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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Department of Justice Caught Lying over Project Gunrunner

Eric Holder's Justice Department is now on record as lying. In Watergate, it was all about the cover-up more than it was about the crime itself. The same thing is happening with this scandal. Perhaps the biggest difference is that Watergate did not involve murder. It is rather shocking at this point that the DOJ would choose this course in light of all the information Rep. Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley have in their possession. That information includes emails between a gun store owner and a top ATF official named David Voth. The emails leave no doubt that Voth directed that gun store owner to continue selling weapons to straw purchasers.

In a May 2nd letter to Grassley, ranking member of the Senatorial Judiciary committee, Assistant Attorney General Ronald Weich shockingly reiterated that the ATF did not allow weapons to be purchased by such individuals.

This truly is an amazing development because in addition to both Grassley and Issa having emails in their possession that clearly prove the opposite is indeed the case, their investigators have been in Phoenix - the location where Operation Fast and Furious was based - transcribing interviews with people involved; those people appear to be talking.

On May 3rd, Grassley and Issa sent Eric Holder a letter that included a reference to those interviews.

Via the Daily Caller:
Now, Issa and Grassley are relying as well on the transcribed interviews with key officials in Phoenix, the letter says.

“[T]he [Justice] Department sent a letter Feb. 4, 2011 claiming that the whistleblower allegations were ‘false’ and that ‘ATF makes every effort to interdict weapons that have been purchased illegally in and prevent their transportation to Mexico,’” the letter says.

“When questioned in transcribed interviews last week in Phoenix, agents with first-hand knowledge of ATF operations contradicted the claim,” the letter says.

“In fact according to these witnesses, there was a specific strategy implemented to not “make every effort” but rather to avoid interdicting weapons in hopes of making a larger case against higher-ups in the trafficking organization,” the letter says.
The letter from Weich to Grassley is very significant on another level as well. Since Holder is very much in the loop to what's going on, the denial on the part of Weich that ATF did what we now know it did - put guns in the hands of bad guys - that letter may just as well have come from Holder himself.

HERE is a link to the video of Issa grilling Holder on May 3rd.

Left Doubling Down on Waterboarding

Maturity is simply non-existent in the left wing mind. The facts are coming out that the waterboarding of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed gave the CIA the name of Osama Bin Laden's courier; that courier led us to Bin Laden. According to Peter King (R-NY), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, that's exactly what happened. This is an extremely inconvenient truth for the left collectively, which demonized the CIA and the waterboarding of terrorists to get information. This reality is so inconvenient, in fact, that the left has decided to double down by denying it.

Via Slate, Diane Feinstein (D-CA) said the following in a press conference after having these facts presented to her:
"To the best of our knowledge," she said, "based on a look, none of it came as a result of harsh interrogation techniques."
How about White House counter-terrorism adviser John Brennan? When asked if waterboarding contributed in any way to finding Bin Laden, he flat out denied it. Here is the clip from Morning Joe:

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Senator Carl Levin (D-MI) is also having a very difficult time admitting the truth. Via CNS News:

Here is left wing hack, Alan Colmes, telling Bill O'Reilly that former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said waterboarding did not lead to Bin Laden's location. The exchange starts very early in this clip. Pay particularly close attention at the 4:30 mark. Here, O'Reilly makes an extremely prescient point with Colmes, who continued to press O'Reilly on the words of Rumsfeld. O'Reilly pointed out that he didn't talk to Rumsfeld and neither did Colmes. What happened one hour later - Rumsfeld cleared everything up on Hannity's show - underscored O'Reilly's point perfectly. Mark this down. On May 3, 2011, Alan Colmes set a new low watermark for himself.

Rumsfeld gave Colmes the proverbial face slap here just one hour later. Via Breitbart:

Rumsfeld Confirms: Yes Water-boarded Terrorists Provided Info For Bin Laden Raid from Breitbart on Vimeo.

Rep. Peter King says very forthrightly that waterboarding KSM is what led us to Bin Laden.

Big H/T to Weasel Zippers

Video: Obama's CIA Chief Admits Waterboarding helped lead to Bin Laden

CIA Director Leon Panetta was interviewed by Obama sycophant and liberal media anchor Brian Williams of MSNBC to talk about the recent killing of Osama Bin Laden. There are a few good spots in this exchange to watch. First, at the 5:15 mark, Williams attempts Panetta to take a shot at the previous administration by asking the question if this same thing could have been done before going into Iraq and preventing the deaths of so many Americans. Panetta's response is basically 'no' but he takes a long time to get there.

At the 8:00 mark, Williams asks Panetta about Enhanced Interrogation Techniques and ends up having to phrase the question differently twice after that in order to get a straight answer. That straight answer was not to be but Panetta did admit that waterboarding was used and helped lead to Bin Laden.

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