Did DoJ approve “a different approach” to gunwalking in 2010?

posted at 9:15 am on February 2, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Eric Holder goes back up the Hill today to tell Congress that he doesn’t have to share his e-mails with anyone, but that may be a little too late.  A new report from Rep. Darrell Issa and Senator Charles Grassley allege that Holder deputy Lanny Breuer gave the ATF a green light on a “different approach” to interdicting weapons going across the border in 2010, and then failed to follow up — at best — on Operation Fast and Furious:

The memo, sent to Republican members of the Oversight Committee, was based upon interviews, documents and emails involving key players of the operation run by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. The operation allowed some 2,000 weapons cross the border into Mexico and into the hands of cartel members. …

The memo claims there was coordination between the Justice Department in Washington and the ATF in the early stages of the operation.

Emails released show that Kenneth Melson, former Acting Director of the ATF contacted Assistant Attorney General Lanny Breuer and told him that his organization wanted to take a “different approach” to seizing guns going to Mexico.

Breuer responded that it was a “terrific idea” and the Department assigned a prosecutor from its Criminal Division to work with the ATF in early 2010.

Republicans say attorney Joe Cooley attended key briefings on the program and should have alerted the Justice Department to what was going on. The memo also alleges that there was a lack of management by both the ATF and Justice Department with the use of federal wiretaps.

According to the memo, “Both Justice Department and ATF leaders in Washington, D.C. claimed they were unaware of the gunwalking that occurred during Fast and Furious, yet both could have and should have reviewed the Wiretap Affidavits.”

So what exactly was “a terrific idea”?  Until now, Breuer and Holder have both claimed that they didn’t know that the ATF was doing anything differently than their traditional interdiction strategies. This “terrific idea” seems to be closely related to Operation Fast and Furious, and the only innovation in that effort was letting the guns go across the border without coordinating with the Mexican government — the very issue Congress seeks to expose.

You know what would clear this up?  Access to Holder’s e-mails and other work products, but Holder will claim today that those are somehow privileged — an interesting assertion.  Holder won’t quite claim executive privilege but instead will try to parallel it, claiming in his prepared testimony (via Jim Geraghty):

Prior administrations have recognized that robust internal communications would be chilled, and the Executive Branch’s ability to respond to oversight requests thereby impeded, if our internal communications concerning our responses to congressional oversight were disclosed to Congress. … The appropriate functioning of the separation of powers requires that Executive Branch officials have the ability to communicate confidentially as they discuss how to respond to inquiries from Congress. …

Such candid internal deliberations are necessary to preserve the independence, integrity, and effectiveness of the Department’s law enforcement activities and would be chilled by disclosure to Congress of such materials. Just as we have worked to accommodate the Committee’s legitimate oversight needs, I trust that the Committee will equally recognize the Executive Branch’s constitutional interests and will work with us to avoid further conflict on this matter.

Executive privilege does not flow downward from the President to the entire executive branch, however.  The President has (a very limited) recourse to executive privilege not because he has confidential consultations, but because the people elected him separately to run the executive branch.  It does not extend to even others in the White House unless the communications sought involve the President directly.  It certainly doesn’t apply to leadership of agencies within the executive branch, who are explicitly accountable to Congress and whose agencies exist under a blend of both executive and legislative prerogatives.  The only way executive privilege could be claimed would be to assert that the President was involved in these discussions, which I assume would be the last thing Obama wants this year.

Eric Holder has no executive privilege, and the Senate might have to start considering how to remove him if he refuses to cooperate with legitimate oversight into an operation that has killed hundreds of Mexicans and a Border Patrol agent with weapons the ATF deliberately allowed to fall into the hands of the drug cartels.

Geraghty’s conclusion sums it up well:

Thus, the administration that took military action in Libya without any authorization from force from Congress, that appointed czars with policymaking authority without Congressional confirmation, and that made ‘recess’ appointments while Congress was not in recess is invoking executive privilege to cover how the Department of Justice reacted when Congress began asking about a gun-trafficking operation that got U.S. law enforcement officers murdered by Mexican drug cartels.

