Obama Falsely Blames Bush for Fast and Furious

The blame game continues!  Yesterday President Obama blamed former president George Bush for the current “Fast and Furious”  government gun-running scandal during a town hall meeting hosted by Univision at  the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.  We have four dead embassy officials and a dead border patrol agent – and Obama is still blaming a video and George Bush!!!

 

 

According to the Digital Journal:

“I think it’s important for us to understand that the “Fast and Furious” program  was a field-initiated program begun under the previous administration,” the  president said. “When Eric Holder found out about it, he discontinued it. We assigned a inspector general to do a thorough report that was just issued,  confirming that in fact Eric Holder did not know about this, that he took prompt action and the people who did initiate this were held accountable,” said Mr. Obama.

 The “Fast and Furious” program was  actually started in October 2009, nine months after Obama came to office,  according to an ABC  OTUS News report.
 

While similar but more successful  programs involving ATF agents were conducted during the Bush administration they  were completely separate operations, not part of the Obama administration’s  “field-initiated program,” as Obama told the crowd. Also, there were no  Americans killed in such a program under Bush.

 After the president’s falsehood was  pointed out, White House officials did not respond to a request for comment  by media.
 
Regarding Obama’s embattled Attorney  General a White  House spokesman said inside investigators “concluded that although Attorney  General Holder was notified immediately of (Border Patrol) Agent (Brian) Terry’s  shooting and death, he was not told about the connection between the firearms  found at the scene of the shooting and Operation “Fast and Furious.”
 

We determined that Attorney General  Holder did not learn of that fact until sometime in 2011, after he received Sen.  Grassley’s January 27 letter. Senior Department officials were aware of this  significant and troubling information by December 17, 2010, but did not believe  the information was sufficiently important to alert the Attorney General about  it or to make any further inquiry regarding this development.”

Although Attorney General Eric Holder feels he has been exonerated by the recent Inspector General’s report, ABC News feels otherwise:

 …this was not entirely an exoneration of the Justice Department run by Mr. Holder. “We found it troubling that a case of this magnitude, and one that affected Mexico so significantly was not directly briefed to the Attorney General,” the report stated.

In addition to specific disciplinary measures, the Inspector General “made six recommendations designed to increase the Department’s involvement in and oversight of ATF operations, improve coordination among the Department’s law enforcement components, and enhance the Department’s wiretap application review and authorization process. The OIG intends to closely monitor the department’s progress in implementing these recommendations.”

Read the Inspector General’s report HERE.

Wisconsin Democrats Are Busing in Supporters From Michigan for Recall Vote (Video)

A man called into the Chris Plante Show today. He said Democrats are giving away free stuff to supporters who go vote in Wisconsin. The caller said Democrats have four buses coming into Wisconsin from Michigan to vote Democrat.

Hat Tip Gateway Pundit

 

 

I guess the Dems plan to win at all costs……but I am sure Eric Holder and his Justice Department will be there to prevent all attempts of voter fraud!

Holder’s DOJ Halts Florida Effort to Remove Ineligible Voters from Rolls – Obama Can’t Win Florida w/o Voter Fraud!

Via Fox News
Kasey’s Note:  The hypocrisy of the left is astounding.  Democrats say Requiring Photo ID is Voter Suppression; yet For Massachusetts Democrats….No Entry to Convention Without Photo ID. Even better – Unions Also Require Photo ID to Vote.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla –  Federal authorities  are demanding that Florida halt its push to remove ineligible voters from the  voter rolls.

In a move that comes just months before the state could play a pivotal role  in the 2012 presidential election, the U.S. Department of Justice contends that  the state is violating federal law in its effort to identify and remove  ineligible voters.

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The state’s effort has already come under fire from local election  supervisors who belong to both political parties, as well as Democratic members  of Congress and voting rights groups.

Chris Cate, a spokesman for the Florida Department of State, said state  officials were still reviewing the letter, but hinted Florida may fight federal  authorities.

“Bottom line is we are firmly committed to doing the right thing and  preventing ineligible voters from being able to cast a ballot,” Cate said.

Florida, at the urging of Republican Gov. Rick Scott, began looking for  non-U.S. citizens on its voter rolls last year. An initial search turned up as  many as 182,000 registered voters who may not be U.S. citizens.

Earlier this year state officials sent to local election officials a much  smaller list of more than 2,600 voters and asked supervisors to start the  process to remove them from the rolls.

Supervisors, however, have loudly questioned the accuracy of the list, with  one GOP supervisor going on Twitter to show the picture of a U.S. passport of  one voter found on the list. Earlier this week two Democratic members of  Congress held a press conference with a World War II veteran whose citizenship  had been questioned.

