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ATF grilled by lawmakers over another gun operation snafu

by Jim Kouri on Saturday, March 1st, 2014

This is article 233 of 246 in the topic Congressional Investigations

On Thursday, the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations held a hearing to examine the already discredited U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) use of storefront operations.

The hearing focused on yet another ATF operation — “Operation Fearless” — that turned into a fiasco. The subcommittee members examined Milwaukee’s operation and other ATF undercover cases to see if storefront operations by that bureau possessed systemic problems, according to the House Judiciary Committee’s chairman, Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.

The main witness at the hearing was the Deputy Director of the ATF, Thomas Brandom.

According to the facts as they are known, the ATF’s Violent Crime Impact Team (VCIT) opened an undercover storefront they dubbed “Fearless Distributing” in a neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisc., in January 2012.

The ATF agents also created an attractive Facebook page, according to the committee. The undercover ATF agents then began selling everything from clothing to drug paraphernalia such as marijuana and hashish pipes.

In an effort to nab criminals and street gang members, the ATF agents who staffed the phony Milwaukee store put the word out on the streets that they were interested in purchasing firearms and illegal drugs.

While perhaps well intentioned, the undercover operation became a series of snafus such as the theft of firearms from a government vehicle parked on the street outside of the store, as well as an actual burglary of the ATF storefront.

There was also the questionable involvement of an allegedly mentally-challenged man in conducting firearms transactions and what one subcommittee member said was the “utter lack of management.”

“When I see allegations of police or military misconduct — well intentioned or not — I can always point to a lack of training and a lack of supervision. This operation, as much as Operation Fast & Furous, must be thoroughly investigated. Maybe there needs to be a special prosecutor appointed to probe these ATF operations,” said former police lieutenant and training advisor George Bruno.

According to the subcommittee chairman, Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc., there were similar problems with ATF undercover operations in other U.S. cities that need to be investigated by his committee.

“We’ve come to learn, thanks in large part to diligent reporting by the Journal Sentinel, that the botched storefront operation in Milwaukee was not an isolated incident. The ATF lacked proper oversight, acted recklessly and took advantage of the mentally handicapped,” said Sensenbrenner in a press statement.

“Coming on the heels of Operation Fast and Furious, Congress continues to have serious concerns about the agency’s leadership. I expect Deputy Director Brandon to be forthright regarding the agency’s activities. I will continue to vigorously oversee the ATF until I am confident that the public knows the whole truth and that the agency’s mismanagement has been corrected,” said the lawmaker from Wisconsin.

Meanwhile, Rep. Goodlatte said, “Over a year has passed since the botched ATF undercover operation in Milwaukee and many questions still remain about this and similar stings across the country. Why does ATF continue to use large amounts of taxpayer dollars in buyback programs when the Inspector General has found these programs lack oversight and are not effective in reducing crime?”

“In fact, these storefront operations have often increased crime in the very neighborhoods they were supposed to help,” he added.

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FBI, local cops continue investigation of bomb incidents in Oregon

by Jim Kouri on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013

This is article 24 of 27 in the topic FBI Investigations

In a statement released on Friday by local police officials, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is offering a reward for information regarding one bombing and one attempted bombing in Coos Bay, Oregon, by a person or persons unknown and unidentified by investigators.

The FBI will pay up to $10,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest, and conviction of the person or persons responsible for two improvised explosive devices (IEDs) left at a Coos Bay outdoor recreation area and at the Prayer Chapel in Coos Bay, Oregon.

The FBI, the Coos Bay Police Department (CBPD), and the Oregon State Police (OSP) are conducting a joint investigation to determine who created and placed the IEDs at these locations. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) agents with expertise in explosives and incendiary devices are also assisting in the investigation.

“One of the first things detectives look for in these cases is a bomber’s possible ‘signature.’ In other words what characteristics do these IEDs have that may match those contained in prior bomb incidents or terrorist attacks,” said Det. Benjamin Cardona, formerly of the NYPD’s arson and explosion unit.

During their announcement of the cash reward, FBI officials did not rule out the possibility of a terrorist group’s involvement in one or both explosions. Besides the reward announcement, the FBI released a composite drawing of a person of interest.

