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Right-wing Conspiracy Theory – “Fast and Furious”

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[important]Conspiracy Theory – “Fast and Furious”[/important]

>by Robert L. Gallimore |DLU| June 22, 2012 |

OK, Lefty, you have this Right-wing Conspiracy Theory that President Obama is coming after the NRA gun owners and to eliminate the Second Amendment Rights as we know it and if he (Obama) is re-elected a second term that gun ownership would be banded…”The Right to Bear Arms” would go bye, bye! This is the NRA‘s way to get these gun owners to the polls in 2012…an incentive just like eliminating abortions to the Christian Right because the people are so gun ho about fire arms!
People who watch Fox News religiously don’t know any better because they are fed this crap 24/7! To the Left, we all know that Fox News is GOP TV News and GOP TV New reporters get paid to mislead their viewers – that are mainly conservatives!  Do you get the picture? They just don’t see the picture of the real world; by watching Fox News! These folks need to Shut Off Fox News – Now! Fox is an entertainment station – you are being entertained with their crap! Get it?
This thing, this Conspiracy with Eric Holder is their way of blaming President Obama – again! Rachel explains the whole deal about the Right-wing and their Conspiracy Theory! Eugene Robinson is right to point-out that “the problem is …Darrell Issa isn’t interested in the truth.” “He just wants to score political points.” Read below! Gbismarc!

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[notice]Maddow on “Fast and Furious,” AKA “What Your Uncle Who Watches Fox News All Day Is All Worked Up About”[/notice]

>by Lauren Kelley | Sourced from AlterNet | Posted at June 21, 2012, 6:36 am |

Last night on MSNBC, Rachel Maddow did progressives a solid by explaining to us what the deal is with the “Fast and Furious” controversy, AKA “What your uncle who watches Fox News all day is all worked up about.” Bless you, Rachel Maddow. We all have that uncle/father/brother-in-law/high school friend.

“This is one of those days when what happened today in politics means something totally different to the portion of Americans who watch Fox News than it does to everybody else in the country,” she said. If you get your news from right-wing media, today was a “five-inch-tall headline, day that will live in infamy, huge deal in American politics!” And if not? “Today might not have made much sense.” Indeed! Maddow describes Fast and Furious as one of those stories they tried to “drag…out of the conservative media world, where it’s been cooking for a year, and they tried to drag it into the mainstream….to see if it could survive outside the right-wing world in which it was incubated.” So what exactly are right-wingers talking about with this Fast and Furious thing? Watch the segment below for Maddow’s explanation.


[notice]Of Course ‘Fast and Furious’ Investigators Are Opportunists[/notice]

>by Conor Friedersdorf | Jun 22 2012, 10:30 AM ET |
Critics of House Republicans keep saying they’re just trying to score political points. But partisan hackery doesn’t make transparency less important. 

Eugene Robinson thinks that Eric Holder is getting a raw deal in the Fast and Furious investigation, describing it as a “witch hunt” and an “inquisition,” characterizations that strike me as a bit overwrought, unless the GOP has dusted off the John Yoo memos without telling anyone. Fast and Furious was “a grievous error,” he writes, for even when it became clear that the illegal guns permitted into Mexico were used “as instruments of mayhem, the operation continued.”

Then this passage:

The House wants to go fishing in a vast sea of documents, some of which relate to ongoing investigations. As a believer in sunshine and disclosure, I don’t much care for questionable claims of executive privilege. But I like the politically motivated sideshow the GOP is staging even less.

That’s really something.

A “questionable claim of executive privilege” is a transgression against the law, it impedes Congress from carrying out its vital oversight function, and keeps information from the American public. That’s serious. Does Robinson really think a political sideshow is worse than all that?


I value partisan comity far less.

Absent the incentive to embarrass Democrats, I rather doubt Republicans would bother investigating Fast and Furious at all. And that would be a bad thing, especially if you think it was “grievous.”

Says Robinson:

Congress has not only the right but also the duty to investigate how such a bad idea as gun-walking was conceived and executed over five years — and to make sure nothing of the sort happens again. The problem is that Issa isn’t interested in the truth. He just wants to score political points.

Issa’s focus isn’t on the operation itself. It’s on what Holder and Justice Department officials did or did not say last year when questions were first raised.

But even if all that is true, shouldn’t the American people know not just how gun-walking was conceived and executed at ATF, but also how higher-ups reacted to the program and its investigation? If they immediately launched an internal inquiry, disciplined the appropriate people, implemented reforms, and cooperated with legitimate Congressional oversight efforts, that would reflect well on DOJ staff and an Obama appointee who we may or may not want there in 2013.

Say, for the sake of argument, that instead higher-ups at DOJ reacted by promoting some of the people that should’ve been fired, or covering up key details, or utterly failing to implement adequate reforms, or willfully stymieing legitimate attempts at oversight to avoid political embarrassment.

Wouldn’t Robinson regard those as legitimate, important discoveries? Yet he writes as if only the origins of the program are appropriate subjects of concern. I care about the origins too. But we rely on Attorneys General to oversee, to manage, to respond appropriately to ill-conceived law enforcement activities, and to interact with other agencies and branches of government. I want to know how they did all of that when confronted by a policy everyone now regards as indefensible.

And unlike Robinson, my thirst for answers is even more powerful than my aversion to partisan politics. I’d suggest anyone who feels otherwise is not in fact “a believer in sunshine and disclosure,” because there has never been a Congressional investigation in which the participants weren’t angling to score political points in one way or another. That’s just how the system works. It’s hard to make it to Congress, let alone a powerful committee, without being a partisan hack.

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