The Big One
Holder’s “El Cid” U.S. Attorney Ron Machen Jr.,
Why There Will Be No Grand Jury on Fast and Furious, Benghazi, the AP and Fox Wire Taps, or Judicial Corruption
By Stew Webb – Federal
At the center of today’s headlines, the point man on the ground for the government is United States Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr. USAttorney Machen obtained the AP and Fox News subpoenas and timed the leak of the AP surveillance to be the same day as the preplanned leak of IRS disclosures about Tea Party processing delays. The real story is bigger and USA Machen holds the career futures of both Attorney General Eric Holder and Chief Supreme Court Justice Roberts in his capable hands.
Like my Veterans’ Today readership, I have been paying special attention to the news leading up to Memorial Day, that time when we remember our fallen comrades and can’t help but measure our own lives since leaving the service of our nation USMC. All of us wonder from time to time, but especially on the national holiday dedicated to the ones that sacrificed all, if we have upheld the values, the constitution, and the America they died defending.
In the weeks leading up to Memorial Day, articles in this publication and others have revealed the top brass in all branches of the military having a Major General Smedley Butler-esque crisis over the lawfulness of their ordered prosecution of America’s armed conflicts and the mass human suffering it caused. MSNBC’s Rachael Maddow reported last week that other leader, that civilian General, Attorney General Eric Holder admitted for the first time that the U.S. killed 4 Americans with drone strikes despite having only targeted one. The following day the Commander in Chief, President Obama directed that operations of the drones will be mostly be returned to military control and never used against Americans on American soil.
As Americans, we can be proud of a military that has always remained loyal to the constitution and the rule of law, and a national leadership that reflects openly upon its efforts and failures in measuring up to the legacy passed on to us. However, in this article, I am going to be calling your attention to something more related to the roots of Memorial Day. Decoration Day, as it used to be known, when our grand parents and great grand parents carried on the tradition of decorating the graves of America’s civil war dead. A great way to memorialize why we never can tolerate such a conflict again. Because there were so, so many fallen.
Check your history books sometime. Do an exercise with me. Look at the biggest casualty count on one of the worst days in your war, then turn to your father’s or grandfather’s war and pick a day out of one of the worst campaigns he ever mentioned. You know the one. Some European or Pacific town you never heard of, and which he never spoke about around the kids or grandkids. Then go look that battle up. And, when you think you have some serious numbers go read about Sharpsburg or Antietam.
How do we now as citizens, protect our civil liberties, a representative government, and fair and unbiased courts? The only deterrents to citizens taking up arms against each other, so that we will uphold our duty to our fallen comrades, our fathers and grandfathers and ensure we will never see another civil war? Well if you have been following the wars for the last twenty years or so, you can see civil society and the institutions that permit citizens of a country to peaceably settle their differences are very fragile. Remember the war in Kosovo? Europe woke up one day in the late 1990’s seeing ethnic cleansing and concentration camps on the evening news as if everyone had forgotten the lessons of World War II. But Kosovo didn’t just “happen”, the media those same citizens relied upon for everything from information decisions in voting to international aid and peacekeeping intervention was infiltrated and propagandized . Even media “incitement to genocide” was used by the forces controlling the newspapers, radio, and television as a strategy to plunge the region into civil war.
Who has the day job of protecting America from this kind of domestic threat? And, you know it is out there. You can’t be living in America today without hearing these voices. Inciting Americans to “stand up against” their government or its institutions and laws. Even around here at Veterans’ Today, we have taken to labeling the establishment media which has forgotten what journalism means and has so obviously become an instrument of special interest groups and even foreign powers as the “ lame stream media.” And, when the so called “alternative press” becomes dominated by a few externally funded loud mouths that clearly are following the same talking points of disinformation in furtherance of an agenda opposed to American interests for a criminal purpose or to compromise American forces abroad in time of war, who polices against them for sedition and treason?
Thankfully for us, that civilian general, Attorney General Eric Holder still has a champion swordsman that will saddle up and ride out to defend the castle. No matter how depraved and treasonous the elites inside have become, and no matter how powerful the enemies surrounding the capitol have grown. He is United States Attorney for the District Columbia, Ronald C. Machen, Jr. You can all him “The Man”. No doubt what Attorney General Eric Holder does every day that Holder is not behind bars.
US Attorney Ron Machen heads the biggest prosecutors’ office in the nation and has over 300 Assistant US Attorneys reporting to him. Machen does it all from prosecuting narco-terrorists to corrupt government officials. But, from the beginning, Machen has been the go to guy for investigating government leaks. Look closely at the center of every controversy facing the Obama administration over the last couple of months, and you will find US Attorney Ron Machen.
