05-07-2011, 07:48 AM
Issa Calls Holder to Account
this is the best Obama could do ....... someone who doesn't even know what major operations are going on .......
| Issa Calls Holder to Account |
How bad does Project Gunrunner get?
The Wall Street Journal reports that Holder claimed in his testimony Tuesday that it was not the policy of the DoJ to allow weapons across the border. Or, to be more specific, he attempted to claim this, in a sentence which was very carefully parsed:
Under no circumstances should guns be allowed to be distributed in an uncontrolled manner.Of course, the goal of Project Gunrunner — and Operation Fast and Furious — was to allow those weapons across the border in a very carefully controlled manner and to track them.
The program began in 2009, but Holder said he’d only become aware of it in recent weeks and refused to say how far up the chain of command the decision to implement the program went.
According to the Wall Street Journal:
Mr. Issa asked Mr. Holder whether he or his top lieutenants were aware of the tactics. Mr. Holder didn’t say who signed off on the program, dubbed “Fast and Furious,” or how high up the chain the approval went. He said he became aware of it only in recent weeks.In a strongly worded letter sent earlier this week, Issa and Senator Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, essentially accused Holder of lying to Congress:
In its latest denial, the Department seems to focus more on whether ATF knew guns were being trafficked to Mexico than whether the ATF knew they were being purchased by straw buyers. While it might be typical in Washington for lawyers to narrowly parse statements and argue over fine distinctions to confuse the issue, those are not the kind of answers that we believe the Justice Department should give to Congress when asked straightforward questions about such a serious matter as this one.Grassley went so far as to pen a hand-written postscript under his signature block:
We are extremely dissapointed that you do not appear to be taking this issue seriously enough to ensure that the Department’s representations are accurate, forthcoming and complete. We will continue to probe and gather the facts independently as it has become clear we cannot rely on the Department’s self-serving statements to obtain any realistic picture of what happened.
PS: You should check to see if you are getting accurate information from your staff. You might be ill-served.
According to a story originally broken by CBS News earlier this year, the operation was designed to allow “straw buyers” (who purchase the weapons for someone else) to buy high quality weapons, including .50 caliber sniper rifles, from cooperating licensed dealers in the U.S. ATF would then track those weapons and hopefully take down the gun-running rings and perhaps the cartels as well.
Some of those weapons were allegedly used by criminals to murder Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Agent Jaime Zapata.
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