DOJ Report: Wisconsin’s Infamous John Doe Was More Sinister Than First Reported

GAB held onto thousands of private emails from Wisconsin conservatives in several folders on their servers marked “Opposition Research.” #wiright #wipolitics Click To Tweet

MacIver News Service | December 6, 2017

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin’s infamous John Doe investigation was more sinister and politically driven than originally reported.

A Wisconsin Attorney General report on the year-long investigation into leaks of sealed John Doe court documents to a liberal British publication in September 2016 finds a rogue agency of partisan bureaucrats bent on a mission “to bring down the (Gov. Scott) Walker campaign and the Governor himself.”

The AG report, released Wednesday, details an expanded John Doe probe into a “broad range of Wisconsin Republicans,” a “John Doe III,” according to Attorney General Brad Schimel, that widened the scope of the so-called John Doe II investigation into dozens of right-of-center groups and scores of conservatives. Republican lawmakers, conservative talk show hosts, a former employee from the MacIver Institute, average citizens, even churches, were secretly monitored by the dark John Doe.

Department of Justice investigators found hundreds of thousands of John Doe documents in the possession of the GAB long after they were ordered to be turned over to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

State Department of Justice investigators found hundreds of thousands of John Doe documents in the possession of the GAB long after they were ordered to be turned over to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

The Government Accountability Board, the state’s former “nonpartisan” speech cop, proved to be more partisan than originally suspected, the state Department of Justice report found. For reasons that “perhaps may never be fully explained,” GAB held onto thousands of private emails from Wisconsin conservatives in several folders on their servers marked “Opposition Research.” The report’s findings validate what conservatives have long contended was nothing more than a witch-hunt into limited government groups and the governor who was turning conservative ideas into public policy.

“Moreover, DOJ is deeply concerned by what appears to have been the weaponization of GAB by partisans in furtherance of political goals, which permitted the vast collection of highly personal information from dozens of Wisconsin Republicans without even taking modest steps to secure this information,” the report states.

And in an all-too familiar occurrence involving allegations of government abuse, a key hard drive believed to contain the court-sealed John Doe documents leaked to The Guardian in October 2016 has suspiciously disappeared – GAB officials with knowledge of the hard drive can’t seem to explain what happened to it.

The DOJ recommends the John Doe judge initiate contempt proceedings against former GAB officials and the John Doe probe’s special prosecutor for “grossly” mishandling secret evidence. #wiright #wipolitics Click To Tweet

Still, despite a damning report laying out myriad examples of criminal misconduct by government bureaucrats, Schimel, a Republican, says his Department of Justice cannot file criminal charges – chiefly because of disappearing evidence, less-than-cooperative John Doe agents and the “systemic and pervasive mishandling of John Doe evidence (that) likely resulted in circumstances allowing the Guardian leak in the first place.”

Such failures prevent prosecutors from proving criminal liability beyond a reasonable doubt, the attorney general wrote, although the report points to a small universe of GAB employees that had access to the leaked documents.

They also seemed to have a political ax to grind.

The Department of Justice, however, recommends the John Doe judge initiate contempt proceedings against former GAB officials and the John Doe probe’s special prosecutor for “grossly” mishandling secret evidence. Schimel also recommends that Shane Falk, who served as lead staff attorney in the John Doe probes, be referred for discipline to the Wisconsin Court System’s Office of Lawyer Regulation. Falk took a job with a private law firm in August 2014, just as allegations of investigative abuse began to surround the political investigation.

Back Doe

The John Doe has a long and winding history. It all began in 2010, when the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office, led by Democrat John Chisholm, signed off on a secret investigation into the Milwaukee County Executive’s office, at the time directed by then-Republican candidate for governor, Scott Walker.

It was Walker who, the year before, brought questions about a discrepancy in a county veterans fund to the DA’s attention. His chief of staff at the time asked the agency to investigate. Eventually, the district attorney’s office opened a John Doe, as Walker, a fiscal conservative in a liberal county, was rolling into his run for governor.

