Obama Administration Fires ATF Whistleblower


Maxim Lott
Fox News
June 28, 2011

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms is being accused of retaliating against an agent who helped publicize the agency’s role in allowing thousands of guns to cross the U.S. border and fall into the hands of Mexican drug gangs.

The agent, Vince Cefalu, who has spoken out about the ATF’s so-called “Project Gunrunner” scandal, says he was served with termination papers just last week, and he calls the move politically motivated.

“Aside from Jay Dobyns, I don’t know of anyone that’s been more vocal about ATF mismanagement than me,” said Cefalu, a senior special agent based in Dublin, Calif. “That’s why this is happening.” Dobyns, an ATF special agent based in Tucson, has appeared several times on Fox News to discuss the scandal.

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White House Won’t Say If Obama Wants ATF Director to Resign

Fred Lucas
CNS News.com
June 27, 2011

(CNSNews.com) – White House Press Secretary Jay Carney would not say today whether President Barack Obama wants Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) Acting Director Kenneth Melson to resign because of a long-running ATF operation that purposefully allowed known and suspected smugglers to purchase weapons at licensed gun dealers in the United States and then allowed the smugglers to flee with the weapons–two of which ended up at the scene of the murder of a Border Patrol agent.

At Monday’s press briefing, CNSNews.com asked Carney: “There have been some recent reports that acting ATF Director Melson is resisting pressure about resigning. Does the president believe he should resign?”

Carney answered: “I would refer questions about that to the Department of Justice.”

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