U.S. Border Agent Brian Terry was shot down by weapons placed into the hands of known criminals via the Obama administration’s Fast and Furious gunrunning program.  Since that time, Obama Attorney General Eric Holder has attempted to deflect Congress from a still-ongoing investigation of Fast and Furious – a program that not only resulted in Agent Terry’s death, but the deaths of hundreds of Mexican civilians across the border.  Today, President Barack Obama declared Executive Privilege – refusing to turn over documents to Congress related to the investigation of Fast and Furious.  To all those who intend to vote in November – REMEMBER BRIAN TERRY.  REMEMBER THE HUNDREDS OF DEAD MEXICAN CIVILIANS.  AND REMEMBER THOSE DEMOCRATS, INCLUDING BARACK OBAMA, WHO REFUSE TO ANSWER FOR THEIR INVOLVEMENT IN THIS TRAGEDY.


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    • Juanita
    • Seeing that congressional hearing with Mrs. Terry and Brian’s sister was so heart renching. It must have been inconceivable when they found out that this government was involved like this. Just sickening.

    • charlotte
    • AND Jaime Zapata who was INVESTIGATING FAST AND FURIOUS. Was he killed because he stumbled onto something?

      Sipsey Street Exclusive: Investigators discover I.C.E. Report of Investigation on seizure of Fast & Furious weapons in Texas in August 2010 SIGNED BY JAIME ZAPATA!

      Texas Congressman Michael McCaul grills Janet Napolitano, 15 February 2012.

      Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Tex.): “Madam secretary, there’s been some speculation that the weapons used to kill Agent Zapata may have been possibly linked to Fast and Furious. Do you have any information to indicate there is a connection there?”

      Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano: “I have no information to that effect, no. I don’t know one way or the other.” — Hearing before the House Homeland Security Committee, 15 February 2012.

      Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Jaime Zapata and the scene of his ambush murder.

      Congressional investigators permitted to view Department of Homeland Security documents related to the Fast and Furious operation have located and seen an Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) Report of Investigation (ROI) from August 2010 describing 80 weapons seized in an arms smuggling interdiction between Phoenix, Arizona and San Antonio, Texas. Of these weapons, the majority (approximately 50) were noted to have come from Operation Fast & Furious in Arizona, purchased by Uriel Patino and Jacob Chambers. The ROI was written and signed by Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent Jaime Zapata, who was shot dead in an ambush at a fake roadblock in San Luis Potosí, Mexico on 15 February 2011. At the time of the report, Agent Zapata was assigned to the Laredo office.

      Two of the weapons found at the murder scene were later traced back to Texas — One was purchased in August 2010 near Houston on behalf of accused drug dealer Manuel Gomez Barba, and the other in October 2010 by a Dallas trafficking ring that included Otilio Osorio and his brother Ranferi. Much like Fast and Furious, both groups had been under ATF surveillance for many months, although ATF officials in Texas later denied that any gunwalking happened in their state. United State Senator John Cornyn has pressed Eric Holder and DOJ for details on any gunwalking in Texas. So far, he has been met with denials or silence.

      The Department of Homeland Security, ICE and the Department of Justice have long denied that the case of Jaime Zapata had anything to do with Fast and Furious. The discovery of this ROI by Zapata, “puts the lie to that (expletives deleted) by Napolitano and Holder,” according on source who spoke with this reporter on conditions of absolute anonymity.

      Multiple sources including current and former employees of the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security have confirmed this explosive new revelation in the Fast & Furious investigation. Said one source, “I think (DHS) is covering up something big.” He added, “I feel betrayed.”

      At the time of Agent Zapata’s death, President Obama declared “The United States will work with Mexico to bring the assailants to justice.” For her part, Janet Napolitano avowed: “Let me be clear: Any act of violence against our ICE personnel — or any DHS personnel — is an attack against all those who serve our nation and put their lives at risk for our safety.”

      One source indicated his frustration that neither DHS nor the FBI have come under scrutiny for what they know about gunwalking operations and the murders of Agent Zapata and Border Patrol BORTAC Team member Brian Terry.

      Said another, “DHS walked away and pretended that this was Holder’s problem,” adding “If they didn’t know, they should have known.”

      The revelation of the existence of Agent Zapata’s August 2010 ROI should serve to bring more scrutiny to Janet Napolitano and her knowledge of gunwalking and the murders of Zapata and Terry, despite her previous denials under oath.

