Krieger Rants "Washington D.C. Is Swarming With Unaccountable Parasites"

Authored by Mike Krieger via Liberty Blitzkrieg blog,

In theory, Americans should be proud of their national capital and all the important work that gets done there. In theory.

In reality, our nation’s capital is an utter cesspool of self-serving, unethical and unaccountable parasites. We all know it and, even worse, it’s probably a hundred times more grotesque than we can imagine. A distressingly high number of people attracted to this swamp don’t go there to do good public work or help the American people. They go in order to enrich themselves at our expense.

A particularly degenerate strain of D.C. cretin is the lobbyist. These people swarm into Washington to influence the purse-strings of the U.S. government and funnel as much American treasure as possible in the direction of their clients, including Wall Street oligarchs, defense contractors and barbaric foreign monarchies like Saudi Arabia. We’re told that Washington D.C. exists specifically to protect and benefit the American public, yet the average citizen is the one constituency which has virtually no actual representation there. Helping the vulnerable doesn’t pay very well.

Over the past couple of days, I’ve be reading political stories describing the “beltway buzz” in the aftermath of the Paul Manafort and Rick Gates indictments. I’ve found these articles quite instructive. The common theme is that hordes of the shady crooks who operate in D.C., and add absolutely zero value to society, are panicking that their gravy train of legalized corruption may be coming to an end.

To see what I mean, let’s examine two recently published articles. First from Politico:

Washington lobbyists who represent foreign powers have taken comfort for decades in the fact that the Justice Department rarely goes after them for potentially breaking the law. That all changed on Monday.

The two-tier justice system works quite nicely for D.C. crooks.

The news of Tony Podesta’s resignation from his namesake firm and indictment of Paul Manafort and Rick Gates sent K Street scrambling, as lobbyists rushed to make sure they’re in compliance with the rules. The developments also renewed calls for Congress to pass legislation beefing up the Justice Department’s enforcement of the law, which lawmakers in both parties have derided for lacking teeth.


“Firms are going to be even more careful than they have been in the past in the foreign lobbying arena,” said Trent Lott, the former Senate majority leader who’s now a lobbyist at Squire Patton Boggs, where his foreign clients have included Saudi Arabia and Turkey.


Prosecutions of violations of the Foreign Agents Registration Act — which requires lobbyists who represent foreign governments, political parties and other groups seeking to influence American foreign policy to register with the Justice Department — are rare. And it’s not clear whether the Justice Department will follow special counsel Robert Mueller’s lead and start cracking down on foreign lobbying violations.


The DOJ unit dedicated to enforcing FARA is small, and has focused in the past on prodding lobbyists to comply with the law voluntarily, rather than going after them by pressing criminal charges. Mueller’s willingness to indict Manafort and Gates instead of just hounding them to file has struck fear into lobbyists that they could be next.

If you’re a D.C. power player, you get asked politely to follow the law. Must be nice.

“It used to be [that the Justice Department would work with you to become compliant,” said another foreign lobbyist, who also spoke on condition of anonymity. “Now there’s a fear that they’ll just prosecute you.”

Oh, the horror. They might “just prosecute you” like a common peasant.

But the bar for criminal prosecution is high. Under the law, prosecutors can go after lobbyists only for willful violation of the law — a tough standard to prove.


“Policy makers are here to serve the interests of the American people, so we need to know when someone is pushing the priorities of a foreign interest,” Grassley said in a statement. “Unfortunately, we’ve seen time and again how lobbyists of foreign principals skirt existing disclosure laws to conceal their clients’ identities and agendas.”


But Lott said he wouldn’t hold his breath waiting for Congress to pass the legislation, especially with President Donald Trump still pushing to move a tax reform bill by the end of the year.


“There’s not much of anything happening right now in Congress, to be perfectly frank,” Lott said.

Of course not. Criminals run the place and they’re not going to prosecute themselves.

Now let’s turn to a few nuggets from a similarly themed BuzzFeed piece:

WASHINGTON – The threat of serving hard time for failing to disclose foreign lobbying work is rattling Washington’s multi-billion dollar influence industry following Monday’s 12-count indictment against Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy, Rick Gates.