All from a president who railed against a runaway imperial presidency when George W. Bush sat in the office he currently occupies.


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can watch hearing live today

Is expected to be a very lively hearing.

William Amos on February 2, 2012 at 9:16 AM

Pass the popcorn please.

dirtseller on February 2, 2012 at 9:19 AM

Geraghty’s conclusion sums it up well:

yes indeedy

remember the bloody outrage for alberto gonzales? yeah, good times…

cmsinaz on February 2, 2012 at 9:20 AM

and the Senate might have to start considering how to remove him if he refuses to cooperate

this is harry reid we are talking about…nothing is going to happen to him….

*sigh*

cmsinaz on February 2, 2012 at 9:22 AM

As the MSM continues to make believe this story doesn’t exist, the rest of us are spreading it around the country by every vehicle available. Thanks to FB, this piece will travel far and wide today.

Keemo on February 2, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Yet another hallmark of a fascist regime — being completely unaccountable to the people.

rbj on February 2, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Representative Cummings, minority head of committee, tells us all

“It’s Bush’s fault and we meant well.”

dirtseller on February 2, 2012 at 9:27 AM

does a “different approach” also mean that Bush couldn’t have done it??

ted c on February 2, 2012 at 9:30 AM

Wouldn’t Eric Holder look just great in a perp walk?

cartooner on February 2, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Most transparent administration ever.

Flange on February 2, 2012 at 9:33 AM

All from a president who railed against a runaway imperial presidency when George W. Bush sat in the office he currently occupies.

Sadly, too many Americans are so wrapped up in their own lives, they’ve pretty much tuned out their elected officials and governance.
Methinks it’s time for Americans to begin paying attention.

I voted for R.M. Nixon, and would so proudly again in a heartbeat, but BHO makes “Tricky Dick” look like a piker.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 2, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Now, a “different approach” has got to mean a unique approach. Thus, the whole meme of “Bush did it too” is altogether blown out of the water. If it was different and unique, then it is set apart from its predecessors.

ted c on February 2, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Transparent as a cinder block. Holder needs to be thrown in the creel, before he can wriggle off the hook, net his butt.

Bmore on February 2, 2012 at 9:35 AM

all the tvs in Meerkat Manor will be tuned in to today’s hearings.

Many sad Meerkats are predicted, as Eric Meerkat is going to be yelled at by the meanies, just cuz he gave the bangsticks to the nose candy people.

GrassMudHorsey on February 2, 2012 at 9:35 AM

cover up is the thing that always trips them up.

albill on February 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Wouldn’t Eric Holder look just great in a perp walk?

cartooner on February 2, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Add the matching orange jumpsuit and you have an awesome sight.

SteveInRTP on February 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Eric Holder goes back up the Hill today to tell Congress that he doesn’t have to share his e-mails with anyone

Holder is so serious about this that he doesn’t even share his e-mails with himself.

forest on February 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM

I got my jiffy pop and diet coke all ready to go!

Impeach him!

Key West Reader on February 2, 2012 at 9:37 AM

“Previous administration”
“kept us in the dark”

It’s too early for the drinking game!

Eren on February 2, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Elijah Cummings is such a joke. All he does is attempt to blame Bush and lavish praise on Eric Holder. How can praise him for supposedly ending Operation Fast & Furious? What did Holder do to facilitate this? We still don’t know when he really knew about this thing.

I certainly see no praise for the Bush Administration from Cummings for shutting down Operation Wide Receiver and no acknowledgement from him that Fast & Furious was a NEW operation and not a continuance of an existing operation. It is a total attempt to whitewash the truth. We still don’t even know who came up with this idea and as far as I can tell nobody has been fired or charged with this crime. And Holder’s opening statement is just an unbelievable. With Holder’s DOJ, I don’t know where reality ends and parody begins. I have nothing but contempt for this criminal – and make no mistake I believe Holder should be in prison for the things he has done as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer. As Ed points out, Holder does not have executive privilege like the President of the United States does. He is practically scolding Issa and his committee and I find that just incredible.

