[ 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:
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