And although the charges have largely been seen as a blow to the White House, Monday’s actions by special prosecutor Robert Mueller also sent shivers down the spines of Washington’s lobbyists, both Democrats and Repulicans.


“It’s a swampy place, and the swampy stink knows no partisan allegiance,” said one senior Democratic congressional aide.


A September 2016 report by the Justice Department’s inspector general identified a series of problems with how DOJ had handled FARA cases in the past. There was disagreement within the department about what types of cases should be prosecuted, the inspector general’s office found, and the FBI felt DOJ attorneys were slow in reviewing FARA cases and reluctant to sign off on criminal charges.


The report also found that the FBI and local federal prosecutors reported feeling frustrated at being overruled by attorneys from the National Security Division about cases that they believed were worth pursuing.

Hold on a minute, what the heck is the “National Security Division” and why is it preventing rank and file FBI agents from prosecuting criminal lobbyists?

So that’s how the law works for D.C. lobbyists. Let’s now examine what happens if you’re a protester who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time during Donald’s Trump inauguration.

What follows are some very disturbing excerpts from a must read article published in The NationThe Prosecution of Inauguration-Day Protesters Is a Threat to Dissent:

Late next month, the first mass trial will be held for some of the roughly 200 people facing years—or even decades—in prison after being arrested during an anti-capitalist, anti-fascist protest that took place on the day of Donald Trump’s inauguration. The “J20” cases, as they are known, offer a glimpse at the treatment of dissent in this country, and the story they tell is one of overreach and criminalization. Defense lawyers have described the government’s approach as “unprecedented,” its indictments as “littered with fatal irremediable defects.” Sam Menefee-Libey of the DC Legal Posse, a group of activists who provide support to the defendants, was more blunt, criticizing the cases as “blatant political prosecutions” designed to “chill resistance.”


The story of the J20 protesters should frighten anyone concerned about the future of both free assembly and dissent in the United States. The charges—which include felony rioting, inciting or urging others to riot, conspiracy to riot, and property destruction—all stem from the same mass arrest, during which police indiscriminately swept up protesters, journalists, and legal observers. What makes the charges all the more troubling is that prosecutors then failed to allege that the bulk of defendants did anything specifically unlawful; rather, merely being at the protest was a crime.


A case in point: The prosecution charged all of the defendants (at one point numbering 214) with breaking the same windows. Prosecutors, of course, know that 200 people cannot break the same windows. But the logic of the case dictates that the defendants’ mere presence at a protest during which property damage occurred makes them guilty…


Few people dispute that property destruction took place during the march. Some individuals smashed windows, including those of a Bank of America branch and a limousine; prosecutors allege that there was more than $100,000 in property damage and that six police officers received minor injuries. Where things get thorny is that many of the people who have been charged did not commit property damage or violence but have been deemed guilty by their mere presence at the protest.


The problems began during the arrests themselves—arrests deemed so troubling that the ACLU has brought a lawsuit against the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) accusing its members of using excessive force, making unconstitutional arrests, and more.


Among the controversial practices police engaged in that day, lawyers and observers say, was a tactic called “kettling.” Kettling is a form of indiscriminate mass arrest, wherein police block off a given area and arrest everyone within it. To be lawful, an arrest requires probable cause based on individual suspicion. Yet, inevitably, this heavy-handed tactic often sweeps up other protesters and bystanders whose only offense was their physical proximity to the alleged crime. Indeed, a report on the inauguration by the DC Office of Police Complaints noted that “it seems that proximity to the area where property damage occurred was a primary factor” in the arrests.


The mass arrests gave birth to the next government overreach, mass “felony riot” charges against those arrested. Felony rioting carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine, and applies when the alleged riot results in more than $5,000 in property damage. This is opposed to misdemeanor rioting, which can get you only 180 days in jail.


Attorneys who have long represented protesters in DC report never having encountered mass felony charges stemming from a protest before. Not the least of the reasons is that it’s difficult to produce enough evidence to sustain felony charges against dozens—or in this case, some 200—people. Yet, rather than backing down, prosecutors expanded the case by filing additional charges, and, in April, a grand jury returned a superseding indictment that added inciting or urging to riot and conspiracy to riot to the list of crimes. These new charges brought the number of felony counts up from one to eight and the amount of time defendants could face from 10 years to more than 70 years in prison.


