Who Is Kevin O’Reilly & Is He the ‘Link’ That Connects the White House to Operation Fast and Furious?


An Obama administration official that congressional investigators believe connects the White House to the failed federal gun-walking operation “Fast and Furious” was abruptly transferred to Iraq following inquiries by members of Congress and the Department of Justice (DOJ) inspector general, CNSNews.com reports.

However, he is no longer in the country and his current whereabouts are unknown.

The official in question is Kevin O’Reilly, a White House National Security staffer who reportedly consulted with the ATF special agent in charge of running Fast and Furious out of Arizona, William Newell, on a regular basis. Newell was one of the officials singled out in the IG’s Fast and Furious report.

Once Congress and DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz discovered the White House’s intriguing connection to Fast and Furious, O’Reilly was shipped overseas to Iraq out of the blue, replacing an official who had already secured the job and who had a wife awaiting his arrival in Iraq, according to the report.

CNSNews.com reporter Craig Bannister explains:

The White House had been denying Republicans and the Inspector General permission to question O’Reilly in Iraq by phone. But, now the State Dept. tells CNSNews.com that O’Reilly has left Iraq and it will not reveal his whereabouts:

“I can confirm that he [Kevin O’Reilly] is no longer in Iraq but he has not yet started in his next position.” “So, I can’t confirm what that position is. I just don’t have any information on that right now, what his next position will be or when he will be starting.”

For the record, CNSNews.com repeatedly asked the State Dept. WHERE O’Reilly was, not WHAT his new job was. (Presumably, he didn’t just vanish from the face of the earth, so you‘d think they’d know their employee’s whereabouts).

Additionally, the State Department says no official biography of O’Reilly exists because he is not in a senior level position, leaving Fast and Furious investigators with very little to go on.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) threatened to subpoena O’Reilly in a letter to his attorney last Thursday if he continued to ignore inquiries by Congress, saying that O’Reilly is the “link connecting the White House to the scandal.”

However, as Bannister points out, “Eric Holder was able to ignore a subpoena – and actually be held in contempt of Congress for doing it – without even losing his job.”

Attempts to contact Reps. Issa, Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) were unsuccessful.



Ex-ATF Deputy Director Resigns After Being Blamed in GOP ‘Fast and Furious’ Report

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Arizona militias say they are done waiting for the government to protect their borders after state lawmakers shot down a bill that would have created a state-sanctioned border militia unit.

The Arizona Daily Star reports that militia volunteers remain committed to stopping what they say is an invasion of smugglers and illegal immigrants, even after being denied state organization status.

The defeated bill would have created a 300-member volunteer militia at the request of the governor. They would have been be armed; however, a provision in the bill required that members be screened in order to prevent violent extremists from joining. You can read the text of the bill here.

Like almost any topic related to illegal immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border, the issue is extremely contentious. The Daily Star reports:

A longtime Arizona border-militia leader, Jack Foote, worked for a period with the group that wrote the bill and said its demise is motivating sympathizers of the border-militia movement.

“We have now washed our hands of our state’s Legislature,” Foote, of Cottonwood, said via email. “Now we are going to do things our own way.”

But critics of that movement, such as Mark Pitcavage of the Anti-Defamation League, said the border-militia idea is extremist in its nature, not just at its outer edges.

“Some are explicitly white supremacist,” said Pitcavage, who has studied extreme right-wing movements for years. “The others may not be white supremacists but may well be racists.”


Critics of militia groups often point to the case of Jason Todd “J.T.” Ready, a self-proclaimed neo-Nazi and border-militia leader, who shot and killed four people before taking his own life. He was being investigated by the FBI at the time.

Arizona Militias Vow to Protect Their Borders After Citizen Border Group Bill Defeated

In this undated handout photo from J.T. Ready, J.T. Ready is shown. Ready. Ready is a reputed neo-Nazi who has been conducting heavily armed patrols to catch illegal aliens in the Arizona desert. (AP Photo/J.T. Ready)

The latest legislative blow to citizen militias in Arizona is part of a growing list defeats.

