The Obama Administration’s Deadly Scandals

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Of the many scandals associated with the Obama administration, two stand out above the rest: the Fast and Furious gun-running scandal and the current disinformation campaign surrounding the assassination of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, in Benghazi, Libya. The president and his minions, aided by media that are “all in” with respect to getting Obama re-elected, have managed to tamp down most of the damming information about the Fast and Furious scandal. They also remain committed to putting out enough conflicting information about the Benghazi scandal that Americans become confused about what actually happened and perhaps lose interest as a result. And in light of the seriousness of these debacles, individuals willing to hold the administration to account seem to be in short supply.

It is critical to remember that these are not the garden variety, “they said-we said” types of scandals that have arisen in past administrations. As a result of the attack in Benghazi and the running of guns into Mexico people were murdered. Hundreds of people. With respect to Fast and Furious, Univision, apparently one of the few media organizations with an ounce of integrity, revealed the scope of such carnage. They have identified several of the massacres committed using guns “walked” into Mexico, including the killing of 16 young people attending a party in a residential area of Ciudad Juárez in January of 2010.

Last Friday, the network released a promo of their efforts. “Univision News’ Investigative Unit was also able to identify additional guns that escaped the control of ATF agents and were used in different types of crimes throughout Mexico,” the network revealed. “Furthermore, some of these guns–none of which were reported by congressional investigators–were put in the hands of drug traffickers in Honduras, Puerto Rico, and Colombia. A person familiar with the recent congressional hearings called Univision’s findings ‘the holy grail’ that Congress had been searching for.”

Yet while Congress has been searching, the Obama administration has been stonewalling. Despite more than a year’s worth of Congressional investigations conducted by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Senate Judiciary Committee–both of which were precipitated by the murder of American Border Agent Brian Terry–the essential questions of who knew what and when, and what purpose the program was meant to serve, remain unanswered.

An internal investigation conducted by the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General (OIG)–essentially the DOJ investigating itself–was trumpeted by the mainstream media as the definitive report on the matter. Yet the facts say otherwise. Kevin O’Reilly, one of the key players the IG sought out, “declined through his personal counsel our request for an interview.” Furthermore, the White House refused to produce internal documents related to the investigation, claiming such documents were “beyond the purview” of the inspector general. CBS News’ Sharyl Attkisson, one of the few reporters willing to follow this scandal wherever it leads, reveals just how far the White House was willing to go to avoid congressional threats to subpoena O’Reilly. “Just days after [lead ATF official on the case Special Agent in Charge Bill] Newell testified to Congress on July 26, 2011 that he’d shared information with O’Reilly, whom he described as a long time friend, O’Reilly was transferred to Iraq and not available for questioning,” writes Attkisson.

Add President Obama’s assertion of executive privilege to the mix, which allowed Eric Holder to thumb his nose at congressional investigators’ subpoenas, along with the continuing refusal of the DOJ to cooperate (despite Holder being found in contempt of Congress), and the stunning level of administration callousness is clear. In short, the preservation of bureaucratic careers trumps a genuine investigation into hundreds of murders.

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  • ze-ev ben jehuda

    Ms Rice should go together with Barack Hussein Obama (why do they always forget to mention his
    middle name!!)

  • Elliott Alhadeff

    It has been apparent for too long that this administration is neither competent nor legal in its

    operations, domestically as well as in its foreign policy. What is even more demoralizing is that

    neither Congress nor any other entity has the competence nor the authority to hold it and its

    individuals responsible leaving the public to swing in the wind, impotent to hold any of these

    imperial governmental employees accountable either civilly or criminally. Everybody reading

    this newsletter suffers the frustration of reports of incompetence having no consequences. We

    need a dialogue of solution to complement the reports. First suggestion. Legislation providing

    any LEGAL citizen a cause of action against any government official including the President,

    members of his cabinet and any filing clerk for mis or malfeasance in office. All filings must

    pass a federal hearing on probable cause that the plaintiff will prevail. Loser pays.

    • Andy

      If in the debate Romney doesn't use all the ammo that Obama has provided with which to hang him then we might as well throw in the towel. Another four years by this traitorous monster will finish America.

  • Stephen Carter

    It has reached the point where the USA quite literally has zero friends or allies in the world. Never has a regime been so blindingly corrupt and such a faithless ally as the Obama White House. For citizens of other democratic countries, where journalists still take the risks and make the effort to give a balanced picture, seeing such blatant, naked, in-your-face callousness and corruption of the US media just really makes the blood boil. US journalists flippantly dismiss the murder of HUNDREDS of Mexicans, a war crime committed by their lawless regime. And the media is COVERING FOR this regime! Do Americans realize that Obama is garnering 10x more ill-will than President Bush ever did? This is a betrayal worse than priests sexually abusing children in their charge.

    A whole new wave of terrorism is likely in the works. I can imagine the rage that is building up now in the Moslem world against America, and elsewhere. The difference this time around is that after 4 years of this regime's lies the USA has few friends left.

  • weroinnm

    Dishonest Media Avoids Truth about Obama Through Diversions! http://wethepeopleusa.ning.com/profiles/blogs/dis
    “Food For Thought”
    Semper Fi!

  • den

    I'm an outsider looking in from the great white north. With the slaying of the ambassador in Bengazi I thought Obama's response was that of a coward. American presidents, must be, bold, brave and forthright. Omama's response was that of a weasel and a coward. His sympathies lie so strongly in the Islamic world, he has lost sight of American values of liberty and freedom. In his speech at the United Nations, he failed miserably to stand up to these Islamic Mullahs whose sole purpose is the destruction of America and the imposition of Shariah on its citizens. Islam is not the religion of peace . It is the religion of HATE.

  • Ghostwriter

    There are a lot of similarities to Watergate with these scandals but there is also a difference. In Watergate,no one died. In these current scandals,there are a lot of dead bodies all over the place.