Those who remember the long national nightmare of Richard Nixon's Watergate scandal and doubt that it could happen today need only to keep an eye on current events ("House panel sets contempt vote for Holder," June 12). Any potentially high-level security threat to the nation such as the Justice Department's "Fast and Furious" program cannot be handed off to an attorney general who is one step away from being declared in contempt of Congress.

There needs to be a thorough, totally independent investigation of this matter. Otherwise, the way it is being handled reeks of cronyism, not to mention the appearance of underhandedness by a president who promised transparency in government along with the tattered remnants of his hope and change mantra.

Instead, Mr. Obama is serving up well-timed diversionary issues, most recently by reviving the controversial amnesty for the children of Illegal immigrants.

Barack Obama could turn out to be one of the most hypocritical politicians in recent memory. He appears short-tempered, irritated and snappy in front of the press. If his policies and demeanor continue along this path, he could begin to draw comparisons to the president whose administration was taken down by the Watergate scandal.

Richard LaCourse, Forest Hill