It’s not “sad”, it’s terrifying

There is the IRS which is a scandal that is now just seen as part of the American way of life and has been part of the background scene in the US for almost two years. And there is a president who is doing everything he can to allow Iran to build nuclear weapons. And now there is this:

“It’s a matter of life or death.”

That was the first thought of “Anne” (not her real name). Someone was pounding at her front door. It was early in the morning — very early — and it was the kind of heavy pounding that meant someone was either fleeing from — or bringing — trouble.

“It was so hard. I’d never heard anything like it. I thought someone was dying outside.”

She ran to the door, opened it, and then chaos. “People came pouring in. For a second I thought it was a home invasion. It was terrifying. They were yelling and running, into every room in the house. One of the men was in my face, yelling at me over and over and over.”

It was indeed a home invasion, but the people who were pouring in were Wisconsin law-enforcement officers. Armed, uniformed police swarmed into the house. Plainclothes investigators cornered her and her newly awakened family. Soon, state officials were seizing the family’s personal property, including each person’s computer and smartphone, filled with the most intimate family information.

Why were the police at Anne’s home? She had no answers. The police were treating them the way they’d seen police treat drug dealers on television.

In fact, TV or movies were their only points of reference, because they weren’t criminals. They were law-abiding. They didn’t buy or sell drugs. They weren’t violent. They weren’t a danger to anyone. Yet there were cops — surrounding their house on the outside, swarming the house on the inside. They even taunted the family as if they were mere “perps.”

As if the home invasion, the appropriation of private property, and the verbal abuse weren’t enough, next came ominous warnings.

Don’t call your lawyer.

Don’t tell anyone about this raid. Not even your mother, your father, or your closest friends.

The entire neighborhood could see the police around their house, but they had to remain silent. This was not the “right to remain silent” as uttered by every cop on every legal drama on television — the right against self-incrimination. They couldn’t mount a public defense if they wanted — or even offer an explanation to family and friends.

Yet no one in this family was a “perp.” Instead, like Cindy, they were American citizens guilty of nothing more than exercising their First Amendment rights to support Act 10 and other conservative causes in Wisconsin. Sitting there shocked and terrified, this citizen — who is still too intimidated to speak on the record — kept thinking, “Is this America?”

No, it’s Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia or any common garden totalitarian regime. But on Instapundit, where I found this, the comment begins:

Sadly, it is America, as controlled by a liberal/progressive agenda that inanely believes that conservatives who “coordinate” their political messages are somehow subverting the democratic process (rather than actually furthering it). [My bolding]

This is not “sad”. It is terrifying.

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49 Responses to It’s not “sad”, it’s terrifying

  1. Roger

    Steyn puts it in the larger context of the corruption of American republicanism.

  2. .

    This is worse than Watergate.

    Absolutely appalling, utterly criminal and the beginning of tyranny.

    Words fail to describe the seriousness of this heavy handed and illegal approach to government.

    Obama and his cronies ought to be impeached, tried, convicted, removed from office, fined, gaoled and live out their days after incarceration in infamy and be stripped of titles, benefits and legacies.

    For the republic, may she live long.

  3. Badjack

    I now understand the right (and now need) for every American to bear arms.

  4. Rabz

    I now understand the right (and now need) for every American to bear arms.

    What’s the point if you’ve got an army of trigger happy goons bashing down your front door?

  5. Mike of Marion

    Tel posted on this matter on the OT some hours ago

    Tel
    #1661645, posted on April 21, 2015 at 8:04 am
    Hidden story behind Governor Walker and the union thugs of Wisconsin.
    http://weaselzippers.us/221233-wisconsins-shame-i-thought-it-was-a-home-invasion/

  6. stevem

    Most times the original linked article contains nothing more of relevance to the discussion. In this case the linked article contains the most horrifying parts of the story and is a must read.

  7. Old School Conservative

    The right for citizens to bear arms is not having any effect on the actions of Government bodies. They simply ramp up to bigger armouries.

