In a move that clearly suggests that the DOJ plans to double-down in its cover-up and whitewash of Fast and Furious, their disastrous gunwalking mega-scandal with a body count, they’ve promoted Former ATF Special Agent in Charge, Phoenix Field Division; William McMahon to ATF Deputy Assistant Director for Field Operations. This promotion, among others, is being seen by whistle-blowers within the ATF as an attempt to charge “full speed ahead on its defense-slash-deflection of Gunwalker.” And ominously for whistle-blowers,it appears that some of the people directly responsible for this project are now in a positions to “slit their throats.”
Clean-up ATF.Org is a forum where anonymous ATF agents share information and compare notes, an absolute treasure-trove of information for people following this trainwreck. A regular poster who goes by the handle “old school” posted this warning to fellow members at the site:
I think management may have indeed already learned who some of us anonymous members are. I have no doubt computer hacks have been assigned to discover our identities. I am no tech guy but I know lots of things can be done. It would not surprise me for illegal methods to be used in this endeavor also. I have had received some very unusual comments from some managers lately, comments that were a little too close and too coincidental to my posts. I feel completely confident and comfortable with my postings but we know how the retaliation works. Revenge is a dish best served cold, right?
His post on the shocking staff changes:
George Gillett is slated to be named as the ATF Liaison to the United States Marshall’s Service. Another poor decision with a magnitude of idiocy that is nearly incomprehensible. He is universally disrespected, has a documented history of failed management and discipline and was a leading proponent of Fast and Furious. He will ruin whatever is left of ATF’s relationship with the USMS.
McMahon in essence received a promotion. ATF’s OPRSO (Internal Affairs) is the highest level of integrity review in the Bureau. They have given the keys to that car to a person who has displayed self-admitted incompetence and refused any accountability for Fast and Furious beyond an admission that he did not review reports closely enough on the case. He has no integrity but now he will be judging everyone else’s. Plus, he has supervised and protected SAC John Torres for years, one of ATF’s biggest criminals. Prepare for the already low esteem of IA to sink deeper regardless of how well Chait props him up (see below).
David Voth was promoted to the Chief of the Tobacco Program after he extorted the agents in his group by giving them the ultimatum of going along with his plan to run guns into Mexico or leave ATF for another job.
Mark Chait who was instrumental in Fast and Furious and Castaway is the guy making these promotions and announcing them in a way where he praises McMahon in his new position (from Chait’s email), “I would also like to extend the same thanks to Bill [McMahon] for his leadership and work with the Western Region field divisions and IAO. While we will miss his guidance in FO, I know he will take the same professionalism and dedication he has shown us and direct that into his new position at OPRSO.”
Julie Torres who was asleep at the wheel during Castaway will remain in her spot and, she was overheard stating her intention to get to the bottom of CleanUpATF and ask DOJ to investigate the anonymous participants.
Good luck with that Jules. 1) Whistleblowers are given the privilege of being anonymous and, 2) there is a document called the Constitution and its First Amendment is the Freedom of Speech.
Even in the midst of our agencies biggest crisis in history Chait and his people can’t even do the wrong thing right. He is dangerous in his arrogance that he can make statements like that and moves like he has in the face of his involvement in F&F.
Given the recent promotions, Bill Newell should soon be Director. Being on the verge of a perjury indictment won’t dissuade Chait and Melson’s clowns. If Newell isn’t indicted quickly then DOJ better pardon the convictions of Bernie Maddoff, Scooter Libby, Kwame Kilpatrick, Marion Jones and Barry Bonds. They were all recently convicted of perjury. How can a federal agent not be held to the same standard of any other American? Maybe because he is covering for his bosses and that buys him some grace from DOJ and Eric Holder. That’s the only thing I can come up with.
At Sipsey Street Irregulars, Mike Vanderboegh is digging into the background of former ATF Special Agent in Charge, Phoenix Field Division, Bill Newell’s White House contact, Kevin O’Reilly. He describes the info coming his way as “anecdotal yet useful” in Sipsey Street Exclusive: The O’Reilly Factor. The Obama “political Rasputin” who just happened to be emailing “Gunwalker Bill” Newell:
Typical, and reinforced by other accounts except on one major point, is this from a source with long government experience:
O’Reilly is a very left-wing operator. Has wide and long contacts with the “CHANGE” gang, Axelrod and Emanuel. . . (He is) a “One World” true believer, who has in the past three years, become close to U.S. Amb. to U.N. Susan Rice. This gives him an entree to the scab-suckers @ U.N.
The fact that he is in the N.S.C. is very troubling. The fact that he has so much juice … is dangerous !
He has John Donilan’s ear… which makes him the political Rasputin who gets to whisper the last thing into The N.S.C. Advisor’s ear before he talks to POTUS. He has some long-standing relations with Fmr. CIA’s John Brennan (Now Counter-terrorism Guru @ N.S.C.) but can’t pin it down to a time and place. May have been during the
election run-up in 2008.
He was a player in forcing Adm. Dennis Blair to resign as Director of National Intelligence, I am told. He made a reputation for himself as a very crafty … and clever. A staffer up on the Hill, who has a lot of Juice with left wing crowd.
(MBV Note: Probably refers to O’Reilly’s time as a Pearson Fellow in the office of Illinois Senator Dick Durbin.)
My sources tell me that he was the “MOLE” inside the N.S.C. who pulled the rug out from under the best National Security Advisor we’ve had in a long, long time; Gen. Jim Jones, USMC (Ret). He under-mined the General and was rumored to being the leak
at the White House on some very key matters, such as Troop “Surge” in Afghanistan, the McChrystal mess and the embrace of the Obama-labeled “Arab Spring” bullshit. . .
Sipsey Street Irregulars ties in the Democratic media complex’s coordinated outrageous smears against the tea party with the “International Gunrunner Regime” in this disquieting post: The International Gunrunner Regime’s devaluing of language in order to devalue their opponents. Preparatory to what, exactly?
…to what do we attribute the Democrats collectivists’ devaluing of words like “Jihad” and “terrorist” when they apply them to their certainly non-violent political opponents? Why do they use, as Klemperer called them, “poison words” when speaking about the Tea Parties?
Klemperer’s book not only documents how the Nazis used words to marginalize, dehumanize and ultimately justify killing their opponents, it also demonstrates that, in the words of the Wikipedia reviewer, “resistance to oppression begins by questioning the constant use of buzzwords.”
The characterization of Tea Party activists as “terrorists” is ludicrous to anyone who knows one in person. Surely, even the people who are using these words must understand how over the top they are when used to describe the blue-haired old ladies who bake cupcakes to raise money for conservative candidates. Don’t they?
Or do they? Something else must surely be going on here.
Psychological projection or projection bias is a psychological defense mechanism where a person subconsciously denies his or her own attributes, thoughts, and emotions, which are then ascribed to the outside world, usually to other people. Thus, projection involves imagining or projecting the belief that others originate those feelings. — Wikipedia.
Klemperer writes with great irony about the ability of Nazi murderers to ascribe murderous intent to their victims. I rather think that is what is going on here.
Tuesday’s hearing has been posted in it entirety on Youtube. You can watch here, here, and here.
Canadian coverage of the scandal, here.