Editorial: The Politicization of the Department of Justice
Harmeet K. Dhillon is managing partner at Dhillon Law Group, Inc.
Harmeet Dhillon encapsulated our country’s current crisis: “we live in a surveillance state”.
In 1973 the Senate Watergate Committee investigation revealed that the executive branch had directed national intelligence agencies to carry out constitutionally questionable domestic security operations.
The Church committee passed the law called the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. The law created the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) and walls between the CIA, FBI and other spy agencies.
Thirty-eight years later, 9/11 devastated our country. The expert consensus was that the Church committee had gone too far and allowed the terrorists to infiltrate our country partly due to the very safeguards that this law introduced.
Attorney Dhillon describes this surveillance state that emerged out of the 9/11 crisis: “The government has the technology to monitor all of our electronic devices, listen to our phone calls, and read our emails and text messages—all under the auspices of national security.”
She goes on to say that the “bulk of the actions” law enforcement has taken under the auspices of the Patriot Act “have almost nothing to do with combating terrorism”.
Add to this mix an executive branch that has taken this tool and “weaponized” it against its “perceived political enemies”. The result is a constitutional crisis that has placed our Republic on the edge of becoming like a communist satellite of China.
That is how our country became preoccupied with Russia gate for most of the Trump presidency. An FBI lawyer falsified a FISA application that defamed Carter Page and subjected him to years of investigations when he was a patriot working for National Security, not against it.
Attorney Dhillon analyzes the raid on Project Veritas.
She describes an elaborate legal process in which the DOJ, under AG Merrick Garland, spied on this investigative journalism group for over a year with gag orders that were given “without notice to the judge overseeing the Project Veritas case”.
There are parallels between the Project Veritas case and that of Engelbrecht and Phillips. Both groups had cooperated with governmental agencies. Project Veritas gave them evidence to pursue criminal investigations regarding the acquisition of Ashley Biden’s diary.
In a similar manner, Engelbrecht and Phillips provided a tip from an anonymous source to the FBI regarding Konnech CEO, Eugene Yu, storing data.
Attorney Dhillon cites the legal cases that support what Project Veritas did was called “journalism”.
In contrast, she describes the DOJ’s inaction against a Politico reporter who was given a U.S. Supreme Court draft opinion overturning Roe v. Wade.
Whereas the Project Veritas reporter decided not to publish the Biden diary, the Politico reporter did publish the Roe v Wade draft.
These are examples of the DOJ going after their perceived political enemies and not those with whom they are ideologically in agreement.
The DOJ violated multiple laws, as cited by Attorney Dillion, in its spying on this group.
She goes on to analyze the DOJ Mar a Lago raid of President Trump’s home.
This was a violation of several laws. Most importantly that the Fourth Amendment protects from the intrusion of the government into one’s home.
It had the appearance of a fishing expedition.
The Biden administration is issuing subpoenas against anyone who questions the validity of the 2020 election.
This is a violation of the first amendment, the right to free speech.
The irony is that there is evidence that in fact, there was manipulation of the vote. To date, the courts have thrown out these cases on technicalities without adjudicating the evidence.
But, as Attorney Dhillon points out, Democrats charged that there was election fraud in 2000, 2004, and 2016. And, yet there was no action taken by the DOJ.
The FBI opened investigations against parents for voicing their objections to school board policies that they felt harmed their children in every part of the country.
Dillion points out the similarities between a King George warrant against a pamphleteer, John Entick, in 1762, and raids on the homes of Project Veritas staff and President Trump.
Political oppression remains in our country since the 1760s.
As an honorary editorialist on USACitizensNetwork.com, I agree with Attorney Dhillon, in that we must return the DOJ back to a law-abiding institution if it is to remain a law enforcement institution. The survival of our republic depends on it.
Vote Republican in the November 8, 2022 midterms, as if your freedom depends on it, because it does.