Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Obama's Dirty Watchdogs ^ | April 25, 2014 | Michelle Malkin

Posted on 04/25/2014 1:48:29 AM PDT by Kaslin

The Obama administration doesn't have watchdogs. It has whitewash puppies.

The president's Chicago bullies have defanged true advocates for integrity in government in D.C. from day one. So the latest report by the Senate Homeland Security and Government Operations Committee on corruptocrat Charles K. Edwards, the former Department of Homeland Security inspector general, isn't a revelation. It's confirmation.

Investigators found that Edwards compromised the independence of his office by socializing and sucking up to senior DHS officials. "There are many blessings to be thankful for this year," the sycophantic Edwards wrote to the DHS acting counsel on Thanksgiving 2011, "but one of the best is having a friend like you." Geez, get them a room.

Whistleblowers outlined how Edwards cozied up to multiple DHS execs and legal staffers, who directed him to alter reports on immigration enforcement, TSA screening and the Secret Service's dalliances with prostitutes in Argentina. Edwards failed to obtain independent legal analysis of ethics issues. The IG counsel was cut out of the loop. Edwards ordered reports to be doctored or delayed. He failed to recuse himself from audits and inspections that had conflicts of interest related to his wife's employment.

The probe among DHS employees also discovered that Edwards' apparent retaliatory actions against staff dissenters "contributed to an office environment characterized by low morale, fear and general dissatisfaction with Mr. Edwards' leadership."

The Obama White House was quite happy, however. The administration installed this 20-year career bureaucrat as acting DOJ senior watchdog despite the fact that he had zero experience conducting audits, investigations and inspections -- the three fundamental duties of an inspector general. They got exactly what they needed: A do-nothing, know-nothing, toothless lackey.

Edwards' main non-accomplishment was carrying water for the Obama corruptocracy as he dithered on the internal investigation of Alejandro Mayorkas, who was confirmed late last year as the No. 2 official at Homeland Security. As I've previously reported, veteran internal whistleblowers told Capitol Hill about fraud, reckless rubber-stamping and lax enforcement under Mayorkas' tenure as head of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

Put on your shocked faces: The DOJ's IG probe into Mayorkas' role on fast-tracking visas for wealthy Chinese investors on behalf of GreenTech -- the crony company with ties to Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Hillary Clinton's other brother, Anthony -- has yet to be completed after more than a year.

Former DHS crook-in-chief Janet Napolitano continues to deny any wrongdoing. Conveniently, Napolitano's longtime aide and crony pal Suzanne Barr, former chief of staff to former DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement head John Morton, left office just after whistleblower allegations about Barr's lewd conduct and sexual harassment of underlings surfaced. Guess who was "in charge" as the scandal broke open? Whitewash puppy Charles K. Edwards.

As always, the fish rots from the head down. Remember: Team Hope and Change sacked former Amtrak Inspector General Fred Weiderhold and former Americorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin for exposing financial improprieties and calling out Obama officials' interference with their probes.

And the current kennel of Obama cover-up enablers masquerading as watchdogs includes Interior Department acting IG Mary Kendall. She remains under investigation for allegations that she potentially helped White House officials cover up their doctoring of scientific documents that led to the fraudulent, job-killing drilling moratorium of 2010.

Then there was former DOJ acting inspector Cynthia Schnedar, a longtime employee and colleague of now-Attorney General Eric Holder, who recklessly released secret Operation Fast and Furious audiotapes to the U.S. Attorney's Office in Phoenix before reviewing them. She resigned in 2012 to avoid the heat.

When the Senate panel called Charles K. Edwards to testify last December about his own hot ethics mess, the White House promptly whisked Edwards out of the job and transferred him to the "science and technology" division of DOJ.

Funny how the "most transparent administration in American history" loves to play hide and seek with its dirty watchdogs. Heels, the whole lot of them.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: charlesedwards; dhs; watchdogs

1 posted on 04/25/2014 1:48:29 AM PDT by Kaslin
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

Corruption from the top down in this administration.

2 posted on 04/25/2014 3:54:21 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin

The criminal behavior of this administration is breathtaking.

Sad thing is that people are starting to give up as far as America goes. Massive cheating in 2014 by democrats will put the final nail in because people will realize that they can’t count on any elections to get rid of the demons anymore.

Too much corruption that nobody has done a thing about is causing many to lose hope.

My niece and her husband are about to give up figuring that caring is a waste of their time. There is no effort to stop what Obama is doing to this country.

3 posted on 04/25/2014 4:03:19 AM PDT by dforest
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Rummyfan

Like doumbo and Holder, all these fools get exposed and what, IF ANYTHING ever happens to them? Crickets??????????????????????

4 posted on 04/25/2014 4:04:09 AM PDT by DaveA37
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
OOC=Out Of Control.

The executive branch of the U.S. government is OOC.


5 posted on 04/25/2014 4:06:08 AM PDT by M Kehoe
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: dforest
Before they lose all hope, they should check out

It's in our American DNA to believe in elections, which dovetails perfectly with the ambitions of the Uniparty. Unfortunately, elections are approaching the significance of those in Venezuela.

There is too much power and money in Washington for the Uniparty to reform itself.

6 posted on 04/25/2014 4:18:24 AM PDT by Jacquerie (Article V.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Kaslin
[Art.] The Obama administration doesn't have watchdogs. It has whitewash puppies.

Little Squealer the Pig. And his ladder and paint-pot. </Orwell>

7 posted on 04/25/2014 4:29:52 PM PDT by lentulusgracchus
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson