Saturday, November 16, 2013

On Venezuelan Rules

Sore losers in the attempted re-call of Governor Scott Walker are now using Chavezian-Maduroan dirty tricks to derail his 2014 re-election bid, according to the Wall Street Journal; Wisconsin...a special prosecutor is targeting conservative groups that participated in the battle over Governor Scott Walker's union reforms.
In recent weeks, special prosecutor Francis Schmitz has hit dozens of conservative groups with subpoenas demanding documents related to the 2011 and 2012 campaigns to recall Governor Walker and state legislative leaders.
....The probe began in the office of Milwaukee County Assistant District Attorney Bruce Landgraf, though no one will publicly claim credit for appointing Mr. Schmitz, the special prosecutor. The investigation is taking place under Wisconsin's John Doe law, which bars a subpoena's targets from disclosing its contents to anyone but his attorneys. John Doe probes work much like a grand jury, allowing prosecutors to issue subpoenas and conduct searches, while the gag orders leave the targets facing the resources of the state with no way to publicly defend themselves. 
Looks like Wisconsin has decreed special powers to be used as one political faction deems fit, against its opponents. Putting a little bit of Caracas in their life;
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro accused the media outlet of having committed an offense. Maduro informed he had called on Attorney General Luisa Ortega Díaz to bring actions against the newspaper.
"Look at this nasty headline published by daily newspaper Diario 2001 (on Thursday): ‘Gasoline is drip-fed.' They (dissenters) have messed with the whole economy. Now, they are sabotaging, just like in 2002. As they cannot stop Pdvsa (the state-run oil company), they are trying to sabotage the gasoline supply system," Maduro admonished.
On Thursday, the attorney general started an investigation against the newspaper for trying to cause distress among the population.
Further, the Venezuelan president noted he cannot be accused of trying to curtail freedom of expression, claiming that Venezuela is a free country "where any opinion can be voiced. That is how it has been and will continue so." Maduro added that one cannot mistake freedom of expression for a license to raze the nation.
Power corrupts...wherever it's allowed to. 

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