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Nancy Pelosi & Congressional Black Caucus Walk Out in Support of Gunrunning Drug Cartels and Murderers

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Nancy Pelosi & Congressional Black Caucus Walk Out in Support of Gunrunning Drug Cartels and Murderers

Thousands lie dead in Mexico, bloody and beheaded in the streets. Bolstered by automatic weapons that the US Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco & Firearms made certain got into their hands, they have extended a reign of terror across Mexico and US southern border states.

When federally licensed firearm (FFLs) dealers raised the alarm to ATF officials that straw purchasers were buying large numbers of deadly weapons the ATF assured them is was ok to make the sale. When an FFL told ATF they did not have enough weapons to fill an order, the ATF told them to order more. When border patrol agent Brian Terry lay dead in the Arizona desert surrounded by weapons sold to the Mexican drug cartels under the Fast and Furious gun walking program, no one in the Justice Department seemed to know anything about what happened.

To date no one in justice or ATF has been fired, and that is A-OK with Pelosi and her cohorts. Nine secret service agents were fired within a week of being found in the company of prostitutes, but a year and a half after the brutal murder of Brian Terry, the Congressional Black Caucus is satisfied to let those responsible for the wholesale slaughter of Mexican citizens go un-investigated and unpunished. The democrats who walked out of congress today don’t want to know why there have been no answers and no retribution for those who were involved in making sure these guns got into the hands of these heinous villains, and they certainly don’t want to know anything about those who have so far successfully covered up that involvement.

What else are we to conclude but that those who claim racism at every effort to secure our borders, don’t give a single whit for the lives of thousands murdered south of our border; they would rather pose for the camera.

In Deep with Michelle Ray – ObamaCare, Contempt and Stolen Valor

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When: Thursday, June 28th, 10pm Eastern/7pm Pacific

Where: In Deep with Michelle Ray on Blog Talk Radio

What: Join Social Media Director of ConservativeDailyNews.com, Michelle Ray (@GaltsGirl) as she discusses the issues that impact America.

Tonight: Grass roots activist Andrew Xifos (@FigDrewton), United Liberty contributor Jason Pye (@jaseliberty) and Conseravative Daily News contributor Tj Thompson (@_TjThompson) join the discussion.

Race Isn’t Everything, It’s the Only Thing

Contempt of Congress charges are being levied against U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder because he is a champion “supporting measures to overturn these voter-suppression initiatives in the states”.  So says Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

A “progressive” has spoken.  End of story.

It is absolutely inconceivable that contempt of Congress charges could be over secret documents pertaining to the murder of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.  It certainly could not have anything to do with weapons lost in the botched Fast and Furious gunrunning operation. Not in any way, shape or form.  Not no way, not no how.  Such conclusions are completely out of the question.  To even suggest such possibilities prove beyond all reasonable doubt that you are indisputably a closed minded, razor toothed racist vampire who is exactly like that evil, lily white, ship jobs overseas vulture capitalist Mitt Romney.  You have always been a racist.  You will always be a racist.  Your parents were racists.  Your children will be racists.  You are in love with your racism.  You are proud of your racist views.  You hope your racist views and ways will spread across the country and ideally, the entire world.

Racist, racist, racist, racist, racist, racist, racist…

Welcome to the “progressive” States of America, where race isn’t everything, it’s the only thing.

Never mind that on the subject of race Eric Holder called the United States “a nation of cowards”.  In case the subtlety escapes you, Holder thinks the entire nation is racist.  Of course for Holder, racists are white by definition.

Forever erase from your memory the fact that Eric Holder dismissed a slam dunk case of voter intimidation committed by member of the New Black Panthers Party in Philadelphia during the 2008 election.  That there are eye witnesses and video evidence showing that they were in uniform, wielding clubs and verbally taunting potential voters proves nothing.

Forget that the U.S. Department of Justice is suing Arizona and other States because they are acting responsibly by protecting U.S. Citizens from invasion.  In the “progressive” States of America, that too is racist.

