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#1 ProConfesso

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Posted 30 October 2014 - 08:17 PM

http://www.justice.g.../2014/s1501.pdf

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Posted 02 December 2012 - 11:49 PM

Does anyone know if McMahon travelled to his private sector job in the Phillipineson an OFFICIAL passport?

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 11:52 AM

Full retirement benefits? Wrong!

Food, shelter, healthcare, and clothing (orange jumpsuit) forever, sure, or for a LONG time. They deserve to be prosecuted, and since the Feds won't go after them criminally, Arizona needs to, as does Mexico. They lied, they armed international criminals, and many people died.

They committed many crimes, many offenses of far greater harm than many who are, who have been, and who will be looked up for a long time. Hard time, fellas. You earned it.

As I'm sure you've said to many over the years, "Take it like a man."

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 08:45 AM

Another quote from Katie Pavlich's Townhall article:

"All are expected to receive full retirement benefits."

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 09:44 PM

Does this mean the Wheel of Justice is beginning to spin? I will stay tuned in..........

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Posted 30 November 2012 - 04:11 PM

This just in.. first of the fallout from the IG Report perhaps??

According to credible ATF sources, officials heavily involved in Operation Fast and Furious and named as partially responsible for the program's failure by Department of Justice Inspector General Michael Horowitz and the House Oversight Committee have been stripped of their government security clearances while some have been fired, demoted, and transferred. Criminal charges are also reportedly pending.

Former ATF Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division Bill Newell, former ATF Special Agent in Charge of Operations in the West Bill McMahon and former Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the Phoenix Field Division George Gillett have been fired while former Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jim Needles and Field Supervisor David Voth have been demoted. Hope McAllister, the lead case agent for Fast and Furious, has been put on leave and transferred out of Phoenix according to reports.

http://townhall.com/...rious_officials

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Posted 17 November 2012 - 01:14 PM

Yes, well thought out calculated protection.  No demotion, no demand he pay back dbl dip money, and no charges for lying, gross mismanagement or loss of benefits. I'll break this down and everybody can decide whether justice has been served. McMahon, is eligible to retire in December, they helped him get a high powered job with the very company who holds the ATF credit card contract. They can and will drag out the termination process well past his retirement date. The fact that they PROPOSED it doesn't mean ANYTHING. He ALREADY has a job, so it will not impact his employability. He will get FULL SES retirement benefits, with NO consequences. Thereby, greenlighting many more abuses of authority in the future. YOU CANNOT terminate somebody who has already retired.  And Mr. Jones and Brandon KNOW this. Like I said, CALCULATED. More to follow.
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Posted 11 November 2012 - 10:56 PM

Someone PLEASE correct me if I wrong. We as an agency have refused to cooperate openly and candidly with the U S Congressional oversight committee and just blanketedly ignored them. We have undergone so many reorganizations in the past three years that no one in the field knows who they work for any more. We have delayed, secreted and manipulated ANY accountability to those responsible for millions of dollars of wasted taxpayer money moving bosses back and forth JUST to avoid any accountability, and NOW we just reorganized Chief Counsels Office (their words not ours) placing the most abusive and unethical attorney in the history of this Bureau, Elenor Loos back in charge of Ethics and Administration, only to have her announce her retirement. Mr. Jones, we are collectively wondering, IS THIS WHY YOU WERE BROUGHT HERE? Was this your mandate? To hide, delay, coverup and misdirect? McMahon gets approved for fulltime outside employment while on admin leave or any kind of leave and you stand by for that while letting your Cheif counsel draft countless attacks against Agents and Inspectors nation wide for outside employment issues? We have NOT had the same AD of internal affairs for more than a year in the last 5 yrs and all have been removed for integrity issues, SERIOUSLY? You assign a head of Internal affairs who has personally suborned employees to lie and conceal violations of law and policy, AGAIN (his words not ours) and made false statements under oath, attempted to terminate employees out of clear cut and well documented whistleblower reprisals costing taxpayers millions? You post veiled threats of reprisals and ask our Agents to ignore "the blogosphere", ie. CLEANUPATF, and think the field doesnt see the blatant disregard for our Agency and our mission? We do see it. There is a reason the FAAP has lost credibility. Its because of ATF Senior managements actions, NOT the FAAPs. You commissioned a second survey shortly after your arrival regarding the fields perception of YOUR NEW leadership reorganization and plan. PUBLISH IT. Closing the Reno Office, protecting the F and F culprits, and misdirecting Congress DOES NOT instill trust in our leadership.
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Posted 26 October 2012 - 12:10 PM

I hope Justice is served!

I wonder how many Managers and Supervisors have experienced a 'Hard Drive Crash' while being involved in F&F and all other legal cases.

Why do you think they buy time?

