Attorney General Eric Holder's 'Fast & Furious' Actions Are Inexcusable

eric holderNo longer able to ignore what is potentially the biggest scandal in United States history, the mainstream media reported Wednesday night on Operation Fast and Furious. The 18-month-old case involves ATF agents instructing gun sellers (mostly in Arizona) to sell firearms to people suspected to be involved with Mexican drug cartels. Using taxpayer money from the 2009 stimulus bill, by the way. Just wanted to throw that out there.

Nearly 2,000 guns disappeared, but no worries, we’ve found a bunch of them-- at crime scenes. 300 or more Mexican citizens have died in the crossfire from these weapons, and U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry lost his life in this fight.

The reason the mainstream media outlets were no longer able to ignore this incredible story is because on Wednesday the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted to hold Attorney General Eric in contempt for his failure to share key documents related the operation.

Just before the vote, President Obama invoked Executive Privilege (the first time he’s done so in his presidency) to prevent the release of the documents in question. A president will from time to time use this tactic to “withhold from Congress documents revealing internal communications and decision-making of the executive branch of government that he believes should remain confidential.”

Obama has said that he had no knowledge of Fast and Furious, and furthermore that Eric Holder would not have ordered such an operation. If neither man had knowledge of it, what are they trying to hide by not releasing key documents? If Barack Obama, the Chief Executive of the United States, were not involved whatsoever with Operation Fast and Furious, why would he use the Executive Privilege. 

Side note: In 2007, Senator Obama lambasted President Bush for hiding behind Executive Privilege.

This is not about partisan politics, as Nancy Pelosi and other Democrats claim. This is about our government knowingly and willingly providing firearms to Mexican drug cartels. It’s about the 300+ dead Mexican citizens. It’s about Brian Terry. The families of the fallen deserve justice, and Americans deserve answers.

Republican or Democrat, the actions that took place under Eric Holder and Barack Obama’s watch are inexcusable. 


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LizB86 LizB86

Oh yeah. This is not about partisan politics. Your articles never are. Major eye roll...

Whitn... WhitneySM

@Liz, who cares. Doesn't change the fact that this happened.

nonmember avatar kevobx

The way to shut down the world leaders, is to ask them about Esau, the twin brother of Israel. If any body talks about Jacob's heritage, one must speak on Esau, the elder first.

PonyC... PonyChaser

@Liz - Soooo, because you don't like the way Jenny writes, that makes Fast and Furious, and the behavior of Holder and Obama (and the rest of them involved in this) all ok?

bills... billsfan1104

Pony, thats because Liz cannot debate the facts. So she has to insult the messenger. Its rule number 102.4, paragraph 5, page 29 in the liberal playbook. "Thou shalt cover up the truth, by calling names and yell racist, bigot, sexist and homophobic every chance thy gets"

LizB86 LizB86

FACT: the practice began in 2006, under the Bush administration, with "Operation Wide Receiver." Its not partisan to ignore this little tidbit, oh no, not one bit.

nonmember avatar fan of billsfan

Thanks billsfan for saying what I was gonna say. Sometime's I don't even leave a comment because you've said it all for me.

cmjaz cmjaz

Liz, Operation Wide Receiver was completely different. The guns had tracking devices AND the Mexican government was involved and fully informed. When the drug cartels figured out that the guns were being traced, they removed the tracking device. Once the American and Mexican governments found this out, they put an immediate and absolute halt to the program. They stated that it was a fail and that it should not be tried. Bush completely killed the Operation in 2007. In 2009, Obama, for some mysterious reason decided to do the same thing only with more guns and without telling the Mexican government. When the agents found out that the batteries quickly died on the tracking devices it became a disaster. However the agents knew where a lot of the guns were. One agent was outside the home of a dealer and wanted to make an arrest. He was ordered to stand down and the agent has no idea what happened to the guns or how high up the order to stand down came from. Its believed that it came from the head of AZ ATF bureau but no one knows.

All of this was going on without the Mexican government's knowledge. There is a WHOLE lot more to the story. This is just a little bit of it. But there's no doubt that the Obama Administration sold guns to known buyers for Mexican drug lords and never told the Mexican government about it.

I wonder how Obama is going to sell his 'transperency' policy in the next election.....

nonmember avatar Dani

@Liz - Operation Wide Reciever ended in 2007, Fast & Furious began in 2009. How does this change the discussion about the failures during F&F?

nonmember avatar Graciesmom

"Potentially the biggest scandal in United States history." Really? I am certainly not going to defend F&F but I think, even at its worst, it does not justify the sentence. Hard to take something so hyperbolic and ungrounded in historical fact as terribly serious.

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