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  • Get rid of the right to bear arms (NYT article on revising the Constitution)

    07/09/2012 5:30:24 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 134 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 7/8/2012 | Melynda Price
    I came of age when the word “drive-by” entered the American lexicon. By high school graduation, I lost one cousin to gun violence and another was incarcerated for a gun crime. I know many harmed by guns and even more who feared the possibility. I always wonder if, but for the Second Amendment, there would be a more radical commitment to compromise and peacefully working through easy and difficult issues. In writing the Second Amendment, the Framers didn't envision the kind of gun toting that is permitted across this country today.... I am not naďve enough to believe that doing...
  • Fast and Spurious and a Prosecution by Federal Co-Conspirators(Gunwalker)

    07/09/2012 5:44:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    unifiedpatriots.com ^ | 8 July, 2012 | vassarbushmills
    Once upon a time I made a lot of money doing nothing more than graphic timelines of events and people all engaged in a single endeavor, just to see who did what, and in what order, and asking why. It’s a terrific analytical tool. From the moment Fast and Furious went public in Dec 2010, after the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, the story became so political, with so much dancing and sidestepping by administration officials inside ATF and the Department of Justice, no wonder a whole category of crimes involved have been overlooked. In fact, all the...
  • Remember Fast and Furious's Mexican Victims

    07/08/2012 6:38:10 PM PDT · by 6ft2inhighheelshoes · 6 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 6, 2012 | Deroy Murdock
    The American people finally have heard of Brian Terry. He is the best-known victim of Fast and Furious, an Obama-administration conventional-weapons-proliferation program. Between November 2009 and January 2011, Team Obama arranged for licensed firearms dealers to sell guns to straw buyers, who transferred them to known violent criminals in Mexico. Two of these firearms, AK-47s, were found near Rio Rico, Ariz., where suspected smugglers fatally shot Terry, a 40-year-old former Marine, on December 15, 2010. “I do not fear death,” Terry once wrote. “I do fear the loss of my honor, and would rather die fighting than have it said...
  • NRA President on Differences Between 'Wide Receiver' and 'Fast and Furious'

    07/07/2012 11:42:17 AM PDT · by hamboy · 3 replies
    MRCtv ^ | July 6, 2012 | MRCtv
    The liberal media continues to make a connection between "Operation Fast and Furious" under the Obama and "Operation Wide Receiver" under Bush, and major news outlets have made no effort to explain the difference. MRCTV sat down with NRA president David Keene, who explains the fundamental difference between these two operations.http://www.mrctv.org/embed/114643  
  • Fast and Furious plan backfires

    07/08/2012 5:39:42 AM PDT · by marktwain · 25 replies
    bostonherald.com ^ | 8 July, 2012 | Deroy Murdock
    The American people finally have heard of Brian Terry. He is the best-known victim of Fast and Furious, an Obama administration conventional-weapons proliferation program. Between November 2009 and January 2011, Team Obama arranged for licensed firearms dealers to sell guns to straw buyers, who transferred them to known violent criminals in Mexico. Among these firearms, two AK-47s were found near Rio Rico, Arizona, where suspected smugglers fatally shot Terry, a 40-year-old former Marine, on December 15, 2010. While Brian Terry epitomizes those whom Fast and Furious has harmed, he is not its sole casualty. U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agent...
  • Remember Fast and Furious’s Mexican Victims

    07/06/2012 12:18:54 PM PDT · by neverdem · 36 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 6, 2012 | Deroy Murdock
    The American people finally have heard of Brian Terry. He is the best-known victim of Fast and Furious, an Obama-administration conventional-weapons-proliferation program. Between November 2009 and January 2011, Team Obama arranged for licensed firearms dealers to sell guns to straw buyers, who transferred them to known violent criminals in Mexico. Two of these firearms, AK-47s, were found near Rio Rico, Ariz., where suspected smugglers fatally shot Terry, a 40-year-old former Marine, on December 15, 2010.“I do not fear death,” Terry once wrote. “I do fear the loss of my honor, and would rather die fighting than have it said...
  • Grassley asks for Justice Department records of field agent memo on Fast and Furious

