Furor Over Fast and Furious

Holder is point man for obstructing Congress
By Edwin J. Feulner · August 7, 2012  http://patriotpost.us/opinion/14348

U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. may show up on “Jeopardy!” one of these days. No, not as a contestant — as an answer. The clue: “He’s the first attorney general in U.S. history to be held in contempt of Congress.” The answer: “Who is Eric Holder?”

That’s surely not the distinction Mr. Holder was seeking when he took the job. But thanks to the scandal known as Operation Fast and Furious, that’s what he’s best known for: overseeing an operation that put more than 2,000 guns into the hands of a Mexican drug cartel and led to the deaths of hundreds of Mexican citizens and a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

Presumably, this appalling mortality rate wasn’t the intention when Fast and Furious was launched in 2009. But we all know what paves the road to hell.

How did it get to this point? Let’s review the basic facts.

The idea was that agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) would let U.S.-based “straw purchasers” associated with the Sinaloa drug cartel buy guns from federally licensed gun dealers and allow them to “walk” across the border into Mexico (whose government wasn’t informed). The agency would track the weapons and trace them to high-level cartel operatives.

It doesn’t take a degree in law enforcement to see that the “track and trace” portion of the forgoing description probably is its key detail. According to whistleblowers, this simply wasn’t done. Once the guns walked across the border, their whereabouts became a mystery to the ATF. Then the weapons began showing up at crime scenes.

Mario Gonzalez Rodriguez was at one of them. The brother of a former Mexican state attorney general, Rodriguez turned up in a shallow grave on Oct. 21, 2010 — the victim of torture. Two Fast and Furious guns were found in the possession of his kidnappers following a shootout with Mexican police.

Less than two months later, Border Patrol Agent Brian A. Terry was at another of those crime scenes. The 40-year-old former Marine was fatally shot during a firefight. Once again, two of the weapons recovered afterward were discovered to be Fast and Furious firearms.

Shortly after Terry’s death, ATF agents, troubled by the way the operation was spiraling out of control, told Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, about Fast and Furious. They hoped Mr. Grassley, ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, could put a stop to it.

To do that, Mr. Grassley needed information. That’s when Fast and Furious moved from tragedy to scandal: President Obama’s Justice Department, under the watchful eye of Mr. Holder, decided not to cooperate, but to cover up.

Any claim “that ATF ‘sanctioned’ or otherwise knowingly allowed the sale of assault weapons to a straw purchaser who then transported them to Mexico, is false,” Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich wrote to Mr. Grassley on Feb. 4, 2011. “ATF makes every effort to interdict weapons that have been purchased illegally and prevent their transportation into Mexico.”

Not every effort, it seems. Nine months later, after weeks of stonewalling and attempts to find “dirt” on the whistleblowers, Justice Department officials finally came clean. On Nov. 8, 2011, Mr. Holder admitted under oath that gun-walking had, in fact, occurred. The Feb. 4 denial was rescinded.

But it’s not over yet. According to the Justice Department, there are approximately 140,000 pages of Fast and Furious-related documents. How many have officials turned over to Rep. Darrell E. Issa, chairman of the House Oversight Committee? About 7,600, and many were so heavily redacted as to be practically useless.

The administration continues to drag its feet, including a June 28 declaration by Mr. Obama that many of the documents were shielded by executive privilege.

Small wonder Congress wants answers. The administration has no business engaging in such a shameful and outrageous cover-up. Congress should continue to make every effort to get to the bottom of this reckless and irresponsible operation — and take immediate steps to ensure that it never happens again.

When Mr. Obama took office, he vowed that his administration would be “the most open and transparent in history.” For the sake of those who died because of Fast and Furious, let’s hope he remembers — and honors — that promise.

A Concerned Citizen in Hilton, NY
Tuesday, August 7, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Edwin, your months late in your reporting, you offer nothing new to the story, and get several things wrong.

Lets start with the REAL facts; Pay attention:

The socialist/marxists have a problem in their grand scheme to take over the country. The 2nd Amendment. Even before obummer came on the scene, Hillary Clinton talked about the excessive flow of guns going from the United States into Mexico, and suggested that if we only had stricter gun laws or a repeal of the 2nd Amendment, the problem of the Mexican Drug Cartels would just fade away. Along comes obummer, that friendly marxist that’s afraid of us clinging to our guns and our bibles, on her heals stealing the nomination from Hillary. Upset that he can’t just dictate his rules to the country, because the armed patriots will rise up to block his kingly dictates, he takes Hilliary’s idea and runs with it.

Taking a failed attempt (wide-receiver) from the Bush administration as a convenient cover, they set out to flood the Mexican black market with guns that can be specifically traced to the United States, all in an attempt to bolster their false premise of easy access to guns in the United States as the reason for the violence on our border. That along with purposefully ignoring the illegal immigrants (and criminal elements) coming across the border will ensure an almost war-like wild west in the southern states all in an attempt for the people of both countries to cry out for someone to “handle the craziness at our border”. At which point obummer conveniently steps in with the United Nations to solve our little problem by having us sign the Small-Arms Treaty (now that the country is crying out for some control), and using that as the engine to finally rid this country of the 2nd Amendment, or at least giving him a legal excuse to confiscate all fire arms.

As usually happens with arrogant socialist/marxists, they were not concerned when things started to unravel, and a real journalist started to report on the death of an obscure border agent who was killed doing their job. The rest as they say is history.

