Why? 2

The mainstream media tried to ignore the “Fast and Furious” scandal, but can do so no longer. A Congressional panel has recommended that the House of Representatives cite Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. for contempt of Congress, and President Obama has asserted executive privilege to shield Justice Department documents from disclosure.

This summary of the dire results of the nefarious activity authorized by the Department of Justice comes from Investor’s Business Daily:

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was killed in December 2010 at the hands of an illegal immigrant working for the Sinaloa Cartel just 10 miles from the Mexico border near Nogales, Ariz. Two AK-47 assault rifles found at the site of the Terry shooting were traced back to a straw buyer allowed to smuggle guns into Mexico with the blessing of the ATF [Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives] and Eric Holder’s Department of Justice.

In addition to Agent Terry, Immigration Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata was also killed [February 2011] in a separate incident by a weapon allowed to “walk” into Mexico from the U.S. as part of the administration’s third-rate alleged attempt to track and catch gun traffickers. Let us not forget the hundreds of Mexican nationals who have been killed by Fast and Furious weapons.

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Rep. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) tried to get information from the DOJ and the ATF about the operation dubbed “Fast and Furious”.

They were lied to. The DOJ claimed that allegations of sales of assault weapons to a straw purchaser who then took them to Mexico were false. President Obama declared on TV that neither he nor the Attorney General, Eric Holder, had authorized Fast and Furious.  In May 2011 Holder testified to the House Judiciary Committee that he didn’t know who had approved the operation but now it was being investigated. He said he’d only heard about it in “the last few weeks”. But in October 2011 documents surfaced revealing that he had known about it since July 2010. Holder then hastened to say that he had misunderstood the question. (“When did you first know about …” is a difficult question to understand?) In November 2011 he admitted that “gunwalking” had in fact been done in Fast and Furious, and explained that his earlier denials had been unintentional. But he still insisted that he personally had been unaware that “gunwalking” tactics had been used. On June 7 2012 Holder again testified at a Congressional hearing (his seventh on this issue), and again denied knowing anything about his department ordering “gunwalking”. His department had provided only 7,000 documents, about 5% of the number Congress had asked for. Now Congress asked for 1,300 documents in addition to the 7,000. Holder refused to hand them over. On June 20 2012 President Obama invoked “executive privilege” to keep the documents from Congress under his personal orders. On the same day, the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform cited Holder for contempt. The House of Representatives will vote on the issue next week.

Can anyone explain, or plausibly conjecture, why Fast and Furious was launched? What the real motive was for the operation, just what the DOJ hoped to accomplish, and exactly how?

The aim stated when the operation was finally admitted to, was to track the firearms to the bosses of Mexican drug cartels, who would then be arrested so that the cartels could be destroyed. Without the co-operation of the Mexican government – which was not even informed about it – how might that have been managed?

Some say it was to help the Obama administration make a case against the Second Amendment rights of US citizens to carry arms. How might that case be argued?

Answers are invited.

  • Liz

    I think it WAS to make a case for banning guns (at least assault type weapons).  Obama had already stated an intention to ban them previously, and the news media actually tried to  make a case for it after all of this happened.  Now he’s trying to help Holder cover it up.  If it was a legitimate operation, why would he be trying to hide something?
    Based on his record, I would consider him easily capable of this.  He doesn’t seem to have a conscience when it comes to disregarding the law or the Constitution to get his way.

  • George

                    The last time I checked on the definition of aiding & abetting the enemy —-there was a name for that—-let’s see , oh yeah , it’s called :  TREASON !!!!   Here we have a federal agency that is supposed to monitor and enforce violations of firearms  and yet THEY are the biggest violators themselves. One would think that the Republicans ( and the general populace at large ) would be asking the question — Why is Otrauma using  Executive Priviledge to keep the documents from going public in the first place. What is he trying to hide ? This is a no-brainer !!!  Oooops , -my bad  , I keep forgetting many politicians don’t have common sense or brains to begin with.  Of course we know the liberal left wing mainstream media will “circle the wagons ” and protect their boy . They won’t pressure the issue because they don’t want Otrauma to look bad. Why ?  Hmmm  , perhaps the reason is that if people see what is really going on , and how corrupt and criminal Otrauma and his administration really is ,  they ( including many liberals ) won’t vote for Otrauma next election—that’s why. It will be a media and political cover-up  to the maximum extreme– and the political “mind games” will be played to the hilt.
                            If Romney wanted to get a boost in ratings he would jump on this in a heartbeat and show the public what is truly going on in our nation and the Otrauma administration.  Then again , the mindless ‘sheeple” as usual will have mental “tunnel vision” and ignore it and consider it some [ smear campaign ] by conservatives to attack their boy. You therefore  have dimwits supporting a nitwit.
                              Here’s a major opportunity for Romney and his campaign and I wonder if he’ll act on it or just sit on it.  The reason that our  society is so f***** up is because we have inept and corrupt individuals in the positions of leadership and the American people may as well bend over and grab their ankles and the K-Y jelly.