Saturday, June 23, 2012

June 23, 2012

Masked and Spurious
by D.L. Hammack
June 23, 2012

Within what used to the hallowed and respected halls of Congress...there amongst the current representatives of the people, are housed the memories of past leaders - the ghosts of the founders of our great country. 

While it is certain that none of them could call themselves "angels" or "100% pure," it's a safe bet that if any one of them had partaken in events, let alone even contemplated them, similar to those now being perpetrated by the Department of Justice and the ideologically motivated Attorney General, either a firing squad would have been convened or the gallows would have been set up and a pine box would be under construction.

Isn't it bad enough that he has chosen which laws to enforce and which to overlook?  If justice is blind, then why is it that this man sees crime in two colors: black and white?  The murder of an American citizen was committed using a weapon that was supplied - to members of one of the most notorious drug cartels - by this government...OUR government and yet we're being told that there's nothing here to see...just keep moving!

As his testimony would have you believe;  He didn't know anything about  F &F (for the benefit of the AG and to clarify; F & F refers to Fast And Furious) until he heard about it on the news.  He would have us believe that subordinates of his, far down the chain of command, acted on their own volition and created a program that traversed the borders of a neighboring country...without so much as a nod from their superiors or a phone call to Mexican officials?  And, to top it all off, after all of these acts of what could be construed as treason (providing either intelligence or the means to kill a uniformed American officer), nobody has been fired or brought up on charges?  Mr. Holder, this is America-not Venezuela!

Since the House subcommittee hearings won't be persuaded to go away with the specious stories told by this cabinet member, he now has called in his hole card:  The President of the United States.  We are now being sold on this bill of goods:  The AG didn't know anything about this operation, nor did the President.  Yet, it has been deemed necessary and the call has been harkened for these documents to be protected from prying eyes due to Executive Privilege.
Let me get this straight:   1) Neither of these men knew about the operation.  2)  No communication exists between these two men regarding F & F, as neither knew anything about it.  3)  Executive Privilege laws exist to protect internal documents to protect cabinet members and the executive branch.  If there were no communications, then common sense tells us that there would be no need to protect any documents.  The old adage "me thinks thou dost protest too much" comes into play here.

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Fast and Furious and the OCDETF
by Andrews McCarthy
June 23, 2012

The media commentary about “executive privilege” makes your eyes glaze over. That’s intentional: When you are throwing sand in the public’s eyes, as the administration is in the Fast and Furious scandal, you want the talking heads droning on about the jurisprudence of “presidential communications” and “deliberative process.” Blather about the legal contours diverts your attention from the only question that really matters: Why?

Why is President Obama denying Congress and the public access to critical information about his administration’s part in a shockingly ill-conceived investigation that resulted in the murder of Brian Terry, a heroic federal Border Patrol agent and veteran U.S. Marine. And when I say “his administration’s part,” that, too, is intentional.

When the president intervened with an eleventh-hour privilege assertion as the House committee verged on citing his obstructive attorney general for contempt, the Obamedia storyline, naturally, was that Obama was protecting Holder. But if we know anything after a half-decade of closely watching Barack Obama, it is this: The One is in it for The One. The president invoked executive privilege because he is protecting himself.

On March 22, 2011, in an interview on Spanish-language television, President Obama, unbidden, brought up Fast and Furious in what were obviously considered remarks. He declared:

There have been problems, you know. I heard on the news about this story that — Fast and Furious, where allegedly guns were being run into Mexico, and ATF knew about it, but didn’t apprehend those who had sent it. Eric Holder has — the attorney general has been very clear that he knew nothing about this.

By the time the president volunteered these words, a cover-up was already well underway within his administration. Weeks earlier, on February 4, 2011 — nearly two months after Agent Terry was murdered — Holder’s Justice Department sent Congress a letter flatly denying that it had facilitated the illegal transfer of weapons to Mexico and insisting that its agencies always make “every effort to interdict weapons that have been purchased illegally and prevent their transportation to Mexico.” These representations, we now know, were outrageous falsehoods. But what is not well understood is just how outrageous.

In point of fact, top Justice Department officials certainly knew about the Fast and Furious investigation’s use of the fateful “gunwalking” tactic for many months before this letter was submitted — probably for over a year. They were banking on Fast and Furious as a great success story. But when Agent Terry was killed, they abruptly changed tack, first denying that gunwalking had happened and, when that failed, scrambling to distance the Justice Department’s political appointees and the White House from the inevitable murder and mayhem the gunwalking has caused — and will continue to cause. That was the burden of the president’s unsolicited comments: to maintain that “ATF knew” about the gunwalking but Holder did not . . . and Obama did not.

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