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Fast and Furious Goes Nuclear [state media predicts public too stupid to understand or to care]
Front Page Magazine ^ | June 21, 2012 | Arnold Ahlert

Posted on 06/21/2012 2:06:54 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

The Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal, largely downplayed by the mainstream media for months, can no long be contained. President Barack Obama granted an eleventh hour written request by his embattled Attorney General Eric Holder and invoked executive privilege, withholding documents and communications by administration officials that occurred after Feb. 4, 2011. Those communications have been subpoenaed by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA), who had warned Mr. Holder that he would be held in contempt of Congress for refusing to turn them over. On Wednesday, Issa made good on his promise. The Committee approved a resolution 23-17 along party lines, holding the Attorney General in contempt of Congress. The ruling will now go to the full House for a vote.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) issued an immediate statement:

Despite being given multiple opportunities to provide the documents necessary for Congress’ investigation into Fast and Furious, Attorney General Holder continues to stonewall. Today, the Administration took the extraordinary step of exerting executive privilege over documents that the Attorney General had already agreed to provide to Congress. Fast and Furious was a reckless operation that led to the death of an American border agent, and the American people deserve to know the facts to ensure that nothing like this ever happens again. While we had hoped it would not come to this, unless the Attorney General reevaluates his choice and supplies the promised documents, the House will vote to hold him in contempt next week. If, however, Attorney General Holder produces these documents prior to the scheduled vote, we will give the Oversight Committee an opportunity to review in hopes of resolving this issue.

For more than a year, Mr. Issa gave Mr. Holder every opportunity to provide the information. Yet a 20-minute meeting Tuesday night produced nothing in the way of an agreement. Mr. Holder reportedly insisted he would be willing to brief the committee on documents detailing what the Justice Department knew about the program. He also agreed to turn over some of the additional documents Issa wanted. In return Mr. Issa would have to drop the contempt effort. Issa didn’t bite, saying he wanted to see the documents before deciding whether or not to proceed with the contempt vote.

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and other Democrats claimed Mr. Holder never made such a demand, further contending that the AG had come to the meeting in “good faith” in the attempt to reach an agreement. Issa counter that Mr. Holder briefed the committee instead of providing the requested documents. Issa told Fox News that Holder didn’t provide “anything in writing.”

February 4th is critical because a letter written by the Justice Department (DOJ) on that date contended that there had never been a gunwalking program, an assertion the DOJ was forced to withdraw in November when it didn’t square with the facts in the case. Yesterday, the DOJ was forced to make a second retraction regarding Mr. Holder’s claim in a hearing last week that his Bush administration predecessor, Attorney General Michael Mukasey, had been briefed about a gunwalking program called Operation Wide Receiver. The DOJ is now saying Mr. Holder “inadvertently” made that claim to the Committee. That Mr. Holder “inadvertently” made it while under oath is apparently irrelevant

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee who started the Fast and Furious investigation eighteen months ago, minced no words regarding these so-called errors. “In his eagerness to blame the previous administration, Attorney General Holder got his facts wrong,” Grassley wrote. “And his tactic didn’t bring us any closer to understanding how a bad policy evolved and continued. Bad policy is bad policy, regardless of how many administrations carried it out. Ironically, the only document produced yesterday by the Department appears to show that senior officials in the Attorney General’s own Department were strategizing about how to keep gunwalking in both Wide Receiver and Fast and Furious under wraps.”

Under wraps has now taken on a whole new meaning. Yesterday morning Deputy Attorney General James Cole sent a letter to Mr. Issa. “I write now to inform you that the President has asserted executive privilege over the relevant post-February 4, 2011, documents,” it read. Thus, for the time being, the release of the subpoenaed documents has been effectively prevented by the White House.

Yet the exercise of executive privilege also brings a whole new dimension to the scandal. The Supreme Court has concluded that executive privilege pertains to communications directly with the president. Thus, its invocation inexorably leads to one of two conclusions: either the president himself is involved with Fast and Furious, or his administration intends to challenge the scope of 1974 Supreme Court decision limiting executive power.

