ica’s vigilant citizenry during Mr. Obama’s two-year-campaign for the presidency, but this plaintiff wants it resolved by a court,” Judge Robertson wrote when dismissing the case brought by Gregory Holl i s te r, a retired Air Force colonel.
Mr. Merrell now reveals: “I was visited by two U.S. marshals . . . after I had written a letter to Judge Robertson for his rant threatening sanctions over lawyers who filed a suit challenging Obama’s right to be president over the ‘natural born’ citizen clause in the Constitution.
“I told them unless the First Amendment had been repealed, or they were going to arrest me, we had nothing to talk about.”
Mr. Merrell says one of the marshals cited “some obscure law which made it illegal to say anything that caused ‘emotional distress’ to a federal judge.” Maybe Rush Limbaugh should lead the Republican Party after all.
We’ll allow Inside the Beltway fan Greg Drew to speak for dozens of other letter-writing readers: “I read with interest your article, ‘Run Rush, Run?’ [see March 9 edition]. As an educated man in my late 50s with a passion for politics, I take exception to your analysis.
“I have been listening to Rush for 15 years — not always in agreement. However, if you want to examine the amount of ideas coming from his show to those coming from the entire Democratic Congress in those 15 years, you will find the Democrats sorely wanting.
“He is an entertainer and a businessman, however his ability to interpret for his audience what is really happening in politics/government/culture is unmatched. The only reason he is being targeted is that there is a vacuum of leadership on both sides in Washington. Rush would have never given British Prime Minister Gordon Brown a package of DVDs.” bloodshed: “It won’t work.”
In a conversation with this columnist on March 14, Mr. Chertoff likened today’s drug wars in Mexico to previous mob wars in America, which — he pointed out — didn’t stop once Prohibition ended in 1933.
In 1986, it was Mr. Chertoff, as an assistant U.S. attorney working side by side with thenU.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York Rudolph W. Giuliani, who dealt a major blow to organized crime. As lead prosecutor, Mr. Chertoff’s goal was to build a case against the five Mafia families that ran organized crime in New York. When the dust settled, leaders of the Genovese, Colombo and Lucchese crime families, as well as a captain of the Bonannos, were convicted.
Mr. Chertoff’s final task as director of homeland security was seeing to the safe inauguration of Barack Obama. Still, he told one interviewer that despite all the security in place, his fear was a Virginia Tech-type incident in which one disturbed person goes on a killing spree.
Today, Mr. Chertoff is writing a book about his experiences and speaking through the Harry Walker Agency on topics that include terrorism, cybersecurity and economic infrastructure, the immigration cr isis and emerging threats for the next decade.