That investigation brought six convictions, only two of which were related to the original scope of the veterans fund investigation. Prosecutors, with the help of a very accommodating John Doe judge, went after Walker’s staff and conservative allies in what was commonly known in the DA’s office as the “Walker Doe,” according to an inside source. They threatened two County Executive staffers with lengthy prison sentences if they didn’t talk, if they didn’t turn on their boss. They didn’t because they couldn’t. There was nothing to tell, according to the targeted staffers.

Chisholm used the hundreds of thousands of electronic communications – including reams of private email – to seek a second John Doe. This time, the district attorney, with the help of the very willing Government Accountability Board, set their sights on just about every right-of-center group in Wisconsin. The probe investigated the prosecutors’ theory that conservative organizations illegally coordinated with Walker’s campaign during the bitterly partisan recall elections of 2011 and 2012.

John Doe agents effectively conducted a spy operation, secretly grabbing up millions of digital records from Republicans who had no idea they were being targeted in the Democrat-led dragnet. The agents capped it off in October 2013 with coordinated, predawn, armed raids on the homes of several conservative Wisconsinites. Many were forced to sit by while law enforcement officials rooted through their possessions in the name of a campaign finance paper investigation.

Only one problem: There was no illegal coordination, no campaign finance wrongdoing, no collusion. Sound familiar? (See Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign). The John Doe judge at the time in early 2014 quashed the subpoenas used in the investigation. He found that the prosecutors lacked probable cause that crimes alleged had been committed.

The ruling followed a string of court decisions that not only raised questions about the prosecutors’ theory, but the tactics involved in the political probe.

In July 2016, the Wisconsin Supreme Court declared the John Doe investigation unconstitutional and ordered it shut down. The majority opinion concluded that Special Prosecutor Francis Schmitz was “the instigator of a ‘perfect storm’ of wrongs” perpetrated against citizens who were legally exercising their First Amendment rights. At least they were until the John Doe investigators silenced them.

Wisconsin’s John Doe law is similar to a grand jury investigation, without the benefit of a jury of peers. The procedures are overseen by a single judge with extraordinary power to compel witnesses to testify – all in the pursuit of determining whether a crime has been committed. Unlike a grand jury investigation where the accused can publicly defend themselves, John Doe targets and witnesses must remain silent. Failing to do so could land them in jail or subject them to steep fines.

After the Supreme Court decision, the Republican-led Legislature reformed the John Doe law and its secrecy order that one federal appeals court judge described as “screamingly unconstitutional.” It also jettisoned the “nonpartisan” Government Accountability Board following growing evidence of investigative abuses.

‘Pretty Please’

Despite court orders in January 2014 barring the John Doe prosecutors and their bureaucratic pals from further reviewing any of the “evidence” they had illegally obtained, GAB staff pushed on.

Days after the court order, Shane Falk, GAB’s lead attorney on the John Doe, directed staffer Molly Naggappala to log into the investigation’s account with an offsite data storage site where the millions of documents were stored (at taxpayer expense). He told Naggappala to print off emails seized from search warrants.

“Can you print out everything that you pulled out of Relativity (the data storage operator) and previously sent us? Then give a copy to Nate (Judnic) and one to me. Pretty please?” Naggappala complied, according to the Attorney General’s investigative report. It was a “direct violation” of the judge’s cease and desist order.

Naggappala complied, according to the Attorney General’s investigative report. It was a “direct violation” of the judge’s cease and desist order. Click To Tweet

Schmitz, the special prosecutor, didn’t order Falk to “stand down,” and Falk and other GAB staff continued to access the documents in defiance of the court order.

The documents Falk sought were the “very emails … that were leaked to the Guardian newspaper,” the DOJ report states.

It was previously reported that John Doe investigators used Gmail accounts disconnected from the state electronic communications system when sharing investigation information and ideas. The Department of Justice probe into the leaks found Falk used an external hard drive for the storage of separate John Doe files. Falk told DOJ investigators that he turned the hard drive over to colleague Nathan Judnic when he left the GAB.

