Dear Representative Price,
You have a long and distinguished record in serving North Carolina’s Fourth Congressional District, and have well-served your constituents since you entered the house of Representatives in 1997. You have wide bi-partisan support in this district, which the large margins of victory in your elections have shown time and again.
As one of your constituents, I would like you to please address a very important issue currently facing this nation. As the Ranking Member on the House Subcommittee on Homeland Security, I am sure you are aware of the threat that drug cartel violence poses to the safety and security of the Republic’s citizens. Multiple federal law enforcement agencies reporting to the Executive Branch – including the Department of Homeland Security – have become embroiled in a controversial program called Operation Fast and Furious. Primarily run out of the Justice Department, Operation Fast and Furious also involved the Departments of Homeland Security, Treasury, and State.
The Justice Department has been under fire for the operation since it was revealed in the early parts of the year that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, in conjunction with the U.S Attorney in Phoenix, AZ and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, were participating a “gun-walking” program. Federal agents acting under the color of law persuaded law-abiding gun dealers to sell firearms to suspected straw purchasers, citizens with clean criminal records purchasing weapons to smuggle to Mexican drug cartels.
The operation was revealed by Furious BATFE agents after Border Patrol agent Brian Terry was killed in Peck Canyon, AZ in mid-December, 2010, and weapons recovered at the scene were traced back to the operation.
All told, Operation Fast and Furious allowed straw purchasers to buy more than 2,000 firearms and ship them over the border to arm the Sinaloa cartel. Efforts to interdict the weapons before they crossed the border were actively thwarted by DOJ supervisors and managers, and as a result of the operation, Mexican Attorney General Marisela Morales has stated that Fast and Furious weapons were used to murder more than 300 Mexican citizens.
Investigators from the House Judiciary and Oversight committees have attempted on multiple occasions to find out the most basic information about Operation Fast and Furious, but have been obstructed at every turn by Attorney General Eric Holder and the Department of Justice. In contentious, often heated testimony on Thursday, December 8, Attorney General Holder refused to answer the most basic questions about Operation Fast and Furious, such as who authorized the operation. He refused to hold anyone accountable for the Operation, despite the fact that it was never designed to succeed as a law enforcement operation and the fact that it resulted in hundreds of deaths and will result in more deaths for years to come. Nota single person has been fired, and incredibly, those most closely tied to the plot have been promoted out of the field to prestigious positions in Washington, DC.
Attorney General Holder has refused to comply with Congressional requests for testimony and documentation. Attorney General Holder has ignored subpoenas from Congressional committees, and indicates he will refuse to provided evidence as required by law, and indicates he si will tobe held in contempt of Congress.
Regardless of political ideologies or party allegiances, the most prominent law enforcement officer in our land cannot be allowed to refuse to comply with the very laws he is sworn to protect.
I ask you, as one of your constituents, to implore Attorney General Holder and the Justice Department to comply with the Oversight and Judiciary Committee requests for testimony and documentary evidence about Operation Fast and Furious. If Attorney General Holder still refuses to comply with these reasonable requests, I ask that you join calls for Attorney General Holder to resign, and ask the President of the United States to appoint an independent special council acting apart from the Justice Department to investigate Operation Fast and Furious to determine what federal laws were broken as a result of the Operation, and to bring charges against the responsible parties.
Many of my fellow constituents here in NC-4 sport bumper stickers on their cars that read,” Know Justice, Know Peace. No Justice, No Peace.”
We have had no peace along the Mexican border thanks to a weapons smuggling operation sanctified by our own government officials I implore you to join the call seeking justice.