Time to ban high capacity car engines

Just one question about this tragedy. Why are we not hearing this message from Liberals?

Paul Walker would still be alive, were it not for the easy availability of super fast cars. Yes, the Porsche that Walker and his friend died in was very expensive, but any car can go fast enough to kill can’t it? Does anyone really need a car that goes over, say 55? No one needs a car that is that fast. Isn’t it time we demand action by the car makers? No car with a high-capacity engine should be allowed. Isn’t it time that Congress enact common sense car laws? Lower speed limits might have saved the lives of those two men, and if it saves just one life.

I am calling for Congress to pass the Paul Walker Law. It would restrict every car to no more than 55 mph. It would also mandate ban possession of any “assault vehicle” capable of more than a top speed of 55 mph. Anyone owning one of these weapons of mass destruction would have 90 days to turn in their vehicle, or face prosecution. They would be compensated with a voucher for a government-approved vehicle, complete with a Hope and Change bumper sticker or a lifetime pass on public transportation.

The bill would also set aside $600,000,000 (or more) for the development of a website, TradeYourCar.gov that would allow people to “easily” see their choices for their new government approved cars. The website will be developed by the Obama administration to ensure a rapid, and efficient car exchange experience.

How the US gave guns to Cartels- NY Post

Thanks Eric Holder

In September 2009, John Dodson, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, was assigned to the ATF’s Phoenix office. What he found there shocked him. The bureau was encouraging gun dealers to sell weapons in bulk to known straw buyers, who would funnel those guns to Mexican drug cartels. Known as Operation Fast and Furious, it ended with the death of at least one American law enforcement officer. Dodson became a congressional whistleblower, and the investigation into the operation is ongoing. In this exclusive excerpt from his new book, “The Unarmed Truth,” Dodson explains how tragically inept Fast and Furious was.

‘It’s like the underwear gnomes,” my ATF colleague Lee Casa told me one time as we recounted the latest bizarre goings-on in Phoenix.

“What?” I asked.

“You ever watch ‘South Park’? There’s this episode where all the boys get their underwear stolen by these underwear gnomes. They track them down to get it back and one of them asks why they are stealing everyone’s underwear. The gnomes break out this PowerPoint and reveal their master plan: Phase One: Collect underpants . . . Phase Two: ? . . . Phase Three: Profit.”

“We’re doing the same thing,” he explained. “We know Phase One is ‘Walk guns’ and Phase Three is ‘Take down a big cartel!’ ”

Both of us were laughing now; a more fitting and appropriate allegory could never be found. Casa concluded, “Just nobody can figure out what the f–k Phase Two is!”

I would say incompetence is the culprit here, but I cannot forget that part of the aim was to use weapons getting to cartels as an excuse for tighter gun control in America. You may recall several Democrats, like Hillary Clinton talking about how cartels were buying their gun in America. At the time I said that was an asinine charge, but, as it turns out, they were, and Holders’ Justice Department was making that happen.

 

You Stay Classy Lefties

Pathetic!

Paul Walker, star of the Fast and Furious action-movie series, was killed at age 40 yesterday in a car accident. Reacting to the news, Erin Gloria Ryan, news editor of the feminist site Jezebel, decided to take a cheap partisan shot at the Republican governor of Wisconsin:

She apologized later for her “dumb joke”, and maybe she is sorry, but this happens way too often folks. Liberals see to be perpetually stuck on the low road. Maybe they should grow up at some point?

 

 

Obama’s ATF Blocking Fast & Furious Whistleblower’s Book

ACLU Says ATF Blocks Whistleblower Book On Scandal – Big Story

The Obama administration is blocking a federal law enforcement agent from publishing a book about the failed “Fast and Furious” gun-smuggling sting operation because of concerns that the book would negatively affect morale, the American Civil Liberties Union said Monday.

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The ACLU charged that the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is worried that the book proposed by an ATF agent would hurt relationships with other U.S. law enforcement agencies.

