Skip to comments.Three Key ‘Fast and Furious’ Questions Still Unanswered
Posted on 05/25/2012 10:09:55 AM PDT by Kaslin
Deputy Attorney General James Cole releases a statement without a hint of factual backing.
The congressional investigations into the gunwalking plot known as Operation Fast and Furious largely faded from the public eye over the past month, yet there is a growing conviction among legislators of both parties that a grueling political battle is ahead.
Those determined to uncover the truth behind Fast and Furious are being opposed by Democratic congressmen and Obama administration officials such as Deputy Attorney General James Cole. Cole has objected to the House Oversight Committee’s investigation and the actions of Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa. His recent combative letter to Issa received sympathetic coverage at progressive site TPMMuckraker:
Rep. Darrell Issa’s drive to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt is “unwarranted,” “unprecedented” and “ill-advised,” a top Justice Department official said in a letter to the California Republican, who is chair of the House Oversight Committee, on Tuesday.
Deputy Attorney General James Cole also wrote that the committee’s “core questions” on the flawed gun trafficking operation known as Fast and Furious “have been answered.”
Cole suggested that the lack of documents showing high-level discussions about the tactics used in Fast and Furious show the problem grew out of offices in Arizona and that top Obama administration were not aware that ATF agents were telling gun shop dealers to sell large quantities of weapons to individuals they suspected were “straw purchasers” for Mexican drug cartels.
“Far from reflecting a ‘cover-up,’ as some have claimed, the lack of documents makes clear that these tactics had their origin in the field in Arizona and not among Department leaders in Washington,” Cole wrote.
Cole’s assertions would be laughable, were it not for the hundreds of bodies linked to Fast and Furious weapons and their almost certain role in a recent spike in violence in northern Mexico that has resulted in bodies turning up by the dozens.
The deputy attorney general — who is also suspected of having a role in the plot — is correct when he claims the congressional investigation is “unprecedented.” Never in American history has an administration stood accused of facilitating the smuggling of thousands of weapons in an attempt to generate murders as propaganda for undermining the constitutional rights of Americans.
Multiple Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents have testified under oath that the explicit intent of the operation was to have guns purchased by straw purchasers be smuggled over the border and recovered at Mexican crime scenes. The entire plot hinged upon Mexican citizens being killed with walked guns. As one supervisor said to an agent complaining about the deaths that would occur: “If you’re going to make an omelette, you’ve got to break some eggs.”
Cole did not try to refute these facts: he simply lied in stating that “core questions” about Fast and Furious “have been answered.” More than 18 months after Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was gunned down by a cartel “rip team” led by an FBI informant, the Department of Justice has refused to answer the three most basic questions about the gun-walking plot:
We don’t know who came up with this obviously dangerous and illegal scheme that relied upon the murders of allied foreign citizens to function. Who conceived it? We know that such a high-risk operation would never be conceived of or executed by low-level bureaucrats, as it required coordination across four cabinet-level departments and at least a half-dozen federal law enforcement agencies. Who approved it?
The most damning question may be the most revealing: why won’t President Obama appoint an independent prosecutor to investigate Fast and Furious? Secret Service agents (and now DEA agents) that were “serviced” by Colombian hookers were investigated and terminated in weeks. Are we to believe that the DOJ Inspector General’s Office cannot conclude their Fast and Furious investigation in more than a year and five months? That a coverup is in effect within the Obama administration is obvious to all but the most incredulous Democratic allies of the president and a complicit media.
Perhaps the tide is turning against the Obama administration’s coverup, with Attorney General Eric Holder first on the firing line:
The embattled attorney general is losing support. On Wednesday, 142 Democrats joined with 239 Republicans in approving an amendment to the Justice Department budget prohibiting the use of funds for the purpose of lying to Congress. The vote could be Democrats way of signaling they, too, are tired of Team Obamas stonewalling over Fast and Furious.
Speaker of the House John Boehner has now stepped forward to pressure President Obama to force Holder to stop stonewalling the investigations.
Despite hopes that the scandal would fade, Fast and Furious seems primed to become a separation of powers battle that may peak at the worst possible time during Obama’s reelection campaign.
What is funny is that DOJ and the Administration haven’t learned the basics of a hearing. Issa isn’t asking any questions he doesn’t already have the factual answer to. He’s got a lot more documentation than DOJ or Obama realize and he’s building one hell of a contempt case and even a treason case.
The hubris of this administration will be its undoing and it’ll be the downfall of the libtard movement because of Fast and Furious.
Could we get on with it already? Issa's been threatening Holder with a contempt citation since February. If I want to see empty threats without end, I'll tune into the Israel/Iran channel.
