According to a report at the National Review, conservatives in Wisconsin have been the target of police raids in a secret “John Doe” witch hunt against supporters of Governor Scott Walker. But, Newsbusters reported Thursday, only Fox News reported on the raids. The rest of the so-called “mainstream media” has so far said nothing, Scott Whitlock said.
Fox’s Trace Gallagher explained how prosecutors were allowed to go after conservative groups like the Wisconsin Club for Growth. Then, he said, it expanded to supporters. Cindy Archer was one of those supporters.
Recounting the NRO story, Gallagher said that “late one night she was jolted awake by what she thought was a home invasion. It turned out to be a police raid. More than a dozen police officers holding a battering ram, yelling and pounding on her door. She said she was trying to calm down her dogs and get dressed with her body in full view of police. When she opened the door, she kept begging them not to shoot her dogs.” Archer, the NRO explained, was “one of the lead architects of Wisconsin’s Act 10 — also called the ‘Wisconsin Budget Repair Bill,’ the measure that sparked that we dubbed the “Wisconsin Insurrection.”
Police refused to let Archer speak with an attorney, and told her not to speak out about her ordeal to anyone. Doing so, they threatened, would see her face contempt of court charges. Police left with her laptop and cell phone, David French said at NRO.
“The entire neighborhood could see the police around their house, but they had to remain silent,” French said. “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.”
Archer was not the only conservative to experience Gestapo-like tactics at the hands of police. Another victim, identified only as “Rachel,” was also targeted by a pre-dawn raid in which police carted off personal possessions, some of which had nothing to do with the search warrant.
The first phase of the John Doe investigations managed to produce prosecutions for campaign finance violations. French said the investigations have been expanded 18 times, and, he told Fox’s Megyn Kelly, “they were investigating literally constitutionally protected issue advocacy and they were using the facts that people had spoken freely, supporting conservative causes as sufficient evidence to get these subpoenas and the search warrants.”
There was no real evidence of wrongdoing by conservative groups, French said at NRO. Nevertheless, conservatives across the state were targeted in a witch hunt that exploded in October 2013, when police raided the homes of people guilty only of breathing while conservative.
“Speaking both on and off the record, targets reflected on how many layers of Wisconsin government failed their fundamental constitutional duties — the prosecutors who launched the rogue investigations, the judge who gave the abuse judicial sanction, investigators who chose to taunt and intimidate during the raids, and those police who ultimately approved and executed aggressive search tactics on law-abiding, peaceful citizens,” French added. Select conservative families across five counties felt they were at the mercy of a truly malevolent state, he said.
Making matters worse, the so-called “mainstream media” chose to remain silent on the issue as though the rights of conservatives no longer matter. ABC, CBS and NBC, Whitlock said, “skipped the terrorizing of Americans simply for their political beliefs.” An article at USA Today, however, criticized the raids and said the prosecutors involved should be punished. Unfortunately, French said, even if the networks manage to wake up to the events that took place in Wisconsin, conservatives shouldn’t expect much.
“As Scott Walker runs for president, the national media will finally join the Wall Street Journal in covering John Doe,” he said. “Given the mainstream media’s typical bias and bad faith, they are likely to bring a fresh round of pain to the targets of the investigation; the cloud of suspicion will descend once again; even potential favorable court rulings by either the state supreme court or the U.S. Supreme Court will be blamed on ‘conservative justices’ taking care of their own.”