    07/05/2012 11:38:38 PM PDT · by neverdem · 15 replies
    U.S. Senate ^ | July 3, 2012 | Senator Grassley
    Article For Immediate Release July 3, 2012 Grassley asks for Justice Department records of field agent memo on Fast and Furious ATF agent describes discussion of operation one day before Justice Department denial WASHINGTON – Senator Chuck Grassley today asked Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. for information about who at the Department of Justice (DOJ) saw a memo from a special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) who was stationed at the Phoenix field division and was knowledgeable about Operation Fast and Furious.  This memo was produced the day before the Department of Justice...
  • Sipsey Street Exclusive: Mike Vanderboegh and David Codrea file ethics complaint on Eric Holder

    07/04/2012 7:33:48 AM PDT · by marktwain · 6 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 3 July, 2012 | Mike Vanderboegh
    An ethics complaint against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has been filed by David Codrea and Mike Vanderboegh with the Office of Bar Counsel, Board on Professional Responsibility of the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. Codrea and Vanderboegh are the two bloggers who first broke the news of the Fast and Furious scandal in December 2010. Said Vanderboegh, Eric Holder believes that he will escape serious consequences of the congressional investigations of the Fast and Furious scandal simply by running out the clock on his tenure. We intend this ethics complaint to place him on notice that his lies...
  • Grassley releases another document showing possible Fast and Furious cover-up

    07/04/2012 6:48:39 AM PDT · by Hotlanta Mike · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/03/2012 | Matthew Boyle
    In a letter Tuesday, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley pressed Attorney General Eric Holder for details about a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives memorandum that indicates his Department of Justice may have tried to cover up the gunwalking tactics that were at the heart of Operation Fast and Furious. Gary Styers, an ATF special agent in the Lubbock, Texas field office, wrote what Grassley described as a “Fast and Furious memorandum” on Feb. 3, 2011. In it, Styers described how two investigators for Grassley’s Senate Judiciary Committee office had contacted him the day before about the Fast and...
  • Sen Grassley : New Letter to Holder Today

    07/03/2012 2:15:35 PM PDT · by sunmars · 59 replies
    Some who spoke with my office claim they were “alarmed” by the substance of the memorandum and it caused such a stir that ATF planned to put a panel together to address the allegations but someone within DOJ suppressed the idea. The possibility that DOJ was aware of this memorandum on February 3, 2011, and still sent the erroneous letter to Congress on February 4, 2011, raises more questions about DOJ’s claim that faulty information from Department components inadvertently led to the false letter. This was direct, documented information from street level agents in a far better position to know...
  • A Fast Jason Weinstein Trip to a Furious Pat Cunningham

    07/03/2012 10:36:36 AM PDT · by frithguild · 4 replies
    Radio Free NJ ^ | 7/3/2012 | frithguild
    I have picked up on a strange report about Jason “Main Justice” Weinstein, whose appearances in subpoenaed documents brackets Department of Justice involvement Fast & Furious. Weinstein first appears in a September 9, 2009 email to Lanny “Deep in the Cheese” Breuer, which discusses ATF and DOJ coordination of gun trafficking investigations. It ends with an analytical review, now claimed to be the subject of executive privilege, ordered by Breuer, sometime after February 4, 2011. On that date, the DOJ provided a letter to Congress, drafted in part by Weinstein, which falsely claimed that ATF made “every effort to interdict...
  • Issa warns Holder on continued whistleblower retaliation

    07/04/2012 7:55:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 3 July, 2012 | David Codrea
    The Sipsey Street Irregulars blog and Gun Rights Examiner have obtained an exclusive copy of a letter written by House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa to Attorney General Eric Holder, warning him against continued retaliation against whistleblowers in the Fast and Furious gunwalking scandal, citizen journalist Mike Vanderboegh announced this morning. The letter, dated June 1, specifically identifies agents Jay Dobyns and John Dodson as targets of official retribution. Dobyns was the agent who had his family threatened and his house burned down after the Bureau failed to apply proper relocation procedures, and has been a...
  • Another ‘Fast and Furious’ Memo Released