Publicly, Attorney General Eric Holder may voice some second thoughts about authorizing the wire tapping of journalists, like he did after reading the Washington Post article on the targeting of Fox News reporter James Rosen, or he might spend the next two days with media bureau chiefs retooling the US Department of Justice policy manual about getting search warrants on journalists. Russia Today is reporting now that the House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary is considering filing perjury charges against Attorney General Eric Holder for stating to them on May 16 that he was not involved in the decision to investigate 20 AP reporters. But, that is the same committee that made Holder the first Attorney General found to be under Contempt of Congress. And, the surveillance of the AP reporters included their conversations with members of Congress and their staff in the cloak room , another active marketplace for special interests and foreign powers. Did anyone say cloak and dagger yet? But, General Holder does not have to pay too much attention to questions from the House Judiciary Committee because US Attorney Ron Machen is the guy Congress has to go to in order to convene a grand jury over whether to indict Attorney General Eric Holder.
Congress has already been stopped by this obstacle to prosecuting General Holder. In a June 29 letter from Senator Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) about whether to pursue indictments against Attorney General Eric Holder over his role in the “Fast and Furious” scandal, Grassley states that under the statute, Machen’s “duty… shall be to bring the matter before a grand jury for its action.”
US Attorney Ron Machen is like a battlefield commander walking around with both sets of launch keys in his pocket. Like I said before, every day that Attorney General Eric Holder is not behind bars, its because US Attorney Ron Machen is a loyal soldier. Attorney General Eric Holder gives the orders and US Attorney Ron Machen follows them.
Some sharp bloggers have caught on to the significance of US Attorney Ron Machen disclosing to the Associated Press in a letter dated May 10 that the Department obtained telephone toll records for more than 20 separate telephone lines assigned to the AP and its journalists” earlier this year were subject to subpoena. Why did such a loyal soldier for General Holder give this notice to the subjects of the investigation? Jason Kissner, an associate professor of criminology at California State University, Fresno writing at the American Thinker speculates that US Attorney Ron Machen made the disclosure after a May 7 AP article on the CIA preventing a Bin-Laden death anniversary terrorist bombing in Yemen in order to protect the Obama administration from embarrassment. Kissner suggests that the administration itself likely made the leak through the CIA and that the AP became subject to broad subpoenas once it had utilized the leaked information. However, even Professor Kissner admits he cannot account for the reason behind US Attorney Ron Machen disclosing the AP subpoenas on the same day that the IRS officials preplanned their disclosure of that other scandal shaking the Obama administration and the foundations of our voluntary tax code.
Everyone will agree that it is highly unlikely US Attorney Ron Machen was part of a plan to hurt the administration. Machen who is also a Harvard graduate, as Fox News cries was one of the first to have donated to Obama’s Senate campaign. President Obama certainly has days where he questions the loyalty of General Holder, who has a history under earlier administrations. But, US Attorney Ron Machen will likely be the last champion standing for the president. However, one must ask: What are General Holder and US Attorney Ron Machen up too?
My job with Veterans Today is starting to remind me of Henry Fonda playing Lt. Colonel Kiley in the movie Battle of the Bulge. I am supposed to be covering the government corruption beat and I keep getting bits and pieces, like Henry Fonda flying through the clouds and snapping a few pictures in the woods of the Ardennes. It’s not till I get back to the CQ and develop the film that I can detect what looks like big armored divisions hidden in the trees, massing for a battle.
The AP and FOX News wire tapping scandals are attracting a lot of attention, but these were instances where the subjects of the investigations were notified of the subpoenas. General Holder and US Attorney Ron Machen were likely following the law, and certainly were if they had probable cause that treason and sedition were being committed. Even had they failed to give notice. Today, the lame stream press is concerning itself over US Attorney Ron Machen having to go to the Chief Judge of the District of Columbia District Court, Hon. Royce C. Lamberth to overrule two other judges that refused to grant the subpoenas on Fox News reporter James Rosen. However General Holder and US Attorney Ron Machen are in the same District of Columbia courthouse defending Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr in LANDRITH et al v. JOHN G. ROBERTS 1:12-cv-01916-ABJ regarding a secret policy associated with the USA PATRIOT Act of targeting private civil litigants with warrantless wiretaps and other forms of surveillance. I broke the story Chief Justice Roberts Fails To Dismiss Lawsuit and provided Veteran’s Today readers an update Chief Justice Roberts Gets Personal Sanctions Motion.