Federal officials said that the procedures the state is using to identify  non-U.S. citizens has not been reviewed to make sure they are not  discriminatory. Florida must get approval for changes in voting procedures  because five counties are still covered by the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

T. Christian Herren, chief of the voting section of the civil rights  division, also said that removing voters from the rolls less than 90 days before  a federal election also appears to violate federal law. Florida’s primary  election is Aug. 14.

Herren’s letter gives Florida until June 6 to tell federal authorities  whether they plan to halt the purge.

Voting rights groups who had called on the U.S. Department of Justice to  intervene praised the decision.

“We commend the attorney general of the United States Eric Holder for  ensuring that the right to vote, the fundamental pillar of our democracy is  protected for all American citizens,” said Advancement Project co-director Penda  Hair in a statement.

The intervention of the U.S. Department of Justice came the same day that  Florida officials were trying to get another federal agency to help the state  verify the citizenship status of thousands of voters.

Secretary of State Kent Detzner wants the U.S. Department of Homeland  Security to let Florida have access to an immigration database maintained by the  federal government.

“I hope you will understand the importance of making sure the vote of an  eligible voter is not diminished by the vote of ineligible voter and provide my  department the access it needs,” Detzner wrote to Secretary Janet  Napolitano.

A Department of Homeland Security official said Thursday that the federal  agency is aware of Florida’s request but that there a “number of legal and  operational challenges” to granting the state access.

Detzner in his letter said that while Florida’s initial list was “credible  and reliable” he acknowledged that his department’s ability to “validate a  person’s legal status as up to date was limited.” The first list was drawn by  comparing driver’s licenses to voter registration lists. The Department of  Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles initially planned to double-check its  information with the federal database but has since been told that is not  permitted.

Even without access to the federal database Cate had said the state is likely  to circulate additional names to election supervisors in the weeks ahead.

But some election supervisors are already saying that they will ignore any  additional names given to them by the Florida Department of State.

“It’s illegal under federal law and I’m going to follow the law,” said Leon  County Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho.

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The Strange-Strange World of Eric Holder

Kasey Jachim:

Eric Holder’s fantasy world is most people’s dreams on steroids! His distinction between fact and fiction; truth and lies; reality and make-believe is non-existent. This man-child protege of our man-child President needs a reality check and will hopefully receive one in November!!!

Originally posted on Gds44's Blog:

The Strange-Strange World of Eric Holder | Grumpy Opinions.

I don’t have the time or the inclination, but somebody could build an entire website around Eric Holder’s apparent conflicts with reality.

 

 

It seems like almost everything he does is totally alien to the average American.  He seems to find it offensive that several states want to purge the voter rolls of people who are dead. It infuriates him that several states actually want to send illegal aliens home, instead of allowing them to infiltrate our country and live at our expense.

He does not seem overly concerned about the deaths of at least 200 Mexicans and two American Border Patrol Agents because of an illegal operation people in his department conceived and then bungled, in fact he believes trying to find out what happened is a racist attack on him personally.  While we’re on the subject of racism, he…

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Anita Moncrief Takes on Eric Holder on Race, ACORN and Voter Fraud

By  J. Christian Adams via PJ Media

(Legal Editor Note: Not long ago, the Left had a monopoly on rallies and protests. Republicans and conservatives, more enamored with scholars instead of brawlers, shunned displays of political muscle in the streets. That’s all changed. A few months ago, Attorney General Eric Holder went to the LBJ Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, to announce an aggressive attack on state election integrity measures like Voter ID. This election-year strategy is designed to stoke the leftist base but risks alienating everyone else. To greet Holder that day were hundreds of citizens at a rally sponsored by True the Vote.

I will never forget the disoriented look on Holder’s face as he emerged from the black SUV to the large crowd of people who came out to confront him. “Signs? Bullhorns? Multitudes? And they aren’t here to support me?” — that was the look.

ACORN whistleblower Anita Moncrief delivered a powerful speech that day, and PJ Media has finally been able to obtain it and publish it.)

Thank you. It’s an honor to be here today and I’m glad to see that there’s so many of you with your video cameras, because after the mainstream media gets hold of this, it will be “an all-white crowd showed up to protest Eric Holder.”  So I’m glad we’ll have a little bit of somebody to combat that.

I speak from the heart and I speak plain, so if I offend some of you I’m sorry. But it’s an honor to be here today, especially to be at the LBJ Library, the father of the Great Society, the father of the social programs and the welfare state, and then the dissolution of the black family and our communities.

