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Obama Asserts Fast and Furious Executive Privilege Claim for Holder’s Wife

Judicial Watch announced today that it received from the Obama Department of Justice (DOJ) a “Vaughn index” detailing records about the Operation Fast and Furious scandal.  The index was forced out of the Obama administration thanks to JW’s June 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and subsequent September 2012 FOIA lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice (No. 1:12-cv-01510)).  A federal court had ordered the production over the objections of the Obama Justice Department.

The document details the Attorney General Holder’s personal involvement in managing the Justice Department’s strategy on media and Congressional investigations into the Fast and Furious scandal.  Notably, the document discloses that emails between Attorney General Holder and his wife Sharon Malone – as well as his mother – are being withheld under an extraordinary claim of executive privilege as well as a dubious claim of deliberative process privilege under the Freedom of Information Act.  The “First Lady of the Justice Department” is a physician and not a government employee.

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This Massive Gang Shooting Was Just Linked to Eric Holder

Conservative Tribune

In just a matter of days, the Justice Department will finally turn over critical information contained in withheld documents relating to the scandalous Operation Fast and Furious, an ATF gun-walking sting that allowed numerous firearms to be illegally transferred to Mexican drug cartels.

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The guns have been linked to hundreds of murders in Mexico, along with the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

The release of these documents has taken on a new urgency, as evidence has recently turned up proving that guns involved in Fast and Furious are still be used to commit crimes.

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Record Surge In Firearms Applications Swamp The Registration System

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Free Republic

WASHINGTON — A record surge in recent firearms production and transactions have swamped the federal government’s automated registration system for select weapons, including machine guns. In a notice earlier this month to the firearms industry, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives said it was temporarily suspending parts of its computerized system to shore up capacity in part to process the required registration and transfer of National Firearms Act covered weapons, which also include silencers, short-barreled shotguns, short-barreled rifles and some explosive devices. Between 2005 and 2013, firearms act-related applications “skyrocketed by more than 380%” to nearly 200,000, according to the April 16 memo issued by ATF Deputy Assistant Director Marvin Richardson. The surge has contributed to a backlog of more than 70,000 applications. Richardson’s memo states that the ATF is “immediately” hiring 15 people to assist with the application processing and deploying 15 current employees to the task. The application deluge tracks a record annual increase in overall firearm production to more than 8.5 million guns in 2012, the most recent year for which the ATF collects such data. In 2011, there were 6.5 million firearms produced. The increase was aided by a spike in the manufacture of rifles and pistols, continuing a trend that has been highlighted by industry representatives for the past several years.

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ATF Chief: Nobody has been Terminated Over Fast & Furious

By: Kellan Howell (Washington Times)

The director of the government agency responsible for the Fast & Furious sting operation that allowed weapons to flow across the Mexican border confirmed Wednesday that no one involved in the botched gun-running project has been fired.

Todd Jones, the director of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives told a House Government Reform and Oversight Committee hearing that some employees involved in the Fast and Furious operation were disciplined and others resigned with pensions, but no one was terminated.

Committee Chairman Darrell Issa questioned whether the ATF and Mr. Jones had demonstrated full accountability for the operation after an inspector general’s report revealed deep flaws with the plan and its execution.

Mr. Jones responded that “everyone involved in the ATF in the chain of command has either been disciplined or is no longer working with the agency.”

Mr. Issa pressed, “But the answer of fired is no. Is that correct?”

Mr. Jones replied, “As a result of the inspector general’s report, the answer is no.”

 

Source: Fox News

TYRANNY ALERT: Obama’s Lawless ATF Breaks Into Private Business & Seizes All Customer Records (Video)

Gateway Pundit

Despite a judge’s restraining order… Obama’s lawless ATF still BREAKS INTO A PRIVATE BUSINESS TO SEIZES ALL CUSTOMER RECORDS.

The owner of a California store that sells gun parts to build rifles from scratch refused to turn over his customer list to federal officials.

So Obama’s ATF broke in and took all of the customer records anyway.

This video was taken on March 15, 2014, at National City Ares Armor location.

Here is background on the story from earlier this week. FOX4KC reported:

The owner of an Oceanside store that sells various gun parts to build a rifle from scratch refused to turn over his customer list when he was raided by federal agents Wednesday.

Dimitrios Karras, owner of Ares Armor, said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agents were investigating their business, not for what they sell, but for the people who purchase their products.

Karras said the ATF threatened to shutter their business if they didn’t hand over the names of 5,000 customers who have purchased an 80 percent lower receiver (the base) for building an AR-15.

It is legal to build a rifle from scratch without serial numbers only if the base is manufactured to ATF specifications. The base is not considered a firearm if it’s sold separately.

A manufacturer made an 80 percent receiver in plastic with a different material and colors which show exactly where the customer can drill making it easier and cheaper to build. The ATF said it is illegal.

The ATF sent stores, including Ares Armor, letters demanding they turn over the products and names of customers who purchased them.

“They said either give us these 5000 names or we are coming in and taking pretty much anything – which is a huge privacy concern and something we are not willing to do,” said Karras.

Karras’s attorney informed the ATF to pick up the receivers Wednesday morning at their Oceanside location, but the inventory was not the issue. The store owner said he will not comply with turning over their private client list.

ATF Under Fire for Dangerous Sting Operations Near Schools

Fox News Insider

Judge Andrew Napolitano weighed in this morning on a new scandal surrounding the ATF. The Justice Department agency, already under fire in recent years over the botched Fast and Furious operation, is now being criticized for its tactics in storefront sting operations, according to a recent investigative report by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The sting operations involved phony storefronts, including one in Milwaukee, where ATF agents tried to lure criminals with sales of guns and drugs. In some instances, the shops were close to schools and churches, and minors frequented the storefronts, which included pawn shops and tattoo parlors.

Here are a few highlights from the report:

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Fast & Furious: Judge Throws out Brian Terry Family’s Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Freedom Outpost

Over the weekend several big stories regarding the Operation Fast and Furious  gunrunning scandal developed.  For the sake of brevity, I’ll make several posts  with each of the stories.  First, on Friday evening the lawsuit  filed by the family of slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was dismissed.  

The family had argued “ATF’s (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms)  failures were not only negligent, but in violation of ATF’s own policies and  procedures,” which led to their son’s death from a weapon obtained from  Fast and Furious.

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