Heritage Foundation legal expert Hans von Spakovsky was singled out for attack by the Department of Justice’s public affairs team, according to newly released e-mail exchanges.

Through a Freedom of Information Act request, The Daily Caller’s  Matthew Boyle discovered e-mails detailing the cozy relationship between the DOJ and the left-wing Media Matters.

According to the released messages, Tracy Schmaler, the director of the DOJ’s Office of Public Affairs, enlisted Media Matters to “attack reporters covering DOJ scandals,” including von Spakovsky.

Von Spakovsky, a former member of the Federal Election Commission, has been an advocate of voter ID laws and recently published a new book on election fraud with John Fund.

He explains his reaction to discovering he had been singled out for attack:

I am not sure whether to feel honored that my critical reporting on the Justice Department’s misdeeds and rank politicalization attracted such attention, or upset that my taxpayer dollars have been used to attack me personally and professionally. But there is no question that taxpayers and Congress should be upset over unethical conduct by Justice Department employees who use government resources to abuse private citizens and journalists guilty only of reporting on the department’s malfeasance.

This “enemies list” includes various other conservative figures:

In addition to me, Schmaler solicited attacks on other former Justice Department lawyers such as J. Christian Adams, National Review Online contributor Andy McCarthy, and Christopher Coates; bloggers and journalists such as Mike Vanderboegh and William LaJeunesse of Fox News; and even members of Congress such as Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA). Schmaler also sought an article from Media Matters attacking Judson Phillips, one of the founders of Tea Party Nation.

Not only that, the e-mails reveal that the DOJ was targeting one of its own employees:

Schmaler was clandestinely providing false information to her chosen media source to attack him while he was prosecuting cases for DOJ. This is the kind of behavior one expects from dictatorships and banana republics, not from the chief law-enforcement agency of the U.S. government.

Do you think the government should single out citizens critical of its policies?

Comments (114)

Donna Strom - September 27, 2012

This type of attack on individuals has been going on since Obama took office and it will only get worse if he is re-elected. The U.S. will be a dictatorship if and when this happens.

CT Froscher - September 27, 2012

Of course not. But what one could expect from Obama and Holder.

Michael Finch - September 27, 2012

Our DOJ is a disgrace and will continue to be until the leadership is changed. I applaud The Heritage Foundations continued stance on what matters most. Keep up the good work and reporting.

Charles Dewald - September 27, 2012

The behavior of the DOJ is another expisode of the unethical and illegal activities of the highest law enforcement office in the land. Mr. Spakovsky is a fine journalist and should be commerated as a true patriot. The lame stream media wouldn’t dare to report this behavior to the American people.

Elsie E Connelly - September 27, 2012

This president is absolutely the most deplorable person I have ever seen. It is a travesty, are only the dummy crats allowed to speak their minds?

Charles Spence - September 27, 2012

I don’t think people who work for the Federal Government should be allowed to vote. After all they are the one’s that benefit directly from their vote in the way of increased salaries and other benefits As far as the DOJ it is just a corrupt originization as we have in this country.

F.E. Ballard - September 27, 2012

Don’t you mean,”the Dept. of Injustice”? Holder is just the Kingpin of a group of thugs. I wonder how many Union companies he and his gang has harrassed versus non-union companies? How many Democrat governors have had lawsuits filed against their state versus Republican governors? You knew it was crooked when Trillion Dollar Obama used “Executive Privilege” to cover up Holders gun dealings so no one would know what went on.

Charles Jewell LCDR USN RET - September 27, 2012

Any citizen who is critical of any gov’t activity when doing so or reporting same in a lawful manner should be applauded not attacked by the government!!!!

De Ette Moon - September 27, 2012

No! We are a republic, not a dictatorship.

Phil Collins - September 27, 2012

This is just another example of the “criminal enterprise” that Obama brought with him from Chicago. Can anyone say ACORN ! The whole administration is “GANGSTER POLITICS” at its worst !!

Don Williams - September 27, 2012

Does prosecution for criminal activity in office, ring a nice bell??

James Houston - September 27, 2012

Nothing the DOJ under President Obama surprises me. Our very laws that have been setup to protect our rights are being violated each and every day. The voters in this country had best wake up before it is too late. This president must not be re-elected!

