Fast and Furious Indictment Unsealed, Issa Questions Timing, Gowdy Doesn’t Suspect Foul Play

Yesterday, the FBI unsealed the indictment charging five men with the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry, and offered a $1 million reward for information leading to the arrest of the four fugitives.

David Codrea at The Gun Right’s Examiner noted:

This new development implies the executive privilege-claiming White House and Justice Department do not believe this move will compromise ongoing criminal investigations, a reason given for refusing to turn over subpoenaed documents to the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform that has resulted in a subsequent contempt of Congress vote against Attorney General Eric Holder.

There were differing opinions on the question of the timing of this by key Republicans on the Oversight and Reform Committee.

On her Fox Show, last night, Greta Van Susteren asked SC Congressman Trey Gowdy about what she considered to be the questionable timing in the release of the  murder indictment. He indicated that he didn’t suspect foul play…

GOWDY: I have no reason to suspect that this unsealing of the indictment was calculated to draw attention away from the attorney general, and I think the U.S. attorney in the southern district of California, because that’s who’s prosecuting the case, is entitled to a presumption of good faith until it is suggested or proven otherwise. And I don’t have any reason to suspect the timing of it.

VAN SUSTEREN: So bottom line, everything about this superceding indictment seems perfectly normal, nothing unusual on its face to you, whether timing, who’s bringing it, the content? There’s nothing peculiar about it?

GOWDY: Well, I mean, the thing that’s most unusual is the timing because the indictment was true-billed or delivered last fall, and here it is eight months later and it’s being unsealed. But the explanation that we’re looking for the suspects and that we gave it a good eight-month effort and there’s no reason to keep it secret anymore — I have no reason to cross-examine or to dispute that explanation.

And I’m — you know, maybe I’m biased towards prosecutors, but I’m inclined to give career prosecutors the benefit of the doubt when they’re handling their cases.

But earlier Monday, Darrell Issa condemned the timing when the news broke on Megyn Kelly’s Fox show, America Live:

Rep. Issa told Megyn Kelly, “I applaud what they’re doing, but I condemn the timing. It’s very clear that the timing has everything to do with the House of Representatives holding Eric Holder in contempt for not turning over information.”

He continued, “The Terry family should have seen this attempt to go public and to try to get the murderers of Brian Terry, they should have seen it happen a year ago. For 18 months they’ve known and haven’t done everything they could do to capture these individuals. Very clearly, this is another example of using politics over good policy.”

SEE ALSO:

Deroy Murdock – Remember Mexican victims of ‘Fast and Furious’

The American people finally have heard of Brian Terry. He is the best-known victim of “Fast and Furious,” the Obama administration’s de facto conventional-weapons proliferation program. Between November 2009 and January 2011, Team Obama arranged for licensed firearms dealers to sell guns to straw buyers, who transferred them to known violent criminals in Mexico. Among these firearms, two AK-47s were found near Rio Rico, Ariz., where suspected smugglers fatally shot Terry, a 40-year-old former Marine, on Dec. 15, 2010.

While Terry epitomizes those whom Fast and Furious has harmed, he is not its sole casualty.

In another Obama administration “gun-walking” escapade, in February 2011 in San Luis Potosi, Mexico, members of Los Zetas drug gang ambushed two U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. Jaime Zapata, 32, was fatally shot and Victor Avila was wounded.

Largely overlooked is this plan’s calamitous impact on Mexico, its people and U.S.-Mexican relations.

“Our federal government knowingly, willfully, purposefully gave the drug cartels nearly 2,000 weapons — mainly AK-47s — and allowed them to walk,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told NBC News recently. These arms were supposed to lead federal agents in Phoenix to the Mexican thugs who acquired them. Instead, Fast and Furious guns melted into Mexico.

Approximately 300 Mexicans have been killed or wounded by Fast and Furious guns, estimates former Mexican attorney general Victor Humberto Benitez Trevino. Relevant details are scarce. However, at least one case generated enormous headline

s — in Mexico.

