By Paul Joseph Watson
President Barack Obama’s “Nixon moment,” his assertion of executive privilege to prevent the release of potentially incriminating Justice Department documents relating to the Fast and Furious scandal, is at odds with Obama’s 2007 argument that administrations should not “hide behind executive privilege.”
During an interview five years ago with CNN’s Larry King concerning the midterm dismissal of seven United States Attorneys by the Bush administration’s Department of Justice, Obama attacked the notion of governments trying to “hide behind executive privilege every time there’s something a little shaky that’s taking place.”
However, that’s precisely what Obama has done by refusing to hand over documents from February 2011 which could potentially prove that the Obama administration from the top down was not only aware that guns were being deliberately smuggled to Mexican drug gangs but that the entire operation was engineered by the DOJ itself.
The House Government Oversight and Reform Committee reacted to Obama’s claim of executive privilege by voting to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress.
Holder has already demonstrably lied to Congress on several occasions, most recently when he claimed that emails dating from October 2010 which referred to “Fast and Furious” did not refer to Operation Fast and Furious but to another program called “Wide Receiver”. In reality, the emails referred to both programs, proving that Holder was being deceptive.
As we have exhaustively documented, the whole argument surrounding what Holder knew and when he knew it is largely a smokescreen to hide the explosive probability that Fast and Furious was deliberately designed as an effort to demonize gun ownership in the United States and introduce Second Amendment-gutting legislation.
Last year, one of the kingpins of the infamous Los Zetas drug running gang told Mexican federal police that the group purchased its weapons directly from U.S. government officials inside America. This, in addition to the administration’s admission that the guns were not tracked when they reached the border, strongly suggests that the program had little or nothing to do with identifying drug gangs.
Before the scandal erupted, the Obama administration repeatedly invoked rhetoric about the flow of guns being smuggled from the U.S. into Mexico as a talking point with which to chill gun rights of American citizens, repeating the demonstrably false myth that 90% of weapons confiscated by Mexican authorities originate in the U.S.
During a March 30 2011 meeting between Jim and Sarah Brady and White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, at which Obama “dropped in,” the president reportedly told Brady, “I just want you to know that we are working on it (gun control)….We have to go through a few processes, but under the radar.” The quote appeared in an April 11 Washington Post story about Obama’s gun control czar Steve Croley.
As an Investors.com article documents, this “under the radar” sneak attack on the second amendment most likely had Fast and Furious at its core as part of a deliberate plot to sabotage gun rights.
It is this aspect of the whole Fast and Furious controversy – the notion that it was a deliberately engineered plot by the Obama administration to curtail the second amendment – that Obama is so keen to keep under wraps by doing exactly what he attacked the previous administration for doing back in 2007 – hiding behind executive privilege to cover up a scandal that threatens to dwarf Watergate.