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By Andrew P. Napolitano
Obama's veil of secrecy is pierced
Topic - Criminal Division
Five men identified as leaders or associates of the New England organized crime family have agreed to plead guilty to racketeering-related charges, according to documents filed Thursday in federal court in Providence, R.I.
The chairman of a House committee investigating the failed "Fast and Furious" gunrunning operation demanded Thursday that the Justice Department make a second key federal prosecutor in Arizona available for questioning about "his role in and knowledge of" the controversial probe.
The chief of the criminal division in the U.S. Attorney's Office in Arizona cited his Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination in refusing Friday to testify before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee in its ongoing investigation into the failed "Fast and Furious" gunrunning operation.
With a rising tide of gang violence nationwide, the Justice Department set up two special units in the same building and charged them with helping coordinate investigations into some of the country's deadliest street-crime syndicates.