Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Operation Choke Point squeezing gun-dealers

Alan Gottlieb 
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Andre Traversa
Operation Choke Point squeezing gun-dealers
The Department of Justice, working in conjunction with the FDIC, the Federal Trade Commission and other Federal agencies has developed a "high-risk" list of industries as part of Operation Choke Point. This operation, overseen by Attorney General Eric Holder, exercises an arbitrary discretion to interfere with relationships between banks and clients. They allow the government to issue Civil Investigative Demands (CID’s) which require banks to turn over information about business practices, consumer behavior, transaction data and proprietary business information.
The Department of Justice has for no apparent reason and without hearings or congressional oversight, placed storefront gun dealers, online dealers and ammunition dealers on the "high risk" list right alongside porn dealers. Like the IRS scandal, under investigation by Congress, in which political opponents of the Obama Administration were allegedly targeted and harassed, Operation Choke Point is targeting a gun industry that is in opposition to the government’s gun-grabbing agenda.
The Washington Times reports that gun dealers are complaining that Operation Choke Point is destroying relationships between banks and firearms dealers. Alan Gottlieb says that this is an un-masked attempt by the government to put the gun industry out of business. Law-abiding gun dealers are wrongfully being treated like organizations that are known to be involved in criminal activity such as the porn industry.
These tactics are discriminatory against Americans attempting to practice their constitutional Second Amendment rights and they seek to punish an industry because of their perceived opposition to the government.
How is this any different from the charge that the IRS has targeted select businesses and individuals asks Alan Gottlieb. Congress should investigate the Department of Justice and for the same reason that they are investigating the IRS. 
Alan Gottlieb Bio:Dynamic and articulate are two accurate descriptions of Alan Gottlieb.
Alan is a Nuclear Engineering graduate of the University of Tennessee and has attended the Institute on Comparative Political & Economic Systems at Georgetown University.
He is recognized as a member of the working press, maintaining active membership in the Outdoor Writers Association of America.  His articles have appeared in theSeattle Times, San Francisco Examiner, Washington Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Cincinnati Inquirer, Chicago Tribune, Orlando Sentinel, Ft. Worth Star-Telegram and USA Today.
Alan is the Publisher of TheGunMag.com and The Gottlieb-Tartaro Report. He is the Chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms, Founder of the Second Amendment Foundation, serves on the Board of  Directors of the American Conservative Union, President of the Center for the Defense of Free Enterprise, President of the American Political Action Committee and President of NoInternetTax.org.
His handiwork has received notice in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Time, People, Rolling Stone, National Review andOutside magazine.
Alan has received the prestigious Golden Eagle Award from the American Federation of Police, and was commended by the Kentucky House of Representatives for his “outstanding leadership in preserving our American heritage of freedom.”  He is listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the Worldand Who’s Who in American Politics.
Alan has appeared on over 4,400 TV and radio talk shows, including the McNeil-Lehrer News Hour, ABC’s 20/20, The Michael Reagan Show, The Ken Hamblin Show, PBS All Things Considered, CNN Crossfire, Fox TV’s Crier Report, NBC Today Show, The O’Reilly Factor, ESPN, Larry King Live, CNN Special Reports, Hannity & Combs, CNN All Politics, Fox News ChannelCNN Headline NewsMSNBC,Piers MorganLou Dobbs TonightHardball with Chris Mathews, The Mike Huckabee Show, Al Jazeera Inside Storyand Good Morning America.
Alan is President of Merril Associates, a noted direct response advertising agency specializing in direct mail, fund raising and public relations.  He is also President of Merril Press, a non-fiction book publishing company.
Alan is also President of radio stations KBNP in Portland, Oregon, KITZ in Seattle, Washington,  KGTK in Olympia, Washington, and KSBN in Spokane, Washington and former Chairman of the Talk America Radio Network and former President of the Universal Talk Network.
In addition, Alan is the author of twenty books includingPolitically Correct Guns, Trashing the Economy and She Took a Village: The Unauthorized Biography of Hillary Clinton, Alan Gottlieb's Celebrity Address Book, Double Trouble: Daschle and Gephart Capitol Hill Bullies, and Gun Rights Affirmed, America Fights Back: Armed Self-defense in a Violent Age,These Dogs Don’t Hunt: The Democrats’ War on Guns andAssault on Weapons: The Campaign to Eliminate Your Gunsand Black & Blue: How Obama and the Democrats are Beating up the Constitution, Shooting Blanks: Facts Don’t Matter to the Gun Ban Crowd.

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