This should be investigated: The number of ATF employees experiencing Hardware crashes while under investigation.
You will be surprised.

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Posted 26 October 2012 - 10:34 AM

TO THOSE NOT WILLING TO GIVE CURRENT AND PAST SENIOR MANAGERS A PASS FOR DESTROYING THIS BUREAU, READ THE BELOW ARTICLE AND MORE IMPORTANTLY CLICK ON THE LINK TO DEMAND ACCOUNTABILITY OF ALL RESPONSIBLE ONCE THE ELECTION IS OVER.

GOD BLESS ATF AND GOD BLESS AMERICA


Rediscovered news account sheds light on Fast and Furious deception


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Gunwalking? What's that?











A two-year old news article about Arizona guns falling into the hands of Mexican cartels, that preceded the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and the unraveling of government-sanctioned gunwalking, has been rediscovered by Attorney David Hardy on his Of Arms and the Law blog. The story was filed “[r]ight in the middle of the Fast and Furious gunrunning,” Hardy observes, adding “with SAC William Newell overseeing the operation.”
Special Agent in Charge Newell headed the Phoenix field division from which Operation Fast and Furious was executed.
“Weapons that trace back to dealers and sellers in Arizona are being found at various Mexican crime scenes,” the ABC15 news account begins, citing Newell throughout.





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Video: ATF's Newell denies gunwalking under oath
“At various Mexican crime scenes, Newell said they are finding weapons that trace back to dealers and sellers in Arizona,” the story continues, quoting Newell’s claim that “I go to Mexico all the time, I see US-sourced firearms there all the time. A large percentage of those firearms that they illegally acquire and illegally traffic to Mexico are from the U.S. and a large percentage are from Arizona.”
What Newell gave no hint of was the involvement of his office in doing its utmost to ensure that would happen, and by the time he opportunistically used the media as his mouthpiece, we know from the Congressional Joint Staff Report on Fast and Furious subtitled “Fueling Cartel Violence,” he was masking his involvement in upping the numbers at the same time he was exploiting gun trafficking as a public relations tool.
“In late 2009, ATF officials stationed in Mexico began to notice a large volume of guns appearing there that were traced to the ATF’s Phoenix Field Division,” the report reveals. “These weapons were increasingly recovered in great numbers from violent crime scenes. ATF intelligence analysts alerted Darren Gil, Attaché to Mexico, and Carlos Canino, Deputy Attaché, about the abnormal number of weapons. Gil and Canino communicated their worries to leadership in Phoenix and Washington, D.C., only to be brushed aside. Furthermore, ATF personnel in Arizona denied ATF personnel in Mexico access to crucial information about the case, even though the operation directly involved their job duties and affected their host country.
“Rather than share information, senior leadership within both ATF and the Department of Justice (DOJ) assured their representatives in Mexico that everything was ‘under control,’” the report continued. “The growing number of weapons recovered in Mexico, however, indicated otherwise.”
Noting the date when Newell was publicly wringing his hands about gun trafficking and private sales, it’s illustrative to note the report reveals “ATF officials in Mexico continued to raise the alarm over the burgeoning number of weapons. By October 2010, the amount of seized and recovered weapons had “maxed out” space in the Phoenix Field Division evidence vault. Nevertheless, ATF and DOJ failed to share crucial details of Operation Fast and Furious with either their own employees stationed in Mexico or representatives of the Government of Mexico.”
So while Newell was patting himself on the back and getting free publicity, his sanctioned operations were creating what Canino described as “the perfect storm of idiocy.”
We also know from the report that even though noises were being made to shut down Fast and Furious three months before Newell mugged for the ABC15 piece, it took the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, and the discovery of walked guns at his murder scene, to get ATF officials, who knew perfectly well their role in things, to abruptly pull the plug—contemporaneous with when Eric Holder aide Monty Wilkinson advised then-District of Arizona U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke “"I've alerted the AG..."
A congressional hearing exchange, featuring Newell being questioned by Rep. Jason Chaffetz, where the ATF caporegime dodges and weaves and denies guns were allowed to walk, is presented in this column’s sidebar video player. Because it is so unbelievable, watching it will be more instructive than any description. Also recall that Newell was the one who sent Fast and Furious information to then-Director of North American Affairs for the National Security Council Kevin O’Reilly with the caution “You didn’t get these from me,” that O’Reilly was removed from the country to a State Department assignment in Iraq, and that, even with his return, the White House Counsel will not allow him to testify to the Oversight Committee, and he has refused to cooperate with the Office of inspector General.
What’s clear is if the continued inquiry is left solely to Republican Congressional investigators, resolution will remain unattainable goals, blocked at every turn by continued DOJ stonewalling and legal maneuverings, by the Democrats, and by a media sympathetic to an uncooperative administration. The Republican leadership, the Romney/Ryan ticket and the National Rifle Association have all taken great advantage of Fast and Furious opportunities, but to date have refused to weigh in on the one thing that would ensure a complete and thorough accounting: a commitment by Mitt Romney that, if elected, he will revoke executive privilege protecting subpoenaed documents from the Oversight Committee, and direct his administration to cooperate fully with the investigation. Let anyone who objects to that for personal reasons lawyer up on their own dime, without the practically invulnerable shield and inexhaustible resources of the federal government to hide behind.
But the key, ultimately, is not with supposed friends, who for reasons of their own have kept silent on a Romney commitment—it’s with everyone who professes to want to see truth and justice and accountability for Fast and Furious. If you’re one of those, and have not yet made your expectations clear, the key is with you. If they only hear from a handful, they’ll figure the issue is safe to ignore with no repercussions, and they’ll probably be right.