Global Post: Mexico shootout: 7 Sinaloa police, 4 gunmen killed in gun battle:

Seven state police officers and four attackers were killed in a shootout in the northwestern state of Sinaloa on Monday, in the latest deadly incident in the country.

Gunmen ambushed the police officers as they returned from the town of Choix, whose municipal police chief was murdered last month, the BBC reported.

One has to wonder if the Mexican cartel cop killers were supplied with weapons via the United States government.

Weasel Zippers: Report: Obama Regime Set to Close Nine Border Patrol Stations Across Four States:

Step 2 of Obama’s new immigration policy.

(FOX News) — The Obama administration is moving to shut down nine Border Patrol stations across four states, triggering a backlash from local law enforcement, members of Congress and Border Patrol agents themselves.

Critics of the move warn the closures will undercut efforts to intercept drug and human traffickers in well-traveled corridors north of the U.S.-Mexico border. Though the affected stations are scattered throughout northern and central Texas, and three other states, the coverage areas still see plenty of illegal immigrant activity — one soon-to-be-shuttered station in Amarillo, Texas, is right in the middle of the I-40 corridor; another in Riverside, Calif., is outside Los Angeles.

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!

Irony Alert: NAACP Required Photo I.D. to See Holder Speak in State Being Sued Over Voter ID

This morning, Attorney General Eric Holder addressed the NAACP National Convention  in Houston, Texas, where media was asked to present photo ID in order to attend. You can’t make this stuff up.

Via Katie Pavlich of Townhall:

 What did media need in order to attend? That’s right, government issued photo identification (and a second form of identification too!), something both Holder and the NAACP stand firmly against when it comes to voting. Holder’s DOJ is currently suing Texas for “discriminatory” voter ID laws. From the press release:

All media must present government-issued photo I.D. (such as a driver’s license) as well as valid media credentials. Members of the media must RSVP to receive press credentials at http://action.naacp.org/page/s/registration. For security purposes, media check-in and equipment set up must be completed by 7:45 a.m. CDT for an 8:00 a.m. CDT security sweep.  Once the security sweep is completed, additional media equipment will NOT be permitted to enter and swept equipment will NOT be permitted to exit.

Ironically, NAACP President Ben Jealous railed against voter ID just before Holder took the stage.

Ya think any of the MSM types who were asked to show ID to get in noticed the delicious irony?

The Hill certainly didn’t in it’s convention coverage: Holder vows to NAACP to aggressively fight Texas voter-identification law:

Holder, the nation’s first African-American attorney general, is less than two weeks removed from being held in contempt by the House. He received a raucous welcome from the NAACP crowd, which at the close of his speech chanted “Holder, Holder, Holder.”

The attorney general singled out the Justice Department’s case against a Texas state law that opened in court this week, saying that proponents of the measure — who say it cuts down on voter fraud — have political motivations and are trying to curb voting rights.

“We will not allow political pretexts to disenfranchise American citizens of their most precious right,” said Holder in his speech to the NAACP convention in Houston.

“I don’t know what will happen as this case moves forward. But I can assure you that the Justice Department’s efforts to uphold and enforce voting rights will remain aggressive. And I have every expectation that we’ll continue to be effective.”

For whatever reason, Obama declined the invitation to speak at the convention, and is sending Biden, in his stead.

Barack Obama won’t be attending the NAACP’s annual convention in Houston despite being advertised as a guest speaker.

Instead of Obama being the keynote speaker on the convention’s final plenary session, Vice President Joe Biden will deliver the address.

Mitt Romney will address the convention, tomorrow in what NPR is calling an intriguing opportunity, but with some risk For Romney:

There has been no shortage of advice for what Romney should say when he addresses members of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization, which is focused this week on issues ranging from the economy and education, to health and voting rights: Talk about your father’s civil rights legacy, urged Democratic strategist Karen Finney in a column for The Hill; talk about unequal access to health care and quality education — and ask what Democrats have done for you lately — advised Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts Jr.