Santnick on February 2, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Of course Elijah Cummings flaunted his “report” full of inaccuracies and false conclusions and tried to lay it at Bush’s feet.

Both he and Holder are claiming it’s “gotcha games”.

*puke*

Holder swearing he didn’t know about F&F until Feb. 2011.

Oops, he just changed that to Jan. or Feb.

Flora Duh on February 2, 2012 at 9:43 AM

As the MSM continues to make believe this story doesn’t exist, the rest of us are spreading it around the country by every vehicle available.
Keemo on February 2, 2012 at 9:26 AM

My HS kid even used it for his most recent “current event” assignment.

That reminds me. I forgot to ask him about the reaction of his indoctrinator teacher.

Lost in Jersey on February 2, 2012 at 9:43 AM

2Fast 2Furious! the scandal that keeps on giving.

DHChron on February 2, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Wonder what kernel of wisdom he’s sharing with the stooge sitting next to him.

Probably something about how the MSM will spin this as a racist attack on administration and him.

acyl72 on February 2, 2012 at 9:43 AM

No justice for those 200+ murdered Mexican citizens–including a Mexican prosecutor–or for Brian Terry and his family until public pressure–not Issa’s committee–forces the Obama Administration to respond. That won’t happen while the MSM conducts an ongoing blackout of the investigation, essentially colluding with the White House to keep the story under wraps.

That’s the even greater scandal here, in my view. It’s one thing for the press to be in the tank for Obama and not pursue one of the biggest domestic scandals since Watergate. It’s another thing entirely to assist in suppression of the truth. The press has become an accessory to the cover-up. So much for credibility, ever.

This scandal is capable of bringing down the Obama Administration. So far, I think only Rick Perry, of all the GOP candidates, bothered to mention it. Why? If Newt or Romney picked it up and ran with it, they could run it all the way into the White House? So why don’t they? What are they waiting for? Compared to this, Solyndra is small potatoes. Dozens–hundreds–of innocent people are dead. I just don’t understand.

troyriser_gopftw on February 2, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Issa laying out the differences between F&F and Operation Wide Receiver.

Flora Duh on February 2, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Stedman’s Surprise Witness speaks:

I have no idea, but I do know that you guys come up with really cool names for your fake scandals.

crr6 on July 10, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Del Dolemonte on February 2, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Wouldn’t Eric Holder look just great in a perp walk?

cartooner on February 2, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Add the matching orange jumpsuit and you have an awesome sight.

SteveInRTP on February 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Thread winners!!..Excellent..:)

Dire Straits on February 2, 2012 at 9:46 AM

I wonder if Armani can design Holder one of those snappy orange jumpsuits for his perp walk. It could be the fashion statement of the season…

av8tr on February 2, 2012 at 9:46 AM

promotions = discipline? interesting…

Eren on February 2, 2012 at 9:47 AM

spin baby spin!

ORconservative on February 2, 2012 at 9:47 AM

Elijah, can it.

Eren on February 2, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Cummings now apologizing to Holder for his colleagues on the other side for being so mean to him.

Flora Duh on February 2, 2012 at 9:49 AM

This whole admistration has run amuck with the MSM’s help!
How do we hold the major media responsible?

KOOLAID2 on February 2, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Elijah Cummings is ignoring the political sideshow so he can keep his focus on the facts!

The mute button comes in handy.

Naturally Curly on February 2, 2012 at 9:49 AM

“The President has directed us to take action to fight these cartels and Attorney General Holder and I are taking several NEW AND AGGRESSIVE STEPS as part of the administration’s comprehensive plan” Deputy AG David Ogden March 24th, 2009 at the White House

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PNhYk9NuNc

Wigglesworth on February 2, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Del Dolemonte on February 2, 2012 at 9:44 AM

LOL I’ve been waiting for that. No F&F thread is complete without it.