Ensuring voter integrity in American elections by carefully reviewing voter rolls in order to root out fraudulent votes is forbidden.  To engage in such activity is…yes, you guessed it…racist!

Perhaps it would be a useful to take this exercise to its inevitable conclusion:

If you wear white sneakers instead of ones of color, you must be racist.  If you wear a white t-shirt instead of one of color, you are clearly a racist.  If you drive a white car instead of one of color, you simply must be a proud, long practicing racist…especially if your car has whitewall tires.  Any and all students who write on white notepads instead of ones of color must be racists.  All places of residence where the walls are painted with white paint are populated by racists.  Watching a movie or television show starring Betty White?  Sitting on a white toilet seat?  Using the white pages in the phone book?  Wearing white socks and underwear?  Reading books containing white pages?  Knowing someone whose last name is White?  Using white copy paper?  Those vendors who mail their customers telephone, gas and electric bills in white envelopes?  Drying your hands with a white towel?  Puffy white clouds in the sky?

You guessed it: morally reprehensible.

Considering the clearly racist clothing policy practiced by the Wimbledon tennis tournament, it is easy to understand obama’s resentment towards and dislike for the British.

It would be suitable to refer to an old fable about the boy who cried wolf, but that would open the floodgates for charges of racism over use of the term “boy”.

http://mjfellright.wordpress.com/2012/06/26/race-isnt-everything-its-the-only-thing/

Chris Matthews Can’t Play Hard Ball

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Conservatives love to get a good laugh out of Chris Matthews, who is the doofy host of MSNBC’s Hard Ball & The Chris Matthews Show. We especially get a good laugh when laugh when he says something incredibly ridiculous. We laugh even harder when he says something incredibly ridiculous-and means it.

The funny thing is, he said something ridiculous last night-and he meant it.  Also, I laughed.

Here’s the backdrop behind the story: Fast & Furious. A gun running operation in which the DOJ sent un-authorized firearms and illegal drugs south of the US border into Mexico in order to find out where they would turn up, so that they could then in turn track them back to the cartels.

The scheme came to light when Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed by one of the very fire arms which was distributed by the DOJ during operation Fast & Furious.  That outcome alone deserves the termination of every DOJ employee who was involved in the botched operation.

That was early 2011, we are now in June 2012. Yesterday, the house oversight committee voted to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for not producing documents about the gun running operation. This followed a Executive Privilege move by President Obama. 

Then comes Chris Matthews.

“I don’t want to start too much forest fire here but it is my instinct: is this ethnic? It smells like it to me and I think there is a disdain on the part of some Republicans . . . that do talk down to the president and his friends.” 

His guest, Brown, had earlier accused Issa, who lead the contempt hearings, of “leading a lynch-like mob” against Holder, earlier in the show.

Holder played the same card in December.

“This is a way to get at the president because of the way I can be identified with him. Both due to the nature of our relationship and, you know, the fact that we’re both African-American.”

Now, let’s look at these statements here, shall we? First off, it’s  racist to assume that every attack from a Caucasian onto an African America is race motivated.  It’s extremely racist, and we see straight through your ploy, Chris Matthews & Eric Holder. In fact, to use race as your first response in this situation, in my mind, is just as racist as a racial hate crime itself.

Notice who the true superstar of the day was, in the Conservative base it was Representative Trey Gowdy. Gowdy personally blew me away.  In one of his talking points, he nailed the point of the investigation on the head. He explained the true reason why it the investigation needed to be pressed forward, aside from politics. While Conservatives cheer on Gowdy, Liberals attack Issa.

Hundreds of Mexicens are dead, one of our own Border Patrol agents is dead and all because of a DOJ operation. Now, we have an Attorney General who is being held in contempt, and the entire time, the Left is blaming all of this on racial hate.

Admit it, Matthews & Holder. It’s not about race, Gowdy defined it. This is about justice. Whether Fast & Furious was put in place by Bush or Obama, justice needs to be served, and Eric Holder is responsible for the DOJ. Time to accept responsibility.

