Issa: Washington Post Report an “Outright Lie”

 Tuesday, two Washington Post reporters, and , took aim at Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, in their report,  Critic of ATF gun-trafficking program raised no objection when briefed last year:
Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.), who has repeatedly called for top Justice Department officials to be held accountable for the now-defunct operation, was given highly specific information about it at an April 2010 briefing, the sources said. Members of his staff also attended the session, which Issa and two other Republican congressmen had requested.

Issa’s office told  Newsmax that the WaPo report was an “outright lie.”

…Issa spokesman Frederick Hill told Newsmax on Thursday that “what is reported in the Washington Post is an outright lie.

Representative Issa did not learn about the operation until after the death of [Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives] agent Brian Terry” in December 2010.

The “Fast and Furious” operation oversaw the sale of weapons to known and suspected suppliers for Mexican drug cartels. The program was designed to go after drug traffickers, but two of the guns were found at the Arizona crime scene where agent Terry was killed.

Hill told The Hill newspaper that Issa was not briefed at the April 2010 meeting, during a meeting with officials from the ATF — a Justice Department agency — and did not learn about the controversial gun-tracking program until this year.

Spokesman Hill told The Daily Caller that the Justice Department has been shopping the Issa story around town. “We have had people who have contacted us before the Washington Post,” he said. “They told us people in the Justice Department were trying to push this story and I think a number of publications didn’t think it was credible or, for whatever reason, decided not to run it.”

Jerry Markon and Sari Horwitz also wrote a long piece on Dec 15, 2010, that seemed to blame the increase in gun violence  on lax gun laws and corrupt gun dealers, naming one dealer in particular:

Washington Post: As Mexico drug violence runs rampant, U.S. guns tied to crime south of border:

No other state has produced more guns seized by police in the brutal Mexican drug wars than Texas. In the Lone Star State, no other city has more guns linked to Mexican crime scenes than Houston.

(Amazingly enough, Operation Fast and Furious, [ostensibly] targeted  gun traffickers who were believed to be funneling weapons bought in Texas, Arizona and other border states to Mexican drug cartels. Whistleblowers allege that ATF agents  failed to stop questionable buyers from acquiring as many as 2,500 weapons.)

And in the Texas oil town, no single independent dealer stands out more for selling guns traced from south of the border than Bill Carter.

Carter, 76, has operated four Carter’s Country stores in the Houston metropolitan area over the past half-century. In the past two years, more than 115 guns from his stores have been seized by the police and military in Mexico.

As an unprecedented number of American guns flows to the murderous drug cartels across the border, the identities of U.S. dealers that sell guns seized at Mexican crime scenes remain confidential under a law passed by Congress in 2003.

A year-long investigation by The Washington Post has cracked that secrecy and uncovered the names of the top 12 U.S. dealers of guns traced to Mexico in the past two years.

I wonder who was tipping the reporters?

Eight of the top 12 dealers are in Texas, three are in Arizona, and one is in California. In Texas, two of the four Houston area Carter’s Country stores are on the list, along with four gun retailers in the Rio Grande Valley at the southern tip of the state. There are 3,800 gun retailers in Texas, 300 in Houston alone.

After that report came out, the big gun dealer, Bill Carter hired an attorney and fought back.

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The Legendary reported on January 13, 2011: Attorney: ATF Approved Gun Dealers’ Selling To Smugglers:

Houston – Famous criminal attorney Dick DeGuerin told television newsmen that ATF agents approved sales of guns to customers who fit the profile for smugglers.
“It’s all profiling…” he said, explaining that Carter Country, a big box gun sales organization with four Houston outlets which he represents, had tipped off the government that young Hispanic males bought and paid for multiple firearms with cash.

Sales of 5 or more pistols or 3 or more rifles are typical, he said, a fact duly noted by government agencies such as FBI and ATF.

Media reports of Carter Country supplying large amounts of guns later confiscated in Mexico mention only the gun dealer’s complicity in the transactions and not the government’s approval of the sales or the fact that the dealer has made many reports of suspicious transactions. “They did this for many months,” Mr. DeGuerin said.

Also in the Dec. WaPo report:

Under federal law, a gun dealer who sells two or more handguns to the same person within five business days must report the sales to ATF. The agency has identified such sales as a red flag, or “significant indicator,” of trafficking. But multiple sales of “long guns,” which include shotguns and rifles such as AK-47s, do not have to be reported to ATF.