    07/03/2012 5:12:03 PM PDT · by Nachum · 4 replies
    roll call ^ | 7/3/12 | Jonathan Strong
    The day before the Justice Department broadly, and falsely, denied that guns had “walked” as part of the botched “Fast and Furious” gun-smuggling operation, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told supervisors in a memo that he had expressed his concerns about the operation to Congressional investigators. In a July 3 letter to Attorney General Eric Holder, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) questioned whether the memo should have raised red flags at the Justice Department. “The possibility that DOJ was aware of this memorandum on February 3, 2011, and still sent the erroneous letter to Congress...
  • Obama Contributor, Who Helped Enact Assault-Weapons Ban, Ran ‘Fast and Furious’

    07/02/2012 10:53:05 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 13 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 29, 2012 | Fred Lucas
    (CNSNews.com) – Dennis K. Burke, who as a lawyer for the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 1990s was a key player behind the enactment of the 1994 assault-weapons ban, and who then went on to become Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano’s chief of staff, and a contributor to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential primary campaign, and then a member of Obama's transition team focusing on border-enforcement issues, ended up in the Obama administration as the U.S. attorney in Arizona responsible for overseeing Operation Fast and Furious. When Obama nominated Burke to be U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona,...
  • Blood Money: Obama Contributor Ran Fast and Furious

    07/03/2012 6:34:56 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 8 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | Posted 07/02/2012 06:50 PM ET
    Scandal: A campaign contributor who was an architect of the 1994 assault weapons ban was the mastermind behind the Fast and Furious operation that let guns walk into Mexico, including those that killed two U.S. agents. Shortly after the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry on Dec. 15, 2010, Attorney General Eric Holder's deputy chief of staff, Monty Wilkinson, received an email from U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke telling him just that: "The guns found in the desert near the murder(ed) BP officer connect back to the investigation we were going to talk about — they were AK-47s...
  • Found While Hiking: Stash of AK-47s

    07/02/2012 6:18:03 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 104 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    No big deal....despite the fact that a stash of AK-47s was found along a hiking trail in not Colombia, not Mexico but in....Arizona. A hiker in the Madera Canyon area found three assault rifles in a black trash bag one mile north of Old Baldy Trail. After receiving a report of the discovery on Wednesday, June 20, the Pima County Sheriff’s Office determined that the rifles were found in Santa Cruz County, and notified the local sheriff’s office. Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies then went to the site and recovered what turned out to be a stash of AK-47 assault...
  • Eric Holder says Republicans have made him a ‘proxy’ to attack President Obama

    07/02/2012 7:34:13 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 52 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 2, 2012 | Sari Horwitz
    Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. sharply criticized lawmakers Monday for voting to hold him in contempt of Congress last week, saying Republicans have made him a “proxy” to attack President Obama in an election year. In his first interview since Thursday’s vote, Holder said lawmakers have used an investigation of a botched gun-tracking operation as a way to seek retribution against the Justice Department for its policies on a host of issues, including immigration, voting rights and gay marriage. He said the chairman of the committee leading the inquiry, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), is engaging in political theater as...
  • Protesters Denounce Holder In Front Of White House

    07/03/2012 7:07:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 2 replies
    talkradionews.com ^ | 2 July, 2012 | Staff
    Over two dozen college-age protesters gathered this morning outside the White House to protest the Obama administration’s handling of the Fast and Furious “gun walking” investigation that has embroiled Attorney General Eric Holder. The protest involved a variety of handmade signs featuring such messages as “AG doesn’t mean Above Government” and “Guns don’t kill people, Holder does,” many featuring the Twitter hashtag #FireHolder, which has taken off in popularity in recent weeks. Timothy Dionisopoulos, 23, co-created a Facebook event last week promoting the rally, and the page has quickly turned into a gathering place for those wishing to share articles...
  • Poor Eric Holder: He's taking all this unwarranted flak just to protect Obama

