Republican Rep. Darrell Issa has circulated a lengthy pair of documents making the case for holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over his “refusal” to cooperate in an investigation of the ill-fated Fast and Furious operation.
Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, on Thursday sent to every member of his committee a 64-page draft contempt order against Holder, as well as a 17-page memo outlining the history of the scandal.
Obama hoped to keep a lid on this fiasco but it appears you can stonewall only so long with patriot Issa and his committee.
The real motives behind the fast and furious operation are not at all obvious. If the goal was to find drug cartel leaders through their need for buying black market, high powered assault weapons then it was a good lure up to the point they actually made the sale of working guns to the drug cartel leaders.
It’s like wanting to find Osama bin Laden and putting out a lure to get him to show himself.
Knowing he wants a nuclear device to blow up the US, you find him by putting up a nuclear weapon on the black market and make it known to his associates that’s it’s for sale.
At what point during this operation would you recognize that actually turning over a real bomb would be a fatal flaw in the plan. After all, you must know the risk of him using it against the very people the operation is designed to ultimately protect. If this “fast and furious gunrunning plan” was designed to identify cartel leaders, it was a plan with an enormous cost in human life.
Who provides oversight in plans with this kind of impact? Is the attorney general, an unelected official, really capable of making decisions on this level without oversight from the Congress or committees? Who is responsible to the people for the actions of this “public administrator”?
When such a low level of judgment has been exercised in an area of such high potential harm, it points to a seriously impaired system of oversight, protocol and authority. Heads should fall on this one and not just Holder’s, although he should go first.
Obama has used the Justice Department as a Praetorian Guard Political Shield in the Black Panther voter intimidation civil rights investigation, the Solyandra pay to play failed green energy loan bankruptcy investigation, the Fast and Furious gunrunning (the most serious because it caused the death of one of Janet Napolitano’s Border Patrol Agents and she is mildly “disturbed”) and the Kagan Obamacare conflict of interest as Solicitor General recusing paperwork. It has been used as a Praetorian Guard enforcer in expansion of Federal Power over States in the Arizona SB 1070 immigration bill; States Voter ID laws and redefining terrorism to a man caused disaster. Holder has all of the resources of a corrupt Justice Department, the Democrats in Congress, along with the Ministry of Truth media (ABC, CBS, MSNBC, CNBC, CNN, NY Times, AP) and George Soros Media Matters behind him. I know Issa is a sharp guy, he needs some pretty extensive resources to fight this much corruption and without the help of the media it is going to be difficult to get his message out.