The government’s overarching theory, then, seems to be one of guilt by association. Or that, as Assistant US Attorney Jennifer Kerkhoff asserted during a hearing about dismissing the charges, it is “the group that is the danger, the group that is criminal.” Thus one need not have committed an act of vandalism as an individual; just being present at the protest makes one guilty. (The DoJ declined to comment for this story, as the cases are currently pending.)


Among those swept up in this overbroad approach was a group of at least seven journalists who were covering the J20 protests. While prosecutors ultimately dismissed the felony rioting charges against the bulk of the journalists nearly as quickly as they were filed, two journalists remain in the crosshairs: Aaron Cantú, then a freelancer who has published with The Nation and The Intercept, and Alexei Wood, who livestreamed the event. In April a grand jury brought a superseding indictment of eight felony charges against both reporters along with the other defendants. They face as many as 70 years in prison, possibly more.


The indictment against Cantú deploys the same guilt-by-association approach that mars the entire case. Per prosecutors, Cantú moved in proximity to the march—something that would be necessary in order for him to do his job as a journalist. But prosecutors have additional evidence against Cantú: He wore the color black.

Forget the fairytales about equal protection under the law. This is how America really works. It’s a place where criminals on Wall Street and in Washington D.C. are deemed too big to jail, and receive trillion dollar bailouts despite committing far more societally destructive crimes than a few broken windows. On the other hand, if you dare attend a political protest and someone around you destroys something, prosecutors will come down on you like a ton of bricks.

This is the real America, and the general public will continue to be relentlessly and systemically preyed upon until that day when the super-criminal class is subject to the rule of law like the rest of us.

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Paul Kersey Bes Thu, 11/02/2017 - 19:30 Permalink

The U.S. today is much like post 1861 Russia, after serfdom was abolished. Notice the similarities.

"The Working Class

The Russian working class accounted for a small percentage of the population, at least until the turn of the 20th century. Nineteenth-century working class Russians were factory workers, sailors and certified artisans. Common soldiers also were working class. Military service, open to all male Russians, represented one of the only ways for lower class men to rise above their station. The term of service for military recruits, even those conscripted to meet estate quotas, was 25 years, and the children of soldiers attended special schools to prepare for their own entrance into the ranks.

The Peasants

The peasants formed the largest portion of the population. After the serfdom reforms of Czar Alexander II, Russian peasants gained legal recognition and the right to own property. Unfortunately, the Russian nobility still owned most of the land, which forced peasants to hire themselves out as tenant farmers."

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Paul Kersey Paul Kersey Thu, 11/02/2017 - 19:34 Permalink

The upper class included members of the nobility and higher clergymen. Individuals acquired hereditary nobility through long-term and distinguished military or civil service, or through the czar’s special dispensation. Russian nobles could own estates. Nobles had the privilege of attendance in exclusive universities and were exempt from military service. The Russian nobility differed from European nobility in that Russian nobles considered themselves servants of the czar, rather than a separate social entity. High clergymen within the Russian Orthodox Church qualified as upper class thanks to their status as property owners.

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FoggyWorld Amaroosta Thu, 11/02/2017 - 19:27 Permalink

She apparently persists with that "belief" that it was the Russians who hacked the DNC data base.  Sort of will leave readers wondering how much of her book is true.I do believe though that the contract she found does raise serious issues about Debbie and her total lack of impartiality.George Webb is reusing the Becks case against Debbie and the Awan family and this will just add to the much wider national list of plaintiffs he has assembled to show the corruption ran deep in the DNC.

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whatisthat Thu, 11/02/2017 - 18:40 Permalink

I would observe there is perceived benefit for prosecutors to drag corrupt t and congressmen / women into court for sentencing and prison time...