Any of this sinking in Mr. Johnny-come-lately? What did you do, read a bunch of other journalists/bloggers and cobble together an article for a deadline? Tell me, what new information have you brought to the discussion?

Mac in Arizona
Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Of course there was a cover up. It wouldn’t look too good for the President to have been outed implementing a scheme to shock Americans into more draconian gun laws.
This is why it’s so evident he not only knew about it – Obama’s administration started it. And one thing is for sure, Obama – the narcissist – micro-manages everything.
About the same time, Elena Kagen was heavily involved with both Holder and Obama – someone was drafting the upcoming gun legislation.
This is the only thing that makes sense, fits the timeline like a glove and that’s been the prevailing modus operandi of this rogue regime.

billy396 in ohio
Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Our Woodwards and Bersteins of today are busy acting as cheerleaders for the Oblunder administration and studiously ignoring and refusing to report on the lies and open corruption that’s been displayed by this administration since day one. NO GOP Pesident could ever get away with any of the outright felonies and cover-ups that have been the hallmark of Oblunder and pals. No one seems to remember all of his vast and sweeping campaign ‘vows’ and promises. His would be the most transparent, bipartisan administration that the USA has ever seen. He would post bills on the internet for 48 hours before any votes took place so that Americans could see ‘who was standing for America and who was backing the corporations’. Ho vowed to televise all proceedings on C-SPAN so that ‘the people’ could see and hold accountable all of those politicians who were merely looking out for themselves. What about his famous line that G.W. Bush was not only “irresponsible” but “unpatriotic” for “spending $5.5 Trillion dollars all by his lonesome”. Why no reporting on the fact that it took Oblunder exactly 3 years and 2 months to spend more than Bush spent in 8 full years in office? Why no reporting on the fact that the White House and the Treasury Dept. knew beforehand that Solyndra was a bad business model and that it was almost guaranteed to go bankrupt (BEFORE one red cent of taxpayer funds were thrown away on that particular boondoggl;e. Why no reporting on the fact that the stimulus funds that didn’t go to buy windmills and solar panels from overseas went directly into the pockets of Obama campaign bundlers? It’s ubbelievable that the Oblunder campaign has the nerve to press Romney on his record or his past when Oblunder has blocked ALL access to ANY information regatrding his past, as in ‘what was he doing in Pakistan in 1980 with some unknown man’, what about his use of marijuana and cocaine (at the very least) “whenever I could afford it”. What about the questions regarding who paid for his tuition at Harvard and Columbia? This is truly the Manchurian Candidate brought to life. If America doesn’t wake up and vote this ‘man’ out of office, we will be very quickly turned into merely another in a very long line of failed Socialist experiments in bankruptcy. The MSM in this country has lost all respect and trust, leaving the public to find out by their own means what’s actually happening to their country

Oldshooter in San Antonio, TX

I find it damning to the mainstream media, who generally refuse to cover this issue until forced to do so, and then try to let it die off the front page as soon as they can. Consider that the infamous Watergate scandal that brought down President Nixon, was all about the White House covering up a misdemeanor breaking and entering, during which they “bugged” the offices of some of their political opponents. Fast and Furious involved literally hundreds of deaths and injuries, at least three of US government agents (1 dead Border Patrolman, 1 dead DEA agent, and 1 wounded DEA agent), and literally hundreds of dead and injured Mexican citizens. It also involved permitting the illegal smuggling of guns from the US (some even bought with FBI funds!) to Mexico without notifying the Mexican govt (a violation of international law), and was predicated on an internal political agenda of the Obama administration (and Democrats generally) to justify increased anti-gun legislation. THAT is what Holder (and who knows who else at what level of our govt) covered up. It is VASTLY more significant than Watergate ever was, both in scope, in seriousness of the crimes involved, and in terms both domestic and international impact.

billy396 in ohio
Let’s not forget the death of I.C.E. agent Jaime Zapata, which was also linked to guns sent by Holder and his flunkies to the cartels, even afer several ATF agents warned their superiors that this was bad policy. There was never ANY effort made to follow the guns once they crossed the border. This hero, Mr. Zapata, was working to protect U.S. citizens from the very same murderous criminals that the ATF had been feeding guns. And the fact that this was all a scam to promote more onerous gun restrictions on law-abiding American citizens makes it even worse. The beginning of Fast and Furious can be linked to several U.S. officials, including Hillary Clinton, claiming that 90% of guns seized from Mexican drug gangs had come from America. This entire scheme was partly just a tool to increase the number of U.S. made guns found at crime scenes in Mexico. The bonus, for the administration, was that they could more easily make a case for more unconstitutional gun control laws (leading to gun confiscation). They did exactly that, forcing gun stores in border states to send the ATF more information than gun stores in the rest of the country. This administration knows no bounds. Pure, unadulterated, inept, power mad impeachable offenses; felonies, under federal law, being perpetrated by the very agency tasked with stopping American guns from crossing the border.

JAC in Texas

I’ll bet anyone on this post $50 that nothing is ever done about this! Holder will walk, just like the guns did. Obozo will continue to walk for the crimes he has committed. No one will be held accountable for anything that has happened in the past 3 1/2 years. Maybe I’m terminally cynical, but show me where I’m wrong! Somebody, please!

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