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I am furious

Staff
Hernando Today
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 06:26 PM

Kudos to the Spanish language television news network Univision for their incredible investigative report on Fast and Furious.

Much of what they revealed has been asserted by one of our own Congressional committees and now after an internal Inspector General's report it leaves little doubt as to the complicity of this administration in the slaughter of hundreds of Mexicans.

Where is the American press who has failed in their responsibility to be the watch dog of irresponsible and illegal government activities? They are missing in action and thereby have failed in their responsibility not only to the people of America but they have failed the Republic that entrusted them with watching over its well being.

Credit surely must be given to Univision for its in-depth and comprehensive reporting on a disastrous, ill conceived and probably illegal program. They documented the fact that the slaughter of 14 young man and women attending a birthday party were wantonly killed by drug cartel "hit" men using weapons that were traced to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) and their Fast and Furious program.

This is an investigative report that should have been done by the American press. They, however, are too busy finding incidents of 50 years ago so insignificant that they are off the radar screen in a week.

This is how the press furthers its agenda of playing "gotcha" with the presidential contender. What could be more important than the murder of hundreds of innocent victims, usually very young, that have been killed or rather executed by drug cartel executioners with weapons supplied by the American government?

Where are our great investigative reporters who can sift through garbage dumps and other assorted mines of information but cannot follow a trail of documents and testimony of ATF people regarding the program. They do not question the integrity of the Attorney General who claimed he didn't know about the program but later had to revise his remarks. He said at one point that he hadn't read his emails and no one told him about Fast and Furious.

If this is truly the case then he ought to be fired for malfeasance in office. What do you think the American press would be doing if the tables were reversed and it was hundreds of American youths being killed in this manner and it was traced to some Mexican program?

There would probably be a call for war much as the days of "Yellow Press" egged the U.S. on to declare war. The Congress would be holding non-stop hearings and even the president would be commenting in his radio and TV speeches.

Instead what we get is an administration that invokes "Executive Privilege" in denying the release of documents to Congress. As for me I am sincerely sorry that our government caused such pain and suffering on our neighbor to the south and hope someday the whole truth is exposed.


Len Tria, a regular columnist for Hernando Today, lives in Spring Hill and is a former Hernando County commissioner.
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