“What we’ve got here is… failure to communicate.”
A quote from the movie Cool Hand Luke: spoken by The Captain, the imperious warden and by Cool Hand Luke at the conclusion of the film.
Anagnorisis is the moment or instant when ignorance gives way to truth; assumed to be first described by Aristotle in his “Poetics,” it along with peripeteia (reversal of fortune) describe Eric Holder’s recent encounter with facts and soon justice and perhaps federal prison in Leavenworth.
How poetic, the ancient Greeks so aptly described the present situation Holder created for himself by committing perjury, a crime he would no doubt prosecute against another felon with fast and furious efficiency, but now he is the one who faces prosecution and imprisonment for committing perjury during a congressional hearing.
Chain Gang Street Sweepers, DC 1909
The race card will be difficult to play effectively and Affirmative Action has run out for Eric Holder. Actually, the race card has been so overplayed by Obama, Holder, and the Congressional Black Caucus, it may have lost all relevance.
New emails indicate that Holder lied during congressional hearings on May 3, in front of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee. During sworn testimony, he stated that he first heard of Operation Fast and Furious “over the last few weeks;” however, he had been briefed in a memo almost a year earlier on July 5, 2010. Actually, he was briefed on the operation in a continuous stream of emails that updated him and other key members of the administration on the progress and relative success of the operation. He was well aware of the fact that thousands of weapons were being bought by the Sinaloa cartel and being carried across the border.
Here is a sample excerpt:
From July 12 through July 16, the National Drug Intelligence Center Document and Media Exploitation Team at the Phoenix Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCTDETF) Strike Force will support the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives’ Phoenix Field Division with its investigation of Manuel Celis-Acosta as part of OCDETF Operation Fast and Furious. This investigation, initiated in September 2009 in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Phoenix Police Department, involves a Phoenix-based firearms trafficking ring headed by Manual Celis-Acosta. Celis-Acosta and [redacted] straw purchasers are responsible for the purchase of 1,500 firearms that were then supplied to Mexican drug trafficking cartels. They also have direct ties to the Sinaloa Cartel which is suspected of providing $1 million for the purchase of firearms in the greater Phoenix area.
Besides the race card, Holder’s defense attorney will surely claim that an AG is overwhelmed with dozens of reports each week and these particular reports escaped his attention because of overwork and incompetence. Ordinarily, in the case of parking tickets and run of the mill political corruption, these three defenses warrant acquittal, but this case is a little different. Two federal agents have been murdered with these weapons that the Obama Administration tried beyond measure and common sense to place in the hands of Narcotics traffickers and killers; their sense of accommodation is to be commended, if only they could have placed such efforts on the economy. There have also been hundreds if not thousands of Mexican nationals killed with these same weapons; yet by a simple plea of incompetence and of overwork, Holder will surely try to distance himself from the mayhem and murder brought about by the Obama plan to arm Mexican Drug gangs.
It will be hard to convince a jury that he missed similar reports every week for a number of months, but he may putting too much faith in the color of his hide if he relies on that defense. It is far more likely that he will turn State’s Evidence and give up Napolitano and Obama to avoid a lengthy prison term, but he better move quick, the memos and reports are coming to the surface daily.
At this point it is conjecture as to whether the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has the power or the cojones to imprison a sitting AG for contempt of congress, surely they will appoint a special prosecutor to prosecute for a much longer prison sentence than the one year sentence they can impose for contempt of congress and thus increase the scope of the investigation. Constitutional issues will surely arise on whether a congressional committee has the power to prosecute a member of the Executive, but it seems to be a more difficult and dubious path than selecting a special prosecutor and bringing down the entire Obama Administration.
A number of the emails that have surfaced involve two Department of Justice officials, Deputy Chief of the National Gand Unit James Trusty and Jason Weinstein, Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Criminal Division. These two men discuss in detail the details of another gun-walking operation in Tucson (Fast and Furious was based in Phoenix) and a third unnamed gun-walking operation.
Trusty to Weinstein:
Looks like we’ll be able to unseal the tucson case sooner than Fast and Furious (although this may be the difference between Nov and Dec). It’s not clear how much we’re invlvoed in the main F and F case, but we have Tucson and now a new, related case with [redacted] targets. It’s not going to be any big surprise that a bunch of US guns are being used in MX, so I’m not sure how much grief we get for “gun walking.” It may be more like, “Finally, they’re going after people who sent guns down there.”
Recent documents confirm at lest three and possibly four gun walking operations, thus probably implicating Homeland Security, the Department of Justice, the State Department, and the White House.
It is time for Holder to sing like a bird or ask for a tailored orange jump suit with matching wingtips.
This is only starting to become interesting, but remember, timing is critical. If Holder takes the fall, Obama can pardon him before leaving office; however, there are too many that are facing possible charges on this one, including the skinny guy in the White House.
Epilogue: Don’t hesitate to email this and other reports around the country; it’s a dead cinch the MSM won’t cover it until Holder and Napolitano are read their Miranda Rights. Put some popcorn on the stove, this will be better than color TV.
Addition: Holder now says he saw the memos, but didn’t read the details. Bill Clinton must have given him that one, since the definition of “Is” has been played out.