In a six-page letter to ATF Deputy Director Thomas Brandon, the ACLU said the bureau’s decision to block the book proposed by Special Agent John Dodson was a violation of his First Amendment rights. The ACLU described Dodson as a whistle-blower.

According to the letter, the ATF denied Dodson’s request to try to publish a book about his version of the Fast and Furious scandal because the bureau predicted it would have “a negative impact on morale in the Phoenix (Field Division) and would have a detrimental” impact on ATF relationships with the FBI and the Drug Enforcement Administration.

The ATF didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

A federal law enforcement official said the government is still considering whether Dodson can publish his proposed book if he doesn’t make any money. Federal law prohibits government employees from profiting on outside work related to their official duties while still employed by the government.

Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, decried the ATF’s opposition to Dodson’s book proposal.

“Three years later, the Justice Department is still trying to silence whistle-blower accounts of Operation Fast and Furious because they’re embarrassing for the department,” Issa, R-Calif., said in a statement.

The Washington Times first reported the ATF’s decision Monday.

Dodson was an agent in the Phoenix field office, where Fast and Furious investigation was run, when he went to Congress with details about the sting operation in which the ATF allowed gun-runners to buy weapons in hopes of tracking them and disrupting Mexican gun smuggling rings. At least one of the guns was found at the scene of the 2010 shooting death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in southern Arizona.

In the wake of the public revelations about Fast and Furious, many top bureau leaders were reassigned, forced out of the agency or retired, including then-Acting Director Kenneth Melson.

In a statement provided by the ACLU, Dodson defended his book.

“At the end of the day, we have a right to know and talk about what law enforcement agencies do in our name,” Dodson said.

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Federal Judge To Eric Holder: Sorry, But You Can’t Cover Up Fast & Furious Anymore

Federal Judge Says Eric Holder Can’t Bar Transparency On Fast & Furious – Independent Journal Review

Remember “Fast & Furious”? No, not that really bad but commercially successful Vin Diesel series. We’re talking about the Department of Justice’s involvement in running assault rifles to drug cartels and failing to track them, leading to the murder of hundreds of Mexican civilians and border patrol agent Brian Terry.

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From Politico via Fox Nation:

A federal judge has rejected Attorney General Eric Holder’s attempt to keep the courts from wading into the “Fast and Furious” documents dispute that led to him being held in contempt by the House last year.

In a ruling Monday night, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson turned down the Justice Department’s request to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee after President Barack Obama asserted executive privilege to prevent some records about the administration’s response to the “Operation Fast and Furious” gunrunning scandal from being turned over to Congress.

“This case presents the sort of question that the courts are traditionally called upon to resolve,” Jackson said in her 44-page decision, issued more than five months after lawyers argued the issue in her packed courtroom and more than a year after the House committee filed suit. “Dismissing the case without hearing it would in effect place the court’s finger on the scale, designating the executive as the victor based solely on his untested assertion that the privilege applies,” she wrote.

A Justice Department spokesman said officials there were reviewing the decision.

Amazing that some Democratic partisans will either say, “but why would you want to care about Fast of Furious?” or will otherwise lie and say that “Fast & Furious was the exact same thing as George W. Bush’s gunwalking schemes!” – which didn’t wind up killing hundreds of people.

Fast fact: Even though Eric Holder was the only Attorney General to be held in contempt by the House of Representatives, he’s still the AG for the “post-partisan” Obama administration!

Let’s grow up and get some of that transparency the American people were promised.

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David Voth: Fast & Furious Mastermind Or Just Another Poisoned Troll In Obama’s Corrupt ATF?

Who Is David Voth And What’s His Connection With Fast & Furious? – Gateway Pundit

“More recovered Mexican crime guns highlight inequities, unanswered questions.”

Gun Rights Examiner investigative reporter David Codrea is asking questions no one else seems to want to about a central figure in the Fast & Furious gun running operation – an ATF supervisor who not only looked the other way, but enabled an untold number of weapons to “walk” across the border into the hands of Mexican drug cartels.