Daver - September 27, 2012

Nothing could be further from the ideals that America tries to project to the world. (Even Obama defended the practice of unpopular speech to the UN this week.) So to see the Obama endorsed Justice Department sponsoring this type of harrassment is akin to the GSA taking liberties with our tax money. No Leadership–only crony crapitallonus!

Demosthene - September 27, 2012

Croonies of any standing government who do not feel the presense of or oversite of authority, will do as they wish and how they want. The DOJ, GSA and White House scandals as it was under Clinton, will be swept under the rug by the bias Media. Under Bush, when a soldier died overseas, ABC, CBS, NBC, USA, CNN, MSNBC would say their name, hometown and total deaths todate in the war on terror. Notice how that is not be done in four years under present Liberal Government. SHAME on our house. Men and women die overseas in our military and state department and it is swept under the rug. No outcry, no anger, just liberal bliss in the new poll numbers.

Sharon Minton - September 27, 2012

Sure, let them keep it up. Their anti-citizen policies allows the public to know they are continuing their disgraceful, treasonous policies which they are trying to hide. Time has long passed that Mr. Holder should have been impeached for Fast & Furious.

Donald H Walker - September 27, 2012

Same tactics Communists and anarchists have used for years. Disgraceful for this to happen in the USA.

David Bruen - September 27, 2012

It looks like Stalin is reincarnated.

Damon - September 27, 2012

What happened to the first amendment?

wayne meucci - September 27, 2012

This is both outrageous, but unfortunatley, to be expected. Fast and Furious was enough to show the untruthfulness of this department and it’s leader. What’s the process for his recall/impeachment?
A Republic, if you can keep it!!!!

Sakiusad Dakai - September 27, 2012

If this had happened under the Bush Administration we’d never hear the end of it, as we saw with the Valerie Plame fiasco. However the MSM is giving the Admin a pass on many issues. It’s very troubling.

Harry Elston - September 27, 2012

Absolutely not! It seems like Holder and this President do not care about the rights guaranteed under the Constitution.
They only care about fulfilling their agenda by stonewalling
or outright lying to the public.

Richard C. Davis - September 27, 2012

These attacks look a lot like those of Hitler and Stalin and should not happen in the USA. What happened to Freedom of Speech? Voter fraud is going to be the ruin of our free society if we do not do something about DOJ and Obama and unconsitutional acts.

mike - September 27, 2012

why doesnt this hit the fan on the national level?
why does this type of illegal activity go one and no one is making an issue out of it?
with fast and furious, and now this…
this is gestapo statics reminicent of nazi germany!
how come fox news isnt all over this?
the network news and cnn certainly wont say anything… and that really TICKS me off!!

our nation is going to get exactly what it deserves and with all the idiots, zombies, and illegals voting next month Obama is sure to win – ive said enough, i need a drink…

william walborn - September 27, 2012

This action is not shocking, yet surprising, as part of the obama administration, which we are supposed to respect. How can we, with the track record of obama, holder, accorn, immagration, guns in Mexico, Isrial and foreign relations with friends of the USA, trade, jobs, pipe line, natural resourses,and attacks on Govenors of Ala. and Ariz. for up holding the laws, and Sheriff Arpio.

Laura Wetterau - September 27, 2012

I respect and admire the people who are standing up and reporting the facts – we need these people – and they should not live in fear of being attacked for doing so – we will never have integrity in our DOJ as long as Obama is in office.

Jean A Miller - September 27, 2012

The current administration functions as a criminal organization.

Fred Wilson - September 27, 2012

The first amendment is in place specifically to prevent this sort of abuse of citizens.

Rodney Galles - September 27, 2012

What a chilling event, when the power of the government is leveled against a single reproter. The press has always been nown as the fourth estate, empowered by the first amendment to research and report on the doings of government and its subsidiaries lest freedom be lost to ignorance. Now the Press is under individual pressure becoause they reported facts. The only precedent for this is when the Chicago Tribune mentionned in passing that the U.S. knew about the events leading up to the battle of Midway and were asked to cease reporting about those events. There we had a matter of national security not a matter of personal embarrassment. Wake up America, 1984 is coming around a few years late.

john - September 27, 2012

if the doj wants to attack individuals, maybe a list of 10,000 names be sent to them so they can have something to do. it is time for a clean sweep of this department from the top down.

