Holder on Fast & Furious: Justice didn't OK 'use of flawed strategy, tactics'
Attorney General Eric Holder says the Justice Department "did not attempt to cover up information" about Fast and Furious.
September 19th, 2012
02:33 PM ET

Holder on Fast & Furious: Justice didn't OK 'use of flawed strategy, tactics'

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday released the following statement regarding Department of Justice Inspector General’s report on Operation Fast and Furious:

“I have reviewed the Office of the Inspector General’s report on Operation Fast and Furious and the key conclusions are consistent with what I, and other Justice Department officials, have said for many months now:

- The inappropriate strategy and tactics employed were field-driven and date back to 2006;

- The leadership of the Department did not know about or authorize the use of the flawed strategy and tactics; and

- The Department’s leadership did not attempt to cover up information or mislead Congress about it.

“Beginning in 2011 - shortly after public concerns were first raised about Operation Fast and Furious - I referred this matter to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG). Throughout the next several months, I instituted significant policy reforms, stronger internal controls and made key personnel changes to prevent the flaws that plagued this investigation, as well as the earlier investigation, Operation Wide Receiver, from recurring. I’m pleased that the OIG report appropriately recognizes these reforms.

“Based upon the information in the OIG report and other related information, I am also announcing additional personnel changes today.

“First, Kenneth Melson, the former Acting Director at ATF, has retired from the Department, effective immediately. Ken has served the Department in several important roles for over 30 years, including as a United States attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia and more recently as an advisor on forensic science issues. I want to thank him for his dedication and service to the Department over the last three decades.

“Second, those individuals within ATF and the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Arizona, whom the OIG report found to have been responsible for designing, implementing or supervising Operation Fast and Furious, have been referred to the appropriate entities for review and consideration of potential personnel actions. Consistent with the requirements of the Privacy Act, the Department is prohibited from revealing any additional information about these referrals at this time.

“Finally, I have accepted the resignation of Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein, a longtime career prosecutor who most recently served in the Criminal Division where he led our violent and organized crime, computer crimes and intellectual property enforcement efforts. Jason has dedicated much of his career to fighting violent crime and has led highly successful efforts around the country in this effort. The American people are safer because of his work. His commitment to the Department has been unwavering, and I deeply appreciate his 15 years of distinguished service here at Main Justice as well as in Baltimore and New York.

“It is unfortunate that some were so quick to make baseless accusations before they possessed the facts about these operations - accusations that turned out to be without foundation and that have caused a great deal of unnecessary harm and confusion. I hope today’s report acts as a reminder of the dangers of adopting as fact unsubstantiated conclusions before an investigation of the circumstances is completed.

“I want to assure the American people that I, and my colleagues at the Department, will continue to focus on our mission of protecting their rights and their security, and doing so in a manner that is consistent with the high standards of the Department of Justice. This includes continuing to seek justice on behalf of Agent Brian Terry and his loved ones.

“The FBI and the United States Attorney from the Southern District of California have been working for many months with Mexican authorities to identify and apprehend the fugitives involved in the murder of Agent Terry, who made the ultimate sacrifice in serving his country. We now have two men in custody and we will continue to aggressively pursue the remaining fugitives to ensure justice for Agent Terry, his family and his fellow law enforcement agents who put their lives on the line each day to keep this country safe.”

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  1. Philip 18230b

    Did anyone else happen to notice that the 2000 guns "lost" by the FBI were all Russian made?
    Same M.O. Israel and the US used arming the madman Saddam Hussein even after he had committed major atrocities against his own peoples.(namely, slaughtering Kurdish citizens) Jews and Christians might be hypocrites, but they aren't all stupid. They armed Saddam with Soviet made weapons. (source: Teicher Affidavit, for one)

    September 19, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip 18230b

    Odd. Fox and CNN weather reports are usually identical. Sports too. Wonder why just the news. (shrug)

    September 19, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Hamsta

    Politicians are like car dealerships, the package seems sweet until something goes wrong. Then it's never their fault and find any way they can to dodge responsibility. The absolute worst offenders are Eric Holder for fundamentally transforming the Department Of Justice into the Department Obstructing Justice, Nancy "The Used Car Salesman" Pelosi for " You have to let us pass this bill so you will know what's in it."( sounds like "Buy this lemon then I will tell you what's wrong with it.) and Barrack Hussein Obama ( the correct way to spell his name is Barebacked by Hussein and Osama) for blaming bush for every failure.

    September 19, 2012 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      Sux to be human? Human is to error? What do you think of Romney lately. He could start an international incident all on his own.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Obama Mama

    @Hamsta- I guess Operation Wide reciever was Eric Holder's baby and not Bush's?

    September 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jay jay

      hey Obama mama! How have you been?

      September 19, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      @Jay Jay- great but busy. I see you have been running amouk here. lol I guess I will have to take you down a notch and you me.lol

      September 19, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Obama Mama

    @Hamsta – Let us play the name game Robme and Lyin'.