Falk and former GAB staff and current administrators at the GAB’s successor, the state Ethics Commission, could not provide the hard drive to investigators. After some conflicting answers, none of the attorneys and bureaucrats could offer an explanation for what happened to it.

Falk came to the GAB with a left-leaning pedigree. He previously had served as a Democrat appointee on a state campaign ethics board, the predecessor to the GAB. In 2008, he testified before the relatively new GAB, urging the agency to find ways of “getting around the constitution” to go after issue ads from organizations such as Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce.

“When it comes to the point of it affecting an election, the compelling interest rises to the level where the state can get around the constitutional right to free speech,” he testified.

During the John Doe probe, Falk encouraged Schmitz, the special prosecutor, to stay strong in their pursuit of Walker and his conservative allies.

“Remember, in brief, this was a bastardization of politics and our state is being run by corporations and billionaires,” Falk wrote in an email on conservative issue advocacy. “That isn’t democracy to say the least, but due to how they do this dark money, the populace never knows.”

The populace also didn’t know just how political the John Doe probe had gotten.

‘Falk Boxes’

The Department of Justice report refers to “Falk boxes,” in which three hard drives in particular contained nearly 500,000 unique emails from Yahoo and Gmail accounts, totaling millions of pages.

“The hard drives included transcripts of Google Chat logs between several individuals, most of which were purely personal (and sometimes very private) conversations,” the report states.

GAB placed a “large portion” of the emails into several folders titled, “Opposition Research” or “Senate Opposition Research.”

GAB placed a “large portion” of the emails into several folders titled, “Opposition Research” or “Senate Opposition Research.” Click To Tweet

John Doe investigators dug deep in their expansive “John Doe III” probe, obtaining through warrants electronic communications of the governor, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Oshkosh), former RNC chair Reince Priebus, U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, and state Sens. Van Wanggard and Howard Marklein. They also monitored the emails of conservative talk show hosts Vicki McKenna, Mark Belling, and Charlie Sykes, as well as former MacIver Institute employee Brian Fraley.

“The breadth of information and communications contained in the ‘Falk boxes,’ apparently as the result of the John Doe III investigation into Wisconsin Republicans, was breathtaking,” the attorney general’s report asserts. “Just to illustrate this point, the investigators obtained, categorized, and maintained over 150 personal emails between Senator Leah Vukmir and her daughter, including emails containing private medical information and other highly personal information.”

Why?

“DOJ was unable to determine why investigators ever obtained, let alone saved and labeled, over 150 very private and very personal emails between a Senator and her child, or why investigators placed those emails in a folder named ‘Opposition Research,’” the report states.

Vukmir, a Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, was astounded in learning that she was spied on, but she vowed to fight against such “intrusive behavior.”

“Attempting to bully her into silence will not work,” said Vukmir campaign spokeswoman Jessica Ward. “Sen. Vukmir intends on exploring additional legislative or legal options to ensure this never occurs again, and that any individuals involved are held fully accountable.”

But the Vukmir emails were just the tip of the iceberg. The Department of Justice investigation found the John Doe probe swept up all kinds of private emails, including:

  •  Over 1,000 emails between a private bible study group called a “Life Group” at Blackhawk Church in Middleton, Wisconsin. The emails covered such subjects as “LG- He is risen,” “LG- helping out Mom,” “LG- Game Night,” “LG- Spiritual Formation,” “LG-The Spirit and Scripture,” “LG-New Sermon Series=Rainbows and Sugarplums,” and “[Redacted] Requests Prayer.”
  • Pictures of a woman who was purchasing a new dress, asking the email recipient how the dress looked on her.
  •  A string of 20 emails referencing a “Kenmore Mini Fridge” negotiation over Craigslist.
  • An email thanking the recipient for advice concerning the purchase of a Benelli over/under shotgun at Dick’s.
  • An email between parents discussing a daughter’s need for an OB-GYN.
  • An email regarding prescription medications needed.
  • A series of Google Chat logs between friends covering a variety of private topics, including whether the writer needs “to lose 20 lbs asap.”
  • Several emails between family members circulating drafts and corrections to a Christmas letter.

