“This is what the Fourth Amendment looks like?”
Could be, I guess. When it’s described in its original German. Watchdog.org:
Just before dawn on Oct. 3, 2013, the homes of R.J. Johnson, Deborah Jordahl, and several other conservatives across Wisconsin were rudely awakened by the bright floodlights of law enforcement vehicles.
Deputies pounded on doors, executed search warrants, seized business papers, computer equipment, phones and other devices. During these very bright, very noisy raids, these conservatives, targeted in a secret John Doe probe launched by a Democrat district attorney, were “restrained under police supervision and denied the ability to contact their attorneys.”
The details of what sources have previously described to Wisconsin as “paramilitary-style” raids were made public for the first time Tuesday, in a ruling by Judge Rudolph Randa of the U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
The probe had been looking into possible illegal coordination between conservative groups and Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s recall election campaign, but came under fire for the opaque way it was conducted.
Randa granted a motion to halt the so-called John Doe investigation that has targeted dozens of conservative organizations since August 2012. In doing so, he sided with conservative activist Eric O’Keefe and his Wisconsin Club for Growth.
O’Keefe and the free-market advocacy group in February filed a civil rights lawsuit against Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm, a Democrat, two of his henchmen, John Doe Special Prosecutor Francis Schmitz, and Dean Nickel, a shadowy investigator contracted by the state Government Accountability Board.
The lawsuit asserts the investigation is nothing more than a political witch hunt, retaliation for political successes in recent years during the leadership of Republican Walker. [...]
Randa’s ruling details some of what conservatives have described as strong-armed raids and Fourth Amendment abuses.
“Among the materials seized were many of the Club’s records that were in the possession of Ms. Jordahl and Mr. Johnson,” Randa wrote.
Jordahl is listed as a consultant for the Wisconsin Club for Growth. Johnson has served as an adviser for both the club and Walker’s campaign.
The warrants were executed at the request of Nickel, the GAB’s special investigator.
“The subpoenas indicated that their recipients were subject to a Secrecy Order, and that their contents and existence could not be disclosed other than to counsel, under penalty of perjury. The subpoenas’ list of advocacy groups indicates that all or nearly all right-of-center groups and individuals in Wisconsin who engaged in issue advocacy from 2010 to the present are targets of the investigation.”
For conservatives outside the investigation who suspected Wisconsin’s politically charged John Doe probe was dangerously close to the IRS’ targeting of conservative organizations, Randa’s ruling would appear to substantiate those concerns.
As Chisholm and crew did in their first John Doe probe into conservatives connected to the governor, the prosecutors, with the blessing of the presiding John Doe judge, conducted extremely public raids, grabbed up an array of personal property and placed targets under a strict gag order that prevented them from publicly defending their reputations.
O’Keefe contends the probe has had a chilling effect on conservative organizations’ First Amendment rights. The Wall Street Journal editorial board has dubbed the John Doe as Wisconsin’s “Political Speech Raid.”
The court filing notes that O’Keefe lost most of his fundraising abilities for the club immediately because:
- It would be unethical to raise money without disclosing that he is a target in a criminal investigation.
- It would be unwise for prospects to invest the time required for them to independently evaluate any risks.
- The secrecy order purports to bar O‘Keefe from disclosing the facts of the investigation and the reasons he believes that WCFG is not guilty of any crimes.
- O‘Keefe cannot assure donors that their information will remain confidential as prosecutors have targeted that information directly.
“As a result, O‘Keefe estimates that the Club has lost $2 million in fundraising that would have been committed to issue advocacy,” the filing states.
Many of the people O’Keefe previously has dealt with in political activism don’t want to communicate with him about political issues, the court document states.
“The subpoenas serve as a warning to those individuals that they should not associate with the Club,” Randa’s ruling asserts.
The left is not just part of a two-party system operating within a constitutional republic. It is a radical, alien movement aimed at circumventing and otherwise overthrowing the US as, by design and intent, a constitutionally constrained representative republic.
With armed bureaucracies and a willingness to break the law first and justify assaults on Constitutional protections later, the New Leftists who have taken over the Democrat party are anathema to our system of governance. And they only grow emboldened by successes such as these: yes, the court ruled against them; but by then, the desired damage had been done, and the “right kinds of people” harassed, gagged, and deprived of political speech — which may or may not have had an outcome on certain elections or election-year policy questions.
This is why we rally even to an inarticulate besieged rancher like Cliven Bundy, knowing we’ll be tied to his indelicate racial remarks, just as we know the indelicate racial remarks of progressives will be swept under the rug entirely, despite their alliance with the Democrat party, the party of slavery, Jim Crow, and anti-civil rights activism.
In subtle ways and not-so-subtle ways, the left is sending a message: raise your voice against us and we just may fuck up your lives — at least until some court can figure things out, by which time you’ll be broke and shamed.
That these people pretend to champion “the people” they so clearly despise is the cruelest joke of all.