Obama Blames U.S. For Gun Violence In Mexico
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#1 May 3, 2013
Guess he forgot his role in Fast and Furious.
#3 May 3, 2013
Will this assclown every accept responsibility for ANYTHING?
I'm surprised he didn't blame Bush!
#4 May 4, 2013
It's another apology tour. Does he know we sell guns to Canada, too? And we sell cigarettes to the world knowing full well how many people they will kill. Come to think of it, American-made cars are responsible for tens of thousands of deaths. Maybe we should stop exporting them also.
#5 May 5, 2013
Holder Begs Court To Prevent Public From Seeing Obama’s “Executive Privilege” Records Relating to “Fast And Furious”
Attorney General Eric Holder and his Department of Justice have asked a federal court to indefinitely delay a lawsuit brought by watchdog group Judicial Watch. The lawsuit seeks the enforcement of open records requests relating to Operation Fast and Furious, as required by law.
Judicial Watch had filed, on June 22, 2012, a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request seeking all documents relating to Operation Fast and Furious and “specifically [a]ll records subject to the claim of executive privilege invoked by President Barack Obama on or about June 20, 2012.”
The administration has refused to comply with Judicial Watch’s FOIA request, and in mid-September the group filed a lawsuit challenging Holder’s denial. That lawsuit remains ongoing but within the past week President Barack Obama’s administration filed what’s called a “motion to stay” the suit. Such a motion is something that if granted would delay the lawsuit indefinitely.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said that Holder’s and Obama’s desire to continually hide these Fast and Furious documents is “ironic” now that they’re so gung-ho on gun control.
“It is beyond ironic that the Obama administration has initiated an anti-gun violence push as it seeking to keep secret key documents about its very own Fast and Furious gun walking scandal,” Fitton said in a statement.“Getting beyond the Obama administration’s smokescreen, this lawsuit is about a very simple principle: the public’s right to know the full truth about an egregious political scandal that led to the death of at least one American and countless others in Mexico.
The American people are sick and tired of the Obama administration trying to rewrite FOIA law to protect this president and his appointees. Americans want answers about Fast and Furious killings and lies.” Read more via Breitbart...
#6 May 5, 2013
and the court can rule on the documents being covered by executive privilege or not.
by the same author who endangered the President's children by releasing the vacation area they were going to?
#7 May 5, 2013
Has/is Eric Holder and his Department of Justice asking a federal court to NOT release records relating to Operation Fast and Furious, as required by law.
Quite Simple dbar - Yes or No? if Yes, WHY?
#8 May 5, 2013
And you've posted from the Huff n Puff Post on many occasions...
#9 May 5, 2013
no, holder is asking a federal court to not release records covered by executive privilege.
items under executive privilege are not required to be released by law.
something the right wing demanded (no release of records)when the House requested records involving Cheney meeting with the Ceo of Enron.
seems the right wing has a double standard.
it is ok when a republican admin does it but is bad when a democratic admin does it.
#10 May 5, 2013
and they endangered a President's children exactly when?
as to breitbart they fall for things like this.
#11 May 5, 2013
LOL! I highly doubt dbar will return with a simple YES or NO. He's off searching for something totally unrelated to copy and paste.
#12 May 5, 2013
so just for you
"Jackson didn’t rule Wednesday, but she seemed to speak approvingly of a ruling one of her colleagues issued in 2008 in the face of a similar dispute involving the refusal of President George W. Bush’s White House to comply with House subpoenas for testimony and documents about the firing of nine U.S. attorneys.
U.S. District Court Judge John Bates, a Bush appointee, ruled that he had authority to consider the issue and that White House advisers were not immune from appearing in response to the congressional subpoenas. However, the Bush administration appealed. Bush’s term finished and he was out of office while the appeal was pending. The dispute was soon resolved, so the D.C. Circuit dismissed the appeal without resolving whether Bates was right or wrong."
#13 May 5, 2013
Again you cite Republican bad behavior to counter posts about Democrat bad behavior. That just gets in the way of an answer. So, let's agree there's a double standard for argument's sake. Now what's your opinion on the issue?
#14 May 5, 2013
i agree with executive privilege.
even though it might have been used to keep embarrassing items from coming to light in either of the two cases.
the President needs the advice of people who can give their true thoughts on a subject without having to frame everything from the perspective of how a pundit(right or left) will splatter it out to the public.
one thing i had a problem with Issa was his refusal to view the documents he wanted to see from Holder when offered.
Holder agreed to show the documents to Issa.
with the catch that Issa could not just publish them in his report.
now any info gleaned from Issa viewing those documents were fair game.
Issa could then call anyone to testify if Issa wanted to.
for example a document says that Hillary does not like grapes.
Issa could call Hillary to testify and ask her if she hates grapes.
but he could not just publish the Hillary dislike grapes document.
or try to claim that Hillary had once said she liked grapes on the campaign trail and he has the smoking gun.
Issa wanted a complete set of documents to do whatever he felt like.
that would trample the idea of executive privilege.
just the same as the meeting transcripts of VP Cheney and others on energy policy would trample the idea of executive privilege.
