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An Answer For Holder
He needs to go
As the effects of Fast and Furious began to unfold I began to report on this issue. The links to my previous Hubs can be found sprinkled throughout the article so you can inform yourself if you haven't done so. It initially was named Project Gun Runner which is exactly what it was - running guns across our southern border with the approval of the Department of Justice. How far up into the department, and above that for that matter, is now being investigated by committees of both houses of Congress and I am amazed as I follow it.
So lets talks a bit about Eric Holder. Eric Holder has a bad memory, a very bad memory. He's the type of man who wants to forget anything where he was complicit and it doesn't fit his political hack reality. Case in point was years ago when he was the Assistant Attorney General in the last term of Bill Clinton. That's when the majority of Presidents start issuing their pardons. Does the name Marc Rich ring a bell. He was the fugitive commodities financier who got caught in other people's cookie jars and escaped justice by becoming an international fugitive.
It is purported that Holder played a pivotal role in Clinton pardoning Rich based upon a recommendation made by Holder. What is even more interesting is the "follow the money" routine that Clinton seems to have always in sight. The carrot for the pardon seems to be linked to Rich's wife dangling a contribution for the building of Clinton's Presidential library. There was quite an outcry at the time about Wild Billy Bob issuing that particular pardon.
So fast forward to his confirmation hearing for sitting where he shouldn't be sitting now. I said at the time the man is dirty and he remains dirty to this day. I watched that hearing in amazement as the subject of his role in the Rich pardon sailed over the horizon. You see he just couldn't recall any of what happened. Now this is supposed to be a highly trained attorney and most of the ones I know have a memory like an elephant. But this particular one conveniently couldn't remember the way it went down. I'll call him the way I see him. He's an outright liar and coward. He should never have been confirmed in the first place.
Agent Brian Terry lost his life, as have many other people, because of either his complete stupidity in authorizing such a fiasco in the first place or his lack of oversight of his department. I can't fathom such an operation being authorized by the lower level types. We're only talking about thousands of firearms being sold to people who had no business buying the quantities of guns involved under the very noses of the people charged with stopping any activity remotely resembling gun running. The theory is, and it may be a good one since Holder is about as anti-gun as one can get, that the operation was set up so that there would be a convenient guise for the current administration to step on a citizen's rights under the Second Amendment. I lean that way on this one.
The Death Of Brian Terry
The "bossman" AG has continually stonewalled Congress as the hearings have proceeded. Many of the documents that were subpoenaed were redacted so as to be totally useless. How can't anyone read what has been blacked out? During his sworn testimony he has displayed his righteous indignation about being questioned concerning something done on his watch. He can't even remember when he was first made aware of Fast & Furious, which wasn't when he said he first became aware of it. So either he lied about it or conveniently couldn't scratch his fuzzy brain to remember the actual facts.
So the plot thickens. Congressman Issa has now also opened an investigation about Holder's Department of Justice laundering drug money for the Mexican drug cartels by undercover narcotics agents under his watch. We're talking about millions upon millions of dirty money being laundered and given to very dangerous people. The President of Mexico seems a bit miffed about why he wasn't read into these schemes. Is there a parallel between allowing guns to freely cross the border and allowing huge sums of money to flow right after the guns under the guise of tracking where it went and how it was being used? They lost track of the guns and I'll bet dollars to donuts they can't follow the money.
Fast & Furious Had A Companion
So as I build the case for his resignation let me touch on the Defense of Marriage Act which just happens to be a federal set of laws on the books. Holder grandly announced that the Department of Justice wasn't going to become involved in upholding the law of the land. Is that right? Since when has an federal official who takes an oath of office to support and defend the US Constitution and all federal laws given the latitude to be selective about which ones they choose to uphold? Suppose he was given such latitude which raises the next question. Who gave him that rope?
There seems to be a lack of leadership I'm sniffing in the air. If not the total lack of then the careless, exercise my agenda type. So he comes to Texas to make a speech at the Lyndon Baines Johnson library in Austin about voting and the ability to vote without having to produce a valid photo identification to do so. You see he has his panties in a wad because 15 states now have laws on the books that make that a requirement. It seems to be a reasonable requirement. How many times in the course of one's daily life is that a requirement to transact a valid transaction? Is voting supposed to be a "valid transaction" or is it just supposed to loose as a goose? Ever heard of ACORN? Oh it's still out there but the names have beeen changed to protect the guilty.
Interesting to note also that anyone attending his diatribe had to produce a picture ID to enter the library. Wassup with that Eric?
He posed a question and I'll take a stab at the end now with an answer to his question. He wanted to know what kind of nation we wanted to become. I'd suggest to Holder that we want to become a nation where the US Constitution and ALL its laws are upheld. I'd say that we want to be a nation where our elected officials and those appointed by them are not liars and can recall serious facts. Maybe, just maybe, we want to be a nation where the federal government itself isn't participating in gun running and money laundering with dangerous criminal gangs. It's called we want a nation where ethics and morals rise above political agendas.
When I was a military leader the buck always stopped at the top as it should. I was responsible ultimately for everything that went right or wrong. Maybe we should become a nation where the supposed leaders take responsibility for what goes right or wrong and not conveniently forget their own failures. That applies to the President of the United States on down the line. All humans make mistakes as that is our nature. Only liars and cowards fail to take responsibility for their own actions.
It's time for Eric Holder to step down, either that or be fired for being incompetent.
The Frog Prince
Heads Should Roll
Here's something I just read after posting this, reported by CBS News, regarding the motivation for Operation Fast and Furious:
"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.
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.