Issa has enough info to seek appointment of Special Prosecutor from the U S Courts. That is what is needed.
” Speaker of the House John Boehner has now stepped forward to pressure President Obama to force Holder to stop stonewalling the investigations.”
Don’t believe it.
I don’t expect much from Issa and nothing from Boehner.
Fast & Furious will eventually just dissappear.
To drop guns into Mexico requires a real scoundrel and that is the community organizer himself. Obama's purpose was to attack the 2nd amendment, shut down the gun distributors and then attack the gun manufacturers. You heard Hillary and the Traitor in Chief say it was American guns causing the Mexican problem. This was Obama's way of making it happen.
This is similar to the Housing scam that brought the Financial Markets down, the U S Gov't required loans to people who couldn't pay and then the DEM COMMUNISTS attempted to punish the people who Gov't forced to participate.
This T R E A S O N will not stop until people like Holder and Obama are arrested, tried for treason and hung by the neck until dead.
The average American is still trying to figure out if Obama is a socialist! The average FREEPER isn't much smarter.
John Boehner cried a little, then he stopped this investigation.
Question #4: When is Holder going to Leavenworth?
In one of those hearings, Republicans grilled Holder pretty hard. But, every single Democrat diverted from the matter at hand, praising him for what a great job he was doing, asking him softball questions that had nothing to do with F&F.
I remind myself of Bill Ayers' statement, that 25 million Americans might have to die in order to achieve his Utopian scam, er, dream that is. Neither he nor his buddy Obama have ever denounced that. If any of the leading Left-wing Democrats have ever denounced that, it must be a short list. Oh, and adjusted for population growth, his 25 would now be over 35 million.
Simple. Investigating hookers wasn't going to dig into their wallets but outting the big wigs in this will. As with everything, follow the money.
December 8, 2011
Dear Representative Gardner:
Dear Senator Udall:
Dear Senator Bennet:
Let's call Fast and Furious, Castaway, "Grenade Walker" and "Cash Walker" what they are. State-sponsored terrorism.
On this side of the border they are violations of the RICO Act. In Mexico and Honduras it is state-sponsored terrorism.
What else would you call heavily arming international criminal syndicates within foreign countries wherein those countries are in a death struggle with those syndicates?
Especially when it goes beyond thousands of assault rifles to include grenades, RPGs, shoulder fired rockets, anti-aircraft guns, night vision equipment, body armor and special deals to bring their drugs onto our soil with legal impunity?
Not to mention the just-revealed news that the rip crew that killed BP Agent Brian Terry was there with DEA and FBI assistance and approval to attack and kill a rival cartel's smuggling crew.
Let's not leave out the FBI and DEA laundering millions of dollars for the drug cartels by setting up bank accounts for them that they otherwise couldn't do.
It is organized, it is spread throughout every Federal LEA and it violates numerous domestic laws and numerous statutes and treaties that deal with foreign nations. Yet none of it has been officially sanctioned by Congress. (that I know of) It is the Federal government acting like mafioso.
Pres. Obama, AG Eric Holder and Sec. State Hillary Clinton are all deeply involved in this and it is unquestionably state-sponsored terrorism by the definition used to define states like Iran and North Korea.
PS: if you think I am wrong or exaggerating any of this I will be glad to bring you up to speed with very well sourced articles, legal depositions (publically available) and other public information that verifies every word I have said.
Either you are with these criminals or you are with U.S. I implore you to get informed, get involved and act or get run over by this. This lawless scandal is not going away.
Town, State, Zip
Here is a petition to call for Eric Holder's prosecution.
Tea Party Petition to Prosecute Eric Holder
After signing the petition you will get an automatic way to send an e-mail to your Congressman and Senators. You can use their text or fill in your own.
I strongly encourage all FReepers to sign that petition and to send their own thoughts about this to their Congress critters. Let them know that you are aware of this issue and that you are not going to forget about it. Let them know you will be watching to see what they do about it.
Anyone with an IQ even approaching room temperature knows this investigation will go straight to Obama. Holder did not think up this plan to dump guns into a foreign country. It takes corruption beyond any ever seen before, that takes the thinking of a community organizer.
The REPUBS know it is Obama and they are NOT going there. Bill Clinton proved that a serial rapist can escape conviction so why try? The DEMS would vote not guilty if we had pictures and audio of Barry bowing toward Mecca and meeting with his Muslim Brotherhood adviser on the destruction of America.
It's called TREASON but Americans can no longer handle hanging people guilty of that. We don't have enough rope to hang all of them.