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Meet Phoenix Field Division Group VII Supervisor David Voth, if not the mastermind of Fast & Furious, certainly the ATF employee who made sure it happened.

The Phoenix Field Division is the office from which Fast and Furious operations were conducted.

Voth was the supervisor who signed a letter instructing a dealer to complete a cash firearms transaction without Form 4473 paperwork, characterized by Mike Vanderboegh of Sipsey Street Irregulars as “startling proof that the Federal government did not merely ‘lose track’ of weapons purchased by ‘straw buyers’ under surveillance by the ATF and destined for the Mexican drug cartels. In an undercover operation ordered by Fast and Furious supervisor David Voth, the U.S. government purchased firearms with taxpayer money from licensed firearms dealers, instructed them to conduct the sales ‘off the books,’ and used an ATF agent, [whistleblower] John Dodson, to deliver them directly to people that Dodson believed were conducting them across the border.”

Voth is named as one of the defendants in the conspiracy and cover-up lawsuit filed by the parents of murdered ICE agent Jaime Zapata. He was a central figure portrayed as a victim in Katherine Eban’s since-debunked Fortune piece, and he’s someone who has yet to offer a compelling explanation for why a key suspect, who was stopped at the border with hidden ammunition in his vehicle, was let go.

So where is the investigation? Well, Voth was conveniently transferred to ATF HQ.

And according to Codrea, congressional investigation under Rep. Darrel Issa (R- CA) ”hasn’t shown much interest in following up on things of late, and the Republican leadership hardly seems inclined to encourage him to do so, for reasons we can only speculate.”

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One year later Team Obama still hiding truth about Benghazi

Never forget that this administration allowed Americans to die in a terror attack, and have been telling lies and hiding ever since!

Wednesday will mark the anniversary of 9-11 Benghazi attack. Sharyl Attkisson is among the few Liberal media journalists working diligently to offer accurate reports on the abuses of the Obama administration, with some hard-hitting reports on Fast & Furious and Benghazi.

Last May, Attkisson published an article in which an Obama administration official offers this quote:

“We’re portrayed by Republicans as either being lying or idiots,” said one Obama administration official who was part of the Benghazi response. “It’s actually closer to us being idiots.”

So not only is the administration official admitting they are “idiots” but there is a subtle parsing of words that essential implies an admission to both attributes playing a roleliarsand idiots

Today Sharyl Attkisson tweets a few updates on Benghazi: Sec. John Kerry told congress that he will not honor any requests to make Benghazi survivors available for questioning.

Despicable, cowardly and typical of this crowd of miscreants.

follow-up Attkisson tweetHouse oversight republicans may issue subpoenas if sec Kerry doesn’t change his mind.

To Hell with “might” subpoena them!

 

I think we all owe Bill Clinton an apology

To think we Conservatives considered Bill Clinton the most shameless liar once. Then, we were introduced to President Barack Obama. If Clinton was Pinocchio then Obama is Mega-Pinocchio. Bob Owens has the presidents latest batch of whoppers

There is a special sort of loathing that Barack Obama has for the United States that seems to manifest itself seemingly every time he steps foot on foreign soil. Speaking in front of an audience in Mexico, he blamed the United States for supplying Mexicowith the guns used in cartel drug violence that has terrorized much of that country:

“Most of the guns used to commit violence here inMexico come from the United States,” President Obama said during a speech at Mexico’s Anthropology Museum. “I think many of you know that in America, our Constitution guarantees our individual right to bear arms. And as president, I swore an oath to uphold that right, and I always will.”

“But at the same time, as I’ve said in the United States, I will continue to do everything in my power to pass common-sense reforms that keep guns out of the hands of criminals and dangerous people. That can save lives here in Mexico and backhome in the United States. It’s the right thing to do,” Obama added.

Obama has blamed the American people numerous times for gun violence in Mexico. In 2009, the President, Attorney General Eric Holder,  and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton repeatedly claimed that “90-percent” of guns recovered from cartel crime scenes were traced to the United States.

