Obama is Trying to Keep Program that Armed Drug Cartels Secret, Judge Says Otherwise

January 21, 2016   |   Derrick Broze

Derrick Broze
January 21, 2016

(ANTIMEDIA) United States — On Tuesday a federal judge ruled President Obama cannot use executive privilege to deny Congress access to records related to failed gun running scheme, Operation Fast and Furious.

U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled that the Department of Justice’s prior release of information related to Fast and Furious invalidated President Obama’s claim that releasing details of the program would cause harm.

The Department itself has already publicly revealed the sum and substance of the very material it is now seeking to withhold. Since any harm that would flow from the disclosures sought here would be merely incremental, the records must be produced,” Jackson wrote.

Judge Jackson is referencing a September 2012 report from the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General regarding the Fast and Furious program. Operation Fast and Furious was a program in which the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) knowingly sold guns to Mexican drug cartels.

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times:

“The term ‘gun walking’ is central to the failure of Fast and Furious. Agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives purposely allowed licensed firearms dealers to sell weapons to illegal straw buyers, hoping to track the guns to Mexican drug cartel leaders and arrest them. But they lost track of more than 2,000 weapons, and the Mexican government says some of them have turned up at about 170 crime scenes there.”

In 2012, the House of Representatives voted to hold then-Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for his refusal to hand over documents related to the operation. These documents likely indicate Attorney General Eric Holder knew more than he admitted while under oath.

On June 20, 2012, President Obama exercised executive privilege to keep the documents secret. The Obama administration has been fighting the release of Fast and Furious records since that time.

Politico reports that Jackson did not rule out the possibility some of the records might still be kept private because of sensitive information related to law enforcement techniques, foreign policy concerns, or  matters covered by attorney-client privilege. The Obama administration is expected to appeal the decision.

The judge’s decision coincides with news that federal officials found a .50-caliber rifle linked to Fast and Furious at Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman’s hideout in Mexico. The drug lord escaped from prison last year and was found in Los Mochis on January 8. The ensuing shootout killed five men and wounded one Mexican marine. A number of weapons, including the .50-caliber rifle, were found at the scene.


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Author: Derrick Broze

Derrick Broze joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in July of 2014. His topics of interest include solutions to the police state, the surveillance state, economic inequality, attacks on Native communities, and oppression in all its forms. He was born in Houston, Texas.

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  2. When oh when are the citizens of the US going to stand up to the tyrants ruining their contry…

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  3. The reason in the first italicized paragraph is just plain stupid – the secret is out so you can't keep it a secret. That implies that if we didn't already know about it, the liar in chief could keep his crimes, duplicity, and damaged secret.

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  4. The thin smoking man with the big ears needs to be busted for this treason and others he has committed.

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  5. Ya but but but Obama Black and every one owes Obama free pass becaiuse he is Black

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  6. Liberals are above the law. Everyone knows that. Obama and Holder will never be called on this.

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  7. If any of us thought about running guns anywhere we would be in jail..in obamas world we all thought he was so against guns, now we know if he is making a buck off of guns then guns must be ok to ..it can't be both ways you freaking, little, lying prick

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  8. Seems like Black bastard has every thing about him stashed .. I will be jumping with joy when Ohomo packs it up

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  9. U no think about it- Obama- Eric holder- Lois Lerner – Hillary etc. they all have reasons to b in prison for the rest of their lives but nothing happens to them- folks this is really deep- not sure ther is a way to come back to the scales of justice- so how r we as Americans gonna deal with this?

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  10. U no think about it- Obama- Eric holder- Lois Lerner – Hillary etc. they all have reasons to b in prison for the rest of their lives but nothing happens to them- folks this is really deep- not sure ther is a way to come back to the scales of justice- so how r we as Americans gonna deal with this?

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  11. So the president of the United States and attorney General Eric holder are federal criminals of being gun runners and should be held accountable! THIS OUGHT TO GO FAR!!…….NOT!
    TRUMP "2016"

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  12. Bring Eric Holder back and put him in Prison for this Treasonous act. Then put Obama in prison for this and for Benghazi along with Hillary Clinton and John Kerry for their Treasonous Acts. Obama, Clinton, Kerry and Holder are the most corrupt govenment operatives ever in American history. They should all be arrested, tried, convicted, sentenced and publicly executed by hanging in front of the White House! Lois Lerner and the current IRS chief should be imprisoned for life without parole. These people are the most evil persons in the World History right alongside of Hitler!