When LBJ signed in the Voting Rights Act in 1965, he said: “We’ll have those niggers voting Democrat for the next 40 years.” And that needs to be said. People need to understand that. That’s the legacy that Holder brings here with him tonight by holding his speech here. It’s not just about coming here to talk about voting rights. It’s to talk about how they’ve taken race and turned it in to something that is unrecognizable.

I grew up in Birmingham, Alabama, in the heart of the civil rights movement. I could have walked to the 16th Street Baptist Church that was bombed during the civil rights era. And I have to tell you, the racism that I experienced, the evilness that came at me, it wasn’t from Birmingham, Alabama. It was from when I moved to the liberal north, and I got to see how things really were, and part of that was working with ACORN.

And that’s why I’m here today, to let you know what you guys are up against. This is not just something that has come out recently. This is something that started in the ’90s when Bill Clinton was in office. Not many people realize this, but ACORN helped get Bill Clinton elected, and the National Voter Registration Act was Clinton’s gift to ACORN.

And so for 10 years, ACORN and its sister organization Project Vote were going around the country and forcing Section 7 of the NVRA, which is the part about registering voters in public assistance agencies.  They coordinated openly with the Clinton Justice Department during the ’90s, and during that time they had voter registrations coming out of these public assistance offices in the millions. This was their demographic.

Imagine a government, a federal mandate targeting a certain demographic. What if we were to say that by federal law you have to register people in churches and gun stores across the country? You don’t think liberals would lose their mind?

They are targeting their demographic, the people that are getting them elected, and this Obama gravy train has gotten out of control. We have more people on public assistance and welfare and unemployment than ever before, and they are coordinating to get Obama elected.

I have proof that Obama and Project Vote and ACORN were coordinating illegally in 2008 to get Obama elected. Do you not think that they would do the same thing in 2012 to get this man put back in office?

If there is proof that the Department of Justice ignored an ACORN investigation because they knew it would lead right to the White House, do you not think they would try to avoid Freedom of Information Act requests that show collusion between Project Vote, who has been pushing this project for years, and now the DOJ has all of a sudden started back filing lawsuits across the country under Section 7 violations.

This is a coordinated effort by ACORN and its people to push the same agenda that they’ve been doing for 20 years. We have the proof, we can connect the dots. They’ve been contacting the Department of Justice up until 2004 to force them to file lawsuits; even when Bush was in office and Antonio Gonzales was the Attorney General, they were still trying to get them to collude with them and to work.

So now, now, when they publicly acknowledge working with the Department of Justice in those previous administrations, why are they denying it and hiding it now? Could it be because it’s illegal collusion? Could it be because they’re trying to work to get Obama elected?

These are the questions we need to ask. We have — and I say “we” because there are people I’m working with — over 55,000 documents that could indict some of these people from ACORN and Project Vote, the same people that are out there right now meddling around in New York with Occupy Wall Street and across the country.

Why won’t Darrell Issa and his people call for a congressional investigation of ACORN when there are enough documents to bury these people? Why won’t we get them to take the stand?

We need you guys to step up and do this. I am today calling for two things: one, a Congressional investigation into the activities of ACORN and Project Vote, the Obama administration, and its relation to the Department of Justice in these Section 7 lawsuits across the country; and two, I am calling on you guys to help me with this, to not only call for Holder’s resignation but his impeachment.

I am so tired of race being a dividing factor in our communities. I grew up poor in Birmingham, Alabama, and I will tell you, in the black community they don’t have a lot of opportunities, there’s not a lot of banks, so where are you going to get your check cashed at? The liquor store, or you go to a check cashing place.

You can’t do anything without an ID in the black community. Sometimes they won’t even let you use your debit card unless they can verify you are who you are, because they lose money on fraudulent purchases every year. These are the realities of being poor and being black in America. Why is Sharpton ignoring this? He knows exactly what I’m talking about, but he’s a professional race-baiter. He smells that 8mm camera film and he comes running out there and he pulls out that platinum race card.

I’m tired of the platinum race card, and that’s why I’m here today — to let you know it’s a lie, it’s something they have used to divide this country, and we have got to get together and stop it. And the only way we can do that is to unite our voices and call for these investigations, and to let people know that we are tired of this race card and we’re not going to put up with that in 2012.

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Allen West: The New Black Panther bounty on Zimmerman is a hate crime

By John Hayward via Human Events

New Black Panther Party

Rep. Allen West, who has previously decried the police “mishandling” of the Trayvon Martin shooting as an “outrage” and called for a Justice Department investigation, on Wednesday found himself wondering why that very same Justice Department isn’t treating the New Black Panther Party’s bounty for the man who shot Martin as a “hate crime.”

