Rogue Government I: At Pajamas Media, Patrick Richardson quotes South Carolina Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy’s assessment of Eric Holder’s role in Operation Fast and Furious/Gunwalker:
As things started to go south, I think it’s impossible to conceive he wasn’t briefed in on it.
Another grim related stat, via USA Today:
… congressional investigators estimate that … (just one of the Mexican cartels’ straw purchasers bought) at least 720 firearms, 157 of which fell into the hands of Mexican drug cartel enforcers or other criminals on both sides of the U.S.-Mexican border.
… “ATF agents allowed weapons to be provided to individuals whom they knew would traffic them to members of Mexican drug-trafficking organizations,” ATF Supervisory Special Agent Peter Forcelli recently told members of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.
Rogue Government II: Meanwhile, the Justice Department “is opposing a routine motion by the family of murdered Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry to qualify as crime victims in the eyes of the court.” The jaw-dropping reasoning:
However in this case, U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke argues because the family was not “directly or proximately harmed” by the illegal purchase of the murder weapon, it does not meet the definition of “crime victim” in the Avila case. Burke claims the victim of the Avila’s gun purchases, “is not any particular person, but society in general.”
You see, Terry is dead because “society” (i.e., the nation’s Constitution) allows citizens to own guns, not because the government allowed cartels to get their hands on the weapon(s) which killed Terry.
Rogue Government III: “SEC makes S&P downgrade inquiries” (link may require sign-in) –
The Securities and Exchange Commission has asked credit rating agency Standard & Poor’s to disclose who within its ranks knew of its decision to downgrade US debt before it was announced last week, as part of a preliminary look into potential insider trading, people familiar with the matter say.
… the agency is not aware of a leak from an S&P insider, nor was it aware of an aberrational trade.
In other words, it’s a fishing expedition designed to harass.
If the SEC were legitimately worried about insider trading, it would be getting a list of everyone in the White House, at the Treasury Department, and in Congress with access to information about the discussions between S&P and the government which preceded the downgrade. Betcha that’s not happening.
Rogue Government IV: Eric Holder’s hires –
- From Hans van Spakovsky — “Every Single One: The Politicized Hiring of Eric Holder’s Voting Section: All sixteen new hires to the Voting Section have far-left resumes — which were only released following a Pajamas Media lawsuit.”
- J. Christin Adams — “America should be appalled at the overwhelmingly politicized backgrounds of Eric Holder’s hires in the Department of Justice Voting Section.”
- Richard Pollock — “Every Single One: The Politicized Hiring of Eric Holder’s Immigration Office; All five new hires to the Justice Department’s immigration office have far-left resumes …”
- von Spakovsky — “Every Single One: The Politicized Hiring of Eric Holder’s Special Litigation Section; All 23 new hires to the Justice Department’s Special Litigation office have far-left resumes …”
- Update, August 17: “Every Single One: The Politicized Hiring of Eric Holder’s Education Section; All 11 new hires to the Justice Department’s Education Section have far-left resumes …”
Context, from the first item listed above: “Holder’s year-long delay before producing these documents — particularly when compared to the almost-instantaneous turnaround by the Bush administration of a virtually identical request by the Boston Globe back in 2006 — also shows how deep politics now runs in the Department.”