Friday, June 22, 2012

Operation “Fast and Furious” Started Under Bush as Operation “Wide Receiver”


Congressman Darrel Issa
Almost two years into his relentless effort to uncover dirt on the Obama Administration, Congressman Darrel Issa, the richest member of Congress, and chairman of the House Oversight Committee, has apparently struck pay dirt on the issue of the “Fast and Furious” program executed by the Department of Justice. 

As a function of this investigation, the committee has issued a contempt of Congress citation against Attorney General Eric Holder. This order will be brought up in the U. S. House of Representatives. If voted, it would be the first time in American history that a contempt of Congress citation has been issued against an Attorney General.

What has been almost totally missing from this “Furious Furor” is the fact that the program being investigated was initiated by the Bush Administration under then Attorney General Michael Mukasey.

At that time it was called Operation Wide Receiver.

However, despite numerous requests from Democratic members of the Oversight Committee, chairman Issa refused to explore the earlier creation of the program under George W. Bush’s Attorney General Mukasey.

Is it a witch hunt? Read the earlier referenced links and decide.

9 comments:

  1. Oh, it's a witch hunt. It's unconcealed payback to the Democrats for things that happened under the Bush Administration. That and as you indicate the result of two years of digging for dirt. The one thing that I rather enjoy is that they use the death of a law enforcement agent as the rallying cry, but all the documentation that they are demanded dates from over a month after the death occurred. Political fishing is all it is. Congress being used to play tit for tat.

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  2. Taking any enjoyment of the death of a law enforcement agent or in this case more than one is despicable!

    This happened under Obama/Holder's watch based on their ongoing actions. If you disagree then I guess you also credit the Bush Adminitration with ending Bin Laden.

    Someone who would say the death of law enforcement is political fishing has nothing of merit to say at all.

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  3. Of course the death of a US border patrol agent is deplorable. But is it your belief that the drug runners would have been unarmed except for this ill-conceived Bush Administration program?

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  4. Iconclast , what part of your rant regarding those wanting to hold obama/holder accountable for US GUNS (not being tracked ) allowed to be put in the hands of drug cartel which killed law enforcement didn't I understand ? The committees outrage is justified. Yours is just pure partisianship to deflect ownership and responsibility from obama/holder. Had they come clean from the beginning this wouldn't be an election year issue.

    O' My belief is that the us government should not be providing guns to drug runners for many reasons but especially because stings can go bad and when they do the people in charge of that operation (obama/holder) should be held accountable. I'm sure you'll agree that Bush wasn't in charge of this life ending debacle and that any previous involvement had nothing to do with this administration decision to follow this poorly executed policy.

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    1. Again, the article reads: This started under Bush, Like the illegal wars, the recession and the housing crash. LEARN TO READ!!!

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  5. It's a witch hunt because the gangbangers would have acquired the weapons one way or another. But honestly I'm not sure of why there's a connection between how much money Issa has and his role in oversight.

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    1. The linkage is the consistency with the Republican support of the "Citizen's United" case that essentially turns this from a democratic republic into a plutocratic republic.

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    2. Ah. I hadn't thought of it in that way. Politics is such a tangled web it's hard to make all the connections.

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