Samuel Lipari and his attorney Bret Landrith were among the first persons targeted by the original US APTRIOT Act warrantless wiretapping when they were trying to break the Novation Cartel monopoly that controls manufacturers’ suppliers, and distributors’ access for selling hospital supplies to thousands of American hospitals and health systems.
After Attorney General Ashcroft was pushed out by the George W. Bush’s illegal presidential administration to make way for Alberto Gonzales, Bush’s former Texas Attorney General, the Assistant US Attorney for the Northern District of Texas who had been prosecuting Novation LLC for false claims against the government was found dead in her Fort Worth swimming pool by her daughter. A few weeks later, the Assistant US Attorney supervising over 70 federal criminal prosecutors was found dead in her home after she had signed the criminal subpoenas for Novation LLC operation of the hospital supply cartel. The story was broken in the main stream FWWeekly article Hijacking at the Hospital by Pablo Lastra. Novation was being defended by Vinson and Elkins, a law firm formed by two of President Lyndon Johnsons’ cabinet members and the only private sector employer of Alberto Gonzales.
A succession of federal judges threw out both the Lipari and government cases against Novation in decisions contradicting the applicable controlling law. Senator Charles Grassley spearheaded a change in the False Claims Act, the law that is most frequently used to combat Medicare fraud so that it would expressly include the conduct of hospital group purchasing organizations like the Novation Cartel and Chris Evans, the actor that re-popularized the Marvel comic book hero Captain America played a third attorney found dead in the Novation cartel litigation in the fictional movie Puncture.
Understandably, Samuel Lipari and Bret Landrith have a debt of honor to be settled with Chief Justice Roberts over the current judicial ethics reporting system.
On May 23, the court docketed a motion by the plaintiffs to include Attorney General Eric Holder as a defendant for his personal role in implementing the policy, alleged to have repeatedly violated the constitutional rights of the plaintiffs and other litigants before federal courts:
Landrith Lipari v. Chief Justice Roberts Motion for Leave to Amend ( Proposed 2nd Amended Complaint )
Landrith and Lipari Motion For Leave To Amend
Originally, the case was merely part of the academic debate on whether ethics complaints against judges should be publicized or not. The original defendant Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. appears to have partially agreed with the plaintiffs. During the time period addressed by the lawsuit, Chief Justice Roberts changed the policy of the courts and directed that the complaints be publicized, just that the judge’s name be omitted. The plaintiffs argue that the judge’s name is required so that litigants can accurately appraise whether the judge is deviating from clearly established laws for an improper purpose as part of a bias or corrupt influence, and thereby be better able to protect their rights.
US Attorney Ron Machen appeared from the beginning to be zealously defending Chief Justice Roberts. However, later it became clear that Machen was even utilizing extrajudicial means that violate attorney ethics rules and furthered the conduct complained of in the original lawsuit complaint as violating the constitution and creating the liability of Chief Justice Roberts to injunctive relief against his role as Chief Administrator of the Courts.
Like the puzzling disclosure US Attorney Ron Machen made to chief counsel Laura Malone for the AP leaking the fact that the 20 AP reporters had been under surveillance for a substantial part of this year, there is a mystery as to why the plaintiffs Landrith and Lipari were forced by Machen to seek to amended their complaint and to include Attorney General Eric Holder as a defendant for what under the facts established in the complaint show was a policy of Supreme Court Chief Justice Roberts predating the Obama administration. US Attorney Ron Machen may be setting up Attorney General Eric Holder or Chief Justice Roberts, or both.
At law, you are responsible for the actions of those who work for you and are under your direction or control. When attorneys defending Chief Justice Roberts break the law, it is the same as if Chief Justice Roberts broke the law. Similarly, under the ethics rules applicable to attorneys and judges, when a person commits a felony, they are a felon. There is no requirement a court convict them of the crime before they resign or are impeached. Thankfully in America being a judge and being a gangster are two mutually exclusive career paths.
When wars turn ugly, we remember those watershed shifts in the mentality of our strategists. Machen’s prosecution of Chief Justice Roberts’ defense reminds me of the Vietnam Era distorted philosophy that you have to burn the village to save the village. But that’s failure talking. US Attorney Ron Machen does not fail.
Trust me, whenever the fog breaks, I will be there trying to cover this final battle of the Obama administration to defend our nation’s institutions and constitution. For those of you with some free time around the campfire this summer, get out your pencil and paper and brush up on your iambic pentameter, heroic couplets, and quatrains. Someone needs to write an epic poem about General Holder’s great swordsman and champion, United States Attorney Ronald C. Machen, Jr., who rode outside the walls to defend the District of Columbia when no one else would.
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