Yesterday it was announced that William D. "Bill" Newell, the architect of Project Gunwalker, and, subsequent to the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, the Cover Up King of the Southwest Field Divisions, will be handed the job of Mexican Attache for ATF. A brief email exchange with a well-informed source:
Date: Tue, 1 Feb 2011
Subject: Re: FYI
So, if I have this straight, Newell, who told Gil to screw the Mexicans, that they weren't telling them squat, is now supposed to work with them?
To which he replied:
You got it. Announced yesterday. Unf--kingbelieveable. They NEED to subpoena Newell's and Gillette's civil depositions in (the Jay Dobyns') case. That promotion won't happen.
Meet William D. "Bill" Newell, Special Agent In Charge ( SAC ), Phoenix ATF
This promotion of Newell in the middle of the "Project Gunwalker" scandal is so outrageous that it prompted another ATF agent, posting under the name of "Jumper," to issue "An open message to Senator Grassley and all members of Congress."
After an ATF Agent was retaliated against by ASAC Gillett in Phoenix for speaking with your staff, your letter to Ken Melson put ATF on notice: "This is exactly the wrong sort of reaction for the ATF. Rather than focusing on retaliating against whistleblowers, the ATF's role sole focus shold be on finding the disclosing the truth as soon as possible."
With all due respect to you and with appreciation for your present interest and efforts in Arizona, this type of behavior is routine, historical, accepted by ATF management and routinely defended by ATF counsel, especially with ASAC Gillett but, also throughout ATF management.
ATF's leadership could care less about Senator Grassley, Congressional inqueries, the No Fear Act, Victim-Witness laws, truth, honesty, integrity or anything that gets in their way of intimidating their workforce. I appologize for the harshness of my tone but your small exposure to ATF retaliations is a way of life for us.
If you expect ATF to now "find and disclose the truth" based on your censure, it is simply not in the character of the individuals involved, ATF leadership as a whole and most definitely not anything close to a priority for ATF's attorneys. THEY DO NOT CARE!
When your staff investigates the Phoenix allegations they will be met with answers packed with hollow mitigation and a series of, "I don't know", "I don't recall", and, "I thought that someone else was on top of that" answers. Expect it. This is a stone cold lock guarantee because none of the people involved have ever been held accountable for any of their bad acts. They have always won out by deflecting responsibility and lying. This is fact and proveable on dozens if not hundreds of occasions. ATF management has stuck their collective heads in the sand and allowed these people to remain in place and continue to do additional and more comprehensive damage.
If you are not directly and personally insulted by ATF attempting to sneak Bill Newell in as the Mexico Attache' under the wire, and in the face of your inquiry then you have missed the point. That is what they do. The theme on ATF's 5th floor is that it is harder to get him removed once he is in place. ATF has mocked your interest in Newell's mismanagment. They have ignored numerous examples of his failures and turned a blind eye to his bad acts. He can't run a field division with any effectiveness so what does ATF do, they give him a whole country!
Newell and Gillett are inept but ATF management will back them to the end of the earth. Expect that too.
This move, which -- given the present scandal/crisis -- could only have been approved at the highest levels of Main Justice, is Eric Holder's message to the Mexicans, whom Newell deliberately kept in the dark, and his answer to Senator Grassley's ominous letter.
By this action, which is shouting far louder than his words, he is saying: "Slap the Mexicans once more for me, Melson. And piss on Senator Grassley's leg while you're at it."
Eric Holder just told the President of Mexico and the Ranking Member on the Senate Judiciary Committee to go fornicate themselves. He's saying that his cover-up is more important to him than truth and decency. All this from a guy who spoke soothing, meeching, insincere words upon the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
Senator Grassley, if you want to clean up the ATF and protect whistleblowers, you'd better start with the guy who just told you to go take a flying copulation at a rolling doughnut.
The alleged leader of a merry band of Three Percenters