Sen. Grassley illuminated that reality. “The assertion of executive privilege raises monumental questions,” he contended. “How can the president assert executive privilege if there was no White House involvement? How can the president exert executive privilege over documents he’s supposedly never seen? Is something very big being hidden to go to this extreme? The contempt citation is an important procedural mechanism in our system of checks and balances,” he added.

Unsurprisingly, several Democrats attempted to politicize the scandal. “They keep moving the goal posts,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in reference to the requests made by Mr. Issa to get the additional documents. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), was “horrified” and claimed the investigation had become a “political witch hunt.” Rep Gerald E. Connolly (D-VA) referred to the contempt proceeding as a “kangaroo court,” ultimately aimed at the president. The ever-colorful Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) apparently missed the DOJ’s retraction of Mr. Holder’s aforementioned assertion and offered up an all-too-familiar Democratic refrain. “This Fast and Furious debacle started under the Bush administration,” she said. White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer also hammered Committee Republicans. “Instead of creating jobs or strengthening the middle class, congressional Republicans are spending their time on a politically motivated, taxpayer-funded election-year fishing expedition,” he said.

“Fishing expedition” is an incredibly callous assessment of an operation that claimed the life of Border Patrol Agent Brain Terry, more than 300 Mexican civilians, and possibly that of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent Jaime Zapata as well. Terry’s parents were furious with the president for invoking executive privilege. “Attorney General Eric Holder’s refusal to fully disclose the documents associated with Operation Fast and Furious and President Obama’s assertion of executive privilege serves to compound this tragedy,” Josephine Terry and Kent Terry, Sr., wrote in a statement released by family attorney Pat McGroder. The statement’s conclusion hit home. “Our son lost his life protecting this nation, and it is very disappointing that we are now faced with an administration that seems more concerned with protecting themselves rather than revealing the truth behind Operation Fast and Furious,” it read.

They were not alone in venting their disgust. On Monday, the National Border Patrol Council, representing all 17,000 of the agency’s non-supervisory agents called for Mr. Holder’s resignation, with Council President George E. McCubbin III describing Mr. Holder’s actions in the case as “a slap in the face to all Border Patrol agents who serve this country” and “an utter failure of leadership at the highest levels of government.”

Ironically, it is the president himself who has amplified that failure. By invoking executive privilege, Mr. Obama has made a complete mockery of his promise that he would run the “most transparent administration in history,” and revealed the hypocrisy of his 2007 accusation claiming Bush administration officials “hide behind executive privilege every time something a little shaky is taking place.”

Yet the biggest error Mr. Obama made is political. By invoking executive privilege he has turned Fast and Furious into a national story, one even the most hopelessly compromised members of the mainstream media can no longer ignore. Nothing reveals the extent of that ideologically tainted compromise better than this excerpt from a Washington Post column by blogger Chris Cillizza. Note the sneering contempt for the public as well:

While the debate over “Fast and Furious” — and the separation of powers between the legislative and executive branches — is an important one, it is also decidedly complex, meaning that most undecided voters simply won’t engage on it

[...]

No matter how “Fast and Furious” ultimately turns out, this will be (yet another) motivator for an already very enthusiastic Republican base to turn out in hopes of ousting President Obama from office. For everyone else, it’s not likely to move many votes–either way.

In other words, unless one is an “enthusiastic Republican,” one can’t possibly be bothered to follow a “complicated” gunwalking scandal that armed Mexican drug cartels with thousands of weapons, killed American agents and Mexican civilians, and might involve some of the highest-ranking officials in the current administration, including the president himself. This is whistling past the graveyard in the extreme.