The “90-percent lie” was conclusively debunked by Obama’s own Department of Justice in sworn testimony before Congress, as an ATF official was forced to admit that just 8% of firearms recovered from the scenes of gun crimes in Mexico came from the United States.

Of the 8% of American “civilian” guns recovered at crime scenes, 302 murders of those murders were traced directly to guns smuggled to the Sinaloa cartel via Operation Fast and Furious, a weapons smuggling plot that transferred 2,500 guns to narco-terrorists that the Obama Administration wants to ban.

Via Operation Fast and Furious and up to nine other gun smuggling operations, the Obama Adminstration provided potentially tens of thousand of “civilian” guns to different cartels. Put bluntly, the Obama Administration is likely the greatest supplier of American“civilian” firearms to the Mexican cartels.

The Obama Administration also definitively the top supplier of military weapons to the cartels, via massive arms shipments to the Mexican government, despite the fact that significant amounts of military arms shipped to the Mexican government winds up in cartel hands via corruption. At least 10,30 Ar-15s were known diverted to drug cartels… and yet, the Obama Administration kept supplying them with massive amounts of weapons, nearly 10 times what was sold during the Bush Administration

Also remember that one of the goals of Fast and Furious was to use it to push for more gun control here in America. Lies, lies, and still more lies from the Democrats. They have proven themselves to be willing to say anything to further their agenda. Remember something else too. Remember that the lap dog media makes it possible for the Democrats to lie about Fast and Furious, Obama’s past and radical ties, and about the events in Benghazi. Odd that one of the biggest problems in this nation is a media that refuses to use their right to uncover the truth.

 

 

I could use a little Michelle Malkin right about now

God bless Michelle, she is a national treasure

Michelle calls this galling, and it is. The same buffoons who came up with Fast & Furious, in part to PUSH gun control, are now trying to shame responsible gun owners to give up our rights? Michelle is right, Dear Congress SHUT UP and THINK!

 

Second ‘Fast & Furious’ Report Flays Management At Department Of Justice

Second ‘Fast & Furious’ Report Flays Management At Department Of Justice – The Hill

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) issued their second report on a failed federal gun-tracking operation, detailing an internal management breakdown within the Justice Department.

The 104-page report released on Monday criticizes senior DOJ officials for not being aware of – and not taking steps to stop – the flawed “gun-walking” tactics used in “Operation Fast and Furious” that allowed nearly 2,000 guns to be sold to criminals.

“Though many senior Department officials were keenly aware of Fast and Furious, no one questioned the operation,” states the report, titled “Fast and Furious: The Anatomy of a Failed Operation.”

“The criminal division asked no questions. The office of the deputy attorney general asked no questions. No one ordered that Fast and Furious be shut down. Instead, senior Department officials let it continue to grow.”

Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, investigated the DOJ and the flawed operation for 18 months, and successfully led a Republican vote to place Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for refusing to give the panel internal agency documents and communications.

The report issued a series of eight recommendations that detail ways in which the DOJ should reform its internal policies to prevent a similar breakdown in communication in the future. Issa criticized the DOJ for not taking more steps to fire or take other administrative action towards the agency officials who were responsible for the operation.

“The report discloses widespread management failures within the hierarchy of the Justice Department,” said Issa in a statement. “The Justice Department has yet to evaluate these management issues and implement structural changes to prevent another disaster like Operation Fast and Furious from occurring. Furthermore, the Justice Department has taken limited action against these negligent managers.”

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the oversight panel’s ranking member, slammed the report on Monday, saying it lacked merit and was ill-timed with the impending landfall of Hurricane Sandy Monday evening.

“It is a shame that, on a day of national emergency, Chairman Issa is rehashing this issue by directly contradicting the inspector general, who already settled this issue definitively,” Cummings said in a statement. “There is a reason Chairman Issa has not subjected even a single one of his reports this Congress to a vote of the committee, and that is because they would not withstand even the most basic scrutiny.”

A DOJ official, speaking on background, rejected the report’s conclusions, while stressing Holder’s initial call for an inspector general investigation and immediate implementation of internal reforms to prevent similar failures in the future. The DOJ official also emphasized that it was Holder who stopped the “gun walking” tactics that began in 2006 under then-President George W. Bush.

