds of Mexicans had Fast and Furious not been exposed. You can find the video HERE. The segment in question begins at about 15:15.

January 4, 2012 - The Hill: Holder to appear before Issa's panel

January 4, 2012 - Bloomberg Businessweek: Holder to Face Lawmakers’ Questions on U.S. Gun Operation

January 5, 2012 - Gunrunning and the Felony Murder Doctrine by William Heuisler, Tucson Crime Prevention Examiner, makes the point that if Eric Holder ordered the gunwalking in Fast and Furious he could be charged with First Degree Murder. He believes that this may be why Holder is continuing to stonewall.

January 5, 2012 - Breaking: ATF reportedly relieves Fast and Furious managers prior to OIG report by David Codrea, Gun Rights Examiner - one of the first reporters to break the story - reports that three ATF managers who were involved in Fast and Furious have been relieved of duty. They are William Hoover, Mark Chait, and William McMahon. McMahon was the supervisor who wanted info on F&F to use to further gun control. There was considerable controversy when these three supervisors were reassigned to better jobs a few months ago.

January 5, 2012 - Atty. General Holder to Testify on Fast and Furious the hearings have been rescheduled to Feb. 2, They will focus exclusively on Fast and Furious. Chairman Issa issued this statement: “The Department of Justice’s conduct in the investigation of Operation Fast and Furious has been nothing short of shameful. From its initial denials that nothing improper occurred, to efforts to silence whistleblowers who wanted to tell Congress what really happened, to its continuing refusal to discuss or share documents related to this cover-up, the Justice Department has fought tooth and nail to hide the full truth about what occurred and what senior officials knew. Attorney General Holder must explain or reverse course on decisions that appear to put the careers of political appointees ahead of the need for accountability and the Department’s integrity.”

January 5, 2012 - The Washington Times: Holder facing further ‘Fast and Furious’ grilling - Issa targets ‘management deficiencies’ Mr. Issa noted that in December, the Justice Department explicitly told his panel it would not deliver subpoenaed documents relating to Fast and Furious created after Feb. 4. (Why do I think they are hiding a cover up?)

January 5, 2012 - Grassley: New docs prove Admin knew about Fast & Furious

Direct Link to Sen. Grassley's press release.

January 5, 2012 - San Francisco Chronicle: Justice Dept documents describe another gun probe

January 5, 2012 - More Shakeups at ATF Over Fast and Furious
January 5, 2012 - TPM Muckraker: Emails Refute Republican Suggestion That Bush-Era ‘Gun Walking’ Was Coordinated With Mexico (We are supposed to believe that because guns got away during Wide Receiver, the operation was "not coordinated" with Mexico - even though the Mexicans gave consent for the operation and were the ones who did not intercept the guns when they were told about them!)

January 5, 2012- Chicago Tribune: ATF sidelines officials in gun sting debacle
Note on following two stories: The administration will not release documents requested by Congress on Fast and Furious - but they are happy to release documents on an unrelated Bush era program they are trying to use as an excuse.

January 5, 2012 - CNN: Justice turns over more ATF documents to congressional investigators-- rekindling debate

January 5, 2012 - Politico: Wide Receiver gun-walking records released by Justice Department
January 6, 2012 - American Thinker: Issa vs. Holder on Fast and Furious, Round Three
January 6, 2012 - Main Justice: DOJ Documents Sprak Fresh Criticism of Fast and Furious
January 6, 2012 - Blue Ridge Now: Fast and Furious: Who's really the racist?
January 13, 2012 - LA Times: Another ATF weapons operation comes under scrutiny (Times reports that there may be an entire additional operation - run in the same way, with the same results, at the same time as Fast and Furious. If true, this provides a huge amount of support for the idea that guns were deliberately sent to Mexican criminal organizations in order to justify gun control in the US.)
January 13, 2012 - Fast and Furious Redux?
January 13, 2012 - WVNSTV.COM: Judge upholds reporting by gun store owners
January 19, 2012 - Rep. Issa Subpoenas Az Prosecutor in Fast and Furious Probe
January 19, 2012 - Top Arizona official subpoenaed in Fast and Furious case
January 19, 2012 - Human Events: Fast and Furious: Issa Subpoenas Arizona U.S. Attorney Division Chief - An unacceptable response to questions about an unacceptable program.

