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By Agence France-Presse
A key Republican lawmaker released a draft resolution Thursday accusing US Attorney General Eric Holder of contempt of Congress for allegedly failing to cooperate with a probe into a botched government effort to track arms flows into Mexico.
Darrell Issa, head of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that last year probed the arms scandal, said the Justice Department as a whole was guilty of refusing to cooperate with congressional investigations of the Operation Fast and Furious, but singled out Holder.
Holder has faced Republican calls for his resignation and the US Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), a division of the Justice Department, has been in the spotlight since the failure of the program, originally intended to build cases against Mexican gang members.
From 2009 to 2010, ATF agents knowingly allowed cartels to purchase about 2,000 assault weapons in the United States, and then sought to trace those weapons to crime scenes in Mexico.
But most of the weapons were never traced, while two of them showed up at the scene of the murder of a US border patrol agent, which led to the program’s suspension.
Issa said the draft resolution and an accompanying briefing paper describes “the Justice Department’s refusal to cooperate — including the hardships the family of a fallen Border Patrol agent have faced in seeking the truth, and retaliation against agents who blew the whistle on gunwalking.”
Holder denies knowing anything about the operation before February 2011.
A vote has not yet been scheduled on the resolution.
By Kyle Rogers, Charleston Conservative Examiner
Just days ago, CBS national news printed new details about Department of Justice operation ”Fast & Furious.” Internal memos show that agents actually discussed using the operation as a “false flag” to justify taking away the 2nd amendment rights of US citizens.
Congress is currently investigating Fast & Furious. Attorney General Eric Holder has already been caught making at least one false statement under oath.
Gun rights advocates have been asking why Republicans aren’t calling for criminal charges against Eric Holder. Many have criticized FOX News for giving the story little coverage. CBS national news has been breaking most of the new details related to Fast & Furious. Recently Eric Holder yelled at a reporter at an event in DC. He blamed the media for public outrage over Fast & Furious, and told a reporter “you guys need to stop it.”
Today, Texas Congressman Ron Paul became the first GOP president candidate to call for criminal charges against Eric Holder.
Speaking to syndicated radio talk show host Alex Jones, Paul called for Holder to be ”immediately fired.” Paul went on to say “I think it was criminal,” and called the operation a ”false flag.” He said that there needs to be an immediate investigation into Holder himself, and said Holder ”deserves charges.”
Paul went on to discuss a now infamous memo from White House lawyers who claim Obama has the right to assassinate American citizens anywhere in the world. Paul stated that Obama is trying to ”legalize Martial law.”
Paul also mocked the FBI’s claim of uncovering an Iranian assignation plot against the Saudi ambassador. He said the man arrested ”may never be tried because they don’t want the truth to come out.”
The Obama Administration has abruptly sealed court records containing alarming details of how Mexican drug smugglers murdered a U.S. Border patrol agent with a gun connected to a failed federal experiment that allowed firearms to be smuggled into Mexico.
This means information will now be kept from the public as well as the media. Could this be a cover-up on the part of the “most transparent” administration in history? After all, the rifle used to kill the federal agent (Brian Terry) last December in Arizona’s Peck Canyon was part of the now infamous Operation Fast and Furious. Conducted by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the disastrous scheme allowed guns to be smuggled into Mexico so they could eventually be traced to drug cartels.
Instead, federal law enforcement officers lost track of more than 1,000 guns which have been used in numerous crimes. In Terry’s case, five illegal immigrants armed with at least two semi-automatic assault rifles were hunting for U.S. Border Patrol agents near a desert watering hole just north of the Arizona-Mexico border when a firefight erupted and Terry got hit.
We know this only because Washington D.C.’s conservative newspaper , the Washington Times, got a Eric olde, gunhold of the court documents before the government suddenly made them off limits. The now-sealed federal grand jury indictment tells the frightening story of how Terry was gunned down by Mexican drug smugglers patrolling the rugged desert with the intent to “intentionally and forcibly assault” Border Patrol agents.