From West’s Facebook page, here is his original statement on the Martin case:

I have sat back and allowed myself time to assess the current episode revealing itself in Sanford, Florida involving the shooting of 17-year-old Treyvon Martin. First of all, if all that has been reported is accurate, the Sanford Police Chief should be relieved of his duties due to what appears to be a mishandling of this shooting in its early stages. The US Navy SEALS identified Osama Bin Laden within hours, while this young man laid on a morgue slab for three days. The shooter, Mr Zimmerman, should have been held in custody and certainly should not be walking free, still having a concealed weapons carry permit.

From my reading, it seems this young man was pursued and there was no probable cause to engage him, certainly not pursue and shoot him….against the direction of the 911 responder. Let’s all be appalled at this instance not because of race, but because a young American man has lost his life, seemingly, for no reason.  I have signed a letter supporting a DOJ investigation. I am not heading to Sanford to shout and scream, because we need the responsible entities and agencies to handle this situation from this point without media bias or undue political influences. This is an outrage.

And here is his condemnation of the New Black Panther bounty:

I vehemently condemn the bounty poster emanating from the New Black Panther Party putting a $10,000 ransom up for the capture of George Zimmerman and call upon the US Department of Justice to prosecute their actions, clearly a hate crime. We have seen this type of abhorrent behavior from this group previously in 2008 as part of a voter intimidation action, it is reprehensible.  To openly solicit for the death of an American citizen, with reward, is not in keeping with the laws of due process which governs this Constitutional Republic. However, this is to be expected when irrational voices dominate our public dialogue and are fueled by an ideological driven media. I am concerned that that the tragic death of Trayvon Martin is being hijacked by malcontents.

Incidentally, the “New Black Panther Party for Self-Defense” is not officially related to the old Black Panther Party.  The old Black Panther Party does not like the New Black Panther Party, and for that matter probably dislikes being referred to as “the Old Black Panther Party,” as it makes them sound like a shuffleboard team.

Back to Rep. West: he’s hardly the only person who questions the way this case was handled by the Sanford Police Department, although they are not without their legal and procedural defenses.  Based on what we’ve now learned about the case, West was not helping matters by prematurely stating “there was no probable cause to engage him, certainly not pursue and shoot him….against the direction of the 911 responder,” although he was careful to qualify this as his personal impression, based on the same shoddy reporting we’ve all been reading.  (Along those lines, Dan Riehl at Breitbart.com caught MSNBC deliberately doctoring quotes in a March 21 story to make Zimmerman out as a racist… in the early paragraphs of an article about his neighbors coming to his defense!)

Zimmerman’s actions may turn out to have been profoundly wrong, with obviously deadly consequences, but they were not random or utterly inexplicable.  The Sanford Police Department did not dispatch Sherriff Roscoe P. Coltrane from the Dukes of Hazzard to giggle and wave Zimmerman along.  These are important distinctions to make, and it doesn’t invalidate either legal proceedings against Zimmerman, substantive criticism of the police department, the imperative to investigate the matter fully, or an observer’s heartfelt conviction that the shooting was horrendous.  If people are to be castigated, and placed in legal jeopardy, for their actions, it is important to remain clear about what those actions actually were.  Such clarity has never been in plentiful supply with regard to the Sanford incident.

As for West’s condemnation of the NBPP bounty as a “hate crime,” well, isn’t it?  Here is the Justice Department’s official definition:

Hate crime is the violence of intolerance and bigotry, intended to hurt and intimidate someone because of their race, ethnicity, national origin, religious, sexual orientation, or disability. The purveyors of hate use explosives, arson, weapons, vandalism, physical violence, and verbal threats of violence to instill fear in their victims, leaving them vulnerable to more attacks and feeling alienated, helpless, suspicious and fearful.

Others may become frustrated and angry if they believe the local government and other groups in the community will not protect them. When perpetrators of hate are not prosecuted as criminals and their acts not publicly condemned, their crimes can weaken even those communities with the healthiest race relations.

There’s at least as much evidence that the NBPP is motivated by George Zimmerman’s “race or ethnicity” as that Zimmerman was motivated by Trayvon Martin’s.  There is certainly reason to wonder if certain elements of the government are willing to protect Zimmerman from the New Black Panther Party and their bounty hunters, as neither Attorney General Eric Holder nor President Barack Obama has spoken up against them.

If the answer to West’s challenge is that “white Hispanics” like Zimmerman cannot be targeted by hate crimes, or that people like the New Black Panther Party are inherently incapable of committing them, let’s have that out on the table, and get it codified in statute.  Let’s be clear that “hate crimes” are not matters of absolute justice, but rather political constructs – meaning that who commits them against whom is more important than what was actually said or done.

