Do you remember the story about Charlie Engle? Joe Nocera over at the New York Times wrote several stories about him a few years ago….Charlie is an amazing character who ran across the Sahara Desert….THE WHOLE SAHARA DESERT, a feat memorialized in the movie Running The Sahara….it truly is a breathtaking story. And while the movie inspired untold thousands around the world, what got Charlie in trouble was that it also caught the attention of once certain IRS agent. The IRS then set off on a campaign fitting of a spy novel to seduce and trap Charlie with the assistance of an attractive female agent……and so Charlie spent 18 months in federal prison. Surely torture for a guy like Charlie.
Now, fast forward a few years and find that another pioneering sort Aaron Swartz likewise caught the attention of the federal government who began relentlessly pursuing him for years. Aaron would not be caged, and this was precisely what the feds demanded that he would do….be caged. And so he hung himself. He hung himself, but the blood is on the hands of the feds who pursued him and would not let up.
The government has been engaged in a campaign against her people for many decades now, but that relentless campaign has only intensified over the last several years. Which makes the next story all the more infuriating. You see, there are allegations floating around that now treasury secretary Timothy Geithner provided inside information to his banker buddies…guys like Jamie Dimon…shortly before critical moves by the Federal Reserve….moves that saved them untold millions, while at the same time normal Americans got crushed. Now if these reports are true, we once again must ask….
WHY THE DOUBLE STANDARD? WHY ARE GUYS LIKE ENGLE AND SWARTZ PERSECUTED WHILE THOSE AT THE TOP WHO DID MONSTOROUSLY MORE DAMAGE CONTINUE TO WALK FREE?
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