Saturday, May 07, 2011
Yeah, sounds like trying to distract and stonewall
"Today's incitement is an important step, but it is only a first step to serving justice on behalf of Agent Brian Terry," U.S. Attorney Dennis K. Burke said in a statement.
U.S. Attorney Burke, who announced today's indictment, was also the U.S. Attorney on a major ATF alleged gunwalking operation in Phoenix known as "Fast and Furious".(Emphasis supplied, MBV.
Terry's death is at the center of the so-called "gunwalker" controversy at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF). Insiders say ATF used a controversial intelligence-gathering strategy called lettings guns "walk," and allowed thousands of assault weapons to hit the streets to see where they'd end up.
As CBS News has reported, two AK-47 variant assault rifles that ATF allegedly let "walk" were found at the murder scene of Agent Terry on Dec. 14. According to the indictment unsealed today, Osorio-Arellanes was part of an "armed group of illegal aliens that engaged in a firefight with Agent Terry and other border patrol agents...One of the group shot Agent Terry who died of the wound." Osorio-Arellanes was also wounded in the exchange and has been in federal custody on felony immigration charges.
That's from the news story: from the gentleman at Sipsey,
Burke, who served as Chief of Staff to Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano from 2003 to 2008 (described here as Janet's "long-time right hand man") and who was sworn in as the United States Attorney for the District of Arizona on 16 September 2009 (just in time to work on the Fast and Furious portion of the Gunwalker scandal), is famously quoted as saying that, in his expert opinion, an “iron river” of weapons flows from Phoenix to Mexico.
Well, hell, he ought to know since he facilitated the Gunwalker scandal from the U.S. Attorney's office in Phoenix.
Burke is not just some low-level USA, for he was also recently appointed to serve on the Attorney General's Advisory Committee (AGAC) which advises the Attorney General on policy, management, and operational issues at the Department of Justice and he was also selected to be the Chair of the AGAC Subcommittee on Border and Immigration Law Enforcement.
The timing of this indictment is no accident.
But now, after doing nothing but covering up for almost five months, the DOJ will say with this oh-too-convenient indictment, that it is a MURDER investigation that Issa and Holder are dabbling with so DOJ still can't cooperate with the subpoenas. What horseshit.
Now, if I was a hot-shot attorney, or I had the money to hire same, I would make sure that Osorio-Arellanes dumped his court-appointed defense attorney and got the very best lawyering possible. I just KNOW that the discovery phase of this trial, handled by a competent attorney, would blow the lid off the prosecution and the Gunwalker scandal, both at the same time.
Holder & Melson & Co. have to be having cramps now, can you imagine if some lawyer who'd actually dig into this said he'd represent this dirtbag? 'Discovery' of the contents of their bowels that just went into their pants, I'd imagine.
So the SEIU has made it plain that they're right tight
As Tam says, 'This is my shocked face'.
Friday, May 06, 2011
And just imagine how much fun this will be
To a large segment of the German population:
So our TSA and the Brit version are both
An American man is suspected of smuggling 80 weapons into the UK by hiding them in his suitcases.
Former U.S. marine Steven Greenoe, who holds British citizenship, apparently strolled through airport security in both Britain and America with dozens of handguns stashed in his suitcases on ten flights last year.
He is believed to have delivered them to criminal contacts in the North West of England.
On one occasion, Greenoe was stopped after officials at Atlanta airport spotted the firearms.
But incredibly he was allowed to board the flight after telling officials he worked as an international security consultant.
The revelations are an embarrassment for transatlantic security and for the UK Border Agency. (Ya THINK?)
Because Richard the Turd Daley is special
Sneed has learned Mayor Daley is requesting a retinue of at least three — around the clock — Chicago Police bodyguards from his mayoral security detail to accompany him into the private sector!
† Sneed also hears whispers Mayor Daley, who retires May 16, wants two vehicles at his disposal; one for himself — and one for his wife, Maggie.
† A second Sneed source claims Mayor Daley initially asked for five bodyguards, but that may have included a number needed for constant surveillance.
