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House panel subpoenas Justice Dept. in gun case

In this May 28, 2010, file photo, Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., gives an interview on Capitol Hill in Washington. Isaa said Sunday, Oct. 9, 2011, that he could send subpoenas to the Obama administration as soon as this week over weapons lost amid the Mexican drug war. Isaa suggested on "Fox News Sunday" that Attorney General Eric Holder knew about the gun trafficking operation known as "Fast and Furious" earlier than he has acknowledged. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

The House’s main investigative committee has subpoenaed Attorney General Eric Holder and other Justice Department officials, seeking records from a law enforcement operation gone wrong that resulted in high-powered weapons flowing into Mexico.

The subpoena Wednesday asked Holder and others to supply records related to “Operation Fast and Furious.”

The subpoena was issued by the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. Republican Chairman Darrell Issa said top Justice Department officials, including Holder, know more about the operation than they have publicly acknowledged.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives allowed intermediaries for drug cartels to buy thousands of weapons from Arizona gun shops and lost track of about 1,400 of the 2,000 guns. Some of those weapons have been recovered at crime scenes in Mexico.

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  1. Our own Federal government trafficked over 2500 guns to Mexico in a blatant, back-door attempt to rob us of our constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

    Holder committed perjury when he claimed in congressional testimony that he knew nothing about ‘Fast and Furious’. We now know for a fact that it was regularly reported on in weekly memos personally addressed to him. So what did Obama know and when did he know it?

    These ‘fast & furious’ gun-running Feds are not only guilty of perjury and murder but also of bankrolling ruthless criminals, international terrorists, right/left-wing paramilitaries and various death squads with their counter-productive, sado-moralist policy of Prohibition.

    Colombia, Peru, Mexico or Afghanistan with their coca leaves, marijuana buds or poppy sap are not igniting temptation in the minds of our weak, innocent citizens. These countries are duly responding to the enormous demand that comes from within our own borders. Invading or destroying these countries, thus creating more hate, violence, instability, injustice and corruption, will not fix our problem. We need to collectively admit that we are sick. — Prohibition is neither a sane nor a safe approach; left unabated, its puritanical flames will surely engulf every last one of us!

    When we legally regulate something, (as opposed to when we foolishly attempt to prohibit something) we do NOT automatically condone it’s use; the legal regulations concerning the sale and manufacture of alcohol and tobacco are there to protect us from the vast increase in criminality and mayhem that would otherwise surely exist if we were foolish enough to prohibit them.

    When governments prohibit drugs they effectively and knowingly hand a monopoly on their sale to dangerous criminals and terrorists. Without a legal framework in which to operate, these black-market entities can always be expected to settle their disputes violently, while terrorizing many peaceful and innocent citizens in the process. Were the users of alcohol to blame for the St Valentines massacre in the US in 1929? Of course not! It is just as naive to assume that one can compel all the users of Marijuana or Cocaine to simply quit, as it is to assume that all the users of Alcohol should have stopped drinking after the introduction of alcohol prohibition in 1919.

    Protect our Children; Legalize, Regulate & Tax!

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