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  13. Even though a judge has ordered obama to turn over papers regarding "FAST AND FURIOUS", I don't believe he will do it. It would show what a criminal and how corrupt he has made the presidency. obama has stated more than once that no judge will tell him what to do, that he will do only what he wants to do. Shows how arrogant he is.

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  14. Probably never! We have a problem. Half of the people back obummer in everything that he does. Of that half a large percentage of them, like obummer, want to destroy our country and bring it to the level of the third world countries and the others are just to stupid and politically naive that they do not understand what they are doing to their own country.

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  15. obama was also running guns to Syria. That is what Benghazi is all about. The Ambassdor, Chris, was going to blow the whistle. That is why the group who was to go help them were told to 'STAND DOWN". That is why obama and hillary made sure they did not get any help and would die.

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  16. Obama has refused to obey all lJudges, all offices, He does not heed any thing,or anyone.He breaks the law and does not pay anything for it. he is a crimnal and no one does any thing to Him. we will see how much clout the judge has now. how nice it would be if they would impeach him for not obeying the law He gets away with murder and follows no law. as to the wrongs he does and pays nothing for it anyone elese would go to jail

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  17. They put Loretta Lynch in the justice dept, to deny the People justice, i.e. protect obama and his thugs!

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  18. you really believe that they will accept this order from a judge, they are above the law and will have someone remove this judge from the bench. Just a matter of time.

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  19. YEP :: short lives with the finnishing of the treason sentances (please use plenty of swine feces on the ammo)

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  20. oboma has a big problem with americans owning guns , but doesn't have a problem with putting guns in the hands of murderers

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  21. Is it possible for you to interview Alaska state judge Anna Von Reitz about her current legal battle with Karen Hudes, legal counsel for the World Bank/IMF and Federal Reserve, the people everywhere have the right to know what Anna is bravely doing to put our country back on track with Constitutional law? http://www.annavonreitz.com

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  22. Nobama is the bigest wepons, and drug dealer in the world. He started long time ago when he got arested in NY, after a trip to Afgahanistan, dont know how he got out of that one. Then he ws the biggest coke dealer on campus acording to hees student friends, "those that is steel alive."Opium from Vietnam, and Afgahanistan. for prosess in Thiland, then on the streets here in the US, and big pharma, last years take,$.93.billion funneled thru Goldman sakks. the money ends up in ofshore banks, then all the wepons colekted in libbya, the ambacy was a wepons depot, two cargo wessels filled to the rimb for the delivery to ISIS. CHRISTOPHER STEVENS dident wanted to be a part of this, reson for the stand down order to the military by Killary, Christopher Stevens had to be eliminated, he knew to mutch "the buck stops here". Reason for all the cower up re. Bangazi

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  23. Mary Kaiserman I, too believe it was a hit on Stevens. They were running guns. Everyone knows it. Most lawless President and Sec of State ever!

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  24. Congress can HAVE the authority to order his arrest by Fedetral Marshalls of the court, and if the D"OJ intetrferes the judge can ordert her arrested/ The DOJ has N O authority over a federal judge, I beleive.

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  25. All failing….the people can take action as per the constitution when it is evident that the government is rouge.

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  26. Skunk Hussein Obama, change for the worse, believe it. Hussein should have mentioned it at The State of the Union speech. Then If skunk had any integrity he and slow Biden would have resigned, effective immediately. Though you pound a fool in a mortar with a pestle along with crushed grain, yet his folly will not depart from him.

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  27. so he's been on the wrong side of the law from get go ….because he is a puppet and if you can read the path he wants ….duh…but if we all stand tall together and screw the idiots we can over come the shit piles …

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  28. Do you think that the company that manufactures Febreze could make enough to cover up the stink that is Washington DC. I do not

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  29. Why do you think hillary is still running for president? Because she thinks her pal Obama is going to pardon her WRONG,!

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  30. Comparing a 50 cal to a rifle is like comparing an ATV to an Abrams tank !! A 50 can kill an engine, has I believe a confirmed kill at about 2 miles, was used to kill a guy in an armored truck shot through the window ! A very powerful weapon!!