AM - September 27, 2012

So much for President Obama’s promise to run a transparent administration. Good job Heritage, Daily Caller, for patiently waiting for the lies and distortions to settle and then trotting out the revealed facts. All conservative candidates need to do is repeatedly list the factual evidence showcasing all the corruption. Beyond that it is up to The People to either clean house, or suffer the consequences.

Wayne, La - September 27, 2012

The DOJ is a disgraceful organization. It is uprooting individual liberty and placing barricades against those who use their right to Freedom of speech.

Kyle Baxter - September 27, 2012

This is the stuff of authoritarian regimes. It is an outrage and a threat to our Constitutional form of government. They should all be impeached and imprisoned.

Albert P. Bushey - September 27, 2012

Deja vu the Soviet Union — of the United states if the Obama Regime is re-elected. Pray for our country and vote correctly on Nov. 6.

Winston Mitchell - September 27, 2012

The Heritage Foundation epitomizes principled engagement of crucial issues and key personalities in our nation’s life. That it or any one speaking in its behalf should attract such vile attacks underscores the seriousess of America’s descent under corrupt leadership stoutly defended, in turn, by the elite media which exerts to conceal such things from our eyes. But the marvelous Founding Fathers — whatever their differences may have been — foresaw the consequences should our citizenry become casual toward our core freedoms — blind, deaf, unfeeling – thereby becoming vulnerable to more of the same. Trade unionism as embodied in the National Education Association and local/state entities — aided and abetted by tax exempt foundations are poised to play a large part in the demise of our culture and of our people. The process is far advanced. Will we re-discover and re-affirm that Godly roots matter deeply?

Jim Lovell - September 27, 2012

I agree with previous comments, that an Obama win in November, can result in a significent loss of the freedoms we have left, with Obama doing whatever he pleases, with the built in checks and balances ignored by a corrupt administration, which I believe is much worse than Nixon’s Enemy List.

Ellen - September 27, 2012

This has become standard operating procedure in the Obama administration. Free speech only applies if you agree with Obama. This is a political tactic to silence the opposition. As long as Obama is in office, this type of attack on our freedom of speech will continue. We must defeat Obama in November.

Albert - September 27, 2012

The many episodes of government gone wild are too many to keep up with, needless to say that the criminals have taken over the ship. Hey thugs, “We the People” want our country back!

Eugene Landauer - September 27, 2012

If Obama gets re-elected this is only the start of the government taking the rest of our freedoms away from us.
Disgrace no Treason Yes.

Bob Mason - September 27, 2012

Eric Holder should not be Attorney General as he is not upholding existing laws of the Unites States. This is just one more example of his misphesance. Obama is dictating his movements to stifle free speech.

Agnes Tillerson - September 27, 2012

Such activity of any government reeks of a pure dictatorship! This DOJ is a hoax. In fact, Obam,a as president, is a hoax. How he ever could be allowed to be a candidate for presidency without being properly vetted is criminal on the part of Senator Reid, Nancy Pilosi and the mainstream media.

Boris Silversteyn - September 27, 2012

What else would you expect for this Administration? They have learned from Putin – their “Reset” policy is working beyond expectations.

Robert H. Davidson - September 27, 2012

Excuse me, you are all missing the boat.
Amedment 1.*
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people; peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
I’m not an attorney but this sure looks like a violation of the first Amendment. Why is The Heritage Foundation not defending Mr. Spakovsky? Or are they!?

Norma - September 27, 2012

To answer your direct question:
NO! A thousand time – NO!!

john uhrhammer - September 27, 2012

When Obama campaigned he said he would be “transparent”____ what a JOKE! He has ZERO integrity. He corrupted the DOJ so that he can subvert the USA into socialism! He is the puppet of whomever is actually in charge (George Soros?). All of the “czars” are in place to keep him from being seen for who and what he is. The huge national debt and the spending rate are deliberate tools to drive us into obscurity.

Philip Dame - September 27, 2012

evil despotism–disgusting but not surprising!

Julian Lemaster - September 27, 2012

Eric Holder is one of the most corrupt AG’s ever. A stooge for BHO!

Andrew Anderson - September 27, 2012

May the American people work hard to return our Republic to sanity and the rule of law. We cannot and will not tolerate attacks on courageous private citizens like Spakovsky. We support Heritage!

