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Bush planned to fire all 93 US attorneys, not just 8

[A warm welcome to Red State's minuscule and demoralized readership. The teabags are over here. -- lambert]

Well, that should lay these rumors of discrimination to rest! And really, Abu G. was right on this "routine personnel matter," give him credit: After all, in corporate America, firing everybody is routine!

No, but seriously folks, why is that, no matter how hard I try, and I do try, I'm never cynical enough about the Bush administration? It's not the Mayberry Machiavellis, it's the Mayberry Sopranos! The mind reels. And the mind also reels that Pravda on the Potomac put this on A1, instead of burying it on A18:

The White House suggested two years ago that the Justice Department fire all 93 U.S. attorneys, a proposal that eventually resulted in the dismissals of eight prosecutors last year, according to e-mails and internal documents that the administration will provide to Congress today.

All 93? Oh. My. Fucking. Gawd. Where did they think they were going to find 93 replacements?

Hmmm, let me see... 50 states, 50 RNC chairs, plus 50 RNC assistants... Yeah, that's the ticket! And every one of those megachurches has a high-powered lawyer who knows how to keep his mouth shut to pay off the male hookers (Haggard 1:1) and deal with those pesky molestation eruptions....

Gonzales approved the idea of firing a smaller group of U.S. attorneys shortly after taking office in February 2005. The aide in charge of the dismissals -- his chief of staff, D. Kyle Sampson -- resigned yesterday, officials said, after acknowledging that he did not tell key Justice officials about the extent of his communications with the White House, leading them to provide incomplete information [lying] to Congress.

Nice of Sampson to fall on his sword like that. I'm sure he'll get "taken care of" in some winger think tank toot sweet. As soon as he gets out of jail, has his conversion to Christianity, does the book deal, etc.

So who, you may ask, originated this idea? To rephrase: What Good Soldier in the White House is going to give The Boy King plausible deniability on this one? Wait for it--

None other than Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers!

But the documents and interviews indicate that the idea for the firings originated at least two years ago, when then-White House counsel Harriet E. Miers suggested to Sampson in February 2005 that all prosecutors be dismissed and replaced.

Oh. My. Fucking. Gawd. Now we know why Bush nominated her! (And leave it to a nice (Republican) church-going (Republican) Sunday School teaching (Republican) Gawd-fearing (Republican) power slut lady from (Republican) Texas to make Richard Nixon look like a soft-hearted amateur dealer in half-measures. I mean, Nixon just fired an Independent Counsel, but nice-girl Harriet tried to fire all the prosecutors in the Federal government!

And why? What was the basis this "routine personnel matter"?

Sampson sent an e-mail to Miers in March 2005 that ranked all 93 U.S. attorneys. Strong performers "exhibited loyalty" to the administration; low performers were "weak U.S. attorneys who have been ineffectual managers and prosecutors, chafed against Administration initiatives, etc." A third group merited no opinion.

Loyalty? Um, that would be omerta, right?

And here are some precious little exchanges that show, from the inside, how a criminal authoritarian regime works:

Sampson also strongly urged bypassing Congress in naming replacements, using a little-known power slipped into the renewal of the USA Patriot Act in March 2006 that allows the attorney general to name interim replacements without Senate confirmation.

Remember Arlen Spector blaming his overzealous staff for this one? And better yet, the Justice guy who got the staffer to do it, Brett Tolman got himself a US District Attorney appointment!

"I strongly recommend that as a matter of administration, we utilize the new statutory provisions that authorize the AG to make USA appointments," [Sampson wrote in a Sept. 17 memo to Miers].

By avoiding Senate confirmation, Sampson added, "we can give far less deference to home state senators and thereby get 1.) our preferred person appointed and 2.) do it far faster and more efficiently at less political costs to the White House."

"Kyle thanks for this," Miers wrote back. "I have not forgotten I need to follow up on the info. But things have been crazy."

