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  •  A few mistakes (0+ / 0-)

    The agent, Brian Terry, was NOT shot by an F&F weapon - the weapon was found at the scene but no one has alleged it was used to kill the agent. And Brian Terry was a Border Patrol agent, not ATF.

    On her show last night, Rachel Maddow discussed how the GOP is framing F&F as an attempt to gut the Second Amendment. Some wingnuts have alleged that Holder & Obama deliberately let the guns go missing so they could point to the resulting mayhem as illustrating the need for more gun control (or, in right-wing-nut-speech, eek - they're going to take away our guns - eek!) And of course House & Senate Republicans take their marching orders from conservative radio hosts & bloggers. So all these demands for additional docs is a fishing expedition, looking for proof of a conspiracy that almost certainly doesn't exist. But in GOP-land, it never hurts to get the NRA on your side!

    Democracy - Not Plutocracy!

    by vulcangrrl on Thu Jun 21, 2012 at 09:51:08 AM PDT

    •  Thanks for sharing the Maddow piece (1+ / 0-)
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      Scarier than this sounded at first blush, obviously."Obama wants to take away your guns! And give them to crimunuls!"

    •  Thanks for clarification and correction (0+ / 0-)

      I also didn't have time to note that many of the documents still sought by the GOP-dominated House committee involve pending criminal investigations and thus should not be released to politicians who might wreck a case by publicizing sensitive, confidential data. Even so, the Justice Dept was willing to negotiate to allow congressmen to look at some of them but that wasn't the point. The point, from the GOP side, was to embarrass Dems and imagine a coverup.

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