The rule of law (and not man or woman) is vital to a free society. If might makes right there is little room to do business, to invest, to build wealth, to be secure in one’s person, to be an actualized human being. If contracts can be dismissed and government officials and their cronies (in government and the nominal “private sector”) can do as they please because of their connections, we have a problem. And that is what we have now, and it’s getting worse.
I don’t know Congressman Ted Lieu (D-CA), but on this subject at least he sounds like a pretty sharp guy.
We have locks on the doors of our houses to keep people – including on occasion the police (depending on the neighborhood I suppose) – out. We as free people have every right to encrypt our “papers and effects.” If the police want at the information they should have to at the very least get a warrant. They certainly shouldn’t have a skeleton key to every digital device which they can use whenever they want.
Is there anyone in the universe who was thinking, “Hey, you know what? I think they’re going to indict Lois Lerner.”
This is the sort of thing which happens when the country has an Attorney General with an ax to grind. (Lord, don’t they all? But the current one is worse than usual.) Holder had a whole list of businesses he (and presumably the president) didn’t like. He and the Justice Department (sic) therefore decided to target these legal companies through “Operation Chokepoint.” The DOJ found ways to put the squeeze on gun dealers, ammo dealers, porn, tobacco dealers, etc. These are LEGAL companies, but Holder wanted to kill them anyway.
I have no love for George Stephanopoulos but his stock went up about tenfold in my book with the below question.
George makes a great point. If the president doesn’t have to faithfully execute the law on immigration (He does, the Constitution expressly says that he does.) why should a future president have to execute the law faithfully in all sorts of other areas including taxes? Boy, Obamacare would fall apart pretty much overnight.
Somebody please tell me how this is so? Not why it’s so. I think we all know that. But how, after all this time, after all the attention, that no one at the IRS has tried to find Learner’s emails?
This stinks to the stratosphere.
More fallout from the Sharyl Attkinson book. She says she was illegally tracked on her computer and that according to a source at least one “government entity” had access to her Skype account, financial records, and pretty much everything else.
She also said that someone planted classified documents in her hard drive.
You have to hand it to the administration. They have obfuscated and generally played the “time game” with all sorts of things quite effectively. This scandal. The Benghazi scandal. The IRS scandal. I’m probably missing a few.
“…liberty and justice, for all”
On Friday of last week “a senior official” at the DOJ called Darryl Issa’s office by mistake thinking it was a Democratic office. The official wanted to leak documents to the Dems and reporters before the Republicans saw them.
The key here is that the feds get to flaunt the law but private (often smaller) companies get the hammer.
As Bill Frezza correctly identifies in the attached piece, the federal indictment of FedEx on drug trafficking charges is a shakedown pure and simple. For $1.6 billion.
Cough it up FedEx.
Well this is interesting. And as you can see all the major news outlets are all over this one.