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Firings advised for 4 ATF leaders tied to Fast and Furious

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WA TIMES

Four senior ATF managers who supervised the botched Fast and Furious gunrunning investigation could face termination if the recommendations of a disciplinary board are upheld.

The four managers of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were among 14 Justice Department employees singled out for possible disciplinary actions by the department’s inspector general in a September report because of their mishandling of the failed gunrunning operation that resulted in hundreds of weapons ending up in the hands of Mexican smugglers.

Fast and Furious was an attempt by ATF to stop the flow of illegal weapons into Mexico by allowing “straw buyers” to walk the weapons — including hundreds of AK-47 semiautomatic assault rifles — into Mexico with a goal of tracking them to drug cartel leaders. But the ATF lost track of hundreds of the weapons, 1,400 of which are still unaccounted for.

A federal source confirmed the recommendation to dismiss the agents. The Wall Street Journal first reported the disciplinary actions against the four Tuesday.

Donna Sellers, a spokeswoman for the ATF, said: “As a matter of policy, we don’t discuss personnel matters.”

Mark Zaid, an attorney for one of the men, William McMahon, a former deputy assistant director of ATF who oversaw field operations in the West, said his client was fired last week, reportedly on grounds unrelated to Fast and Furious.

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  1. Menderman

    December 6th, 2012

    “Fast and Furious was an attempt by ATF to stop the flow of illegal weapons into Mexico by allowing “straw buyers” to walk the weapons ”

    Uh, no it wasn’t. F&F was designed to increase the flow of weapons to cause death and destruction so the US government would have a crisis and attack the 2nd Amendment.

    and Holder should be in jail!

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  2. Dadof3

    December 6th, 2012

    Not good enough. Holder and O have very dirty hands trying to defeat the 2nd amendment.

    “Executive privilage” my ass. Duck, hide and divert attention is all it is.

    We have traitorous criminals running things.

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  3. Maudie N Mandeville

    December 6th, 2012

    Fire them and that’s the end of the story that Barack and Eric knew nothing about. Just make sure they keep their lifetime pensions and health bene’s and they’ll be fine.

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  4. tucsondon

    December 6th, 2012

    Next week, December 14th, marks another anniversary of Brian Terry’s murder. I’m pretty sure that once again there will be dozens of Border Patrol vehicles, along with many more off duty BP agents, driving past my house on their way to a memorial service that will take place at the site of his murder, which is less than a half mile from my back door.

    I know damn good and well that Holder, Napolitano and Obama are at the root of Fast and Furious and it absolutely enrages me to know that, more than likely, they will never, ever be held accountable.

    Welcome to the New America.

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  5. Carlos The Jackal

    December 6th, 2012

    Well, I wonder who those four pissed off to be scapegoated like that?

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  6. Dadof3

    December 6th, 2012

    Carlos, maybe they started talking about the truth to their peers?

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  7. IMPEACH Obama

    December 6th, 2012

    Can’t wait until they blame Benghazi on some ditzy travel agent.

    It’s to the point where all should be ashamed of this country.

    WHEN will they be willing to IMPEACH Obama, godammit !

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  8. Carlos The Jackal

    December 6th, 2012

    Not ashamed of America, ashamed of all the ADD-addled overgrown children that can’t see consequences past the next government cheese handout.
    And their enablers in D & C.

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