Without Personal Consequences, Oversight Fast and Furious Report Brings No One Closer to Justice

To paraphrase a line from “The Dirty Dozen”: Very pretty. But can they fight? (House Oversight and Government Reform Committee )

“Committee releases Fast & Furious report: Obstruction of Congress by the Department of Justice,” a Wednesday House Oversight and Government Reform Committee press release reads. “Documents obtained after years of litigation reveal the full depth of DOJ’s obstructionist tactics.”

The Committee then lists “key takeaways” of the 263-page report, essentially claiming:

  • Holder’s DOJ didn’t give a damn about slain Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s family.
  • Holder’s DOJ conducted a sham “investigation” designed to spin rather than reveal.
  • Holder’s DOJ didn’t give a damn about Congress.

Let me step back for a moment and allow Gomer to weigh in on this:

The Committee needed more documents to come to those conclusions? Really? And now that they have them, what are they going to do with them?

Are they going to subpoena characters like former National Security Council North American Affairs Director Kevin O’Reilly, rather than lamely accept his refusal to testify on why he requested information from ATF SAC William Newell and was then conveniently assigned out-of-country when questions started being asked? And why that refusal was insisted upon by the then-White House Counsel?

Are they going to do anything to find out what State (Hillary) knew and when it (she) knew it?

Are they planning on directing Holder to testify anew, and leveling any further charges? Like perjury?

Will anyone be held legally accountable for the hundreds of deaths from a cynical program designed, as an ATF insider noted early on, “to pad statistics” (as opposed to the ubiquitous (and demonstrably ridiculous) “botched gun sting” excuse promulgated by the media? Will anyone end up behind bars?

A promise is a promise, Mr. President.

It’s also fair to ask – outside of the Committee – what does President Trump intend to actually do to keep his promise to the Terry family to get to the bottom of this? And will AG Sessions’ self-recusal on this have any impact on that?

If I seem cynical, you’ll either have to forgive me – or not. The record of how this ball got rolling is right here if anyone is interested.  Mike Vanderboegh and I were pleading then for Congress and the media to do something meaningful, and people have no idea what that effort actually required and took.  I’m tired of pleading. It’s enough that we have been borne out, even if we and a handful are the only ones likely to ever be aware of those efforts.

Even fewer will ever realize that had Oversight not ignored our public pleas from a few years earlier, ATF would have been under scrutiny in 2009, before they ever started sanctioning gunwalking.

Bottom line: If the upshot of all this is words, finger-pointing, political gamesmanship, media placement and no results, this report will be representative of nothing so much as a line from Macbeth:

[I]t is a tale

Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,

Signifying nothing.

Prove me wrong, Oversight Committee. I beg you.

NOTE: Some of the links used in this article will be slow-loading. The referenced articles originally appeared on the now-discontinued Examiner.com site and are now only retrievable via the Internet Archive/Wayback Machine.

Here’s the related Committee recording of “Fast and Furious: Six Years Later”:

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David Codrea

David Codrea blogs at The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance (WarOnGuns.com), and is a field editor/columnist for GUNS Magazine. Named “Journalist of the Year” in 2011 by the Second Amendment Foundation for his groundbreaking work on the “Fast and Furious” ATF “gunwalking” scandal, he is a frequent event speaker and guest on national radio and television programs.

Comments

  1. Cal 7 June, 2017, 18:55

    I agree 100% with you, David Codrea.

    Trump is not only not cleaning the swamp, but he is putting the swamp monsters back into office. DO NOT say that he has to have “experienced” governmental —–. NO, they are NOT experienced in the American government, which IS the CONSTITUTIONAL REPUBLIC. If Trump is not going to keep his word, his Oath, it better be because he, and/or, his has been threatened. In which case the ANSWER to that is the MILITIA of the several states, Oathkeepers, 3%’s, etc not the swamp creatures serving within the FBI, CIA, Secret Service, NSA, DHS, TSA, ETC, etc – and they are NOT keeping their Oaths so I care not how much you like them, they ARE the swamp that needs to be removed, replaced. They ARE the problem along with all other who takes the Oath and does not bother to know what it means, what their LAWFUL duty is – LEA’s, Military, Civil.

    We do NOT have a government, we have usurpation by criminals, domestic enemies, traitors, but EXTREMELY few Oath keepers – state and federal.

    Dr. Edwin Vieira: “This has nothing to do with personalities or subjective ideas. It’s a matter of what the Constitution provides…

    The government of the United States has never violated anyone’s constitutional rights…

    The government of the United States will never violate anyone constitutional rights, because it cannot violate anyone’s constitutional rights.

    The reason for that is: The government of the United States is that set of actions by public officials that are consistent with the Constitution. (!!!!!)

    Outside of its constitutional powers, the government of the United States has no legitimacy. It has no authority; and, it really even has no existence. It is what lawyers call a legal fiction.(!!!!!)

    Remember that the supreme CONTRACT that all who serve within a governmental position is between the people and those that serve within it, with the states and those that serve within it. But the last line, the SOURCE of all governmental authority is from the PEOPLE.

    There is a very important rule of constitutional law called the “Canon of Antisuperfluity” (or Canon against surplusage”), which despite its long name, means simply that every single word of the Constitution, or lesser laws in Pursuance thereof the US Constitution, should be given legal effect unless their context clearly shows they have no meaning.

    St. George Tucker: “The Federal Government is the creature of the States. It is not a party to the Constitution, but the result of it – the creation of that agreement which was made by the States as parties. It is a mere agent, entrusted with limited powers for certain objects; which powers and objects are enumerated in the Constitution. Shall the agent be permitted to judge of the extent of his own powers, without reference to his constituent?” (Justice of the Virginia Supreme Court, in his edition of ‘Blackstone’s Commentaries On The Law’ (1803))

    During the ratification debates, Archibald Maclaine of North Carolina not only said that we “should disregard” unconstitutional acts, but that we should “punish them for the attempt.”