Oh, and Chris. If you host a show named Hard Ball, don’t use the race card when the going gets tough.

Introducing: Richard M. obama

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Then Senator obama routinely criticized President George W. Bush for his use of executive privilege. Not surprisingly now that obama is sitting in the Oval Office, his views on the topic have changed…entirely.

Ladies and gentlemen, introducing: Richard M. obama

As was the case with disgraced President Richard M. Nixon, who resigned over participation in the infamous Watergate cover up, the current White House occupant has determined there is enough to hide from the public that it’s time to play the executive privilege card.

What a refreshing switch from playing either the race card or the class warfare card. However, under these newly created circumstances and given the track record of the current administration and its political allies, do not believe for a second that playing one of those cards might inevitably become necessary.

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has been stonewalling for the past year, refusing to disclose what he and the Department of Justice know about the failed Fast and Furious gun running scandal. Holder has ignored subpoenas while obstructing repeated attempts to obtain important information. It has gotten so bad that Holder is seen as being in contempt of Congress.

What is Holder hiding that is so important that his boss and friend in the White House would risk his entire reputation, as did Nixon, by invoking executive privilege?

As is the case of obama’s personal records (his birth certificate being the most famous), all of which were sealed from public view via executive order on his first day in office, there is definitely information the Chief Executive of the United States needs kept hidden from the general public. This conclusion is not a surprising one. In fact, that is his track record.

If there was never any White House involvement in the failed Fast and Furious gun running operation, which led to the death of hundreds of Mexican civilians and the death of Federal Agent Brian Terry, how is executive privilege justified?

Did the White House know that hundreds of sophisticated automatic weapons were being allowed, with the blessings of the DOJ, to walk across the American/Mexican border in the hands of ruthless, mass murdering criminals? Was this part of a master plan to intentionally inflate the number of American made weapons being found in the hands of drug cartel members at crime scenes, thereby justifying the imposition of gun control in America? Not so coincidently, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had been making statements insinuating such an objective just prior to news about Fast and Furious coming to light.

The imposition of gun control so strict as to violate the Second Amendment has long been sought by card carrying members of the big government, central planning, control the people leftist fringe, including the fringe leftist currently sitting in the Oval Office.

Holder has a track record of supporting south and central American drug criminals. He has a track record of selective prosecution of American laws based on race, personal and political bias. Holder should be in prison for violating his oath of office. So should his co-conspirators, no matter how far up the food chain they go.

Reposted from: http://mjfellright.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/introducing-richard-m-obama/

Holder Held in Contempt, Yet Fast & Furious Not Going Away

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It was a raucous day of hearings on Capitol Hill, as one Republican after another blasted Eric Holder for withholding thousands of documents related to the bloody “Fast and Furious” scandal. The day culminated in the 23-17 vote to hold the Attorney General in contempt of Congress.

The resolution was passed along pure party lines. Of course, it will be the Republicans accused of being ‘partisan’ and ‘political,’ but not the Democrats. The mainstream media are already in full spin mode, but one wonders how much damage they will do attacking the Republicans, while continuing not to report on the substance of the scandal.

Earlier in the day, Attorney General Holder had requested, and was granted, “executive privilege” by the Obama administration not to turn over the subpoenaed documents. As Heritage Foundation’s Todd Gaziano rightly points out, the precedent of United States v. Nixon implies that the executive branch cannot withhold documents citing “executive privilege” for the purpose of shielding wrongdoing.

However, some bloggers and pundits are claiming that such obstruction implies that the White House should be assumed as implicated in the scandal. This is a fallacious assumption, as Gaziano points out in his article.

Attorney General Holder, despite all his lies and self-contradiction, cannot be iron-clad guaranteed as having played a part in the scandal from its inception to its presumed termination. But one thing is for certain: the Attorney General’s refusal to turn over thousands of documents in reasonably unredacted form makes it impossible to find out all the relevant facts of Operation Fast and Furious. And regardless of the outcome of any full investigation, Holder is to some extent professionally responsible.

