Getting fired for incompetence is far less of a worry than dying at your desk from a heart attack if you are a government bureaucrat. So is having your misbehavior exposed to the serfs. A pair of stories from the Daily Caller News Foundation illustrate the immunity from public accountability that shelters our masters.
Ethan Barton documents the effort made to prevent disclosure of the federal bureaucrat who caused the Gold King Mine disaster that polluted the Animus River and caused millions of dollars in damage.
Environmental Protection Agency worker Hays Griswold was in charge at the Gold King Mine in August 2015 when a three-million gallon flood of dangerous mine waste — including 880,000 pounds of toxic elements like lead and arsenic — poured into Colorado’s Animus River, turning it yellow for nearly a week and poisoning the drinking water source for residents of three states and the Navajo Nation.
But somebody contrived to remove critical details, including Griswold’s name, from an “independent” review of the disaster, according to documents obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation. Officials at the Department of the Interior – and perhaps EPA – had access to the draft.
Of course, nobody in the federal bureaucracy has suffered any consequences.
[N]o one has been punished for the disaster, which likely will ultimately cost state and federal taxpayers millions of dollars. The disaster also negatively affected the area’s farming and tourism industries and may even be linked to suicides.
In a second instance of protecting its own, the same Ethan Barton reports:
A U.S. attorney sexually harassed an ex-lover and former subordinate, then tried hiding the deed from federal investigators, a government watchdog reported Tuesday.
The unnamed U.S. attorney resigned during the investigation and was not prosecuted, the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inspector General (IG) reported. The lovers’ genders weren’t identified.
The public is like mushrooms as far as the feds are concerned. We’re kept in the dark and covered in dung.
June 9, 2016
Feds shield misbehaving bureaucrats from public exposure for their misdeeds
By Thomas Lifson