On the day of the Dec. 7 firings, Miers's deputy, William Kelley, wrote that Domenici's chief of staff "is happy as a clam" about Iglesias.

A week later, Sampson wrote: "Domenici is going to send over names tomorrow (not even waiting for Iglesias's body to cool)."

The documents also provide new details about the case of Griffin, a former Republican National Committee researcher who was named interim U.S. attorney in Little Rock in December.

E-mails show that Justice officials discussed bypassing the two Democratic senators in Arkansas, who normally would have had input into the appointment, as early as last August. By mid-December, Sampson was suggesting that Gonzales exercise his newfound appointment authority to put Griffin in place until the end of Bush's term.

"[I]f we don't ever exercise it then what's the point of having it?" Sampson wrote to a White House aide.

Well, I guess we're going to have to invert the old saying for these guys, eh? "Use it and lose it."

Have you ever worked in a corporation where big cuts are coming? I have. Word always leaks out, and word must have leaked out here.

As Krugman presciently pointed out, it's not the eight we have to worry about, it's what the rest, who stayed, had to do to hang onto their jobs.

So, it looks to me like the entire Justice Department needs a thorough cleaning, top to bottom, since I really don't know what else to call this episode but intimidation and a reign of terror, and the entire Department had to have been irremediably politicized. That means every case that the DOJ has brought over the undeath of the Bush administration is tainted.

Oversight, anyone?

NOTE I am so fucking proud to be part of the blogosphere today, because Josh Marshall is the one who lit the fuse on this story. The man really knows where to dig, and how to keep digging. TPM, FDL and, dare I say it, the rest of us C-listers really are changing the rules of the game.

UPDATE As Josh points out, there is certainly more to come:

And remember this key point: The 'document dump' is meant to get bad news out of the way fast. But it's always a hedge. It never includes the really bad stuff. And if you're not in deep crisis mode, ya' never do it on a Monday.

UPDATE Patrick Leahy gets Shrill:

“The White House and the Attorney General have dodged Congress’s questions and ducked accountability as if they still were dealing with a rubberstamp Congress. They are discovering that those days are gone.

“I am outraged that the Attorney General was less than forthcoming with the Senate while under oath before the Judiciary Committee. It is deeply disturbing that this plan appears to have originated from high-ranking officials at the White House and executed in secret with a complicit Department of Justice.

This is not how justice is served, nor is it how our system of checks and balances is designed to work. [I know what it's not. It's not Constitutional goverment. What is it?] It is an abuse of power committed in secret to steer certain outcomes in our justice system, and then to dust over the tracks. The President of the United States and the Attorney General are responsible for setting the moral standard for this Administration. Apparently this matter does not bother them but it does bother me, and we will summon whoever we need in our hearings to get to the bottom of this.”

Um, Senator, you're almost there. Senator Leahy, what is your plan to restore Constitutional government?

UPDATE As Josh warned, Bush's deep concern for "vote fraud"--detecting it, not committing it [snicker] is going to be the cover story, but we already know Bush's cover story is bogus. Fired U.S. Attorney John McKay:

Two machine counts initially declared [Republican] Rossi the winner. A third hand recount declared [Democrat] Gregoire the winner, by just 129 votes over Rossi.

Republicans sued in Chelan County Superior Court to have the vote declared invalid because of tabulation errors, improper ballots and alleged fraud.

McKay insists that top prosecutors in his office and agents from the FBI conducted a "very active" review of allegations of fraud during the election but filed no charges and did not convene a federal grand jury because "we never found any evidence of criminal conduct."

McKay detailed the work of his office in a recent interview. He spoke out because he believed Republican supporters of Dino Rossi, still bitter over his narrow loss to Democrat Christine Gregoire, continue to falsely portray him and his office as indifferent to allegations of electoral fraud.

