The former U.S. attorney in Arizona leaked an internal report about an ATF agent who had criticized the failed gun operation.
by Richard A. Serrano / Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON — The former top federal prosecutor in Arizona retaliated against the lead whistle-blower in the Fast and Furious gun-smuggling scandal by leaking an internal report that suggested the whistle-blower once favored allowing illegal gun sales as a way to track weapons to drug cartels in Mexico, the Justice Department’s inspector general’s office said Monday.
Dennis K. Burke, who resigned from the U.S. attorney’s office following the Fast [...]
Former public servants, from DEA chiefs to cops, are using their clout to lobby for drug policies that enrich themselves—before it’s too late.
By Kevin Gray / The Fix
When eight former DEA chiefs signed a letter to US Attorney General Eric Holder earlier this month, demanding that the feds crack down on Washington and Colorado, the states which voted last November to legalize marijuana, there was more than just drug-war ideology at stake. There was money.
Two of the elder drug warriors, Peter Bensinger (DEA chief, 1976–1981) and Robert DuPont (White House drug chief, 1973–1977), [...]
by George Mantor / Zero Hedge
If I were a high level criminal, I would sleep with a life-sized blow-up doll of Eric Holder. How could I not love this man?
When it comes to the drug war, we wouldn’t even have one, and that would be very, very bad for very, very big business.
Prohibition is good for big business. It allows for the creation of extraordinary after cost profits while keeping competitors under control.
When you can grow your own weed or get it from your neighbor, the profit drains out of it. If you [...]
VIENNA (AP) — The head of the U.N. drug watchdog agency is urging U.S. federal officials to challenge ballot measures in Colorado and Washington that decriminalized possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults 21 and over.
Raymond Yans says the approvals send “a wrong message to the rest of the nation and it sends a wrong message abroad.”
Yans heads the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB). He told The Associated Press on Tuesday he hopes Attorney General Eric Holder “will take all the necessary measures” to ensure that marijuana possession and use remains illegal throughout the [...]
SAN DIEGO, Oct. 16 (UPI) — A Phoenix man, among 20 people indicted on charges of buying firearms in Arizona for use by Mexican drug cartels, was sentenced to nearly five years in prison.
Danny Morones, 28, the first of the so-called Fast and Furious defendants to be sentenced, drew a 57-month prison term Monday in the case tried in San Diego, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Morones pleaded guilty to acting as a “straw purchaser” of high-powered weapons, including AK-47 assault rifles, and to recruiting others to buy weapons.
The cases were moved to San Diego [...]
Aristegui Noticias, Translated by Reed Brundage / Mexico Voices
Weapons from ‘Operation Fast and Furious’ were used at at least 100 crime scenes in Mexico, including the massacre of 16 young people in Villas de Salvarcar and a massacre in a rehabilitation center (both of which occurred in Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) and the murder of Mario Gonzalez, the brother of the former prosecutor of Chihuahua, Patricia Gonzalez.
This was revealed by journalist Gerardo Reyes, director of the research team that, on Sunday, presented a report on Univision which reveals that some of the weapons illegally allowed to [...]
WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, today wrote to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder requesting him to immediately disclose information related to the existence of any potential “gun-walking” programs in the State of Texas and provide answers to the family of fallen U.S. ICE Agent Jaime Zapata about the source of the weapons found at his murder scene, one of which has been linked to a Texas-based straw purchaser.
Sen. Cornyn first requested this information from the Attorney General more than one year ago and to date has only received a routine response indicating a review was taking [...]
WASHINGTON — A scathing internal Justice Department report on a botched gun-trafficking investigation that allowed about 2,000 weapons to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartel enforcers is not likely to close the book on the scandal.
Federal officials acknowledge that there are serious concerns about the hundreds of guns that have yet to be recovered by Mexican and U.S. authorities.
About 1,300 firearms, most of them Ak-47 assault rifles, are unaccounted for since suspected cartel associates began purchasing the weapons along the Mexican border from licensed U.S. gun dealers in 2009 as part of the [...]
Eric Holder, the US Attorney General, was today cleared of wrongdoing in relation to the Fast and Furious scandal, the bungled gun running investigation that saw American law enforcement agents allow weapons to fall into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
A report by the Department of Justice’s (DoJ) internal watchdog found that Mr Holder was only informed of the investigation long after it had spun out of control but criticised 14 senior officials for their roles in the scandal.
Two senior DoJ officials were forced out after being named in the report and several others are [...]
By CHARLIE SAVAGE / New York Times
WASHINGTON – The Justice Department’s inspector general recommended on Wednesday that 14 current federal officials face disciplinary reviews over the botched gun-trafficking investigation known as Operation Fast and Furious.
In a scathing report, the inspector general, Michael Horowitz, laid primary blame on what he portrayed as a dysfunctional and poorly supervised group of Arizona-based federal prosecutors and agents of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. As part of the operation, those officials did not act to seize illegal weapons in hopes of bringing a bigger case against a [...]