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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.

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