It is Time for the Dept. of Justice to Clean up Contra Costa Around Town, posted by Afraid of Mary, a resident of another community, on Mar 8, 2012 at 9:02 pm
The constant bullying of citizens by certain politicians needs to stop. People (including myself) have been intimidated by officials. We should not have to fear reprisal from our government. Government officials should not intimidate and insinuate repercussions for merely trying to exercise every citizens rights. Some parts of county government appear to think they are above the law. In fact the law has been extremely patient with them. The time has come where the DOJ needs to step in and make some changes so the everyday citizen can start to feel like an American again.
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Posted by Say What?, a resident of another community, on Mar 9, 2012 at 7:44 pm
Hal, local and state law enforcement has primary oversight on cyber stalking. It's not the Feds as you suggested with your link. If you think the underfunded and overworked US Attorney's office is going to chase down someone because you feel they said mean things about you and your inquiry about a services district seat, then I think you're seriously mistaken.
If you're going to pontificate about the law, you should first familiarize yourself with it. Second you should stop reading all the tripe your "investor friends" are feeding you. They've been pitching that FBI story for 5 years that I know of. You are late to the party.
My guess is they got another "Dr. John" letter from Mr. Johnson at the state DOJ who by this time probably has them pegged as kooks.
For the OP, this door swings both ways. You should not harass and attempt to intimidate public officials, especially if it's done with malice. That happens quite frequently in this forum with people posting innuendo and outright known-to-be falsehoods with intent to harm or defame.
The First Amendment does not grant you free speech to that level.
Posted by AOM, a resident of the Blackhawk neighborhood, on Mar 11, 2012 at 8:54 pm
Comments from corrupt political teams such as Say What's are exactly why the Department of Justice needs to act. Say What's comments are another sample at how that team is laughing at the Dept of Justice. They believe they are untouchable. I'm beggining to also believe it. If they follow that IP address they can easily see the politician these people are connected to further substantiating the crimes they think they are above the law to practice.
Posted by Say what? , a resident of another community, on Mar 13, 2012 at 8:46 am
Beg your pardon? Which "political team" are you suggesting I play for, Hal? I hate being the last to know.
All I did was point out that you are talking to or expecting of the wrong people in law enforcement for the concerns you seem to have. Whether your bogus claims have merit is another discussion entirely.
As a FBI field agent told me a few years back, anyone can get on the internet and post false accusations. Some they are obligated to check out. Doesn't mean they take them all seriously.
BTW, Hal, that contact with an agent was because I reached out to understand the first time I heard this FBI/DOJ lie floated. It's no more true now than it was then. Maybe your "investor friend" who seems to like to hit the steroids a lot should cut back on the consumption. Paranoia is a symptom of abuse, if you didn't know.
But you can continue to believe what you like, Sir. Just exercise a little more respect for people who don't blindly buy into your conspiracy theories.
Posted by Informed Resident, a resident of another community, on Mar 13, 2012 at 11:24 am
@ Say What,
I was thinking the same thing and agree with you. From reading all of this, all I can see are more accusations about nothing. Apparently there is a little East Co. group who has left quite a trail of deceit and false allegations. It has become a pattern. Not hard to find once you start looking. They have gone from one agency, editor, blog, to another trying to gain support but always fall short. I think common sense tells most people that they arenít getting anywhere for obvious reasons.
You are also correct that the door swings both ways. I donít think any agency or office likes to have their time wasted with false reports or personal vendettas.
I believe this is one more example of their lack of understanding of process and government as a whole.
Too bad that they donít spend more time educating themselves, rather than frustrating themselves.
p.s. @ AOM, I am not a lawyer but falsely accusing someone of a crime, may have itís own consequences.
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Posted by Informed Resident, a resident of another community, on Mar 14, 2012 at 3:13 pm
Thanks for the link-however I am not sure it applies. Your definitions of bullying and defamation appear to be limited to your own personal dictionary that I find listed under hypocrisy. While we are all entitled to our opinions we are not entitled to our own facts. This is what forums are all about.
In the meantime, believe the majority of us can tell the difference between an apple and an orange.
Posted by Say what? , a resident of another community, on Mar 14, 2012 at 4:09 pm
Thanks for the link, Hal. Always love it when you provide the tools with which I can show both your folly and your hypocrisy. You save me the search time.
For example, the paragraph below from your link could be applied to any number of yours or ECW's posts and you wouldn't have a leg to stand on in a court case.
So tell your friends to be a little careful with those wild DOJ stories. Because an investigation would probably leave the agent scratching their heads for just who is the perpetrator of civil rights violations or libel.
"Opinions, even if they reflect negatively on someone, are protected by the First Amendment and are not defamatory. However, just calling a false statement of fact an opinion is not enough to gain First Amendment protection. For instance, if you say, ďBased on the evidence, in my opinion, itís clear that John stole my computer from my house,Ē then a court might determine that, because you were backing up your statement with evidence, that you were actually making a statement of fact. If that statement is false and hurts Johnís reputation, then you could still be liable for defamation."
Read again Informed's earlier links to Dunning-Kruger Effect. There's a message there for you which you are obviously not comprehending.