While the release of new Fast & Furious documents may seem a victory for many Americans, it’s doubted the news media — who are busy tearing apart Republican candidates — will even glance at these latest records. As renowned prosecutor, defense attorney and author Vincent Bugliosi said before dying: “The news media are a group who can always be counted on to use a minimal amount of intelligence in covering a story.”
With the Democrats seeking ways to salvage the political career of their heir apparent to the White House, Hillary Clinton, who is being investigated by the FBI, the State Department’s Inspector General, the federal courts and a number of NGO’s (non-government organizations), it was decided to just bite the bullet. The Obama administration picked this week to allow lawmakers and the public to have access to documents from another scandal.
The Obama Justice Department on Friday released thousands of subpoenaed documents about the controversial “Operation Fast and Furious” gun-walking investigation after dragging their feet for years.
The entire operation failed — which began in 2009 and ended in 2011 — to meet its goal of stopping the gun smuggling occurring at the southwestern border into Mexico. Planned in Washington, D.C., when Eric Holder served as Attorney General, the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and federal prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Arizona ran the operation.
Critics claim the operation was meant to coincide with statements from then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President Obama, and other Democrats who blamed the extraordinary violence and death in Mexico on the proliferation of firearms in the hands of Mexican crime gangs that are provided illegally by Americans.
“The idea was to use the death and destruction in Mexico by U.S. politicians to gain public support for tighter gun laws and a flagrant disregard for the Second Amendment,” said former narcotics officer Glenda Mitchell. “It was a perfect operation — warts and all — for the ‘Blame America First’ crowd in all three branches of the U.S. government,” she added.
The gist of the operation was that the ATF knowingly allowed people to purchase firearms illegally in the United States and sneak them into Mexico, according to court documents.
The presiding federal judge ordered the Justice Department to release the documents to the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which was criticized by the Democrats and their media sycophants for investigating Fast and Furious. GOP lawmakers were lambasted for calling it a scandal and voting to hold Attorney General Eric Holder ‘in contempt of Congress’ for obstructing the overall investigation.
“If Holder were a Republican, there would have been calls to charge him with perjury since he evidently lied under oath during his congressional testimony. Hell, there probably would have been a special prosecutor appointed if Fast and Furious occurred during a Republican administration,” said former police detective and military intelligence operation Michael Snopes.
The thousands of records released on Friday were about the Justice Department’s secret meetings about congressional and media inquiries regarding the investigation of the Obama White House, the Justice Department and the ATF commanders who ran the gun-walking operation.
But the Obama administration isn’t out of the woods yet. Some Republicans lawmakers are slamming Friday’s release of documents. They claim the released documents are only a smidgen of the documents requested in the federal subpoenas.
“The documents are critical to the committee’s efforts to understand and shine light on what was happening inside DOJ during the time of this irresponsible operation,” according to a statement released by the committee chairman and Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.
Also on Friday, Rep. Chaffetz and his committee appealed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals requesting the remaining documents it had originally requested.
The writer, Jim Kouri, appeared on the syndicated show Cross Talk to discuss immigration, the drug war
and other topics related to U.S.-Mexican relations under the Obama administration.
Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist, and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show..
He's former chief of police at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at St. Peter's University and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.