WASHINGTON — The United States government took a historic step back from its long-running drug war on Thursday, when Attorney GeneralEric Holder informed the governors of Washington and Colorado that the Department of Justice would allow the states to create a regime that would regulate and implement the ballot initiatives that legalized the use of marijuana for adults.
In Dan Brown’s new novel, Inferno, the lead character is struck with amnesia, unable to remember critical events even as he’s trying to save the world. Let’s borrow that useful plot device and imagine if Americanjournalists woke up and couldn’t remember who was president. It would be interesting to ask them a few questions:
What would you think of a president under whom the IRS targeted his harshest political opponents, during his reelection campaign?
What would you think of a president whose obsession with leaks and secrecy was so great that he used the Justice Department to obtain phone records of reporters, in violation of Justice’s established procedure?
What would you think of a president whose head of the Department of Justice signed a criminal warrant against a leading journalist working for the news organization most critical of the president—and monitored the movements of the journalist and even went after his mother’s phone records?
What would you think of an administration that directed the president’s press secretary repeatedly to deliver false information concerning the death of an American ambassador?
Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz is in charge of identifying and preventing “waste, fraud, abuse and misconduct” at the Department of Justice, which oversees ATF.
While pinning the blame on officials in both Washington and Arizona for allowing guns traced in the operation to “walk” to drug cartels in Mexico, the report by the inspector’s office also takes pressure off U.S. Attorney GeneralEric Holder, whom the House, in a largely partisan vote, had cited for contempt of Congress.
According to the report, titled “A Review of ATF’s Operation Fast and Furious and Related Matters,” Holder’s subordinates had not properly informed him in a timely manner.
Holder “did not learn about Operation Fast and Furious until late January or early February 2011,” the report said. FULL ARTICLE
Our son didn’t deserve to die. Trayvon Martin was just 17 years old when he was shot and killed by George Zimmerman. Trayvon wasn’t doing anything besides walking home with a bag of Skittles and some iced teain his hands.What makes Trayvon’s death so much harder is knowing that the man who confessed to killing him, George Zimmerman, still hasn’t been charged for Trayvon’s killing.That’s why we started a petition on Change.org calling for Zimmerman’s prosecution and trial. We aren’t looking for revenge, we’re looking for justice — the same justice anyone would expect if their son were shot and killed for no reason.
But Trayvon’s killer is still free. The surest path to justice runs through Sanford, Florida, and through the office of State’s Attorney Norman Wolfinger, who is responsible for bringing charges against Zimmerman. With your help, we believe he’ll have no choice but to give Trayvon and his killer their days in court.