January 19, 2012 - The Economist: Not so fast - The simmering controversy over Operation Fast and Furious
January 20, 2012 - Fox News: Federal official refuses to testify about Fast and Furious

January 20, 2012 - The Hill: Federal officer invokes Fifth in 'Fast and Furious' investigation
January 20, 2012 - Main Justice: Arizona Prosecutor to Invoke 5th Amendment in Gun-Running ProbeLink
January 20, 2012 - The Washington Times: Federal prosecutor cites Fifth in ‘Fast and Furious’ probe
January 20, 2012 - Hot Air: DoJ figure taking the 5th in Fast & Furious probe

January 20, 2012 - ABC15: State (AZ) to Feds: We're going to investigate Fast and Furious, too

January 24, 2012 - tri-state online: Legislators to review gun-running sting

January 24, 2012 - Yuma Sun: State investigation sought of Fast and Furious program
January 24, 2012 - Ariz. House to review gun trafficking operation
January 24, 2012 - Fox News: Will Congress get answers on Fast and Furious?
January 24, 2012 - The Hill: Issa says federal officer involved in a 'broad cover-up' in 'Fast and Furious' investigation
January 24, 2012 - Issa on Cunningham: 'We are still going to bring him forward'

January 24, 2012 - Daily News-Sun: Holder, Issa trade comparison barbs over hearings
January 25, 2012 - The Bugle: State panel to investigate Fast & Furious
January 25, 2012 - Issa to Holder: ‘Major escalation of DOJ’s culpability’ in Fast & Furious

January 25, 2012 - ABC15: More subpoenas could come in the Fast and Furious case
January 25, 2012 - NRA News: Why You Should Be Furious About Fast and Furious (In a preview of the NRA's tactics for the 2012 presidential elections, this article makes a strong case for the goal of Fast and Furious being the promotion of gun control at the cost of Mexican lives. NRA is undoubtedly going to pour millions into advertizing in order to get this message out to gun owners.)

January 25, 2012 - Here is a direct link to Issa's letter to Holder. Everyone should take the time to read Issa's letter. He makes a very good case that a major cover up is under way. February's hearings should be the hottest yet.

January 25, 2012 - NRA posted two vdeios yesterday in which Rep. Trey Gowdy and Rep. Paul Gosar discuss Assistant AG Cunningham's invoking his 5th Amendment rights. Key is that Gowdy specifically mentions granting immunity in order to compel his testimony - which may be exactly what he is after.

January 25, 2012 - Fox News: Issa cries foul after key player in Fast and Furious scandal refuses to testify Extensive coverage of both Cunningham's refusal to testify and specifics on possible AZ charges against Federal officials - including that fact that AZ gun dealers were threatened with loss of their FFLs if they did not cooperate by selling guns to felons.

January 26, 2012 - Fox News: Latest on 'Fast and Furious'
January 26, 2012 - Human Events: Fast and Furious: House Oversight Wants Testimony From Another Arizona U.S. Attorney

January 26, 2012 - Rep. Issa Ain’t Giving Up in Fast and Furious; Demands Assist. U.S. Atty Talk

January 26, 2012 - Big Fast and Furious Breaking News: Rep. Issa Now Calls Assistant US Attorney Michael Morrissey To The Stand

January 26, 2012 - NRA News: Arizona Lawmakers Announce Plans for Fast and Furious Committee State Rep. David Burnell Smith provides a lot of info about the state investigation.

