Once more I got a brainstorm reading the front page heading: 7 Charged in Online Banking Scheme. Well, not exactly but reading the article appearing on page 1 and page 6 of the Democrat & Chronicle, re the odd bank Liberty Reserve, whose site was terminated for broad criminal activities brought to memory that one name popped out at me–Russian Hacker. Might it have been one of my viewers? The name struck me and my memory for this old man is still pretty good.
I, like a good number of Americans and perhaps foreigners as well, have been keeping abreast of the IRS, Justice Department, and congressional investigations into what I guess you call, a scandal regarding numerous conservative group requests for non-profit status. Not writing on this subject before you may be right to comment on my silence but I never like to second guess government action about citizens without examining the what-why-who-when inquisitive mindset learned in high school English class. I do sometimes wish I had a crystal ball to gaze into for such discovery that is hot bed rhetoric. I mean, one should try to sit back, define a problem, examine data it pertains to and proceed from there. However, this whole matter is cloaked in a mysterious bundle that participants on all sides have muddied to the point of saying: What in hell is going on here! On top of this we see a Justice Department going after the rights of journalists to give us Americans and world readers a sense of truism and exposing such cloak and dagger coming from Justice, the CIA and military investigations; their counter argument is that ongoing investigations could be harmful to American interests if widely distributed. Through our history, journalists have tended to observe legitimate requests to hold up a story at the request of FBI, CIA, NSC, the President, etc. until cleared.
Yeah. I have had time to think and study the issue and when the article appeared exposing the online banking scheme, it shot a red flag before my eyes. I put two and two together because my thought that the FBI investigators queried a lady who was hoping for such status as a non-profit and had mentioned on Fox news that they wanted information on a name or two being investigated. The FBI doesn’t go around and talk freely about their work which is a good thing! My thought was, could there be a connection with all these conservative groups requesting non-profit status until such investigations were thoroughly developed and a conclusion made that appears to have taken place today by the news report? It may be that gray area of congressional investigation into the IRS scandal that saw a possible reason for government employees to refuse or cloud issues that makes some sense for the stupidity sounding answers and evasive comments during questioning. I can see the government (FBI, CIA, NSC, President) forcing all concerned to remain silent until such investigations were completed. After all, you don’t want to tell the fox in the chicken house that the farmer is coming with his shotgun. Even so, Congress oversight cannot be ignored by government officials and their staff obedience is to the Nation, not the agency for which they work.
My own evaluation learned through critical thought processes which I have tried to convey to you, my readers, in chess lessons and discussing topics of general interest always has been aimed at education. Education is worthless if you cannot apply what you study and learn through your course work at school. Same is true here reading my blog. Of course you and I may say that I am all wet in my personal appraisal of current events. Perhaps you have a different view of this whole debacle seen in recent weeks. Perhaps you are among those who just don’t care or have a different viewpoint on it. Some have suggested in notes that I should ask questions for reader response. Here it is! Respond!!
The above is a narrow view of possible reasons why government agents speak with a forked tongue. Evidence that they are just plain stupid and deceiving is nightly broadcast on TV news. Part of this might be aimed at getting ratings going through the roof. Might I suggest that the airing of what appears to be a flagrant violation of the Bill of Rights and Constitution gives a positive image of America because our form of government is one where People have a voice which cannot be stifled by illegal, legal or corrupt dictatorially ambitious gangsters. It is time that the whitewashing media love affair with the Administration is exposed. Maybe the government in Washington needs more than a few rumps put on the butcher block. As mom used to say, a dirty house needs a good cleaning.