  8. Pedro the Ignorant

    There are many more armed law abiding citizens in the US that there are armed uniformed thugs.

    This will not end well.

  9. Ellen of Tasmania

    In this case the linked article contains the most horrifying parts of the story and is a must read

    More from the first link:

    “For dozens of conservatives, the years since Scott Walker’s first election as governor of Wisconsin transformed the state — known for pro-football championships, good cheese, and a population with a reputation for being unfailingly polite — into a place where conservatives have faced early-morning raids, multi-year secretive criminal investigations, slanderous and selective leaks to sympathetic media, and intrusive electronic snooping.

    Yes, Wisconsin, the cradle of the progressive movement and home of the “Wisconsin idea” — the marriage of state governments and state universities to govern through technocratic reform — was giving birth to a new progressive idea, the use of law enforcement as a political instrument, as a weapon to attempt to undo election results, shame opponents, and ruin lives.”

    If this technocratic bullying shuts down opposition, then we can expect it to spread – far and fast.

  10. C.L.

    Chisholm is a criminal and ought to jailed.

  11. rich

    Note also that state troopers were called to bring in democrats who had fled the statehouse to boycott the vote, and to be charged with contempt. It’s a pretty ugly saga, and perhaps bodes the future of Australia if similar lines of disagreement continue.

    Indeed, seems that John Chisholm, the district attorney, has set up a Star Chamber to use the machinery of the state against the Republicans. Horrifying.

  12. RMR

    Isn’t ICAC in NSW heading down the same path but more slowly.

    All of which reinforces the need to protect our freedom.

  13. And who thinks it’ll get better under Clinton?

    When people are attached to and can only see avenues of recourse through their chosen political faction they can often become blind to other options.

    For the republic to survive Americans themselves need to crash the parties and quite literally take their rights and republic back.

  14. tomix

    . #1661691, posted on April 21, 2015 at 10:01 am
    This is worse than Watergate.

    Weak analogy there. Nixon, was loyal to his staff, and there is argument as to the real purpose of the burglary, to this day.
    A better analogy might be A. Mitchell Palmer’s Red Scare during the 2nd Wilson Admin., or the internment of Japanese U.S. citizens in the 40s.

  15. .

    I did not make an analogy.

    Watergate was the elites ripping each other off.

    This is the elites attacking some elites and also grass roots movements and attacking those persons involved at an individual level.

    Both were done illegally and as an abuse of power.

    This is worse than Watergate and deserves swift and brutal retribution.

  16. Coastal Bomber

    Couldn’t happen here? Ask the Essendon players.

  17. Unbelievable. A dozen armed cops, battering rams…you would think they were taking down the Branch Davidians, not a conservative soccer Mum. It’s the process though not the outcome; scare the crap out of people and most will eventually shut their mouths.

  18. Ellen of Tasmania

    This is worse than Watergate and deserves swift and brutal retribution.

    Again, from the first link:

    “In international law, the Western world has become familiar with a concept called “lawfare,” a process whereby rogue regimes or organizations abuse legal doctrines and processes to accomplish through sheer harassment and attrition what can’t be accomplished through legitimate diplomatic means. …

    Governors come and go. Statutes are passed and repealed. Laws and elections are important, to be sure, but the rule of law is more important still. And in Wisconsin, the rule of law hangs in the balance — along with the liberty of citizens.

    No need to wonder anymore how people became so brainwashed and subjugated by their overlords in other times and places.

  19. Rudiau

    I now understand the right (and now need) for every American to bear arms.

    Pew first: Gun rights top gun control in major public opinion shift.

  20. Roger

    It’s the process though not the outcome; scare the crap out of people and most will eventually shut their mouths.

    As someone observes in the report, “the process is the punishment.” Even if this is all thrown out by a higher court, which seems highly likely in this case, the family has been punished.

    The best hope for countering this political gangsterism is exposure of it by those parts of the American press which remain free and intellectually committed to liberty – that and grass roots activism.