A comment about 'martyr's sea'
I like the idea of a Martyr's Sea. It should be marked on all our nav charts. That way, whenever a U.S. man of war passes through the area, they could render appropriate honors. (Now all hands not on watch man the rail, starboard side. Stand by to drop trou. Execute. Now all hands, on my count, urinate. 3, 2, 1, execute. Stand by to recover. Recover. That is all.)
Thursday, May 05, 2011
"Great work on that intel, but I still hope the AG
Holder's holding indictments over the heads of CIA interrogators -- the same ones who delivered bin Ladin to the SEALs.
Burlingame asked him about that, and said "I know you can't tell him what to do" (which isn't really true), and Obama said "That's right."
Then she asked, even if she couldn't order him to drop the prosecution of the interrogators who got bin Ladin, if he would at least offer Holder his opinion that there should be no prosecutions, he answered: "No, I won't."
Huh. Big Damn Hero, huh?
She went on to note that, last May, a Dallas US Attorney sought to indict CAIR officials (for terrorist ties and terrorist funding, of course), and Holder quashed those indictments.
Yeah, President Lightbringer really appreciates those doing the work, doesn't he?
So how's that "The pictures/a grave might make him a martyr" thing
Radical Muslims are already calling the site of Osama bin Laden’s ocean burial the ‘Martyr’s Sea’, according to one of Britain’s leading Islamic scholars.
The US said the decision to drop bin Laden’s body into the North Arabian Sea was taken to avoid creating a shrine for the slain Al Qaeda chief.
But Abdal Hakim Murad, Muslim Chaplain at Cambridge University, claimed yesterday that the move could backfire on the Americans.
And just where did this dumping in the deep take place? Not all that damned far from Mecca; isn't that interesting?
So they not only did this, they then announced where. Bloody genius, I tell you!
We're probably lucky the Vinson didn't get orders to detour to the Red Sea for the funeral.
Hmmm, that's odd. I pulled up a Mapquest map of Saudi, and discovered that it doesn't show Mecca. al Madinah, but not Mecca; maybe they don't like unbelievers seeing where the place is? And, scrolling a bit north, I find that Jerusalem is labeled Yerushalayim.
One piece of corruption in LE, and one piece of sheer stupidity
What I haven't made public (until now) is the work I've continued on this case, including the development of key witnesses against Booth and his allegedly criminal enterprises, and the even more frustrating obstruction of justice being carried out by corrupt BATF agents and auditors hoping to cover their tracks and preserve their careers. If you think that Operation Fast and Furious was a mess in Arizona, I can assure you that is every bit as bad here in North Carolina, and far more petty.
There is reputedly physical and documentary evidence that exists to bring charges to put Mr. Booth in prison for many years, but BATF agents and auditors in Greensboro are stonewalling the investigation with the help of at least one BATF employee in Fayetteville.
And the piece of sheer stupidity is in Wisconsin:
Grant County authorities have accused a 6-year-old boy of first-degree sexual assault of a child for allegedly playing "doctor" with a 5-year-old girl in September.
The case, which is plowing new legal ground in Wisconsin, calls into question when a child's act can be considered criminal -- particularly when it involves behavior some experts say is normal for children that age -- and who makes that determination.
Under state law, the boy is too young to be charged with a crime or in a juvenile delinquency petition, the equivalent of a criminal complaint for juveniles. Instead, prosecutors have included the allegations in a petition seeking protection or services for the boy. Such petitions are typically used by parents or authorities to identify children under 10 who need services to change inappropriate behavior.
"We need to make him think and act in approved ways, for his own good." Yeah, I'll really trust that.
From the idiot judge:
Judge Leineweber refused to dismiss the petitions, saying the relevant part of the sexual assault allegation is the mother's observations.
The boy needed only to have penetrated the girl and known she was under a certain age, he wrote, adding, "Even the most immature 6-year-old could appreciate these two concepts."
Hm. You'd think an adult trusted to wear that black robe would have enough working brain cells to prevent his making such an idiot statement; but you'd be wrong.
Ref the '25 minute blackout' during the raid
Further, you'll note that Panetta chose his words very carefully. They did not have direct flow of information. That indicates that there were recording of the assault recorded on the flash-memory of helmet-mounted cameras, but these are just one more set of images—along with the three or more sets of photographs of Bin Laden's body—that the "most transparent Administration in history" refuses to show the American people.
