Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Cassandra -- I Told You So!

In Greek mythology, Cassandra was the daughter of King Priam and Queen Hecuba of Troy. Her beauty caused Apollo to grant her the gift of prophecy. Apollo placed a curse on her so that no one would ever believe her predictions. She is a figure both of the epic tradition and of tragedy, where her combination of deep understanding and powerlessness exemplify the ironic condition of humankind. 

1. Christine Robertson -- In late October 1991 I lodged a harassment complaint against my direct supervisor, Chris Robertson. I alleged that Chris Robertson showed anti-Semitic animus. My employment was terminated a few days later on the grounds my complaint was the product of a psychiatric disorder.

In April 1992, six months later, Chris Robertson apparently colluded with the firm's Personnel Administrator in the discriminatory termination of a black employee. In 1993 it was revealed that Chris Robertson had showed racial bias on several occasions.  I was unaware of this fact in October 1991.

2. Margie Utley (Director, D.C. Department of Human Rights) -- In May 1994 I sent a letter to the FBI Washington Field Office about Margie Utley's apparent violation of the Hatch Act.

Margie Utley was later found to have in fact violated the Hatch Act, demonstrating her willingness to violate the law to help her political friends. In 1997 Margie Utley was disbarred by the State of Georgia for her action in misappropriating estate funds.

3. President Clinton -- In January 1996 I sent a letter to my then treating psychiatrist alleging that President Clinton had engaged in a boundary breach in that he had received confidential mental health information about me from Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. I stated that President Clinton's actions, at least in a technical sense, could result in his impeachment.

Two years later Bill Clinton was in fact impeached by the House of Representatives on two charges, one of perjury and one of obstruction of justice, on December 19, 1998.  The charges arose from the Lewinsky scandal and the Paula Jones lawsuit. It was disclosed that President Clinton had engaged in a boundary breach by having sexual relations with a White House intern.

4. U.S. Attorney General Eric H. Holder, Jr. -- In the fall of 2009 I began to raise questions in this blog My Daily Struggles about the possibility that Eric H. Holder, Jr. had probably been apprised of facts about my unlawful job termination by Akin Gump by his friend, Senior Akin Gump Counsel Vernon E. Jordan, Jr. Several of my blog posts were entitled "What Did Eric Holder Know and When Did He Know It?" In effect, I accused Eric Holder of engaging in a cover-up of the unlawful conduct of senior attorney managers at Akin Gump.

Be that as it may

House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley sent Holder a letter in May 2011 asking for details about Operation Fast and Furious, the ATF operation that sent thousands of guns to Mexican drug cartels. Tax money may have been used to purchase the guns Grassley and Issa "have urged Holder to cooperate and turn over subpoenaed records that would reveal the scope of the government coverup. In October 2011, documents were released that indicated Holder was sent memos in regards to Operation Fast and Furious in 2010, contradicting Holder's sworn testimony before the House Judiciary Committee in which he said he was unaware of Operation Fast and Furious until April 2011. In April 2012, Issa announced that his committee was drafting a Contempt of Congress resolution against Holder in response to the committee being "stonewalled by the Justice Department." On June 20, 2012, the Oversight Committee voted 23-17 along party lines to hold Holder in contempt of Congress for not releasing documents the committee had requested.