The Department of Justice’s review of these emails did not find any unethical or illegal behavior by “any state official, employee, or other Wisconsin Republican apparently targeted in John Doe III.”

DOJ investigators believe the leak to the Guardian was calculated to attempt to influence a U.S. Supreme Court decision on whether to take up John Doe prosecutors request for review of the state court’s decision shutting down the investigation – and whether they could hold onto the possessions they illegally took. The Guardian hit piece, with hundreds of pages of cherry-picked court documents, was published just days before the court unanimously rejected the case.

Sloppy disregard for the security of the court-sealed John Doe documents – at the GAB and at the state Supreme Court office – left the DOJ unable to identify beyond a reasonable doubt who had access to the records, when the records where accessed or “who stole them,” according to the report.

Here’s the scary footnote to a frightening report on government abuse: The Department of Justice cannot assure any John Doe II or III target that information illegally seized from them “will not be published on the Internet or by The Guardian at some future date.”

“Nor can DOJ assure any person whose information was gathered that they will not suffer from identity theft or face other adverse consequences as a result of the irresponsible way that GAB handled personal information,” the report states.

  • OD56

    A number of people need to see prison time. Schmitz, Falk, Chisholm for starters. None should ever be allowed to practice law again.

  • Pettyfogger115

    My initial question to all this remains after reading this latest ray of sunshine on the Demi-rats at the GAB/Milwaukee DA’s office; given the almost historic depths of legal and political depravity demonstrated with such effete abandon;
    just who were the teachers and who were the students between the Wisconsin cabal and the slime bucket brigade of Obama, Hillary and a huge chunk of the upper DNC? Given the level of contact and continuity of egregious actions, this almost certainly has to be viewed as a RICO conspiracy the requires Federal prosecution (should our esteemed AG Sessions ‘grows a set” and Justice department finds its way from the dark political morass it finds itself currently.

  • ALightFromAbove

    Democrats are disgusting.

  • ALightFromAbove

    I say we raid at gunpoint all the offices, homes, of the GAB, Chisholm, Falk, Schmitz, and anyone who was ever involved in this and confiscate computers, papers, everything including freezing bank accounts for future lawsuits.

  • I can state with certainty that had a “pre-dawn” raid happened at my home, my abode, my castle, there would have been several dead agents of the government strewn about my property. Of course, I have the advantage of 20 years of law enforcement training and practical application to back my averment.

    To Brad Schimel: I urge you NOT to be another Jeff Sessions. Criminal violations of the rights of numerous citizens of the State of Wisconsin have been committed. Impanel a grand jury and start presenting indictments. Justice demands more than contempt of court and a bar complaint [the latter is likely to go nowhere].

  • Be Frank

    That’s funny, I can’t stomach people who parrot Republican opinions. It’s like watching an earless, noseless burn victim who’s eating a maggot-covered slice of pizza.

  • Daniel Wheeler

    If Democrats didn’t exist, what group of people would you hate?

  • Democrat Party Parrot

    Baraaaaaack. Not very nice of you. Baraaaaack.

  • Pettyfogger115

    Oh, is that really a possibility????? Frankly, Just losing that despotic, wild-eyed truly commie wing of your party would probably bring enough balance back to be able to focus on actual bipartisan cooperation that has been totally absent since your operation went of the rails entirely. But then you already know that regardless of if you are adult enough to admit it.

  • Pettyfogger115

    Shhhh, your mommy just told you to bring your laundry and come up for din-din, but you missed it with your sad little tirade, Frankie. Speaking of maggot-covered pizza; be a big boy and carry the basement trash out of your Boy Cave. You know Momma isn’t steady on her feet on the steps anymore.

  • kjon

    These law criminals would give Mike Nifong a bad name.

  • Be Frank

    I’m sorry they don’t let you shoot unarmed civilians in the back anymore. Maybe firing holes into balls of dough will release your sociopathic rage.