The fight to form a lawful border militia in Arizona began in 2007, when former Sen. Jack Harper introduced a bill to sanction a state Homeland Security Force that could be used on the border if called upon by the governor, The Star reports. However, then-Gov. Janet Napolitano, now Department of Homeland Security secretary, vetoed the legislation, calling it unnecessary because the governor is already within his or her right to call up a militia.

Harper and others pushed the issue again in 2011 and were able to pass a new bill to establish an Arizona State Guard. The victory was shallow, however, as no money was provided establish the guard and the toothless bill made little impact.

Then drawing from the public laws of 22 other states, state Sen. Sylvia Allen put together a team of people to write a bill that called for $1.9 million to fund the new volunteer militia last year.

But like the others, the legislation faced heavy opposition from lawmakers and was eventually killed. Among the bill’s opponents were Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and head of the Arizona National Guard, Maj. Hugo Salazar who worried about the militia group being armed and that he hadn’t been consulted enough, The Star reports.

“All this does is, it legitimizes the Minutemen-type model of enforcement,” said state Sen. Steve Gallardo, a staunch opponent of the bill.

The reported surge in border militia activity in Arizona, as Fox News Latino points out, seems to contradict a report published in the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Spring 2012 Intelligence Report that claimed the “nativist extremist” movement had collapsed.

The same report links the Tea Party to the armed militia groups, saying the Tea Party movement has become “home to many nativist extremists.” The center argues the interest of the two groups intersected in 2009 over President Obama’s healthcare plan when coverage for illegal immigrants was a hot topic issue.

“Since then, the lines between the movements have become increasingly blurred, with leaders frequently making appearances at each other’s events,” the report read.

Now, even without legislative support, militia supporters are vowing to continue.

“There is a large military veteran population in our state who would go down there and do the work that the state needs done under the state flag,” Michael Frye, a supporter of the bill, told the Star. Now, he added, “There’s really no other choice but for those folks like myself to form citizen militias.”

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“Drug Lords” Targeted in Fast & Furious Worked for FBI

In another significant embarrassment to the scandal-plagued Obama administration, newly released documents revealed that the supposed “drug lords” being targeted in the deadly federal “Fast and Furious” gun-running operation were actually working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) all along.

Thousands of American weapons were illegally offered to violent Mexican cartels by the Justice Department as part of the controversial program — many of them paid for by U.S. tax dollars through the two FBI assets supposedly being targeted in the investigation. Those guns were later linked to hundreds of murders, including the killings of U.S. federal agents.

The operation came to a screeching halt after it was exposed in Congress and the media by whistle-blowers from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (still known as ATF). The government responded to the scandal by claiming it was simply attempting to investigate Mexican cartels using a program that went tragically wrong.

But the facts paint a much different picture. According to documents obtained recently by the Los Angeles Times, the ATF zeroed in on a suspected gun trafficker named Manuel Fabian Celis-Acosta. He was detained in May of 2010, questioned, and eventually released after promising to cooperate with investigators seeking to track down two supposed “drug lords.”

Those two cartel chiefs, it turned out, were actually already on the FBI’s payroll. According to a source cited by Fox News, both of the men were considered “national security assets” who were “off limits” and “untouchable.” The ATF apparently did not find out until mid-2010.

“This means the entire goal of Fast and Furious — to target these two individuals and bring them to justice — was a failure,” noted Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif., pictured above) and Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), who are investigating the scandal, in a memo to other members of Congress. ATF has refused to comment, citing ongoing investigations.

Rep. Issa and Sen. Grassley also noted that the agency should have known the two supposed “targets” of the purported “investigation” were working for the FBI, blasting “the serious management failures that occurred throughout all levels during Fast and Furious.” That would have allowed the deadly operation to be shut down before thousands of taxpayer-funded high-powered firearms were handed over to violent cartels.