Flora Duh on February 2, 2012 at 9:50 AM

“We HAVE to do something about it!” Hey, let’s ditch the 2nd amnedment, that’ll fix it.

Eren on February 2, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Holder is so serious about this that he doesn’t even share his e-mails with himself.

forest on February 2, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Hah! Priceless!!

jwolf on February 2, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Thanks for watching this….cannot stand cummings

cmsinaz on February 2, 2012 at 9:52 AM

“We HAVE to do something about it!” Hey, let’s ditch the 2nd amnedment, that’ll fix it.

Eren on February 2, 2012 at 9:51 AM

Agenda 21.

It is totally satanic…and Obama and Holder are proponents.

tom daschle concerned on February 2, 2012 at 9:52 AM

“We HAVE to do something about it!” Hey, let’s ditch the 2nd amnedment, that’ll fix it.

Eren on February 2, 2012 at 9:51 AM

BINGO!

Flora Duh on February 2, 2012 at 9:52 AM

The Daily Caller has an interesting headline, on the day Holder is headed to the Hill. I hope Issa and crew are ready. I’m sure Waxman will demand the Koch brothers come and testify. I’m sure Waxman feels the Koch brothers are to blame for Holder’s actions. Especially since he wanted to hear from the Koch Brothers about their involvment with the Keystone Pipeline, which ironically they had nothing to do with it at all. There will be a lot of democrats deflecting today in that hearing.

Think CBS News will let Susan Atkinson actually report the truth today? I know I’m dreaming but, she has been very close to the truth regarding Fast and Furious and I think she has all the goods on this administration, but Viacom will not let her report it since the FCC holds their over-the-air licenses above their heads.

It’s in Obama’s DNA, the power of destruction. Like his days in Chicago. When his thugs unsealed a judges order and exposed the divorce files on his Republican challenger for Senate. Or maybe the other times he had to cheat to win.. Let’s hope this time Obama’s Cheat of an Attorney General has to resign!

Atlanta Media Guy on February 2, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Prior administrations have recognized that robust internal communications would be chilled

Anyone else notice the flowery political jargon in place of the usual precise legalese?

I sure did.

If you can’t dazzle them with brilliance, baffle them with bullsh!t.

And that man is one big steaming cowpie.

turfmann on February 2, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Cummings just needs to shut up already. He is doing nothing to advance the ball in finding out the truth. He is doing everything he can to make sure we don’t. He is so obviously trying to protect Holder and how is that his role as a member of a congressional oversight committee? This is the problem with big government because the most ardent proponents of it seem complete unable to run it. Clearly Cummings is trying to make this out to be some rogue operation at the Phoenix ATF office level which is somehow unaccountable to the DOJ and that just not pass the smell test because Holder has done nothing to punish those responsible. Why? Because he knows they will talk if the go to jail for their part in the murder of hundreds of human beings.

Santnick on February 2, 2012 at 9:54 AM

Guys, if it wasn’t for heated right wing rhetoric this whole fake scandal would be over. We need to be civil and extend executive privilege to unelected bureaucrats. Don’t be a tea party terrorist y’all.

DHChron on February 2, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Holder’s already testified Obama ‘knew nothing’ about it, so executive privelege is a pipe dream for him.

Number of people asking for him to resign by sundown? +50%

HopeHeFails on February 2, 2012 at 9:55 AM

Report released by Issa and Grassley on Fast and Furious.
Hours before Eric Holder to appear on Capitol Hill.

J_Crater on February 2, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Dan Burton putting the screws to Holder. Holder looking constipated.

michellemalkin Burton urges Issa to move a contempt citation. “You’re hiding something.” #fastandfurious

Flora Duh on February 2, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Now, a “different approach” has got to mean a unique approach. Thus, the whole meme of “Bush did it too” is altogether blown out of the water. If it was different and unique, then it is set apart from its predecessors.

[ted c on February 2, 2012 at 9:34 AM]

You’re using logic, again.

Five minutes in time-out and an IRS audit for you!

Dusty on February 2, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Zero is trying to keep the wagons circled until after Nov. It’s all about the Won.