    07/03/2012 6:44:39 AM PDT · by marktwain · 16 replies
    investors.com ^ | 3 July, 2012 | ANDREW MALCOLM
    The way Attorney General Eric Holder sees it, all this mounting criticism of his inept leadership as the nation's top law enforcement officer is simply predictable politics of the worst kind in an election year. And last month's congressional contempt citation against him, the first ever of a sitting member of a presidential cabinet, isn't really about his Justice Department pouring thousands of weapons into the already pretty well-armed Mexican drug wars and causing the death of a U.S. Border Patrol agent (Brian Terry, see photo above). And then denying the House Oversight Committee access to relevant documents. No. The...
  • Holder: Contempt Vote Not About "Documents"

    07/03/2012 6:36:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 10 replies
    townhall.com ^ | 3 July, 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    In an interview with the Washington Post, Attorney General Eric Holder said the House vote last week to hold him in criminal and civil contempt was hardly about documents, but about Republicans not liking his boss President Obama and the decisions his Justice Department has made when it comes to certain issues like DOMA, terrorism and voting rights. Holder is the only sitting attorney general to every be held in criminal contempt of Congress. Holder failed to mention it was both Republicans and Democrats who voted to hold him in contempt. “I’ve become a symbol of what they don’t like...
  • Obama Contributor Who Ran Fast and Furious Was Also Behind the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban

    07/02/2012 2:35:06 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies
    Rush Limbaugh.com ^ | July 2, 2012 | Rush Limbaugh
    BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: And looky here, folks, from the Cybercast News Service: "Obama Contributor, Who Helped Enact Assault Weapons Ban, Ran ‘Fast and Furious’" Did you hear that? Let me repeat that for you. Cybercast News Service: "Obama Contributor, Who Helped Enact Assault Weapons Ban, Ran ‘Fast and Furious’ -- Dennis K. Burke, who as a lawyer for the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 1990s was a key player behind the enactment of the 1994 Assault Weapons Ban, and who then went on to become Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano’s chief of staff, and a contributor to Barack...
  • Why the secrecy over ‘Fast and Furious'?

    07/02/2012 2:33:22 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    philly.com ^ | 1 July, 2012 | George Parry
    In another geological era, I served as a special attorney with the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section of the U.S. Department of Justice. Way back then, working with federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, we conducted investigations with the quaint object of making prosecutable cases against actual felons. Well, so much for the good old days. The Obama Justice Department has apparently come up with a novel, new mission. "Operation Fast and Furious" sanctioned and promoted illegal sales by American gun shops of thousands of military-style semiautomatic rifles to straw purchasers for the Mexican drug cartels. Thereafter, no serious...
  • Boehner: Republicans to Challenge Obama’s Executive Privilege in Civil Court

    07/02/2012 2:23:56 PM PDT · by marktwain · 5 replies
    abcnews.go.com ^ | 1 July, 2012 | Michael On
    House Speaker John Boehern said today that Republicans are preparing to file a civil suit in an attempt to gain access to more information pertaining to the Justice Department’s botched Fast & Furious drug cartel gun tracking program. The planned civil suit, which comes on the heels of a letter sent by the Justice Department stating that the DOJ would not prosecute Attorney General Eric Holder following a House vote to hold him in criminal contempt of Congress. “It’s not clear to me that the U.S. District Attorney will in fact, go down that path. That’s why we’re going to...
  • Obama Contributor, Who Helped Enact Assault-Weapons Ban, Ran ‘Fast and Furious’

    07/02/2012 10:52:24 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 13 replies
    CNS News ^ | June 29, 2012 | Fred Lucas
    (CNSNews.com) – Dennis K. Burke, who as a lawyer for the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 1990s was a key player behind the enactment of the 1994 assault-weapons ban, and who then went on to become Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano’s chief of staff, and a contributor to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential primary campaign, and then a member of Obama's transition team focusing on border-enforcement issues, ended up in the Obama administration as the U.S. attorney in Arizona responsible for overseeing Operation Fast and Furious. When Obama nominated Burke to be U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona,...
  • Bachmann: No Man is Above the Law (Gunwalker)