The unknown subject (unsub) was observed by witnesses in the vicinity of Prayer Chapel before the IED was discovered.

On the evening of August 22, an IED detonated at the base of the Mingus Park Vietnam War Memorial. While the memorial was damaged from the blast, there were no casualties attributed to the bombing.

On September 3, an unsub placed an IED inside the Prayer Chapel at Second Street and Commercial Avenue in Coos Bay.

The Coos Bay Fire Department and Oregon State Police Hazardous Device Technicians were able to neutralize that IED before it exploded. At this time, it is not known if the same person or group is responsible for both IEDs.

According to the FBI, their participation in this case is a result of the federal Church Arson Prevention Act (CAPA), which makes it a federal crime to intentionally deface, damage, or destroy any religious property because of the religious character of that property (or to attempt to do so). The maximum penalty for violation of the CAPA is 20 years in federal prison.

The Coos Bay Police Department released a sketch of a person believed to have been in the vicinity of the Prayer Chapel shortly before the IED was found there.

Witnesses described the unsub as a white male, approximately 55-years-old, 5’6”-5’7” tall, and about 150 pounds with a shaved head.

As with the unsub, the motive for the IEDs remains unknown.

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Cut the ATF instead of cutting national security budgets, say officials

by Jim Kouri on Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

This is article 495 of 526 in the topic Government Spending

During his speech on Monday, President Barack Obama eluded to the very real possibility of a “government shutdown” if lawmakers do not raise the nation’s so-called debt limit. Obama said there would be problems throughout the government, especially within law enforcement, intelligence agencies and the nation’s armed forces as a result of drastic cost-cutting measures.

“I do believe we should cut our programs that we don’t need. We need to fix ones that aren’t working the way they’re supposed to or have outlived their initial mission. We’ve got to make government faster and more efficient,” said the President during his speech in the South Court Auditorium on the grounds of the White House .

With that in mind, a number of well-regarded law-enforcement officials and gun-rights activists on Monday strongly suggested that President Barack Obama and lawmakers get rid of the scandal-prone Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) instead of cutting national security agencies and budgets including the U.S. military’s already drastically reduced coffers.

“Instead of increasing its budget, the House of Representatives should slash the budget of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives or simply eliminate the agency,” gun rights expert John M. Snyder told the Examiner from his office in Bethesda, Md.

“This would be a good first step as sensible U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators work to curtail expenditure of the irresponsible federal establishment,” the former NRA editor stated.

As a constitutional matter, financial expenditure bills originate in the House of Representatives. This would be an appropriate place for Speaker John Boehner and House members to cry ‘Halt’ to the out-of-control federal government, said Snyder, who also serves as an advisory board member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police.

“If there was ever an agency that outlived its usefulness as far as enforcement, it’s the ATF which appears to be on the road to becoming just the ‘F’ for firearms enforcement,” said a former Marine and police detective, Sidney Franes.

The ATF has been on a collision course with the House of Representatives for months. Attorney General Eric Holder remains under a contempt resolution from the House for his refusal to cooperate with the House in the production of documents associated with the ATF Fast and Furious international firearms scandal, according to an Examiner news story.

Snyder said that, “ATF figures in schemes of political panderers and monsters of the media who are on a binge of hate. They use murderous acts by criminals as an excuse for proposals to undermine the individual Second Amendment civil right to keep and bear arms of millions of law-abiding American citizens. These gun-grabbing bingers don’t want citizens to be able to defend themselves against these murderers and they want ATF to do their dirty work.”

“The recent introduction in Congress of anti-gun owner bills surely will be met with deep and hard opposition by millions of [America’s] law-abiding gun owners,” Snyder said.

Snyder noted that, “President Barack Obama, Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Reps. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and other political hacks are conspiring to take away American gun rights.

