Barry R. Clausen — My Personal Battle With ATF
By Investigative Journalist, Barry R. Clausen
June 23, 2012
Are they deceitful now as they were in my case?
Note: The criticism in this article is directed at prior ATF leadership. We as a society should remember there are some outstanding agents within ATF. As you will read, my problems were with incompetent ATF leadership. Current contacts within ATF say that the issue is not ATF but rather it is Attorney General Eric Holder who is attempting to cover his own backside. They also say the new ATF Acting Director, Byron Todd Jones is a “good Director and doing a good job.” They claim, “He will clean up any problems there are within the Agency.”
President Obama’s use of “Executive Privilege” in the “Fast and Furious” debacle smacks of an apparent cover-up of the actions of some Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms (ATF) agents, Attorney General Eric Holder and quite possibly Obama himself.
After 18 months of Congress trying to find out just what happened during Fast and Furious, we seem to be no closer to knowing the details of what went wrong, who was responsible and how are they going to put into place changes in policy to make sure this never takes place again. Not only that, but with the Executive Privilege being invoked, Obama singlehandedly has ensured that the American people and Brian Terry’s family may never have satisfactory answers to these questions.
While this case is certainly different than my unfortunate encounter with ATF, the lesson is still the same. ATF’s attitude, as with other federal policing agencies, appears to be cover-up the facts, lie or omit the truth in an effort to shed responsibility for legitimate mistakes or outright ineptness. When caught with their pants down is clear to even the most casual observer, it appears that their response is still – hide the truth!
The following is an excerpt from my most recent book Burning Rage – The Growing Anger Within My Country.
It all began when unknowingly I became the recipient of information relevant to the case of Leonard Peltier who was convicted of murdering two FBI Agents on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in 1975. On June 26, 1975, Special Agents Jack R. Coler and Ronald A. Williams were killed while attempting to serve arrest warrants for robbery and assault with a dangerous weapon on the Oglala Sioux Indian Reservation in Pine Ridge, South Dakota. Peltier, a Native American activist and member of the American Indian Movement (AIM) was apparently the victim of questionable actions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) agents during a 1975 conflict on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
Many years ago there was never a thought that my life of leisure would take a turn as a result of one small incident, a broken spring on my horse trailer while I was hauling horses for Texas entrepreneur Doug Durham who was the FBI infiltrator in AIM for the FBI. Durham and FBI agents shared confidential information with me about the shootings.
Following my association with Durham I worked as a deputy sheriff as an undercover narcotics deputy for several years in conjunction with different federal agencies. Eventually, I became a licensed private investigator and later, with an unexpected and surprising recommendation from the FBI, attorneys and investigators for multinational companies came to me for help in domestic terrorism issues. Eventually, my work led me to become a journalist and the author of two books, Walking On the Edge and Burning Rage – The Growing Anger Within My Country.
As a result of the work I did on Ecoterrorism I was asked by Julie Rodgers of Congressman Riggs’s office to testify at a Congressional hearing by the House Subcommittee On Crime.
Because of the information I possessed on several issues there were many unexplained problems with the U.S. Department………….
- | Free Leonard Peltier ~ the American Mandela! (truthaholics.wordpress.com)
- Fast and Furious for Dummies (thedailybeast.com)
- ‘A Very Nixonian Mistake’… (blogs.telegraph.co.uk)
- Issa pledges to look at reordering ATF (thehill.com)
- SEE! A.G., Eric Holder Newsletter-DOJ Website Archive-April 2, 2009: “100 New ATF Agents For Project Gun-Runner” (themadjewess.com)
- Arson fire may have been race-related (wivb.com)
- Something else you MUST remember about Fast and Furious (thedaleygator.wordpress.com)
- Brit Hume: Obama’s Executive Privilege Claim Has the “Stench of Cover-Up” (minx.cc)
- Watch White House tout ‘Fast & Furious’ in 2009 (wnd.com)
- Why Eric Holder should being jail and the WaPo sucks balls (larrycorreia.wordpress.com)