Updates in this shocking story are coming in fast and furious, now (excuse the pun), and it’s looking increasingly like Eric Holder is going down. In fact, today, Congressman Allen West called for his removal.
During an appearance on the Steve Gill Show, U.S. Rep. Allen West said the roads that appear to lead to those responsible for the botched program that was supposed to trace guns to high-ranking drug lords are alarming.
“This is just another sad chapter in the Eric Holder book of ineptness and incompetence,” West said. “Eric Holder needs to be brought before an investigative committee and if those charges are warranted he needs to be held accountable.
“At least the president needs to realize that Eric Holder needs to be removed from the Department of Justice … or else it appears President Obama is complicit and in approval of the actions of his attorney general,” he said.
And today via Big Government it comes out that Holder knew all about Project Gunrunner, and and is on record bragging about its implementation as far back as April of ’09:
the problem with Holder’s feigned ignorance is that he gave a speechin Cuernavaca, Mexico, on April 2, 2009, in which he boasted about Operation “Gunrunner” and told Mexican authorities of everything he was doing to insure its success.Holder told the audience:
Last week, our administration launched a major new effort to break the backs of the cartels. My department is committing 100 new ATF personnel to the Southwest border in the next 100 days to supplement our ongoing Project Gunrunner, DEA is adding 16 new positions on the border, as well as mobile enforcement teams, and the FBI is creating a new intelligence group focusing on kidnapping and extortion. (Italics mine)
But once the whole thing got crazy, and “Fast and Furious” left Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry dead, Holder and others in the Justice Department went from boasting about such projects to pressuring people like Acting ATF Director Melson to keep their mouths shut.
Melson is on record saying that “Justice Department officials sought to limit and control his communications with Congress.” Moreover, when he saw the storm clouds rising and attempted to reassign “every major official involved” in Operation “Fast and Furious,” Melson said “Justice Department officials directed him and other ATF officials to not communicate to Congress the reasoning behind the reassignments.”
Nice knowing ya, Holder…
This is just sooo so sick: Too bad to check: Project Gunrunner was funded by … the stimulus:
I really did think it was too bad to check, despite posts about it at PJM, Weasel Zippers, and Free Republic. But I checked. You’ll find complete PDF and text versions of the final stimulus bill right here. Scroll down to page 16 (of 407!) in the PDF version and behold:
For an additional amount for ‘‘State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance’’, $40,000,000, for competitive grants to provide assistance and equipment to local law enforcement along the Southern border and in High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas to combat criminal narcotics activity stemming from the Southern border, of which $10,000,000 shall be transferred to ‘‘Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Salaries and Expenses’’ for the ATF Project Gunrunner.
And to think, you guys say the stimulus didn’t produce anything. It produced guns for Mexican drug cartels, didn’t it? Says Ben Domenech, in a stroke of perfect black humor: “Shovel ready.”
Almost as if on cue, news comes out today that the White House Plans to Release New Gun Safety Measures ‘in the Near Future’:
Six months after Rep. Gabrielle Giffords was shot, the White House is preparing to propose some new steps on gun safety, though they’re likely to fall short of the bold measures activists would like to see.
Spokesman Jay Carney said that the new steps would be made public “in the near future.” He didn’t offer details, but people involved in talks at the Justice Department to craft the new measures said they expected to see something in the next several weeks. Whatever is proposed is not expected to involve legislation or take on major issues, like banning assault weapons, but could include executive action to strengthen the background check system or other steps.
“The president directed the attorney general to form working groups with key stakeholders to identify common-sense measures that would improve American safety and security while fully respecting Second Amendment rights,” Carney said Thursday. “That process is well under way at the Department of Justice, with stakeholders on all sides working through these complex issues, and we expect to have some more specific announcements in the near future.”
Of course, as Issa said in the above video, the Obama administration isn’t enforcing the laws we have now:
“there seems to be a ‘don’t bother to enforce at all’ policy, so that disturbs us — that there’s less gun enforcement about illegal gun transactions under an administration that theoretically is more for gun control, and George W. Bush went out of his way to try to help the Mexicans by having a zero tolerance to illegal guns sales that could end up in Mexico.”
“Under President George W. Bush, U.S. attorneys were even fired for not enforcing guns laws strictly enough.”
