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Gunrunner: Judge rules the Department of Justice must release Fast and Furious log

August 20, 2014

  project-gunrunner-graphicIt has been quite a long time since there has been anything to write about Fast and Furious. In fact since Eric Holder ran to Barack Obama and begged the president to use Executive Privilege to seal the documents which I believe show the upper level of the Obama regime to have been complicit in the scandal the investigation has been dead for all intents and purposes.

  But today Darrell Issa, and all those who want to learn the truth about the scandal which left Brian Terry and Jamie Zapata dead, won a small victory.

  Here is more:

A U.S. District judge ruled on Wednesday that the Department of Justice must turn over a privilege log of documents withheld by the agency on Operation Fast and Furious.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that the Justice Department must provide the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee with a list of documents — but not the documents themselves — withheld on the gunrunning operation.

  Darrell Issa hailed this as a victory, here is what he had to say about this decision:

“This administration has been so intent on hiding the contents of these documents that it allowed Attorney General Holder to be held in contempt instead of just turning them over to Congress,” Issa said. “The privilege log will bring us closer to finding out why the Justice Department hid behind false denials in the wake of reckless conduct that contributed to the violent deaths of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and countless Mexican citizens.”

  I call this a small victory because the Department of Injustice has only been ordered to release a log of the withheld documents and not the documents itself so I am not sure what this will actually accomplish, if it accomplishes anything, and the ruling will be appealed anyway.

  Of course if history teaches us anything we will probably learn the Department of Injustice’s hard drive crashed and was recycled so the documents are no longer available…

14 Comments leave one →
  1. August 20, 2014 7:40 pm

    Heh! Those government hard drives aren’t all that hard, are they?

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  2. August 20, 2014 8:23 pm

    If we take the Senate we just might get a bit farther in the investigation. In the past, the Senate took care of these hearings and apparently had more credibility.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. August 20, 2014 10:20 pm

    Reblogged this on The Grey Enigma.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. MaddMedic permalink
    August 20, 2014 10:41 pm

    Reblogged this on Freedom Is Just Another Word….

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  5. Petermc3 permalink
    August 21, 2014 9:46 am

    And if these documents aren’t turned over, what then? Give me a break. PT Barnum couldn’t put on a better show than that which our three branches of government treat us to on a daily basis. As it is a traitorous president bent on violating the constitution and bringing down the country he was elected to serve and protect cannot be impeached due to his skin color says it all. Thanks once more to a judge pissing in the wind.

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    • August 21, 2014 9:01 pm

      Nothing will come from this if they refuse to turn over the documents. Holder has been held in contempt and nothing has happened.


  6. Patrol Agent permalink
    August 21, 2014 1:28 pm

    Fast & Furious was a DoJ sanctioned operation under the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) program. OCDETF is a major component of DoJ and is located within Main Justice. The top OCDETF manager is a “senior executive service” level position, the highest rank in federal civil service.
    The process for obtaining OCDETF approval and funding is quite rigorous, requiring a very detailed written proposal. In the case of F&F, the proposal was written by special agent(s) in the ATF Phoenix, AZ field office.
    Once the document is written, it goes through an ATF in-house approval process, which includes approval signatures from the group supervisor for the originating agent(s), the assistant special agent in charge, the deputy special agent in charge, and finally the Special Agent in charge (SAC), William Newell, in the case of F&F.
    Once the SAC signed his approval, the document moves to the Office of the U.S. Attorney for Arizona, Dennis Burke for F&F. All U.S. Attorney offices have in-house panels of career prosecutors that study the proposals to see if they meet with the OCDETF guidelines. Once this panel was satisfied, they referred it to Burke for his approval and signature.
    The next step in the process is for the document to be sent to the regional OCDETF office, which is supervised by career, supervisory prosecutors. They convene a meeting of all of the OCDETF member federal law enforcement agencies, of which there are nine. The designated OCDETF regional coordinators are senior career special agents, with extensive law enforcement experience. They vetted the proposal through their individual agencies to ensure there aren’t any conflicts. Once this is accomplished, the document moves to OCDETF Main Justice, where yet another panel will review the proposal in detail. It isn’t unusual for the proposing special agent(s) to be summoned before the panel for in person explanations.
    We know in the case of F&F it was approved and funded, because it ran for some eighteen months.
    How could it have been approved, if they had written about the actual tactics they implemented – letting guns walk? So they either lied in the proposal or ALL of the reviewing and approving never happened, which I seriously doubt.
    The same Mr. Burke is currently a partner in a security consulting firm (GSIS360), with the former national chief of the U.S. Border Patrol and the former director of U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), David Aguilar. They don’t mention in Burke’s corporate bios he was the former U.S. Attorney for Arizona and I think we all know why. They simply say Burke is a former high ranking advisor to DHS.

    Think they might be getting some nice, juicy, federal contracts!

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  7. June 18, 2015 9:18 pm

    Please help END ENTRAPMENT – lets make it a CRIMINAL OFFENCE because currently it is NOT…..

    Liked by 2 people


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