If the American people deserve accountability, as many Democrats and the Justice department claim to support, then let’s have it. This was the general theme of today’s hearings, and much of the apparent grandstanding was insistence on this supposedly agreed-upon and reasonable point.  And for any media outlet or the Democrat Party to call the Republican Party ‘partisan’ for insisting on transparency and accountability, regarding a bloody international incident leading to hundreds of Mexicans’ deaths, as well as that of border patrol agent Brian Terry, is simply beyond-the-pale as a smokescreen for an increasingly lawless presidency.

In many ways, today’s contempt vote was a small victory for the conservative and independent blogosphere, because the Fast and Furious scandal would most likely have been swept under the Oval Office rug if the mainstream media had their druthers. But we “just bloggers” have been dogged in holding not only the government accountable, as the major news media routinely fail to do; we have also remained determined to hold an out-of-control media complex accountable for failing to report accurately on certain political elites of a particular political party.

But very few are cheering for merely holding Eric Holder in contempt. Perhaps there would be only brief celebration even if he were to be impeached. The sheer magnitude of Fast and Furious as a political scandal, with all its dark implications for the organized left’s case to ratify an international small arms treaty, leads us to the somber and sobering conclusion that we have a segment of our own government that not only refuses to act humanely and obey the laws of the land, but would outright lie and obstruct to our faces even when caught red-handed. That is why Fast and Furious is not going away as a scandal; not even if the Republicans hold the entire Obama administration in contempt.

The historical record will show that the failed gunrunning operation Fast and Furious, which saw drug lords armed by the ATF with the U.S. government’s assistance, and hundreds of people killed due to an unlikely degree of negligence, will go down as one of the darkest pages in this country’s history. It was undoubtedly pre-meditated, calculated, and cruel. It smacks of an Alinsky-type “ends justify the means” operation designed to justify infringing on our Second Amendment rights. And when the full light of day shines on the scope and depth of this supposedly botched operation, the true contempt will finally come to be seen: that of an elected government for the American people.

White House Rebuffs Calls for a Special Prosecutor

Despite calls from Senators John Cornyn, John McCain and Lindsey Graham, the Justice Department continues to resist calls for appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate national security leaks said to be coming from inside the White House. The Senators view Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision to appoint two Justice Department legal insiders to the investigation as insufficient.

The White House remains in support of Holder. The official word from press secretary Jay Carney is that “there is no need for a special counsel. These things have consistently been investigated when that’s appropriate”.

Holder’s troubles are not isolated to the national security leaks investigation. Holder is also under legal attack for the failed Fast and Furious firearms fiasco. Despite Holder’s possibly facing contempt of Congress charges next week, Carney relayed the “absolute confidence” the White House still has in Holder.

This “no special prosecutor” position stands in stark contrast to the position held by then Senators obama and Biden when it came to investigating the Iraq war policy. Or when it came to calling for the firing of U.S. attorneys. Or reviewing conditions at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. And especially when it came to discovering who leaked Valerie Plame and Joseph Wilson’s identities. All of which took place during George W. Bush’s presidency.

Not to mention special prosecutor Archibald Cox, who was appointed to investigate the Watergate scandal.

It would seem that, as usual, when the left commits perceived offenses, it’s perfectly appropriate for them to police themselves. But when there are similar perceptions of offenses committed by those on the right, that’s a completely different story.

Holder’s stonewalling of the Fast and Furious congressional investigation is not only straight out of the Richard M. Nixon play book, it is more egregious. Although ultimately the ongoing investigation resulted in the removal of a sitting President from office for his role in the Watergate burglary and ensuing cover-up, nobody died due to decisions made or actions taken by Nixon and his lieutenants.