You can see why the administration wants to keep this information from the public and the media, considering the smugglers were essentially armed by the U.S. government. Truth is, no one will know the reason for the confiscation of public court records in this case because the judge’s decision to seal it was also sealed, according to the news story. That means the public or media won’t have access to any new or old evidence, filings, rulings or arguments.
A number of high-ranking Border Patrol officials are questioning how the case is being handled. For instance, they wonder why the defendant (Manuel Osorio-Arellanes) hasn’t been tried even though it’s been almost a year since Terry’s murder. They also have concerns about the lack of transparency in the investigation, not to mention the recent sealing of the court case.
Osorio-Arellanes is charged with second-degree murder. The four other drug smugglers fled the scene and their names were blacked out in the indictment. In 2006 Osorio-Arellanes had been convicted in Phoenix of felony aggravated assault and in 2010 he was twice detained for being in the U.S. illegally.
During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing this month to address the flawed gun-tracking program, Attorney General Eric Holder said it’s not fair to assume that mistakes in Operation Fast and Furious led to Terry’s death. Holder also expressed regret to the federal agent’s family, saying that he can only imagine their pain.
11 shocking things you now realize to be true (but you never would have believed just three years ago)0
By Mike Adams, the Health Ranger
Editor of NaturalNews.com (See all articles…)
[CIM Comment: I intended to share this about a week ago but have been slammed so sorry for the delay. This story from NN does set good examples how the people are waking up, even if it is a slow process. As always, the research is provided in links after each topic, good job folks.]
We are living through a time of great awakening. The people of our world are beginning to open their eyes and realize the stunning depth of the scams and collusion taking place all around them. These scams that steal their wealth, poison them with chemicals, enslave them with financial trickery and control their minds with propaganda. These scams are the very fabric of modern government, the mainstream media, universities and so-called “science” institutions.
Here are 11 of those scams that you probably never would have believed just 2-3 years ago; but now you probably realize these are true!
Welcome to the real world, my friends. Now that we recognize the depth of the scams, let’s change things for the better.(Occupy America!)
#1 – Most of the honey you buy in the grocery store contains no actual honey whatsoever
It’s true, the so-called “honey” isn’t even technically honey. Most of it is made of cheap “mystery” sweeteners, illegally imported from China, right under the nose of the FDA.
#2 – The fluoride that’s dripped into municipal water supplies is actually a highly toxic industrial chemical byproduct
This scam is exploding in the faces of all the ignorant dentists and doctors who have been pushing this poison for years. Once again, they were wrong; the “conspiracy theorists” were right.
#3 – Flu vaccines often contain live flu viruses and actually cause the flu as a way to worsen the flu season and scare more people into buying vaccines
It’s also true with MMR vaccines, which cause the measles. Flu vaccines are the greatest medical hoax that has ever been perpetrated on the world:
#4 – Ron Paul is deliberately stripped out of mainstream news reports, online polls and debate coverage in order to “game the system” against him
The power elite don’t really want “fair and open” elections in America, you see. It’s all about rigging the system to make sure a globalist puppet gets elected instead of a Man of the People.
U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder faced a fusillade of questions from the Senate today over the botched gunrunning scandal “Operation Fastand Furious,” in which more than 2,000 guns were allowed to “walk” across the border and into the hands of Mexico’s violent drug cartels.
Holder’s appearance this morning, before the Senate Judiciary Committee, is his first since documents emerged indicating the Attorney General may have lied to Congressional investigators about how much and when he knew about Fast and Furious. Thirty-six Republican members of Congress have called for Holder’s resignation over the scandal.
Holder struggled to defend himself under a sharp line of questioning from Senate Republicans, claiming he never saw July 2010 memos that detail the gunrunning program and first learned about the operation when it was reported by the press earlier this year. He dismissed the allegations as more “Washington gotcha games” that detract from fixing the problems caused by Fast and Furious.
