Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Gang That Couldn't Orwell Straight.

Apologies to George Orwell for turning his name into a verb, but what the hell, society had already turned it into an adjective. Today, our Attorney General is going to perform the mundane task of giving testimony to Congress. Like the long line of crooked political hacks serving as our Nation's top cop before him, he will tell some whoppers. It goes with the territory.  Dailycaller.com has obtained a copy of his prepared remarks in advance however, and his whoppers are more egregious than most.

“Today, I would like to correct some of the inaccurate — and irresponsible — accusations surrounding Fast and Furious,” Holder’s prepared testimony reads. “Some of the overheated rhetoric might lead you to believe that this local, Arizona-based operation was somehow the cause of the epidemic of gun violence in Mexico. In fact, Fast and Furious was a flawed response to, not the cause of, the flow of illegal guns from the United States into Mexico.”
In his testimony, Holder also advocates for new gun-control laws that he says would have halted, or at least prevented, Operation Fast and Furious. Holder echoes California Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s comments from last week, when she argued that stricter gun laws would have stopped law enforcement agents from facilitating the sale of guns to Mexican drug cartels.
“Unfortunately, earlier this year the House of Representatives actually voted to keep law enforcement in the dark when individuals purchase multiple semi-automatic rifles and shotguns in Southwest border gun shops,” Holder’s written testimony declares. “Providing law enforcement with the tools to detect and disrupt illegal gun trafficking is entirely consistent with the constitutional rights of law-abiding citizens and it is critical to addressing the public safety crisis on the Southwest border.”
Read the whole article here, at the Daily Caller.

Many of us on the right have believed from the beginning that this entire operation was carried out for the express purpose of convincing Americans that we need to collectively give up on our Second Amendment rights because we just can not be trusted with dangerous toys any longer. The argument was to have gone something like this, "they're shooting each other up in Mexico and the Southwest you see, and it's the fault of irresponsible gun shop owners in Arizona, Texas, and New Mexico. Now, I will disclose that no actual evidence as to that intention has been found as of yet. That conjecture has been made by people testifying to Congress, but no proof of that intention has been delivered.

What we do know so far is this, Several Law enforcement agencies got together and used our tax dollars to purchase weapons. Stimulus money was also involved. Those weapons were then literally transported to the border of our sketchy neighbor directly to our south, and then freely handed over to the criminals who have been marauding in an ever increasing level of boldness and ruthlessness. With their new supply of weapons, they outgunned law enforcement of their own nation, as well as the law enforcement of ours. And yes, they began shooting up the place with their new toys, which we all paid for.

A funny thing happened on the way to getting thrown under the bus though. It seems that several of the gun shop owners got suspicious with the whole thing. You see, buying the weapons chosen, and in the quantities chosen, along with the amount of ammo did set off some regulatory red flags. They called specified law enforcement services and requested some direction. The ATF, and the FBI told them to just go ahead and make the sales, that they were tracking the guns and ammo. The fly in the ill planned ointment for Holder and company though was this, quite a few of the gun dealers recorded the calls. Without those recordings you see, the whole thing would have worked out to make the dealers look bad, as though they were arming up criminal enterprises for no other motivation than profit. So naturally, when the story first broke, Eric Holder tried to level the charge of violating the civil rights of law enforcement against the gun dealers for illegally recording private conversations.

To bolster our belief that this whole thing were cooked up as some sort of Orwellian plot to convince us to eschew our Constitution, Eric Holder will indeed tell Congress that this whole thing proves that we need to pass some stricter gun laws pronto. He is not the first member of team Obama to make this statement either. Of course it completely ignores the fact that the laws already on the books would have stopped it all in its tracks, had the Department of Justice not made the decision to skirt those laws when the flags were raised. Remember that our gun dealers did at first refuse the sales, and actually made the effort to involve the ATF and the FBI.

Clearly, sweeping gun legislation is not needed in this case, as our current laws actually did work, and worked well. What we need is a very specific law which states that the Department of Justice is not allowed to engage in criminal enterprises for the express purpose of attempting to shape public opinion. The penalty for violating such a law should be lifetime imprisonment for both the Attorney General and the President who appointed the offending Attorney General. At the very least, these two men should be extradited to Mexico, to answer for the violent crimes committed in that country as a direct result of their criminal behavior.

UPDATE: Well, here is the man himself testifying to the Senate this morning.

You won't believe it, he gives new meaning to the term chutzpah. He says, and with a straight face I might add, that the fact that guns were so easily walked across the border from legal dealers in America to psychotic drug lords in Mexico shows a real need for tougher gun laws to inflict upon law abiding citizens. All the while, he completely ignores the fact that it was him, who sent those guns across the border as a part of his function as our Attorney General. Simply stunning!

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