Oh boy, and I thought Gunwalker couldn't get worse
So ATF wasn't just letting- hell, helping- cartel buyers smuggle guns across the border, they actively made straw buys and GAVE THE GUNS TO THE SMUGGLERS. Said guns being taken across the border, which activity ATF and Justice have already lied about and said didn't happen.
From the House questioning:
Rep. Chaffetz: Now, this program was approved by the Justice Department, my understanding is, in January of 2010. I guess I'm struggling to understand why an operation as big and as large and as important as this has not come to your attention for more than a year after it was originally authorized. Can you help me understand that?
AG Holder: Well, I mean, you have to understand. Something that, as big—you described as "big"—in comparison to all the other things that are going on in the department at any one given time, might not seem quite as large. I have, as I said, 114, 115-thousand employees: the FBI, the ATF, the DEA—you know, a whole variety of things that we've talked about here today.
Are we to understand, then, that we are being asked to believe that deliberately facilitating the illegal trafficking of thousands of firearms to brutal criminals in a neighboring country and important trading partner wasn't important enough to warrant the Attorney General's attention?In one of the gag moments of this,
I have had to look into the eyes of widows, of mothers who have lost sons. I have felt their pain, and the notion that somehow, some way, we are less than vigilant, less than strong in our determination to keep the people who put their lives on the line every day to protect the American people, that we're not doing all the we can to protect them, is inconsistent with the facts, inconsistent with the people who serve in the Department of Justice.Think Holder is thinking back to Bill Clinton 'feeling your pain', or is this just a progressive asshole thing to say? Kind of seared into their consciousness?
Well, speaking of "inconsistent," Mr. Attorney General, is it not just a teensy bit "inconsistent" to hotly deny being "less than vigilant" about dangers to law enforcement officers--and then a few minutes later, explain that deliberately facilitating the trafficking of the guns used to kill those officers was too minor a matter to merit your attention?
Some thoughts from Froggy on the stories
The SEALs’ decision to fatally shoot bin Laden -- even though he didn’t have a weapon – wasn’t an accident. The administration had made clear to the military’s clandestine Joint Special Operations Command that it wanted bin Laden dead, according to a senior U.S. official with knowledge of the discussions. A high-ranking military officer briefed on the assault said the SEALs knew their mission was not to take him alive.
WRONG FUCKING ANSWER! If you order the SEALs to kill and not capture bin Laden then there is NO DECISION FOR THEM TO MAKE! They are following explicit orders of the President of the United States, but Obama does not have the sac to stand behind his decision and support the very people who are responsible for the only foreign policy victory of his Presidency. Sure, Obama is content to accept the congratulations from the media and his supporters for his "gutsy" decision, but when the rubber meets the road he says, "Hey thanks SEALs for killing bin Laden like I told you to. But you didn't expect me to stand behind you when my left wing media starts going after you as murderers? Oh you did? How cute."and
Meanwhile, between NSC staffers, the WH Press Secretary, Homeland Security, CIA and a multitude of “Senior Administration Officials” on background, the story has morphed into various versions of events. While the political side of me sees this correctly as another manifestation of the incompetence of this Administration, this vacillation is causing real harm to the significance of our victory here and to the reputation of the SEAL Teams. Let me assure you right now that there is no such thing as a “Kill only “ mission. If that SEAL operator came through the door to find UBL with his hands up, compliant, and unarmed (including no evidence of a suicide vest) he would have taken a muzzle strike to the face, but not any rounds. He would have swallowed some teeth, been flex cuffed, and dragged roughly out to a marshalling area and then onto the helo. To start out with the story that UBL had used his wife as a shield while shooting at the assaulters and to devolve that into to a woman was wounded and UBL was unarmed and shot in the face is quite a large spectrum of “truth”. Add to that the false notion of the “Kill only” mission, and now you have the entire SEAL community being thrown under the bus as wonton killers of women and unarmed civilians.
Are Navy SEALs eager to kill terrorists and UBL most of all? Hells Yeah! But we would not be tasked with a mission profile that excludes the capture of the single greatest intelligence bonanza in the history of the conflict. Certainly we will exploit the intel collected on the target and soon, but if you simply want to kill somebody no matter what you do not send Navy SEALs across a sovereign border to do it. That is what Hellfire missilesand JDAMs are designed to do.