It is an arguably weak defense, given that the memos are addressed specifically to Holder — indicating that he is ultimately responsible for knowing their content — and that one of the memos in question is labeled a “significant” development at DOJ.
Moreover, Holder’s claim that the Republican line of questioning is just more Washington games rings hollow in light of the fact that guns related to the Fast & Furious scandal are still turning up at bloody crime scene on both sides of the border — including the site of the December 2010 murder of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.
Holder’s testimony — which did not include an apology — is unlikely to satisfy Congressional Republicans, who are openly out for the AG’s head.
By Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times
Congressional Republicans are trying to expand the scope of questions over the disastrous ATF gun-sting operation “Fast and Furious” to Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano, asking her why she never investigated even after suspected guns showed up at the scene of a dead U.S. Border Patrol agent.
Having repeatedly excoriated Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., who Republicans said either knew or should have known about the gun-walking operation, party lawmakers this month have turned attention to Ms. Napolitano, saying she also should have asked questions once two AK-47s sold as part of the operation were found at the scene of the December shooting death of Agent Brian A. Terry.
“People on the ground knew that he was gunned down with “Fast and Furious” weapons. Three months went by, what did you do between December and February to find out the details about his loss of life?” Rep. Darrell E. Issa asked Ms. Napolitano on Wednesday at a HouseJudiciary Committee hearing. “Aren’t you outraged here today that you – if you were not informed – that you were not informed that weapons allowed to walk into drug dealers’ hands had killed one of your agents, and during those three months they kept it from you?”
Congressional investigators have said that immediately after Terry’s death an urgent request went out to trace the weapons, which showed they came from “Fast and Furious.”
Ms. Napolitano, who flew to Arizona in the days after the killing, said she did not know why she wasn’t briefed immediately on the gun-walking operation, and said she did not become aware of it until later. She said her concern at the time was the slain agent and the effort to find the bandits who shot him as he and other agents were trying to apprehend them near Rio Rico, Ariz., in December.
“That was my No. 1 concern: that those responsible for the shooting death of Agent Terry were brought to justice. And that’s what I was being kept apprised of,” she said.
“Fast and Furious,” run by Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agents in Arizona, has become toxic in recent months. President Obama and Mr. Holder said they weren’t aware of it until after it was over. Mr. Obama has since said it showed “bad judgment.”
Under the operation, more than 2,000 firearms were sold to straw buyers in the U.S. between September 2009 and December 2010. Most of the weapons were then taken into Mexico, where many ended up in the hands of drug smugglers.
Mr. Holder has asked the Justice Department’s inspector general to investigate the operation, and congressional Republicans are conducting their own investigations, led by Mr. Issa, chairman of the oversight committee in the House and Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee.
But with Ms. Napolitano making appearances before the House and Senate judiciary committees over the past two weeks, attention has expanded to her department’s role and why she didn’t immediately demand more answers after Terry’s death.
The agent’s death wasn’t the first time Homeland Security was tipped to the ongoing operation.
Agents from Ms. Napolitano’s department were asked twice in 2009 to “stand down” by the ATF when they picked up guns involved in the operation.
Attorney General Eric Holder has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary committee on the Fast and Furious operation, CBS reports.
Under the bungled program run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, agents let guns fall into the hands of Mexican drug lords, and several were found at the scene of the murder of a U.S. border agent.
In his May testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Holder claimed to have only recently learned about the program, but documents have since shown that he had been briefed numerous times last year.
He’ll have a chance to explain himself in the upcoming hearing, scheduled for Dec. 8.
Project Gun Runner (Fast and Furious) was launched under the orders of President Barack Obama with the knowledge of Attorney General Eric Holder. Deputy Attorney General David Ogden announced the Obama Administration’s new and aggressive ‘comprehensive plan’ on March, 24, 2009. The plan was aimed at disrupting gun trafficking between the United States and Mexico.
