Beers with Demos, SLOB and wit extraordinaire, has an update on a fellow SLOB that was target by his firms thought police:
Our jovially cantankerous moral scold was sufficiently freaked out about this to the point that he related that he may scale back his activity on the ‘net while simultaneously seeking in-house legal counsel. Legal bubbas told him management had no grounds to interfere in any manner in any legal activity he chose to pursue outside of work. We weren’t privy to the conversation but the foundation for this rationale was most likely deeply rooted in the 1st amendment of this nation’s Constitution – you may have heard of it.
Good news, right? Wrong. Yes, perhaps justice and sanity won out in the end, but the damage had been done. The fact that our friend actually had to consider the consequences of his actions with respect to his workplace meant that the bad guys had snuck in a left hook on free speech to the extent our friend felt/feels compelled to keep watching his own back. We guess this is what is meant by putting a “chill” on things, kind of like how the Department of Justice has put a “chill” on reporters, you know, doing their job by snooping on their phone records as is the case with 20 Associated Press reporters and Fox News’ James Rosen in two separate leak investigations.
Now, as recently, perhaps as 6 months ago we may have told our friend he was over-reacting to this and that maybe some time off from work rather than blogging might do his inner worker bee some good.
Folks, at this point, it very much appears we have a rogue government on our hands. The aforementioned DOJ investigations, the IRS harassment of conservative groups and the NSA snooping of U.S. citizens all without any seeming consequences rather smug denials of knowledge and/or responsibility and worse yet, reassignments, paid admin. leave and even promotions for people central to these crises (again, we refuse to call these scandals as to our knowledge, no one was getting laid as a result of this lawlessness).
I had a chance to review James O’Keefe’s book, Breakthrough, for Legal Insurrection. There is a young man who is a real hero and patriot, Patrick Henry style. The treatment he went through after being arrested in New Orleans was worse than what is being dished out to Taliban villains at Guantanamo.
I am in such admiration for all the Tea Party activists who have remained committed and engaged after petty punishments, tax targeting, and security scanning. The thousands of Americans who protested the IRS abuse in Washington is proof that the Tea Party still isn’t dead — despite all the attempts, both large and small.