But raising issues beyond his standard campaign trail economic message, and his recent embrace of education parity as the “civil rights issue of our era,” could be risky political business for Romney.

“This is an important appearance for him,” says Rogers Smith, a University of Pennsylvania political science professor who has written extensively about race and politics.

Should be ….interesting…to see how people who  “raucously applauded”  our scandal plagued disgrace of an Attorney General, will receive Mitt Romney. I think it could end up being a debacle for him. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if  there were Democrat operatives on the ground there making sure it’s a debacle for him.

SEE ALSO:

Doug Ross: The Dissociative Press: No Longer in the News Business; Now Professionally Lying for Democrats

I’m not sure when the Associated Press (also known as the Dissociative Press, which is the term they prefer, I hear) decided to get out of the news business and into republishing Democrat National Committee press releases. But it’s clear from the last couple of election cycles, that the transition occurred sometime before 2008.

Consider the latest lies promoted by the contemptible Eric Holder regarding voter ID:

Speaking to the NAACP in Houston Tuesday, Attorney General Eric Holder decried the state’s controversial voter ID law as a modern equivalent to Jim Crow-era poll taxes…

The state is trying to become the tenth to require photo identification to vote.

To a wave of applause, Holder said, “After close review, the department found that this law would be harmful to minority voters and we rejected its implementation.”

Of course, the nitwits at the Dissociative Press echo the official DNC talking points almost word-for-word.

Keep reading…

Twitchy: Shameful: NAACP likens Voter ID laws to ‘return to Selma,’ passes resolution supporting Holder:

Attorney General Eric Holder, held in contempt last month, spoke at the NAACP National Convention in Houston today. Shamefully putting identity politics before truth and justice, the NAACP passed an emergency resolution in support of Holder. Once again, the Left is disgracefully dismissing the death of Brian Terry (when they can even remember his name) and is trying to help Eric Holder cover-up the fatal operation Fast and Furious by crying racism. Justice Shmustice, racists!

UPDATE:

The Right Hook: Excerpts of Romney NAACP Speech Today

Tuesday Linkfest – Obama Fulfills a Promise

Payne cartoon via Townhall

It’s time to clear the browser tabs, again.

Gateway Pundit: Barack Obama Keeps Campaign Promise – Patriot Coal Corp Files For Bankruptcy:

“So if someone wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can. It’s just that it will bankrupt them.”

On Monday Patriot Coal Corp filed for bankruptcy.
Barack Obama kept this promise.

Reuters reported:

The company and nearly 100 affiliates were part of the Chapter 11 filing in the U.S. bankruptcy court in Manhattan. Patriot said it had $3.57 billion of assets and $3.07 billion of debts, and has arranged for $802 million of financing to help it continue mining and shipments during the reorganization.

Coal producers’ shares have plummeted as natural gas prices tumbled to the lowest in a decade this year, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency proposed new rules that would make it nearly impossible to build coal-fired power plants.

Patriot said these factors, weaker economies worldwide and the cancellation of customer contracts led to reduced liquidity and financial flexibility.

There’s not a savvier or more insightful commentator on liberal media shenanigans than John Nolte of Big Journalism: Polls Prove Romney Outsmarted the Media … Again

For weeks, all we’ve heard in reference to the media/Obama-led attacks against Romney’s so-called outsourcing and offshore accounts is the following: “Romney needs to respond… Romney doesn’t have a response… It’s time for Romney to respond.” Across the media spectrum, we’ve heard this from Obama’s Media Palace Guards on Twitter, in op-eds disguised as straight news, and from television’s talking heads. The media has quite purposefully turned this call for Romney to respond into an incessant drumbeat. But…

It’s a trap.

Keep reading.

