Republican Darrell Issa of CA, wrote a letter to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, Deputy Director William J. Hoover, demanding that there be no reprisals against the ATF agents testifying in the illegal Operation Fast and Furious; the operation termed “Felony Stupid” by Issa.
Twenty four hours later, Agent Vince Cefalu received notice that the agency wants to terminate him, after thirty years, for an apparent “lack of candor”.
Agent Cefalu problems with the ATF go back four years, when he caused ill feelings with the agency by refusing to use illegal wiretaps set up by local law enforcement, a case referred to as “Road Dog”.
I threw the locals under the bus. … I became the most vocal critic and they got sick of my s***.
For the last four years, Cefalu has been given jobs with no importance to get him to retire early.
They put me in a cage, paid me full salary, and hoped it would break me down mentally and I would retire.
In May, Cefalu did a three part interview with CNN b Anderson Cooper, concerning problems in the ATF; since then, he has only been given 122 minutes worth of work, not the usual investigative work, he was instructed to change batteries or fill up cars with gasoline.
He has endured seven internal affairs investigations, since he blew the whistle, with an attorney present, he answered every question.
He represents dozens of other officers with grievances against the ATF and if he is terminated or retired early, he thinks the ATF will consider those grievances dead..
Cefalu maintains that there should be prosecutions in the failed Operation Fast and Furious, AKA as Gunwalker.
Of course it violates the law! They conspired to traffic firearms, you can’t do that under color of law. … There was no intent to follow the guns, this never had a chance of succeeding. It was a failed plan from the beginning.
He also says there is no huge gun-trafficking operation, no “Iron Pipeline” of firearms traveling from the U.S. to Mexico — just lots of buyers who can make a couple thousand dollars selling weapons across the border.
In addition, he has some more explosive allegations: he says the Mexican government was not made aware of the operation, and neither was the U.S. ambassador to Mexico.
And he says people within the Justice Department had to be aware of the operation — contrary to what Attorney General Eric Holder claimed. Cefalu says no one runs a major operation like this without getting approval from their boss.
Again the Obama/Holder Administration seems to be conducting the cover up with Chicago Thug type tactics. Will the investigation be allowed to proceed or will the Holder and Obama continue to stonewall?
Cefalu insists he just wants to see the agency he loves cleaned up, but the public probably has other ideas that could include impeachment of Holder and even Obama if the investigation reveals that he was aware of the illegal operation.