Let me start by saying I believe the Department of Justice should turn over to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa all documents relating to the "Fast and Furious" program, except for those that have national security implications.
I also favor full investigations into all "gunwalking" strategies used by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms. That includes Operation Wide Receiver, which began in 2006, long before President Barack Obama or Attorney General Eric Holder were on the scene. The earlier "gunwalking" tactics laid the foundation for Fast and Furious and, in my opinion, would provide the public with the ATF mindset at the time this seemingly questionable program was implemented.
I can't help but wonder, since there were previous programs, why Issa has only been concerned with the Fast and Furious program. Could it be purely political? Of course not; just read or listen to the rhetoric. His and Speaker John Boehner's words are obviously intended to get full cooperation from the Department of Justice, attorney general, and president by accusing them of lying and stonewalling on the issue.
There may be very legitimate reasons to assert executive privilege for some of the documents. They may reveal that the Mexican, and/or other Central and South American governments were fully aware of, directly involved in, and agreed with these tactics. That would be totally different from what they claimed when the whole strategy was exposed and received very unfavorable press and public reaction.
Michael F. Vezeau
Brian Terry's parents deserve more answers
I haven't been blessed with children. However, if my son was serving his country protecting the U.S.-Mexico border and was murdered with weapons supplied to the Mexican cartel by the U.S. government as Brian Terry was, I would have been devastated.
I watched Sean Hannity's interview of Terry's parents and I was never so upset as tears rolled down my face when I put myself in their position.
It's outrageous it has been more than 18 months since his murder and our government has not answered questions regarding who authorized the "Fast and Furious" program or given any pertinent details regarding it.
The Democrats, led by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, refuse to answer or provide documents detailing who was involved and who authorized the program, etc. The Republicans are holding hearings and are looking for answers while the Democrats are calling the hearings a political partisan tool and witch hunt.
To make matters worse, President Barack Obama has protected documents from review by executive order. Consequently, Terry's parents may never get answers on their son's murder.
You would have assumed that since Obama is a father of two, he would want these documents reviewed -- unless he and Holder were somehow involved. If it were your son, wouldn't you want answers to questions about his murder?
I want you all to act like parents of Brian Terry despite your party affiliation and call on Obama to release these documents.