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Today’s Questions for the President

Congressional oversight hearings into Operation Fast & Furious show that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms knowingly allowed suspected criminals to purchase approximately 2,000 weapons in the U.S. and smuggle them across the border to Mexican drug cartels — the same cartels responsible for the slaughter of an estimated 30,000 Mexicans over the last five years. The weapons were not tracked and Mexican officials were not informed of the operation. The weapons allegedly included .50 caliber sniper rifles and AK 47s. Evidence indicates that one of the weapons was used to kill U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry.

The Justice Department maintains the Attorney General Eric Holder didn’t know about Operation Fast & Furious while it was active.

Which do you consider to be worse: That the attorney general knew that an agency within his department knowingly permitted guns to be smuggled to drug cartels in another country, or that the attorney general didn’t know that such an operation was under way?

Have you spoken to the AG about this matter? If so, what explanation did he give for being oblivious to the operation? If you haven’t spoken to him, why not?

You were a major critic of former attorney general Alberto Gonzalez and called on him to resign because of alleged politicized firings of seven U.S. attorneys. What actions will you take with respect to Attorney General Holder and the Justice Department in the wake of Operation Fast & Furious? Is the AG’s ignorance of the federally sanctioned smuggling of 2,000 weapons to narco-terrorists on our southern border less serious than alleged politicized firings of political appointees?

Peter Kirsanow — Peter N. Kirsanow is an attorney and a member of the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

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