A lawyer representing Celis-Acosta, the alleged gun runner who was arrested and released by the ATF, suspects that the various federal agencies involved in the scandal purposely withheld the critical information. “When one hand is not talking to the other, perhaps somebody is hiding something,” attorney Adrian Fontes told the Times. “Was this intentional?”

Supporters of the Second Amendment had long suspected that the administration’s firearm-trafficking operation was aimed at demonizing gun rights and imposing more unconstitutional restrictions on Americans’ right to keep and bear arms. Official documents later confirmed those suspicions, revealing that the bloody fallout from the scheme was being used to advance more gun control.

More recently, analysts have pointed to scandalous video footage of Attorney General Eric Holder before he took over the Justice Department. In the speech, then-U.S. Attorney Holder proposes a massive tax-funded propaganda campaign to “brainwash” — in his words — America’s youth against gun rights.

His anti-gun campaign, however, appears to have backfired spectacularly. After bragging about the gun-running program in Mexico during a 2009 speech, Holder later claimed — under oath — that he had not heard of it until it was exposed in the media. He later admitted that was not true.

Since then, Holder has been caught lying repeatedly even as he lashed out at the media and investigators. Over 100 members of Congress are already calling for his resignation. And if he continues his efforts to cover up the Fast and Furious scandal, Rep. Issa has warned that he could be held in contempt.

Incredibly, after the latest public disclosures surrounding the two FBI “drug lords,” the Department of Justice vowed to break more federal laws by refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas. In a letter to Rep. Issa and Sen. Grassley, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich claimed their staffs were exposing the criminality to the public.

“While we do not know who provided these letters to reporters, we are deeply disturbed that the sensitive law-enforcement information contained in them has now entered the public realm,” Weich wrote. “This public disclosure is impeding the department’s efforts to hold individuals accountable for their illegal acts.” He also said the Department would not be handing over any more information due to the purported “sensitivity” of supposed “ongoing operations.”

A spokesman for Rep. Issa, however, said the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee would not put up with such lawlessness. “It is troubling that the attorney general continues to express the outlandish view that his compliance with lawful and binding subpoenas is merely optional,” Issa spokeswoman Becca Watkins told CNN.

Issa’s Committee is also attempting to investigate a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) scheme to launder the profits of Mexican drug cartels. The Justice Department has so far refused to cooperate, but pressure is still growing after the New York Times blew the whistle on the program late last year.

And it is not just Congress that is growing weary of the administration’s antics. A recent survey of ATF agents reveals an extreme lack of trust in leadership. According to the study, less than half of those surveyed believed the agency’s senior leaders maintained high standards of honesty and integrity.

The Fast and Furious scandal — and the retaliation against brave whistleblowers who exposed the scheme — contributed to the dismal results. “The controversies plaguing ATF over the last year have weighed heavily on the morale of employees and their faith in senior leadership,” ATF spokesman Drew Wade told Fox News. “Mistakes were made.”

More than a few top drug bosses and even government agents have claimed the U.S. government is arming and protecting certain drug cartels. And as the administration continues to stonewall while top Justice officials plead the Fifth Amendment, public suspicion is only growing.

Related articles:

AG Holder Could Be Jailed for Ongoing Fast & Furious Cover-up

Congress Probes DEA Drug Money Laundering Scheme

Latin America Debates Drug Legalization; Obama Demands More War on Drugs

AG Holder May Be Held in Contempt for “Fast & Furious” Cover-up

Top “Fast & Furious” Official Pleads the Fifth; Refuses to Testify

Documents Show Top Officials Lied About Fast & Furious

Project Gunrunner Part of Plan to Institute Gun Control

What to Do as the Drug Cartel War Moves into the U.S.

