So Judicial Watch has finally managed to fight through the bureaucratic nonsense and the illegal maneuvering and lies from the age of Obama DOJ to obtain documents related to the Fast & Furious scandal using FOIA requests, and have posted what they have received on their site. Something already found since these documents were turned over on November 18th, lends credence to the belief so many of us have that the WH and the DOJ where actively working together to suppress any and all reporting on their reasons for and involvement in the criminal Fast & Furious scandal. Specifically we have an email detailing the collusion to force the one reporter really looking into this crime – Sharyl Attkinson from CBS – to stop. And I am willing to bet it doesn’t end there. In the end we will hopefully find the truth despite the obfuscation. Holder wearing an orange jumpsuit, at a minimum, would be kharmic, but I suspect a presidential pardon will be issued.
Tag: Operation Fast and Furious
In a mounting confrontation with congressional Republicans, President Barack Obama invoked executive privilege Wednesday to withhold documents a House committee is seeking. The panel neared a vote on citing Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt.
Comments rapidly grew more heated. A spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner suggested administration officials had lied earlier or were now “bending the law,” while Democratic Rep. Elijah Cummings said the committee’s GOP chairman “had no interest” in resolving the issue and was trying to pick a fight.
In a letter to the committee chairman, Darrell Issa of California, a Justice Department official said the executive privilege applies to documents that explain how the department learned there were problems with an investigation in Arizona of gun-running into Mexico, called Operation Fast and Furious.
The citing of contempt for Holder should have been done already. As has been pointed out, Holder already lied to Congress about the Administration’s medical marijuana policies. Unfortunately for him, Congress isn’t like the New York Times or the Center for the American Regress: they are actually aware of the facts and will call the Administration out when they lie.
But the Executive Privilege thing is a real tell. Executive privilege has been most heavily invoked by the Nixon and Clinton Administrations (and, to a lesser degree, by Bush II) to cover up bona fide scandals or, at least, bona fide embarrassments.
The purpose here is delay. Obama is hoping to kick this past the election. But really, I don’t think this is going to matter. Conservatives are going to vote against Obama anyway. And liberals would support him even if Fast and Furious involved Holder personally shooting puppies. Some middle-of-the-road voters might be persuaded. But we’d really need a media that was doing its job and cared about people getting killed because guns were allowed to be smuggled into Mexico.
I’m not holding my breath.
Update: In case you want to know what I consider Media Matter to be a useless Left Wing lie factory, Eric Boehlert is claiming that Ronald Reagan invoked executive privilege 20 times. In fact, the tally is 24 times over all Administrations since Reagan. The tally is Reagan 3, Bush 1, Clinton 14, Bush II 6 and Obama 1. There are plenty of places where you can read about the times executive privilege has been invoked. It has almost always been to cover up embarrassing, rather than classified, info.
Now that Holder is feeling the fire, and then, despite the LSM and the WH, in what I am sure in a coordinated effort, playing like this story isn’t big when it makes Watergate look tame, non of us should be surprised that he has resorted to the left’s most favorite attack to silence or impugn the character of the people that are pissing them off: the race card!
Them evil honkeys is after me! And not just because I am a lying scumbag that has been caught covering for the fact that I was running, by direction from the WH more likely than not, an illegal operation, on foreign soil, that armed real evil killers, caused the death hundreds, if not thousands, including an American government official, with thousands more dying as the war goes on, destroying those that dared get in the way and point out how illegal this whole thing was, and did it all, so we could then lie about the US arming these evil people and sway public opinion and/or the courts against the second amendment. Them honkeys is after me cause I am black!
Holder needs some of the “love” our prison system promises those sharing cells with “Big Bubba”. He is a corrupt pussy after all.
Ask yourself: how would the media have reported a Friday night dump by the Bush Administration’s DOJ basically admitting they lied to congress during an investigation involving an operation that was for lack of better words a criminal action, on foreign soil, without telling the other nation in question about the various operations that were arming some of the most brutal criminal gangs involved in a shooting war that was killing hundreds if not thousands, and all intended to influence public opinion in order to unarm a populous that they feel might rebel against their shenanigans? Would they have produced this pile of excuses?
Fuck, the crooked democrats forced the Bush Administrations DOJ to resign for something that was totally in his purveyance by having the LSM convince enough people that the US AG dismissing all serving AGs was something new or politically evil! So why is a real criminal like Holder still not only holding power, but getting excuses made for him by them? And why does the WH remain silent? Wouldn’t this mess warrant they think about getting rid of Holder? Maybe they are worried he might spill the beans? Keep watching. The left wants this story to go away, but we are not going to let it happen. Thank god for the internet and blogs like this. Of course, the LSM hasn’t admitted there is a crime here, so it’s as if it never happened!
The Examiner has a post up that is frankly baffling and validates the concern expressed by many of us that when you look at the evidence, dismiss the implausible, and are left with the facts, logic dictates that this operation had nothing to do with stopping the flow of guns and everything to do with actually getting guns in the hands of drug cartels to kill people. It seems like the people at the Examiner got their hands on evidence that the ATF authorized direct sales of arms to Mexican cartels, which should, at a minimum, be a criminal endeavor, considering they had to know that once these crossed the border they would lose track of them and that they would be used to kill people.