Can executive privilege be abused?
yes it can.
the courts will decide but i prefer that the leaders of the country whether that is President bush or President Obama get the info from people without having those people not say something they believe in.
#15 May 6, 2013
Interesting, thanks for that honest reply. Can you provide the source for your information regarding Holder's offer and Issa's refusal?
#16 May 6, 2013
for example the Cummings memo
"Cummings’ memo also addresses the broader set of documents at issue in the draft contempt report, which include some documents the DOJ has declined to release, saying they relate to ongoing criminal investigations.
In the memo, Cummings says the DOJ is legally barred from releasing some of the documents that Issa subpoenaed, including federal wiretap applications — which have been obtained by Issa but not yet seen by the public — that are under fierce dispute.
“It contradicts the rule of law to hold the Attorney General in contempt for abiding by a federal criminal statute, which is precisely what the Contempt Citation does,” the memo says, citing federal wiretap statutes."
"The committee's top Democrat, Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, accused Issa of setting an "impossible standard" for Holder by initially demanding documents the attorney general is legally prohibited from providing. Now Issa has "no interest in resolving" the dispute with Holder, Cummings said."
IMO Issa wanted documents he knew were protected(by law) for the very purpose of bashing Holder about withholding documents.
Issa wins either way.
If Holder gives him protected documents he bashes Holder for violating the law at worst or now Issa has busted executive privilege.
if Holder does not give him the documents Issa gets to bash Holder and claim a cover-up.
and Issa gets to make all kinds of false claims about F&F.
as an added bonus for Issa he gets to bash the President by making the same claims.
#17 May 6, 2013
one of Issa's claims.
from a left wing source.
"Issa, speaking to the NRA faithful, advanced the baseless and reckless conspiracy theory that the Obama administration intentionally lost track of guns sold through the program in order to boost gun violence and clear the way for an assault weapons ban. Issa posed this as a rhetorical question and then answered it:
They've never answered the question, "What were they thinking of?" Could it be that what they really were thinking of was in fact to use this walking of guns in order to promote an assault weapons ban. Many think so. And they haven't come up with an explanation that would cause any of us not to agree."
and from the Democrats on the committee.
"With respect to the more extreme claims made by Committee Chairman Darrell E. Issa,
the Inspector General’s report did not substantiate them. The report did not support allegations
that gunwalking was a strategy authorized and approved by the Attorney General, that
gunwalking was used as a deliberate strategy to promote stronger gun laws, that the FBI
concealed a “third gun” from the murder scene of Agent Brian Terry, or that Department
officials intentionally misled Congress during the Committee’s investigation."
the full report from DOJ IG
#18 May 6, 2013
Thanks. Sorry I lost track of the thread. I was thinking of the Benghazi hearings, not F&F. As far as I know, there has been no assertion of Executive Privilege there, at least not yet.
#19 May 6, 2013
#20 May 6, 2013
You know, ordinarily I don't subscribe to conspiracy theories. However, Obama's comments in his "apology" tour in Mexico tend to support Issa's contention. I would rather not think about a President of the United States agreeing to such a plan and being indirectly responsible for the death of an American border control agent and other murders to advance a political agenda. Given that, I'd like to know the compelling reason for invoking Executive Privilege. Being open and forthcoming would go a long way to quell this type of speculation from the Right. Seem the "most transparent" administration in history plays it pretty close to the vest when it comes to their own.
#21 May 6, 2013
well i would disagree about a conspiracy to get gun legislation.
as to the right wing version of the speech.
"In the United States, we recognize our responsibilities as well. We understand that the root cause of much of the violence here—and so much suffering for many Mexicans— is the demand for illegal drugs, including in the United States. Now, I do not believe that legalizing drugs is the answer; instead, I believe in a comprehensive approach—not just law enforcement, but education, prevention and treatment. And we’re going to keep at it—because the lives of our children and the future of our nations depend on it.
We recognize that most of the guns used to commit violence here in Mexico come from the United States. In America, our Constitution guarantees our individual right to bear arms, and as President I swore an oath to uphold that right—and I always will. At the same time, as I’ve said back home, I will continue to do everything in my power to pass common sense gun reforms that keep guns out of the hands of dangerous people—reforms that will save lives in both our countries. Meanwhile, we’ll keep increasing the pressure on the gun traffickers who bring illegal guns into Mexico, and we’ll keep putting these criminals where they belong—behind bars."
nothing in the President's statement is an "apology"
is the demand for drugs financing the drug wars in Mexico.
yep it is.
do most of the guns come from the US.
when a gun buyer buys twenty m-4 carbines and then simply claim that they were stolen from his car---what law has the guy violated?
by design no record of the purchase is kept.
where is the record of the serial numbers that follows the weapon from buyer to buyer?
so the guy just goes and buys more and the cycle continues.
or the guy just sells them at a gun show and he could care less who buys as long as the money is right.
and selling guns like that is very profitable.
legally he has committed no crime.
and the NRA will legally fight to keep such a process in place.
so either the problem gets fixed or accept the fact of gun violence.
the NRA seems to believe that gun violence is just something that happens and people have to accept it under the guise of "freedom".
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