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When intimidation and harassment fail

They come for you outright.

Without detailing all that happened, the bottom line was that I started to receive pressure to drop the case against Mr. Johnson. When I declined to repudiate my staff’s work, the guillotine fell: I was summarily telephoned that if I did not resign in one hour, I would be fired. And I was, along with my special assistant, John Park. The Wall Street Journal editorial board wrote of my firing: “The evidence suggests that [President Obama’s] White House fired a public official who refused to roll over to protect a Presidential crony.”

Similar questions have been raised about other IGs who somehow have been discarded. Amtrak IG Fred Weiderhold, Treasury special IG Neil Barofsky, and International Trade Commission IG Judith Gwynn all left their positions after disputes that weren’t appreciated by the administration, giving more reason for others to go easy with the administration. Further, the president has significantly failed to fill IG vacancies in important agencies (State, Interior, Labor, Homeland Security, and USAID) – well-documented by former IG Joseph Schmitz — demeaning the importance of the IG position.

This administration’s treatment of IGs is not conducive to active, independent, and objective inspectors general, and explains at least in part why key questions about the IRS still have not been asked or investigated.

“Not conducive”? Active, independent, and objective oversight is the LAST thing these goons want, or can afford. Which is why they’ve done away with it. Another example:

The Inspector General of the Treasury will be a very busy man indeed this year. According to CNN, the IG will launch an investigation to determine how a DHS whistleblower ended up on the IRS’ audit list after testifying before Congress. P. Jeffrey Black tried to fix problems in the federal air marshal service, but had IRS agents at his door the day he appeared in a documentary criticizing the Obama administration’s air security efforts…

And another:

[H]er attorney Cary Schulman tells The Cable that Fedenisn has paid a steep price: “They had law enforcement officers camp out in front of her house, harass her children and attempt to incriminate herself…“They talked to both kids and never identified themselves,” he said. “First the older brother and then younger daughter, a minor, asking for their mom’s place of work and cell phone number … They camped out for four to five hours.”

Schulman says the purpose of the visit was to get Fedenisn to sign a document admitting that she stole State Department materials, such as the memos leaked to CBS. Schulman says it was crucial that she didn’t sign the document because her separation agreement with the State Department includes a provision allowing disclosures of misconduct. Furthermore, none of the materials were classified.

…He also said that officials from the Inpsector General’s Office told him they’d be having a “no kidding get together with the DOJ,” implying to him that they would push criminal charges if his client didn’t cooperate.

This rogue government is wholly out of control. It is stalking, suppressing, and menacing its legitimate opposition with the expectation of complete impunity; it is crushing anyone who dares try to bring its malicious treachery out into the light of day, thereby obverting and rendering irrelevant the very concept of “consent of the governed” upon which any legitimate government rests.

It does whatever it likes, legal or illegal, without restraint or fear of reprisal. It is employing a method of governance more befitting a third-world, banana-republic-style dictatorship than the government of a once-free, once-great nation. It couldn’t possibly be more clear that it is, through this long train of abuses and usurpations, “destructive of these ends.”

You already know the rest of it.

Update! Remember the kid who now faces a year in the slammer for wearing a pro-NRA shirt in defiance of the lawless Federal tyranny’s* contempt for the 1st and 2nd Amendments? His dad said, “I don’t think it should have ever gotten this far. Every aspect of this is just totally wrong…and it just seems like nobody wants to admit they’re wrong.” Jeff responds:

And they don’t have to. Bureaucracies are built to absorb and redistribute blame until you’re left muttering “you can’t fight City Hall.” This is by design. Just as you’re to live in fear of an IRS that can no longer be trusted to act  with any neutrality, you are being conditioned to live in fear of running afoul of any of the other governmental tentacles, from the public schools to law enforcement to prosecutors out to pad their records and make an example of you.

This is Kafka’s world, Orwell’s world, and we are the drones who must never be allowed to believe in the value of our own independence.

And he has a suggestion for an action we can all take to fight back against these particular liberal-fascist bags of shit that is worthwhile, I think, and doesn’t involve shooting them or stringing them up. Yet, I mean.

Baby steps, people, baby steps. As Jeff says, If we don’t start fighting and winning the little battles, what chance do we have to take on the bigger ones?

*And don’t give me any crap about these being state or local agencies, as if there was any meaningful distinction to be made between them anymore. There isn’t; the Federal tyranny saw to that long ago, and the States acquiesced without a murmur.

By any means necessary update! Out. Of. Con. Trol.

Recently uncovered government documents reveal that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) unmanned Predator B drone fleet has been custom designed to identify civilians carrying guns and track cell phone signals.

“I am very concerned that this technology will be used against law-abiding American firearms owners,” said founder and executive vice president of the Second Amendment Foundation, Alan Gottlieb. “This could violate Fourth Amendment rights as well as Second Amendment rights.”

That’s the whole purpose of ’em.

The first known domestic use of a drone to arrest a U.S. citizen occurred last year in the small town of Lakota, North Dakota when rancher Rodney Brossart was arrested for refusing to return six of his neighbor’s cows that had wandered on to his property. Critics say the fact that domestic drones are being used in such minor matters raises serious concerns about civil liberties and government overreach.

“That drone is not just picking up information on what’s happening at that specific scene, it’s picking up everything else that’s going on,” says drone expert and Brookings Institution senior fellow Peter Singer. “Basically it’s recording footage from a lot of different people that it didn’t have their approval to record footage.” 

They neither need nor care about your approval. What they want from you–from all of us–is submission. No more, no less. And they’re by-God determined to get it, one way or another, whether you like it or not.

(Via WRSA)

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2 thoughts on “When intimidation and harassment fail

  1. Idiotic rules the US suffers under:

    () Only the majority party within the Senate or House can run investigations or subpoena witnesses. The opposition is silenced when the party majority is of the President’s party.

    () The House and Senate have subpeona power, but they have no enforcement mechanism to compel testimony or bring prosecution for perjury. Perjury should be special and subject to prosecution by the Congress with respect to executive branch personnel.

    () Our country has allowed the President to claim Executive Privilege for himself and his staff. The claim of presidents is that they need privacy to fully explore executive decisions. Tough beans. The executive should not be able to hide anything from Congress. It doesn’t matter that this might slightly hinder discussion of things abhorent to the people within the executive branch.

    () The Inspectors General should be appointed by and answerable to the Congress. There should be two for each position, one appointed by each party. There can’t be too much investigation of the workings of government.

  2. North Dakota? Why in earth would we need to fly drones over the least populated state in the country?

    Oh wait, yathink it’s because it’s drilling for oil on private land? By the boatload?
    Using Fracking?
    The low unemployment?
    The low regulation climate?
    A solid conservative and Christian state?

    Nah. Hell, there’s nothing to see in Paradises like Detroit and Chicago and everyone knows that those Dakotas are fucking hotbeds of crime.

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