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How Many Crimes Did the New Black Panthers Commit in Florida?

By J. Christian Adams via PJ Media

When New Black Panther Mikhail Muhammad called for the mobilization of a 10,000 strong black male mob to capture George Zimmerman, we glimpsed into the depths of racial depravity of the organization. “An eye for an eye,” Muhammad threatened.  A cash bounty for Zimmerman, “Dead or Alive,” provided a nasty incentive for thugs across the land.But did a crime occur in the New Black Panther’s call for mob vengeance against Zimmerman? Quite possibly.

I’ve been familiar with this crowd since the day President Obama was elected when I worked at the Department of Justice.  Soon after election day 2008, I and other attorneys would bring a voter intimidation case against the New Black Panthers.  The Obama administration famously dismissed the case.  Afterwards, I and another DOJ lawyer testified under oath about the hostility within the Obama DOJ to bringing cases against defendants like the NBPP.  Nobody has ever contradicted the specifics of our testimony, or the details in my book Injustice which describes, among other things, Eric Holder’s personal involvement in the panther case dismissal.

Now Florida officials may have a chance to do what Eric Holder refused to do – bring these New Black Panther gangsters to justice once and for all.

State Attorney Norman Wolfinger is busy these days.  While he is busy looking at the underlying facts of the Trayvon Martin tragedy, he needs to look at the New Black Panther threats also.

America is not a land where thugs should be allowed to threaten free Americans who have been charged with no crime.  Seminole County, Florida, is not Ox-Bow Canyon, where resolutions come quick by murderers with rope and a tree.

We can thank Eric Holder in part for the disgusting bravado we’ve seen from these lawless thugs over the last few days.  Not only did his DOJ drop the voter intimidation charges against them, the DOJ refuses to bring what appears to be slam dunk felon-in-possession gun charges against one member.

The New Black Panthers act like they are above the law because so far they have been.

Americans are taking renewed notice of the New Black Panthers, and the politicians who have enabled them.  What sort of country have we become that racist uniformed thugs can stalk polls and threaten free citizens with mob arrest and murder?  Is this a post-racial America, or a wicked reminder of a lawless age we thought we had moved beyond forever?

So what crimes may have the New Black Panthers committed in Florida with their threats toward George Zimmerman?

Let’s start with solicitation to kidnap.  In announcing a reward for the seizure of Zimmerman, the New Black Panthers may have violated Florida Code 787.01.  It makes it a felony to “by threat, confining or abducting, or imprisoning another person against his . . .  will without lawful authority with intent to . .  . terrorize.”

Merely soliciting someone else to do this is also a felony in Florida under code section 777.04.  “A person who solicits another to commit an offense prohibited by law and in the course of such solicitation commands, encourages, hires, or requests another person to engage in specific conduct which would constitute such offense or an attempt to commit such offense commits the offense of criminal solicitation.”

The solicitation and threat to seize Zimmerman may also constitute a crime under Florida Code 876.35.  The felony of Combination Against the People of the State occurs when someone is unlawfully seized by a mob, or at the behest of a mob.   Think of a small town jail 100 years ago and angry crowd, armed with rope, demanding a particular inmate.  Sound familiar?

Florida Code 876.35 defines the crime of Combination “to remove them forcibly out of this state, or to remove them from their habitations to any other part of the state by force, or [when people] shall assemble for that purpose.”  Remember, solicitation to commit a crime is in itself a crime.

Florida Code 876.34 even makes it a felony to “interfere forcibly in the administration of the government.”

Florida has an oddball law which may play a role as the facts of the Trayvon Martin become clearer. Florida Code 843.20 is a criminal provision entitled “Harassment of participant of neighborhood crime watch program.”  It makes it a misdemeanor to threaten or intimidate a member of member of a neighborhood crime watch program “while such member is engaged in. . . an organized neighborhood crime watch program activity.”   The law says that a neighborhood patrol includes a “crime watch program activity.”  Of course Zimmerman was on his neighborhood crime watch patrol when the tragic incident occurred.

This awful mess in Sanford is bad enough without the shrill race agitators like the New Black Panthers throwing gasoline on the fire.

But free speech is free speech, until you make threats and offer money to people to commit crimes.

There was a time in this country criminal threats were treated as criminal threats.  There was a time when stalking polls on election day with a billy club was taken seriously.  Obviously we’ve lost something precious when thugs command the attention of a media unwilling to label them as thugs.  We’ve lost something precious when the most vile vigilantism not only goes unpunished, but seems to attract defenders, benefactors and fans.

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