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Very sloppy claims that more government funding is necessary on guns

by John Lott on Monday, June 10th, 2013

This is article 479 of 526 in the topic Government Spending

I get that researchers always want more money, but people have to take those desires with a grain of salt.  Just because researchers want more taxpayer money, doesn’t mean that it is really needed.  From the New York Times:

. . . President Obama has included $10 million for gun-related research in his 2014 budget, the first federal financing for the topic in years, and the panel’s chairman, Alan I. Leshner, said the report was a first step to deepen evidence about the public health implications of guns. The panel was assembled by the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council at President Obama’s request.
“Policies are made on the basis of facts and values, and we are the facts people,” said Mr. Leshner, who is the chief executive of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. “We are trying to provide a tool for the country to address this very difficult issue more productively than it has been able to do in the past.”
Among the panel’s recommendations was a call for better data on guns. For example, there is no national count of how many guns there are in the country. And while federal law enforcement authorities, like the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, gather data on specific guns, they track only those used in crimes, and often the details are not accessible to researchers. One database, the National Violent Death Reporting System, which compiles information on deaths from police departments and medical examiners’ offices, covers only about a third of the states. . . .

The problem is also that creating this data isn’t bias free.  The people who create it could have a political agenda and the concern is that the Obama administration could use political criteria on who they decide to give the money too.  The lopsided bias in terms of how this report was put together shows why we shouldn’t trust the Obama administration to look at these issues objectively.

A copy of the report is available here.  Here is what the study writes on concealed carry research:

Even when defensive use of guns is effective in averting death or injury for the gun user in cases of crime, it is still possible that keeping a gun in the home or carrying a gun in public—concealed or open carry— may have a different net effect on the rate of injury. For example, if gun ownership raises the risk of suicide, homicide, or the use of weapons by those who invade the homes of gun owners this could cancel or outweigh the beneficial effects of defensive gun use (Kellermann et al., 1992, 1993, 1995). Although some early studies were published that relate to this issue, they were not conclusive, and this is a sufficiently important question that it merits additional, careful exploration. . . . .

Seriously?  They act as if no research has been done on these questions since 1995, and I wouldn’t even count Kellermann’s research as providing serious research.  His research did a poor job of looking at the risks of guns in the home.  Yet, they make a claim that more research is needed in this area without even acknowledging all the research that has already been done.

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Fast and Furious: Federal judge to preside over mediation

by Jim Kouri on Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

This is article 209 of 246 in the topic Congressional Investigations

Despite the notion of many pundits that the ATF’s Mexican gun-walking scandal had run its course, a judge serving in the District of Columbia’s appeals court ruled in favor of some GOP lawmakers on Monday, according to a House of Representatives report.

Federal Judge Amy Jackson Berman ordered a mediation led by a federal jurist in a lawsuit over congressional lawmakers’ efforts to obtain government records regarding Operation Fast and Furious, a botched federal gun-running operation that began in Arizona and ended in Mexico.

Judge Berman announced her decision following the GOP lawmakers from the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and officials from the Obama Justice Department saying they could not come to an agreement on the complaint.

Judge Berman told participants on both sides that Senior Judge Barbara Rothstein will preside over the mediation.

Attorney General Eric Holder has been found in contempt of the House for refusing to turn over records related to the program.

Fast and Furious was a flawed gun-tracking investigation focused on Phoenix-area gun shops by the Justice Department’s Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, but the operation got out of control.

The ATF lost track of the weapons and later two of the ATF guns were discovered at the crime scene of a shootout in which a Border Patrol agent, Brian Terry, was shot to death by Mexican suspects. In addition, an ambush of two ICE agents traveling in Mexico by members of Los Zetas — in which one special agent, Jaime Zapata, was killed — was allegedly accomplished using ATF “walked” guns.

In a letter sent to Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley in February 2011, Justice Department officials claimed that the accusations against the ATF and Justice Department involvement in “gun-walking” were untrue.

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Holder to be held over for Obama’s second term

by Jim Kouri on Friday, January 11th, 2013

This is article 65 of 116 in the topic Obama Appointments

While most major members of the Obama administration — including Hillary Clinton, Leon Panetta, Timothy Geithner and others — are being replaced by new appointees, on Wednesday it was confirmed that Attorney General Eric Holder is staying at the Justice Department when President Barack Obama starts his second term.