Ah, the integrity of professors,
Remember the mess at the Tucson school board meeting? It keeps on:
At a Tucson Unified School District school board meeting on Tuesday — which was a make-up for one canceled after students chained themselves to board-room desks on April 26 — riot police were called in to restore order after program supporters become restless during the public input section of the meeting.
Remember what this crap is all about:
...As we’ve previously reported, the district isn’t trying to ban the program outright. Instead, it wants to make a controversial history class — that calls for “death to the invaders” and was found to advocate overthrowing the U.S. government — an elective instead of allowing it to substitute for required history credits. That’s it. And the disturbing class would still be available to students.
But that’s not the rhetoric coming from the supporters. They’re trumpeting the message that the district is trying to eliminate the program altogether, a tactic used to stir up anger and action.
So a bunch of America-haters lie to try and force a class with this kind of outlook on all students; wonderful, isn't it? Gets even better; go look toward the bottom at who may be involved.
Ah, that "If you make less than $200k, you won't see a penny of your taxes go up" promise; really meant a lot, didn't it?
The Obama administration has floated a transportation authorization bill that would require the study and implementation of a plan to tax automobile drivers based on how many miles they drive.
The plan is a part of the administration's "Transportation Opportunities Act," an undated draft of which was obtained this week by Transportation Weekly.
And if you think they'll plan on taking the federal tax off gasoline since you'll be paying by the mile, I have a bridge I'd like to sell you. Not to mention the loss of privacy aspect.
What? The National Labor Relations Board lied about Boeing? Whoda thunk it?
Michelle Malkin's update on Gunwalker.
And, apparently having the energy problems and terrorism and taxes under control, Congress has a new way to waste time and pander.
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
And since I'm already pissed off at chickenshit politicians,
The third document, an e-mail from Arizona-based U.S. Attorney Shelley Clemens to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official Richard Crocker and FBI official S. Annette Bartlett, shows that the Justice Department has begun scrambling to stop the gun “walking” practice since Issa and Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican, launched investigations into the program. “Yesterday, we received a directive from the DAG [Deputy Attorney General], instructing on DOJ’s policy regarding guns going south into Mexico,” Shelley wrote on March 10, 2011. The directive from the Deputy AG, as she Shelley quotes it, is: “We should not design or conduct undercover operations which include guns crossing the border. If we have knowledge that guns are about to cross the border, we must take immediate action to stop the firearms from crossing the border, even if that prematurely terminates or otherwise jeopardizes an investigation.”
Then, on Wednesday, before Issa released the three new documents, Grassley grilled Holder about the email from Clemens and the indications of a policy shift during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. Grassley pushed Holder on the e-mail from Clemens. “If the ATF, as the agency keeps telling us, did not knowingly allow guns into the hands of traffickers, why was that directive even necessary? Why issue a memo telling people to stop doing something unless you think maybe they have been doing it?” Grassley asked Holder.
Holder's been saying he first heard of this 'a few weeks ago', which he evidently means to cover 'months ago, maybe years, but I'm not admitting that." Which this would indicate to mean that the lying bastard has perjured himself. At least once.
Let us not forget that this group includes the sorry bastard excuses for lawmen at BATFE who don't give a rats ass about the lives of their own agents and their families:
"When I made complaints against the ATF, they were completely ignored and whitewashed and they left the same people in place to operate Project Gunrunner," says ATF Tucson Agent Jay Dobyns.
Dobyns spent two years undercover with the Hells Angels. While he became a star witness in the prosecution of 15 members of the motorcyle gang on charges ranging from extortion to murder, he also became a target of their revenge.
"You are gonna spend the rest of your life running from the Hells Angels," he says they told him. "We know who you are, we know where you live."
The ATF office in Phoenix, specifically Agent-in-Charge Bill Newell and his deputy, George Gillette, promised to protect Dobyns, but Dobyns says they didn't. He says the Hells Angels threatened to rape his wife and behead his children. Weeks later, Dobyns says the gang burned down his house with his family inside. Miraculously, they escaped.