It is alleged that by allowing hundreds of highly sophisticated automatic weapons to walk across the U.S./Mexican border and into the hands of criminal drug cartels, the Holder led Department of Justice contributed to the death of hundreds of Mexican civilians and murder of U.S. Border Agent Brian Terry. This is an extremely serious charge. The truth must be uncovered. If this allegation is true, Eric Holder should go to prison, instead of being allowed to harass multiple state governments with frivolous, racist lawsuits. To hold to the notion that Eric Holder is capable of dispassionate logic in pursuit of fact in the face of such a clear conflict of interest is incongruous.

That the White House is standing behind Holder in stone walling the cover up of information is not surprising. When are the college records, medical records, travel records, etc of the current White House occupant going to be brought to light?

Will obama and Holder agree to appoint a special prosecutor? If they do and the going gets dicey, is the United States going to be submitted to a replay of the Archibald Cox firing drama? Will there be the Saturday Night Massacre, part two?

It would not be in the least bit surprising to see the White House let this drag out through the summer as a means of distracting from their own dismal record. It would also be true to form to see Holder go the way of many of obama’s once political allies. The moment Holder’s presence becomes too much of a political liability to the full time, win at all costs candidate he will become persona non grata faster than you can say: “Our long national nightmare is over”.

http://mjfellright.wordpress.com/2012/06/13/white-house-rebuffs-calls-for-a-special-prosecutor/

Eric Holder Demonstrates His Contempt for Congress!

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Contempt is defined as: An act of deliberate disobedience or disregard for the laws, regulations, or decorum of a public authority, such as a court or legislative body.

It is no wonder that the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will consider holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress on June 20 relating to the ongoing Fast and Furious ATF gun trafficking scandal.

During the House Judiciary Justice Department Oversight committee hearing on June 7th, it became abundantly clear that Attorney General Eric Holder has complete contempt for congress.

Setting aside for a moment the topic of Fast and Furious – a disastrous ATF operation to allow guns to cross the border into Mexico, and then determine at which crime scene they re-surfaced thereby tracking their purchasers – Mr. Holder’s contempt became clear as congressperson after congressperson asked Mr. Holder why they had not received an answer to a prior inquiry. Mr. Holder made it clear from his answers that he had made little or no effort to follow-up on congressional inquiries, whether they came from republicans or democrats.

In his efforts to obfuscate, delay, or outright refuse to answer questions, Mr. Holder made it clear that he holds himself beyond the reach of congressional oversight, and possibly even believes that the law is whatever Mr. Holder thinks it is at any given moment.

Ms. Lofgren (D-CA) began her questioning by saying “When you were last before us in December, I asked you about a case involving the seizure of a domain name called Jazzone.com for alleged copyright infringement. In December, you said you were unfamiliar with the case, but that you would look into it. Since that time, not only have not heard from you, but new details have surfaced.” It was clear from his answer that Mr. Holder had not looked into the case.

Chairman Lamar Smith then asked Mr. Holder, “Mr. Attorney general a number of members today have made requests from you of information. When can they expect those requests to be responded to, two weeks or so? To which the Attorney General replied, “We will do the best that we can as quickly as we can, I’m a little surprised that we have not responded to at least some of the things in connection with the last time I was here.” Indicating that he had not followed up on any of them.

Mr. King (R-IA) said “Just in picking up on the chairman’s remarks, I point out that I had a series of questions that I asked on December 8th here, and although we haven’t pressed relentlessly for those responses, I haven’t seen them and so I’m going to be submitting a new request from December 8th and additionally for this today.”

Mr Franks (R-AZ) quizzed, “Mr. Holder on April 27, 2011 members of this committee asked you to give us information surrounding the decision by justice to forgo prosecution of the un-indited co-conspirators in the Holy Land Foundation case. This is the largest terrorism financing case in US history. You refused to comply with this request and you still have not prosecuted despite there being what many consider to be a mountain of evidence against these jihadist groups, at least one of which now says it is working inside your agency to help advise on the purge of counter terrorism training materials. We are told that this mountain of evidence which outlines the jihadist network within the United States amounts to 80 bankers boxes full of documents. This evidence was turned over to the court and much of it was given to the jihadist’s defense lawyers. Members of this committee and other committees would like to review this evidence, whether it has to be on a classified basis or not. Would you commit today to give us provide us with those documents which comprise the government’s case in the Holy Land Foundation trial?”

