America has a long history of offering rewards for the participation of citizens in bringing criminals to justice. We’ve all seen the more famous wanted posters of Bonnie and Clyde, Jesse James, John Dillinger and such. Each of them offered rewards to tip the scales in favor of law enforcement. Often times, someone may feel that doing one’s civic duty is not worth incurring the wrath of a criminal element. However, when a reward is offered, it can tip the scales. Recently, a new wanted poster has popped up and is offering a hefty reward for information on a massive criminal enterprise: the executive branch.
That’s right, a conservative group is offering a staggering reward of $100,000 to anyone who can provide “verifiable evidence that President Obama or one of his aides knew about Operation Fast & Furious while it was underway.”
It seems people are taking this whole “government complicity in providing Mexican drug cartels with weapons that were used to kill a Border Patrol Agent”-thing quite seriously. Go figure!
The reward poster was run in Wednesday’s Washington Times and reads:
“If you have verifiable evidence that President Obama or one of his aides knew about Operation Fast & Furious while it was underway, Call 1-888-692-7374 toll free. This is your opportunity to save yourself before Operation Fast & Furious comes crashing down like Watergate. … The truth will come out. Will you be caught in the web of Operation Fast & Furious, or will you avoid jail time?”
The money is being put up by a grassroots organization called the Conservative Caucus. The group’s chairman Peter Thomas stated,
“Was Operation Fast & Furious simply a bungled attempt to capture Mexican drug lords, or was it an ‘under the radar’ political scheme hatched at the White House as now appears possible?”
“Americans have the right to learn the truth and see brought to justice anyone who may have been involved in this scheme which led to the death of US Border Patrol, agent Brian Terry, and of Mexican citizens.”
Thomas is 100% accurate in labeling this a “scheme”. I will state, here and now, my steadfast belief that Operation Fast and Furious was a deliberate attempt by Holder, the Justice Department and the ATF to fuel violence on the border to scapegoat the American gun owner and the gun dealers as a provocation for stricter gun control policies. Furthermore, while it has yet to be seen whether President Obama was “in on the ground floor” of this operation, I firmly believe he knew about it earlier than the media and has since been complicit in covering it up.
These are bold accusations, I know. However, we must accept that even if we are to believe the very best of Holder and Obama, the fact remains that in the absence of outright treason, their ineptitude that caused the death of Brian Terry and their willingness to cover it up, alone, should warrant their impeachment and jail sentence just as the covering up of my involvement in the death of a law enforcement agent would warrant my imprisonment.
Thomas, like most who have paid attention to the Fast and Furious scandal, drew a correlation to the Watergate scandal that took down Nixon and his administration. He stated,
“We felt forced to run this advertisement and offer the $100,000 reward because justice was not being served, and we wanted to offer an opportunity to anyone who knows the truth to save yourself before Operation Fast & Furious comes crashing down like Watergate; to make the right choice now.”
Of course, Holder’s claim has been a mixture of, “Who, me?” and, “This is a witch hunt!” While he is not wrong in his assertions that he has not won many friends on the right with his willingness to disregard election laws and further Obama’s agenda to weaken America by allowing any illegal that can get here to stay, he is wrong if he thinks his defensive measures and executive privilege will lessen our outrage.
He has claimed that he knew nothing about the operation until it had already blown up in his face. However, he has changed his story several times. It should be noted that before they tried the “that’s confidential” route, those involved in Watergate tried to plead ignorance. And, if I remember my history correctly, it did not work out too well for them.
On May 3rd, 2011, Holder claimed under oath to Congress that he had not known of the operation prior to the previous few weeks before his sworn testimony. However, documents obtained by Congress clearly show that he had been receiving briefings on the operation as early as July, 2010. Lying under oath to Congress is a felony, yet I’ve heard precious little of this from the mainstream media. Yet, I hear ad nauseum that Romney is a felon. Please…
The $100,000 reward will likely be called a publicity stunt. That’s fine with me, because it will either function as a legitimate incentive for a subordinate who does not have blood on his hands to collect a hefty sum and turn in his bosses. Or, it will function as a means of discussion so that this issue reaches a broader audience. In either case, I am for it.
To get involved, please sign the petition offered by theteaparty.net, demanding Eric Holder’s prosecution.
If you have any information linking Fast and Furious to The White House, please call: 1-888-692-7374