Catherine - September 27, 2012

Attacking citizens only happens in dictatorships. Unfortunately this has gone on under Obama since he took office. This administration is a shambles and a disgrace. Our Media who are supposed to be the WatchDogs have a lot to answer for and I will blame them when this great Republic falls to dictatorship should Obama be re-elected. Only dictators have the media in their back pocket.

Richard - September 27, 2012

My first thought was that the answer to that is so apparent as to make answering it absurd. But on further thought, nothing can match the absurdity of elected OR appointed officials using their offices to function in a manner so totally contrary to our principles as a nation. I couldn’t agree more with previous responders who use such terms as “clean sweep” and “clean house”. It needs to be made clear, and now, that voters will no longer overlook such abuses of power.

Dennis Long - September 27, 2012

I find the fact that you have to ask this question seriously as alarming as the behavior pointed out.

Willard Ferch - September 27, 2012

There is no depths to which Godless, unethical humans won’t sink. Similar problems have followed such politicians for ages, and bringing it to light is a must, but if nothing is done about it, it may as well remain hidden. There are supposed to checks & balances, and laws, but if the chief law enforcers are also the lawbreakers, then what? Fiddlin

Katherine McLeister - September 27, 2012

Disgraceful! I wish people would wake up and think for themselves, instead of listening to the press and….. I’m very worried about our freedom in America!

Nick - September 27, 2012

This is one case that the label gestapo applies. No DOJ employee should ever be allowed to make politically motivated attacks on the citizens they are supposed to serve impartially.

Linda Campisi - September 27, 2012

THANK GOD for this site. As Clint Eastwood said,
“Obama has got to go” No second chance. . There has been enought embarassment with this DOJ and Executive branch. This DOJ is not above the law and MUST be cleaned out from every angle. Best of luck to Mr. Spakovsky by coming out on top of this aweful attack. We need more journalist like you!

George Hoey - September 27, 2012

I think that actions like this by the Justice Department are disgraceful and display a real frightening aspect of government that has become completely disconnected from what this country is all about. When an agency of the government targets citizens and attempts to intimidate, when we as citizens have every right to question what government is doing, then we are close to a fascist state and not the Republic that we stand for. Every citizen should be not only angry but also frightened by the DOJ’s actions; let’s just get these people out of office and rebuild start to rebuild what we have.

john trippon - September 28, 2012

Eric Holder and his team of lawyers need to be dismissed from all governmntal legal work, they are a discrace to the justice system, cheats, liars, un-American trash, no placedfor them in any institution of authority…..

Bob Buege - September 28, 2012

This is not only Obama’s doing but it is also of those in congress and the Supreme court that are complicit in this abomination of progressive/ socialist/ communist thinking that allows these types of things to take place. If the majority of American people are not awake we are already a third world country. NO this should not be happening. Fire them all!

Jack Leishear - September 28, 2012

Of course not! But that’s the way its done in all dictatorships, is it not?

Terry - September 28, 2012

This is the most politicized DOJ ever. Obama encouraged this corruption in the DOJ. Can’t wait to get him defeated in November so that we can get rid of all these radicals he brought into this White House.

Pat Galbraith - September 28, 2012

Somewhat ironic – our “justice” department seems to like disobeying law and common decency. But, then, this seems to be the administration’s policy. Remember this in November.

Anthony Rasavage - September 28, 2012

I believe that this administration has abused our constitution and ignored it when it was in the way of what they are trying to do. I can’t understand where the checks and balances are and just what Congress is doing about this? Our founding fathers drafted this document as the guidance for our country and it has worked for over 200 years, under God. That is until under God got in the way of their adjunda.

John Smith - September 28, 2012

What they are doing to Spakovsky and others are against our rights to free speech and imitates third-world tyrannic activity. The DOJ members responsible for these activities should be fired and jailed for all of the appropriate criminal charges that they are guilty of.

It is my suggestion to Romney to do this as soon as he is elected.

Tom Beutler - September 28, 2012

Just too much of this going on — many, too many people have no moral compass or are selfish and greedy.
What has happened to the Ten Commandments?
Tom Beutler
Toledo OH

J.Guidry - September 28, 2012

To answer the question, “should DOJ single out citizens critical of its policies”. Definitely not. The DOJ, along with all the other alphabet agencies, has become a politicized arm of the Ovomit administration. They no longer apply the letter of laws to all citizens, but pick and choose who they will pursue for harrasment or prosecution. Case in point, the “black panther” polling place incident of ’08. Absolutely prosecutable but blocked by the presidential appointees from applying the law to this group of misfits. Nothing new here, just more blatant than in the past. It won’t stop until the people demand it to cease by voting the current administration out of office. If that doesn’t happen in Nov., be prepared for an increase in the harassment of citizens from this agency on the way to a dictatorship for this nation.