      According to sources, both DHS and DOJ are “in a deep panic” that “their carefully contrived cover-up is breaking down,” in the words of one.

      Early morning inquiries to the offices of Congressman McCaul and Senator Cornyn for comment have not, as yet, been answered. This is not their fault, as I have had to push up the post time for this article out of concern for being scooped by other news organizations which I know are cognizant of this story. Their comments will form the basis of a follow-up story.

      (Reporter’s note: This may be the most important story I’ve written this year, and once again I ask my readers to help me get the truth out around the roadblock of the dinosaur media. If you believe that this story is as important as I do, please forward it to your Senators and Congressmen, demanding that they widen the investigations of Obama administration gunwalking to Janet Napolitano and the Department of Homeland Security.)

      LATER: David Codrea’s take.

      “We are at a critical juncture here,” (Vanderboegh) tells Gun Rights Examiner. “You need to let your readers know that, and ask them to once again call their congressmen, especially if they’re on the [House Oversight and Government Reform] Committee, to beat them up and make them aware there will be a political price for not voting for contempt.”

      “The next few days are where we’ve got to pull out all the stops,” he adds. “Hit everybody up, including the press. I don’t care how many times–if they’re in a position to influence things, just keep beating on the subject until they’re sick of hearing about it.”

    • CHHR, VA
    • As long as there are democrat stooges, fast and furious will be as shameful on America as Slavery.

      I’m totally ashamed for the left wing ideologues that they can’t bring themselves to put lives over politics. May God have mercy on their souls!

    • plainolamerican
    • I think the silver lining may be “Executive Privlige” being an US Constitution Article 2 issue. Article 2 is also the article that requires the president to be NATURAL BORN. Hence once the president asserts the privlige under article 2 as a precedence. I speculate as a non-lawyer it would open Obama up to the natural born clause because the Brian Terry family has in fact been “HARMED” and therefore has “STANDING” TO DEMAND OBAMA PROVE HIS CONSTITUTIONAL LEGITIMACY TO BE PRESIDENT.

    • ThroughtheLookingGlass
    • It is no coincidence that Janet Napolitano was previously Gov of Arizona until 2009. It is not a coincidence that DHS is involved in the DOJ cover-up/stonewalling, proved or not at this point. This is more than ICE & ATF. It is also DHS, DOS and DOJ which brings it to the steps of the White House and National Security.

      • VTX
      • Goes back before DHS Sec. Nappy – all the way to The FBI, Holder, the DOJ, PATCON and Clinton. One OK lawyer stated that “there isn’t a Neonazi or racist group in the country that isn’t operationally controlled by the FBI.” They’ve been trying to instigate an uprising – which they’d quickly quell – for decades.

        Trouble is, most Americans aren’t extremists. But it sure looks like the FBI is – and this administration, like the Clinton administration, has been picking fights for years. Not to mention instigating and providing the detonating explosives (the ones used to detonate the fertilizer) for the OK City bombing.

        Perhaps this material Holder is hiding mentions his complicity in some of those affairs?

        • ThroughtheLookingGlass
        • If the FBI is the instigator and is behind so much of our internal “terorism”, then this must go back DECADES!

          Remember the line in the movie The American President? “Hell, my Mother has an FBI file.

          Makes you wonder what REALLY goes on down the street from the White House.

    • VTX
    • Newsweek was set to do a story about PATCON. This is stuff WHI knows all about – stuff “that can get you killed.”

      I’m still breathing.

      Let’s see if WHI is interested in dealing with this at some level. They’ve managed to make Jesse Trentadue look like a nut, but it’s pretty darned certain that this whole Gunwalker scandal goes right back to the FBI and PATCON.

      I’m still breathing.

    • 57th State
    • This commentary from a blog I like to read sums up the Admin’s pathetic position quite nicely….

      Holder gives a letter to Obama asking him to assert “Executive Privilege” as justification for his refusal to turn over Operation Fast and Furious documents. Holder states he is “very concerned that the compelled production to Congress of internal Executive Branch documents generated in the course of the deliberative process concerning its response to congressional oversight and related media inquiries would have significant, damaging consequences.”