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  31. I would like to see Trump go back and dig up all these crimes when he is President on 2017.

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  32. If anyone recalls, when this first came out, the Obama Administration explained that this was a plan started by Bush. That was a clear lie. The plans for this operations were drawn up by the FBI during Bush's time in office, but Bush himself clearly rejected putting the plan in place. That was done on orders by the Obama Administration. Let's not forget that point.

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  33. Obama the"liar in chief" and his other liar Holder lied and covered up every thing that has to do with "fast & furious "and now finally a Judge with some integrity decided enough is enough.It is about time for the lying & cover up to stop

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  34. Obama the"liar in chief" and his other liar Holder lied and covered up every thing that has to do with "fast & furious "and now finally a Judge with some integrity decided enough is enough.It is about time for the lying & cover up to stop

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  35. Mary Kaiserman I wish more people would take notice of all that has to do with Bengazi. The main stream media and the left wingers in the Democratic party keep on saying that it is the Republican''s that are making this all up.They & Hillary seem to forget the four murdered American''s and their families that were lied to by the "liar in chief" and Hillary. They should be tried for treason & go to jail.This is disgusting on all fronts.To think that she has the gall to run for President is such an affront to the victims,their families,the military and the American people. Wake up America.

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  36. David R Vranish I think that once "the liar in chief "is out of office some of his secrets will come out. We can only hope.

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  37. TruNews 1/7 OBAMA PUSHES SMART GUN WHILE BEING TOP RECEPIENT OF CASH On Thursday, President Obama used his town hall on gun control to advocate for the open adoption of ‘Smart Gun’ Technology. Though he initially sold the move to the American people as an increase to public safety, it now appears he may not have been completely forthcoming about his vested interests. A further investigation has now revealed that Obama was the top financial recipient of political donations from that industry during his election cycles. [Corruption at every turn. I do not know one person who would buy a firearm that is electronic. Imagine someone being able to disable your firearm when you needed it the most.]

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  38. there should be a heavy big investgiation on obama an eric holder an more on hillary, this country is in deep seeded trouble the law less ness an corruption is incomprehensive,'''''''can we survive these gansters style out of control demo an gop,'''''''''it looks like we the people might have to come foward on this an clean out washington, we hired them its our duty to get rid of them we the people are in charge not them we pay there fkn salary those acumbags, what there doing they should be in prison for a long time
    ''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''donald trump 2016

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  39. Obitch is all about Gun control,and keeping people safe.That just doesn't apply to Mexicans,or the people living in Chicago.What a POS!

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  40. John Sotomayor Try having him arrested under the UNIFORM CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE. The DOJ has absolutely no authority. As the Commander and Chief he is subject to it! Congress can order the Joint Chief's to arrest him.

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  41. Obama and his Administration work erery day to bring down America. There is at least 100 members of his administration that need to be imprisoned and many shoul be executed. When Obama is out I hope we the american people can then vet him and his wife and so we will know who we were dealing with. Watch out that he does not try to give Guntanamo back to Feidel and his brother.

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  42. the obama admin. furnishes guns to criminals and terrorist. obama holds such contempt for americans…obama will do and use everything to take americans gun…..obama should be impeached…..Hillary for prison 2016 obama her cell mate

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  43. Thanks to the idiots that elected him. Not once but twice. Anyone that stupid should not be allowed to vote anymore.

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  44. Mary Kaiserman That is what was apparent to me a long time ago. Hillary didn't send help because they wanted them dead to silence them about what she and Obama had done. They are probably the ones that sent in the hit team.

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  45. How about, " Obama cannot use executive privilege to deny Congress access to records related to " HIS PERSONAL FILES???????

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  46. What good does it do to hold people in contempt if the Muslims in the DOJ won't prosecute. The DOJ should be prosecuted for failure to uphold the law.Hillary's statement is "No Bank is too big to fail and no person is too big to jail!" Obeyme bin Lyin, Eric Holder, Wench Lynch, Hillary Killery, Lois Lerner and John Koskinen should be arrested by Congress and held without bail for acts of treason against the people of the United States. Moonshell the first Tranny should be prosecuted for torturing minor children and attempting to impersonate a dietician.
    Many people have died in the United States, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Mexico and elsewhere by the actions of Obeyme, Holder, Hillary and Wench. National Security has been compromised and SAP documents and weapons have been sold for profit. Time to take out the garbage. They stink of death.