    07/02/2012 10:21:50 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 30 June, 2012 | Lacey Halpern
    Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, R-MN claims that Attorney General Eric Holder was using the Fast and Furious gun running operation as a way to curb Second amendment rights. The theory posed by some conservatives like Bachmann is that liberals will use the botched gun running investigation to begin a rallying cry for tougher gun control laws. "No man is above the law. It doesn't matter if you are a janitor in a church basement or if you are the President of the United States, all of us have to be under the law and the same is true for Eric Holder,"...
  • Obama's Chief Of State Jack Lew Is Not A Good Liar(Gunwalker)

    07/02/2012 8:44:29 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    No Lawyers - Only Guns and Money ^ | 2 July, 2012 | John Richardson
    President Obama's Chief of State Jack Lew appeared on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley yesterday. After listening to his comments of Operation Fast and Furious you are left with the impression that he is grasping. Frankly, he is not a good liar. A good liar would convince you of his facts even when he knew they were false. About the only thing good about this interview for the Obama Administration is that it appeared on CNN which it seems no one watches anymore. Lew starts out by saying that Operation Fast and Furious was a bad plan...
  • Coulter: Gun control behind Democrats' lies on U.S. guns in Mexico

    07/02/2012 8:22:02 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    staugustine.com ^ | 2 July, 2012 | Ann Coulter
    Forget executive privilege, contempt of Congress, “fast and furious,” how many documents the government has produced and who said what to whom on which date. The Obama administration has almost certainly engaged in the most shockingly vile corruption scandal in the history of the country, not counting the results of Season Eight on “American Idol.” Administration officials intentionally put guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartels, so that when the guns taken from Mexican crime scenes turned out to be American guns, Democrats would have a reason to crack down on gun sellers in the United States. Democrats will...
  • Boehner says House will likely file suit within weeks to get Fast & Furious documents

    07/02/2012 8:04:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 17 replies
    foxnews.com ^ | 1 July, 2012 | NA
    GOP House Speaker John Boehner said Sunday the chamber will likely file a lawsuit to compel the Justice Department to release more documents related to the investigation into the federal government’s Fast and Furious gun-tracking operation. Boehner, R-Ohio, said the suit could be filed within the next several weeks, following the GOP-led House approving two resolutions Thursday that put Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to provide additional documents to congressional investigators. "The American people have a right to know what happened," Boehner said on CBS's “Face the Nation.” The criminal contempt resolution opened the door...
  • Darrell Issa’s pointless inquisition(uber barf alert)

    07/02/2012 7:45:37 AM PDT · by marktwain · 12 replies
    kansascity.com ^ | 28 June, 2012 | Mary Sanchez
    Operation Plodding and Pointless might do. The probe into the failed federal effort to track U.S.-purchased guns trafficked to Mexican drug cartels has reached a new height of dudgeon. Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives (along with a handful of Democrats) have found Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for withholding documents subpoenaed by the House Oversight Committee, chaired by Issa. The committee’s hearings on Fast and Furious have droned on for more than a year now. Yet, to date, no testimony has been taken to address the problem that lay at the heart of the so-called...
  • Racial Politics Thicker Than Justice

    07/02/2012 4:06:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 15 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2012 | Star Parker
    When the House voted last Thursday to find Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal contempt of Congress, members of the Congressional Black Caucus walked out. Why is the Black Caucus trying to make this about race? It’s about Holder’s refusal to turn over Justice Department documents requested by the House Oversight and Government Committee in its investigation of the “Fast and Furious” operation. “Fast and Furious” was a “gun-walking” operation conducted by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF). ATF would allow known smugglers to purchase arms from dealers in Arizona with the idea that they would...
  • Ken Melson - Key Figure in Fast and Furious? Where is Ken Melson?