An administration official, speaking on background, criticized Issa for conducting a politically biased investigation.

“Another pathetic attempt by Issa to try to politicize this matter without regard for, or command of, the facts,” the official said.

Last month the DOJ’s inspector general (IG) issued its own 471-page report that found that four high-ranking DOJ officials, including Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer and Deputy Assistant Attorney General Jason Weinstein, knew enough about the dangers of the operation that they should have raised concerns with their immediate superiors.

Weinstein immediately resigned after the IG’s report was released, but Breuer remains in his office, provoking a number of Republicans, including Grassley, to call for him to step down.

“Officials in the Justice Department saw any number of warnings and some even had the gunwalking information right in front of them, yet nothing was done to stop it,” said Grassley in a statement on Monday.

“Countless people may be murdered with these weapons, yet the attorney general appears to be letting his employees slide by with little to no accountability.” Grassley said.

The Republican report issued Monday states: “The department… failed to enforce the law, to ensure public safety, to provide leadership, to halt the operation, and to hold accountable those responsible for their conduct in conjunction with this deadly and disastrous operation.

“To restore the nation’s confidence in it, the Justice Department must take corrective action immediately.”

Neither the Republican report nor the IG investigation directly faulted Holder for the failures that led up to Fast and Furious, despite more than 100 GOP lawmakers calling for his resignation.

The DOJ points to a number of reforms that Holder has directed into place since the controversial tactics of Fast and Furious were first exposed at the beginning of 2011.

The ATF moved in July, 2011 to provide a stricter oversight procedure that requires agents to give officials at ATF headquarters “specific information about all significant, ongoing investigations on a monthly basis.”

The new protocol also establishes “specific criteria under which an investigation will become a monitored case, including all investigations of complex schemes in which more than 50 firearms have been straw purchased.”

Issa and Grassley issued a previous report on Fast and Furious in July that focused on the involvement of the U.S. attorney’s office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), which oversaw the legal and on-the-ground details, respectively.

The second report recommended DOJ “institute clear, written guidelines to outline the appropriate use of cooperating gun dealers during law enforcement investigations. The department must scrutinize investigations that involve cooperating gun dealers much more closely.”

The report also recommends that agency leadership should “foster a culture of accountability within the Department by taking responsibility and accepting consequences for their own lack of initiative and failures.”

Issa and Grassley are expected to issue a third report on Fast and Furious, which is set to “address the unprecedented obstruction of the investigation by the highest levels of the Justice Department, including the attorney general himself” and “can only be prepared after the Justice Department fulfills its obligations to cooperate with the Congress and produce documents.”

That report may be delayed as Issa’s panel continues to battle Holder for roughly 90,000 agency documents that it has been denied, but which the IG received in its investigation. The outcome of the contempt case currently underway in federal court will likely determine Issa’s lebel of access to many of those documents.

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*VIDEO* Bill Whittle Talks Fast & Furious: Follow The Ideology

*VIDEO* Judge Napolitano: Executive Privilege Only Applies If Obama Was Personally Involved In Fast & Furious

Video-All you need to know about Fast & Furious

Via The Right Scoop

And remember this, we heard all about how the cartels were being armed by US gun stores. Sure, because of Fast and Furious, those gun dealers were told, by Obama’s Justice Department to sell them to KNOWN buyers for the cartels. Do not forget that this was going to be used as propaganda for more gun control in this country! Now, ask yourself how important this election will be.

Your Daley Gator Anti-Leftist Cartoon O’ The Day

I have the perfect solution to whether or not Eric Holder keeps his job

That solution in a minute, but first via Hot Air comes news that Holder is playing the YOU-KNOW-WHAT card

Attorney General Eric Holder told The New York Times this weekend that “the more extreme segment” of his Fast and Furious critics are motivated by — you guessed it — racism. But Florida Rep. Allen West will have none of it.