The Justice Department inspector general said in a report last month that “the lack of a reporting requirement of multiple sales of long guns – which have become the cartels’ weapons of choice – hinders ATF’s ability to disrupt the flow of illegal weapons into Mexico.”

Oddly enough, these are just the types of guns the ATF was pressuring gun dealers to sell during operation Fast and Furious: 

It seems that over roughly a three year period, ATF agents have been pressuring US gun dealers, mostly along the Arizona-Mexico border, to sell thousands of semi-automatic weapons to ‘straw buyers,’ in this case to Mexicans (it’s illegal for US gun dealers to sell weapons to Mexican nationals), who then, with ATF’s knowledge and approval, would smuggle these weapons across the US-Mexico border and into Mexico, where they were sold (with or without the knowledge of Mexican authorities—still an unanswered question) to members of Mexico’s criminal cartels.

An AK-47 recovered at the murder site of US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry has been identified as one of the rifles ATF agents permitted to be sold to a Mexican straw buyer and ‘illegally’ trafficked into Mexico. There are also links between Fast and Furious and the weapon used to kill ICE Agent Jaime Zapata.

Is it really possible that the Justice Dept. was complaining about sales of AK-47s that don’t have to be reported to the ATF, while the ATF was pressuring gun dealers to sell AK-47s to straw buyers?

I’ll let Governor Jan Brewer have the last word:

“I am outraged by findings in a new Congressional report that alleges federal agents were instructed to stand aside and do nothing as up to 2,000 weapons were illegally purchased in Arizona and resold. In many cases, the end result appears to have been the arming of violent drug cartels south of the border.
“During Operation Fast and Furious in 2010, according to this report, agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms were ordered to simply track these „straw buyer? weapons sales but not intervene. Longtime federal agents have now testified before Congress that allowing these weapons to leave the premises, a practice generally known as „gun walking,? was a marked departure from accepted law enforcement practices.

ATF agents lost track of many of these weapons, including assault weapons and .50 caliber sniper rifles. A significant number undoubtedly found their way to Mexican drug cartels. Tragically, two AK-47s traced back to Operation Fast and Furious later turned up at the crime scene near Rio Rico, Arizona, where Arizona Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was murdered by bandits. Authorities are still looking for the murder weapon.

“If the allegations contained in this Congressional report are accurate, then Operation Fast and Furious endangered the lives of innocent people on both sides of the border. The people of Arizona deserve answers from the Department of Justice and ATF as to how this could have been sanctioned, let alone encouraged. We may never know how many weapons illegally sold as part of this operation later turned up at a crime scene. But the connection between this failed federal operation and the death of Border Patrol Agent Terry is clear. The Congressional report puts it best: „The death of Border Agent Brian Terry was likely a preventable tragedy.”

See also:

Bob Owens, Pajamas Media: ‘Gunwalker’ Goes Pravda: White House Unleashes MSM

Ace: Uh-Oh: Designated Fall Guy For Fast & Furious, Acting ATF Head Melson, Maybe Doesn’t Feel Like Being The Fall Guy?

IBD: Editorial: Was Fast And Furious A Gun-Control Plot?

Linked by Ace of Spades, HQ, thanks!

Previously:

Judicial Watch President Sees Operation Fast And Furious As Anti-Gun political Ploy From Obama Administration

Whispers of A Dark Ulterior Motive In Operation Fast and Furious Getting Louder

Video: Issa’s Opening Statement at Today’s Operation Fast and Furious Hearing + More

Video: Eric Holder Faces Contempt Charges For Obstructing Justice In Operation Fast and Furious Probe

Issa Promises a “Slew of Subpeonas” on Operation Fast and Furious

Holder On The Hot-Seat For Project Gunrunner

Video: Issa Subpoenas ATF to Break Through Its Stonewalling on Project Gunrunner

“Operation Fast and Furious” Needs To Be A Bigger Story

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Thad McCotter Behind Consternation and Confusion In Ames Straw Poll Auction


Earlier today, The Politico asked: Who’s the mystery man in Iowa?

A source who’s been briefed on what’s happening in the room where the Ames Straw Poll real-estate bidding is going on – where campaigns jockey for spots at the poll – informs POLITICO that there is “a mysterious person in the room who won’t identify himself or who he’s there for.”

Everyone else demanded that the person identify himself, the source says. He wouldn’t, although the party chairman is said to have indicated he knows who the person is representing.

