As we return to work from the Memorial Day weekend, let’s take a look back at what could be considered the first of President Obama’s numerous scandals and discuss some interesting new developments.
Remember that one?
Probably not as vividly as the IRS scandal, Solyndra, illegally monitoring phone records of journalists, starting wars without Congressional approval, or of course, Benghazi.
One can’t be blamed for having a cloudy memory on Fast and Furious, with the administration successfully stonewalling information on the scandal for years, and a disinterested media indirectly helping the cover up through silence.
But that may be about to change.
New e-mails have surfaced, exposing the Obama administration’s painstaking efforts to cover up the gun-running scandal, and revealing that the entire operation was an elaborate setup to create a gun crisis in America which would necessitate the President’s need to step in and squash the Second Amendment.
Via the New York Post:
The deadly-but-forgotten government gun-running scandal known as “Fast and Furious” has lain dormant for years, thanks to White House stonewalling and media compliance. But newly uncovered emails have reopened the case, exposing the anatomy of a coverup by an administration that promised to be the most transparent in history.
A federal judge has forced the release of more than 20,000 pages of emails and memos previously locked up under President Obama’s phony executive-privilege claim. A preliminary review shows top Obama officials deliberately obstructing congressional probes into the border gun-running operation.
Fast and Furious was a Justice Department program that allowed assault weapons — including .50-caliber rifles powerful enough to take down a helicopter — to be sold to Mexican drug cartels allegedly as a way to track them. But internal documents later revealed the real goal was to gin up a crisis requiring a crackdown on guns in America. Fast and Furious was merely a pretext for imposing stricter gun laws.
Only the scheme backfired when Justice agents lost track of the nearly 2,000 guns sold through the program and they started turning up at murder scenes on both sides of the border — including one that claimed the life of US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.
While then-Attorney General Eric Holder was focused on politics, people were dying. At least 20 other deaths or violent crimes have been linked to Fast and Furious-trafficked guns.
Jeff Dunetz at The Lid writes:
The Fast and Furious weapons ceded to the drug cartels have been used for other crimes in Mexico, used to kill a Border Agent named Brian Terry, and turned up at the scenes of violent crimes in Phoenix, as well as at least 11 other violent crimes across the country.
In December of 2012, a Mexican beauty queen named Maria Susana Flores Gamez was murdered, and the crime scene yielded another gun provided by the Obama administration’s botched operation.
Even Mexican drug kingpin ‘El Chapo,’ managed to get his hands on a .50-caliber rifle courtesy of the Obama administration.
All of these murders and violent crimes – simply because Barack Obama needed to feed his ego and be the man who crushed Second Amendment rights in America.
Please take the time to read the latest report here.
Cross-posted at The Political Insider