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154 ATF Deputy Assistant Director Peter Forcelli Reveals Government Cover-Up and Corruption Surrounding Operation Fast And Furious (Part One)

January 21, 2024 Patrick O'Donnell / Peter Forcelli / Steve Murphy Episode 154
Cops and Writers Podcast
154 ATF Deputy Assistant Director Peter Forcelli Reveals Government Cover-Up and Corruption Surrounding Operation Fast And Furious (Part One)
Show Notes

Welcome everybody to part one of this very special show with my guest, Retired ATF Deputy Assistant Director, former NYPD homicide detective, and author of the bestselling book, The Deadly Path: How Operation Fast & Furious and Bad Lawyers Armed Mexican Cartels, Peter Forcelli. If you like heroes, homicide, government corruption at the highest levels, a government whistle blower, and good old fashioned police work, you’re going to love this episode. 

Peter was a "whistleblower," who came forward and testified in the congressional inquiry into the "Operation Fast & Furious" scandal, following the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

Over the span of his career, Peter Forcelli served in leadership positions within ATF in Phoenix, Arizona; Eastern Canada; Miami, Florida and in ATF Headquarters. While serving as the Special Agent in Charge of the Miami Field Division, he oversaw ATF’s response to several mass shootings, including those at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, in Parkland Florida. He also oversaw ATF’s investigation into Omar Mateen and his acquisition of the firearms that were used in the Pulse Nightclub shooting.

Peter Forcelli has also been involved in the exoneration of eight people who were wrongfully arrested and convicted in the Bronx, New York, for murders that they did not commit.

Peter is a survivor of the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks on the World Trade Center, and the lung cancer that he later developed because of his work in the rescue and recovery efforts at Ground Zero. He is a recurring guest speaker at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum.

Like any cop, sometimes we need backup. So, my good friend, Retired DEA Special Agent Steve Murphy of the Game of Crimes podcast and DEA Narcos, joined me for this interview. Steve is no stranger to Cartels because he and his partner, Javier Pena work, bringing down Pablo Escobar and the Medellín Cartel.

In today’s episode we discuss:

·      Peter’s early years in the NYPD and the Housing Police. 

  • What it was like testifying before Congress.

·      His part in the investigations that led to the acquittal of 8 people who were wrongfully convicted of murder.

·      Peter being at the Towers on 9/11 and his part in the rescue/recovery and the cancer he endured later that cost him a lung.

·      The conspiracies surrounding the 9/11 terrorist attack.

·      Why Peter joined the ATF after fifteen years with the NYPD?

·      Operation Fast and Furious.

·      The coverups and corruption involved with Operation Fast and Furious and Peter doing the right thing, and the fallout he faced due to him being a whistleblower.

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