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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Fast and Furious scandal update shows whistleblower risks

In a move that comes with incredible risk to the lives and careers of whistleblowers within the Justice Department's Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (the ATF), a veteran agent sent a notice to Attorney General Eric Holder, the Acting Director of the ATF, and the entire Senate Judiciary Committee stating that whistleblower agents have every intention to do whatever is necessary to restore integrity to an agency that is rife with corruption. 
Special Agent Vince Cefalu and a coalition of ATF whistleblower agents stated,
“It is our intention to assist in restoring integrity, accountability and responsibility of ATF management and employee confidence in ATF and Main Justice.” 
The agents who blew the whistle on the now infamous Fast and Furious scandal, in which the Obama Administration used the ATF to place guns directly into the hands of Mexican drug cartels in order to make a case for strict gun control laws, have faced retaliatory action from supervisors within the agency.

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