January 27, 2012 - CNN: Justice sends more 'Fast and Furious' documents to Congress
January 27, 2012 - Fox News: Friday Fast and Furious Doc Dump
January 27, 2012 - Justice Dept. turns over docs in Fast and Furious
January 27, 2012 - GPB News: Emails Show How 'Fast and Furious' Ambush News Unfolded At Justice Dept.

January 27, 2012 - Times of India: Obama administration reveals new ATF gun probe rules
January 27, 2012 - Guadalajara Reporter: US accused of collusion with Mexican cartels

January 29, 2012 - The Arizona Republic: Burke of Fast and Furious had anti-gun history (Long and very informative article.)

January 29, 2012 - Fox News: Changes in wake of troubled arms trafficking probe
January 29, 2012 - AP: Changes in wake of troubled arms trafficking probe
January 29, 2012 - Hot Air: Holder informed of Fast & Furious five months before testimony?
January 29, 2012 - American Thinker: Why Eric Holder Must Go
January 30, 2012 - Fox News: Top Justice Department official recommended straw buyers after ATF warnings on Fast and Furious

January 30, 2012 - Main Justice: Justice Department Releases Fast and Furious Emails to Congress

January 30, 2012 - Dallas Morning News: Still waiting for the truth from AG Holder on Fast and Furious

January 30, 2012 - Main Justice: Some of Burke’s Allies Say DOJ Sacrificed Him Over Fast and Furious

January 30, 2012 - CBS News: More gunwalker questions for Attorney General Holder
January 30, 2012 - National Review: The Bus Stops Here
January 30, 2012 - Human Events: Fast and Furious: Holder’s Perjury Defense Gets Shaky
The latest Friday night document dump raises questions.

January 30, 2012 - NY Times: Report by House Democrats Absolves Administration in Gun Trafficking Case

January 30, 2012 - Politico: Josh Gerstein: Oversight Democrats stress gunwalking's history
January 30, 2012 - AP: Dems: Fast & Furious just 1 of 4 misguided probes

January 31, 2012 - Grassley on gunwalking: 'Clean hands' excuse 'doesn't pass laugh test'

January 31, 2012 - Does ‘fatally flawed’ minority report on gunwalking ‘absolve’ administration?

January 31, 2012 - WNEP: Democrats defend Obama administration over bungled gun sting
January 31, 2012 - Washington Post: House Democrats say Phoenix ATF to blame in ‘Fast & Furious’ fiasco

January 31, 2012 - Fox News: In new 'Fast and Furious' report, Democrats clear Justice appointees of wrongdoing

January 31, 2012 - Dem Staff Report Says Top Justice Officials Did Not Give Green Light for Fast and Furious

January 31, 2012 - Fox News: Issa threatens contempt proceeding against Holder if Justice fails to comply with Fast and Furious subpoenas

January 31, 2012 - Fox News: New Fast and Furious report ignites controversy

January 31, 2012 - The Hill: Issa threatens Holder with contempt over 'Fast and Furious'
January 31, 2012 - Politico: Darrell Issa threatens Eric Holder with contempt

January 31, 2012 - Democrats Fully Engaged in Fast and Furious Coverup
Comments on the "Minority Report" by Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa): “The idea that senior political appointees have clean hands in these gunwalking scandals doesn’t pass the laugh test. The American people want to see those who failed to act be held accountable.”

(Commentary: We should be surprised that the NY Times, the AP, Politico and House Democrats have "cleared" the Obama administration? We should believe that a few rouge agents conducted this operation when the ATF director is watching on internet cameras, a White House aide was kept in the loop and Holder immediate subordinates knew? Not to mention the fact that Holder refuses to provide any information after the whistle blowers spoke up. No, there is nothing more that the administration needs to explain. Yeah, right.)

January 31, 2012 - Fox News: Fast and Furious: 'No evidence' linking top DOJ aides? (Evidence shows that "minority report" is bogus and Holder is involved in coverup.)

January 31, 2012 - Breaking news on the Fast and Furious scandal
January 31, 2012 - Cronkite News: Report: Officials allowed ‘gun-walking’ for years in Arizona

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