  • Daniel Wheeler

    I’ve never voted for a Democrat.

    So I guess the answer is that, if Democrats didn’t exist, you’d hate anybody who reminded you of yourself.

    Tell your family they have my sympathy. I hope they restrict you to plastic cutlery for Christmas dinner.

  • IceMan30

    Everybody hurt in this story got what they deserved. Karma doesn’t have to abide by human laws.

  • ALightFromAbove

    What attorney Brad Schimel needs to do is come out and say is that the GAB, Chisholm, Falk, justice Shirley Abrahamson etc. have gone to war against Governor Walker and all conservatives and have thrown out all ethics and rules to gather damaging information that they use against the conservatives. This is a war.

  • Dr.Scott

    You’re not going to like the new rules. And you won’t be bright enough to see the connection when it bites your side.

  • Aaron1960

    It seems that winning over a voting bloc on ideas has been jettisoned from any democrat election strategy and instead has turned to weaponizing state agencies to smear, harass & obstruct to get their way.

    Leftism is power: to (sexually) harass subordinates, violate all rights to privacy, violate rights to counsel and due process, use gov’t agencies against their political opposition and make illegal, differing political opinions. Today’s national Democrat Party.

  • Aaron1960

    This looks like projection.

  • lightray9a

    Sooooo…… who is going to be prosecuted and sent to jail over this? Some administrative report that attempts to shame people is NOT a sufficient remedy here.

  • ThomofWI

    Oh, there are no laws that allow charges to be placed, well, this will keep happening then, nice job lawmakers in Madison!!!!!
    If I break the speed limit, is there a law that allows an officer to give me a ticket?
    Pathetic!!!!!

  • Arrest-George_Soros

    Prison? How about death row with an expedited schedule for execution?

    If you want to end this kind corruption once and for all, put the very lives of the people behind this at risk.

  • feastfirst

    TITLE 18, U.S.C., SECTION 242

    Whoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States, … shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnaping or an attempt to kidnap, aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to commit aggravated sexual abuse, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined under this title, or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.

  • Akaky

    Atheists. They just won’t shut up about religion.

  • TWP ✓ᵈᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

    Nothing short of hard time for the perps will keep them from doing it again and again.

  • John Deer

    This story is so fake, even Alex Jones won’t touch it! Donald’s AMERICA is a cross between a third world and a Third Reich. I’ve noticed over the years that the way I see things is very different from the way my Republican brothers and sisters see things.

    Take love, for example. Evolved people see love as something intimate and deep, a means of become one with another and making the world a better place. Whereas Republicans see love as an inconvenient pretense to sensual gratification, and as a tool to manipulate others. Democrats can love somebody more than cash and status symbols, more than their own ego. Republicans view people as Automated Teller Machines. Their value lies in the money they can pull out them. And, since Republicans have all sold their souls, they can’t spot or identity the souls of we who still have them. They hate us because they can’t see themselves in us. They need a reflection to admire. Fake people who believe fake news do atrocious things. Eventually, they’ll see the light and beg forgiveness. We’ll allow them to vote for us, but we’re never voting for them or for you.

  • That law is inapplicable.

    They’re all Democrats and the laws don’t apply to them.

  • Dave Hunter

    I have followed the case(s) for several years and cannot fathom why some of the attorneys involved were not disbarred years ago.

  • Deserttrek

    ALL of the cops who staged the raids, approved the raids and participated in the raids should be fired and barred for life from ever being part of a police or security force or owning a firearm.
    They like the lawyers and staff who were part of it are lower than any criminal in any prison. They belong right beside them.

  • Deserttrek

    and the cops who participated in the raids. Midnight raids for documents are as bad as anything any commie country would do

    no decent human being would approve or be part of such an operation. Following orders is NOT a defense

  • Deserttrek

    AND all of the cops who were part of the raids, they are scum too
    following orders is no excuse

  • ThomofWI

    With no laws to protect the citizens, this will happen again, the DEEP STATE is at work!!! PATHETIC!

  • Eric Brown

    Project much?