Nelson Whipple - September 28, 2012

Eric Holder and all the Administraqtion’s appointees should be removed by firing, resignation, replacement by Romney appointees.

Paul Himes - September 28, 2012

Just another example of why this upcoming election is vital to the future of our Nation. This administration can be characterized in a number of ways. Here is mine:
1. More misguided than Jimmy.
2. More corrupt and power hungry than Nixon.
3. More hate-filled than any.
“We have given you a Republic if you can keep it”. Benjamin Franklin

Douglas Stafford - September 28, 2012

This is despicable. No government in the United States should be engaged in conducting an orchestrated attack on a private citizen. Eric Holder should be impeached.

David R. Snyder - September 28, 2012

If the Justice Department , and I use the term LOOSLEY, would do things right as much as they do things wrong, it would be a much better organization!

John Huston - September 28, 2012

This is yet another example of whhy we need to vote these Chicago style gangsters out of office this November. This is socialist, on the verge of Markist, work directed to take over our Free Nation. If you don’t agree, go out there and get your “free Obama phone.”

James V. Burnette - September 28, 2012

Those in government are employed by the people to provide services for “us” and protect “us”. It is our responsibility to call “them” on the carpet when they are not doing their job. Not the other way around. Have we become so brainwashed over the past 70 years that we think our elected representitives are in control?

Tom Wiel - September 28, 2012

Absolutely not!!
We must take back our country from Obama and his
oppressive regime in Nov.

A proud veteran and patriot

Robert - September 28, 2012

I appreciate the DOJ singling out individuals for their “enemies list”; it lets us know who among us deserves great respect. Certainly the DOJ is run by clowns and anyone that is opposed to them can’t be all bad.

Lucky3511 - September 28, 2012

Our country has been a dictatorship for the last year or maybe even longer, I am sure there are plenty in our prisons who can vouch for that. All that protects Schmaler and other patriots like him is that he has public visibility. Keep it taht way, so people know he is safe from the Obamination

Lucky3511 - September 28, 2012

One of the biggest noises of the conservative media is O’Reilly. He will rarely make noise which really challenges Obama and is one of his biggest supporters in the outstanding question regarding legibility. Personally I cannot watcch him any more.

Randy Baptista - September 28, 2012

Hey DOJ, as long as the stars and stripes wave, get over it. That’s what you get for being corrupt. When the “hammer and sickle” wave over this country, then you can be a tyrant. DON’T TREAD ON ME!!!

William Hesser - September 28, 2012

What do we expect. These are the same tactics conducted by Hitler and his ‘cronies’ when they were in the process of taking control the Germany in the 1930’s.

Robert - September 28, 2012

Stand your ground, HF! Keep up the good work. Our founding fathers foresaw the possibility that the federal government would become so powerful that ordinary citizens would suffer persecution simply because of their opposition to high-handed dictatorial practices. Evidence of it exists in the fact that they put in the Constitution the right of redress of grievances. Go back and trace the significant number of times the current Administration has trodden under foot the Constitution they swore to uphold.

We will not have the revival of “hope” until :”change” comes by forcibly evicting the current Far-Left usurpers and leadership which honors our Constitution is restored to the Republic.

Joan - September 28, 2012

I agree with the above comments. The DOJ needs to be reined in. This is the USA and we have freedom of speech. Hans von Spakovsky should be commended not threatened by DOJ. In November, we need to vote the obama administration out!

Donald Bretches - September 28, 2012

Absolutely NEVER! This is an unAmerican activity and just one more step toward the totalitarian socialistic country we are being converted into by this (and former) adminstrations of both parties. We must preserve individual liberty in the US, at all costs. Clean out DOJ!

Robert - September 28, 2012

I would not have expected anything different this administration and its band of hooligans.

Your Uncle Dudley

Douglas Baringer - September 28, 2012

There needs to be a wholesale cleaning of the Holder DOJ, starting with Holder and encompassing lots of prosecutions for unethical behavior.

