FROM “IN DEFENSE OF RURAL AMERICA”
by Ron Ewart, President, NARLO, ©2015
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Given the Senate confirmation hearings for U.S. Attorney General Obama nominee Loretta Lynch, this article is even more relevant.
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U.S. Attorney General, Oath of Office: “I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter So help me God.”
U. S. Attorney General Eric Holder signed the above Oath of Office when he took office. The reader can decide after reading this article if Holder has been faithful to his Oath or is just another crooked politician obsessed with power.
Anyone who has been paying attention to the news is aware that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder was held in Contempt of Congress for failing to produce documents related to AT&F’s Fast and Furious Gun Running Operation that got one of our Border Agents and a bunch of Mexicans killed. The U.S. House Oversight and Government Affairs Committee requested the documents from Holder in its investigation of Fast and Furious. Instead of producing the documents, Holder called on the White House (Obama) to cover for him by exercising presidential executive privilege, thereby burying the evidence. If any citizen did this, it would be called obstruction of justice for which the perpetrator could face considerable jail time.
Now you would think that being held in Contempt of Congress would be akin to being dishonorably discharged from military service. But Eric Holder doesn’t seem to mind, and there doesn’t seem to be any interest in the press to call him on it. That, too, could be called a cover-up by the news media that is supposed to be charged with exposing corruption and wrongdoing by government officials.
Fast and Furious isn’t the only scandal that surrounds Eric Holder. His Department of Justice (DOJ) refused to investigate the Black Panther voting intimidation event. Holder and the DOJ have injected the agency into state law regarding voting identification and the handling of illegal aliens. He even challenged Louisiana over a successful charter school program for mostly black children. In most cases, his and the DOJ’s involvement were directly related to race, as it was in the Trayvon Martin case in Florida and the Michael Brown case in Ferguson, MO. Now why would Holder want to inject race into his judicial duties? Could it be because he is black?
Lest we not forget that Holder was the attorney for the infamous tax evader and criminal Marc Rich that President William Jefferson Clinton pardoned when he left office. Marc Rich was on the FBI’s 10 most wanted list. Why was he pardoned and what was Holder’s involvement?
This case against Holder and his DOJ involves allegations of concealing evidence, threats against witnesses and secret surveillance of witnesses and attorneys in what appears to be an outright government conspiracy in a cover-up to protect their own in a relatively minor case. These allegations aren’t coming from a private citizen; they are being levied by a senior judge in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, one Francis M. Allegra. The good judge has called the DOJ’s action “fraud on the court!“
In court documents the judge went further and described what “fraud on the court” meant. “[F]raud on the court consists of conduct: 1. On the part of an officer of the court; 2. That is directed to the ‘judicial machinery’ itself; 3. That is intentionally false, willfully blind to the truth, or is in reckless disregard for the truth; 4. That is positive averment or is concealment when one is under duty to disclose; 5. That deceives the court.”
All this occurred in what many consider to be a relatively low-level civil lawsuit by an ex-agent of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agency, AT&F (the plaintiff) who sued the agency for failure to properly investigate an arson attack on his home that destroyed it and endangered his family. He also charged AT&F with reneging on protection agreements over death threats he received. The arson attack and the death threats resulted from AT&F withdrawing his cover identity following investigative reporting he did on the Hells Angels.
Judge Allegra was so peeved over the actions of DOJ that he issued an order to DOJ barring seven of DOJ’s attorneys from filing any more legal documents in the case and directly notified Attorney General Eric Holder and the assistant AG, James Cole, of his order. At the same time AT&F suddenly, without explanation, closed its investigation into an AT&F agent who allegedly had threatened a key witness in the case.
The cover-up gets worse from there. The DOJ then filed a sealed motion with the Judge challenging its attorneys being barred from the case. The judge unsealed the motion and ordered the DOJ to justify it. Then the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) told the judge they were not going to investigate the alleged fraudulent conduct of the seven DOJ attorneys. DOJ documents show that the DOJ was vigorously defending the seven accused attorneys and called them upstanding civil servants and in good standing with the bar.
As more documents from the case surface in the public record, it is clear that top officials at AT&F and the DOJ colluded to obstruct justice and in fact covered up evidence and the misconduct of the DOJ attorneys and agents at AT&F. There is still some speculation going on in the case, which is far from settled for the plaintiff, but that educated speculation is based on the existing paper trail.
What may shed light on why Holder and the DOJ were so eager to quash the case and cover up the evidence is that the plaintiff knew a great deal more about Fast and Furious than the AT&F or DOJ wanted exposed. The DOJ and AT&F continued to sully the plaintiff as someone who would torch his home and endanger his own family to get money from the government. Someone at AT&F or the DOJ even put “pressure” on the plaintiff’s attorney and he had to withdraw from the case. To learn more about this case of corruption and collusion, we encourage the reader to log onto the following link: http://www.examiner.com/article/judge-alleges-fraud-on-the-court-by-government-attorneys-dobyns-case
The reason that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the executives at AT&F can get away with what they have done in the above case and other situations is that the people have allowed government to increase its power beyond the limits placed on it by our constitution. But a plan, a design, a blueprint, a law, or a constitution is only as good as the willingness of the people to support and defend them, no matter what the cost. So far, most Americans have not been willing to defend their constitution from government abuse and corruption because they probably fear the cost is too high. In essence, they FEAR the government.
In the coming weeks we will reveal more about how the American people can reclaim their freedom from those who abuse and corrupt it, with the specific goal of restoring integrity and honor in government and in our institutions. We are already moving ahead aggressively. To get a sneak preview of where we are headed, log onto:
But then, of course, if no one is willing to step up to the plate out of fear, apathy, disinterest, or they are trying to protect their own little bubble from government attention, then there is little chance America will be saved from committing national suicide.
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Ron Ewart, a nationally known author and speaker on freedom and property rights issues and author of this weekly column, “In Defense of Rural America,” is the president of the National Association of Rural Landowners (NARLO) (http://www.narlo.org), an advocate and consultant for urban and rural landowners and a non-profit corporation headquartered in Washington State. He can be reached for comment at email@example.com.