"But I'm a superstitious man. And if some unlucky accident should befall him - If he should get shot in the head by a police officer, or if he should hang himself in his jail cell - or if he's struck by a bolt of lightning, then I'm going to blame some of the people in this room, and that I do not forgive." -- Don Vito Corleone to the other dons of the Five Families, The Godfather.
James R. Lightfoot, six term congressman from Iowa, 1985 to 1997. As Chairman of the Subcommittee on Treasury, Postal and General Government (TPS) of Appropriations, he had jurisdiction over 40% of Federal Law Enforcement (Customs, Secret Service, ATF, FLETC, and IRS enforcement).
Mr. Lightfoot and I disagree on a number of things, including the constitutional right of the ATF to even exist and whether or not in retrospect that the post-Waco "clean-up" of the ATF that he takes credit for actually happened, but there is no doubt he has been in the forefront of seeking the truth about the Gunwalker Scandal and the Terry murder.
"Waco looks like a runny nose compared to the sickness that now envelopes the higher echelon of the ATF."
As a brief history, some of you will remember the FBI siege of the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, Texas, April 19, 1993. After the flames died down, a good and honorable man, Steve Higgins, then Director of ATF, was scapegoated by the press and the Congress. Mr. Higgins stepped down as Director. His staff had lied and misled him regarding the actions on the ground at Waco.
Mr. Higgins took full responsibility for his less-than-honorable commanders. I can attest personally, to Mr. Higgins honor and reputation, as he received a phone call in my presence regarding the situation in Waco prior to the raid that went so wrong. I heard him tell the person on the other end of the phone that the raid was to be cancelled, called off, taken down if there was even the slightest hint that the element of surprise had been lost.
Well, we all now know that his commanders lied to him and went ahead with the raid in defiance to Director Higgins orders. . .
. . . Add to this the growing evidence that the Obama Administration, under the hand of Attorney General Eric Holder, are using ATF to forward their anti-gun ownership agenda. To wit; AG Holder made a rousing speech for the need of more and stronger gun laws, siting a so-called “river of iron” flowing into Mexico. That “river of iron” did not exist, so under his Department of Justice (DOJ) the river was created through a program known as Fast and Furious. Some 2000-plus weapons were allowed to “walk” across the US border into the hands of Mexican Drug Cartels with no tracing, follow up investigations or any semblance of legitimate law enforcement procedures.
As a result US Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and ICE Special Agent Jaime Zapata are dead, murdered by Mexican Cartels using Fast and Furious provided guns. Add to this terrible list, hundreds of innocent Mexican citizens gunned down in the street when caught between warring Cartel factions.
Senator DeConcini, Director Magaw and I did a pretty darn good repair job. Today, however, ATF needs a total rebuild, elimination of the bad apples and full support by the Congress of the good, dedicated law enforcement people in the organization.
You can help make this happen. Congressman Issa and Senator Grassley have been holding a series of hearings regarding Fast and Furious. Please take a moment to email, write or phone your Member of Congress and ask them to be supportive of the Issa/Grassley effort. You can find your Congressman’s contact info here and your Senator’s here.
And now for the reason for the title of this email. Last week I wrote an article entitled “Indict Holder” and circulated it to the press and Congress. Even though it was Thanksgiving, to date I have received responses from over 50 Members of Congress or their staff. Yesterday, I wrote and circulated a follow on piece, “ATF and DOJ Break the Law”.
If you don’t hear from me for awhile, please check the nearest river.
Lightfoot, it seems, understands what is at stake for the regime here. And he understands how some of these thugs react to threats to their power. It may be small comfort to him but back in October of last year, before the Gunwalker Scandal broke into the open after the murder of Brian Terry, I wrote a short piece entitled "A message that Eric Holder understands perfectly well: No more free William Colbys."
William Colby when he was CIA station chief in Saigon. The retired CIA Director turned up mysteriously dead in a "canoe accident" after angering the Clinton Administration by providing the Davidian defense lawyers with an excellent copy of the FLIR tapes taken from a plane orbiting Mt. Carmel, 19 April 1993.
Previously, of course, in May, 2009, I had written "No More Free Wacos: An Explication of the Obvious Addressed to Eric Holder, Attorney General of the United States."
So, let me explicate the obvious: There are no do-overs, not when it comes to your employees killing American citizens for bad reasons. Look around, count the guns, estimate the billions of rounds of small arms ammunition in private hands, and consider that the latest Janet has already declared most of the rest of us, including veterans, "domestic terrorists" anyway. Do you think we have not noticed? Do you think we do not remember the misdeeds of the last administration you were a part of?
In addition, recent government misconduct -- bureaucratic, legal and judicial -- in the Wayne Fincher and David Olofson cases (the same kind of chicanery that rightly caused you to overturn the conviction of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens) has convinced many of us that there is no percentage in betting on a fair trial if the ATF sets their sights on us and we are not part of the Mandarin class.
If we are no longer under the rule of constitutional law but are merely subject to irreversible bureaucratic diktat and we do not fancy being railroaded in a patently unfair federal trial where expert witnesses are denied access to evidence, then our options when approached by ATF agents are rather limited. It is plain, in the absence of the right of a fair trial, that a target of ATF investigation has little to lose by resorting to the right of an unfair gunfight. This may be an unintended consequence of those cases. It is nonetheless real.
Wake up and smell what your administration is shoveling from downwind, where we are forced to stand. And please understand the predicament you've put yourselves in by your present and former bad behavior.
There will be no more free Wacos.
And, for the record, no more free OKC bombings, Katrinas or William Colby "canoe accidents" either. Certainly that includes Congressman Lightfoot, I would think. He, too, is insured by the The One Hundred Heads Life and Casualty Company whose corporate motto is: "We are everywhere!"
You know, that logo would make a good tee shirt along with "One Hundred Heads Life and Casualty Company."