Many of us were  already pretty sure that this was the case, but the Obama administration’s recently unsealed indictment charging the five cartel members involved in Terry’s death, confirms it: OUTRAGE: Eric Holder disarmed Brian Terry while arming his killers:

US Border Agent Brian Terry was shooting beanbags at cartel members before they shot him dead with assault rifles. (Truth about Guns)

For the first time the Obama Administration today admitted that Brian Terry and fellow border agents were firing beanbags and not bullets during their shootout with armed cartel members… FOX News reported, via Free Republic:

For the first time, federal officials revealed Monday that murdered Border Patrol agent Brian Terry and an elite squad of federal agents first fired bean bags — not bullets — at a heavily armed drug cartel crew in the mountains south of Tucson in December 2011.

The announcement came as the Department of Justice unsealed an indictment charging five individuals allegedly involved in Terry’s death. A sixth suspect has also been charged in a related incident.

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Every Republican in Congress needs to demand Eric Holder’s immediate resignation. Contact your Representative now and ask them whether they have done so. If not, why the hell not?

CNS News: Obama Administration Takes Credit for Inspiring Lexus Hybrid SUV–Which Began Production in 2004:

The Obama administration is taking credit for inspiring Lexus to create a hybrid SUV–even though the automobile company began the well-publicized production of its RX 400h SUV hybrid in 2004–four full years before Obama was elected.

A timeline of the auto company’s history, posted on its website, says: “2004-The first production SUV hybrid, the RX 400h, debuts with Lexus Hybrid Drive. U.S. Lexus sales reach two million.”

Lexus first announced it would market the RX 400h hybrid SUV at a press conference at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Mich., on Jan. 6, 2004.

The left lives in a universe of lies.

More later…

Creepy Dem campaign operatives now stalking Republican opponents at home:

Politicians recognize they give up a degree of privacy when they run for office.

But Democrats are testing the outer limits of that understanding with a practice that raises questions about when campaign tracking becomes something more like stalking.

While most serious campaigns on both sides use campaign trackers — staffers whose job is to record on video every public appearance and statement by an opponent — House Democrats are taking it to another level. They’re now recording video of the homes of GOP congressmen and candidates and posting the raw footage on the Internet for all to see.

What is this but a continuation of a nasty tactic the organized left had been using for years? It’s the same tactic used by the Kimberlin/Rauhauser cabal to “out” their enemies.

The Dems’ bottomless pit of perfidy never ceases to amaze.

UPDATE:

Ace: Zombie Reviews/Rebuts George Lakoff’s “Little Blue Blook”:

Really great article you shouldn’t miss, even if you’re looking at that lame headline I just wrote thinking “Huh?”

George Lakoff is a tip-top thought leader among progressives. His new book — titled as a tip of the hat to Chairman Mao’s Little Red Book — contains further elaborations and prescriptions. Corrected: I incorrectly stated he wrote What’s the Matter With Kansas?, too, a similarly smug read on politics. But in fact that was a completely different asshole, name of Thomas Frank.

It would be unfair to say George Lakoff is a one-trick pony; he has, fully, three tricks. Though these tricks are interrelated, so maybe it is just one trick.

When you hear progressives bleating that it’s not their policies or policy outcomes that lose voters, but only their messaging, that’s them echoing George Lakoff. All he’s about is “messaging” and “narrative frames.” Now it’s true that he didn’t invent that whine, but, being some kind of cognitive scientist, he’s added a great deal of faux-scientific authority to it. He’s made it proper and scientifically respectable to lose and lose and lose and just keep saying “our messaging failed us.”

Read Zombie’s entire report, and also Ace’s thoughts on it.

File the information away and take it out the next time you watch a liberal debate a conservative.

Twitchy: Surprise! Little Debbie Wasserman Schultz had a Swiss bankroll:

Debbie Wasserman Schultz has spent days pounding Mitt Romney for keeping money in a Swiss bank account. She tweeted attacks on his “secret offshore” accounts, slammed his “secretive investments” on Fox News Sunday and just last night, she joined Rep. Donna Edwards in pushing the failed Democrat hashtag #WheresYourBank.

Hyp-o-crite.

