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Long-awaited 'Furious' report places blame on ATF, Justice
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The goverment will do ANYTHING to demonise guns in order to restrict private citizens owning them....

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Quote: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.

The report cites a failure in leadership and a lack of accountability and oversight up and down the chain of command at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the Justice Department itself and other offices. It says many senior executives knew the U.S. was helping traffic guns to Mexico that killed people but did nothing to stop it.

"We found no evidence in Operation Fast and Furious that the ATF or the (U.S. attorney's office) attempted at any point during the investigation to balance the risks to the public safety against the long-term benefits of identifying trafficking networks and participants," the draft report says.

Fast and Furious was the anti-gunrunning sting that helped send some 2,000 assault weapons to Mexico under the guise of stopping illegal trafficking. The operation ended only after the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry -- two of the weapons associated with the investigation were found at his murder scene.

Much of the blame in the report is directed at three ATF managers: Phoenix Agent in Charge Bill Newell, Supervisor Dave Voth and Case Agent Hope MacAllister. 

Their attorneys claim they've been scape-goated. Debra Roth, an attorney for MacAllister, wrote to Inspector General Michael Horowitz that the report "fails to account for the abdication of oversight, guidance and responsibility by ATF headquarters and Main Department of Justice regarding the implementation of what is in essence a strategy to combat an international criminal enterprise."

The documents obtained by Fox News, while incomplete, provide an early glimpse into the finger-pointing that will follow the expected release later this week or early next of the complete IG report. Attorney General Eric Holder has said the report, which will be scrutinized on Capitol Hill, will provide him the basis to discipline or fire those found most culpable.

While the report blames Newell and Voth for poor judgment, attorneys for the two say higher ups and the entire ATF chain of command were aware of everything they did.

Both men recall a detailed briefing Voth delivered to senior ATF and DOJ staff in Washington on March 5, 2010. In a Power Point presentation, attended by at least two deputy attorneys general, Voth explained how the operation was run and how almost two-dozen largely unemployed men bought 1,026 assault weapons with $650,000 in just over four months, then smuggled the guns to Mexico while under surveillance.

"Following the briefing ... Mr. Voth received accolades from his superiors. No one in ATF leadership or at Main Justice raised any concerns with Mr. Voth about the direction of the investigation. If anything, they were encouraging him," Voth attorney Joshua Levy said. 

Attorneys for the three contend that the report's conclusion that the strategy for Fast and Furious was hatched in Phoenix is not true. MacAllister's attorney claims that it was "part of the overall ATF Southwest Border strategy to deal with an international criminal enterprise engaged in firearms trafficking."

Horowitz said late last week that he expects the full report to be released later this week or early next. He is currently scheduled to testify in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee next Wednesday.
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This topic never stops making me sick. One thing is for sure, we will never truly know the full extent...
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I want to see the full report.
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It had to go all the way to the top.  For my company, everything I do at work is reported to my regional boss (for other sites, it might be their district boss, but I don't have one.  The district will then report to the regional).  The regional then reports it (along with other information from the sites under him) to the VP and other senior members.  The VP and senior members then report it to the top company official(s).  The regional, VP, and other senior members are going to tell the top company official(s) everything because if they don't then it will look like the people on my level are bums and not doing anything which will bring a lot of heat on the VP and senior members, which will then sink down to the regional.  Also the regional, senior members, and VP will NOT let anything occur on my level if they know there is a good chance it will make them look bad or jam them up.  That is why they report everything to the top.  Sorry if my reasoning may sound confusing, but either way, based upon my own experiences I know nothing negative can go on without the higher ups finding out about it.  For example, look at the Penn State scandal.
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De' finger pointing, as always, starts at de' TOP... Rolleyes



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Attorney General Eric Holder has said the report, which will be scrutinized on Capitol Hill, will provide him the basis to discipline or fire those found most culpable.




Well let's hope he does the right thing and fires himself.
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Eric and O, cell mates in waiting, we can only hope. 

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The Untold Story Behind The "Fast and Furious" Scandal

Univision's TV Special On The Fast and Furious Operation Airs This Sunday
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By Univision News
9/28/12, 12:38 PM EDT

Who are the human faces of the U.S. government's botched "Fast and Furious" gun-walking operation?

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.

Additional guns, previously unreported by congressional investigators, found their way into the hands of drug traffickers across Latin America in countries such as, Honduras and Colombia, as well as the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. A person familiar with the recent congressional hearings called Univision's findings "the holy grail" that Congress had been searching for.

Get the full story on "Fast and Furious" on a special edition of Univision's "Aquí y Ahora" (Here and Now) this Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. ET/PT (6 p.m. Central), which will be aired with closed captioning in English.
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photoshooter;2444 Wrote:...Attorney General Eric Holder has said the report, which will be scrutinized on Capitol Hill, will provide him the basis to discipline or fire those found most culpable...
[Image: oldman_01.gif] Yea, right - like anyone associated with the ObamaGang will take any form of responsibility. The entire ObamaGang are sitting in a locked room figuring how to spin the blame back to x-President Bush Administration and get the media (i.e., MSNBC, CBS, etc.) to print and broadcast it![Image: killingme.gif]
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It was the video??
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