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Suppressing information

July 9, 2012
The Daily News

EDITOR:The current administration is good at suppressing public information and not admitting guilt.

Attorney General Eric Holder's Justice Department flatly denied Operation Fast and Furious existed by letter to Congress on Feb. 4, 2011. They had to retract the letter 10 months later admitting it wasn't true.

According to the Wall Street Journal they didn't want to cooperate with the investigation and began an epic stonewall to block congressional attempts to find out what really transpired.

Holder who is hiding under Obama's skirt, again, should be embarrassed by having to request executive privilege by the president.

In the aftermath, has the administration done anything for patrol agent Brian Terry's family? Do they need help? Have they been told the truth about the failure of Fast and Furious? He lost his life in their fiasco and we should atone in some manner for his sacrifice.

There is a definite contrast between prominent American leaders both political and private.

Recently, James Dimon, chief executive of the J.P. Morgan Chase Bank has taken extreme heat over a $2 billion trading blunder. No client, customer or taxpayer money was impacted by the incident.

He testified before the Senate Banking Committee saying, "I was dead wrong, I feel terrible, the buck stops with me." He was apologetic and contrite unlike out leaders in Washington who can't be honest even when the entire nation is looking.

Russia will be joining the World Trade Organization later this summer.

Now that Vladimir Putin is back in power old Soviet Ways are alive and well. Mr. Gerry Kasparov who lives in Moscow and writes for the Wall Street Journal stated that since the May 7 inauguration of Mr. Putin he had come down hard on opposition leaders and their families.

More than a dozen protesters are already behind bars and arrests continue. Mr. Putin is concerned that the Magnitsky Bill, version just adopted unanimously on June 26, 2012, by the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will ban Russian officials implicated in human rights abuses from traveling and banking in the U.S.

According to Mr. Kasparov, the bill will be popular with the Russian people but our Mr. Obama is an obstacle saying the measure is unnecessary and unhelpful to our relationship with Russia.

His administration's "reset" policy has been a bust and he even tried to keep the names of sanctioned Russian officials secret. Suppressing data is his speciality. Political decisions without accountability is irresponsible.

American voters will reach their own conclusions about the administration's creditability this fall. Stay tuned.

George Zaio

Iron Mountain



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