“Word is leaking out of HQ this week, to us plain old agents in the field that our new Acting Director is in fact planning on making some personnel moves very shortly,” a thread on the CleanUpATF website titled “Sweeping Out the 5th Floor” begins.
CleanUpATF is the website co-founded by whistleblowing ATF Special Agent Vince Cefalu to expose bureau waste, abuse, corruption and fraud, and has been the source for many tips that have been proven by investigation, including the initial allegations of gunwalking and the association of walked guns with the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry—something which the Chief Counsel’s Office and top management were acutely aware of early on—including this correspondent’s reporting on it.
Per comment poster “Plain Old ATF Agent”:
The Acting Director has told the 5th floor jerk off’s that the management of ATF will look entirely different by January 1 and has said in so many words that most will be gone. Mr. Jones is not too impressed with what he has seen and been told thus far by the 5th floor executives. Jones is telling people close to him at DOJ and at the OUSA in Minnesota that he can’t believe some of the people are in the positions they are in and that the agency is in worse shape than he was led to believe.
This assessment has also been shared with this correspondent by other sources, some hearing scuttlebutt that a partial realignment of senior executive staff may happen as early as today.
With the understanding that this is, at this time, unverified speculation, it is nonetheless valid to present it to those following the “Project Gunwalker” story as something to keep an eye open for, not only because it would make sense, but also because of the track record such forum posts have enjoyed in terms of being corroborated as new developments and documents are made known.
I was on Peter Boyles’ show again yesterday morning on KHOW 630 Denver—talking about ATF’s new ruling for medical marijuana users.
Click here to listen.
His producer called me 15 minutes before my segment began to ask if I was available, and I told him I’d only seen the headline and hadn’t had time to even read the story yet. But I did some quick reading and think it went pretty well—I was only expecting to be on for one segment but they kept me on for the full hour, including to take calls.
Good subject—I think I just figured out what I’m going to write my next GUNS Magazine column about—which, incidentally, is deadlined tomorrow…
And speaking of talk radio, I’ll be joining Tim Garrett again today at 1:20 Central Time on High Caliber Radio, KFPW AM 1230. Click here and then on “Listen Live” to hear that at the appointed time…
- A Journalist’s Guide to ‘Project Gunwalker’ Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five and Part Six for a complete list with links of independent investigative reporting and commentary done to date by Sipsey Street Irregulars and Gun Rights Examiner.
Note to newcomers to this story: “Project Gunrunner” is the name ATF assigned to its Southwest Border Initiative to interdict gun smuggling to Mexico. “Project Gunwalker” is the name I assigned to the scandal after allegations by agents that monitored guns were allowed to fall into criminal hands on both sides of the border through a surveillance process termed “walking” surfaced.
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