    07/01/2012 7:04:53 PM PDT · by maggiesnotebook · 10 replies
    Maggie's Notebook ^ | 6-30-12 | Maggies@MaggiesNotebook
    Geraldo Rivera and Liberal pundits are offended at Rep. Darrell Issa's Contempt of Congress vote for Attorney General Eric Holder, calling him an opportunist and accusing him of taking advantage of Fast and Furious in an election year - and worse invoking the name of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry for political gain. The truth is, Holder has forbidden contact with the very person who may be the key figure in Fast and Furious, the former BATF acting Director, Ken Melson. There are still 14,000 documents withheld by the DOJ, at least one characterized as a "smoking gun" implicating "high-ranking...
  • Republicans to press "Fast and Furious" suit (& executive privilege claims)

    07/01/2012 3:05:05 PM PDT · by Libloather · 36 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/01/12
    Republicans to press "Fast and Furious" suitWASHINGTON | Sun Jul 1, 2012 1:11pm EDT WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives plans to file a civil suit in federal court in the next several weeks over the Obama administration's refusal to give Congress documents about a failed gun-running probe, House Speaker John Boehner said on Sunday. The Justice Department said on Friday it would not prosecute Attorney General Eric Holder after he was cited a day earlier by the Republican-led House for contempt of Congress for withholding some documents related to the probe. Holder heads the department. **SNIP**...
  • White House Chief of Staff Misleads Nation About Fast and Furious "Facts"

    07/01/2012 1:10:41 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 1. 2012 | Katie Pavlich
    On CNN's State of the Union this morning, White House Chief of Staff Jack Lew was asked why President Obama asserted executive privilege for Attorney General Eric Holder over Fast and Furious documents when he railed against the use of executive privilege in 2007. Remember, President Obama campaigned on his administration being the "most transparent administration in history." White House Chief Of Staff Jacob Lew: “Candy, let’s go back to the facts. The facts are that this was a bad plan, this Fast and Furious. It’s something that started in the Bush Administration and the Attorney General did not know...
  • Democrats Walk Out on Brian Terry at Fast and Furious Vote

    06/30/2012 10:00:20 PM PDT · by Marcus · 26 replies
    Yahoo Voices ^ | 6/30/2012 | Mark R. Whittington
    During the vote that found Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress, a hundered or so House Democrats staged a theatrical walkout in protest. The unintended effect was they seemed to have walked out on slain Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
  • Fighting fire with fire … Holder’s stonewall is being pierced by Issa’s Congressional Immunity

    07/02/2012 7:01:03 AM PDT · by Corky Boyd · 15 replies
    Island Turtle ^ | July 2, 2012 | Corky Boyd
    Last Friday (June 29) House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa pulled one off on AG Eric Holder. The lockup of Fast and Furious documents by the administration, many of which are under judicial seal, was shattered by his use of Congressional Immunity. Mr. Issa has received a number of leaked documents from unnamed sources. In particular he has copies of wiretap applications which put a lie to AG Eric Holder’s contention that no senior officials at DOJ had knowledge that guns were allowed to walk into uncontrolled hands. Issa has now opened a door that permits him get his leaked...
  • Eric Holder’s Tangled Web of Deception

    07/02/2012 5:48:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 2, 2012 | Lurita Doan
    How disheartening to watch U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder maneuver, spin, duck, dodge and dissemble.  Perhaps Holder still clings to the notion that he is serving the country and protecting the President, but his actions have pushed him well beyond that high ground.  Even Democrat leaders in congress, long-time Holder allies who long ago stopped thinking for themselves and who now resemble crazed wildebeests lost in their blind stampede against Republicans, are having doubts.   During three years at Justice, Attorney General Holder has told too many tales, ducked accountability too many times and has too-often clung to the tattered...
  • Grassley reacts as DOJ blows off contempt; Issa’s ‘bombshell’

    07/02/2012 5:26:52 AM PDT · by marktwain · 48 replies
    Seattle Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 29 June, 2012 | Dave Workman
    Senator Charles Grassley got furious fast over the Justice Department’s dismissive attitude about the House of Representatives’ criminal contempt citation against Attorney General Eric Holder, and his call for independent action by the U.S. attorney in Washington, D.C. will likely earn accolades from western gun rights activists. Grassley will be far more popular than a Kent man who was sentenced in federal court in Seattle Friday for selling a gun via the internet later used in a murder, and probably more popular than the judge who handed down the sentence, for something he said in court, according to the Seattle...
  • A strange and dangerous criticism of Holder contempt proceedings

