Friday, July 20, 2012

Acting ATF Director Threatens Future Whistleblowers, 'There Will Be Consequences'

by M Catharine Evans

The Washington Guardian just released a July 9 video (below) featuring Acting ATF Director B. Todd Jones warning agents not to step outside the chain of command.

Jones, a Minnesota U.S. Attorney and Holder crony, was tapped by the Attorney General to step in after former acting ATF Director Kenneth Melson was ousted and reassigned over his role in Operation Fast and Furious.

Jones told the Washington Post he was "excited" about restoring morale at the embattled Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives.

Veteran agents who have watched this explosive video interpreted Jones' latest in a series of 'Changecasts' as a warning to keep their mouths shut.

Choices and consequences simply means that, as an employee of ATF, should you decide not to abide by the standards of conduct or the rules of the road, should you decide that you're not going to play by the rules, there will be consequences.

Choices and consequences means simply that if you make poor choices, that if you don't abide by the rules, that if you don't respect the chain of command, if you don't find the appropriate way to raise your concerns to your leadership, there will be consequences because we cannot tolerate, we cannot tolerate an undisciplined organization.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, a leading figure in the Fast and Furious investigation was outraged that Jones "a leader of a major organization of any department, particularly law enforcement, would have the temerity to make those sort of comments...You can't put up with agency heads like this having this attitude."

The Jones video comes just days after the Washington Guardian reported the DOJ withheld vital memos from congressional investigators regarding Fast and Furious whistleblowers.

It appears the DOJ and the White House are going to extraordinary lengths to cover up an operation they supposedly knew nothing about.

M Catharine Evans


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