The Weaponization of the Federal Bureaucracy

Upon the heels of the scandal involving the Internal Revenue Service where conservative groups were specifically targeted before the 2012 elections comes this story from the Washington Times discussing the current movement on the part of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to intimidate banks by discouraging the giving of lines of credit, freezing assets, and prohibiting online sales of federally licensed firearms dealers. The FDIC is listing gun dealers as high risk in the category of porn stores and drug paraphernalia shops. An interesting comparison, involving as it does the legal sale of a product guaranteed to the public under the Constitution. The current administration, of course, has expressed its dissatisfaction with that particular institutional document which the president ostentatiously swore an oath to upon his inauguration. This move has gone hand in hand with Justice Department launching Operation Choke Point, a credit card fraud probe focusing on banks and...(Read Full Post)