Friday, May 23, 2008

Authoritarian Rule under Wisconsin Attorney General Van Hollen

Wisconsin’s Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen had a rocky electoral road to office. For example, his...

Pro Gun, No Brain agenda: A flier from the Van Hollen campaign attributed this quote to Waukesha District Attorney Paul Bucher: "I would feel safer, in a perfect world, if there were no guns." Van Hollen, was pictured himself holding a dead deer on the campaign piece. Efforts to find its source were not successful.

War Against Liberal Agenda: In September 2005 Van Hollen successfully convicted Chai Vang of killing six deer hunters and wounded two others in Madison, even though he argued that Madison liberals might be more likely to go easy on Vang, or wouldn't understand deer hunting issues. Of course, lawyers and judges said such notions were simplistic.

Fear and War on Terror Agenda: J.B. Van Hollen said in a Capitol news
conference; "We have in Wisconsin terrorists who are training and raising funds.
We don't need to be paranoid, but we need to be vigilant." His conclusions were
based on information he had access to as U.S. attorney, but Mike Johnson, a
supervisory special agent for the Milwaukee FBI office said Van Hollen's comment
about the FBI were "completely inappropriate"

The Nonexistent Voter Fraud Agenda: Van Hollen wants to set up a special Justice Department unit to enforce state elections law and create teams to monitor the polls on Election Day.

As crazy as all this appears, Van Hollen won the confidence of the voters and swept the election. Would it surprise anyone that there are now problems in the AG’s office?

War On Wasted Taxpayer Money Agenda: On May 23, 2008, the Wisconsin State Journal reported “the head of the state Department of Justice's public integrity bureau was demoted just weeks after she questioned (in an email) whether Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen could legally receive taxpayer-funded security at the Republican National Convention in September.” As another conservative guardian against wasting taxpayer money, Van Hollen would be using state resources for his own personal political activities.

If that weren’t bad enough, sprinkle on this little falsehood; “the Attorney
Generals office said no determination has been made as to whether Van Hollen
will need taxpayer-paid security in Minneapolis during the GOP convention in
September.” (But) “an April 21 e-mail obtained by the State Journal and
not released by DOJ, (the demoted employee actually gave this order), ‘Agents
are to provide 24/7 security detail for the AG at the Republican National
Conference September 1-5."

Ouch! Guess that was a blatant lie from the AG’s office. These Republicans really are the “law and order Party.”

Note: All of this comes after the recent news that Van Hollen “demoted Carolyn Kelly, director of the special assignments bureau and state fire marshal, for sending e-mails he said threatened his staff. Earlier this year, Jim Warren, (long time) administrator of the Division of Criminal Investigation…was forced out and that his year under Van Hollen was "very difficult."

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