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Posted 15 October 2012 - 07:50 AM

"It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong."
Thomas Sowell

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 07:18 AM

http://abcnews.go.co...34#.UGhUeK4hQq_

The consequences of the controversial ‘Fast and Furious’ undercover operation put in place by the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in 2009 have been deadlier than what has been
made public to date,” the network said. “The exclusive, in-depth investigation by Univision News’ award-winning Investigative Unit — Univision Investiga — has found that the guns that crossed the border as part of Operation Fast and Furious caused dozens of deaths inside Mexico.”

Among other groups of Fast and Furious victim stories Univision says it will tell in the special to air Sunday evening at 7 p.m., is one about how “16 young people attending a party in a residential area of Ciudad Juárez in January of 2010″ were gunned down with weapons the Obama administration gave to drug cartel criminals through Fast and Furious.

“Univision News’ Investigative Unit was also able to identify additional guns that escaped the control of ATF agents and were used in different types of crimes throughout Mexico,” the network added. “Furthermore, some of these guns — none of which were reported by congressional investigators — were put in the hands of drug traffickers in Honduras, Puerto Rico, and Colombia. A person familiar with the recent congressional hearings called Univision’s findings ‘the holy grail’ that Congress had been searching for.”

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 03:35 PM

The sad part of this (one of many) is that the Agency has already won. Nothing will happen once the pre-election political games are done. The only reason this has gotten any attention this far is that the Republicans want to make the Democrats look worse than they already are. Not a single politician gives a sh** about any of us and this will drop dead in November....we are all just pawns. You are fools if you think Grassly and Co care about anything more than making the current administration look bad....and yes I am a Republican.

As you can see from the drop in postings on this site, just like post 911 most people have lost their interest and moved on to something else or are too scared to open their mouths. Except for those who have lawsuits pending and other various personal interests at stake, no one cares anymore. The message has been chiseled into every Agents brain that what the law says does not matter if you open your mouth and speak against the organization. Yes you can stand on principle, but you will go bankrupt doing so in legal fees.

The intended chilling effect on all those who cannot retire and need their job has been a success. People on both sides of this will retire soon. I will be VERY surprised if a single person actually is fired. To think someone will be prosecuted is a pipe dream. All in all a few took heat and got some dirty laundry out into public view. In the end all will still have their fat pay checks and be just as stupid and incompetent as they were when it all began. This is the ATF culture....always was and always will be. Only thing that changes are the names.

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Posted 29 September 2012 - 12:03 PM

INTERNET SIDESHOW PER ACTING DIRECTOR JONES
To ALL and with all do respect to the position of Acting Director, the Agency and DOJ DID NOT and never intended to show up to mediation in good faith. WEIGH YOUR choices closely before attending such a dog and pony show. On the LARGER Issue, obviously none of you agree with the Acting Director that CUATF is some internet "sideshow". FYI sir, I am reasonably certain you have not received close to a million visits to YOUR Changecasts. Thats because they go ignored. #2, I am reasonably confident that the United States Congress does not listen OR try to glean honesty or FACTS from your/ATF website. They DO however directly interact with this site because we answer their questions about corruption, mismanagement and waste fraud and abuse. We Do NOT default to DOJ or smoke and mirrors. ANSWER them as we have and the American People MAY start to trust ATF. YOU, NOT DOJ closed one of the most critical field offices in the country as it relates to genuine public safety. Tell him why. Its easy. You (ATF Bosses and Attorneys) DID have a good reason right?
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Posted 20 September 2012 - 08:27 PM

At the risk of saying, "I told you so."

In July 2011, I told you all so...

"As many who have been thru a few rodeos know, often times, especially with things like F&F, the Wall Street banksters rip-off, etc, the "investigation" is part of the cover-up."

- Posted July 2011

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 02:47 PM

Former ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson immediately retired and issued a statement "....as the acting director of the agency I was ultimately responsible for the actions of each employee."