McKay also wanted to make it clear that he pressed ahead with a preliminary investigation, despite the hesitation of Craig Donsanto, the longtime chief of the Election Crimes branch of the Department of Justice, who ultimately concurred with McKay that no federal crimes had been committed in the election.

"There should be no controversy at the Department of Justice, or anywhere else in the federal government, about how the 2004 election was reviewed," McKay said.

McKay's work on the 2004 election has become a national issue since he appeared last Tuesday at hearings into the Justice Department's firings of McKay and seven other U.S. attorneys in December. McKay testified that in late-2004 or early-2005 he received a call from Ed Cassidy, then chief of staff for Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., who asked about the status of ongoing investigations of voter fraud.

McKay testified that he immediately cut off the call, telling Cassidy it would be improper for him to discuss the status of any future investigations with Cassidy.

McKay also said that during a meeting last summer with former White House Counsel Harriet Miers and Deputy Counsel William Kelley, to discuss McKay's candidacy to become a federal judge, he was asked to explain why some Washington state Republicans believed he "mishandled" the 2004 governor's race.

McKay says he and four attorneys in his office worked closely with the FBI and the Department of Justice to monitor complaints of criminal wrongdoing.

McKay said that at the conclusion of the trial, Sullivan, Short, Ferbrache and others conducted a conference call with Foreman to see if there was any evidence of criminality that had not been introduced at the trial. "We left absolutely no stone unturned," McKay said. "We were assured by [Foreman] that he did not have any evidence."

Short confirmed the call, and its conclusions.

Foreman did not respond to calls seeking comment.

After the conclusion of the trial and the phone call with Foreman, neither the U.S. Attorney's Office nor the FBI received other credible evidence of federal crimes during the 2004 race.

Consequently, McKay said, "I moved on to other things."

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Submitted by chicago dyke on

there is just never enough.

i suppose i should thank bush for constantly testing my intellectual and imaginative limits. the last six years have been a real learning experience.

Submitted by [Please enter a... (not verified) on anyway. Our old friend John Solomon, formerly of the AP. A victim of Stockholm Syndrome for a good long while now and usually employed as a hatchet man for administration vendettas.

So does he know more than he's printing, and is sitting on it at his Master's orders? Or is this the one they knew was going to come out anyway so they gave him Inside Dope to help him convince his new employers that he had given up his evil robot ways?


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And, combined with Josh's comment on the absurdity of a Monday document dump, that makes me think that John Solomon's work was to suppress, rather than to reveal; IOW, that there is a lot more to this story than the hideousness we've already seen.

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That was Prince Namor's first comment on this matter, that the story was shaping to blame Harriet, who of course conveniently isn't around any more. And Jack Abramoff is floating around the edges of most of the cases the USA's were shut down just in advance of investigating too. So we bet the next name to scandalously be cited is Scooter Libby.

And the Clenis of course. The trolls are already mentioning Sandy Berger, but they're flailing badly on this one. Rove must be lawyering up big time to have failed to get the talking points blastfaxes out yet.

Hee hee. My heart bleeds for his distress, of course.

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Dear Congress:

Although I am glad to see you rushing in to protect our wrongly fired U.S. Attorneys, I must ask you - WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN? The very same political network, “good old boy clique,” that fired these attorneys, has been around for years attacking other federal government employees who dare to speak out against wrongdoing. Yet you, dear Congress, have done nothing to protect these brave souls who dare become National Security Whistleblowers.

Currently there is no real whistleblower protection for government employees on the front line of our national security (Border Patrol Agents, Customs Agents, Transportation Security Agents, etc.). Many of these government employees have endured wrongful firings, harassment, threats, and other retaliation on an enormous scale for simply doing the right thing. They have witnessed extreme instances of waste, fraud, abuse and corruption that they are required by law to report. For many of them, what they have witnessed are criminal acts by their mid-level and sometimes very high-level managers. If they don’t report these abuses, they the employees may be criminally charged with a felony (Misprision of Felony). Yet when they do the right thing, the whistleblowers are most certain to be severely retaliated against by the people benefiting from the wrongdoing.

