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“I thought it was a home invasion” — and it was!
Raids and Investigations that Targeted Wisconsin’s Conservative Leaders

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
The above comes from an old document, written over two centuries ago, that until very recently had legal force in this country. To a large extent it still does, but the actions of Wisconsin’s state government in reaction to a political reform effort — and for that matter, property confiscations in the war on drugs — indicate that the Fourth and Fifth Amendments to the US Constitution have become passé. In its place, we have law-enforcement raids that not only seize property while threatening violence against its owners, the targets are denied counsel and forbidden to speak of the seizures publicly.

Welcome to the terror of Wisconsin’s “John Doe” raids. David French details them in a new report for National Review:

She got the dogs safely out of the house, just as multiple armed agents rushed inside. Some even barged into the bathroom, where her partner was in the shower. The officer or agent in charge demanded that Cindy sit on the couch, but she wanted to get up and get a cup of coffee.

“I told him this was my house and I could do what I wanted.” Wrong thing to say. “This made the agent in charge furious. He towered over me with his finger in my face and yelled like a drill sergeant that I either do it his way or he would handcuff me.”

They wouldn’t let her speak to a lawyer. She looked outside and saw a person who appeared to be a reporter. Someone had tipped him off.
What did Cindy Archer do to attract this kind of attention? Smuggle drugs? Take part in a terrorist plot? Nothing of the sort. Archer participated in the efforts to reform public-employee unions in Wisconsin with the Act 10 proposal. Others noted by French also participated in conservative politics and policy development, all of whom got raided in exactly the same manner — warned not to talk about it, warned not to get a lawyer, all while the government confiscated their papers and computers.

Just how is this legal? This is the reality of the John Doe law, which the Supreme Court and Wisconsin’s own high court will shortly address:

The John Doe investigations are a form of domestic law fare, and our constitutional system is ill equipped to handle it. Federal courts rarely intervene in state judicial proceedings, state officials rarely lose their array of official immunities for the consequences of their misconduct, and violations of First Amendment freedoms rarely result in meaningful monetary damages for the victims. …

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.

Most Americans have never heard of these raids, or of the lengthy criminal investigations of Wisconsin conservatives. For good reason. Bound by comprehensive secrecy orders, conservatives were left to suffer in silence as leaks ruined their reputations, as neighbors, looking through windows and dismayed at the massive police presence, the lights shining down on targets’ homes, wondered, no doubt, What on earth did that family do?

This was the on-the-ground reality of the so-called John Doe investigations, expansive and secret criminal proceedings that directly targeted Wisconsin residents because of their relationship to Scott Walker, their support for Act 10, and their advocacy of conservative reform.
The basis for this was the campaign-finance reform movement, which sees money in politics as a greater evil than a government empowered to shut down political speech. The John Doe law in Wisconsin shows exactly why government intervention in political speech is worse than any corruption it attempts to prevent. The use of force in Wisconsin got applied to one side exclusively, and intended to shut down conservatives before they could exercise their legitimate political power. It’s even more egregious than the IRS targeting of conservatives between 2009-2013, but it’s the same kind of abuse of power, and it leverages the same kind of campaign-finance reform statutes that give government at state and federal levels entrée to control political speech.

It’s an affront to liberty, and an affront to the Constitution. French demands that the courts deal with the malefactors in this case, but the rest of us would be better advised to strip government of its ability to interject itself in political speech in the first place. Repeal the campaign finance laws, and replace them with requirements for full and immediate disclosure of funding, along with ending tax exemptions for PACs. That will channel money back to the candidates and political parties and make them accountable for the messaging it produces and the ties that they have.


The Constitution and all laws and regulations depend on IMPARTIALITY. That disappeared with Kagan, Sotomayor and Ginsburg. Facts are chopped up to fit the Procrustean beds of liberal theoreticians. Fact: Nazi Germany was a far left political hegemony–even further to the left than their rival, the Soviet Union. In fact ‘Nazi’ is a contraction for ‘National SOCIALIST’. Yet even before World War II, politicians, professors and progressives have insisted that Hitler was a “right wing fascist’ and their propaganda has prevailed. The importance here is that when your left-wing indoctrinated kookaburra gets his PHD in Sociology from Princeton, he will equate the name ‘conservative’ and ‘right wing’ to ‘Nazi’ in the psychological word association game. Mission accomplished. Green is blue’ ‘love is hate’. ‘Up is down’.

The point I am making is what good is it to have the Constitution and the law on your side when those in power interpret it to fit their own biases? It’s like playing a football game with fixed referees.

MaiDee on April 21, 2015 at 2:02 PM

This case in Wisconsin, Obama using the IRS to go after political opposition, it’s what happens when liberals are in charge. This is going to continue until there’s a new sheriff in town. The left knows it has less than 2 years to replace Ginsburg on the Supreme Court and they want to replace her with a young liberal so they can keep the margins close and hope for a Conservative to bite the dust. This is what liberals do and I expect to see them do it in this case, especially if they see the presidency leaving their hands.

What’s obvious is the Republicans would allow this to happen and would vote for a liberal to fill the position, if it were to happen while they’re in charge. Democrats, on the other hand, would hold up the nomination because they need to courts to put into law what they can’t pass legislatively.

It’s a pity we don’t have a free press in this country because, assuredly if we did, cases like this Wisconsin case, would be front-page news and they’d be looking into Lois Lerner and the IRS going after Conservatives. Alas, all we have are Pravda and Izvestia.

bflat879 on April 21, 2015 at 9:55 PM

Police breaking and entering to further their union’s political goals…

Guns are next.

ROCnPhilly on April 22, 2015 at 8:34 AM

Welcome to Obama’s America and all he has created and appointed. Wake up people before it’s too late . . . . although it may already be too late.


Because of the busy holiday season, the next Patriot Freedom Alliance meeting will be Tuesday February 2, 2016.

Program:  True the Vote
Founder Catherine Engelbrecht will make her second appearance to the PFA concerning voter's rights and election integrity.  As 2016 is an election year, this is a timely program. 
Social time - 6:00 p.m.

Program begins at 6:30 p.m.

Atrium Hotel & Convention Center 

1400 N. Lorraine

Hutchinson, KS 67501

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“The best example of something like this would be on immigration reform,” Earnest said, citing Republican unwillingness to consider the Gang of Eight immigration reform bill that passed the Senate.

“The president has indicated that before the end of the year he is prepared to use his executive authority to try to fix those elements of the immigration system that he can fix, using his executive authority,” Earnest said, reminding reporters to expect an announcement by the end of the year.


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