Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Jack-Booted Thug of the Week...

... is U.S. Department of Justice attorney Rachel Hranitzky, who apparently showed up at an announced public hearing at the New Iberia, Louisiana City Hall yesterday and immediately proceeded to tell a local reporter there to cover the event that she couldn't be recorded or quoted because, you know, she's more special than the other officials scheduled to speak there:

"She said the Department of Justice has very special rules about how their attorneys can be quoted."

Umm, no they don't, Ms. Hranitzky.  You and your colleagues have to play by the same "rules" as any other person, an important lesson your boss is going to learn the hard way sometime tomorrow.

Things seemingly got worse when the reporter inquired as to exactly what exception to the Constitution allowed her to impose such conditions on a meeting that anyone could walk in and attend:

"Hranitzky grew belligerent and threatening and said if the reporter didn’t follow her directive he would be asked to leave.

'Then (the Department of Justice) can call your editors and publisher at the paper, and trust you don’t want to get on the Department of Justice’s bad side,' Hranitzky said."

Ooh, how scary.  "Play ball or I unleash the Eye of Sauron upon thee."

Take your impotent and empty threats and cram them, ma'am.

(via Jay G.)


Bike Bubba said...

I was thinking that John Roberts qualifies today....

Crotalus (Don't Tread on Me) said...

Wait a minute... Did you just dare me to declare war on you?