Barring something currently unforeseen, the next stop in this saga will be a full vote on contempt of Congress charges in the House of Representatives — whether the mainstream media bothers to cover it or not. And contrary to Mr. Cillizza’s assessment, one suspects the general public will indeed be alarmed at this bloody debacle once it has gotten the publicity it deserves.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2deadfeds; 300deadmexicans; atf; attygenholder; banglist; brianterry; dea; dhs; doj; execprivilege; fastandfurious; fbi; gunrunner; gunrunning; gunwalker; holder; ice; jaimezapata; murdergate; obama; terry; zapata

1 posted on 06/21/2012 2:07:04 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Obama Orders Launched Fast and Furious

Project Gun Runner (Fast and Furious) was launched under the orders of President Barack Obama with the knowledge of Attorney General Eric Holder. Deputy Attorney General David Ogden announced the Obama Administration’s new and aggressive ‘comprehensive plan’ on March, 24, 2009. The plan was aimed at disrupting gun trafficking between the United States and Mexico.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PNhYk9NuNc&feature=player_embedded

Full C-SPAN Video Link 3-24-2009
http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/MexicoBor&start=800


2 posted on 06/21/2012 2:10:49 AM PDT by bronxville (Sarah will be the first American female president.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife; carriage_hill

obutthead knew for sure

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=L54gOgJxIRQ


3 posted on 06/21/2012 2:11:06 AM PDT by SF_Redux (Sarah stands for accountablility and personal responsiblity, democrats can't live with that)
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To: bronxville
"I have not heard any evidence that the guns of F&F were ever meant to be "TRACKED" to the upper levels of cartel organizations. The sole purpose was to have guns "TRACED" from crime scenes in Mexico to American dealers, who were essentially ordered by BAFTE to make what they knew were "straw sales". The only rational purpose of F&F I can see, is that of manufacturing "evidence" to support the lie that "90% of the guns in the hands of cartels come from the US". The cure? More gun laws." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PNhYk9NuNc&feature=player_embedded
4 posted on 06/21/2012 2:12:10 AM PDT by bronxville (Sarah will be the first American female president.)
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To: bronxville

Clickable link:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PNhYk9NuNc&feature=player_embedded


5 posted on 06/21/2012 2:14:19 AM PDT by bronxville (Sarah will be the first American female president.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

It’s summer ...gas prices are heading down ...the average American moron who gets his or her news from CNN or NBC ( of which there are far too many ) doesn’t give a crap about this .


6 posted on 06/21/2012 2:16:55 AM PDT by sushiman
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
The ever-colorful Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) apparently missed the DOJ’s retraction of Mr. Holder’s aforementioned assertion and offered up an all-too-familiar Democratic refrain. “This Fast and Furious debacle started under the Bush administration,” she said.

And of course nobody in the MSM is going to ask her the obvious question: if it is "Bush's fault" (like every other friggin' thing in the whole wide world) then why not release the documents?

7 posted on 06/21/2012 2:19:11 AM PDT by hitkicker (The only thing worse than a politician is a child molester)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
Public too stupid?
How about the dumb asses in congress, they are too stupid to even care.
How about Sheila Jackson Lee? You know the one who asked NASA (she is on the NASA committee) If the flag was still there on Mars. The one the astronauts planted. . . . Can't get any dumber than that, yet she is a spokesman for Holder.
8 posted on 06/21/2012 2:23:24 AM PDT by DeaconRed (My vote in Nov will be dictated by my extreme hatred for ZERO and what he is doing to our country.)
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To: sushiman
"On Monday, the National Border Patrol Council, representing all 17,000 of the agency’s non-supervisory agents called for Mr. Holder’s resignation, with Council President George E. McCubbin III describing Mr. Holder’s actions in the case as “a slap in the face to all Border Patrol agents who serve this country” and “an utter failure of leadership at the highest levels of government.”
9 posted on 06/21/2012 2:26:48 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: bronxville
I thought Hillary was also publicly pushing the 90% gun thing.
10 posted on 06/21/2012 2:27:03 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: opentalk

I thought Hillary was also publicly pushing the 90% gun thing.....She started that figure rolling. And she started rolling after about two years after Wide Receiver concluded that “There is NO iron pipeline from the US to Mexico”.