Kissmygrits on February 2, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Dan Burton is one tough hombre. Hoo-rah!

Naturally Curly on February 2, 2012 at 9:59 AM

@DarrellIssa why hasn’t #Holder apologized to #fastandfurious whistleblowers @TheJusticeDept called liars? – http://t.co/nnAi9zts

Flora Duh on February 2, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Towns has the nerve to say they haven’t received one shred of evidence that contradicts Holder’s testimony.

WTH?

Flora Duh on February 2, 2012 at 10:02 AM

@DarrellIssa
@PatrickMcHenry asking #Holder why he didn’t do anything to punish anyone in #Fastandfurious – http://t.co/nnAi9zts

Flora Duh on February 2, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Holder can’t compel the guy who took the 5th last friday to testify because he is no longer an employee he quit last Friday.

Moving people around taking the fifth and quitting, obstruction of justice!

Snatch Holder and perp walk him to prison, Guantanamo

ConcealedKerry on February 2, 2012 at 10:07 AM

It’s the Daily Caller’s fault yo.

Eric Holder on February 2, 2012 at 10:09 AM

DHChron on February 2, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Holder saying people will be arrested and put on trial within the next quarter.

Flora Duh on February 2, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Cummings and Towns… The intelligence level of the discussion drops just as soon as one of them says something. Now which side is trying to act in a political matter on this?

Santnick on February 2, 2012 at 10:11 AM

DarrellIssa Issa to #Holder – your key deputy lanny breuer approved #fastandfurious wiretaps…what have you done to him? – http://t.co/nnAi9zts

Flora Duh on February 2, 2012 at 10:11 AM

People leaking wiretaps will be prosecuted! Holder threatening whistle blowers in front of congress!
Book em Issa

ConcealedKerry on February 2, 2012 at 10:12 AM

wow, Ms. Maloney’s in the tank for Holder.

DHChron on February 2, 2012 at 10:13 AM

Ms Baloney spinning like a top wants gun control to solve this travesty Book her throw her in jail

ConcealedKerry on February 2, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Ms Baloney advocating for gun control

Eren on February 2, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Does every Democrat on this committee sound too stupid to be on a committee like this? Everyone sounds more like they want to kiss Holder’s ass than find out what actually happened…

Santnick on February 2, 2012 at 10:15 AM

He praised whistleblowers!

DHChron on February 2, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Cunning stunt Congresswoman Baloney!!

Eren on February 2, 2012 at 10:16 AM

more gun control folks…more. gun. control.

DHChron on February 2, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Good thing Holder didn’t have a wide stance in an airport restroom else Impeach him gun running to Mexico without knowledge of mexicans getting border patrol and Mexicans killed no problem need gun control.

ConcealedKerry on February 2, 2012 at 10:17 AM

(Somebody tell me again what a great NRA advocate Mittens is)

Eren on February 2, 2012 at 10:17 AM

it’s been five minutes…shut up Maloney.

DHChron on February 2, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Ding ding ding santnick

Remember these folks and their outrage of gonzales

Pathetic

cmsinaz on February 2, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Rep. Maloney calling Issa’s investigation “vast and curious”. I’m sure Brian Terry’s family is pleased at her attempt at humor.

Slobbering all over Holder. Disgusting!

Flora Duh on February 2, 2012 at 10:18 AM

This is worse than Imperious, it’s downright god-like admiration and arrogance by the usual suspects.
I’m glad I didn’t eat breakfast today.

Send the lot o’them to Club Fed.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on February 2, 2012 at 10:19 AM

He praised whistleblowers!

DHChron on February 2, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Actually he threatened them by threatening to jail anyone who leaked those wiretaps and was told leaking to congress was OK and Holder disagreed! he threw the guantlet down to any prospective whistleblower, do so at your own risk should leaks occur.