Moreover, this has been documented and presented to Congress repeatedly by numerous organizations like The Government Accountability Project (GAP), the Project On Government Oversite (POGO), and the Patrick Henry Center. All three of these organizations list scores of National Security Whistleblowers that have testified repeatedly before Congress in different forums (e.g. the 911 Commission; the Blue Ribbon Commission; Whistleblower Counsel). Yet the Whistleblower Protection Act that was authored and sponsored by Senators Akaka and Grassley, and has passed the Senate, sits idle for months now on the House floor.

As you rush to protect these more powerful federal government employees (U.S Attorneys) who are often hand picked by their home state Senators, remember, there are others who have suffered much more because they have risks much more via the national security issues that they have reported. I doubt that these U.S. Attorneys will have to file bankruptcy because they are being “blackballed” by corrupt government officials, in the same way that National Security Whistleblowers do. I doubt that these U.S. Attorneys will fear the threats and intimidation to themselves and their families; repeated frivolous internal affairs investigations; the passing over of earned promotions, and numerous other tools that government managers have at their disposal to discredit whistleblowers and SHUT THEM UP.

Yet you, Congress, point the “Political Finger” at the folks who have fired these U.S. Attorneys, while you sit and allow much worse behavior to continue for others. Maybe someone should wave that same “Political Finger” back at themselves. Why is it that the U.S. Attorneys have been given preferential treatment over other government employees who, quite frankly, have put their necks much more on the line for this country than the U.S. Attorneys?

Don’t get me wrong, I’m sure that the firing of these attorneys is political, morally wrong, and perhaps illegal - BUT SO WHAT! Why are you rushing to their aid over the dead bodies of National Security Whistleblowers who were also government employees - and I do mean literally dead bodies. Numerous whistleblowers have had their lives so destroyed by doing the right thing, that they have died of heart problems due to stress, and/or have committed suicide. The whistleblower cases that I have witnessed, including my own, are much more egregious and appalling than what has happened to the U.S. Attorneys. One may conclude that the answer to this question is that U.S. Attorneys are simply more powerful in their positions, and can be of more assistance to Congress in said positions - hence fostering the notion that this sudden interest for Congress to protect them is merely POLITICAL! Therefore, while you waive the “Political Finger” at this administration for firing these attorneys, please take a close look in the mirror at the other end of that very same finger - which is pointing straight back at you! I would encourage you to provide protection to ALL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, not just the influential ones.


Darlene Fitzgerald
National Security Whistleblower & proud of it
Author: “BorderGate, the story the government doesn’t want you to read”

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over at the Gavel, pelosi's blog, they are reporting on this bill:

H.R. 985 - Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act of 2007
This bill strengthens protections for federal whistleblowers to prevent retaliation against those who report wrongdoing, waste, fraud, or abuse to authorities.

which thanks to this mess with gonzo, has a good chance of passing and not being vetoed.

if you'd like to post here, we'd welcome it. just register (over in sidebar) and you can put up a post. this is the sort of story the blogosphere is made for.

Submitted by lambert on

The old standby: Blame The Clenis.

Presidents do indeed replace DAs when they take office, and that's what Clinton did. That's customary practice.

What Presidents don't do, in the middle of their term, is fire attorneys who aren't "loyal," i.e., who don't do the political bidding of their masters. Or lie about it, for that matter, to Congress.


Although new presidents routinely fire holdover U.S. attorneys from the previous administration, prosecutors are usually allowed to stay on their jobs in presidents' second terms. Tradition holds that once U.S. attorneys are appointed and confirmed, they should be left alone to do their jobs without fear of political influence or repercussions from politically sensitive investigations.

