As CBS begins to play at becoming a real news network the DOJ tells them to pound salt

Comment by Jim Campbell
There may be 50 ways to leave your lover but how many ways are there to say obstruction of justice? The walls are closing in on Obama and Holder.  Look for things to break wide open soon.  Issa and crew have had enough with Holder’s perjury and obstruction.  It may be game over for these criminals. 
That’s my story and I’m sticking to it, I’m J.C. and I approve this message.

Government’s answer to “Fast and Furious” records requests: Blank pages. See the nearly-blank provided to CBS News (PDF)

FOIA documentsCBS News’ Freedom of Information requests related to Fast and Furious.

(Credit: CBS)

For more than a year, CBS News has been investigating the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms’ “Fast and Furious” operation and related cases that also employed the controversial tactic of “gunwalking.” With Justice Department officials refusing all interview requests to date, CBS News requested numerous public documents through the Freedom of Information Act.

So far, all of the requests that have been answered have been denied in part or in full.

This week, we received a partial response to a request made more than a year ago. It asked for communications involving “Project Gunrunner,” the umbrella program for Fast and Furious, from 2010 through April 2011. Specifically, it sought any communications to which any of the following top Justice officials were a party: Attorney General Eric Holder; Lanny Breuer, Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division; Kevin Carwile, chief of the Capital Case Unit; and Deputy Assistant Attorney Generals Bruce Schwarz and Kenneth Blanco.

The response includes mostly-blank pages.



Federal agencies can legally claim exemptions from the Freedom of Information Act for a number of reasons including attorney-client privilege, law enforcement purposes, and personal privacy. However, they’ve fallen under sharp criticism from the media and public interest groups in the past decade as a large number of FOIA requests have languished, sometimes for years.

FOIA was originally intended to expedite the release of public materials to the public and media. However, in practice, FOIA requests are often not even marginally effective at obtaining documents for news reporting. To be most effective and helpful, the requests would often need to be filled in a matter of days or at least weeks.

Few requests filed by this reporter are answered within a year. When and if documents are ever produced, they are often heavily redacted and the timeliness of the information relative to the public interest has long since subsided.

Separately the FBI has denied CBS News all information requested regarding the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Two Fast and Furious weapons were found at his murder scene in December 2010. The FBI stated that the information was withheld because the murder investigation is ongoing. That investigation has now entered its second year.

Republicans prepare contempt citation against Eric Holder over Fast and Furious

CBS News appealed the FBI’s denial, arguing that some records had already been made public by FBI to news agencies, that releasing certain parts of its investigative documents would not jeopardize any investigation, and that the FBI should provide, at a minimum, a log of the withheld materials. The appeal was denied. The ATF likewise denied our FOIA request under the basis of “opening investigation.”

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3 thoughts on “As CBS begins to play at becoming a real news network the DOJ tells them to pound salt

  1. Timing is everything. Boner [sic] stands on the sidelines because Holder has the goods on him. I can’t effing wait for the criminal indictments. Great theater! Sharyl Attkisson (CBS) is schooling the msm on what it is to have courage and integrity. Brian Terry smiles.

  2. courage and integrity….sadly lacking in too many people. Bravo to those that have intact morals that lead them to act with courage and integrity.

  3. Don’t hold you breath on Holder or Obama paying for these crimes- the powerful DEMOCRATIC machine has too much power to let Holder or Obama get into trouble (no matter what they did) Selling machine guns to the Zeta Mexican drug cartel using stimulus money- Obama is NOT worried at all and continues his preparation for his camaign of lies- You better believe that Pelosi is working “FAST&FURIOUSLY” in the background of smoke filled backrooms to payoff jusges & oliticians to get Obama out of this mess that he was fully aware of- They will arrange for a slap on the wrist judgement and one of the minor flunkies will resign- The BLACKOUT on Obama crimes by the NEWS-MEDIA is UNFORGIVABLE-

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