Full C-SPAN Video Link 3-24-2009
Sadly nothing new, well unless you get caught. Whether the guns go to Mexican drug cartels or the Contras and others in years before, there is a need to launder money and profit from the illegal drug trade to finance CIA programs that nobody wants to make public and part of a budget proposal. Theory is, let’s bring the poppy field crop we have the military protecting into the open market via a drug cartel, then stroke a deal playing one cartel against another for profits and favors, such as distribution rights to the US citizens. Just another day at the CIA.
Frank Miniter, who wrote this piece, is the author of Saving the Bill of Rights and The Ultimate Man’s Survival Guide.
Why a gunrunning scandal codenamed “Fast and Furious,” a program run secretly by the U.S. government that sent thousands of firearms over an international border and directly into the hands of criminals, hasn’t been pursued by an army of reporters all trying to be the next Bob Woodward or Carl Bernstein is a story in itself.
But the state of modern journalism aside, this scandal is so inflammatory few realize that official records show the current director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), B. Todd Jones — yes the individual the Obama administration brought in to replace ATF Director Kenneth Melson Aug. 30 in an effort to deflect congressional criticism — also has questions to answer about his involvement in this gunrunning scandal.
Fast and Furious was an operation so cloak-and-dagger Mexican authorities weren’t even notified that thousands of semi-automatic firearms were being sold to people in Arizona thought to have links to Mexican drug cartels. According to ATF whistleblowers, in 2009 the U.S. government began instructing gun storeowners to break the law by selling firearms to suspected criminals. ATF agents then, again according to testimony by ATF agents turned whistleblowers, were ordered not to intercept the smugglers but rather to let the guns “walk” across the U.S.-Mexican border and into the hands of Mexican drug-trafficking organizations.
When the Gunrunning Program Began
A Jan. 8, 2010 briefing paper from the ATF Phoenix Field Division Group VII says: “This investigation has currently identified more than 20 individual connected straw purchasers…. To date (September 2009-present) this group has purchased in excess of 650 firearms (mainly AK-47 variants) for which they have paid cash totaling more than $350,000.”
This is an important fact because the U.S. Justice Department hasn’t made it clear to tell congressional investigators when the Fast and Furious operation began and who authorized it; as a result, this ATF briefing paper’s mention of September 2009 is thus far the earliest we can trace the operation.
The next important event we know of occurred in October 2009 when the ATF’s Phoenix Field Division established a gun-trafficking group called “Group VII.” Group VII began using the strategy of allowing suspects to walk away with illegally purchased guns, according to a report from the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the staff of Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), ranking member of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. The report says, “The purpose was to wait and watch, in hope that law enforcement could identify other members of a trafficking network and build a large, complex conspiracy case…. Group VII initially began using the new gunwalking tactics in one of its investigations to further the Department’s strategy. The case was soon renamed ‘Operation Fast and Furious.’”
This report and later official explanations from the ATF say the Fast and Furious program was created to deal with the problem that arresting low-level suspects doesn’t necessarily help ATF agents get to the heads of Mexican cartels.
On Oct. 26, 2009, a month or so after Fast and Furious seems to have been initiated, a document shows that a teleconference was held between 13 officials. One of the issues discussed was the possible “adoption of the Department’s strategy for Combating Mexican Drug Cartels.” The officials listed to have been in on the call included Kenneth Melson, who was then the director of the ATF, Robert Mueller, the director of the FBI and a number of attorneys with the U.S. Department of Justice. B. Todd Jones, the current director of the ATF, was not listed in the document, but the title he held in September 2009 is listed as being in on the conference call. It doesn’t take much reporting to fin http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2011/09/28/fast-and-furious-just-might-be-president-obamas-watergate/2/d out that in September 2009 Jones was the chair of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee (AGAC) and so was at least supposed to be in on the conference call. (When asked about the teleconference, an ATF spokeswoman told us “we don’t discuss active investigations.”)
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