The Other Unconstitutional War

Top UK Officials: UN-inspired War on Drugs Failed

Holder Admits Lies in Fast and Furious, Refuses to Resign

Reports: CIA Working with Mexican Drug Cartels

Calls Grow for Holder Resignation Over “Fast and Furious”

U.S. Taxes Bought ATF Guns for Cartels; Holder Lied

Holder Cites Lack of Gun Control on Mexican Drug Cartel Problem

Project Gunrunner

White House Was Briefed About “Fast and Furious” Gunwalker Scandal

Holder, Issa Spar Over “Fast and Furious”

“Fast and Furious” Was Plot Against U.S. Gun Rights, NRA Chief Says

Border Group: Obama Amnesty “Contempt for Law”

ATF Supervisors of Botched Gun Sting Get Promoted

Mexican Officials Furious Over ATF Gunrunning

ATF Linked to Border Agent’s Murder

Mexican Drug Trafficker Says He Worked With Feds

Trafficker: U.S. Feds Aided Mexican Drug Cartel

Feds Purposely Keeping U.S. Borders Wide Open, Experts Say

(courtesy of: http://www.thenewamerican.com )

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Gun Battles in Mexico Force U.S. to Shut Down Two Border Crossings By Edwin Mora

Gun Battles in Mexico Force U.S. to Shut Down Two Border Crossings By Edwin Mora March 14, 2012  Unmanned Border Crossing  In this Oct. 31, 2011 photo, work is underway in Big Bend National Park, Texas, on a planned remotely-operated port of entry at the Rio Grande. It would be the first of its kind on the U.S.-Mexico border and provide access to Boquillas del Carmen, Mexico, seen in the distance. (AP Photo/Christopher Sherman)  (CNSNews.com) – Several gun battles between Mexican military forces and drug traffickers  prompted U.S. authorities to temporarily shut down two international bridge crossings on the Southwest border last week.  The two bridges are located at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) port of entry in Eagle Pass, Texas – connecting Eagle Pass, Texas, to Piedras Negras in Coahuila, Mexico.  In an e-mail to CNSNews.com, Douglas Mosier, a spokesman for CBP in El Paso, confirmed that the bridges were closed “in response to violent activity occurring in Piedras Negras, Mexico and as per coordination between the Government of Mexico, the Eagle Pass Police Department and the Maverick County Sheriff’s Department.”  “CBP has protocols in place to handle these types of situations and enacted those protocols in response to this incident,” added Mosier. “Our primary concern is for the safety of the traveling public and the safety of our officers.”  He said that the shut down took place overnight between approximately 9 p.m. on March 6 and 8 a.m. the following day.  Traffic to Mexico was stopped at about 9 p.m. Northbound traffic from Mexico coming across the larger bridge – Camino Real International – was rerouted overnight to the Eagle Pass International Bridge.  By 7:40 a.m. on March 7, both international bridges had fully resumed northbound and southbound operations.  Mosier said he could not provide any more details on the battles, which government agency ordered the shut down, and whether CBP often closes down border crossings as a result of drug war violence in Mexico.  However, according to Mexican news reports, the U.S. State Department requested that the bridges be closed in response to a series of gun battles between the Mexican military and bandits in Piedras Negras armed with rifles and rocket grenade launchers.  The State Department did not immediately return calls for comment.  Media accounts from both the U.S. and Mexico revealed that the traffickers used an 18-wheeler engulfed in fire to set up a road block approximately a quarter-mile from one of the bridges and that one female police officer and at least six members of the Mexican military were wounded as a result of the armed conflict.  Eagle Pass Police Chief Tony Castañeda, who referred to the armed criminals as drug traffickers, said, “This is not out of the norm. There have been several gun battles going on here with the narcotics traffickers for quite some time. But it’s never gotten to this magnitude where they close bridges,” reported The San Antonio Express-News on March 8.  Speaking in Spanish, Castañeda said in a video that the bridges were closed to prevent the criminals from “fleeing and entering the U.S. to escape because many of them do have the right to enter by means of a passport,” The Eagle Pass Business Journal reported on March 7.  However, Mosier said that CBP was still allowing northbound traffic. It was traffic going into Mexico that was completely stopped.  The decision to close the bridges was aimed at “protecting citizens and preventing some of the delinquents from entering and fleeing from what had occurred on the Mexican side and to maintain security,” added Castañeda.  Castañeda revealed that CBP officers and members of the police force have been placed on alert, adding that as a result he expects northbound traffic on the bridges to be slow for several days following the incident.

