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January 25, 2014 - 8:09 am
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The indictment of a major critic of the president has elicited little more than yawns from the media.

This is a case where you don’t even have to connect the dots. Just read a little history:

After news broke Thursday that federal prosecutors had charged conservative commentator, author, film-maker and professional Obama-basher Dinesh D’Souza with violating campaign finance laws, Walter Olson at the Overlawyered blog posted on the relatively mild civil sanction meted out to a “big-league trial lawyer” who’d done pretty much the same thing D’Souza is accused of. D’Souza has been indicted for allegedly paying $20,000 to reimburse straw donors to the campaign of Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long, who lost a 2012 contest against incumbent Kirsten Gillibrand. Arkansas trial lawyer Tab Turner, as Overlawyered recounted in 2006, reimbursed donors of $8,000 to John Edwards’ 2004 presidential campaign and just had to cough up a $9,500 civil fine. By highlighting the contrast in his post Thursday, Olson seemed to be suggesting that D’Souza has been selectively targeted for prosecution because he’s so critical of the Obama administration.

Former acting U.S. attorney general George Terwilliger of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius raised the same suggestion in an interview Friday. Terwilliger, who served in the administration of two Republican presidents and later defended noted Los Angeles lawyer Pierce O’Donnell against campaign finance charges similar to those leveled against D’Souza, told me there are “legitimate questions that could be asked about the political motivation for bringing the case.” Want more conspiracy theorism? Dominic Gentile of Gordon Silver, who represented Nevada campaign finance defendant Harvey Whittemore, conducted exhaustive research on so-called conduit payments of the sort D’Souza is accused of making. In Whittemore’s sentencing memo, he documented civil and criminal penalties in “straw donor” cases. “Twenty thousand dollars?” Gentile told me. “I’ve never heard of a $20,000 criminal case” for campaign finance violations.” And at D’Souza’s arraignment Friday in Manhattan federal court, his own lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, told U.S. District Judge Richard Berman that whatever D’Souza did, his conduct wasn’t criminal.

This thing stinks to high heaven of political motivation.

First, there is this very curious note in the DoJ press release on how D’Souza’s crime was discovered:

The Indictment is the result of a routine review by the FBI of campaign filings with the FEC by various candidates after the 2012 election for United States Senator in New York. Mr. Bharara praised the investigative work of the FBI.

How is it possible that a measly $20,000 in donations could leap out at investigators during a “routine review”? Most people charged with this crime front hundreds of thousands of dollars — and end up with far lesser charges. And are we to believe this “routine review” only snared Mr. D’Souza? If $20,000 in contributions leapt out at the FBI, are we to believe that D’Souza is the only contributor guilty of setting up straw donations? Where are the other lawbreakers?

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It wouldn't be an investigation of a $20,000 donation. It would be investigation of several smaller donations to tie them back to D'Souza. Not just "routine."

Anybody who doubts the political nature of the case should note that: He was arrested and brought to court in handcuffs; Bond was set at $500,000; his pretrial release is "supervised;" he was required to surrender his passport. These are cheese charges, yet he is treated like a violent offender or career criminal. Finally, an Assistant Director of the FBI is the spokesperson on the case. Oh, please!

As a 30-year law enforcement veteran, I have always considered FBI administration to be an embarrassment. It appears they are now a disgrace as well as a threat to freedom.
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Concur. They mere threat is enough to stop the next guy.
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In 2012, the IRS launched sneak attacks on Obama's political enemies, libertarian Tea Partiers. In 2014, Holder's "Justice" Dept. and various Dem governors and AGs will silence conservatives with indictments.They were doing the same in Wis. to silence Walker's supporters. They got rid of Tom Delay, and Ted Stevens with fake law suits, they will use the same playbook. This time, they have NSA phone calls and emails to take down their enemies. Wonder what they will do in 2016.
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my neighbor's step-aunt makes $86 every hour on the internet . She has been laid off for ten months but last month her pay was $12147 just working on the internet for a few hours. look at this now.........
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No criminal case with only one charge is ever presented in the Southern District of New York with only an issue of $20,000. In the US Attorney's Office for the Central District of California (Los Angeles), no drug case is take without the minimum value of the case being $100k and in the USAO for the Southern District of New York that minimum is $200k. This is political persecution.
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We have already seen some of it, we will see much more, much, in the coming months. We may not have to concern ourselves with Hillary in 2016, and it is somewhat odd that she's low key about that. Obama thrice? I wouldn't bet the house against it. Forget the Constitution, he already has.
38 weeks ago
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Welcome to George Orwell's America. Freedom as we once knew it in the US is now officially over.
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starting to sound like the Korean system of 3 generations, to really get rid of political dissent.

But disgusting abuse of power, by a person that tells us that I have a pen and a phone, and if you don't agree with me, I will go around the law, because the press has my back, and the low info voters could care less because they prefer the bread and circus.
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One expects politicians to be a bit sleazy, dishonest, corrupt, self-serving, and, from time to time, abusive of their power. One also expects the press and media to act with integrity and to expose such things. In our time, the politicians haven't changed very much, but the press has. It now has a partisan agenda, and that agenda is corrupting the political process. This administration will be gone in three years. The press and media will still be with us. Houston, we have a problem, and it isn't the politicians.
38 weeks ago
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Shame on everybody for letting this happen. All of us.
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No kidding, Larry. If this article is as critical and angry as the new media gets over this matter, welcome to Soviet America.
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In 2008 when I and my partner decided to retire from police work we had a talk about Obama. He thought Obama would be like the others and the republicans would handle him. I knew better. I said "a bad man in a powerful position can do great harm. Not just what he can do. But for what he encourages others to do in his name." There has been an infiltration of like minded people in all aspects of our nation. Foe the most part they laid quiet waiting for a leader like them. Obama was their greenlight. The fundamental change is here. This is a historic opportunity. We can now stop asking the question about Germany from seventy years ago. "How could they have not known? Why didn't they do anything about it? THIS is how it happens. And someday, years from now you may be answering the same questions.
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The Soviet Union did not fall because of the War in Afghnaistan. It added stress to the system, but it probably was not enough.

The shelves in the stores were empty. there was so much graft and corruption. Gorbachev and other Russians looked at this and said this can't go on.

We very well could end up like the Soviets or the Germans. This is how it starts.
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The agencies and instrumentalities of the US Govt. are being used against us for political purposes. This course of conduct delegitimizes the US Govt. We are no longer citizens. We are subjects.
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Chinese wisdom: Kill one to warn a hundred. Kill the chicken to intimidate the monkey.
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