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07 July 2011 @ 10:22

…The Sharia Has Hit The Fan.

Operation Fast And Furious, aka: Project Gunwalker, appears to be going nuclear, with the result that Eric ‘Rule Of Man’ Holder may be in big, bunker-buster-sized trouble. And, if what appears to have happened did happen, he deserves to be thrown out of office and prosecuted. And so do a whole bunch of others.

Over at Si Vis Pacem, Ran has compiled an impressive aggregation of reports, analysis, and commentary on this evolving story that will be provide you with background history and up-to-date information.

One of his links is to Michael Walsh’s latest column for the New York Post, which offers:

Don’t look now, but the real action in Washington this week isn’t the partisan wrangling over the debt ceiling but something — literally — even more incendiary: Operation Fast and Furious, which seems about to explode right in the face of Attorney General Eric Holder — and maybe other administration officials, too.

Also known as Project Gunrunner, the Arizona-based operation was supposed to be a sting, under which the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, which is part of the Justice Department, allowed "straw purchasers" to transfer weapons from gun shops in Arizona to Mexican drug cartels to trace and halt crossborder arms-trafficking.

That’s the official version, anyway — but it’s crumbling, fast.

The ATF’s acting director, Kenneth Melson, has been singing like a canary to congressional investigators as he pushes back against administration pressure for him to resign and take the fall for something that, at the very least, had to include the US Attorney’s Office, the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and possibly the Homeland Security Department.

In a letter to Holder released yesterday, Rep. Daryl Issa and Sen. Chuck Grassley accused the Justice Department of blocking their investigation into the burgeoning scandal (which has resulted in the deaths of at least two American agents and countless Mexican civilians), muzzling the ATF and involving other federal agencies, including the FBI and the DEA, in funding the crackpot scheme.

"The evidence we have gathered raises the disturbing possibility that the Justice Department not only allowed criminals to smuggle weapons, but that taxpayer dollars from other agencies may have financed those engaging in such activities," they wrote.

"It is one thing to argue that the ends justify the means in an attempt to defend a policy that puts building a big case ahead of stopping known criminals from getting guns. Yet it is a much more serious matter to conceal from Congress the possible involvement of other agencies in identifying and maybe even working with the same criminals that Operation Fast and Furious was trying to identify."

That’s the key to this mess — and the reason that Operation Fast and Furious might turn out to be the biggest Washington scandal since Iran-Contra.

Melson testified behind closed doors on July 4, but the country needs to hear him speak — loudly and publicly. "Let me be clear," Issa wrote to Melson in April, "we are not conducting a concurrent investigation with the Department of Justice, but rather an independent investigation of the Department of Justice."

Exactly. Because this one’s not just a domestic issue. A Mexican senator, Rene Arce Islas, told Fox News that he believes whoever is responsible for the monumental, lethal cock-up should be tried not only in America but in Mexico, too.

That’s not going to happen, of course. Even if any prominent American officials are implicated, there is zero chance they’d have to face Mexican justice.

But Issa’s charge that Holder & Co. are obstructing a congressional investigation is serious. Not even the Justice Department is above the law.

The best way to disinfect the putrid mess that is Operation Fast and Furious is to expose it to sunlight. Let’s hear what the attorney general and others have to say in open hearings.

Because somebody’s got some "splainin’ " to do — fast, before the American people get furious.

Please do take the time to check out Ran’s very useful resource, but make sure you’ve taken your blood pressure pills first.

During his reign [and I use that word on purpose] at the DOJ, Eric Holder has been enforcing Lawlessness And Disorder, flouting and ignoring the law, making race-based policy decisions, investigating political enemies [see: Arpaio, Joe], etc., acting just like the minister to a dictator in some Latin American banana republic.

For the sake of the Rule Of Law, the Congress must not waver in it’s duty to see that Holder and his minions be brought to justice.

Eric Holder is a menace to American Society.

Further: No reasonable person believes that Holder could be getting away with this without the backing and consent of President Barack Hussein Obama. Therefore, this Administration is a ‘criminal enterprise’ and the Congress has a duty to fully and completely investigate it’s actions regarding this matter and to seek to learn if it’s behavior here has been repeated in other areas outside the administration of Justice.

If the Congress fails in discharging their Constitutional and Moral obligations, then we should seriously consider more effective means of protecting ourselves per The Declaration Of Independence. The allowing of such lawlessness to go unpunished will only bring about disorder and a loss of those freedoms and liberties bequeathed to us by The Founders.


  1. 07 July 2011 @ 10:30 10:30

    Many thanks Bob!

    We are the new media.

  2. M. Thompson permalink
    07 July 2011 @ 10:55 10:55

    Impeach Mr. Holder for this high crime.

  3. loopyloo305 permalink
    07 July 2011 @ 10:57 10:57

    Thieves, thugs, and murderers! If not directly doing all of that, they are allowing it to happen with their consent and that makes it even worse.

  4. 07 July 2011 @ 12:20 12:20

    Eric Holder is a menace to American society. Indeed he is.

  5. 07 July 2011 @ 22:29 22:29

    I have the title for the movie…

    “Where Ideology and Incompetence Meet”

  6. bobbelvedere permalink*
    10 July 2011 @ 18:25 18:25

    The bold arrogance with which Holder acts does take one’s breath away.


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