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Thomas Paine

To argue with a person who has renounced the use of reason is like administering medicine to the dead.

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

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Backlash erupts against Holder after House committee appearance

If Attorney General Eric Holder thought his Feb. 2 testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform would cool everyone’s jets about Operation Fast and Furious, he was as wrong as the operation, itself. There are 70,000 to 80,000 documents that have been requested, and only about 6,000 documents have been produced, some so heavily redacted as to be worthless. 


AZ Republic’s Burke profile in F&F scandal raises questions, memories

Sunday’s sometimes blistering profile in the Arizona Republic of former U.S. Attorney Dennis Kiernan Burke, who resigned abruptly last August as fireworks were erupting over Operation Fast and Furious, offers one interesting parallel to another federal prosecutor, the late Thomas Wales of Seattle.

Wales, as Northwesterners recall, was president of Washington CeaseFire in his “off hours” and spearheaded the Inititive 676 campaign in 1997; an effort that failed so miserably it put gun control pretty much off the rails in Washington State ever since. What began as a campaign that was supposed to have passed by a 2-to-1 margin failed more than 3-to-1 at the polls.

Wales was slain in the basement of his Queen Anne home in October 2001 and his murder remains unsolved.

 Burke’s story may hold critical keys to the how and why of the clandestine gun trafficking scheme. It also raises a question about the philosophy of some people attracted to serve in the Justice Department, a discussion perhaps best left for another day.

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