Now it can be revealed, The Iowa Republican reports: Thaddeus McCotter Creates Chaos At Straw Poll Auction:

At today’s Iowa Straw Poll land auction, participating campaigns were surprised by a mystery participant who would not state which campaign she was representing.

Kellie Paschke, a lobbyist whose clients include Iowans for Tax Relief, arrived at the scheduled Straw Poll auction intending to bid on a parcel of the Iowa State Center for an undisclosed candidate.

Before the meeting started, representatives of Michele Bachmann, Tim Pawlenty, and Rick Santorum were seen outside the building discussing the situation of the mystery bidder.

The representatives went inside and began the meeting, but a short time later, campaign representatives and party staff were seen outside the back door of the RPI headquarters, presumably discussing how to handle the situation.

All of these individuals then went back in the building, but soon came out yet again for more discussion.  At this point all of the campaigns were ready to walk away from the auction.  Pawlenty’s Iowa Campaign Manager, Erik Helland, then arrived to provide reinforcements for the Pawlenty staff already present.  Eventually, everyone went inside again, and it was disclosed that Paschke was at the Straw Poll Auction to bid on a lot for Rep. Thaddeus McCotter of Michigan.

Read the rest at The IA Republican.

Folks, it looks like McCotter is in!

Here’s his speech at RightOnline, last Saturday, in case you missed it:

Linked by Michelle Malkin, in Buzzworthy, thanks!

Previously:

Why Not? McCotter For President

More McCotter For Prez Talk

Yep, McCotter Is Definitely Thinking About Running For President

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Video: New Romney Ad Holds Obama Accountable

Mitt will probably not be the only one to hold Obama to his promise in 2009. All the GOP candidates should remind voters of this as often as possible, especially because Obama is trying so very hard to change the narrative:

Of course, now that Obama is drawing attention to Bush’s wars to help explain the bad economy, or as the NYT’s sycophantically put it: SAGGING ECONOMY DRAWS ATTENTION TO WAR SPENDING, he can take credit for the money saved with his troop withdrawals, and we can start investing, here, in America for a change, by golly. Because we haven’t tried that, yet.

Kinda gives new meaning to the  phrase,  “Today is the first day of the rest of your life,”  doesn’t it?

Hat tip: @Hens4Freedom


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Robert Ariail cartoon via Townhall.

The hits from the Obama administration  keep on coming I’m afraid. Not a lot of good news, today.

Michelle Malkin: Document drop: ICE memos open another door to illegal alien amnesty-by-fiat

We knew it was coming.

I’ve warned for years about illegal alien amnesty by executive fiat and the backdoor sabotage of immigration enforcement by this administration — and every one preceding it over the last two decades. I’ve also reported on how Congress issues individual deportation waivers to illegal aliens. And I’ve spotlighted the deadly “13 strikes you’re out” policies of border-state prosecutors.

On Friday, in another trademark Obama document dump, ICE issued a memo that pushes the perpetually-rejected DREAM Act for illegal alien students. As immigration lawyer Michelle Scopellite explained to me: “In essence, what this means is that if someone, is not a major criminal and is in removal proceedings, ICE officers are now to release them or terminate proceedings if they are involved in a lawsuit or fighting for union ideals. This appears to be another attempt by the Obama admin. to side-step immigration law through administrative acts.

Keep reading. KS Sec of State, Kris Kobach weighs in, too.

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Another outrage via The Daily Caller: Private emails detail Obama admin involvement in cutting non-union worker pensions post-GM bailout

New emails obtained by The Daily Caller contradict claims by the Obama administration that the Treasury Department would avoid “intervening in the day-to-day management” of General Motors post-auto bailout.

These messages reveal that Treasury officials were involved in decision-making that led to more than 20,000 non-union workers losing their pensions. (General Motors not eager to be political talking point in 2012)

Republican Reps. Dan Burton and Mike Turner say that during the GM bailout, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner decided to cut pensions for salaried non-union employees at Delphi, a GM spinoff, to expedite GM’s emergence from bankruptcy.

At a Wednesday hearing, the House Oversight Committee’s Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending started pushing the Treasury Department for answers on the effects of the bailout and on how much of a role the department played in picking winners and losers.

I keep telling people, I’d vote for even Ron Paul if it came down to it, to get these corrupt SOBs out of the White House. What. ever. it. takes.

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To make matters worse, Joe Biden’s ideas overruled the commanders on the ground. You know, because when one thinks of brilliant military strategists, Joltin’ Joe Biden is the first name that comes to mind.