  • Dagwood W

    Whatever group it was, I’m sure that it would be at least as unlawful, pernicious and underhanded as the Dems are now. And that you’d feel right at home with them.

  • Dagwood W

    Maybe in a few years, when you’re of age, you’ll get your chance.

  • Darwin Akbar

    Any attorney involved in this must be disbarred.

  • X

    This story proves that liberals are built to defend the rule of law. It is, as Justice Marshall warned, our only tool against entrenched, powerful interests that can win either by working within the system or by destroying it altogether. Yet, in defending it now, we risk propping up a virus that will turn that system against itself.

  • Sidney

    I didn’t have time to read the entire article. Was anybody actually killed? And, if so, did their mouth make an oh like Lee Harvey Oswald’s did when he was shot? Was their body a porthole to other dimensions? Did John Doe ever find out what his real name is? This story might go on forever!

  • johnholliday

    democrats are pure scum

  • richard40

    Any Marxist, or extreme socialist. Anybody practicing racial or sexual identity politics, whether left or right (like the white nationalists). Any group that places the collective totally over the individual. Any group that that when given power used the kind or corrupt totalitarian tactics described in this article.
    Basically any group I consider to be likely totalitarians if they ever got enough power.

  • richard40

    If the leftist dems self destructed, they would be replaced by some other totalitarian party. any country, no matter how sound at bottom, always has some people in it that want totalitarian power to control others. Right now most of them are leftist dems, but I also put a few Bannonites on that list as well.

  • Bikerdude

    “Sloppy disregard for the security of the court-sealed John Doe documents
    – at the GAB and at the state Supreme Court office – left the DOJ
    unable to identify beyond a reasonable doubt who had access to the
    records, when the records where accessed or “who stole them,” according
    to the report.”

    My old man had a solution for that kind of problem. If the guilty party didn’t step up, we all got the belt.

  • Tom

    I think Schimel simply lacks the intestinal fortitude to do the right thing. He seems quite content to airily wave off the duty to enforce fundamental rights – if not a sure thing, don’t even try. That attitude is why these slimy criminals will continue to operate criminally – because they know that no one will come after them.

  • another_engineer

    And nothing is going to be done…

    our AG is about as aggressive as Sessions.

    total let down.

  • Madison

    The solution is very simple. The person in charge is there because they wanted the power, money, and fame. Along with that is responsibility so they should be held personally responsible for the problems.
    The rest of their life in prison is a small price to pay for te problems they caused for others.

  • Madison

    Is that you Larry Kiz?

  • david ervin

    To be sure a policeman should refuse orders to shoot an unarmed person. But when a policeman is given court directed/signed orders he has no reason to not obey. To not obey would be, and should be, a resume inducing infraction. Just as judges are not to act as policemen, neither are policemen to act as courts. As far as the police know (in serving court directed orders) those being served may be heinous criminals; to not serve the directives of the court would be an infraction of law. The bottom line is that you cannot blame the police for court malfeasance nor can the police be expected to turn their squad cars into single person court rooms. Elections matter. Elections SHOULD matter.

  • david ervin

    To you as well. To be sure a policeman should refuse orders to shoot an unarmed person. But when a policeman is given court directed/signed orders he has no reason to not obey. To not obey would be, and should be, a resume inducing infraction. Just as judges are not to act as policemen, neither are policemen to act as courts. As far as the police know (in serving court directed orders) those being served may be heinous criminals; to not serve the directives of the court would be an infraction of law. The bottom line is that you cannot blame the police for court malfeasance nor can the police be expected to turn their squad cars into single person court rooms. Elections matter. Elections SHOULD matter.