"Due to the history, it would certainly send ripples through the U.S. attorney community if we told folks they got one term only. ...That said, if Karl thinks there would be political will to do it, then so do I," Sampson wrote in his Jan. 9, 2005, e-mail.

I love that "political will" part. The Triumph of the W!

Read the email that's coming out on this, and you'll see evern the White House operatives admitting that this was not usual at all, and wondering how to spin it.

Gotta give you guys credit though -- a complete lack of intellectual integrity doesn't stop you from propagating your winger memes successfully -- I just heard a "he said"/"she said" report on NPR that repeated your talking point. (No, I don't have time to do your research for you; find the links yourself.)

Dealing with assholes like you is so fucking wearing. Go gobble some, er, Cheetohs, wouldja?

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The whistleblower treatment of this criminal bunch is another mark against them. The truth is their enemy because they are determinedly committing crimes. Hiring practices also are increasingly by; giving temporary status, then while employee is in test period throwing at them the dirty tricks and seeing if they will do them, and needless to say if you don't do the dirt, your temporary status ends without your being hired.

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I see from all of the posts that it is easier to find 93 democrat lawyers than 93 republican ones. Well, is that a surprise.


Submitted by lambert on

I assume you were trying as hard as you could, Bill.

But it wasn't good enough.

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Dear Friends,

I need your help. My fellow whistleblower John Carman (former U.S. Customs officer) has been arrested on what I and others believe are "TRUMPED UP" charges to shut him up.
A very brave journalist, Bill Conroy, who has also been heavily retaliated against for covering our story, has mustered up the courage to cover this continuing, unbelievable story. Please go to the web site/link listed below and read. Then please help us by telling the world about this injustice. If we shine a bright enough light on
this, maybe we can help John. Please pass this e-mail along to everyone you know. For more information feel free to contact me @: (606) 310-0078. Thank you in advance for your
much needed help.

Darlene Fitzgerald
Former Special Agent
Author of "BorderGate, the story the government doesn't want
you to read"

Is former fed a kidnapper, or a whistleblower being framed?

National Security Whistleblower Darlene Fitzgerald, Author of "BorderGate, the story the government doesn't want you to read", will be a keynote speaker at the Whistleblower Week in Washington, D.C., May 13th through May 19th. Darlene has > also been selected to speak before a Congressional committee during this event. The event is sponsored by: The Government Accountability Project (GAP), The No Fear Coalition, The National Whistleblower Center, The Ethics in Government Group, and The American Civil Liberty Union, among others. Other keynote speakers include tobacco industry whistleblower and subject of the motion picture "The Insider" Jeffrey Wigand, PhD, FBI Whistleblower Colleen Rowley, Kanubhai R. Gandhi (grandson of Mahatma Gandi), and Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, Chairman of the No Fear Coalition. Also attending and speaking will be Senator Charles Grassley and Representative HenryWaxman. Additional speakers are yet to be announced. For more information, visit or You may also contact Darlene direct at: , (606) 310-0078, or

MEET FORMER SPECIAL AGENT DARLENE FITZGERALD, AUTHOR OF: “BorderGate, the story the government doesn’t want you to read.”
Darlene will be appearing at a book-signing event sponsored by Whistleblowers USA. The event will be at The Warehouse Arts Center, 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 783-3933, on May 14th, 2007, from 5-7pm. This will follow the live testimony of Darlene and others before a Congressional tribunal in support of the Whistleblower Protection Act.


On Monday, May 14th, 2007, former Special Agent Darlene Fitzgerald, Author of “BorderGate” spoke on Capital Hill. Fitzgerald described retaliation by her agency when she and her task force blew the whistle on corruption and gross mismanagement within the U.S. Customs Service. She detailed the terrorist threats created by this corruption, mismanagement and the lack of border and port security. “Twenty-five to forty tons of contraband entered the U.S. uninspected by anyone,” said Fitzgerald to a packed room. Fitzgerald ended her testimony by quoting the famous French free thinker Voltaire: “It is dangerous to be right when government is wrong.”