Anteater Chipped ham Thu, 11/02/2017 - 19:17 Permalink

Quote of the Day: "Trump's Inner Circle is freaking out!"Mercer: Trump donor and Bannon patron sells stake in BreitbartTrump: 'Turning on Jared Kushner' as Russia probe intensifiesFormer Campaign Aide: 'Trump is f***ed!'Gallup: 'Trump at 33% (approval), you can't go any lower.'RADIOACTIVE presidency of Donald 'Fire and Fury' Chaos-HeadHey, we have a two-week grace period while Trump is doing privatebusiness deals in SEAsia, and Czar Kushner is hiding out in Tel Aviv.For the love of G-d, do NOT be out in crowded venues after 11/10!!11/11 and 11/17 are magic Kabbalah numbers, like 9/11 and 3/11.That's when Deep State will pull off their greatest mass murder yet.Watch the epic preview: hour you ever spent watching TV. 

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MPJones Thu, 11/02/2017 - 18:53 Permalink

Governments are the dominant crime syndicates in their areas, nothing more, nothing less. Don't work for them. Don't sell to them. Don't feed them. Don't speak to them unless they speak to you first. Governments are always parasitic enemies of their populations. A certain degree of governance is probably required - goverments are largly not.

Sudden Debt Thu, 11/02/2017 - 19:12 Permalink

Well America!!! IT'S TO LATE TO COMPLAIN!! AMERICA IS ROBBED BLIND!YOU HAD YOUR SHOT DO ACT AND DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!!NOW EVERYBODY WILL SUFFER THE CONSEQUENCES!!! the poor will become dirtpoor or homeless.the middleclass will become poor.the rich will live middleclass style lives. SO LOOK AT HOW YOU LIVE NOW AND CUT YOUR WAY OF LIVING IN 3! America has a 90% probability to become a 3rd world country.And most will still put their heads in the sand. Ignorance is bliss in America!

DaBard51 Thu, 11/02/2017 - 19:14 Permalink

"'s so hard to find men of a so high type of morals that they'll stay bought." - Mark Twain, on legislators; Notebook for Aug. 1890-June 1891   When nine hundred years old you become, look this good you will not.

WTFUD Thu, 11/02/2017 - 19:14 Permalink

Forget the political murders, the Politicians kick-backs, the $trillions in financial theft, the Bankers/MIC's WARS and go after knob-heads breaking windows to the full letter of the LAW. FUCK-OFF.

It follows therefore, that if the penalty for protesting is up to 70 years (life) then make sure you start KILLING these Political Parasites/Elitists and their Private/Public Military Police Protection.


Debt Slave Thu, 11/02/2017 - 19:32 Permalink

“These people swarm into Washington to influence the purse-strings of the U.S. government and funnel as much American treasure as possible in the direction of their clients, including Wall Street oligarchs, defense contractors and barbaric foreign monarchies like Saudi Arabia.”

He left out Israel, the Parasite Queen of the Middle East. Specifically, AIPAC, but that’s okay, we get the point. Sort of. Oversight, no doubt.

DaBard51 Thu, 11/02/2017 - 19:37 Permalink

More from Mark Twain:"No man's life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session. "(undated; but been around for quite a while) When nine hundred years old you become, look this good you will not.

Kickaha Thu, 11/02/2017 - 19:48 Permalink

People in general seem convinced that it is the role of the Federal Government in the USA to "make my life better". That is the basic problem.  Once you cede to the government the power to attempt to alter the course of men's affairs, you inevitably end up where we are today: Rich people and corrupt politicians joining hands to yank on all those levers of power to funnel money into their own pockets.Once this process of lever-yanking begins, there appears to be no way to stop it, because everybody embraces their government programs, tax breaks, grants, and protectionist regulations like with a death grip, and nobody is willing to be the first to give them up.Pretty soon it turns into a circle yank for the rich and politically savvy.If the levers were all dismantled, the lobbyists and corrupt politicians would take their predation elsewhere.  But, instead, everywhere I look I see only people wanted in on the circle yank. 

Cabreado Thu, 11/02/2017 - 19:59 Permalink

Sorry Mike, but the constructs, design et al (all based on rule of law, driven by principle) have been around for a little while now...that The People have failed, and apparently will continue to fail (er, enable) into some sort of new design -- there's no News there.

RightLineBacker Thu, 11/02/2017 - 20:06 Permalink

I agree with the total corruption of all of our elected and appointed Government officials and that it must be corrected by any and all ways possible.

On protests however I slightly disagree. Peaceful and respectful protests are fine. Violent, law breaking protesters on the other hand should be shot on the spot.