    September 19, 2012 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      @ Obama's mama I hope you are right with God because your son, Barrack Hussien Obama is the anti christ. Pick up your bible and read revelations, Obama has all of the qualities of the anti christ. I strongly suggest you start stockpiling gold, food and weapons. I have studied chaos theory my entire life, conspiracy theories to. Doesn't mean I believe them. Take area 51 for instance, everyone knows they aren't hiding a weather balloon. Maybe aliens and flying saucers is just a cover story for what they are really hiding just like 2016 is what Obama is really hiding from you. The film was not made by Al Gore or Michael Moore so it is not fiction. Areyou right with God? I have met the grim reaper once already, I know I am saved. One day you to will meet the grim reaper. Some phony preacher in a bogus church is not going to save your soul for $99.99. He is just going to buy a Lexus and you both will rot in the fields of the nephilim. Giving that preacher 10% of your earnings and calling it tides and offerings won't save your soul either. Jesus himself destroyed a temple because God has no need with money. Ask yourself what would Jesus do and do it. Then and only then will your tides and offerings be paid. In other words if you aren't feeding the homeless and helping that little old lady across the street you haven't accepted Jesus and his ways. I have experienced death and total anarchy, are you ready for armaggedon? 4 more years of the anti christ you bear the name of and that's exactly what you will see. As I said I have experienced death, and I will tell you the rapture is a lie. God's people will suffer more than anyone, and armaggedon will come true.

      September 19, 2012 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      @Hamsta – You know I am agnostic. Jesus was a political figure who was prosecuted by the wealthy religious and government. He went against the grain of what the wealthy wanted and had a following. The bible is written and imcomplete by men. And left women out as usual. I believe Obama is the true person. If you believe that the religious will bring about armaggedon then you are probably voting for the wrong man. Everything Romney has said is a lie or a flip flop.

      September 19, 2012 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      The Anti-Christ, Hamsta?
      I think that you are attributing *much* more power to one man than he possesses.

      September 19, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hamsta

      @ Obama's mama Obama is the king of flip flopping, he flops more than the fish I just realed into my boat. Why does everything you say have a guilty conscience attached to it? Is it because you just regurgitate the words of your messiah?

      September 20, 2012 at 8:56 am | Report abuse |
  6. Obama Mama

    Let us not blame Obama without blaming the Congress.

    September 19, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  7. gnat vs. CAMEL (boxing)

    In this coahnah, we have *the gnat*...EVERYONE'S favorite. Backed by Big Media and weighing-in at 2000 Soviet made guns.
    And in this coahnah we have THE CAMEL. backed by the NRA and weighing-in at 100,000 US made guns sold at Gun Shows nationwide for years that legally have the time to make it to Mexico before authorities are even aware of the sale.
    80%of illegal firearms confiscated in Mexico are either US or Israeli made.

    September 19, 2012 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. know your bible

    "The holy spirit....[has] favored adding no further burden to you, except these necessary things, to keep abstaining from things sacrificed to idols and from blood and from things killed without draining their blood and from fornication. If you carefully keep yourselves from these things, you will prosper. Good health to you!"-Acts of Christ's Apostles, ch. 15, vss 28 and 29.
    As far as I know, this passage is the earliest reference ever made concerning good health being linked with persons se xual practices. (fornication). Of course in modern times several diseases have shown us the connection, from herpes to AIDS.
    How did these men know over 2000 years ago that good health was associated with se xual activity? LOL. They didn't! These were things that damage ones spiritual health. The physical damages are evidence of the spiritual damages already incurred.

    September 19, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. know your snippy quotes

    You are what you eat.
    What goes around comes around.
    Hell hath no fury.
    You are my son, the beloved, the one whom I approved.
    What's good for the goose is good for the gander.
    Bring to ruin those ruining the earth.
    Peace on earth towords men of good will.
    A loveable hind and a charming mountain goat.
    The meek shall inherit the earth.

    September 19, 2012 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. know your snippy quotes

    ...and will find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.

    September 19, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Report abuse |
  11. know your snippy quotes

    hmmm. (scratching head) "...and [will] find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace." (having trouble recalling if the word 'will' was used by the author. Because many of those who *will* find their exquisite delight in the abundance of peace already have. (shrug)
    When was the last time one of you regs saw or heard the phrase "abundance of peace"? Is that not the lovliest phrase you heard today?

    September 19, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Donald in CA

    I guess rep. issa will have to find another horse to ride. Whats he going to do now, have Eric Holder profiled going home from work.

    September 19, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melvin

      Why is everyone giving Darrel Issa a pass on this issue. He was the head of the republican hydra. He should be voted out of office for using his office in such a partisan fashion.

      September 20, 2012 at 9:39 am | Report abuse |
  13. Will Durant, Historian

    That a couple of fisherman and a doctor (Luke) could create such a man Jesus with so lofty an ethic with a message of hope when hope would be wanting and heard by so many billions of people would be a greater miracle than any said to to have been performed by Jesus Christ!

    September 19, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Tacitus, ancient Roman Historian

    "Christus [Latin for "Christ'], from whom the name Christian had it's origin, suffered extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilate."-The complete works of Tacitus (New York, 1942)
    Those who deny Jesus Christ deny history itself.

    September 19, 2012 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Flavius Josephus, 1st Century Historian

    Hmmm, cannot seem to be able to post yet another historical record of Christ. Oh well, there is yet time before Christ unsheathes his sword for the slaughter of those who diss his dad. gn

    September 19, 2012 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
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