      At PowerLineBlog, John Hinderaker writes, “Holder’s letter [requesting that Obama assert Executive Privilege] is a remarkable document. Viewed from a strictly technical standpoint, it is a terrible piece of legal work. Its arguments are weak at best; in some cases, they are so frivolous as to invite the imposition of sanctions if they were asserted in court. …[I]f an opposing party requests documents that plainly are protected by a privilege, a lawyer will routinely assert the privilege, on principle, even though there is nothing hurtful to his case in those documents. On the other hand, a lawyer will not assert a lousy claim of privilege unless he badly wants to keep the documents in question out of the opponent’s hands because of their damaging nature. If I am correct that the administration’s assertion of executive privilege is baseless, it is reasonable to infer that the documents, if made public, would be highly damaging to …Obama, Attorney General Holder, or other senior administration officials. … [T]he case that is most directly pertinent to Holder’s assertion of executive privilege is In re Sealed Case (Espy), 121 F.3d 729 (D.C. Circuit 1997), which, along with Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice, 365 F.3d 1108 (D.C. Cir. 2008), cites and relies upon Espy, contains the most up to date judicial exposition of the doctrine of executive privilege. Unbelievably, Holder’s letter never cites or mentions the Espy case. If a first-year associate wrote a memorandum for me in which he failed even to mention the most significant case, I would fire him… But Holder’s letter completely fails to acknowledge what a weak reed the ‘deliberative process privilege’ is in the circumstances of this case. In Espy, the court said: The deliberative process privilege does not shield documents that simply state or explain a decision the government has already made or protect material that is purely factual… The deliberative process privilege is a qualified privilege and can be overcome by a sufficient showing of need. …For example, where there is reason to believe the documents sought may shed light on government misconduct, ‘the privilege is routinely denied,’ on the grounds that shielding internal government deliberations in this context does not serve ‘the public’s interest in honest, effective government.’’”

      Espy states, “Not every person who plays a role in the development of presidential advice, no matter how remote and removed from the President, can qualify for the privilege. In particular, the privilege should not extend to staff outside the White House in executive branch agencies. Instead, the privilege should apply only to communications authored or solicited and received by those members of an immediate White House advisor’s staff who have broad and significant responsibility for investigation and formulating the advice to be given the President on the particular matter to which the communications relate. Only communications at that level are close enough to the President to be revelatory of his deliberations or to pose a risk to the candor of his advisers.” The Department of Justice is, of course, “outside the White House. If Obama and members of his immediate staff had nothing to do with Operation Fast and Furious, there are no communications “authored or solicited” by them that warrant protection. Edward Morrissey later writes at, “Attorneys General do not get executive privilege on their own; federal agencies do answer to Congress as part of their oversight capacity, and Holder has to comply with lawful subpoenas. In order to claim executive privilege, Holder and the White House have to claim that the documents in question—consisting of tens of thousands of pages—relate directly to consultations and advice Obama engaged in during the course of his job… However, the White House has consistently claimed never to have known about Operation Fast and Furious until its exposure with the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry. Holder and other officials at the Department of Justice and the ATF have made the same claim while testifying to Congress. In order to make executive privilege stick and keep the documents out of the hands of Congress, the entire Obama administration will have to make the opposite claim, and tell a court that the documents can’t be released because they relate directly to actions taken by Obama himself.”

      Morrissey continues, “[T]he Obama administration can’t claim executive privilege for actions that don’t involve the President, or his immediate staff in advising the President. The claim of privilege appears a tacit admission that previous claims that Obama and his White House staff were unaware of Operation Fast and Furious and uninvolved in it were false. That opens up potential criminal charges for anyone who testified differently under oath for perjury and obstruction of justice—the end results of most executive-branch scandals, most famously in Watergate. By asserting executive privilege, the Obama administration has made it clear that they fear the exposure of ATF and Department of Justice documentation, and that Obama himself has some connection to the papers. The question that arises has more than a whiff of Watergate to it: what did [Obama] know, and when did he know it? Thanks to the claim of executive privilege, the media will no longer be able to ignore the deadly outcomes of Operation Fast and Furious, and the timing of this scandal could ensure that Obama won’t have the ability to call on executive privilege after January.” (Espy also states, “Moreover, the privilege disappears altogether when there is any reason to believe government misconduct occurred.”) At Morrissey writes, “Clearly, Obama won’t win the legal argument. What about the political argument? The White House is certainly trying to shrug this off as a partisan election strategy on the part of House Republicans, but the connection of Operation Fast and Furious to the deaths of two American law-enforcement officers makes that a very risky strategy. Until the assertion of privilege, most of the media had ignored the story—but asserting executive privilege, especially on the 40th anniversary of Watergate, has forced everyone to start reporting on OF&F.

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