Responding to Bob Owen’s inquiry, Vince Cefalu, the whistleblowing AFT agent, has some very interesting comments on the promotion of the three agents that are mired in Fast and Furious. He indicates that they were not really promoted so much as they’re being shielded. That law enforcement normally does not makes moves like this when its members are under investigation. The agents should be behind a desk or suspended. Most people would probably agree. This means we can expect more stonewalling.
First: why did they leave out FF ASAC George Gillette? He is one of the most corrupt and culpable guys in that operation. He was transferred to HQ as the liaison to the U.S. Marshals, which is normally a GS (General Schedule) 13 or 14 job. He is filling it as a GS 15?
None of the other three were actually promoted.
They were all placed in protected positions which shields them from public view. The assistant to the assistant director position was created under former Acting Director Mike Sullivan to shield corrupt and exposed managers so as to keep their grade and benefits.
The ATF looks like they have something to hide. They assigned one of these agents to ATF’s internal affairs. What are citizens supposed to expect? Honesty?
McMahon in charge of IA [Internal Affairs, a more common functional name for Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations]. S***, that’s like putting [Charles] Manson in charge of sharp objects.
Vince Cefalu gives us one great insider perspective.