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Transparency needed

July 11, 2012
The Mining Journal

To the Journal editor:

What is it about the gun running operation dubbed the Fast and Furious scandal that has President Obama asserting executive privilege? Is it possible there may be something larger at stake that could destroy President Obama's re-election efforts? Why is U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder refusing to turn over thousands of documents to a congressional oversight committee?

Prior to 2008, then-U.S. Sen. Barack Obama was voted the most liberal Democrat member of the U.S. Senate and one of the staples of liberalism is gun control. What we believe is true that the botched gun running program was actually an attempt to advance gun-control efforts by the Obama Administration. The Obama Administration wanted to teach the American People about the horrors of guns, and that weapons used by the Mexican Drug Cartels came from America.

In fact, on March 30, 2011, President Obama spoke to gun control advocate Sarah Brady and told her that gun control was very much on his agenda. "I just want you to know that we are working on it, we have to go through a few processes, but under the radar. Thousands of weapons from the U.S. were given to the Mexican Drug Cartels (that was the plan) without controlling the deliveries or using tracking devices, in fact Mexican Law Enforcement Officials were caught speechless. All was going according to plan until it was learned that two AK-47's was recovered at the scene (traced back to the ATF) of the fatal shooting of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

Until now, everyone believed that the decisions regarding Fast and Furious were confined to the Department of Justice, now with President Obama's decision to invoke executive privilege implies White House officials were involved or the cover-up that followed.

Remember in 2009 when President Obama stated that transparency will be the rule of land and the touchstones of his presidency?

Finally, remember when candidate Barack Obama openly criticized President Bush for asserting executive privilege on the firing of U.S. Attorneys: "There has been a tendency by this (Bush) Administration to try to hide behind Executive Privilege every time there's something a little shaky that's taken place. I think the administration would be best served by coming clean on this."

The family of murdered U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, the families of 200 murdered Mexicans, and all of us couldn't agree more with your statement Mr. President.

Paul Walker




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