This was the beginning of Washington Whistleblower’s Week in Washington, D.C. in support of the Whistleblower Protection Act and the No Fear Act II. Both bills will result in tighter controls that will protect whistleblowers from abusive retaliation by their agencies and managers, and provide much needed government accountability. Whistleblowers and support organizations from all over the country gathered to submit their testimony before Congressional panels. The events were sponsored by The Government Accountability Project (GAP), The No Fear Coalition, the National Whistleblower Center, and many others. The press conference aired live on C-SPAN 3, and C-SPAN radio. The event was also covered by the Public Broadcast System, PBS (to be aired at a later time), The Hill Magazine, the Democratic Underground and numerous other news journals. Also present at this event was the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Democratic Congressman John Conyers who is now serving his 21st term in Congress along with Senator Charles Grassley and Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner.

On May 15th, Fitzgerald again gave live testimony before a Congressional Tribunal in support of legislation entitled “The No Fear Act - Two.” Fitzgerald stated, “After 20 years of combined law enforcement experience, in 1999 I resigned from my agency. I refused to work for an agency who had managers that were worse than the people I put in jail!” This modern day “Serpico” laid out chilling testimony of corruption and gross mismanagement that places us all at risk. Present on this panel were: Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee who sits on the Judiciary Committee; Rep. Albert R. Wynn; Tobacco industry whistleblower Jeffrey Wigand, Ph.D who’s own experience formed the basis for the motion picture “The Insider”; Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo, Founder of the No Fear Coalition; Former FBI Agent Michael Germain, representing the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and author of “Think like a Terrorist”; Tom Devine, Gap Legal Director; Joan Claybrook, President of the Senate Homeland Security Staff; Steve Kohn, President, National Whistleblower Center; Colleen Rowley, TIME Person of the Year and former FBI Agent; Susan Wood, former Director of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Bogdan Dzakovic, Former FAA Red Team Leader and whistleblower, just to name a few.

See attached photos

BY: Peter Ferrara and Attorney Austin Price


TAKE ACTION to ensure that S.274, the Senate whistleblower protection bill, keeps moving!
The Good News:
Last week, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs voted to approve S.274 and send it to the Senate floor for debate. S.274 is the Senate companion to the House bill H.R. 985. This legislation, if passed, would constitute an important and hard fought victory for Federal employees.
S.274 has thus far drawn significant bi-partisan support, and should it reach the Senate floor, is almost certain to pass with a veto-proof majority.
The Bad News:
After the vote, committee member Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) placed a hold on the legislation, which, unless lifted by Sen. Coburn, could effectively kill the bill.
This is a classic case of a Republican Senator carrying water for an administration which has already issued a veto threat to the House version of this bill. It is clear that the Bush Administration fears the type of effective oversight that S.274/H.R.985 would provide. Those in power desperately want to hold on to the current laws, because if these improvements to the whistleblower protection laws were to pass, it would give employees the courage to speak the truth about corruption and malfeasance that this administration has tried so hard to cover up.
What can we do?
Click here to Take Action by emailing your Senator to tell her/him how important S.274 is for Federal employees who wish to speak truth to power, but lack adequate protections to do so. Ask her/him to contact Sen. Coburn directly and persuade him to lift the hold he has placed on the bill.
Circulate this letter to your friends, colleagues, church groups, union offices, other public interest groups, and ANYONE who supports an employee’’s Freedom to Tell the Truth. It is imperative that we keep the pressure on the Senate to pass S.274, this term! Whistleblowers have waited long enough.

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Cindy Carman
Date Fri, 29 Jun 2007 16:08:50 -0400
Subject Please help John Carman, Federal Hero
Hello All,

I am requesting your help in a family matter that also effects every one of us in this country.

My brother, John Carman, a Federal Hero, and person who has stood up against corruption and wrong doings of the Department of Customs, has been detained on trumped up charges against him to assure his further silence. He has been incarcerated since March 16, 2007.