Ann Barnhart lays it all out:
THIS IS TREASON. This is the epitome of treason. The Obama/Clinton machine has directly coordinated with outside governments to overthrow the Constitution of the United States, and has facilitated the invasion of the United States by a de facto non-uniformed Mexican military in the form of narco-gangs, who, it is argued, are the real power in Mexico City already.
4. This is also textbook SEDITION. In attempting to create optics that implicated the Second Amendment to the Constitution as being responsible for arming narco-terrorists and the resulting mass murder, the Obama/Clinton machine has engaged in attempted insurrection against the established lawful order, namely the Constitution. They have subversively attempted to stir up rebellion against the Constitution by fraudulently stirring up commotion against the Constitution. This “commotion” took the form of the calculated murder of hundreds of Mexican civilians, law enforcement officers and regular military and the murder of at least two U.S. law enforcement officers.
5. Obama personally acknowledged these acts of treason and sedition when he told Sarah Brady on March 30, 2011 that gun control in the U.S. was coming, but that “we have to go through a few processes. Under the radar.”
The WaPo story where Obama was quoted making the “under the radar statement to Sarah Brady: Over a barrel? Meet White House gun policy adviser Steve Croley:
On March 30, the 30th anniversary of the assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan, Jim Brady, who sustained a debilitating head wound in the attack, and his wife, Sarah, came to Capitol Hill to push for a ban on the controversial “large magazines.” Brady, for whom the law requiring background checks on handgun purchasers is named, then met with White House press secretary Jay Carney. During the meeting, President Obama dropped in and, according to Sarah Brady, brought up the issue of gun control, “to fill us in that it was very much on his agenda,” she said.
“I just want you to know that we are working on it,” Brady recalled the president telling them. “We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.”
The Daily Mail covered Obama’s “Under the radar” comment in May: Obama under fire for eyeing gun control ‘under the radar’
1. The Obama/Clinton machine is trying to gin up a global “cry” in the U.N. for “something to be done” about all of these American weapons, which Obama would then respond to by signing on the Small Arms Treaty in order to “make amends” for America’s crimes against humanity, when in fact the crimes against humanity were carried out BY OBAMA AND CLINTON THEMSELVES. This is all TEXTBOOK Marxist-Alinsky agitation and rabblerousing. The Marxist agitator is specifically tasked with CREATING CHAOS where none existed before, and then leveraging that chaos to advance the Marxist revolution. In this case, the “chaos” is not merely picketing or rallies, but PILES OF DEAD HUMAN BEINGS, killed by narco-terrorists specifically armed by the agitators themselves, Obama-Jarrett, Clinton, Holder and the rest of the regime.
2. Obama/Clinton are also using Gunrunner to arm Marxist factions who will act AGAINST sovereign, truly free nations that do not fall into line with the Obama/Clinton agenda, in this case the nation of Honduras. This tactic was specifically targeted at Honduras as payback for standing firm on the rule of law and refusing to re-install the Marxist clown, Zelaya, even with Obama and Clinton braying at the top of their lungs that they wanted Zelaya “in”. If I were Honduras, I would consider all of this an act of war against the Honduran people and their constitution. If I were the Honduran president, I would be demanding to meet with, if not deliver an address to a joint session of Congress, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, state governors and anyone else who would listen. The Obama regime has engaged in a shadow war against a free and constitutional Honduras, and must be prosecuted. Viva Honduras Libre! God save the United States of America.
The ABC15 Investigators have linked an additional 43 weapons recovered during a Phoenix traffic stop to the controversial Fast and Furious ATF case. According to court paperwork, Phoenix Drug Enforcement Administration agents discovered the guns in mid-April. They pulled over a vehicle near 83rd Avenue and Interstate 10, near the Phoenix and Tolleson border.
THE WEAPONS RECOVERED
Agents recovered at least 59 weapons during the bust. The ABC15 Investigators found 43 are connected to the Fast and Furious case with certainty.
We reviewed official ATF Suspect Gun Summary documents – a sort of “watch list” for suspicious gun sales and gun buyers. We matched serial numbers within the ATF documents to gun serial numbers contained within the federal court documents.
Most of the recovered weapons connected to the Fast and Furious case included Romarm/Cugir GP-WASR 10/63 UF Rifles and Romarm Cugir Draco pistols. Agents also recovered at least one FN Herstal pistol.
We found evidence that multiple buyers purchased the weapons seized in the bust and some buyers purchased multiple weapons during one sale.
Stay tuned – more to come.