The White House announced on Wednesday that Holder is among the Obama minions who will remain in the administration during its second-term.

Holder is currently working closely with Vice President Joe Biden on a gun control task force, a subject close to Holder’s heart. According to the White House, it is rare for an attorney general to serve more than four years. The last one who did was Janet Reno during the Clinton Administration who also was a strong proponent of disarming American citizens.

Holder has been the target of fierce criticism from Republicans and many law enforcement officials, who pushed for his resignation or firing after a botched federal scheme known as Operation Fast and Furious that allowed the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to illegally slip 2,000 weapons into Mexico.

Holder denied knowing about the operation in spite of evidence to the contrary discovered by lawmakers in both houses of Congress.

But this wasn’t the first time Holder’s honesty had come into question. Even before taking office, Holder may have hid information from lawmakers, according to an Oct. 11, 2011, news story in the Law Enforcement Examiner.

In the past, Justice Department officials have admitted that when members of the U.S. Senate — including Judiciary Committee members — were considering the nomination of Eric Holder as President Obama’s attorney general in 2009, he failed to disclose all of the legal briefs he had written or signed from his time in private practice especially those briefs that are pertinent to his current positions and views during the so-called war on terrorism.

The issue of Holder’s past legal papers came up after some Republicans asked why lawyers who had previously done legal work for terror detainees now had jobs in the Justice Department, something President Barack Obama successfully avoided discussing, and something conveniently overlooked by a Justice Department now saturated with Holder colleagues whose work records show they defended terrorism suspects and Gitmo detainees.

Attorney General Eric Holder didn’t tell the Senate Judiciary Committee about at least six Supreme Court Amicus briefs he prepared or supported, his office acknowledged in a letter, including two urging the Court to reject the Bush administration’s attempt to try Jose Padilla as an enemy combatant.

“It has come to our attention that some but not all briefs submitted to the Supreme Court by or on behalf of Attorney General Holder as counselor Amicus were supplied to the Committee in the course of his confirmation process last year. We regret the omission,” Assistant Attorney General Ronald Welch wrote to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy. Sen. Leahy, who has his own problems with honesty dating back to the days of the cold war, did not have his committee will take any action against Justice Department executives and attorneys or against Holder.

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Eliminate ATF instead of cutting national security budgets, say officials

by Thomas E. Brewton on Tuesday, January 8th, 2013

This is article 436 of 526 in the topic Government Spending

Several well-regarded law-enforcement officials and gun-rights activists on Monday strongly suggested that President Barack Obama and lawmakers get rid of the scandal-prone Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives instead of cutting national security agencies and budgets including the U.S. military.

“The House of Representatives should slash the budget of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives or simply eliminate the agency,” gun rights expert John M. Snyder said from his office in Bethesda, Md.

“This would be a good first step as sensible U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators work to curtail expenditure of the irresponsible federal establishment,” the former NRA editor stated.

As a constitutional matter, financial expenditure bills originate in the House of Representatives. This would be an appropriate place for Speaker John Boehner and House members to cry ‘Halt’ to the out-of-control federal government, Snyder, who also serves as an advisory board member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police.

The ATF has been on a collision course with the House of Representatives for months. Attorney General Eric Holder remains under a contempt resolution from the House for his refusal to cooperate with the House in the production of documents associated with the ATF Fast and Furious international firearms scandal. ATF is part of the Justice Department, according to the House of Representatives’ reports and documents.

Snyder said that, “ATF figures in schemes of political panderers and monsters of the media who are on a binge of hate. They use murderous acts by criminals as an excuse for proposals to undermine the individual Second Amendment civil right to keep and bear arms of millions of law-abiding American citizens. These gun-grabbing [bureaucrats] don’t want citizens to be able to defend themselves against these murderers and they want ATF to do their dirty work.”

“The recent introduction in Congress of anti-gun owner bills surely will be met with deep and hard opposition by America’s millions of law-abiding gun owners,” Snyder said.

Snyder noted that, “President Barack Obama, Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Reps. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.) and Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and other political hacks are conspiring to take away American gun rights. It is time for the House of Representatives to slash the ATF budget or eliminate the agency.”