John has always taken the protection of the American public at heart and used his capabilities to protect US citizens from exposure to drugs, criminal activities, and terrorists that are intent on harming us here in the United States of America.

Our future, and children are at risk due to the
corruption that exists at the border witnessed by many government employees. Trucks/vehicles loaded with illegal drugs are allowed to pass by without inspection, and computer data is manipulated or erased.

I am certain that most people can relate to the
negative effects of illegal drugs on friends and
family members, or at least to be aware of the
destructive effects on society from illegal drug usage and criminal activities associated with it.

John has stood tall and strong to fight against
injustice and corruption. His battle has been a
difficult and lonely one. The true cowards and
criminals are the ones that are allowing this
corruption to continue, and the ones that are directly involved due to their own greed for material wealth.

Now, due to others standing up and bringing this issue to notice, we are seeing more and more people stand up and speak out. It is most important to remove fear from our hearts and to use our voices for the well-being of humanity, and to assure our freedoms.

If we allow corrupt persons with power and influence to silence the brave, our personal freedom is in jeopardy.

If we can not speak out against evil and corruption, then we will fail ourselves, our youth, and our world.

My current concern is that John is released from
prison. I would be so pleased if you would forward this information on to others and throughout the power of the internet to connect in your way to see that this issue is investigated.

Please see the enclosed link and to make a call to the House Judiciary Committee at (202) 225-3951. Simply give them your name and phone number and request that they investigate the Darlene Fitzgerald "BorderGate" issue and specifically, the imprisonment of John

I love you all dearly, and give my thanks and prayers for a positive resolution to this issue.


Cindy Carman

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Before accepting the uncorroborated allegations of those who claim whistleblower status, it is always wise to do some independent research.

Ms. Fitzgerald, author of border gate and US Customs Badge of Dishonor makes some pretty serious accusations concerning a case she once worked involving a rail car load of marihuana and cocaine. Ms. Fitzgerald would have the reader believe that some nefarious group of Customs Service employees "torpedoed" the case causing it to be shut down prematurely. The facts are totally different. On her website Ms. Fitzgerald has made available copies of depositions of Customs Manager made in the course of her lawsuit against the Department of Treasury. Those deposition show that the reason the rail car investigation was shut down was because the database maintained by the railroad showed that the railcar was being detained by US Customs. After spending days on surveillance of the railcar, the Customs managers decided that the intended recipients of the railcar had probably accessed the database and discovered the Customs hold. A decision was made to terminate the surveillance and further investigation resulted in the arrest of an individual who subsequently cooperated with the government. Sometimes things just go wrong. If one reads Ms. Fitzgerald's book and her website one can quickly discover that the apparent reason for her problems with the government were not EEO or corruption related - but revolved around the her perception that her supervisors had not assigned her a vehicle which she wanted, her perception that her supervisors were discriminating against her because she was a female, the failure of her supervisors to put her in for a monetary award which she felt she deserved, and her failure to be promoted.

The depositions that Ms. Fitzgerald had posted, show that she was regarded by management as a mediocre employee with not much productivity.

A jury apparently felt the same way as they found for the government.

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Modern Day Serpico, Darlene Fitzgerald, testifies in the John Carman criminal case. Carman, a former U.S. Customs Inspector turned Whistleblower, was arrested on what appears to be TRUMPED UP charges by the San Diego FBI. This arrest was suspiciously just weeks prior to Carman’s anticipated testimony before Congress in support of much needed Whistleblower Legislation. Both Carman and Fitzgerald had blown the whistle not only on corruption in Custom’s management, but on the San Diego FBI as well for not investigating said corruption (see and the below news link for more).

KGTV Report on John's Trial

You can read and view the news coverage of John's trial on the link below:
There is also a video on the web page.

Remember, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere!” Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr.