Journalists, pls defend political speech; I’ll help write the editorial

[ UPDATE: State Journal editorial czar Scott Milfred responds: “Thanks, Dave. Our editorial board is still digesting the latest and lengthy John Doe doings, and may editorialize next week.” ]

To: John Smalley, editor, and Scott Milfred, editorial page editor, Wisconsin State Journal
To: George Stanley, editor, and David Haynes, editorial page editor, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel  

Gentlemen, this is important:

A taxpayer-supported government agency based in Madison WI used its police powers to investigate the political activity of the citizenry in violation of First Amendment guarantees of free speech. Who says the Constitution was violated? A circuit court judge (Judge James Peterson) who stopped the searches, the WI Supreme Court who stopped the investigation, and the U.S. Supreme Court (in refusing to overturn the state court). Now the attorney general of the State of Wisconsin has found, contrary to the headline in the 12-7-17 State Journal, that a crime WAS committed.

Attorney General Schimel’s report, page 77: “The Leak Was a Crime.” What’s more, former Government Accountability Board personnel continue to withhold evidence, frustrating the DOJ from bringing charges.

The whole enterprise was foul. Pre-dawn police raids with battering rams at the ready. Children held incommunicado while police rummaged through the house. Hundreds of thousands of documents sized, including private tax records and medical conversations b/w mother and daughter. Much of that personal information stored carelessly under computer folders marked “Opposition Research.” Radio and print journalists monitored; a dossier compiled on them. The victims enjoined from complaining at the risk of police reprisal.

Attorney General Schimel wrote what we in the newspaper business (in my misspent youth) would call the Nut Graph:

The Department of Justice 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.

However you may feel about campaign finance reporting, one must concede that this so-called “cure” is worse than any disease.

Please disprove former GAB chief legal counsel Shane Falk’s belief that the citizens of Wisconsin are “sheeple.” This is your opportunity to get on the right side of history, to assert that the Constitution’s protections extend beyond the newspaper office to the rest of the citizenry. Yes, even to white, middle class Republicans.

I have appealed to you publicly here (Blogge of 12-7-18). Now I appeal directly through this e-mail. Please tell me when we can expect to read your denunciation of the speech police and this McCarthyite chapter in Wisconsin’s history.

— David Blaska

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18 Responses to Journalists, pls defend political speech; I’ll help write the editorial

  1. madisonexpat says:

    Progs don’t mind this muddy jack boot print on our Constitution because it was aimed at Scot Walker. Nothing to see here ABob assures us. the Washington Party bet the ranch that Hillary was gonna win and the deplorable sheeple said no. Now the utter corruption of the Obama regime is made manifest. The Left, in Wisconsin as in Washington has politicized everything and corrupted it.
    And this is the Obama Legacy. If Loretta Lynch was AG we would know none of this. We would not know the DOJ and the FBI were weaponized against political foes. We would not know that the Intelligence Community was equally corrupted.
    The winning has just begun.


  2. Tom Paine says:

    The brief “discussion” of Schimel’s report on WPR this morning was embarrassing. I was shocked to listen to a UW history prof’s (Sharpless) comments.

    Better remedy, I think, is for some conservative DA to use the creative “arm of the law” to investigate possible Russian Commie Collusion with Democrats to influence our state elections. Root-out all the self-professed Marxists in the UW System. Pre-dawn raids are needed to secure hard drives, back-ups, and research notes. The Russian effort to dominate the educational bureaucracy is their strategy to manipulate state election outcomes. We must get to the bottom of “this.” After all, Chuckie and Senator Warner have duly warned us!


  3. Gary L. Kriewald says:

    (From the sidebar) “You have to believe in magic to think this [GOP’s decision to endorse Moore] is going to end well for Republicans.” I’m betting there’s more magic in the ol’ top hat than some might think. Remember the spasm of pearl-clutching and the unanimous opinion of the opinion-makers in the MSM that Trump was finished after the release of the Access Hollywood tape? The sacrificing of a few Congressional lambs–and the odd “icon”–for the greater good (the takedown of Trump) is just the latest in a series of failed strategies, wishful thinking, and desperate measures on the part of Dems.

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  4. coolkevs says:

    Well, lookie there, Beverly Nelson (Gloria Allred protege) just admitted that there were some additions to the yearbook by Nelson’s hand. Is there such a thing as a partial forgery? Now, that’s what I call a stain, but it isn’t on the Republicans.


  5. Batmanlearnstofly says:

    “Oh, yeah. She added his title and the location. That COMPLETELY undercuts his predation and later assault.”

    How do you know what you assert is true and accurate?


  6. balboa says:

    Now we know what the Wisconsin Democrats were doing in Illinois during the Act 10 enactment hoopla. They were meeting to figure out a way to turn Wisconsin Politics into Illinois Politics. John Doe 1 2 and 3, strikes you are out. Thug tactics against the party that removed the automated unions dues going directly to Democrat coffers. Thank you Scott Walker and state Republicans for continued pressure on these thugs. Keep exposing these thugs and keep on winning elections.

    WI is Great Again.


  7. madisonexpat says:

    When its all smoke and no fire its called a smoke screen.
    Since when did middle class well being require corrupt, Democrat (pardon the redundancy) prosecutors trampling God given rights to overthrow a duly elected governor? Or president for that matter? Disbar them. Make them subject to civil suits.


    • AnonyBob says:

      Sorry, no executive is above the law, no matter how authoritarian you like them. If they break the law, they should be prosecuted. Too bad we’ll never know the conclusion of short-circuited Walker investigation. We can hold out hope for the Constitution and the rule of law when it comes to Trump (so far).
      And “God given rights”? We’re not a theocracy. Yet.


      • David Blaska says:

        Bob, read for comprehension. The courts have ruled that the “theory” under which John Doe 2 and double secret John Doe 3 were conducted is faulty; that is, the thing they were investigating was never a crime.


      • AnonyBob says:

        Yes, the GOP partisan Supreme Court ended the investigation. The “theory” was illegal actions under established campaign law, before the court ruled that theory wasn’t illegal. Those actions had been, and were commonly observed by campaigns, until that hack ruling.


      • madisonexpat says:

        Baloney. The Clintons are (were?) above the sexual assault, perjury (oops, got caught once) conflict of interest, bribery, classified documents gross negligence, emoluments etc. etc.
        GAB prosecutions against political foes was lawfare to overthrow Scott Walker. Collusion, real or imagined isn’t a crime either.
        And yes we are endowed by our creator to life, liberty and our pursuit of happiness. I think that is even written down somewhere.


      • AnonyBob says:

        “Yeah, but the Clintons…” blah, blah, blah. Deflection, and irrelevant. You are correct, though, collusion is not a crime (outside of the court of public opinion). That’s why the Trump coterie are facing and pleading to so many other charges. Walker is a corrupt GOP politician (pardon the redundancy) who was only saved by WMC-bought justices from a bi-partisan investigation.


  8. madisonexpat says:

    Merry Christmas ABob et al,
    All your stockings hung with care. They read: electoral college, Russian hacking, emoluments, collusion, Muellar, tax returns etc.
    Too bad there’s nothing but coal in all of them.


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