Sharyl Attkisson On “The Grilling” Of Holder

Sharyl Attkisson had a report on today’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the CBS Evening News. Some of it is a repeat from earlier reports today.

However, the most touching part were statements from Brian Terry’s father, Kent, who said that those involved should be prosecuted not only for his son’s death but for “all the people murdered in Mexico.” He’s absolutely right. Unfortunately, I’m sure Holder and his minions will claim governmental immunity for their actions.

Jaime Zapata And The Smoking Gun

The thing that really struck me watching this report by CBS News investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson was the utter hypocrisy of Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano as they spoke at the funeral of ICE Agent Jaime Zapata’s funeral in Texas. And we will be treated to more hypocrisy from Mr. Holder today as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Updated Report On Moves At ATF And DOJ By CBS

Sharyl Attkisson had an updated report on the reassignment of Kenneth Melson and the resignation of Dennis Burke. Also revealed in this report is the ATF Senior Agent John Dodson is being transferred from Arizona to South Carolina. While not mentioned in the report, it is my understanding that three out of the four ATF Special Agents who testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee have been transferred out of Arizona.

Sharyl Attkisson On Changes At ATF

Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News has an on-air report on the changes at ATF today. One of the things she says towards the end of her report was quite interesting. An administration official told CBS that “nobody is naive enough to believe these changes end the controversy but the Department of Justice believes ATF has been bogged down by mistakes made over the past couple of months and desperately needed fresh air and a new start.”

The Real Question For Operation Fast And Furious – Who Knew?

Sharyl Attkisson of CBS News has just posted another video on Operation Fast and Furious (aka Project Gunwalker). It ask the most pertinent question in this whole scandal – who knew?

Dave Hardy of Arms and The Law blog asked the same thing on Friday. Obama has insisted that he and Eric Holder did not approve Operation Fast and Furious.

And now it appears knowledge got as high as an Assistant Attorney General, an appointee. If it got that high, odds are good it would have gotten to the AG. And if it got to him, odds are decent that it got to the White House. I note the official denials are that anyone high up “approved” it. You can of course know of something, decide to let it run its course, and still deny having “approved” it. CYA and all that. “They told me about it, I just assumed they knew what they were doing.”

ATF “Gunwalking” Since 2008?

Sharyl Attkisson deserves an Emmy for the reporting that she has done on Operation Fast and Furious aka Operation Gunwalker.

In a report yesterday, she found that ATF has allowed guns to “walk” to Mexico since 2008. This time it was from the Tucson area and involved an estimated 450 firearms. It appears that the firearms dealers involved had serious concerns about the sales, reported them to ATF, and then were made paid confidential informants. The FFL’s then were encouraged to sell even more to the suspect buyers.

The ATF Special Agent in Charge of the area was William Newell. Mr. Newell is the recently appointed ATF attache in the US Embassy in Mexico City. CleanUpATF is reporting a rumor that the Mexican government will declare Mr. Newell a persona non grata and force his exit from Mexico.

Senior Agent John Dodson Is A Hero

According to CBS News, ATF Acting Director Kenneth Melson released this statement this evening:

“The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will ask a multi-disciplinary panel of law enforcement professionals to review the bureau’s current firearms trafficking strategies employed by field division managers and special agents. This review will enable ATF to maximize its effectiveness when undertaking complex firearms trafficking investigations and prosecutions. It will support the goals of ATF to stem the illegal flow of firearms to Mexico and combat firearms trafficking in the United States.”

Unfortunately, I don’t expect much to come out of this unlike what Senator Grassley might undercover in Senate hearings with sworn testimony.

Investigative Journalism Or Puff Piece?

Sharyl Attkisson, an investigative correspondent for CBS News, posted this yesterday on

CBS News is working on a report to get at the truth of the assault rifle sales to suspected straw purchasers. We are in need of firsthand information from people who have it. Our deadline is ASAP. We have a lot of information that’s been circulating, but we need to talk to sources directly. You do NOT have to appear on television or be quoted on TV by name (although it would be extremely helpful to have those types of sources too). We can just start with a phone conversation. We are very experienced in dealing with whistleblowers and covert sources.

Please contact soonest and pass along our contact info if you know others who might be willing to talk to us:

Sharyl Attkisson


Picture was included with Attkisson’s post.

Given the so-far fruitless efforts by David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh to get the mainstream press to report on the story, I am wondering if this is the break they were hoping for. As David has commented many times, the reporters he has spoken with want his list of contacts including the whistle-blowers. As he rightly notes, talking to a reporter gives a whistle-blower no legal protection; talking to a sitting U.S. Senator and his staff under the provisions of Federal law does provide some legal protection to the whistle-blower.

If Attkisson is serious about doing an in-depth story on Project Gunwalker, I wish her luck and success. If it is just a puff piece, well…..