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  47. This set-up was supposed to show how Americans sold guns without regard for where they ended up. It obviously back-fired,pun intended,on them,because one of the ATF men blew the whistle.He exposed what was really happening and O and Holder were themselves furious.They tried every way to discredit him,but nothing worked,so then they tried to take his life.His house was blown up,but his family were already gone.

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  48. it was Americans money spent to buy those weapons plus all the ammo for rifles and more for those guns and America is not entitled to know anything according to the obama admin.? what about the billons of dollars of taxpayer money that dissapeared under hillery's watch ? somebody needs to stand accountable for these crims..like josh said ( nobody is above the law) so round them up, collect from them then ship them to guantomo. Mary Kaiserman is 100% correct about Benghazi. hillery , obama holder, plus more were heavily involved. all of them need to be in prison now for good especially for those crimes against America plus murder.there is no possible way these thugs should walk away from this.these people may hold positions within our government but that don't give them the m the right to litterally walk americans into the ground and laugh about it. the americans citizens are not as stupid as somme thugs think

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  49. The irony of all of Obama's policies is that it is he who is the biggest threat of all to the American people. Whether he is allowing rogue nation's like Iran the green light to develop nuclear weapons, and money to support their terrorist network; or bringing Ebola into the U.S., or opening our borders bringing in 10's of thousands of illegals, and possible Muslim terrorists. Freeing terrorists from Gitmo to go back to the battlefield, and my favorite giving weapons to Mexican drug cartels to indiscriminately kill whoever they want. Obama is a national disgrace and a traitor to America. He needs to be impeached for all his illegal acts.

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  50. I might also add that this is just another cover up by Mister Transparency so the American people won't know how truly inept, and lawless this Scumbag Muslim in the W.H. is.

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  51. Mari Jo O'Neill – I absolutely agree withn that, the ignorant Obozo "Cult of Ignorance Voters" betrayed AMERICANS twice!!!

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  52. Kurt – Do you own a dictionary and a 9th grade English book?! Your post is incoherent!!!

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  53. Harold Eugene Nash – I, and MANY AMERICANS, have said that about the Joint Chiefs of Staff for YEARS, but they've never lived up to their Oath of Office, which is to uphold the CONSTITUTION, not to the POTUS!!!

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  54. Harry Figgers English is not his native language, he is speaking phonetically and I can understand him.

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  55. David R Vranish Won't happen Set a bad precedent for everytime there is a change of administration

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  56. Mari Jo O'Neill Women will vote for ole
    Thunderthighs" because allegedly she is a she

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  57. And that is the sorry truth. A crime as big as the oceans combined compared to a trickle from a bucket and people must be making trillions of $$$$$$ plus enjoying the Americans way of acceptance of any and all things evil or another color.

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  58. An ndictment of Hillary/Holder needs to sealed until after the inaugaration. Can't let Barry issue a pardon

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  59. Mary Kaiserman Absolutely! He committed Treason doing that and he gave up Chris Stevens to the Alquiada gun runners who armed the Syrian troops that became ISIS!

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  60. Just Facts! If Congress doesn't remove Obama before long, he'll declare Martial Law and stay in office because the spineless Congress let him! If Congress doesn't act on the authority "We the People" have given them, "We te Prople" must start the 2nd American Revolutionary to remove Obama and other's who have been complicit with him in this Treasoneous attempt to takeover the United States of America!

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  61. People, don't jump the gun so soon. Just because the Republians are trying to get some dirt on Obama, doesn't mean he did anything wrong. Ever wonder about the real reason ISIS is trying to get us and our allies? That's what you need to question. The Mexican government is as corrupt as they come. Also, they are trying to get El Chappo transferred here. Wonder about that. I bet if he comes here he will be killed in prison. He probably knows who the real drug kingpins are in this country.

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  62. Mari Jo O'Neill – whats there to wake up? Everyone knows there as crooked as the day is long. Best way is TO VOTE ALL PRESENT POLITICIANS OUT OF OFFICE. AMERICA BE HEARD, WE THE PEOPLE CAN PUT A STOP TO THE CRIMES. OBUMMER AND THE REST NEED TO BE JAILED!!!!!! DON'T VOTE HILLBILLARY.