  • Uncle Neck

    It was useful to the conservatives to build a myth about Scott Walker.
    Objectively speaking, he was and is a completely unimportant figure. He
    wasn’t even a conservative; even a cursory glance at his political career tells you
    that. He was a delinquent who spent most of his life behind bars and was
    thoroughly institutionalized by his early 30s; so much so that he
    pleaded with the authorities not to release him. He told them that if he
    was released, he was going to kill somebody. They went ahead and
    released him anyway, of course. He moved to Wisconsin just in time
    for the beginning of the alt-right movement, and cynically latched
    onto it as an easy way of getting free sex and starry-eyed adulation
    from impressionable teenage middle-class girls who wanted to rebel against big government. To his own astonishment, Walker found that a cult developed around him, and he exploited
    it to the hilt. Being a sociopath, of course, the free sex and adulation
    alone was not enough for him, and he used the Republican Party to act out his
    aggressive impulses against society.

  • Lab Rat

    If Dems didn’t exist, I’d hate those without fetching looks, rich parents, or God-given gifts.

  • Michael Lang

    Fascist clown.

  • PJD1992

    The DOJ was “so deeply concerned” that no government employed retards have been convicted or even charged! No consequences for government felons. That will show them.

    More idiotic bloviating nonsense.

  • PJD1992

    “Pre-Dawn” raid the houses of these assholes and burn them down. Lesson learned…..

  • fastrock

    There were reports of LEOs telling those being searched (huddled together w children) that there are times they are not proud of the matter in which they have to conduct themselves. Similar to what David Ervin states elsewhere on this thread.

  • Deserttrek

    They should refuse such orders. To follow them but say they are embarrassed is no different than the concentration camp guards
    They should be treated like the scum they are

  • Deserttrek

    I blame ALL people, including myself, for what they do. If enough good cops stood up these types of operations would not occur. They can and should do what is right otherwise they are worse than the criminals
    Following orders is what the concentration camp guards claimed also.
    Scum is scum.

  • “Remember, in brief, this was a bastardization of politics and our state is being run by corporations and billionaires,” Falk wrote in an email on conservative issue advocacy. “That isn’t democracy to say the least, but due to how they do this dark money, the populace never knows.”

    Oh so righteous Progressives willing to take out their enemies by any means necessary.

    Yank their law licenses and impeach/convict every one so they never work for WI government again.

  • Lara Kronberger

    If you had a pre-dawn raid on your house, I can tell you with certainty that they would ensure their safety by shooting you first.

    When they come to your home, they blitz it like you would see a military operation perform it. Surround the home, block all exits and come to your door guns drawn. You won’t have time to defend yourself, you’ll be dead or injured.

  • Jim Schulz

    Contempt charges? How about abuse of office or malfeasance Something that will lock this left-wing scum up behind bars where they belong.

  • Laura Croneburger

    So he wants to kill government agents. Why are you trying to deflate his fantasy? You probably like demolishing children’s snowmen too. Tell us YOUR fantasy and we’ll see if it’s interesting enough to invalidate.

  • Ben

    Women who whine about being victims of sexual harassment and abuse!

  • kevinp2

    Just obeying orders, eh?

  • Lara Kronberger

    I don’t need to, I’ve lived through a raid that found NOTHING in my home… I don’t speak from fantasy, but reality, something that obviously you know nothing about. Law enforcement are thugs, they behave like thugs, citing that they need to protect their safety. This is due to what happened after 9/11, how did those terrorists fly below the radar for so long?

    So you can greet them at the door with a rifle, pistol, what-have-you, but if they are there to come in and search, they will subdue you by any means they deem necessary to ensure their safety and come in and search. If that means they have to shoot you because you came to the door with a gun and they felt threatened that is what they will do. You will be made out to be the bad person for not cooperating with their thug behavior. That is how our law enforcement and government behaves, I know because I have experienced it, have you?

  • Green Bay Slacker

    Sorry you had to go through that awful experience. I currently respect
    cops, but if I went through something like that, I’d feel waves of fear
    and volcanic rage whenever I saw a police officer afterwards. I’d
    probably need psychiatric medication and psycho-therapy. Is there
    anything helpful you could tell others who might be subjected to a
    similar surprise raid, something that you wish you knew then but didn’t?
    I suspect it might be like trying to use legal knowledge against a
    grizzly bear attack, but I thought I’d ask anyway.