"They abandoned us, they ignored us," said Dobyns.
He filed a complaint against the ATF. Seeking to contain the damage, the DOJ Office of Inspector General investigated and concluded the agency acted "recklessly, needlessly and inappropriately."
That was in August 2009 against Newell, Gillette and the ATF officials in charge. However, no one was held accountable. Operation Fast and Furious, under the direct authority of the ATF Phoenix Office, was launched less than six months later. Dobyns says allowing the ATF to conduct another OIG investigation would be a mistake
"They do not care what the OIG says. They don't care what the OIG conclusions are."
This is a guy who did something nobody else had EVER done; and BATFE fucked up the evidence and the trials, and then basically left Dobyns and family hung out to dry. And then fucked him over further for daring to make noise about it.
But then, they don't care about the Mexicans and Americans dead with their help either, do they? Except as it affects their careers, of course.
I'm not feeling charitable tonight
To every muslim whining that America has declared war on Islam: fuck you, too.
And to every gutless PC-at-any-cost politician who says we don't dare show pictures of this dead lower-than-pig crap terrorist because it might 'inflame' the muslim world: fuck you twice, and you need to get the hell out of that office you miserable excuses for Americans.
You're the same kind of assholes that don't want pictures like this
shown because it's 'too upsetting'; mostly because you're scared to death that people will fully remember what this picture means. Just like this one
and this one
You don't have the balls to tell the enemy to piss off, oh no, you're too 'sensitive' to the feelings of the barbarians and 'world opinion'(which mostly means chickenshit politicians and leftists like you) for that. So you pretend you're protecting us from upsetting the enemy.
And, like it or not, a lot of muslims ARE the enemy. Not all, by any stretch, but many; but you being the gutless bastards you are you play 'they're not REAL muslims!' games because you don't have either the brains, guts or integrity- maybe you lack all three?- to flatly speak the truth. Why, some sensitive liberal might call you names! CAIR might protest(never mind that CAIR supports terrorism)!
Damn the screaming barbarians who want us dead anyway. Damn the politicians who'd rather play games in hopes of buying votes. They'd rather see us dead than speak a nasty non-PC truth. They'd rather surrender to the opinion of people who murder our guys and defile their bodies and cheer it, they'd rather surrender to shit who murder children and celebrate it.
Damn every one of you.
'Dumb crook' doesn't really cover it, this is more like
Police arrested a 41-year-old man after he called 911 and told officers that he was not given the correct change after buying crack cocaine from a drug dealer.
Just a thought:
Patterico has excerpts from yesterdays House Gunwalker hearing
ISSA: How about the head of the Criminal Division, Lanny Breuer. Did he authorize it?
HOLDER: I’m not sure whether Mr. Breuer authorized it. You have to understand the way in which the Department operates. Although there are operations, this one has become — has gotten a great deal of publicity.
ISSA: Yeah, there are dead Americans as a result of this failed and reckless program. So I would say that it hasn’t gotten enough attention, has it, Mr. Attorney General?
ISSA: Mr. Attorney General, do you take seriously a subpoena signed by the Clerk of the House?
HOLDER: Of course.
ISSA: After 14 days of waiting for a letter to be signed or acknowledged or responded to, we sent a subpoena signed by the Clerk of the House. 32 days later, last night, your people responded by giving us 92 pages representing 3 documents that were public records already.
ISSA: We’re not looking at the straw buyers, Mr. Attorney General. We’re looking at you. We’re looking at your key people who knew or should have known about this and whether or not your judgment was consistent with good practices and whether or not instead the Justice Department is basically guilty of allowing weapons to kill Americans and Mexicans. So will you agree to cooperate with that investigation both on the House and Senate side?
HOLDER: We’ll certainly cooperate with all the investigations, but I’m going to take great exception to what you just said. The notion that somehow or other this Justice Department is responsible for those deaths that you mentioned, that assertion’s offensive. And I want to tell you that –
ISSA: But what if it’s accurate, Mr. Attorney General?
Like he says, good to see Issa isn't backing off or giving Holder an easy out on this.