A letter forwarded on Friday by a proven reliable source to Gun Rights Examiner and Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars documents Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives management authorizing the sale of firearms, which sources say were intended for delivery to cartel purchasers as part of the “Fast and Furious” / ”Gunwalker” scandal. Written by then-ATF Phoenix Group VII Supervisor David Voth, the June 01, 2010 letter to a Federal Firearms Licensee, whose name is redacted, advises:
Per Section925(a)(1) of the Gun Control Act (GCA) exempts law enforcement agencies from the transportation, shipment, receipt, or importation controls of the GCA when firearms are to be used for the official business of the agency.
Please accept this letter in lieu of completing an ATF Form 4473 for the purchase of four (4) CAI, Model Draco, 7.62×39 mm pistols, by Special Agent John Dodson. These aforementioned pistols will be used by Special Agent Dodson in furtherance of the performance of his official duties. In addition, Special Agent Dodson has not been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence. If you have any questions, you may contact me at telephone number 602-605-6501.
A hand-written note at the bottom says:
Picked up guns 6/10/10
Paid Cash [underlined in original]
Remember, if we are to believe the facts, and I do, the Mexican government was not aware of this operation being run on their soil and against them. The usual defenses that they where trying to “track guns” don’t fly, unless the intent was to then say the Mexican cartels where getting their arms from the US. What good would that do anyone, huh? The attempt to “Blame Boosh” is also nothing but bullshit intended to deflect and confuse the issue at hand. Pretense that the higher ups, including the DOJ and even the WH where not involved, and that this was all an ATF exclusive fuck up, have already been debunked. One can be forgiven for concluding that the sole viable reason for this operation was to get guns in the hands of Mexican cartels, with the full knowledge they would be used to kill people – count is upwards of 200 directly attributed to arms from this operation, now – because those deaths where wanted. What other logical reason would there be to want people to be killed I ask, if it wasn’t to use that to sway public opinion?
The facts are simple: we are left with the ATF buying guns, CASH, and shipping them to Mexico, where they where used to kill not just Mexicans, but then also US border patrol agent Terry. Body count seems to be the objective. It now also looks like they tried to cover up these clearly criminal actions once this thing went south, with the DOJ running the show and the FBI likely responsible for tampering with and even destroying evidence at the scene where Brian Terry was murdered, by throwing the director of the ATF under the bus. This government ran an operation in Mexico with the intent of using the body count to get something back here at home. And this is going on right as the left is losing the battle in court to disarm the citizenry they look down upon and get around the 2nd Amendment they so despise.
They are all in full cover up mode, but the truth is coming out. Nixon got in trouble for far less. And Watergate I remind you cost nobody their lives. This criminal operation killed over 200 Mexicans and a border patrol agent. I guess we all learned another firearm safety rule too: guns are dangerous in the hands of leftist autocrats, hell bent on disarming the peasants they so want to control without the fear of them fighting back. I am sure our usual deniers will find issue with this and claim I am wrong for pointing these things out. They will even demand facts, dismissing the facts that have come out backing me up in the process, without blinking an eye.
And the LSM is doing more of the same. Wish they where as gung-ho about a real crime against the American people as they where about their chance to take down Nixon. What a disservice they are doing the American people which should know how the nanny staters hold them in such low regard that they are willing to help murder people to convince them they should give up their right and ability of self defense.
The ATF has promoted three key supervisors of a controversial sting operation that allowed firearms to be illegally trafficked across the U.S. border into Mexico.
All three have been heavily criticized for pushing the program forward even as it became apparent that it was out of control. At least 2,000 guns were lost and many turned up at crime scenes in Mexico and two at the killing of a U.S. Border Patrol agent in Arizona.
The three supervisors have been given new management positions at the agency’s headquarters in Washington. They are William G. McMahon, who was the ATF’s deputy director of operations in the West, where the illegal trafficking program was focused, and William D. Newell and David Voth, both field supervisors who oversaw the program out of the agency’s Phoenix office.
This goes beyond the usual “sweeping under the rug” that happens with law enforcement. We’re not talking about a situation where someone was shot in a botched drug raid or evidence was witheld in a murder case or homeless man was brutally beaten. We have a situation where idiocy and incompetence fed hundreds of weapons into the hands of criminals. We would have been better off selling the guns directly to drug gangs and cutting out the middle men.
It gets worse. McMahon is now working in the Office of Professional Responsibility and Security Operations, which investigates misconduct. No word on whether he’ll be pulling a Captain Renault with this scandal.
Now I can just hear the liberals spitting rice cakes out of their mouths and sputtering, “Well, this is an internal thing to the ATF. The Democrats aren’t to blame!” But responsibility in our government rolls up, not down. Just as our Commander-in-Chief bears responsibility when soldiers act badly, the chief law enforcement officer bears responsibility when federal agents fuck up. That’s the way things work, especially when there is growing evidence that the Attorney General was aware of what was going on and the Administration is dragging their heels on the investigation. But even if Obama had nothing to do with Fast and Furious, he bears responsibility. Responsibility is the price of authority.
Everyone involved in this needs to be suspended pending a full investigation. Promotion shouldn’t even be on the menu. But … that’s the way things work in the Federal government and the way they have always worked. The federal agents responsible for Ruby Ridge and Waco weren’t held responsible either.