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Alan Simpson, Senator from Wyoming , Co-Chair of Obama’s deficit commission, calls senior citizens the Greediest Generation as he compared “Social Security ” to a Milk Cow with 310 million teats.

Here’s a response in a letter from PATTY MYERS in Montana … I think she is a little ticked off! She also tells it like it is!
“Hey Alan, let’s get a few things straight..
1. As a career politician, you have been on the public dole for FIFTY YEARS.
2. I have been paying Social Security taxes for 48 YEARS (since I was 15 years old. I am now 63).
3 My Social Security payments, and those of millions of other Americans, were safely tucked away in an interest bearing account for decades until you political pukes decided to raid the account and give OUR money to a bunch of zero ambition losers in return for votes, thus bankrupting the system and turning Social Security into a Ponzi scheme that would have made Bernie Madoff proud..
4. Recently, just like Lucy & Charlie Brown, you and your ilk pulled the proverbial football away from millions of American seniors nearing retirement and moved the goalposts for full retirement from age 65 to age 67. NOW, you and your shill commission is proposing to move the goalposts YET AGAIN.
5. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying into Medicare from Day One, and now you morons propose to change the rules of the game. Why? Because you idiots mismanaged other parts of the economy to such an extent that you need to steal money from Medicare to pay the bills.
6. I, and millions of other Americans, have been paying income taxes our entire lives, and now you propose to increase our taxes yet again. Why? Because you incompetent bastards spent our money so profligately that you just kept on spending even after you ran out of money. Now, you come to the American taxpayers and say you need more to pay off YOUR debt.
To add insult to injury, you label us “greedy” for calling “bullshit” on your incompetence. Well, Captain Bullshit, I have a few questions for YOU.
1. How much money have you earned from the American taxpayers during your pathetic 50-year political career?
2. At what age did you retire from your pathetic political career, and how much are you receiving in annual retirement benefits from the American taxpayers?
3. How much do you pay for YOUR government provided health insurance?
4. What cuts in YOUR retirement and healthcare benefits are you proposing in your disgusting deficit reduction proposal, or, as usual, have you exempted yourself and your political cronies?
It is you, Captain Bullshit, and your political co-conspirators called Congress who are the “greedy” ones. It is you and your fellow nutcases who have bankrupted America and stolen the American dream from millions of loyal, patriotic taxpayers. And for what? Votes. That’s right, sir. You and yours have bankrupted America for the sole purpose of advancing your pathetic political careers. You know it, we know it, and you know that we know it.
And you can take that to the bank, you miserable son of a bitch .
If you like the way things are in America delete this. If you agree with what a fellow Montana citizen Patty Myers says, PASS IT ON!!!!


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UN Gang’s cartel contact gunned down in mexico