Disclosure forms reveal that Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a member of Congress from Florida, previously held funds with investments in Swiss banks, foreign drug companies, and the state bank of India. This revelation comes mere days after the Democratic chair attacked presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for holding money in Swiss bank accounts in the past.

Swiss investments? By her own standards, that makes Little Debbie out of touch and secretive, doesn’t it?

Oh, but it doesn’t end there…

See Also: Beltway Confidential: Obama’s Swiss Banks:

Consider that Obama appointed as IRS Chief Counsel William J. Wilkins, a former lobbyist for the Swiss Bankers Association (despite Obama’s claims that he has “excluded lobbyists from policy making jobs”). Also, Obama’s No. 2 White House aide, Mona Sutphen, has cashed out to Swiss Bank UBS.

Also, Obama’s “new best friend,” and golf and basketball buddy according to a 2011 New York Times article is Robert Wolf, CEO of UBS. Obama put Wolf on his Economic Advisory Board.

Washington Free Beacon: Jarrett’s Bermuda Bank:

White House adviser Valerie Jarrett’s recent financial disclosure form lists a line of credit from a Bermuda insurance company, according to ABC News:

Valerie Jarrett’s financial disclosure form filed May 4 lists a line of credit from a Bermuda insurance company valued between $100,000 and $250,000.

World Tribune: Report: Obama orders U.S. intelligence to increase surveillance of Israel

Western diplomatic sources said President Barack Obama has ordered intensified U.S. intelligence on Israel’s military and government.

They said Obama wanted to ensure that his administration could collect information that would indicate an Israeli plan to strike either Iran or Syria.

“The CIA is working very closely with the State Department and other agencies to monitor Israel on a daily basis,” a diplomatic source said.

“Obama has told his people that he does not want to be surprised.”

Seton Motley, Newsbusters: Media Fail: Government Motors Inflates Sales by Selling to…the Government

Almost all of this $30 billion Taxpayer loss was in fact a gi-normous payoff of the Obama-Democrat stalwart United Autoworkers Union.

GM Races Higher on Sales Report

GM Sales Rise 16%

GM June US Sales Rose 16%

While the Union was thoroughly bailed out, We the Taxpayers are still stuck holding 500+ million shares of GM stock.  Which we need to sell at $53 per.  Which debuted post-bankruptcy at $33 per.  And which is currently trading at just over $20 per.  Meaning we’ll lose about $15 billion.  How’s that for “success?”

GM Calls June Highest Sales Month Since 2008

General Motors (GM) June Sales Highest Since September 2008

GM June 2012 Sales Climb 15.5 Percent to Highest Month Since September 2008

And in all this Hosanna-reporting, nowhere to be found is the inconvenient truth that these huge June sales were mostly fueled by…government purchases.

We now learn that government purchases of GM vehicles rose a whopping 79% in June.

Meaning Barack Obama is now campaigning on the “success” of – the government buying cars from…the government’s car company.  With our money.

That’s like you setting up a lemonade stand for your kids.  You buy them the lemons, sugar, cups and pitchers – and then buy most of the lemonade yourself.

A Democratic Party caucus chairman vying to become Missouri’s next secretary of state is a 9/11 Truther who has associated with a radical Muslim cleric and trafficked in anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

MD Rabbi Alam is an Obama campaign ally and Missouri-based Democratic activist who chairs the National Democratic Party Asian American Caucus (NDPAAC), a Democratic National Committee-sponsored organization that liaises with Asian minorities.

Alam, who was born in Bangladesh, served as a “satellite campaign manager” for then-candidate Barack Obama and the Democratic Party during the 2008 elections, and has since been invited to the White House.

Alam has speculated about Jewish involvement in the September 11th terrorist attacks and participated in an event with a Muslim cleric who has accused Israel of terrorism and alleged that the U.S. invented the HIV disease.

“Why [was] 9/11 was a official holidy [sic] for all jewish [sic] people worked in the the [sic] WTC?” Alam asked in an Internet discussion titled, “Was 9/11 a conspiracy??”

