Wednesday, December 5, 2012

ATTN: To the schmucks in the GOP House Leadership -- "Mr. McMahon was unfortunately the victim of a politically charged football match over an operation that was OFFICIALLY SANCTIONED."

Firings Set Over 'Fast and Furious'
That is what we call a clue, you spineless morons.
LATER: Some folks are having trouble with the link. Here is the text:
The Wall Street Journal
Firings Set Over 'Fast and Furious'
By EVAN PEREZ December 4, 2012, 9:18 p.m. ET
WASHINGTON—Four senior managers who oversaw the ill-fated federal gun-trafficking probe called "Fast and Furious" will be fired if recommendations from a disciplinary panel are accepted.
People familiar with the matter said the Professional Review Board of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives sent notices of its decision in recent days to bureau managers. In addition, two lower-level employees face disciplinary actions, short of firings. The move from the ATF's review board is the first step in what could be a monthslong process, including appeals.
The panel's recommendations go to high-level ATF managers who will decide whether to accept them. That decision can be appealed to an outside board that oversees civil-service workers.
Republican lawmakers in recent months have pressed the ATF to hold employees accountable for what the Justice Department's internal watchdog called a "pattern of serious failures" in an operation that lost track of thousands of guns sold to suspected smugglers.
The managers recommended for termination, according to people familiar with the matter, are Mark Chait, former assistant director for field operations; William McMahon, who oversaw field operations in the Western U.S.; William Newell, former chief of the ATF's Phoenix office; and George Gillett, the No. 2 official in the ATF's Phoenix office.
In addition to dismissal, the officials' security clearances would be revoked if the recommendations are accepted, according to the people familiar with the matter, a move that could hurt their future job prospects.
David Laufman, attorney for Mr. Chait, said "any adverse finding or recommendation by the PRB would be utterly without merit."
Mr. Newell's attorney, Paul Pelletier, declined to comment. Peter Noone, Mr. Gillett's attorney, also declined to comment, saying he hadn't received official notification.
Mr. McMahon has been the subject of criticism from lawmakers because he took a leave from his ATF post to take a global security management job for a bank, pending his planned retirement later this month. ATF officials took the additional step of dismissing Mr. McMahon last week, according to officials familiar with the matter, though that move is subject to appeal.
"Mr. McMahon was unfortunately the victim of a politically charged football match over an operation that was officially sanctioned," said Mr. McMahon's lawyer, Mark S. Zaid. "As a result, he was terminated less than a month shy of achieving his 25-year pension. He'll absolutely be appealing that decision."
The two other ATF employees subject to disciplinary proceedings are David Voth, an ATF Phoenix supervisor who rejected complaints from agents about the operation, and Hope McAllister, a lead agent in the operation. Mr. Voth would be demoted to a street agent and Ms. McAllister would be subject to a reprimand and a disciplinary transfer to another ATF post.
Mr. Voth's attorney declined to comment. Ms. McAllister didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. An ATF spokesman declined to comment.
"Fast and Furious" was a gun probe run by ATF agents in Phoenix in 2009 and 2010. Agents allowed sales of about 2,000 guns, costing about $1.5 million, to suspected smugglers. The aim was to track the weapons and prosecute top traffickers, but agents seized only about 100 of the firearms. Many have turned up at crime scenes in Mexico and the U.S., including two at the scene of a 2010 Arizona shootout where a U.S. border agent, Brian Terry, was killed.
The disciplinary proceedings are part of an overhaul that has been going on for more than a year at ATF and the Justice Department. Last year, the attorney general ousted Kenneth Melson as acting director at ATF, and Dennis Burke, the U.S. attorney for Arizona who helped oversee the operation, resigned under pressure, according to people familiar with the matter.
Minnesota U.S. Attorney B. Todd Jones, the ATF's fifth acting director in six years, has spent the past year putting in place new training and procedures to oversee operations in an attempt to prevent a repeat of "Fast and Furious."
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A version of this article appeared Dec. 5, 2012, on page A4 in some U.S. editions of The Wall Street Journal, with the headline: Firings Set Over 'Fast and Furious'.


Rider said...

Can't 0open it????????????

Anonymous said...

They are not morons. What they are is actively engaged in treason and the word oops no longer applies.

Anonymous said...

quote:"That is what we call a clue, you spineless morons."unquote

Spineless morons. Perfect

Anonymous said...

Big deal, NO ONE is going to jail for violating federal laws and international treaties and in the meantime Brian Terry (and at least 300 Mexican Citizens) is STILL dead.

SWIFT said...

Hope (Making an Omelet)McAllister needs more than a reprimand. How about a severe beating about the head and shoulders with the barrel of an AK? Her cavalier attitude toward the dead needs punished.

AJ said...

Get me some rope.....