In remarks to The Daily Caller, West interpreted Holder’s shameless rhetorical tactic as a sign of desperation — and called him out for his non-race-related incompetence:

“I think this is absolutely the last card in the deck, and that shows how weak their ground is,” West said in a phone interview. “But, what that means is they want to make white individuals afraid of continuing to put the pressure on Eric Holder because they don’t want to be seen as racist, and that is something that we have got to move beyond.”

West said Holder can’t logically assign race as a motivation behind the criticisms for his handling of Operation Fast and Furious. “What Fast and Furious has to do with is misleading the Congress and the American people about what you knew about this program, and if you did not know anything about this program, then who’s in charge of the Department of Justice?” West said. “It has nothing to do with your race — it has everything to do with competence, with your character and with your ability to lead the Department of Justice.”

West said Holder’s use of race as a way to attack his critics is “the most insidious thing I ever heard.”

“I grew up in the United States military and it’s not about your color, it’s about your competence, it’s about your abilities to execute a mission,” West said. “If your commanding officer turns heat on you, it’s because you have failed to achieve the mission and I think what we’re doing is we’re looking at something that was a very horrible program — this Operation Fast and Furious.”

Pathetic but sadly predictable of Holder. Now, I say we solve this in this manner. We lock West, and Holder in a room, and, well, I think you know the rest!

Yes, Fast and Furious was meant to force more gun control on America

It is not surprising is it? We heard for weeks from Team Obama that guns used by Mexican drug cartels were coming from America, and that our “lax gun laws” were at fault. Then, we learn that a government agency was basically forcing gun store owners to sell large amounts of weapons to straw purchasers for drug cartels. Now, The Lonely Conservative has the obvious news. It was all about gun control

There’s been speculation that the Democrats would use the Operation Fast and Furious debacle as a way to push for tougher gun laws. In fact, it’s already begun, at least for those democrats who are even aware of it. Now there’s evidence that the ATF planned to use the reckless and illegal operation to push for new rules for gun sales.

Documents obtained by CBS News show that the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) discussed using their covert operation “Fast and Furious” to argue for controversial new rules about gun sales.

PICTURES: ATF “Gunwalking” scandal timeline

In Fast and Furious, ATF secretly encouraged gun dealers to sell to suspected traffickers for Mexican drug cartels to go after the “big fish.” But ATF whistleblowers told CBS News and Congress it was a dangerous practice called “gunwalking,” and it put thousands of weapons on the street. Many were used in violent crimes in Mexico. Two were found at the murder scene of a U.S. Border Patrol agent.

ATF officials didn’t intend to publicly disclose their own role in letting Mexican cartels obtain the weapons, but emails show they discussed using the sales, including sales encouraged by ATF, to justify a new gun regulation called “Demand Letter 3″. That would require some U.S. gun shops to report the sale of multiple rifles or “long guns.” Demand Letter 3 was so named because it would be the third ATF program demanding gun dealers report tracing information.

On July 14, 2010 after ATF headquarters in Washington D.C. received an update on Fast and Furious, ATF Field Ops Assistant Director Mark Chait emailed Bill Newell, ATF’s Phoenix Special Agent in Charge of Fast and Furious:

“Bill – can you see if these guns were all purchased from the same (licensed gun dealer) and at one time. We are looking at anecdotal cases to support a demand letter on long gun multiple sales. Thanks.”

As I have said, Democrats still hate the 2nd amendment. This also points out that Democrats will use any “tragedy”, even if they have to create one, to shove their agenda down our throats. Every one of these people who took part in this ought to be booted out of office, and possibly charged and tried.

The truth about Fast and Furious

Rep. Joe Walsh lays it out. this was all about furthering gun control in America. H/T Doug Powers

Walsh sure seems to have a bead on what Fast & Furious was designed to accomplish:

Walsh added that Holder needs to explain to the American people what role he had in Operation Fast and Furious. “The American people deserve to know the truth regarding Attorney General Eric Holder’s knowledge and role in the Fast and Furious operation,” Walsh said. “This program was deliberately designed to attack law-abiding American gun owners and gun dealers. Why else would an anti-gun administration force licensed firearms dealers to sell guns to violent criminals?”