Jim - September 28, 2012

If Obama and Holder were doing their jobs that we pay them to do, they would probably not be critizied as much as they have been. These are scrofulous men so don’t hold your breathe that they will do something properly. Citizens must continue to pay close attention to the entire Obama Admin. Abounds with scurrulous people.
Jim Brown

Rex Talmage - September 28, 2012

What else would you expect fromthose whose primary goal is to destroy the USA that we veterans have fought for.
GO Heritage!!

Don Etheredge - September 28, 2012

The Obama administration, including especially the DOJ is totally out of control. It is time, regardless of the election, for the House to start proceedings to impeach Holder. Now I will probably be attacked for saying this.

Dolores McDaniel - September 28, 2012

Haven’t we had enough of this corruption yet? You, The Heritage Foundation, should be proud of the hard work and unending research you have published for OUR benefit. Now, what do we, as “we, the people” do to stop this undermining of our great country?? We can knock on doors, spread posters, shout out the need for a new regime in Washington.
I cannot wait for election day and will do all I can to promote some Un-dummy-cratic votes in November. Prayer helps, too.

Alan Pugh - September 28, 2012

Justice for all? or just for those who carry the water for the big kahoona (Obama)

Marti - September 28, 2012

It’s a shame that you’re even having to ask that question.
It reminds me of when Communism was strong and well and the “state media” only reported on what the state wanted the people to hear. Seems like the same thing is going on right here in the good ‘ole USA. I’ve never seen anything quite like it. This is a very scary time and so many people don’t have a clue what’s going on.

Marti - September 28, 2012

It’s a shame that you even have to ask that question. It reminds me of when Communism was thriving and the “state media” only reported to the people what the state wanted reported. As is today, anything or anyone in opposition to their politics reported on was either grossly exagerated or what they said was the opposite of the truth. Today we have very scary time and it’s a shame that people aren’t told the TRUTH about what’s going on.

N. Saulsbury - September 28, 2012

Eric Holder should be prosecuted for illegal use of his powers and authority as Attorney General immediately upon his ouster….which I hope is soon!

Jim Mullen MD - September 28, 2012

Certainly sounds like the actions of totalatarian governments. Are we there?

Gary Bisbee - September 28, 2012

This is the most corrupt administration in my life time. Maybe in the history of the country. As Limbaugh has said many times since Obama was elected, “elections have consequences”. And this is one of them.

Ken Wallace - September 28, 2012

NO,absolutly not! History repeats it’s self, and I’m not refering to any of the usual enemies of free speech. Ladies and gentlemen, I’m refering to something that happened right here in the US–Abe Lincoln’s war-check out how he stifled 300 newspapers,Jailed the owners,etc,But here’s the kicker–most of these voices were in the Northern cities and towns! So not to expect a corrupt system to act this way is just ignorant. Vote’em out in Nov. 6th.

Janice Wyman - September 28, 2012

Reading all the comment which echo my thoughts leaves one thing to ask, ” where are the checks and balances”?
We have no one in Washington, D.C. brave enough to stand together and do anything about this Administration’s power grab. If we the people do not vote him out, there is no one to help us except God.

Hattie - September 28, 2012

This is typical of the old style Chicago area “boss” politics that Obama was steeped in and so hated by those who grew up in downstate Illinois. What can one expect? Nothing will help unless we can manage to cut it out at the election. It’s like a growing cancer. And I mean fast growing. When people find out they can push the envelope, there are many who will push just as fast and hard as they can.

Mark and Patricia - September 28, 2012

Where are our conservative Congressman and Senators who should be standing up for our citizens and whistle-blowers’ rights? This to me is more concerting than what you are sharing. I expect worse from Democrats who seem to have no moral base, but where are those who fear God in this and other matters of similar concern?

Mark - September 28, 2012

Where are our conservative Congressman and Senators? Why is there a defining silence by those who are supposed to represent us?

Mike Graves - September 29, 2012

This President, his adminitstration and the democratic party in general are at war with the our constitution and the principles this country was founded on. Our liberties and freedoms are fast being taken away. Our Declaration of Independence states ” When a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object envinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security”. How bad will we let it get, how long will we wait to do our duty? The time is now.

Olgard Dabbert - September 29, 2012

It is important to be working for the good of America and tell the truth avoiding extreme partisan positions. It is natural for the party criticized not to be particularly friendly to the critic. Just stick to true evidence .