    07/02/2012 4:47:47 AM PDT · by marktwain · 9 replies
    St. Louis Gun Rights Examiner ^ | 29 June, 2012 | Kurt Hofmann
    Thursday's bipartisan decision in the House of Representatives to cite Attorney General Eric Holder for contempt of Congress came as no surprise. Even a last ditch, eleventh hour attempt by CNN/Fortune to muddy the waters with the ludicrous, libelous allegation that the whistleblower was the only "gunwalker" (a theme gleefully picked up by MSNBC and Mother Jones) failed to stop (or even hinder) the contempt citation. What is perhaps surprising, though, is the convoluted lengths administration apologists were willing to go to in criticizing the contempt proceedings. Holder's defenders have apparently reached the conclusion that he is best served by...
  • Today is a milepost only in the Gunwalker investigation. Hold all applause until the end of the

    07/02/2012 4:23:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 8 replies
    Sipsey Street Irregulars ^ | 28 June, 2012 | Mike Vanderboegh
    It's done. In truth, I never thought we'd get this far. Holder's defiant. Here's Issa's "Statement on Bipartisan Vote Holding Attorney General in Contempt over Refusal to Produce Fast and Furious Documents." WASHINGTON – The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a resolution holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over his refusal to produce Operation Fast and Furious documents subpoenaed last October. The vote on H.Res. 711, making a finding of contempt, was approved by a vote of 255 to 67. Seventeen Democrats crossed party lines to join the majority in the finding of contempt against Attorney...
  • Justice Dept Refuses to Prosecute Holder Over Gun Scandal

    07/01/2012 5:25:56 AM PDT · by BrianE · 25 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Friday, 29 Jun 2012 06:58 PM
    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/Justice-Holder-furious-prosecute/2012/06/29/id/444048
  • Allen West: Black caucus, liberals judged Holder by color of his skin not content of his character

    07/01/2012 7:32:46 AM PDT · by expat1000 · 10 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 06/29/2012 | Matthew Boyle
    Florida Republican Rep. Allen West said liberal Democrats in Congress — including many members of the Congressional Black Caucus — who walked out on the bipartisan votes to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal and civil contempt of Congress did so because Holder is black. “Today the Congressional Black Caucus and other liberal Members of Congress judged the Attorney General by the color of his skin, and not by the content of his character,” West said of their walkout in a Facebook post. “I am disappointed my colleagues would rather engage in a political stunt to distract the American...
  • White House, Congress should seek compromise (Milwaukee J-S barf alert)

    07/01/2012 5:20:38 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 23 replies
    Milwaukee J-S ^ | 01 july 2012
    According to the conventional wisdom, beginning in 2006, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms decided to allow guns to "walk" over the U.S. border with Mexico. Federal agents let suspected straw buyers for the Mexican drug cartels buy high-powered weapons from American dealers with the idea of tracing them into the inner recesses of the cartels. Instead, the agents lost track of nearly all of the 2,000 guns in the scheme dubbed "Fast and Furious," and the American government became an unwitting accomplice in the inhuman violence south of the border. As a result, a U.S. Border Patrol agent...
  • What’s next for Attorney General Eric Holder?

    06/30/2012 9:33:19 PM PDT · by neverdem · 32 replies
    Human Events ^ | 6/29/2012 | John Hayward
    Congress held Attorney General Eric Holder in both civil and criminal contempt yesterday, in historic bipartisan votes, for his refusal to provide subpoenaed documents in the Fast and Furious investigation. This has never happened before.  So what happens next? The first consequence will be that the last media outlets trying to protect the Obama Administration by refusing to report on the worst scandal in Justice Department history will be obliged to mention it, in considerably more detail than they would like. They'll try to bury the details as much as possible, and they will still absurdly describe Fast and Furious as...
  • House rejects Dem motion against Issa