11 posted on 06/21/2012 2:43:02 AM PDT by Safetgiver
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Now the treasonous and usurpatory conduct of the Obama fascist regime will be re4vealed to all of America.

Obama and all of his running dogs deserve the complete hatred and contempt of the People, for breaking the laws of our nation, precipitating an act of war on a foreign nation, Mexico,all done for the specific purpose of restricting 2nd amendment rights in Red States where the left have NO foothold.

Obama conducts warfare on his own people, and the People need to be rid of him and all of his running dogs who now falsely occupy government offices.


12 posted on 06/21/2012 2:52:11 AM PDT by Candor7 (Obama fascist info....http://www.americanthinker.com/2009/05/barack_obama_the_quintessentia_1.html)
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To: bronxville
"... American dealers, who were essentially ordered by BAFTE to make what they knew were "straw sales"

No one seems to be mentioning this fact. Gun dealers did what the law said to do but were circumvented by ATF.

You don't happen to have the link to the FR thread that mentioned this?

[Mr] T

13 posted on 06/21/2012 2:55:05 AM PDT by trooprally (Never Give Up - Never Give In - Remember Our Troops)
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To: sushiman

“It’s summer ...gas prices are heading down ...the average American moron who gets his or her news from CNN or NBC ( of which there are far too many ) doesn’t give a crap about this .”

Exactly ... this whole thing will go down the memory hole in a week or two and Obama and Holder will come out as victims of the evil Republicans.

Sorry, any Freeper that believes this will take out Holder or make Obama look bad is dreaming. Thats just the way it is ... America has beecome two stupid and ignorant to rule themselves these days.


14 posted on 06/21/2012 2:59:54 AM PDT by CapnJack
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To: sushiman
the average American moron who gets his or her news from CNN or NBC

You are mistaken. Most Americans, like myself some days, get their news from drive time top of the hour headlines on the radio. Until I got home last night and listened with one ear to Hannity on Fox News, I had no idea that Obama had invoked executive privilege, although I did hear the radio news headlines. Unless or until the AP feed (and Fox news headlines are the same with old Shep) monopoly is broken, that is the most effective way for leftists to shut off the flow of information.

15 posted on 06/21/2012 3:00:43 AM PDT by gusopol3
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To: opentalk

Your right she was


16 posted on 06/21/2012 3:07:32 AM PDT by ballplayer
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To: Safetgiver
As far as Hillary goes, they were running guns through the State Dept to Honduras with Operation Castaway.

I have little doubt those arms were sent to destabilize the Constitutional government there, and then expected to trickle up north...

I also have little doubt that she knew the data for the talking point were being generated over at the DOJ. Gun Control has always been high on her wish list.

It remains the stealth reason for Nationalized Health Insurance (It isn't Health Care!!!!), to price gun ownership right out of the park.

17 posted on 06/21/2012 3:08:14 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: Candor7

Prime time for the Obama machine to orchestrated a diversion


18 posted on 06/21/2012 3:09:38 AM PDT by opentalk
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To: SF_Redux

52% (who voted for 0bummer in ‘08) don’t care; he’s their Marxist/racist/hate-America-filled hero, no matter what happens. Well, that’s “dwindled” to 46 or 48%, at last poll. The LSM is right: majority of GP is too stupid to care.


19 posted on 06/21/2012 3:21:33 AM PDT by carriage_hill (All libs & most dems think that life is just a sponge bath, with a happy ending.)
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To: CapnJack

“this whole thing will go down the memory hole in a week or two and Obama and Holder will come out as victims of the evil Republicans.”

I think you’re right. Hussein & Holder pray that this will be a distraction enough to run out the clock until the elections — drawing attention away from the economy and Hussein’s socialist actions.

F&F IS huge. Every American should be outraged. We still need to focus on getting the asshat out of the White Hut.