Victress Jenkins - September 29, 2012

I don’t the government should be “persecuting its citizens for just criticism of the citizens. One should be required to prove they’re eligible to vote, even if it’s for the local dog catcher!! Von Spakovsky doesn’t deserve this treatment because he is telling the truth.
Holder has to go!

Antonia Pemberton - September 29, 2012

I can’t remember a time when the DOJ has been so corrupt. And the main stream media is doing nothing to inform the majority of the public about this frighting state of affairs. We must try to wake up as many people as possible before election day. There is a young generation that is totally ignorant of where this kind of malfeasance leads. Do we have to repeat the horrors of history?

Hauptman - September 29, 2012

Is it any suprise that our present admin would go after anyone trying to hold them accountable??? The whole Democrat Party has slid into the swamp of Communism and lies. The sooner we get rid of this infecton in our country the better. I prefer the ballot box but if that fails, well there are other boxes.

Russell Benson - September 30, 2012

I just hope and pray that obama is not elected again, that would be the worst thing that could happen to this country. I am doing what i can to stop that from happing

Larry Cairns - September 30, 2012

Why isnt congress pressing hard on these hoods? Because we are not pressing them! And we used to be concerned about the MAFIA.

Ronald Morrison - September 30, 2012

Freedom of speach is still in the constitution. I know Obama would like to re-write the constitution, but for now its one of the many priviledges this country is based upon.

Rex T Baggett - September 30, 2012

This type of attack speak of a totalitarian approach to population monitoring and control. Our government has not such authority. This deserves condemnation at the highest levels of government, judicial, legislative and executive.

Holly Chapo - September 30, 2012

This brand of behavior on the part of government is a sure expression of tryanny and dictatorship. It is reprehensible! The Marxist dictator in the White House would like nothing better than to turn The United States of America into his own private banana republic. He’s already operating this way. We, the people, have a perfect opportunity to send him packing and to any other “utopia” he would like to live in.

Cheryl - September 30, 2012

This is what hap[pens when you totally ignore the founding documents and the principles they stand for and allow “executive” orders as law of the land. Of course it should not be done…but with such apathy in the public, who is going to do anything about it? It is sounding more and more like Soviet Russia in my beloved AMERICA. It is making me sicker by the day. I can hardly stand to even see the president on the TV anymore. Just lies upon lies.

P. Palmer - October 1, 2012

In just a few short years, a once proud and ethical organiztion has been transformed into a politicized, corrupt political arm of the Obama Administration. It is terribly sad that this transformation has taken place so rapidly, and the staff is afraid to speak out. The fear of the Obama dictatorship seems palpable. I certainly hope that if Romney is elected, heads will roll. The Department of Justice must be about justice under the law and nothing else.

Joseph McKennan - October 1, 2012

Because of the Bill of Rights it is my RIGHT to be critical of what leadership is doing

Elvira King - October 1, 2012

I am not at all surprised by what the “White House/nor the DOJ would do to cover up their lies, deceit, and dishonesty. We are truly living in a time where we don’t know who to trust or believe anymore. When the U.S. can’t trust the “highest” office of our government, what can we expect to happen next???? Very scary times for everyone.With “Media Matters/Soros in charge of the corruption, times can only get worse in these states. Thank God for Heritage digging up the truths and letting everyone know just what is happening here!!

Carolyn Abbate - October 3, 2012

This administration has used any and all underhanded methods of squelching negative comments and destroying all people who have a difference of opinion. We are quickly becoming a COMMUNIST country that controls everything….ALL MEDIA outlets (except FOX & Conservative Radio) so most people have no idea what is really going on, until they find themselves without the freedoms they enjoy (especially Hollywood gossip & sports).

Ricardo J Duran - October 9, 2012

Why am I not surprized? There is an old saying, “The wise turn to the right in righteousness, the fool to the left.”

Robert Ward - October 11, 2012

Just some more of Obama’s policies against anyone that opposes his socialist programs. Holder should have never been confirmed as AG. You just can’t trust anyone associated with this White House!

Gary Moog - October 11, 2012

Our current government leaders are looking more and more like communist socialists. When the right of the citizens to speak out against what they see as wrong doings by government leaders the basic freedoms of our nation; the ones some of our finest gave their live to protect, become under attack. It is not only our right but our duty to speak out when we see our leaders doing things we know are wrong

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