Eric Holder Found In Contempt By House Committee – OpEd

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Attorney General Eric Holder will face a full-floor House of Representatives vote next week that may find him in contempt of the House of Representatives for his refusal to release documents regarding the Fast and Furious gun-walking fiasco, believed responsible for kill a U.S. Border Patrol Agent, according to a law enforcement source in Washington, D.C.

The House Oversight Committee voted along party-lines 23-to-17 to find Holder in contempt. Within mere minutes after the vote, President Barack Obama declared “executive privilege,” in spite of his own denial of being aware of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) snafu.

“The public has a right to know the truth about Operation Fast and Furious. Unfortunately, the Department of Justice and Attorney General Eric Holder haven’t provided anything close. It’s both outrageous and deeply saddening for a government official to act with such disregard for the American people and the family of Agent Brian Terry. The American people expect justice but have instead seen nothing but obstruction and intimidation from Attorney General Holder,” according to Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC).

But in the wake of the Operation Fast and Furious gun-smuggling scandal and Attorney General Eric Holder’s appearance before Congress to discuss the Fast & Furious scandal, the Obama administration appears even more intent on disarming American citizens in the name of public safety.

After explaining and defending his decision to give enemy combatants constitutional protections and the right to public trial in civilian courts in New York City, Attorney General Holder revealed his support for a national gun owner registration scheme and authorizing the government to ban firearm possession for any person by merely adding that person’s name to the terror watch list, Law Enforcement Alliance of America’s president Ted Deeds said in a statement.

Drawing reasonable conclusions from what Holder publicly said, Deeds points out that: “Holder wants a national, permanent gun registration system administered by law enforcement. A registration of honest citizens that have cleared the federal background check for gun purchases with those records permanently retained by and shared among law enforcement.

“Holder also wants new federal authority to prohibit any person on the federal watch list (reported to be 400,000 names) from buying guns and supports confiscating guns from those on the list who possess them.”

General Holder testified before Congress: “The position of the Administration is that there should be a basis for law enforcement to share information about gun purchases.”

“… [It’s not] inconsistent to allow law enforcement agencies to share that kind of information, for that information to be retained and then to be shared by law enforcement,” said Holder, who is credited with helping to release terrorists from prison as a Justice Department attorney during the Clinton Administration.

“Everyone at the time knew the FALN — Puerto Rican terrorist group — amnesty by Holder and Bill Clinton was all about getting Hispanics to vote for Hillary Clinton for the U.S. Senate. Holder couldn’t care less if a cop was killed and another blinded in FALN bombings… same as he couldn’t care less about Border Patrol agent Brian Terry’s death,” said former NYPD detective Sid Franes.

LEAA’s Executive Director Jim Fotis said, “Those behind the badge don’t believe more restrictions on honest gun owners is a reasonable, practical or constitutional response to acts of terrorism. As a retired officer, I know that America’s men and women in blue want to fight terrorism, to stop terrorists; not waste time keeping records on innocent gun owners!”

Jim Kouri

Jim Kouri, CPP, formerly Fifth Vice-President, is currently a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, an editor for ConservativeBase.com, and he's a columnist for Examiner.com. In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

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