We are in such capable hands….

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The Other McCain on: Obama’s Afghanistan Speech:

Al-Qaeda’s escape from Tora Bora in December 2001 did not happen because “our focus shifted,” and Gen. Tommy Franks has said that, as far as we know, Osama bin Laden may have already fled to Pakistan before the battle of Tora Bora even started. Either way, insofar as the U.S. military’s mission in Afghanistan was to kill or capture bin Laden and other top al-Qaeda leaders, the chance for fulfilling that mission was gone by January 2002.

Operation Iraqi Freedom did not begin until March 2003, so that the propopaganda claim embedded in the Democrat talking-point – i.e., the Iraq war being a “distraction” from the anti-terrorism campaign against al-Qaeda — was always essentially a lie.

Stop the presses, Obama lied again, (ZZZZZZZ).

I didn’t listen to the speech, myself, but according to Stephen Yates at Fox Nation; Obama Offered a Campaign Speech Not a War Update or National Security Strategy:

The construct is fairly straight forward – cite 9/11 post-trauma unity, blame Bush for breaking the country and the world, favorably review previously announced policy, minimize threats to America abroad, and refocus on revolution at home.

Obama cannot be blamed for misleading America. His call tonight to “wind down this war” and “focus on nation building here at home” comes straight out of the 2008 campaign. This is what you should expect when a community organizer is commander in chief.

The question we need to ask the president, and ourselves, is whether his medicine will cure or simply sedate the patient.

I’d like to see the 20% or so that will vote for Obama under any circumstances sedated to the point that they can’t get out of bed on election day.
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After reading A.R. Ward’s piece at Big Journalism about  Tim Wise’s outrageous  slander against Andrew Breitbart, I decided Wise had earned  place here at The Left-Wing Institute For Civil Discourse. In fact, he could be the poster boy for The New Tone.

He wrote the book, White Like Me, which is required reading at many schools, is a sought after speaker on American campuses, and is a professional racialist, which means he interprets everything within the prism of race.

It is his job to provide commentary, write books, and make speeches on a variety of subjects, using race as the primary factor in determining his ideas and conclusions.

So when someone criticizes President Barack Obama, for example, racism must be the motivation, according to Wise. This interpretation of events is at the heart of his presentation of America as a deeply racist country.

See, to me that seems shallow and knee-jerk, but what do I know?

Wise is a clear example of a leader on the left who is the antithesis of what he has successfully convinced his followers he represents. He presents himself to be a scholarly man of pure facts and data, and a leading voice for anti-bigotry. Nothing could be further from the truth. Despite his reliance on embarrassingly flimsy studies, his followers believe his facts are indisputable. Likewise, no matter how hate-filled some of his comments are, his followers believe his statements are accurate rather than bigoted.

Keep reading…

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Cue the Scooby-doo theme song….Patterico: The Owner of the Nikki Reid Account Speaks Out

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Verum Serum: Al and Ted: 2 Peas in a Global Pod:

Ted who? Read to find out.

Today’s palate cleansers:
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UPDATE: “I am delighted with this ruling,” says Geert Wilders. “It is a victory, not only for me but for all the Dutch people. Today is a victory for freedom of speech. The Dutch are still allowed to speak critically about islam, and resistance against islamisation is not a crime. I have spoken, I speak and I shall continue to speak.”
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Ace: Netroots Nation Releases Photo Proving The Nearly All-White Make-Up of the Tea Party-Top Ten Things Almost As White As Netroots Nation 2011
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4th Annual Troopathon with Debbie Morgan, SE Cupp, Andrew Breitbart, Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and more,  livestreaming here.
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The Politico: Who’s the mystery man in Iowa?

Drama in Ames in the room  where  the Straw Poll  bidding is going on…

…where campaigns jockey for spots at the poll – informs POLITICO that there is “a mysterious person in the room who won’t identify himself or who he’s there for.”

Everyone else demanded that the person identify himself, the source says. He wouldn’t, although the party chairman is said to have indicated he knows who the person is representing.

See who the mystery man is representing in their update.

Hint – It’s not somebody who has announced and it’s not Rick Perry or Sarah Palin…

Very Interesting!

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PACNW Righty:  Terrorism Plot Hits Close to Home

 Another Terrorism plot foiled in the PACNW. From The Seattle Times:
The Justice Department says two men have been arrested in a plot to attack a military recruiting station with machine guns and grenades.
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