  21. . “People came pouring in. For a second I thought it was a home invasion. It was terrifying. They were yelling and running, into every room in the house. One of the men was in my face, yelling at me over and over and over.”
    It was indeed a home invasion, but the people who were pouring in were Wisconsin law-enforcement officers. Armed, uniformed police swarmed into the house. Plainclothes investigators cornered her and her newly awakened family. Soon, state officials were seizing the family’s personal property, including each person’s computer and smartphone, filled with the most intimate family information.

    Every society has their own SS and Gestapo types. Now it’s the US turn to examine its own soul. Inshallah, they will pass this test. But it’s not guaranteed.

  22. thefrollickingmole

    People need to be jailed over this, no “i was only following orders” shit either.
    Top to bottom jail time.
    Anything less and the message has been sent its open season on individuals.

  23. HRT

    I thought Lois Lerner had quit.

  24. Leigh Lowe

    Couldn’t happen here? Ask the Essendon players.

    Interesting that yesterday we had two Government bodies – ASADA and ICAC in NSW – spitting the dummy over results in properly constituted courts/tribunals. In the case of ASADA it was an AFL Tribunal comprising two respected retired judges and a practicing barrister, and in the case of ICAC it was the High Court, no less.
    Both need a good hard whack with the democracy and due process stick, particularly ICAC.
    FMD! …. They were demanding – not requesting, demanding – that Baird effectively increase their powers, so they could pursue more flights of fancy.
    Hopefully he escalates and issues a ‘show cause’ as to why the whole lot of them shouldn’t be given the arse for incompetence (at best) or corrupt abuse of power (at worst).
    Of course he won’t, for fear that they will accuse him of accepting the fifth ‘loyalty’ coffee free from his local cafe, or asking a Harvey Norman salesman if he could knock $100 of the list price of a flat screen plasma.

  25. C.L.

    Weak analogy there. Nixon, was loyal to his staff, and there is argument as to the real purpose of the burglary, to this day.

    Good point.

    Watergate was a legitimate national security op.

    Daniel Ellsberg was a straight-out traitor.

  26. Baldrick

    It could have been worse. If ‘Anne’ was caught smoking in park or near a school, she might not have made it out alive.

  27. duncanm

    Isn’t ICAC in NSW heading down the same path but more slowly.

    exactly my thoughts..
    if the Cuneen case had failed, ICAC would be able to chase people who (examples from the high court no less):
    – steal a public authority’s garbage truck
    – lie to a police officer
    – evade any form of state tax or revenue

  28. duncanm

    oh – and here’s why Chisholm will get away with it…

    Nearly 50 elected district attorneys from around Wisconsin have declined a request by a conservative group to investigate the Milwaukee County prosecutor

    http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/nearly-50-das-decline-to-investigate-chisholm-in-john-doe-b99376883z1-280219202.html

  29. Chris M

    Obama and his cronies ought to be impeached, tried, convicted

    Like all clever crooks and king drug dealers you will never find a link to the top. The minions are there to do the work and take the fall if necessary.

  30. Leigh Lowe

    exactly my thoughts..
    if the Cuneen case had failed, ICAC would be able to chase people who (examples from the high court no less):
    – steal a public authority’s garbage truck
    – lie to a police officer
    – evade any form of state tax or revenue

    Yes, I just read Janet Albrechtsen’s article in the Oz, which cited two of those examples (lying to police and filling out a dodgy tax return).
    She observes that, as soon as the ICAC brief told the beak that he considered these to be legitimate ICAC lines of enquiry, the ICAC case started to take on water faster than the Titanic.
    Janet also raises another point about ICAC which has a clear parallel with ASADA. That is, that ICAC has absolute control over witnesses and what they can say publicly to defend themselves (ie nothing), whilst simultaneously leaking investigation details to the press (Fairfax in particular).
    As she asks … how is the ICAC investigation progressing into these leaks (which are clearly corrupt behavior in contravention of the ICAC Act)?
    It would be interesting if Baird asked ICAC to report to Parliament tomorrow and the progress of the leak investigation.
    “Oh? You haven’t even started? Why not?”