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  63. Delmer Russ . that ain't no shit and totally agree. I can PROUDLY say I DID NOT VOTE the muslim pig…

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  64. Did you bump your damn head??? Do you really think obummer didnt do anything wrong??? Obummer IS ISIS… WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU??? I bet you voted for the pig both times didn't you??? YOU SHOULD BE ASHAMED.!!!! You stink of obama shame.. …

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  65. Wishful thinking… There to chicken shit to impeach him. The racism card would fly up if they tried. Jail aint good enough. Death by hanging is more wanted!!!!!!

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  66. Mari Jo O'Neill you are correct that people need to wake up. However too little to late I'm afraid. Obozo is not going to let us make it untill elections don't you people see what the F *#k is going on?

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  67. Nihle Brinson You should be ashamed believing all the BS. The racist Republican Party relies on people like you believing all the lies they put out there. If Obama did all the things they've been accusing him of he would have been impeached a long time ago. He's been in office almost eight years. That's plenty of time to gather some dirt. Yes I voted for him twice and if he were to run again, I'd vote for him a third time.

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  68. Harry Figgers whatever the spelling, if you cannot understand his drift, then it is you that needs education…

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  69. We do have to get together and I've been saying its deep for the last 20 years. If enough people would take a stand,

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  70. How about that. Barack Obama wants Americans disarmed but arms the Mexican drug cartels and the terrorist group ISIS. What's wrong with this picture? Feel safe?

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  71. google Reese family Fast and Furious scapegoats ? Into 5th year, Obamas DoJ used this family as toliet paper on this……

    JUSTICE NOW, still fighting civil forfeiture in N.M. Pray for judge Brack

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  72. Andrea Kyles The deficit doubled, unemployment has soared, illegal "immigrants" on welfare while veterans are dying while waiting for healthcare, a mandated healthcare system that kicked people off their plan while he stated "if you like your plan you can keep your plan", increased insurance costs which he stated would not happen, more than half of these insurance companies providing said services have dropped out or gone bankrupt because of this wonderful insurance, the deductibles for said plans are astronomical, most low wage jobs are filled by illigal "immigrants. Not to mention making a deal with Iran who STILL has American hostages, tampers with our 2nd Amendment right, bring in "refugees" without being vette. . . The list goes on and on and on. But most importantly and nonforgiving is he and Hitlary BOTH allowed four Americans to be tortured and killed by issuing stand down orders to the personnel who could have RESCUED them and then LIED about it to those poor families who had lost loved ones and to the American people about a video being the cause. Those are just highlights of his fantastic terms. I pray every day that America survives until he is out of office because there is no limit to what he will do with his "executive order pen and/or phone". He is an out of control, petulant child who has lost the respect of our allies and the American people–except for the kool aid drinkers, of course. I hope you have a great day!

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  73. Jerry B Baker He's Already Promised, those in Congress who 'Go Along, with his 'Pres. for Life' Declaration, will remain in Congress with him, Forever, like a Politbureau, They will not have to Face Elections again!

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  74. Andrea Kyles With people like you there would be no more reason to RIG any election!

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  75. Obozo took the law into his own hands yet again, and Holder, that racist POS is possibly the most stupid AG ever. Full disclosure, and hang Obama from the front porch of the WH!

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  76. Sic-em Judge. Get everyone of those bastards and take them down !!!!!!!

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  77. Good idea David . And while your at it , find out what connects El Chapo to all the crooks in our WH , Like the Clintons ! Clintons are known as the biggest drug dealers in the world ! And they are tied to everything illegal that leads to money ! It is very simple to figure out ! FOLLOW THE MONEY ! The ( Love ) of money is the root of all evil ! Every one of the crooks we have in power are tied to ways to get POWER AND MONEY ! Every time curruption arises in DC you can bet it is connected to money or power to get money ! So always FOLLOW THE MONEY ! Then and only then will we get the answers ! Learn to follow the money AND THEN IT WILL MAKE SINCE !

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  78. Put them all on an island with Obama and they can live under his rule until he dies or they eventually kill him. Also all his vacations must be on the island and on his dime. Maybe we should ship over 10,000 Syrian refugees to him just to keep it interesting.

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