ATF Heads Starting To Roll Over Fast and Furious But the Cover-up Continues

This latest development appears to be a tactical move – a bloodletting designed to convince people that everything’s cool now at the ATF- nothing to see here.

SSI Exclusive:

Breaking: ATF reportedly relieves Fast and Furious managers prior to OIG report

Gun Rights Examiner and Sipsey Street Irregulars received information this evening that three of the prime Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives players in the Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal have been relieved of duties.

William Hoover, ATF’s Deputy Director during Fast and Furious who was recently reassigned as Special Agent in Charge of the Washington Field Office, Assistant Director in Charge of Field Operations Mark Chait, likewise reassigned as head of the Baltimore Field Office, and Deputy Assistant Director of Field Operations William McMahon have reportedly been sidelined pending the outcome of the anticipated report from the Office of Inspector General. Debbie Bullock a mid-level manager has reportedly been advised that she is now the acting SAC for Baltimore to assume Chait’s functions.

My partner in inconvenient federal revelations has more here.

This correspondent also received a copy of a letter authored by Assistant Attorney General Weich, he of last February’s now “withdrawn” letter to Senator Grassley falsely denying that the DOJ was aware of gunwalking. This letter is addressed to Senator Grassley and Congressman Issa and indicates to this observer that the stonewalling in the Gunwalker investigation continues. It is, as most of Weich’s previous letters have been, personally insulting to the intelligence of both Grassley and Issa, and sticks a thumb in their collective eye while patently subverting the oversight process.

Here is a transcript of the body of the letter, sent on 21 December 2011.

Dear Chairman Issa and Senator Grassley:

This responds to your letter to the Attorney General dated November 1, 2011, which requested a comprehensive schedule of records of all government surveillance of suspected straw purchases of firearms in the United States.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) advises that it does not maintain a searchable database of cases involving surveillance of suspected straw purchases. ATF advises that creating the schedule you have requested would require a manual review of thousands of firearms trafficking case files in order to determine whether surveillance of suspected straw purchases occurred. This would entail an extraordinary commitment of time and resources that ATF is not equipped to undertake at this time. Further, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Drug Enforcement Administration advise that they do not conduct surveillance of straw purchases in the ordinary course of their law enforcement activities. We are not aware of any other Department components that would be likely to conduct surveillance of straw purchases. We also note that any surveillance records would likely implicate significant law enforcement and individual privacy interests.

We regret that we have been unable to assist you with your request. Please do hesitate to contact this office it we may provide further information on this this, or any other matter.


Ronald Weich


I hope they end up withdrawing that letter, too, because it is absurd on it’s face. As Vanderboegh reminds readers:

 …the Lone Wolf Trading Company was set up for video and audio by the ATF. Acting Director Melson himself would sign on and observe dealings going down. And the ATF can’t find ANY cases “involving surveillance of suspected straw purchases?” This, like the pre-OIG Report identification of the sacrificial goats of ATF, is simply more stonewalling in service of the cover-up.

Read the full report, here. Sipsey has some good scuttlebut from his sources.


SSI Exclusive: Another ATF Rat Thrown Overboard

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7 thoughts on “ATF Heads Starting To Roll Over Fast and Furious But the Cover-up Continues

  1. That’s a pretty lukewarm response.

    According to whistleblowers, however, this tragedy could have been prevented had ATF been more cautious
    “More cautious?”
    Has he not been paying attention?
    They funneled thousands of weapons to drug cartels on purpose.


  2. Ultimately what will end up happening is some lower level person that none of us have ever heard of will lose their job (but get to keep their pensions of course) and no real damage will come to Holder or Obama. We have seen this over and over again. This isn’t even a party thing, it happens on both sides of the aisle. Neither party is really willing to fight corruption, because they know sooner or later it will be their turn.

    That is what has to change, or we are totally screwed in this country.


  3. Ultimately what will end up happening is some lower level person that none of us have ever heard of will lose their job (but get to keep their pensions of course) and no real damage will come to Holder or Obama.

    Well, three people just lost their jobs (and one guy quit) – so far. And Issa and Grassley are on the war path.

    This isn’t even a party thing, it happens on both sides of the aisle.

    Give me an example of when Republicans did anything remotely like this. Watergate and Iran/Contra pale in comparison.


  4. I personally view this as an act of aggression against the sovereign state of Mexico, and I’m sure they do, too, but what are they to do about it? Go to the UN and whine? Start a war they know would be over in fifteen seconds?

    With the Pretender-in-Chief we have there is no telling how he would react to an actual military invasion of our country, so Mexico is correct in keeping the status quo, complaining diplomatically to the State Department, and continue its factual (if much quieter) invasion by criminal aliens, knowing that eventually some Democrap or Democrap wannabee will wave a magic wand and make them all “legal” and set the wheels in motion to return 1/3 of what is now the United States to Mexico.

    In the meantime, the only really secure positions related to this whole folly are Holder’s and Duh-1’s.


  5. Deb:
    I am speaking of the cover up. Which is what Obama and Holder would be guilty of. People died due to this, which of course is worse. It is the cover up that always gets politicians in trouble. That is what I am referring to. Both sides cover up their mistakes for strictly political reasons.

    I just don’t see Holder going down over this. If he were going to resign over this, wouldn’t he have done it already?

    I asked some left leaning people I work with about a month ago, they don’t even know what Fast & Furious is. I tried to explain it to them, but they just blew it off.

    If the middle are not going to get excited about this, it doesn’t hurt Obama’s re-election chances. He has plenty of other problems to worry about, but I don’t see this as an issue that will hurt him in November. Of course we don’t know what else will come out between now and then. But as of today, I don’t see this an issue that he is overly concerned about.


  6. What we are seeing now is a Conspiracy of Silence, as long as everybody stays shut up, nobody goes to jail. What we *don’t* see is the behind-the-scenes activity of those who were in the chain-of-command. What is in *their* best interest is to carefully make copies and documented records of what their superiors told them to do, when they did it, and what they got told once the FnF program came out in the open. We aren’t going to see those records until some indictments get handed down and some people start looking at jail time or extradition to Mexico. Which won’t happen with AG Holder, but will happen when we get *former* AG Holder. (Soon to be Prisoner #45764)


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