As you all well know the President issued pretty much a blanket executive privilege letter yesterday which was used to shield Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and some 214,000 Department of Justice Documents from disclosure. The documents stem from the Fast and Furious mission the department of Alcohol, tobacco, and firearms undertook in 2009-10 where they let just about anyone buy any gun they wanted so they could trace their criminal activity.
The problem begins when the ATF, which I still think would be a great place to shop and has no right being a federal agency, loses track of some one thousand of these illegally bought and smuggled guns. Then the guns start turning up at crime scenes in Mexico and the United States. Another one of these guns is used to kill border patrol agent Brian Terry. So basically congress gets involved and asks the justice department, WTF man?
Well, the justice department doesn’t want to play, they stall, Holder hems and haws, Congress finally says we are going to hold you in contempt and Holder turns over 14,000 documents. But Congress wanted nearly a quarter of a million documents related to the case. This has been going on for years now, congress wants more, Holder keeps stalling, Congress threatens, Holder gives them a fractional amount of what they want, the cycle starts all over again.
This isn’t the first time Congress has been on Holder either. They want to know why leaks concerning criminal investigations have been happening at the DOJ as well. Then Holder says he will appoint to DOJ lawyers to look into the matter. How in the hell are you going to use people you employ to look into whether or not you may have committed crimes. Of course it is in their best interest to shrug and say, we couldn’t find nothin’. Anyway, Congress is dogging him about a number of things and he spends more time defending his actions at Congress then it seems he spends at the DOJ. Something is wrong here. Congress is all set to hold Holder in contempt again the Pres. says wait, all this stuff is secret, thus I decree.
That is all great, I don’t know how you can use executive privilege to protect something you have no direct knowledge of and documents you have supposedly never seen. But crimes have been committed by agents of the American government and people are dead, including Americans, and we’d like to know what the hell went on between the DOJ and the ATF and the gun runners and who is responsible for this whole mess. The public deserves some answers when something gets this messed up. Someone has to be held responsible for all this nonsense and all these deaths. I know it isn’t pretty and it will probably uncover a hell of a lot of incompetence and other scary stuff that we as Americans don’t want to think about. However, without a free and open government, what kind of country do we become, some totalitarian state? Besides, Nixon invoked executive privilege too…during Watergate. Is the President really this concerned about Fast and Furious?