Grassley gives Holder a note:
And Sipsey Street had about the same thought I did when I read this, though he goes into much more detail:
"You may be ill-served" What a hoot! This is Grassley's tongue-in-cheek invitation to throw Melson and Breuer under the bus, and that's when the serious truth leakage begins because they'll use the Nuremberg defense, "I was only following orders." And they will have proof of it.
Grassley, knowing everything that he knows from the whistleblowers and leaked documents, has a very good idea of how involved Holder is in all of this -- up to his eyeballs. Worse, Holder knows that he knows. I'd be surprised that if, when he saw the postscript, Holder didn't ball the letter up and throw it across the room with a string of curses.
The only thing that can possibly, maybe, save Holder now is for the Gunwalker men, Melson and Breuer, to go happily skipping hand-in-hand like little kids down the path in Fort Marcy Park to their own perdition, following the Sicilian prescript that "Three men can keep a secret if two of them are dead."
Holder is toast and this is Grassley's way of reminding him of it. What he is really saying is, "Sooner or later we will have your subordinates under oath. Got a fall-back plan for THAT?"
I just thought "He's giving Holder an out, isn't he? A way to try to blame it on subordinates?" Then I thought "But what happens when the subordinates disagree?"
Lesson One for the day: if you can't see the street,
(thanks to Theo)
A man walks into a bar and orders a Bin Laden
Bartender asks, what’s a Bin Laden?
Man says 2 shots with a splash of water.
TEN OF MURPHY'S LESSER KNOWN LAWS
1. Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.
2. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.
3. Those that live by the sword, get shot by those who don't.
4. Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.
5. The 50-50-90 rule: Anytime you have a 50-50 chance of getting something right, there's a 90% probability you'll get it wrong.
6. If you lined up all the cars in the world end to end, someone would be stupid enough to try to pass them, five or six at a time, on a hill, in the fog.
7. The things that come to those who wait will be the scraggly junk left by those who got there first.
8. The shin bone is a device for finding furniture in a dark room.
9. A fine is a tax for doing wrong. A tax is a fine for doing well.
10. When you go into court, you are putting yourself into the hands of 12 people who weren't smart enough to get out of jury duty.
Yeah, it's humor day.
The University of Kentucky hates gun owners
The university then proceeded to try to deny Mitchell unemployment compensation by claiming, unsuccessfully, that he was fired for misconduct. A hearing officer found against the University of Kentucky and in favor of Mitchell.
All this, despite the fact that Mitchell had a Kentucky concealed carry permit, believed he had fully complied with Kentucky law governing concealed carry, and therefore cooperated fully with police and university authorities.
Much as I dislike lawsuits, this sounds like a legitimate place for one: sue their ass off.
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
I'd hate to be the one who has to wash Holder's underwear
May 3, 2011
VIA ELECTRONIC TRANSMISSION
The Honorable Eric H. Holder, Jr.
U.S. Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20530
Dear Attorney General Holder:
As Senator Grassley discussed on the phone with you yesterday, we are very concerned that the Department chose to send a letter containing false statements in response to his initial inquiry into the ATF whistleblower allegations related to Operation Fast and Furious. To be more specific, the Department sent a letter on February 4, 2011 claiming that the whistleblower allegations were “false” and that “ATF makes every effort to interdict weapons that have been purchased illegally and prevent their transportation to Mexico.” When questioned in transcribed interviews last week in Phoenix, agents with first-hand knowledge of ATF operations contradicted that claim.
Specifically, in response to that exact quote, they said the Department’s letter was “false” and could not explain how such a representation could be made to Congress in light of what they witnessed on the ground in Phoenix in late 2009 and 2010, prior to the death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. In fact, according to these witnesses, there was a specific strategy implemented to not “make every effort” but rather to avoid interdicting weapons in hopes of making a larger case against higher-ups in the trafficking organization.
Therefore, we were surprised and disappointed to see the Department repeat once again, in slightly different language, its denial in a letter received shortly after your telephone conversation with Senator Grassley. Yesterday’s letter reads, in part, “It remains our understanding that ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious did not knowingly permit straw buyers to take guns into Mexico.”
