Imagine 30 heavily armed federal officers storming into your business, seizing your goods and providing no reason why. A nightmare for any business—and a reality for Gibson Guitars.
“Our business has been injured to the tune of millions of dollars,” Gibson chairman and CEO Henry Juszkiewicz told Heritage in 2011 after $1 million of ebony, rosewood, and finished guitars from the factories were seized.
In September 2011, members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee requested answers from the Departments of Justice and Interior, but the Obama Administration responded with no real information about the raid itself.
Last August, Gibson Guitars ultimately settled on a $300,000 penalty and donated $50,000 to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation because “the alternative was pretty onerous,”
Hundreds of federal employees were given advance word of a Medicare decision worth billions of dollars to private insurers in the weeks before the official announcement, a period when trading in the shares of those firms spiked.
via. The bureaucracy meanwhile acquires fringe benefits. Paralegal at first, outright illegal soon enough.
A bipartisan group of senators is calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to answer for leaking the personal data of about 80,000 farmers and ranchers to left-wing environmental groups.
“The EPA’s disclosure of personal information is not the first time sensitive data has been leaked to outside organizations under the Obama administration,” said South Dakota Republican Sen. John Thune.
via. Again, problems.
WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – Uncovered documents show the U.S. State Department may have covered up allegations of illegal behavior ranging from sexual assaults to an underground drug ring.
CBS News reports that is has unearthed documents from the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), an internal watchdog agency, that implicate the State Department in a series of misconducts worldwide.
via. Meanwhile back at the ranch, more advantages.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A contractor at the National Security Agency who leaked details of top-secret U.S. surveillance programs dropped out of sight in Hong Kong on Monday ahead of a likely push by the U.S. government to have him sent back to the United States to face charges.
Edward Snowden, 29, who provided the information for published reports last week that revealed the NSA's broad monitoring of phone call and Internet data from large companies such as Google and Facebook, checked out of his Hong Kong hotel hours after going public in a video released on Sunday by Britain's Guardian newspaper.
The disclosures by Snowden have sent shockwaves across Washington, where several lawmakers called on Monday for the extradition and prosecution of the ex-CIA employee who was behind one of the most significant security leaks in U.S. history.
And on it goes, and on it goes, and on it goes. So make the argument, I'm curious to hear it :
- The US is not a rogue state because < insert answer here ; go into detail >.
- US citizens are not responsible for the malfeasance of their elected government (to a significantly higher degree than peoples who had hostile governments imposed upon them manu militari, such as Nazi Germans, random civillians killed by the US military in Vietnam, random civillians bombed in Serbia etc etc), and will not have to answer for their criminal conduct supporting said government because < insert answer here ; go into detail >.
- The current US president is not in the same situation as famous cleptocrats such as for instance Manuel Noriega, and should not be kidnapped by some foreign power, tried and jailed indefinitely because < insert answer here ; go into detail >.
Really curious to see what could be argued on these. Seriously now. And no, the kidnapping of the IMF chief on manufactured charges has not been forgotten either, nor any of a lengthy list of crimes. So long, in fact, that I doubt any criminal government in the history of the world actually has the length to match.
What now ?———
- "Begin to have problems". [↩]