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6 days ago, Eric Holder the Attorney General of the United States was held in contempt by the  House Oversight and Government Reform Committee by a 23-7 vote over the failure of the Justice Department to cooperate with the investigation of “Operation: Fast and Furious”.  Thursday the full house will vote to hold him in contempt of congress and refer the case to the US attorney for D.C., incidentally an employee of E. Holder’s Justice Department.

First some history on “Fast and Furious”.

( – Operation Fast and Furious was a program carried out by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), a division of the U.S. Justice Department.

In this operation, which began in the fall of 2009 and continued into early 2011, the federal government purposefully allowed known or suspected gun smugglers to purchase guns at federally licensed firearms dealers in Arizona. The government did not seek to abort these gun purchases, intercept the smugglers after the purchases, or recover the guns they had purchased.

In some cases, as the government expected they would, the smugglers delivered the guns to Mexican drug trafficking organizations.

The reported purpose of the operation was to track and uncover the entirety of the smuggling operations so they could be completely shutdown. However, two rifles sold to a smuggler in the course of Operation Fast and Furious in January 2010 ended up at the scene of the murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry in December 2010.

The House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa (R.-Calif.), and Sen. Charles Grassley (R.-Iowa), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, are currently investigating the operation.

A full timeline can be found here.

Now there are a few points I would like to highlight to explain why this case is so very important…..

  • Eric Holder is the nations top law enforcement official save for one man, the President.
  • The NRA has suggested that this Operation was a false flag to be used to assail one part of the constitution which has historically been hard to alter, namely the 2nd amendment.
  • Dems will espouse the view that this is political hardball meant to attack the administration during an election year, which it is.
  • Top government officials have had ties to large multinationals associated with money laundering and drug trafficking for years. (A whole other post….)
  • The officials involved with this operation knew full well where these guns were going (to ruthless drug cartels south of our border), and many people have died because of it.
  • The operations did not begin in the current administration, yet they continue during it’s office.
  • This travesty either occurred for one of two reasons. Complete incompetence, or blatant disregard for moral decency. Possibly both.

The only question now is, where does this all end up? We should see tomorrow if the contempt charge holds (pun?) with the vote in the house. If it does it will raise quite a few more questions, which may end up with the Executive branch feverishly trying to answer to the Legislative one. The next few days and weeks will undoubtedly be interesting ones. Eyes up people. Check the comments for the vote later today.

Timid men prefer the calm of despotism to the tempestuous sea of liberty. -Thomas Jefferson