    Thomas Jefferson: “When once a republic is corrupted, there is no possibility of remedying any of the growing evils but by removing the corruption and restoring its lost principles; every other correction is either useless or a new evil.”

    James Madison: “The preservation of a free Government requires not merely, that the metes and bounds which separate each department of power be invariably maintained; but more especially that neither of them be suffered to overleap the great Barrier which defends the rights of the people. The Rulers who are guilty of such an encroachment, exceed the commission from which they derive their authority, and are Tyrants. The People who submit to it are governed by laws made neither by themselves nor by an authority derived from them, and are slaves.
    We hold this prudent jealousy to be the first duty of Citizens, and one of the noblest characteristics of the late Revolution. The free men of America did not wait till usurped power had strengthened itself by exercise, and entangled the question in precedents. They saw all the consequences in the principle, and they avoided the consequences by denying the principle. We revere this lesson too much soon to forget it.” (Memorial and Remonstrance against Religious Assessments (1785))

    Thomas Jefferson: “The most effectual means of preventing [the perversion of power into tyranny are] to illuminate, as far as practicable, the minds of the people at large, and more especially to give them knowledge of those facts which history exhibits, that possessed thereby of the experience of other ages and countries, they may be enabled to know ambition under all its shapes, and prompt to exert their natural powers to defeat its purposes.”

    Thomas Jefferson:“I know no safe depository of the ultimate powers of the society but the people themselves, And if we think them not enlightened enough to exercise their control with a wholesome discretion, the remedy is not to take it from them, but to inform their discretion by education. This is the true corrective of abuses of constitutional power.”

    George Washington: “The preservation of the sacred fire of liberty, and the destiny of the Republican model of government, are justly considered as deeply, perhaps as finally staked, on the experiment entrusted to the hands of the American people.”

    James Madison, Federalist 46: “… the ultimate authority … resides in the people alone”

    Thomas Jefferson: “The issue today is the same as it has been throughout all history, whether man shall be allowed to govern himself or be ruled by a small elite.”

    Thomas Jefferson: “The care of human life and happiness, and not their destruction, is the first and only legitimate object of good government.”

    Thomas Jefferson: “Tyranny is defined as that which is legal for the government but illegal for the citizenry.”

    So many that need to be charged with the crimes they have committed.

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    • Nick 9 June, 2017, 10:52

      “In which case the ANSWER to that is the MILITIA of the several states…”
      For the last several years, I have endeavored to educate the pretend 2nd amendment community on this matter. There is resistance that boggles the mind. Even when explaining the power vested in Militia is disavowed, and often disparaged.
      I am long past the age of duty, but that did not prevent me from informing the governor of the relevant statutes and asking for a position in the militia as would befit a veteran.
      This is not to say that I want a bloody revolution as in my mind to point of the Militia is “to execute the Laws of the Union”, and deter the bloodshed. Sadly, there is little enthusiasm for regaining “The Sword and Sovereignty”.
      I have suggested here a march on DC, with hopefully the help of organizations such as the NRA and GOA, to revitalize the Constitutional Militia. No takers so far that I know of.

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  2. MadMagyar 7 June, 2017, 22:54

    It’s enough to drive a cockatoo (like Pebble) crazy!

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  3. USMC0351Grunt 8 June, 2017, 11:27

    This means I can’t return to middle America yet… I swore I would remain at FOB Harmony doing BORDER interdiction operations until Brian Terry’s parents for an apology and justice was served in this matter.

    It looks lile, WE, THE PEOPLE need to scream a little LOUDER and LONGER until we shatter the eardrums of DC!

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  4. Green Giant 8 June, 2017, 12:43

    None of us are that stupid. The entire operation was designed to GET PEOPLE KILLED. There was never any intent to track the guns. NEVER. And gettting people killed is what Democrats do. This is the pattern of socialist/communists. The agenda is all that matters. And the individual person is worthless. Unless, of course, it is them.
    It is time that we recognize that the enemy IS the government. And it will not be possible to put an end to their actions. It is now up to God and those, “called by My Name._ II Chronicles 7:14.
    Get ready. IF America does not turn to God when the ONE WORLD ORDER precipitates anarchy, we will go into slavery by actually ASKING them to take our freedoms in exchange for a little bread and a little order.

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  5. Jim 8 June, 2017, 13:38

    I gotta be honest, the only way anyone will be held accountable is with the people.Until the individuals and accomplices are hunted down and dealt with, nothing will change and no one will be made to pay. Sucks, but that is what our Republic has always been about.

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  6. Mindy 8 June, 2017, 23:43

    I learned a couple of years ago, this type of action by dc is nothing but smoke and mirrors. I and the rest of America already know, feds and their associates literally get away with murder. I cast a vote of no confidence in our gov, any shred of confidence I had was destroyed by obama.

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  7. Rick Anderson 9 June, 2017, 07:56

    This is what we get for “we the people” turning over our responsibility to supervise and punish our leaders to our leaders themselves. What else can you expect when it is the wolves who investigate themselves? The wolves are the Presidency, the Congress, the NOT Supreme Court, judges, lawyers, and corporate lobbyists. We watch them all lie & steal & cheat, then we are disappointed when we allow them to spend millions of our dollars investigating each other and conclude there is nothing to be done and nobody to be punished. Remember the definition of insanity?: do the same thing over and over and expect different results.

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