“The President has directed us to take action to fight these cartels and Attorney General Eric Holder and I are taking several new and aggressive steps as part of the administrations comprehensive plan.”
Now we know why privilege applies.
Uploaded by MidnightRider2001 back in July of 2011:
Project Gun Runner (Fast and Furious) was launched under the orders of President Barack Obama with the knowledge of Attorney General Eric Holder. Deputy Attorney General David Ogden announced the Obama Administration’s new and aggressive ‘comprehensive plan’ on March, 24, 2009. The plan was aimed at disrupting gun trafficking between the United States and Mexico.
Full C-SPAN Video Link 3-24-2009
Update: Linked by Doug Ross. Thanks!
Update II: I see a lot of sites now running this video – thanks to Doug Ross again for linking. I’m glad it’s getting play. Had they been paying attention, they would have seen it on 9/9/11 when I first put it up. Maybe it would have saved Issa some time had he bothered to respond to the email I sent in December with the link to it as well. Who knows.
Update III: Several bloggers and outlets are pointing out the Ogden Video is old news and deals with the announcement of Gunrunner, not gunwalker or the Fast and Furious and causing retractions here and there. See Soopermexican as an example. Pay attention to the second clip he has up with transcript. I left the following comment over there:
I’m so glad you posted the link to the full C-SPAN video; I get that gunWALKER is what the fast and furious was born from, however walker came from runner. Gosh, that sounds stupid.
The initial subpoenas were for Runner, not Walker.
“On March 16, 2011, Chairman Issa wrote a letter to Acting Director Kenneth Melson of the ATF requesting specific documents related to Project Gunrunner,
its “Fast and Furious” component, and records related to the death of Border Agent Brian Terry. ATF failed to meet the March 30th deadline for producing these documents and furthermore refused to voluntarily commit
to any date for producing them.”
If Obama directed Gunrunner, then the subsets were also under his watch and likely with his knowledge, no?
This thing can get confusing, however that does not make the clip invalid or useless. It’s not a ‘smoking gun’ but it does place Obama as having directed the commencement of Gunrunner, which gave rise to gunwalker – of which I am unconvinced was not the primary program, in a very public way.
Update IV: I forgot to include this rather informative piece on Ogden and his testimony.