Eric Holder replied, “It’s hard for me to answer that question.”

Mr. Franks responded, “No it’s not, it’s just will you or will you not?”

Holder: “I will take a look at your request and see if it is appropriate or not….”

Franks: “Well we made the request on April 27th of last year and ah so far it hasn’t happened”

Louie Gohmert (R-TX) also asked Mr. Holder if they would get the documents the government provided to the defendants in the Holy Land Foundation trial, and again Holder evaded. Gohmert then asked if Holder ever demanded to know who authorized Fast and Furious. Holder replied that he asked the Inspector General to look into it.

Mr. Chaffetz (R-UT) asked if Mr. Holder would make himself available to four members of the committee to sit down and answer some questions about what they have seen in the Fast and Furious evidence.

“I’m not sure there is a lot more I can say,” was Holder’s response.

Chaffetz then asked, “did you personally read the letter Speaker Boehner sent to you?” Holder replied, “Yes I got that letter.” Chaffetz asked again, “Did you read it?” “Yes.” Then Chaffetz followed up “Did you respond to it?” Holder replied, “The deputy attorney general replied to it.”

It is evident from his evasionary tactics that the Attorney General of the United States has no intention of being straightforward or forthcoming in providing any detailed information to congress about the activities of his office, and that they ought to just leave him alone to do what he sees as his job.

Congress has no choice but to vote on contempt charges. We will see what the oversight committee decides on June 20th.

Contempt Charges To Be Brought Against Holder

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Katie Pavlich, News Editor for Townhall, released today that contempt charges will be brought against Eric Holder on June 20th.  Pavlich has been covering the Fast and Furious scandal and has written a book about this egregious episode in government ineptitude.

Fast and Furious was a botched “gunwalking” operation headed by the ATF that allowed thousands of guns to cross into Mexico in the hopes of capturing key drug cartel kingpins in the ongoing narcotics war.  It is a conflict that has already claimed over 30,000 lives since it began in 2006.  What makes Fast and Furious horrific is the fact that the guns used in the operation were responsible for the death of Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.   Holder was given the option to have a contempt charge tossed if he complied with the October 2011 Congressional Subpoena.  He did not.  Here is Chairman Darrell Issa’s statement compliments of Katie Pavlich and Townhall.com:

 

For over a year and a half, the House Oversight Committee, with Senator Chuck Grassley, has conducted a joint investigation of reckless conduct in Operation Fast and Furious. With the support of House leadership, the Republican Conference, and even some Democratic Members who have expressed concern to the White House over the Justice Department’s failure to cooperate, this investigation has yielded significant results. The Attorney General has acknowledged that the operation was fundamentally flawed and he has committed to take steps to ensure that it does not occur again. Evidence found in applications for wiretaps shows that although senior officials were given information about reckless tactics, they still signed affirmations that they had reviewed the investigation and determined that electronic surveillance of phones was necessary.

Despite what the investigation has uncovered through whistleblowers and documents the Justice Department had tried to hide, the Committee’s work is not yet complete.  Attorney General Holder has failed to meet his legal obligations pursuant to the October 12 subpoena.  House leaders reiterated this failure in a May 18, 2012, letter. Specifically, the Justice Department has refused to turn over critical documents on the grounds that they show internal Department deliberations and were created after February 4, 2011 – the date Justice issued a false denial to Congress.  Contempt will focus on the failure to provide these post February 4th documents.

