From ThinkProgress: Wild Republican Conspiracy Theory Drives Fast and Furious
Here is theory that some Congressional Republicans believe: The Obama Administration intentionally handed over automatic weapons to Mexican drug cartels, who they knew would commit violent acts, because they wanted to scare Americans into supporting stricter gun laws.
. . . Major Republicans ... endorse this conspiracy theory. Among those are Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), who is Chair of the House Oversight Committee and is heading up the investigation of Eric Holder. In an interview on FOX, Issa said, “very clearly, they made a crisis, and they’re using this crisis to somehow take away or limit people’s Second Amendment rights.”
. . . The NRA is driving the conspiracy theory paranoia though ads. The National Rifle Association is furthering the paranoia as a way to rally gun owners by running advertisements and a petition calling on President Obama to fire Eric Holder.
USA Today: House Votes to Hold Eric Holder in Contempt
WASHINGTON – A House oversight committee voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt, marking an escalation of the long-running dispute between Republicans and the Justice Department over internal administration documents related to Operation Fast and Furious."
The 23-17 vote to hold Holder in contempt of Congress came as President Obama on Wednesday morning invoked executive privilege of certain documents related to the controversial botched gun-trafficking sting.
What's happening really is a Republican witch hunt. This is the Obama Administration version of Whitewater. The Republicans are going to spend millions and millions of dollars so they can come up with nothing, absolutely nothing. I'm surprised they haven't called in Ken Starr to help them yet.
It's a very simple situation here: The Obama Administration is trying to protect undercover agents in the field in a sting operation. They know that if they give the identities of those agents or other information like that over to the Republicans in the House it will be in the newspapers in twenty-four hours. It'll be putting people's lives in danger. Federal Agents lives in danger. Therefore they're not turning over some selective information....there's very little left to turn over. But the Republicans want more and more and more because they're just trying to make a circus out of this.
. . . I think it is already back firing on them. People are fed up with the Republicans. They understand the only thing they care about are tax cuts and giving the President a hard time — and I’m talking about tax cuts for the one percent....they just have the wrong priorities.
~ Alan Grayson talking to John Fugelsang on Current TV
There is only one thing wrong with this conspiracy theory, THERE IS NO THERE THERE.
This whole thing has been made up from the ground up and cirulates around the republican echo chamber where no sliver of reality ever gets in.
~ comment by Maurice Webb on ThinkProgress
Fast and Furious wouldn't be an issue if America had civilized gun control. The 2nd Amendment, despite the silly interpretation by the current Tea Party SCOTUS, talks about a 'well regulated Militia' which all but Constitutionally requires gun control.
~ comment by Duck Ente on ThinkProgress
I thought this was all about getting back at the guy who said no to voter purging.
~ comment by Mike Canning on ThinkProgress
Let's face it, with a 11% approval most of USA is in contempt of Congress.
~ comment by Bob Griffin on USA Today
Ho Hum. Contempt of the most contemptuous congress in living memory.
~ comment by Theodosius Mandelbrot on USA Today
wow, this amount of hyperventilating from Republicans can only mean one thing, that Obama has again stymied their corrupt strategy of obstruction and distraction. Other than the Faux News Kool-aid drinkers, the rest of the voting public will ask why is do-nothing House wasting taxpayer time and money on an obscure border policy rather than addressing the economy, terrorism, climate change...
~ comment by Mark Steckel on USA Today
There is nothing more hypocritical than NRA supporters in Congress complaining about anyone else making it easy for criminal to get guns!
~ comment by Ed Hale on USA Today
Issa's Backstory From NPR
Issa made his fortune building and selling Viper car alarms. He is the wealthiest member of Congress, worth as much as $450 million. In fact, it's Issa's voice on the popular alarm's signature warning to would-be thieves: "Protected by Viper. Stand back."
What's less well known is how Issa got into car alarms in the first place.
"For years I used to tell everyone that I went into it because my brother was a car thief. Then they found out when I ran for office my brother did spend time in prison as a car thief, and it ruined the whole joke I'd had for 20 years in business," Issa said during an interview with WhoRunsGov.
Issa himself was accused several times of auto theft. In the early 1970s, he and his brother were arrested after police suspected them of stealing a Maserati sports car from a dealership in Cleveland. Issa says the police mistook his identity, and the charges were later dismissed.
Another time, Issa was arrested and eventually pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon. Police found a handgun and a tear-gas gun — plus ammunition for both — in Issa's glove compartment.
Issa looks like Martin Landau doing Bela Lugosi
~ comment by Estproph on Wonkette
He looks like a John Buscema drawing of a mugger from a 1967 issue of Spider-Man.
~ comment by Chet Kincaid on Wonkette
Darrell Issa is a fedora away from being an extra in The Godfather.
~ comment by BarackMyWorld on Wonkette
From The Colbert Report:
California Representative and Slytherin House Master, Darrell Issa, has demanded key documents that Attorney General Eric Holder has brazenly withheld on the flimsy excuse that they would endanger undercover agents.
Folks, that's too convenient.
I think Holder is hiding a far more sinister truth. . . . very clearly, Obama started this gun tracking program in 2006 when he hypnotized George Bush.
Then he secretly ordered Attorney General Holder to order the Justice Department to order the ATF to order the gun shops to sell guns to Mexican Drug Cartels and then lose track of them thereby panicking Americans to gin up support for the draconian gun control measures that Obama has never produced.
The fevered ramblings of a syphlitic brain. Perhaps.
But, Occam's Razor says my answer is right or I will cut you with a razor.