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Fast and Furious Document Release Highlights Continued Arrogant Stonewalling

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If you don’t want the government to stonewall answers for Fast and Furious, the solution is simple: Stop asking them questions. Right?

Despite administration and media hoopla to the contrary, subpoenaed documents turned over to Congress fall far short of what’s been demanded, and what’s been demanded fall short of what’s required to get to the bottom of an evil government operation that has resulted – and will continue to result — in untold deaths. What has been included in the long-stonewalled release highlights not only gaping holes in the administration’s response, but refutes official positions and further illustrates official arrogance.

On Thursday, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform issued a “flash memorandum” presenting an overview chronology of the effort to obtain documents that had been withheld under a presidential “executive privilege” claim.  As seen in prior reports, the White House had also denied Oversight access to a potential key witness, making it more than fair to wonder why that might be.  Add to that unresolved (unasked by anyone in an official capacity, actually) questions about apparent Arms Export Control Act violations and unbelievable testimony from Eric Holder on what he knew and when he knew it.

“[T]he documents reveal how senior Justice Department officials—including Attorney General Eric Holder—intensely followed and managed an effort to carefully limit and obstruct the information produced to Congress,” the memo notes, adding further cause for curiosity. “Justice Department officials in Washington impeded the congressional investigation in several ways…”

Don’t we know it … and a series of related emails shows DoJ lawyers in full jockeying for the right weasel words mode, leaving no doubt that concern to protect the American people from the lethal repercussions of an ATF operation that blew up in everyone’s faces was the last thing on their minds.

The first thing noticeable to those of us involved in digging out much of the early information on the lethal “gunwalking” program is the emergence of some familiar names. From my report of Oct. 3, 2011:

And in the thick of things, based on a heavily redacted Nov.2010 weekly report, is Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer. Additionally, an October 2010 email from Breuer deputy Jason Weinstein shows that, disingenuous parsing aside, decision-makers and their legal advisers knew exactly what the term “walking guns” meant. (Long-time readers will recall Breuer’s name surfaced as a speculative “Project Gunwalker” figure in early February of this year.)

Plenty of people are analyzing and commenting on the Oversight memo and email release, each side using the contents for their own ends. There are two observations that strike me others don’t seem to be discussing, so those are what I’d like to present here, with the further recognition that the emails were composed by those with the legal acumen to know what they were saying could someday be seen by others.

“The weapon used to kill agent Terry was purchased from the FFL before the Fast and Furious investigation ever began,” Weinstein claimed. “So ATF can and should strongly refute that.”

The weapon used, while there are great reasons to suspect it, has not been positively identified. Fragmentation complicated a positive ballistics test identification, meaning Weinstein’s and DoJ’s definitive denials were not substantiated. And contrary to the assertion that weapons found at the Terry murder scene were pre-Fast and Furious purchases, the Office of Inspector General report noted:

In November, ATF also identified a subject named Jaime Avila, whose purchases in January 2010 were recovered on December 14, 2010, at the scene of the fatal shooting of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

That was from the OIG report chapter IV.C, titled “ATF Group VII Identifies a Firearms Trafficking Organization and Initiates Operation Fast and Furious in November 2009.”

The second thing that struck me was the sheer ignorant arrogance revealed in a comment by a bureaucrat whose sole contribution appears to be that of snotty propagandist.

“The ‘civil rights of firearms owners’!!!!” DoJ flack Matthew A. Miller snarked, bringing the Alinsky Rule 5 ridicule to the notion that anyone would refer to the Second Amendment in terms of rights government has a duty to protect instead of infringe on.

Yes, former Holder “spokesman.” And if you want to add another exclamation point, try “Natural Rights.” That really ought to give your buddies at the House Democratic Caucus and Chuck Schumer’s campaign staff a good laugh.

It’s pretty representative of how “progressives” in power view an armed citizenry. And it’s a good indication that their priorities don’t include justice for Brian Terry and other s killed by “official” criminal acts, let alone living up to a prime directive for having this government in the first place, “to secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity.”

After all, noting the earliest whistleblower-suggested motive for Fast and Furious in the first place, “to pad their statistics,” walking U.S. guns and counting on them being found next to bodies in Mexico would have the opposite effect, and work to the advantage of those intent on “justifying” more citizen disarmament.

 

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David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (WarOnGuns.com), and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.