The Obama Administration has not asserted Executive Privilege or any other valid privilege over these materials and it is unacceptable that the Department of Justice refuses to produce them.  These documents pertain to Operation Fast and Furious, the claims of whistleblowers, and why it took the Department nearly a year to retract false denials of reckless tactics.  The Justice Department’s actions have obstructed the investigation. Congress has an obligation to investigate unanswered questions about attempts to smear whistleblowers, failures by Justice Department officials to be truthful and candid with the congressional investigation, and the reasons for the significant delay in acknowledging reckless conduct in Operation Fast and Furious.

While the Justice Department can still stop the process of contempt, this will only occur through the delivery of the post February 4, 2011, documents related to Operation Fast and Furious and whistleblower accusations subpoenaed by the Committee.  If the Attorney General decides to produce these subpoenaed documents, I am confident we can reach agreement on other materials and render the process of contempt unnecessary.”

 

 

$25 Million-Dollar Lawsuit Filed Against ATF

U.S. Border agent Brian Terry was murdered on U.S. soil by a Mexican drug cartel member carrying an assault weapon made available to him by the U.S. Government in the Fast and Furious gunrunning debacle. Agent Terry’s parents have been denied any closure in this situation by cover-up king and DOJ Chief Eric Holder and company, so they have decided to sue the ATF, (which is run by the DOJ) in what looks like a case of seeking truth and justice, as opposed to it just being about the money.  The family was denied a chance to speak out against this travesty when they were denied status as crime victims by the very same man who’s office led Operation Fast and Furious, U.S. Attorney Dennis Burke. As Human Events points out:

Agent Terry’s family asked to be granted status as crime victims, so they could talk with prosecutors and speak at Avila’s sentencing.  It’s a routine request… but to the surprise of many observers, the U.S. Attorney’s office in Arizona has denied them.  William LaJeunesse of Fox News reports:

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.”

Prominent litigator and the former U.S. Attorney in Florida, Kendall Coffey disagrees.

“The government apparently is saying they’re not victims, even though it was a federal crime that put the murder weapon in the hands of the killer of Brian Terry,” says Coffey. “They are simply rights of respect, rights of communication and the right to be heard.”

The Terry family has lost a son that would still be alive today if the U.S. Government hadn’t perpetuated the crime of  ordering the sale of assault weapons to Mexican drug cartels. To add insult to injury, the government is trying to shut them up by denying them crime victim status. The Terry family has taken a stand against big government cover-up, and will now be heard in a court of law, which will also be heavily reported in the media. ( at least the slim part of the media that still actually reports the truth)

Fox News  is covering the story, and is reporting on the reasons for the lawsuit as follows:

In a 65-page complaint, served on the government on  Wednesday, attorneys for the family claim ATF “wrongdoing” in Operation Fast and  Furious.

“ATF’s failures were not only negligent but in  violation of ATF’s own policies and procedures,” the complaint claims.

The family has also filed a claim against the Lone  Wolf Trading Company seeking unspecified damages for negligence in selling the  weapons to the purchaser and aiding and abetting in Mexican drug cartels’ conduct.

The claim says Lone Wolf knowingly sold “hundreds of  weapons” to various straw purchasers and in turn realized “hundreds of thousands  of dollars in profits from these sales.”

The claim alleges that “but for defendants’  negligent and illegal sales … Brian Terry would not have been murdered in the  Arizona desert on Dec. 14, 2010.”

The family is seeking a jury trial.

Finally, as of Wednesday, the ATF was unavailable for comment.  Comment or no comment, someone is going to be held accountable for this terrible injustice, and that should start with DOJ Chief justice-denier and serial liar Eric Holder.  The ATF is in fact, an agency within Holder’s Department of Justice. This happened on Holder’s watch, yet he has refused to comply with congressional subpoenas and has been caught lying to Congress, which has resulted in recently threatened contempt of congress charges.

UPDATE: Democrats release fake report  trying to protect Holder and company. Eric Holder will once again tell Congress how he knew nothing about fast and furious today when he goes before the House Oversight Committee  and Darrell Issa.