    06/29/2012 10:14:12 AM PDT · by Nachum · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 6/29/12 | Pete Kasperowicz
    The House on Friday morning rejected a Democratic resolution citing House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) for running a biased investigation against Attorney General Eric Holder, and for conducting a "witch-hunt" against Holder. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) brought up the resolution saying Issa's investigation "discredits the integrity of the House," after which Republicans quickly made a motion to table the resolution. That GOP motion was approved on a 259-161 vote. More than 20 Democrats voted with Republicans.
  • Obama Contributor, Who Helped Enact Assault-Weapons Ban, Ran ‘Fast and Furious’

    06/29/2012 3:42:49 PM PDT · by Tigen · 12 replies
    CNSnews ^ | 6-29-12 | Fred Lucas
    (CNSNews.com) – Dennis K. Burke, who as a lawyer for the Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee in the 1990s was a key player behind the enactment of the 1994 assault-weapons ban, and who then went on to become Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano’s chief of staff, and contributor to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential primary campaign, and a member of Obama's transition team focusing on immigration issues, ended up in the Obama administration as the U.S. attorney in Arizona responsible for overseeing Operation Fast and Furious. When Obama nominated Burke to be U.S. Attorney for the District of Arizona, Burke told...
  • Gosar: Contempt should be ‘wake-up call’ for Holder, I don’t want him 'in a jail cell sleeping

    06/29/2012 3:33:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 6/29/12 | Matthew Boyle
    Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar – one of the leaders of the congressional inquiry into Operation Fast and Furious – told The Daily Caller he hopes Attorney General Eric Holder gets the message Congress sent him by holding him in criminal and civil contempt of Congress: give up the documents. On Thursday the U.S. House of Representatives voted on a bipartisan basis to hold Holder in both criminal and civil contempt of Congress. Despite shrieks of partisan motivations from some Democratic leaders, more Democrats voted in favor of holding Holder in contempt than Republicans voted for President Barack Obama’s health...
  • HOLDER: NO EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE FOR TEXAS POLS

    06/29/2012 12:47:59 PM PDT · by Afisra · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 29 Jun 2012, 11:24 AM PDT | HANS VON SPAKOVSKY
    The Department of Justice is asserting that the governor of Texas, as well as state legislators, have no executive or deliberative process privilege to shield documents -- even as Eric Holder and President Obama assert executive and deliberative process privilege to shield documents from Congress in its investigation of Fast & Furious. That refusal has already resulted in Holder being held in contempt by the House of Representatives in a 255-to-67 vote that was joined by 17 Democratic representatives.
  • E-mails reveal retaliation, cover-up at ATF, DoJ following Fast & Furious exposure

    06/30/2012 9:48:17 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | June 30, 2012 | ED MORRISSEY
    I recall a time when Democrats regularly lionized whistleblowers … during the Bush administration, of course. The media hailed them as heroes; Time Magazine even made them the collective Person of the Year for 2002. Democrats loved them so much that they ran one of the whistleblowers on that cover in my Congressional district in 2006 against Rep. John Kline, a former Marine colonel that Colleen Rowley’s campaign photoshopped into a Nazi uniform for their campaign website. Needless to say, Rowley has disappeared back into well-deserved obscurity, while Kline still represents my district. These days, in the Obama era, Democrats...
  • The Biggest Scandal in U.S. History

    06/30/2012 8:30:38 AM PDT · by Sharkfish · 37 replies
    anncoulter.com ^ | June 27, 2012 | Ann Coulter
    Forget executive privilege, contempt of Congress, "fast and furious," how many documents the government has produced and who said what to whom on which date. The Obama administration has almost certainly engaged in the most shockingly vile corruption scandal in the history of the country, not counting the results of Season Eight on "American Idol." Administration officials intentionally put guns into the hands of Mexican drug cartels, so that when the guns taken from Mexican crime scenes turned out to be American guns, Democrats would have a reason to crack down on gun sellers in the United States. Democrats will...
  • 'Botched' Reporting

    06/29/2012 6:42:26 PM PDT · by varialectio · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 29 | Je
    The papers of record continue to whistle in the dark. The day after Eric Holder was held in contempt of Congress, the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, still doggedly refer to Fast and Furious as a "botched" operation. snip We don't refer to 9/11 as a botched attempt by Muslims to land planes at JFK and Dulles. Let's work on getting the MSM to retire this word.