  31. Rabz

    (lying to police and filling out a dodgy tax return)

    Bugger – the garbage truck sounded like the most interesting of the three.

  32. Alfonso

    Gotta luv the new Vic police shirts. Black like , say, the SS. For intimidation or just a fashion statement?

  33. tomix

    CFMEU are now flying black flags on their Brisbane tower cranes.

  34. Anne

    Pedro the Ignorant 10:39 am

    There are many more armed law abiding citizens in the US that there are armed uniformed thugs.

    This will not end well.

    I predict thousands of simultaneous, Islamic terror attacks before the Presidetial election next year.

    Civil war will ensue. This will be the pretext for Obama to declare Martial Law, suppress the citizenry and remove their weapons.

    A storm is coming.

  35. Yobbo

    Americans are far more likely to be killed by a cop than by an islamic terrorist.

  36. I Am the Walras, Equilibrate and Price Take

    Welcome back Yobbo. You’re sorely missed.

  37. Nanuestalker

    You’re sorely missed.

    LOL!

  38. johanna

    Yobbo
    #1661954, posted on April 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Americans are far more likely to be killed by a cop than by an islamic terrorist.

    For the sake of Americans, let’s hope it stays that way.

  39. Anne

    Yobbo
    #1661954, posted on April 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm
    Americans are far more likely to be killed by a cop than by an islamic terrorist.

    Thugs maybe Yobbo, not marathon runners.

    At any rate I suspect the devout Muslims are about to up the ante significantly.

    According to the Ikhwan ‘s own documents – All out confrontation with the West is scheduled for 2016.

  40. tomix

    If you’ve just been shot dead, what difference does it make that it wasn’t an Islamic terrorist.

  41. Eyrie

    A now sadly deceased friend of mine from California used to call the USA “The United Snakes of America”.

    He reckoned it was finished over 15 years ago.

  42. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    I am actually quite surprised that neither Chisholm nor his corrupt judge accomplice have not been executed yet by the Constitutionalists, whose discipline in adhering to their ‘we do not fire the first shot’ policy is proving quite remarkable.

  43. Brian of Moorabbin

    Gotta luv the new Vic police shirts. Black like , say, the SS.

    Actually they are navy blue, just like the jumpers worn by the Carlton Football Club.

    But hey, don’t let the facts get in the way of (yet another) anti-police rant….

  44. vlad

    If anyone tells you “don’t call your lawyer” – call your lawyer, fast!

  45. If anyone tells you “don’t call your lawyer” – call your lawyer, fast!

    +1

  46. If anyone tells you “don’t call your lawyer

    Most Joe & Joanne Average middle class house+2 kids don’t have a “your” lawyer.

    Heck, most wouldn’t know where to start looking for one.

  47. alexis

    If anyone tells you “don’t call your lawyer” – call your lawyer, fast!

    Yes, I didn’t understand that either. Apparently these people didn’t tell anyone at all except the journalist? I would be calling absolutely anyone I knew who I thought could help including MPs and journalists (on the record).

    If you don’t call a lawyer how do you know you don’t have the right to call a lawyer?

  48. Most Joe & Joanne Average middle class house+2 kids don’t have a “your” lawyer the assets to engage in Lawfare with the state, and no one is going to pick up the tab for them. The State wins by outlasting the peasants. You could try doing the Highway Sniper thing, but targeted against the ones that are persecuting you. That way though, you will lose everything including your life. Mind you, how many midnight raids by ‘Law Enforcement SWAT Teams’ have done that anyway?

  49. Luke

    Well considering how successful (and the complete lack of consequences when caught) liberals/Democrats in America have been at using government powers and institutions to further their grip on power I expect there will only be more of this.

    You can see why they want honest citizens disarmed, because they know where this is going to end up.

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