A decorated New York police detective, Sid Franes, believes the ATF is a corrupt and unnecessary organization with a history of lawlessness.

Franes narrated the following with regard to an ATF fiasco in 1993:

“When Attorney General Holder served in the Clinton Administration as Assistant Attorney General, there was a religious sect named the Branch Davidian whose leader was a charismatic, sociopath who conned his followers into believing he was a modern day Messiah. They created a compound in Waco, Texas, where they became self-sufficient and desired only one thing from society: to be left alone. Of course, in order to protect themselves and their property they maintained an arsenal within their compound which greatly distressed the federal government including Attorney General Janet Reno.

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Civil disobedience may follow Washington gun legislation, says rights expert

by Jim Kouri on Saturday, January 5th, 2013

This is article 327 of 592 in the topic Gun Rights

The introduction in Congress this week of anti-gun owner bills may very likely be met with deep and harsh opposition by America’s millions of law-abiding gun owners and millions more who believe in the U.S. Constitution, an Inside-the-Beltway civil rights expert said on Friday.

“The anti-gun hysteria and other crapola coming out of Washington could lead to massive civil disobedience throughout the United States,” said John M. Snyder, a gun-rights lobbyist and former editor with the National Rifle Association.

Synder noted that, President Barack Obama, Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Reps. Carolyn McCarthy (D-N.Y.), Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) and other “political hacks are conspiring to take away Americans’ gun rights.”

He said that, “Political gun-grabbers are using the taxpayer-funded Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to do their dirty work.” The ATF is still reeling from its involvement in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal, an alleged criminal conspiracy.

According to Snyder, the Obama administration may order ATF to classify certain firearm models owned by millions of citizens as Title 2 guns under the Gun Control Act.

“People then could obtain them only with great difficulty,” said Snyder, who also serves as a member of the advisory board of the American Federation of Police & Concerned Citizens.

Snyder and other officials claim that Feinstein has been colluding with Obama administration ATF officials on her gun-grabbing legislative scheme.

“They want to take semi-autos away from the people. Her proposed legislation would do just that,” Snyder said.

“Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and others seem hell-bent on undermining Americans’ gun rights. A recent Gallup survey must have left them beside themselves with frustration. Taken as anti-gun elitist establishment haranguing was at its height, the poll showed that more people opposed than supported a ban on semiautomatic firearms,” he noted.

“This could lead the firearm-owner hating crowd to feel that only anti-gun executive action can get them anywhere near their goal. They’re out of touch. It is time for the House of Representatives to slash the ATF budget or eliminate the agency,” Snyder concluded.

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Obama anti-gun agenda may lead to domestic crisis, warn experts

by Cliff Kincaid on Saturday, December 22nd, 2012

This is article 298 of 592 in the topic Gun Rights

An anti-gun owner initiative being considered in Washington could lead to massive civil disobedience and a severe domestic crisis, gun law expert John M. Snyder warned on Friday.

“According to confidential information,” he said, “forces linked with the administration suggest the government classify semiautomatic firearms and multiple capacity ammunition feeding devices as Title 2 National Firearms Act items under the Gun Control Act of 1968.

Families throughout the nation continue to mourn the horrific deaths of 26 people, including 20 young children, killed on Dec. 14, 2012, during a Newtown, Conn., mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, said Mike Baker, a political strategist who believes that government is not the solution to any problem, but government is the problem.

Americans familiar with federal gun laws understand that under this scenario, semiautomatics and high capacity magazines could be acquired only with great difficulty and at great expense by America’s estimated 100 million law-abiding firearms owners, notes Snyder.

According to Snyder and other gun ownership advocates, the Obama administration long ago realized it would have insurmountable difficulty getting a semiautomatic gun ban, such as that considered by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and others, passed Congress, especially when the House is controlled by defenders of the Second Amendment.

Congressional Second Amendment supporters already are preparing for such a battle. During the Clinton years, Congress enacted a partial, temporary semiautomatic ban but allowed it to sunset after 10 years because of its lack of significant negative impact on crime, according to surveys conducted by the National Association of Chiefs of Police.