Alam went on to tout the 9/11 Truther film Loose Change 9/11, and challenged readers to “tell me how many of the Jewish people died on the 9/11 tragedy?”

Asked in an interview Monday about his provocative views, Alam stood by his controversial writings, admitting that he has been “waiting to discuss it with somebody.”

“My question was, ‘What’s the reason not a single Jew was killed on that day,’” Alam said, maintaining that his inquiries are based on facts, rather than a bias against Jewish people. “Was there a single Jew killed on that day?”

Moonbattery: Eight-Three Percent of Doctors Have Considered Quitting Because of ObamaCare: This tells you all you need to know:

This tells you all you need to know about ObamaRobertsCare:

Eighty-three percent of American physicians have considered leaving their practices over President Barack Obama’s health care reform law, according to a survey released by the Doctor Patient Medical Association.

Red State: 20 Republican Senators are Still LOST at Sea; Please Sign the Letter ASAP and Do Your Job:

Action requested to help stop this treaty from going forward in the Senate.

Romney Campaign Finally Ready to Use the “L” Word on Obama.

Many of us on the right have been calling Obama “the Lyin’ King”, the “Misleader”, “President Flim-Flam” or “the Prevaricator in Chief” for years because of his shameless mendacity. Now, reportedly, Mitt’s finally ready drop the the Marquess of Queensberry rules, take the gloves off, and start smacking Obama around for it, too.

A doubtful Allahpundit says; “if there’s a swing voter out there who doesn’t know The One’s a liar by now, he/she’s probably unpersuadable.”

Ace helpfully suggests; ‘Might as well call him a socialist, too. Or perhaps: “No one knows” if Obama is a Marxist socialist radical indoctrinated at the knees of Marxist terrorist Bill Ayers.’ …And Stalinist Frank Marshall Davis, I would add.

Buzzfeed reported the news:

In a conference call Monday morning, senior staff said Romney’s surrogates would stop shying away from the word “lie” in responding to Democrats’ attacks on his business record, and plan to go on TV to call Obama a “liar,” the source said.

“They are very fed up with these attacks,” said the source…

“The feeling was that nobody is watching this right now,” said the source. “They had a time frame to respond to the Bain attacks… But today the counterattack with the surrogates is going to begin.”

In an oped at Big Government, Pat Caddell offered sound advice that the Romney campaign should heed:

The challenge is to keep the focus on the tax–the ObamaTax.  Obamacare is many things, but the biggest single thing is the thing that they said it wasn’t–the ObamaTax.

The American people have shown that they can tolerate incompetent policy.  But what they will not tolerate is being lied to.  As a Jesuit might say, incompetence is a venial sin, but deception is a mortal sin.  And so if troubling questions about Barack Obama’s incompetence turn into serious concerns about his character, the President will lose.

Yes, yes, yes. Exactly what I’ve been saying. Unlike Allahpundit, I think most Americans who are politically middle of the road, just aren’t as engaged in politics as we are. They get their news from mainstream sources, and the MSM has been shielding low info voters from the ugly truth: Obama is an incorrigible, Marxist  flim-flam artist. It’s up to the Romney campaign and his surrogates to hit Obama where it hurts him most – his character, or lack thereof.

It’s exceedingly unfortunate that Mitt, oozing insincerity,  took the “Obama’s a nice guy in over his head” high road for half a year, causing those of us who knew better to recoil in disgust.

There’s nothing nice about the thuggish, divide and conquer, low road Obama has taken throughout his presidency. He knows how to smile for the cameras. That’s it. Other than that, he’s been a complete jerk to everyone who has not agreed with him, from day one.

Now, Mitt  feels compelled to pivot to a new message, the correct one: “Actually, Obama’s not so nice, after all. He’s really a contemptible  liar.”

Unfortunately, while that may hurt Obama, it  does nothing to  help the image of a guy who’s already known as a flip flopper.