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December 08, 2011

Holder Back Up; Issa Questioning

I thought they said 1:15. But they started up again a while ago. Good stuff going on now.

Dan Lundgren asked about the use of Fast and Furious to extend gun control laws, but he expressly disclaimed a belief in a from-the-start conspiracy, instead casting it as a matter of an agency making a murderous error, then using its very incompetence as a pretext to cede it further authority.

I don't know what Holder said. It was blah blah, white noise. He did start to answer about the conspiracy he thought he was being asked about, and answered, "Think about the implications of what you're saying, that a department would plan a flawed program to..."

That's the part I can't buy. According to the conspiracy theory, the department set out to get lots of people killed, and apparently thought no one would ever notice.

People just offer up the answer "They're arrogant, and they have the media to cover for them," and further offer the difficult-to-rebut point " the media is covering for them right now," and yet I have trouble comprehending someone setting out to commit impeachable and prosecutable (and in fact: executable) crimes in order to advance some political issue at the margins.

People commit murder over matters of intense personal interest to them. Rarely do you see someone committing a murder over something which is abstract to them. There are few "public interest murders." Murders are committed over money, and sex/infidelity/sexual obsession/sexual abandonment, and... well 90% those two things.

Of course, if evidence does arise to suggest that's what's happened... that would be among the most serious crime an officer of the US has ever perpetrated.

Anyway, Sheila Jackson Lee is currently attempting to stop Issa's questions by talking over him like the obese bull rhinocerous she is.

Hostile Witness: Issa says the AG is a hostile witness, and is treating him as such, given his lack of candor. Also says the current Inspector General whom Holder has appointed to "investigate" (i.e., whitewash) this matter is not capable of doing so.

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