The documents and information previously provided to you demonstrate that the ATF urged gun dealers to go forward with sales to known straw buyers despite the concerns expressed by at least one dealer that the guns would be transferred to the border and possibly used against Border Patrol agents. ATF and Justice officials assured that dealer that unspecified safeguards were in place to ensure that did not happen. Yet, guns from that case were found at the scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s murder and at crime scenes in Mexico.
In its latest denial, the Department seems to focus more on whether ATF knew guns were being trafficked to Mexico than whether the ATF knew they were being purchased by straw buyers. While it might be typical in Washington for lawyers to narrowly parse statements and argue over fine distinctions to confuse the issue, those are not the kind of answers that we believe the Justice Department should give to Congress when asked straightforward questions about such a serious matter as this one.
You were asked to please explain whether you deny that the ATF allowed the sale of assault weapons to straw purchasers, and if so, why given the evidence that was attached. The reply was not signed by you, did not explain whether you stand by the denial, did not explain why, and did not meaningfully address the serious issues raised by the attached emails between a gun dealer and the ATF.
We are extremely disappointed that you do not appear to be taking this issue seriously enough to ensure that the Department’s representations are accurate, forthcoming, and complete. We will continue to probe and gather the facts independently, as it has become clear that we cannot rely on the Department’s self-serving statements to obtain any realistic picture of what happened.
Darrell Issa, Chairman Charles E. Grassley, Ranking Member
Committee on Oversight & Committee on the Judiciary
Government Reform United State Senate
U.S. House of Representatives
That, folks, is polite-speak for "You're a damned liar, we know it and we can prove it. And we're not going to stop digging into this."
And tomorrow Holder will be before Grassley in the Senate. Also under oath.
Assuming they didn't mess it up, imagine MHI: The Series
Probably cable, which means I'd have to either have someone record it for me or wait for disc, but still.
From the VFR forum
He kept feeling something pulling down in his crotch. Worried the doc might have had to do something he wasn't telling him about/admitting to, he pulled the gown up to see. There, down low, he found tape: two strips above his penis and one across his testicles. The kind of tape that doesn't come off easily. Written across the top strip was
GET WELL SOON, FROM THE NURSE YOU PULLED OVER LAST WEEK
Well, this would answer the 'How much courage?' question
Q: You stated that President Obama was “overruled” by military/intelligence officials regarding the decision to send in military specialists into the Osama Bin Laden compound. Was that accurate?
A: I was told – in these exact terms, “we overruled him.” (Obama) I have since followed up and received further details on exactly what that meant, as well as the specifics of how Leon Panetta worked around the president’s “persistent hesitation to act.” There appears NOT to have been an outright overruling of any specific position by President Obama, simply because there was no specific position from the president to do so. President Obama was, in this case, as in all others, working as an absentee president.
I'd strongly suggest you read this piece. If this information is accurate, not only did Obama not want to make a decision(or maybe couldn't think of a way to make it that wouldn't cause a huge blowup), he was basically being ordered around by Valerie Jarrett. And was willing to sit around and let bin Laden get away rather than act.
In my initial communication to you of these events I described what unfolded as a temporary Coup initiated by high ranking intelligence and military officials. I stand by that term. These figures worked around the uncertainty of President Obama and the repeated resistance of Valerie Jarrett. If they had not been willing to do so, I am certain Osama Bin Laden would still be alive today. There will be no punishment to those who acted outside the authority of the president’s office. The president cannot afford to admit such a fact. What will be most interesting from here is to now see what becomes of Valerie Jarrett. One source indicated she is threatening resignation. I find that unlikely given my strong belief she needs the protection afforded her by the Oval Office and its immense powers to delay and eventually terminate investigations back in Chicago, but we shall see.
I have a question:
Considering the target, and the reasons we were after him, how the hell much courage is required to say "You have his location? The teams have worked up for the strike? Approved." ?
Tornado in New Zealand Updated
Wave Theory: as in 'This wave is past, now watch for the next one':
Face and Payback. Things may tamp down a bit as lower level commanders hit the mattresses to preserve themselves until they know the extent of what we got from the compound. Others may want to get revenge for their commander directly or if they have access, they may pull the trigger on sleeper cells. Hard to know, but we should expect that with the killing of their figurehead – the enemy has an extra motivation to get revenge for losing face. Hope that they are too busy saving themselves to plan external operations in the near future – but be prepared for the fact that they can run operations as well as they did in 9/11 and they are a very patient lot.
