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  • billyliar66 billyliar66 Sep 19, 2012 3:01 PM Flag

    All Polls, All Swings, and All Senate Going Democratic

    Keep it up O-Man!

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      WASHINGTON—A Justice Department watchdog cited a "pattern of serious failures" in the oversight of the botched Fast and Furious operation against gun traffickers, in a harsh report that contributed to the departure of two senior officials.

      A Justice Department watchdog recommended that 14 employees be reviewed for possible sanctions in light of a "pattern of serious failures" at the department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in overseeing the botched Fast and Furious operation. Evan Perez has details on The News Hub.

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      Inspector General Michael Horowitz's 471-page report was the most extensive review to date of actions by officials in Arizona and Washington that led to the operation that lost track of guns sold to suspected smugglers. In addition to the two officials who left, Mr. Horowitz said 12 others from the Justice Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives should be reviewed for possible sanctions.

      The report offered some vindication for Attorney General Eric Holder, who has maintained against Republican critics that he wasn't aware of the tactics until early 2011. But it took to task several senior officials working under Mr. Holder. The two departing officials were Kenneth Melson, a former acting ATF chief who retired from another Justice Department post, and Jason Weinstein, who resigned under pressure from his job as an aide to Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer, the department said Wednesday.

      Rep. Darrell Issa (R., Calif.), the chairman of the House oversight committee who successfully pushed to hold Mr. Holder in contempt of Congress over his refusal to hand over some documents in the case, said the report rightly faults Mr. Holder's "inner circle."

      Mr. Holder "has clearly known about these unacceptable failures, yet has failed to take appropriate action for over a year and a half,'' Mr. Issa said.

      For his part, Mr. Holder said the report underscored that he moved quickly to stop the tactics once he learned of them. In a statement, he denounced those who were "so quick to make baseless accusations before they possessed the facts about these operations—accusations that turned out to be without foundation and that have caused a great deal of unnecessary harm and confusion."

      By dismissing some of the most heated allegations against Mr. Holder while finding dysfunction beneath him, the report leaves room for both sides to battle on. Congressional Republicans continue to demand access to White House documents that President Barack Obama has shielded, citing executive privilege.

      Operation Fast and Furious was run by the ATF in Phoenix in 2009 and 2010. Agents allowed sales of about 2,000 guns, mostly variants of AK-47 rifles, to suspected smugglers. The aim was to prosecute top traffickers, but many of the firearms have turned up at crime scenes in Mexico and the U.S., and hundreds more are unaccounted for.

      The report lays out repeated examples of veteran lawyers and law-enforcement officials at the ATF and the Justice Department failing to ask questions or read documents laying out a highly risky operation. Officials who had qualms failed to follow up or read documents that provided more details, which perhaps could have led to the shutdown of the operation, the report said.

      The scandal has prompted an overhaul of operations at ATF, and even consideration of a name change to the Violent Crime Bureau, as the agency tries to get past years of controversy that comes in part from the politics of gun control in the U.S. The agency has been without a Senate-approved director since 2006 because of objections from gun-rights organizations.

    • Obama buys votes with entitlements! Have you not figured that out yet? The main differents is some Americans aren't ashamed about it!

      At about the time our original 13 states adopted their new constitution, in the year 1787, Alexander Tyler (a Scottish history professor at The University of Edinborough) had this to say about "The Fall of The Athenian Republic" some 2,000 years prior:

      A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship.

    • have you always been this delusional?

    • Seizing on the public's growing concern about President Obama's foreign policy and signs around the world that militant foes are not afraid of Washington, conservative groups are mounting a campaign to thrust the administration's diplomatic flubs into the presidential campaign.

      On Wednesday, the group Let Freedom Ring released an ad in key swing states as part of a $7 million anti-Obama campaign that raises concerns about the president's decision to embrace Islamic militants like the Muslim Brotherhood and continue Egypt's $1.5 billion allowance.

      The ad running in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin, comes just days before Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood leader, makes his first visit to the White House and a week after the U.S. embassy in Cairo was attacked by opposition groups.

      The ad quotes Muslim Brotherhood officials talking about taking over America and destroying Israel as well as backing Iran's militant Islamists.

      Let Freedom Ring President Colin Hanna said his goal is to raise doubts about Obama's foreign policy, especially his outreach to Muslim radicals at a time when Israel is growing concerned that America is abandoning it.

      "His outreach to the Muslim world is flawed," Hanna told Secrets. "He thinks that if we're just nicer to militant Islamists, they will be nicer to us." Hanna added that the recent assault on some two dozen U.S. embassies in the past two weeks shows that the Obama policy "projects weakness."

      Future ads will feature concerns about the administration's Israel policy and the president's suggestion that Israel pull back to it's smaller 1967 borders. Let Freecom Ring is a group that promotes patriotism and limited government.

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