by Ben Johnson
The last 24 hours have provided an explosion of new investigations into the Obama administration and its allies. National Review‘s Andrew McCarthy has called for Republicans to investigate the Justice Department’s racial discrimination. The FBI and the Labor Department announced today they are investigating Andrew Stern, the head of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), for financial improprieties. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-SC, is warning fellow Democrats that a new Republican Congress will investigate Barack Obama’s birth certificate and eligibility. Lt. Col. Robert “Buzz” Patterson told NewsMax that Obama bundler Jodie Evans could (and should) be tried for treason. And Rep. James Sensenbrenner, R-WI, today considered keeping open a House select committee to investigate climategate. (Rep. Darrell Issa also pledged to investigate this and many other crimes in the new year.) At a minimum, this confluence of coverage demonstrates the gravity of the charges and abundance of the need for increased scrutiny and potential legal action.
Pro-Terrorists and Thuggish Elitists on Speed Dial
The investigation of the former SEIU president cuts particularly close to the Obama White House. Andrew Stern is a former New Leftist who spent $5 million of SEIU union dues to buy into George Soros’ Democracy Alliance and later took a seat on the executive council of Americans Coming Together (ACT), Soros’ get-out-the-vote organ. (Journalists recently learned that ACT, which allegedly closed its doors in 2005, is still open and paid $775,000 in “civil fees” after Ralph Nader filed a Federal Election Commission complaint of dirty tricks in the ’04 election.) SEIU donated at least $27.8 million to Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign, and in return Stern visited the White House more than any other person. Obama, in turn, appointed SEIU lawyer Craig Becker to head the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Stern remains a member of Obama’s deficit reduction commission.
When Stern announced in April he was suddenly stepping down as SEIU president, no one knew why. Today’s announcement that the FBI and Labor Department are looking into his finances seems to clear up the mystery. The AP reported agents questioned Stern in May and June about a $175,000 advance he received from 2006 Simon & Schuster for his book A Country That Works, which may have been illegally fact-checked and promoted at SEIU expense. Given Obama’s long and intimate relationship with the union itself and Stern specifically, one wonders if the president had any knowledge of the dealings — and if he gave Stern the heads-up to quit the union before the investigation broke wide open.
Jodie Evans is less concerned with helping herself to forced union dues than in excusing Muslims who kill U.S. soldiers. In April 2008, Ralph Nader’s Public Citizen revealed that Evans has bundled “at least $50,000” in donations for Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign. She and her college student son both donated the maximum $2,300 allowed by law to Barack Obama. Evans is a co-founder of Code Pink. I was the first journalist to report that Evans and Code Pink delivered more than $600,000 in cash and supplies to “the other side” in Fallujah in December 2004. Several Congressmen — all far-Left Democrats — signed diplomatic letters facilitating their journey to the recent battlefield and terrorist stronghold: Sen. Barbara Boxer, Rep. Henry Waxman, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, and Rep. Raul Grijalva. Evans had provided aid and comfort to the enemy before. Shortly after the Iraq war began, she and several other radicals established the International Occupation Watch in Baghdad with the ... of getting U.S. soldiers to declare themselves conscientious objectors so they would be sent home and the armed forces would collapse. One of the members of her advisory committee, Tariq Ali, wrote at the time, “There, it is to be hoped that the invaders of Iraq will eventually be harried out of the country by a growing national reaction to the occupation regime they install, and that their collaborators may meet the fate of Nuri Said before them.” In August 2006, Jodie Evans joined 11 others in a Code Pink-sponsored trip to meet Iraqi “political leaders,” an action one team member called a “diplomatic communication.” Such a trip is potentially illegal, violating the prohibition for private citizens to conduct their own foreign policy. During the trip, Evans met a host of local pro-terror activists, including Sheikh Ahmad al-Kubaysi, who once stated those who fight American soldiers “are guaranteed Paradise.”
Evans does not merely support others who want to kill American soldiers; she justifies the slaughter herself. In a June 2008 radio interview, she agreed Osama bin Laden had “a valid argument” for attacking the United States on 9/11. In the same interview, she likened military recruiting centers to “liquor stores and porn shops.” She claimed the American people “must begin by really standing with the Iraqi people and defending their right to resist,” including by force of arms. Finally, she blurted out: “You’re right! We were trying to undermine the war effort!”
I wrote at the time candidate Obama should return the cash. Instead, he returned the favor. Evans visited Obama appointee Buffy Wicks in the White House on June 19, 2009. That such an individual is welcome in the seat of government exposes how ideologically polarized, extremist, and corrupt the present regime is.
These are but two of many Obama scandals desperately in need of investigation. The Black Panthers case, the Joe Sestak scandal, the firing of Gerald Walpin, the use of taxpayer-funded covert government propaganda, and many other crimes all need to be exposed and removed from our body politic.
Legal sunlight will be the best disinfectant. As today’s cascade of investigations prove, when it rains it pours.