ConcealedKerry on February 2, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Eric Holder has no executive privilege, and the Senate might have to start considering how to remove him if he refuses to cooperate with legitimate oversight

Oh yeah, I can picture Sen Reidiculous ushering this through the Senate. Wait, is that a mirage I see?

stukinIL4now on February 2, 2012 at 10:21 AM

@KatiePavlich
Maloney now claiming Al Qaeda gets their guns from gun dealers in America #facepalm #fastandfurious

Flora Duh on February 2, 2012 at 10:21 AM

ConcealedKerry on February 2, 2012 at 10:20 AM

I know Kerry :) I was saying it in disbelief

DHChron on February 2, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Eric Holder needs to be impeached. The guy lies through his teeth, but in the Orwellian world of Obamabots, a “lie” isn’t a “lie” if you say something with crossed fingers.

GarandFan on February 2, 2012 at 10:23 AM

What did Maloney bring to the discussion? That was just five wasted minutes. How do people like her look at themselves in the mirror every morning? A federal agent was murdered by a weapon her beloved big government provided and she is not interested in the least about how that happened.

Santnick on February 2, 2012 at 10:25 AM

get ‘im Chaffetz!

DHChron on February 2, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Is this just another dog and pony show or is Issa going to get serious ? The jokes on us folks !

Sandybourne on February 2, 2012 at 10:26 AM

What the hell does DHS have to do with Fast and furious? its an ATF, State Dept program to sell guns illegally and then use that sale to subvert second amendment rights of law abiding citizens

ConcealedKerry on February 2, 2012 at 10:27 AM

@DarrellIssa
@JasonInTheHouse – why did Sec Clinton say not involved in #FastAndFurious but #Holder says State is? http://t.co/nnAi9zts

Flora Duh on February 2, 2012 at 10:27 AM

Holmes Norton this should be good. get em Holmes! oh wait she a Panther too?

ConcealedKerry on February 2, 2012 at 10:28 AM

The difference between the R’s and D’s is so stark. This is out freakin’ rageous.

another five minutes of @ss kissing from Ms. Norton.

DHChron on February 2, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Holmes-Norton is as useless as a hind tit on a boar hog.

mkm19602000 on February 2, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Holmes BUUSSHHH did it first for three yrs Mr. Panther only id it two?

Hey Holmes at least BUUSSSHHH tried to track em, Mr Panther,,,,, Nope not interested!

ConcealedKerry on February 2, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Sixth hearing, no remedy, shouldn’t the malady be discovered first ? How can one suggest proper treatment without revealing the core problem? Oh, I see Booooosh!

Bmore on February 2, 2012 at 10:31 AM

These dems are absolutely disgusting. The enemy within.

Naturally Curly on February 2, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Bush did it too.

Ms. Norton on February 2, 2012 at 10:31 AM

DHChron on February 2, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Beginning of 2011 was when Holder became aware of Gun Walking LIAR throw him in Jail there’s proof thats’not true lets see the emails

ConcealedKerry on February 2, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Wouldn’t it be ironic if Ms Norton’s line of confused questioning be the thing to trip Holder up?

Bmore on February 2, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Lied to Issa’ face he was asked before says Holmes Holder

ConcealedKerry on February 2, 2012 at 10:35 AM

would be

Bmore on February 2, 2012 at 10:35 AM

why the strained comparison to Joe Paterno? waste. of. time.

DHChron on February 2, 2012 at 10:35 AM

How did Paterno get involved with walking guns?

Bmore on February 2, 2012 at 10:36 AM

What the hell does Penn State have to do with it, grill him dammit. Hes’ moving them because of what they know so they won’t testify

ConcealedKerry on February 2, 2012 at 10:37 AM

That seems to be the narrative. We did nothing wrong and since we have nothing to hide we are not going to give you any of the documents or e-mails that are being asked for. For Democrats, this seems to be unvarnished and complete cooperation. They act so different when their target is a Republican administration. I don’t recall this kind of blatant partisan defense from Republican congressman when members of the Bush Administration testified before their respective committees.

Santnick on February 2, 2012 at 10:37 AM

you hear that America…absurd! game over.

DHChron on February 2, 2012 at 10:38 AM

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