The Obama administration, now safely reelected, may order the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) to take the classification step. Some gun-grabbers view the designation of Street Sweeper shotguns as Title 2 firearms during the Clinton administration as precedent for such a move.

For several years, various groups and individuals have discussed the anti-gun owner proclivities of the current administration. Obama anti-gun owner activities have involved the promulgation of anti-gun federal regulations, the appointment of anti-gun judges to the federal courts, including the Supreme Court, and the appointment of anti-gun personnelto other high federal positions, including the appointment of an attorney general of the United States who is suspected by many observers of playing politics with the nation’s law enforcement community.

“It’s been under this attorney generalship that the infamous Fast and Furious federal gun running scandal involving ATF has occurred,” Snyder stated. “The administration may feel that a replacement in that office could facilitate a ratcheting-up of its anti-gun activities with announcement and inauguration of the proposed semiautomatic classification/ban.”

“Such a move surely would galvanize the law-abiding grass roots gun-owning American public into opposition as it never has before. At the very least, it would lead to an action in the U.S. House of Representatives to defund if not eliminate entirely the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. To what it would lead at the very most is anyone’s guess,” warns Snyder.

A former NRA editor and director of national gun rights organizations, Snyder has been defending the individual Second Amendment civil right of law-abiding American citizens to keep and bear arms for over 46 years. He’s been called the senior rights activist in Washington by Shotgun News.

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Short Memories, Long Term Consequences

by Alan Caruba on Friday, December 14th, 2012

This is article 786 of 1013 in the topic Obama

As a nation, as citizens, we seem to have developed the memory span of fungus. We move on to whatever new scandal, crisis or distraction comes along and it all seems to have the shelf life of a loaf of bread.

Does anyone remember “Benghazi” at this point? Al Qaeda attacked and killed an American ambassador and three security personnel seeking to defend him on the anniversary of 9/11. The battle went on for hours and, according to reports, it was watched in real time in the White House situation room or wherever our top spooks gather to watch such things. It is a complete total scandal, but reportedly President Obama tweeted about it once and about rapper Jay-Z some 45 times. Some people think the President is “cool”, but that strikes me as “cold.”

Does “Fast and Furious” mean anything to anyone other than the title of an action film? It was the code name applied to an appalling gun-running scheme run by our own Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF for short) with the notion of tracking them to the cartels that received them. It was a complete foul-up and got a U.S. Border Agent killed with one of the firearms. After a number of hearings in Congress and demands for more information about it, the President declared “executive privilege” and the whole thing, so far as the media was concerned, went away.

How about the Keystone XL Pipeline that would have generated at least 20,000 jobs for Americans, not to mention as much as 700,000 barrels of crude oil to U.S. refineries on the Gulf Coast? In January Obama threw a monkey wrench into that, saying he didn’t oppose the project but was worried about greenhouse gas emissions and possible spills. Yeah, right. I believe that, don’t you? Even labor unions opposed that decision.

How about forty straight months of an unemployment rate at or exceeding 8%? It only dipped slightly below that in December because more people just gave up looking for a job.

Then, too, the jobs Obama added to the federal government may have been a contributing factor. As Paul Kengor reported in the American Spectator, “The numbers show a massive increase in government jobs created over the last five months — 621,000, to be exact, dwarfing private-sector job growth. Those new government jobs account for a staggering 73% of overall job growth. In all, it means that 20.6 million citizens now work for government, out of 143 million people employed in America — or one in seven Americans.”

Has anyone—especially in the mainstream media—noticed that Obama backed the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammad Morsi to replace Hosni Mubarak as the president of Egypt? Morsi tried to declare himself the new “pharaoh” or dictator and Egyptians once again filled Tahrir Square in Cairo to protest his turning the nation into an Islamic paradise along the lines of Iran. Mr. Morsi decided he could wait to be dictator and rescinded his effort—at least until a horrid, sharia-based new constitution becomes law; which it will. Starting with his now famed “apology tour” that included Cairo and a lot of kowtowing to Islam, Obama has not enjoyed much success in the Middle East which threatens to burst into a larger battlefield at any time.

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