Sunday, July 1, 2012

Rep. Issa: Fast and Spurious

Rep. Issa  has been pursuing a conspiracy theory worthy of Erich Anton Paul von Däniken and his Ancient Astronaut nonsense.  Rep. Issa's (R-CA) theory:
In 2006, Senator Barack Obama persuaded then President George Bush and his Attorney General,   Michael B. Mukasey to start a program called Fast and Furious, to sell guns to the Mexican drug cartels in order to create a public backlash against guns that the future Obama administration could use to enact stricter gun control laws, which they haven't done.  

Almost,  100,000 Americans suffer gunshot wounds every year in America.  Rep. Issa's wants us to believe that Americans will demand stricter guns laws because some US weapons are being used by Mexican drug cartels.  In 5 years the Mexican drug cartels have murdered 47,000 people, in America we shoot more people in 6 months than the Mexican drug cartels have in 5 years. So Rep. Issa wants you to believe that 9,200 murders in Mexico will enrage the American public while the public ignores 100,000 shootings in the USA?

If you really want to know what happened  with the ATF read this well researched article by Katherine Eban, who spent six months, talking to agents and reading thousands of pages of documents.  

The truth about the Fast and Furious scandal By Katherine Eban
Nobody disputes that suspected straw purchasers under surveillance by the ATF repeatedly bought guns that eventually fell into criminal hands. Issa and others charge that the ATF intentionally allowed guns to walk as an operational tactic. But five law-enforcement agents directly involved in Fast and Furious tell Fortune that the ATF had no such tactic. They insist they never purposefully allowed guns to be illegally trafficked. Just the opposite: They say they seized weapons whenever they could but were hamstrung by prosecutors and weak laws, which stymied them at every turn.

Stephen Colbert in this 3 minute clip, succinctly and aptly describes the ridiculous theory.

The republicans voted to hold AG Eric Holder in contempt of congress (after Mr. Holder testified 11 times and provided 140,000 pages of documents) while most democrats walked out in protest.
These are the 17 wimpy and spineless democrats who voted with the republicans to hold Eric Holder in contempt of congress.  
Jason Altmire (Pa.)
John Barrow (Ga.)
Dan Boren (Okla.)
Leonard Boswell (Iowa)
Ben Chandler (Ky.)
Mark Critz (Pa.)
Joe Donnelly (Ind.)
Kathy Hochul (N.Y.)
Ron Kind (Wis.)
Larry Kissell (N.C.)
Jim Matheson (Utah)
Mike McIntyre (N.C.)
Bill Owens (N.Y.)
Collin Peterson (Minn.)
Nick Rahall (W. Va.)
Mike Ross (Ark.)
Tim Walz (Minn.)

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