According to this, the intelligence haul by itself would be worth the raid; be interesting to see what happens in the near future.
Bollywood vs. radical islam:
Also found at Theo's,
Stuff to do, but ran across this; what do you think?
Update: more here
I met a fairy today that said she would grant me one wish.
"Sorry," said the fairy, "I'm not allowed to grant wishes like that!"
"Fine," I said, "then I want to die after Congress gets their heads out of their asses!"
"You crafty bastard," said the fairy.
Monday, May 02, 2011
Ooooh, this might get interesting
Congressman Issa will press Attorney General Holder on the role of the ATF’s Phoenix office in 'Operation Fast and Furious', a botched gun tracking project which knowingly allowed guns into the hands of drug cartels leading to the death of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.The testimony will occur Tuesday 5/3/2011 at 10:15 a.m. at 2141 Rayburn House Office Building. It will be webcast live at www.judiciary.house.gov.
Holder under oath; that should lead to some interesting responses to Issa.
Note I did not say 'answers', I'd imagine he's likely to try to avoid many of those.
ATF comment period on multiple rifle sales
Looks like their attempt to restrict the import of certain shotguns is back. Only to rifles: Don’t let this go unanswered, comment on this proposal.
Under the 'Stupid, stupid STUPID!' label,
The group motioned for her to leave them alone.
Yes, I removed the names, as it'd probably make these wastes of oxygen happy to have theirnames paraded around.
Ibanez allegedly pulled a knife and began stabbing Stewart and his friends.
Blackfive reminded me of something I should have said earlier:
Another view on BATFE wanting to use 'sporting purpose' definitions
On page 4 the following statements are made: “The 1989 study then examined the scope of “sporting purposes” as used in the statute. The study noted that “[t]he broadest possible interpretation could take in virtually any lawful activity or competition which any person or groups of persons might undertake. Under this interpretation, any rifle could meet the “sporting purposes” test. The 1989 study concluded that a broad interpretation would render the statute useless.”
Wrapped up in this paragraph we have not only an amusing logical blunder but also the real crux of the problem. Authors have presupposed the answer (so-called circular reasoning) at which they must arrive, i.e., the statute must remain useful. Thus, all interpretations by ATF are biased to yield that result. It is not the responsibility of the ATF nor is it within the purview of their authority to ensure the continued usefulness of a statute, if in fact it is rendered useless by advances, common practices, evolution in sporting, or lack of wise crafting of the statute (such as the fact that nowhere in this discussion of “sporting purposes” is there any latitude given for personal protection and home defense under the second amendment to the constitution of the United States). This single paragraph renders the study itself as useless as the statute has become.
But if you work facts and reality, they can't grab at more power to disarm us peasants.
Appears I was incorrect; I thought Osama
I tend to think not displaying the body and giving it a suitable funeral(bacon or hog guts in abundance) was a mistake; screw sensitivities.
I was up last night when Obama made his announcement; annoyed hell out of me. Podium empty, then he comes out of a door somewhere down the hall and strides to the podium, and proceeds to give a blank-faced speech. Looked like he didn't really care that Osama was dead, just a 'happy announcement' with no emotion showing(at least for the part of it I watched).
Ah well, he dead.
Oh, since it appears that info from Gitmo detainees helped lead to this, wonder if any of the usual suspects will shut up about Gitmo?
Added: To Pakistan: Fuck you. Sincerely, etc.
Sunday, May 01, 2011
Well, this is a really cheerful thought
So the rally for commies, unions and illegal aliens
And we're reminded that this should more properly be noted as Victims of Communism Day.
Well, it looks like 'proper safe storage', according to Pittsburg PD,
Detective Joseph Bielevicz, you can kiss my ass; you're just one more gun bigot Only One.
Looks like H-S Precision may be regretting
And let it not be forgetten
Meanwhile, Lon is still walking around a free man, because using "I was trying to murder someone else and hit her by accident!" as your defense works a lot better for federal agents than it does for Ice Dog and Ray-Ray.