UN gang’s key cartel contact gunned down in Mexico by Admin on January 19, 2012 in Crime and Border Security, Mexican Cartel War, Narco Terrorism, Sinaloa cartel, Zetas with No comments The covered-up body of a dead Canadian man lies on a street in Culiacan January 16, 2012. The Canadian citizen was found dead with several gunshots to his head near a commercial area in Culiacan, according to local media. REUTERS/Stringer (MEXICO – Tags: CRIME LAW CIVIL UNREST) CULIACAN, Mexico — A B.C. man executed in the Mexican state of Sinaloa this week was a high-ranking member of the United Nations gang who had direct contact with Mexican cartels, The Vancouver Sun has learned. Salih Abdulaziz Sahbaz’s partly covered body lies in the road in Culiacán, the capital of the cartel-plagued Mexican state of Sinaloa. The B.C. man had taken over the Mexican end of the business after two of his associates were killed. Photograph by: Stringer, Reuters dAbdulaziz Sahbaz, 37, spent much of the last three years in Mexico and was the key cartel contact for the notorious B.C. gang, police sources confirmed. But he also returned regularly to Surrey, where he had family ties. Sahbaz was found early Monday at an intersection in Culiacán, the capital of cartel-plagued Sinaloa state. He had been shot in the head with a .45-calibre gun. Sahbaz had taken over the Mexican end of the business after two other UN gang members, Ahmet (Lou) Kaawach and Elliott (Taco) Castenada, were gunned down in front of a taco stand in Guadalajara in July 2008. He is believed to have owed money to at least one cartel after losing a shipment of cocaine and was working off his debt when he was slain. Sahbaz had been active in the UN gang since at least 2004, when he and several other Iraqi refugees were brought into the fold by former leader Clay Roueche. Sahbaz is in an infamous photo of UN members dressed in black taken at the March 2005 funeral of gangster Evan Appell, who died of an overdose. Sahbaz had been charged twice with trafficking drugs in Vancouver. At one point, he was boss of the UN gang’s “Kurdish Crew” that controlled the Downtown Eastside drug trade. But he also had a falling out with associate Barzan Tilli-Choli after a Vancouver home invasion directed by Tilli-Choli targeted a friend of Sahbaz’s. They are believed to have later patched up their differences. A police affidavit filed in court and earlier obtained by The Sun described a 2006 New Year’s Eve party in Vancouver attended by Sahbaz and other UN gang members. When gang squad members checked out the event at the Plush nightclub on Pacific Boulevard, they “recognized many of the males in the private gathering or party as being members or associates of the UN gang,” the affidavit said. Roueche was at the party with Sahbaz, who was kicked out of the club, according to the document. Officers noticed that Sahbaz was wearing “a diamond-encrusted ring with traditional Chinese characters on it.” He allowed the Vancouver police to photograph the ring. The characters “translate into the English language as United Nations,” the affidavit said. The UN gang was founded in the Fraser Valley by Roueche and others in 1997. It consisted of B.C.-born men and newer immigrants — mostly from Asia — and once boasted more than 100 members and another 100 associates. But the UN has been decimated in recent years by murders, shootings and arrests of key members in both Canada and the U.S. Sahbaz, Castenada and Kaawach all died in Mexico. Adam Kataoka was killed in Argentina in late 2009. Diane Meyer and Michael Gordon were gunned down in the Fraser Valley in 2008. Last November, Axel Curtis was shot to death in Vancouver. Roueche was arrested in the U.S. in May 2008 and is now serving a 30-year sentence for smuggling cocaine and marijuana and laundering millions in drug profits. At least a dozen of his B.C. mules and associates have also been convicted in the U.S. Tilli-Choli and five others are awaiting trial in B.C. Supreme Court for murder and conspiracy to commit murder for allegedly plotting to kill the Bacon brothers and their Red Scorpion associates. Several more UN members or associates are before the courts on drug trafficking, attempted murder and murder charges. Two others — Conor D’Monte and Cory Vallee — were also charged with murder a year ago, but have not been located. There is an international warrant for their arrest. Gang expert Doug Spencer said Tuesday he is not surprised to learn of Sahbaz’s demise. “It is more than expected,” said Spencer, a former VPD detective now with Transit police. “I knew it was coming because he was living the life and when they are living the life, they all get it.” Spencer incorporates new gang murders into the anti-gang presentations he does in Metro Vancouver schools. “It is an important message to get out that for these guys, there is nowhere to hide,” Spencer said. 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