This ought to be obvious. The administration has been repeating the lie that lax gun laws here are to blame for the heavily armed drug cartels in Mexico. Apparently Team Obama is willing to sacrifice lives to achieve their Stalinist dreams of stricter gun control.

 

Daily Benefactor News – Evidence Shows AG Holder Lied Under Oath About ‘Fast & Furious’

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Evidence Shows AG Holder Lied Under Oath About ‘Fast & Furious’ –

House Republicans are calling for a special counsel to determine whether Attorney General Eric Holder perjured himself during his testimony to the House Judiciary Committee on Operation Fast and Furious, Fox News has learned.

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith, R-Texas, was sending a letter to President Obama on Tuesday arguing that Holder cannot investigate himself, and requesting the president instruct the Department of Justice to appoint a special counsel.

The question is whether Holder committed perjury during a Judiciary Committee hearing on May 3. At the time, Holder indicated he was not familiar with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives program known as Fast and Furious until about April 2011.

“I’m not sure of the exact date, but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks,” Holder testified.

However, a newly discovered memo dated July 2010 shows Michael Walther, director of the National Drug Intelligence Center, told Holder that straw buyers in the Fast and Furious operation “are responsible for the purchase of 1,500 firearms that were then supplied to the Mexican drug trafficking cartels.”

Other documents also indicate that Holder began receiving weekly briefings on the program from the National Drug Intelligence Center “beginning, at the latest, on July 5, 2010,” Smith wrote.

“These updates mentioned, not only the name of the operation, but also specific details about guns being trafficked to Mexico,” Smith wrote in the letter to Obama.

“Allegations that senior Justice Department officials may have intentionally misled members of Congress are extremely troubling and must be addressed by an independent and objective special counsel. I urge you to appoint a special counsel who will investigate these allegations as soon as possible,” Smith wrote.

In response to the release of the memos, a Justice Department official said that the attorney general “has consistently said he became aware of the questionable tactics in early 2011 when ATF agents first raised them publicly, and then promptly asked the (inspector general) to investigate the matter.”

The official added that in March 2011, Holder testified to the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee of that development, and regularly receives hundreds of pages, none of which contained information on potential problems with Fast and Furious.

“The weekly reports (100 + pages) are provided to the office of the AG and (deputy attorney general) each week from approximately 24 offices and components. These are routine reports that provide general overviews and status updates on issues, policies, cases and investigations from offices and components across the country. None of these reports referenced the controversial tactics of that allowed guns to cross the border,” the official said.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., “of all people, should be familiar with the difference between knowing about an investigation and being aware of questionable tactics employed in that investigation since documents provided to his committee show he was given a briefing that included the fast and furious operation in 2010 – a year before the controversy emerged,” the official continued.

Issa told Fox News on Tuesday morning that Holder saying he didn’t understand the question rather than he didn’t know of the program is not a successful defense to perjury.

Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, added that months before Holder testified – on Jan. 31 – he came to Grassley’s office, where Grassley gave him a letter detailing the investigation of Fast and Furious.

“If he read my letter, he knew on January 31,” Grassley told Fox News. “He probably actually knew about it way back in the middle of last year or earlier.”

Grassley said since he’s not a lawyer he’s not going to make a judgment on whether Holder committed perjury.

“But I can tell you this. They’re doing everything they can, in a fast and furious way, to cover up all the evidence or stonewalling us. But here’s the issue, if he didn’t perjure himself and didn’t know about it, the best way that they can help us, Congressman Issa and me, is to just issue all the documents that we ask for and those documents will prove one way or the other right or wrong.”

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*VIDEO* Rep. Issa On ‘Fast & Furious’: We’re Being Gamed By Obama Administration

*VIDEO* Rep. Farenthold: ‘Fast & Furious’ Was Obama Administration Ploy To Advance Anti-Gun Agenda – Calls On Holder To Resign