AG Holder also issued a statement, "“I want to assure the American people that I, and my colleagues at the Department, will continue......"

Duties of the Attorney General (among others):
  • Supervise and direct the administration and operation of the offices, boards, divisions, and bureaus that comprise the Department.
  • Furnish advice and opinions, formal and informal, on legal matters to the President and the Cabinet and to the heads of the executive departments and agencies of the government, as provided by law.
  • Perform or supervise the performance of other duties required by statute or Executive Order.
As the Director of the Department of Justice, was AG Holder also ultimately responsible for the actions of each employee?

Guess not......

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Posted 19 September 2012 - 01:38 PM

DOJ Report:
"A Review of ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious and Related Matters"
(redacted)

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Posted 13 September 2012 - 12:38 AM

Is Fox news quoting the attorneys for McAllister, Voth, Gillette and Newell? Seriously? The bosses said it was ok? You needed to be TOLD its not OK to give guns to badguys? Wasn't that the SAME defense the Nazis tried at Nuremburg and Lt. Calley at the My Lai massacre? "Nobody said I couldn't so I thought it was ok"??????? Is ANYONE From McAllister up to Holder gonna stand up and own this? Mr. Jones and Brandon, are you just hoping to delay until the elections and then dump this on the NEW leadership like all those before you?

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 07:25 PM

http://www.foxnews.c...cross-agencies/


Who is paying the hourly fee for these attorneys? It's expensive.

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Posted 11 September 2012 - 05:44 PM

The way it ought to be.....


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Mr. Horowitz, release this report!



instead of


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Mr. Horowitz, redact this report!


(In memory of the words of a fine American President, Ronald Reagan)

("Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!")



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Posted 11 September 2012 - 03:27 PM

http://www.foxnews.c...cross-agencies/
The views and opinions expressed by the author are just that. They are not the official opinion of anyone anywhere in any capacity.

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 03:33 PM

If so many people were not harmed, this would be funny.

This sort of sums it up, don't you think?



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Posted 30 August 2012 - 06:20 AM

As much as I would like to see some criminal action taken, I am not holding my breath on that. As for an internal spanking, there is nothing I can think of that would be harsh enough. I do anticipate that the IG report will support what most already know, that is that these guys were incapable of telling the truth. They lied internally, to the public and to Congress for self serving reasons. In my view that places each of them on a Giglio/Henthorn list. Would that not be a reason to strip them of their 1811 status and relegate them to some mundane admin job,like scanning OOB records.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 09:56 AM

Hard intel says Newell, Gillette, Voth and McCallister are in DC reviewing the OIG draft. Normally that wouldn't be a big deal BUT, there are criminal implications here and this is paramount to letting a suspect review an ongoing investigation.PREDICTION, Mr. Jones and Holder will dish out severe spanking while mitigating this entire thing BEFORE the OIG report is published publicly, giving the illusion of decisiveness. TOO LATE Gentlemen. The time for decisiveness was a year ago when Bill Newell said "I don't see it as walking guns". Now everybody sees it for what it is, smoke and mirrors. Charles Manson didn't think he was guilty of Murder either, just because he didn't pull the trigger. Lets poll the family's, the fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters of the three hundred Mexicans who have been killed because YOU DIDN'T WALK GUNS. Is this Agency's leadership completely void of ethics and integrity?

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 02:41 PM

This sort of sums it up, don't you think?

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 09:35 PM

Quote from the CBS / Atkisson article posted below by Zorro describing ATF "leadership" in a nutshell - always someone elses fault, always someone else to blame, never accept responsibility:

"Since the controversy was first exposed, a divide has developed between the ATF staff in Phoenix who oversaw and implemented Fast and Furious; and their supervisors at ATF headquarters and the Justice Department. The Phoenix officials say higher-ups approved of the case. But the higher-ups say it was all the brainchild of rogue ATF officials in Phoenix."

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 06:36 PM

http://www.liveleak....=2dd_1346105231

I found this link too

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Posted 27 August 2012 - 05:50 PM

http://www.cbsnews.c...enix-personnel/
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Posted 25 August 2012 - 11:48 AM

The question is now, will Mr. Jones immediately resign as acting Director for such ethical lapses? Will Brandon and Turk explain and be held accountable for such a disgrace? Will Congress or the OIG pull Mr. McMahons passport to prevent him from fleeing prosecution since his J.P. Morgan position involves the Phillipines? Will he be made to PAY THE TAXPAYERS back immediately, have his accrued benefits reset to reflect lost time? These are the consequences that the LAW requires. The question is, will DOJ or ATF
apply the LAW just this once?

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Posted 23 August 2012 - 02:53 PM

I am starting this topic now in anticipation of the imminent OIG Report re: "Fast & Furious", etc.





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