What continues to piss me off is comparisons made between F&F and Watergate. Watergate was a day at the beach compared to this. Watergate was a bunch of bumbling doofuses breaking into an office and trying to cover it up. Here we have hundreds (thousands?) of kick-ass weapons and hundreds of bodies, including two American lives lost — and a cover-up.

So tired of the lib pundits shouting “Bush!” or “Watergate!” That Tamara Holder bitch on Fox is too awful for words.


20 posted on 06/21/2012 3:24:02 AM PDT by MayflowerMadam
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Well, I tend to agree the public as a whole is completely ignorant of anything pertaining to this matter, except for the narrative about the GOP Congress chasing a distraction and not busily finding a job for everybody.
Aside from that, Americans are blissfully clueless about F&F just like they are about virtually everything else.


21 posted on 06/21/2012 3:28:05 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Well, I tend to agree the public as a whole is completely ignorant of anything pertaining to this matter, except for the narrative about the GOP Congress chasing a distraction and not busily finding a job for everybody.
Aside from that, Americans are blissfully clueless about F&F just like they are about virtually everything else.


22 posted on 06/21/2012 3:28:27 AM PDT by ScottinVA (Buying Drain-O requires photo I.D... yet voting doesn't???)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Appears F&F was an elaborate drama that was concocted in order to get the gun controls accomplished that the Democrats want.


23 posted on 06/21/2012 4:03:13 AM PDT by Twinkie (Isaiah 53)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
[state media predicts public too stupid to understand or to care]

About that they're probably correst. At least for the 0bama voters.

24 posted on 06/21/2012 4:06:39 AM PDT by from occupied ga (Your government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Unless the MSM leads with a story night after night like how to spell potato the Sheeple don’t care


25 posted on 06/21/2012 4:26:32 AM PDT by uncbob
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To: Candor7
"...precipitating an act of war on a foreign nation, Mexico..."

The GOP should be harping on this every time F&F is mentioned. F&F was a program designed to result in Mexican deaths - so that 'evil' US-sourced guns could be found at the crime scenes and US gun laws could be blamed for the carnage. Holder, Napolitano, Hillary and Obama and a host of their minions cooked this program up knowing that Mexicans would die - in fact, needing Mexicans to die for this scheme to work. The only botch in the scheme was getting Americans killed too.

26 posted on 06/21/2012 4:40:40 AM PDT by Paine in the Neck (Socialism consumes everything)
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To: carriage_hill

watch the count of percent on any form of welfare, there you will find his support


27 posted on 06/21/2012 5:36:43 AM PDT by SF_Redux (Sarah stands for accountablility and personal responsiblity, democrats can't live with that)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Liberals, being the dumbest people on the planet, will continue to support their leader, who is supposedly the smartest president EVER.


28 posted on 06/21/2012 6:18:14 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: bronxville
The plan was aimed at disrupting gun trafficking between the United States and Mexico.

The BIGGER plan was to anger Americans into abolishing the 2nd Amendment!

29 posted on 06/21/2012 6:21:20 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
unless the Attorney General reevaluates his choice and supplies the promised documents, the House will vote to hold him in contempt next week. If, however, Attorney General Holder produces these documents prior to the scheduled vote, we will give the Oversight Committee an opportunity to review in hopes of resolving this issue.

Ten bucks says Eric the Withholder does not produce anything.

Twenty bucks says he dribbles out some redacted toilet paper and whines about being picked on.

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30 posted on 06/21/2012 6:33:11 AM PDT by TLI ( ITINERIS IMPENDEO VALHALLA)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Goes nuclear? I just checked into the news sites. CNN, ABC, MSNBC and CBS news. You have to find it in the fine print links if it’s there at all. Google News says there are about 2000 news articles on the committee’s decision.

But the bus monitor and Jerry Sandusky are top-of-the-fold stories. And did you know it’s hot outside in the northeast?


31 posted on 06/21/2012 7:21:46 AM PDT by Lady Lucky (God-issued, not govt-issued.)
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