Much like the Nixon Administrations attempted cover up of the plumbers and other parts of Watergate, the Obama Administration has been in full force retaliation mode to squelch any discussion of the “Fast and Furious” gun running scandal known as “Obama’s Murdergate.” Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder has made it clear that he does not pay much attention to internal memos, staff briefings or commands from Congress so it stands to reason that he was completely unaware of the directive from Senator Charles Grassley (R-IA) who said “any attempt to retaliate against [whistleblowers] for their testimony today would be unfair, unwise, and unlawful.” http://politicons.net/whistleblowers-that-testified-against-fast-furious-facing-retaliation-from-doj/
Fast forward six months and you find that most of the folks that actually implemented the programs that directly led the guns ending up in the hands of violent drug-runners, contributing to the deaths of as many as 200 Mexican nationals and US border patrol agent Brian Terry, as well as adding to the bloodbath in Mexico’s border regions have been promoted or otherwise rewarded:
Acting ATF Chief Ken Melson, who oversaw the operation, is now an adviser in the Office of Legal Affairs. He remains in ATF’s Washington, D.C., headquarters.
Acting Deputy Director Billy Hoover, who knew his agency was walking guns and demanded an “exit strategy” just five months into the program, is now the special agent in charge of the D.C. office. He, too, did not have to relocate.
Deputy Director for Field Operations William McMahon received detailed briefings about the illegal operation and later admitted he shares “responsibility for mistakes that were made.” Yet, he also stays in D.C., ironically as the No. 2 man at the ATF’s Office of Internal Affairs.
Special Agent in Charge of Phoenix Bill Newell, the man most responsible for directly overseeing Fast and Furious, was promoted to the Office of Management in Washington.
Phoenix Deputy Chief George Gillette was also promoted to Washington as ATF’s liaison to the U.S. Marshal’s Service.
Group Supervisor David Voth managed Fast and Furious on a day-to-day basis and repeatedly stopped field agents from interdicting weapons headed to the border, according to congressional testimony. ATF boosted Voth to chief of the ATF Tobacco Division, where he now supervises more employees in Washington than he ever did in Phoenix.
On the other hand, those that were whistleblowers shedding light on Obama’s Murdegate have been treated harshly. Kkey whistleblower ATF agent John Dodson was shuffled off to an FBI task force, and can’t even get into the ATF building with his access pass anymore. The brass said that contact with him “was detrimental to any ATF career.” U.S. attorney Dennis Burke admitted leaking documents to discredit Dodson. http://www.humanevents.com/article.php?id=47851
Other agents found themselves demoted, reassigned, and generally floating in career dead zones. The pattern is consistent enough to be disturbing, and several of the agents involved have been disturbed enough to call for investigations. They’ll probably get about as far as the family of murdered U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, which spent Thanksgiving digesting the knowledge that the Obama Administration had sealed the court records in his case. Even the judge’s reason for sealing the case was sealed. Some very provocative details leaked out before all the envelopes were glued shut, but we should probably say no more about it, because the Attorney General told us not to.
Evidently the First Amendment is also something Holder is not familiar with:
As Holder’s aide was escorting the attorney general offstage following his remarks Tuesday afternoon at the White House, a Daily Caller reporter introduced himself and shook Holder’s hand. The reporter asked him for a response to the growing chorus of federal legislators demanding his resignation. Holder stepped towards the exit, then turned around, stepped back toward the reporter, and sternly said, “You guys need to — you need to stop this. It’s not an organic thing that’s just happening. You guys are behind it.” Holder then walked offstage without answering TheDC’s request for comment about calls for his resignation. http://www.courageinamerica.com/