I chose to call the subject of this post “Uncommon Criminals” because I believe “Common Criminals” to be a higher, more honorable class of criminals. The common variety make no pretext that what they are doing is legal nor do they hypocritically send others to jail for what may well be lesser crimes. Betraying the public trust is, in my opinion, among the highest crimes committed.
The Department of (in)Justice is the bureaucracy charged with enforcing the laws of the federal government. It calls Americans who believe in the Constitution and our national sovereignty or who are “anti-authoritarian” domestic terrorists and criminal extremists and those who expose the Federal Reserve and our fraudulent monetary system “unique terrorists” The DO(in)J says the latter represent a “clear and present danger to our economic stability.” All of this has earned the Department dishonorable mention in other posts in this blog. Now it has been exposed as a gang of thieves.
According to reports from Justice Department auditors and the department’s acting inspector general, Cynthia A. Schnedar, members of the Department have been paying outrageous sums for goods and services in connection with a number of “conferences.” These officials call the inexcusable spending by their colleagues, “wasteful and extravagant.” Are these terms euphemisms for corrupt and extortionate?
Some of the items these people squandered the taxpayers' money on are:
- $16 muffins at the Capital Hilton in Washington
- a $76-per-person lunch at a conference at a Hilton in San Francisco
- $8.24 a cup coffee to go with that lunch
- platters of Swedish Meatballs costing $5 per meatball
Ten law enforcement conferences that ran through Bush and Obama administrations saw:
- cookies and brownies at almost $10 each and beef Wellington hors d'oeuvres at $7.32 per serving
Five conferences cost $600,000 for “event planning” services and a total of $121 million was spent in 2008 and 2009 on 1,832 conferences.
The officials who criticized this outrage were careful to call it “wasteful spending.” Pardon my cynicism, but I have to believe kickbacks, favors, maybe promises of jobs when the government jobs are done, and donations to political war chests were exchanged for this “wasteful spending.” Maybe the person who signed off on the check for $4200 for 250 assorted muffins had “Muffin” as a roommate for the duration of the conference.
Officials in one office had the audacity to say they thought they were saving money by serving muffins and other snacks instead of full meals. Very uncommon criminals indeed.
[If helping these uncommon criminals send common criminals to jail pains your conscience, see: ]