Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Concealing a crime is a crime

The Examiner
William Heuisler

Last Tuesday the White House sealed records on Brian Terry's murder. 
Last Friday Attorney General (AG) Holder’s Justice Department admitted sending Congress false information in a February 4th, 2011 letter that denied criminal acts during the Justice Department’s Operation Fast and Furious (F&F). (Johnson, 2011)
This particular false information is relevant to Brian Terry's murder.
Tucson District Border Patrol Agent, Brian Terry, was murdered with a rifle smuggled to Mexican criminals by a Justice Department sanctioned, ATF-sponsored, “straw buyer” as part of Eric Holder’s Project Gunrunner (called Fast & Furious in Arizona). 
A person who conceals a crime, or helps in the aftermath, can be prosecuted as accessory to that crime.
Elements of intent to conceal a crime are in evidence.
1) When Congressman Darrell Issa subpoenaed the AG’s Justice Department for F&F records communications and e-mails, the Congressional Committee received hundreds of pages of records so thoroughly redacted that whole pages, or parts of pages, were black.
2) The Feb. 4, 2011 letter to Congress from the AG’s Justice Department said, "ATF doesn't let guns walk" and "we always try to interdict weapons purchased illegally." The letter added ATF makes "every effort" to interdict weapons purchased illegally before they cross into Mexico, and that the allegation ATF had "sanctioned or otherwise knowingly allowed the sale of assault weapons" to suspicious people was false.
3) On May 3rd, 2011, AG Holder testified to the House Judiciary Committee, “The notion that somehow or another that this Justice Department is responsible for those deaths, that assertion is offensive,” (referring to Agents, Zapata and Terry). In the same May 3rd testimony, AG Holder said he had, “Probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks”. His testimony contradicted several e-mails referencing F&F sent to Holder, and responded to by Holder, sent nearly a year earlier.
Aside from e-mails, other elements of knowledge are in evidence.                   
1) Aides to the Deputy Attorney General suggested fixes to drafts of the Feb. 4th letter  and prodded subordinates to check the facts. In one e-mail chain, a deputy named Lisa Monaco advised against using adjectives such as "categorically" and asked, "why poke the tiger" when communicating with Congress. (Johnson, 2011)
2) AG Holder announced Project Gunrunner in Cuernavaca Mexico on April 2nd 2009. The stated purpose was Gunrunning in Southwestern states. Could F&F be coincidental in personnel, purpose and timing, and yet somehow be separate from Gunrunner?
3) Southwest Border Strategy Group met on October 27, 2009 to discuss Gunrunner and smuggling guns into Mexico. Present were, Assistant AG Lanny Breuer, ATF Director Melson, Michele Leonhart, DEA, Robert Mueller, Director FBI, Directors of Organized Crime, Drug Enforcement Task Force, Bureau of Prisons, US Attorneys of four Border States and Chairman of the AG’s Advisory Committee, Todd Jones. (Grassley, 2011)
The US Constitution empowers Congress to impeach a President, Vice President and all Civil Officers of the United States for trial by the US Senate on Treason, Bribery, or other High Crimes and Misdemeanors. Congress successfully impeached attorneys General Harry Daugherty in 1922 and Alberto Gonzales in 2007. Both resigned before the Senate could try them.
AG Holder will face Congress again on December 8th. He has already lied about felonies and their connection to murder. He must either continue to deceive or admit guilt. Either way, if President Barack Obama has the slightest chance of saving his Presidency from disgrace he must fire his Attorney General before an Act of Impeachment by Congress.

Johnson, C. (2011). NPR. Justice withdraws inaccurate Fast and Furious letter it sent to Congress.
Grassley, C. (2011). US Gov. pdf. Statement on Fast and Furious to the US House of Representatives.

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