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More than 100 Congressmen Demand AG Eric Holder's ResignationTim King Salem-News.com
Smuggling guns through U.S. federal channels to Mexican drug cartels just doesn't sit well with people.
(WASHINGTON DC) - A handful of media groups are reporting over 100 members of Congress calling for the resignation of U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder over his deadly and bungled ATF operation to smuggle deadly weapons to drug cartels in Mexico, as the country struggles through the midst of a years-long battle to gain control of the a lucrative drug trade.
Those guns, more than 1700 documented smuggled weapons, were used to murder two U.S. federal agents,Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry & Special Agent Jaime Zapata from ICE, a prominent Mexican attorney, and hundreds, realistically, probably thousands of other murders in Mexico were committed with these weapons, and without question still do.
The ATF didn't even fix tracking devices to these weapons, not a single American I have ever heard of understands or approves of what took place. For the record, honorable agents from ATF are who finally shoved this matter into the light, in spite of the fact that at least one other American had tried. The ATF agents who blew the whistle paid the price too, almost all faced serious, overt retaliation from the agency.
Americans remain in a lingering shock after discovering that their own country's ATF, the agency responsible for ensuring guns and explosives are handled legally, became an illicit gun smuggling operation, and that it provided the weapons to the most dangerous people on the earth, Mexican drug cartels, whose operations are located on America's southern doorstep.
We have a hand in this story, that is through our Photojournalist Robert Plumlee in New Mexico, a longtime CIA operative who ultimately blew the whistle on the Iran-Contra drugs for weapons scandal. He learned of the federal agency's involvement in this operation long before it became public, and he reported his findings through the proper channels, and not one agency reacted to these findings.
In retrospect it is clear and obvious; Mr. Plumlee says tens of thousands of weapons were crossing the border to arm cartels through the ATF straw buyer program involving gun stores in New Mexico and many city officials in Columbus N.M. The government admits to delivering almost 1800 guns to cartels under Holder, Plumlee says at times that many guns were crossing the border every day. Had the powers to be listened to this man whose long and fascinating career is one of easily verifiable credibility, a lot fewer funerals would have had to have taken place.
Our other role in the story was exposing Holder's knowledge of the program dubbed 'Fast and Furious' three weeks after he testified under oath to California Congressman Darrel Issa, that he had just learned about it weeks earlier, he lied.
From the article published 09 July 2011:
The story, Holder Lied: DOJ News Release Shows Obama Admin Approved ATF Mexico Weapons Smuggling, caught the attention of media outlets from coast to coast and beyond, proving that all Americans are disgusted by this act. Congressman Issa has been leading the way and yet there has been a lull in activity, the matter had started to fade, now it leaps back into view with a mechanism forming and developing to take this man out of office.
At the time of this writing, reports indicate that six more Congressmen joined in the call for Eric Holder's resignation. That would bring the number to 109, I have not verified that number, but I suspect it is correct.
The nagging 'Fast and Furious' issue is a glaring elephant, and the fact that the Department of Justice (DOJ) has failed to provide Congress with hundreds of requested documents, led Darrell Issa to threaten Holder with contempt charges - pretty serious stuff, but so far just a bark, not a bite. Insiders claim Speaker John Boehner is applying political pressure on Issa, a fellow Republican, to give Eric Holder a break in the Fast and Furious scandal.
It is true that Issa seems to have lost momentum in his public campaign against Holder, and his insistence that the failure of DOJ to cough up the documents has not led to contempt charges, not yet anyway.
Dynamics of Eric Holder's Brain
A large part of the drug trade in question, due to continuing U.S. federal law against it, is marijuana, which is legal for medical users in many U.S. states. Holder has railed against any consideration of respecting those state laws that allow the herb to be grown and sold to patients.
It's almost like Holder is on the side of those large pharmaceutical companies that flood our TV's with terrible advertising all day telling people to ask their doctor about drugs, that may make you suicidal, etc. Oh wait, that's right, Holder was the Purdue Pharma attorney who kept their top officials from going to prison.
We would know, since our Investigative Reporter Marianne Skolek, helped convict those men in federal court for advertising OxyContin to doctors initially, as 'non-lethal' and 'non-addictive'. Long story short, Holder, then just a Washington D.C. attorney, helped OxyContin remain on the market even though it was killing people right and left as it came out of the gate and he knew this. Since then the drug has become a widely prescribed scourge that turns good people into drug addicts very quickly.
Eric Holder has sent federal agents to visit local police departments all over Oregon, where they spread the message about the illegality of medical marijuana, in spite of overwhelming voter passage of the state law that protects patients, and he keeps hammering away at the natural plant that has been used medicinally for thousands of years.
Why would Holder prevent a dangerous drug from receiving full scrutiny? Simply because his friends at Purdue Pharma and its cohort multi-billion dollar drug makers can keep making addictive, morphine-based drugs that addict and kill people. This is also tied to his program of sending FBI agents, etc., to local police departments in Oregon to convince already brainwashed cops that marijuana should be their top priority even though voters are OK with it.
In this event, our federal cops are playing politician with our easily influenced local cops, and they are conditioned to not expressly enforce Oregon law, and that is their job. Our Dr. Phil Leveque, who helped establish Oregon's medical marijuana law and also treated thousands of U.S. Veterans during his career, says there absolutely is a direct connection between the attitude of police officials in Oregon and their unwillingness to enforce their own state law, and the influence from Holder's office.
You know what they say, follow the money trail, Eric Holder is a man of questionable motivations, and character. He stands for the wrong things in America.
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