As most of us now know, Friday, the Justice Department released over 1,000 pages of documents related to Operation Fast and Furious, the botched gun-tracking program run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Today, there are new accusations that the documents show that feds lied about how they managed the program.
We here at The Thinker would just want to go on record as stating that in this upside down world we live in we feel and believe that the true heroes of this matter – the original ATF “whistle blowers” have received far less than what’s been relegated to them. Most of them are now unemployed, or working just to make ends meet. Some have started up their own micro-companies, while others face various charges predicated upon what is now coming to fruition – the malfeasance and outright lies told by their supervisors – who they originally told what was really going on.
Today former judge, best-selling author as well as Fox News Contributor on legal matters, Judge Andrew Napolitano joined Sheppard Smith in Studio B to discuss this and new revelations that the money the drug cartels were earning through the program was being deposited into American banks by DEA agents. He said, “This has been going on for a while. This is not just the fault of the Obama administration, but it’s coming out now. This bit about the money laundering is new, the revelation of it is new, and the Obama administration hasn’t even been in a position to defend it yet. The guns are another story. That they apparently and intentionally misled the Congress and some heads will probably roll.”
Napolitano said, “The thought that this money passed through hands of Federal agents, who facilitated its movement, they didn’t stop the people who deposited in the banks, they deposited it for them — is repellent.”
He posed the question, “Why does the government have to break the law in order to enforce the law?” Which in all earnest were the thesis points in two of Judge Napolitano’s best-selling books; One of these books titled, Constitutional Chaos: What happens when the government breaks its own laws? And his latest book, It is Dangerous to be right when the government is wrong: The Case for personal freedom.
As far as culpability is concerned it is those who wrote letters to Congress espousing fabrications; furthermore, those who have collected the 1,000 pages of documents are the ones who should be paying the penalty for this lawlessness; not those who put a legitimate end to it.