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22 comments

  1. But I’m SURE the VAST MAJORITY who work at ATF are supporters of the “right of the people”. I’m sure there are just a few bad apples at the top who ruin ATF’s reputation. I’m sure the average agent working the street has no idea that his leadership has an anti-freedom, anti-rights agenda. I’m sure of it. Why, if they knew, they wouldn’t work for such a corrupt organization. Right? Yep, my bet is, they work their entire careers and just don’t know…

      1. Sorry, those in said ATF CAREERS you’ve alluded to may as individuals not possess competent knowledge of anti-freedom ramifications. There are those competently exercising their agent undertakings that completely know and discern such, and a great deal more understood by way of other peripheral networks they are inherently privy to. To the degree there are any number of other COVERT contact networks, these agents are known to possess infinitely more than their office departmental debriefings. For reasons more than just security gag orders the majority of these agents are by personal choice ignorant of or have selective recollection capacities that premise on integrity, loyalty, patriotism, ethics, codes of the natural elements they must operate within, pragmatism, and down right self preservation, these agents haven’t a recollection of so many other critical factors ( Oliver North ). All of this being said, for those of us that UNDERSTAND human psychological firmaments, there is circumstance these ignorant(?) agents have to have highly select personal confidents. Let’s none of us for the sake of lip service transparency investigatory protocols ever omit that the investigators themselves for each their own unspoken self JUSTIFICATIONS, will only make as much transparency as they ( design ) appropriately. Security and confidentiality at both the individuals’ credulity are relative matters for considerations at ALL TIMES. IN wars and matters not transparent as ‘ COVERT ” war are inherently consequence to critical thinking skills. We’re some agents not to possess competent critical thinking skills; then they are incompetent to hold their jobs.

        1. A lot of words to say it is alll bullshit and most of them know it and do nothing because they re afraid to lose their jobs or be coerced? So they do nothing and go along with the criminal acts just like their bosses !

          This is the main problem here in USSA today, people will NOT stand up to much of anything and go along with all manner of wrongful acts. But they are glad to take their paychecks , Hey ? Nearly all government workers have sold out one way or another.

  2. When our country’s elite and top law enforcement officers cannot be trusted and are not accountable to the people, established law and the Constitution, than We, the People cannot be held accountable to them either. A mockery of our system has been committed by the Obama regime since his first inauguration and even our courts have backed his Unconstitutionality on occasion. Holder’s actions as Attorney General, this nation’s highest law enforcement officer, could be considered the most corrupt in history. Fast and furious resulted in the death of a law enforcement officer in this country and untold numbers of people in Mexico but, Holder presided over many dubious acts that some could argue waged war on American values, customs and tradition, and in turn Americans themselves, that is far more egregious and lasting than anybody in our history.

    1. I want to know what the penalty for being held in contempt is? That court clerk in Kentucky was held in contempt for not issuing marriage licenses to homosexuals, against her religious beliefs. She served time in jail. I want to see the crooked ass Holder behind bars too.I guess this comment isn’t directed at you per say, just wanted to make a comment that you might reply to.

  3. And let us not forget Hillary Clinton’s involvement in F&F with the Rothschild/Soros collaboration with the Mex. Cartels. Clinton’s fingerprints were all over the F&F investigation and even now, titillating evidence of collaboration with an atty. for the cartel and his donations to the Clinton campaign are continued reminders of her involvement with cretins of cartel.

  4. We all know what would happen if one of us serfs attempted to withhold information and deflect/deny/obfuscate. None of them, not Congress, ATF, DOJ, or any of the rest of the alphabet soup would allow it. After all, who the hell do we think we are?

  5. Why is it, just the mention, picture or you name it of, Holder or any U.S Attorney General / Justice Dept., makes me ‘throw up’.

    Dave Jones
    USMC – Peace Officer

  6. I’m pretty sure that the Speaker of the House good tap on the shoulder of the sergeant arms and requested he get a truck load of handcuffs and a team of Federal Marshals and start going from the White House Down throughout Congress and Senate start utilizing those handcuffs and start the process and procedure of Jaylene charging with crimes and processing all of the thugs involved especially those that they conspired to and followed through with the murder of United States Marine and border patrol agent Brian Terry complicity is a high crime when a death is involved regardless of who is involved and until we reach that point where we make those demands upon our elected officials to proceed we are nothing but a bunch of lemmings.

  7. If the likes of Eric Holder and Hitlery and other corrupt people wind up in prison, their “service” as useful idiots is finished.
    Now the puppet masters can throw them under the bus.
    If we start to see these criminals getting prosecuted more and more, it is time to start paying closer attention.

    There is a big storm coming, very big indeed.

  8. we as Americans are dealing here with convicts in office. Wake up. These people think they are above all even laws on the land.

  9. i don,t believe i have to wonder why these documents are being held…protection of self and ones partners would seem whats happening here,,,high crime was commmited…

  10. SOB’s are the law……..They all swap spit…….The Truth is not in them

    Please google Reese family Fast and Furious scapegoat ?

    ALL a dog and pony show, done to KILL,STEAL and DESTROY
    enjoy it while U can

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