by John Hnatio
More and more it seems like the Revolutionary War when King George was dismissing the God-given rights of the American colonialists as British citizens. “Don’t tread on me,” was the call of Americans who were fed up with the arrogance of a government that ignored their basic rights. The only difference today is that, instead of King George and the British Parliament, it is now our own elected officials who are trouncing on the rights of American citizens.
A couple of days ago, I got a call from one of our John Galt clients—Mr. James O’Keefe who is the president of a small company called Demodulation. Demodulation had their technology, called microwire, stolen by the National Security Agency (NSA), the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Energy (DOE) as part of illegal and highly classified “black” programs. We have the overwhelming proof including the sworn testimony of witnesses proving that the story is true.
Mr. O’Keefe called Senator Grassley’s office to inquire about the status of a certified letter sent to his office on May 20, 2016, raising concerns that his staff was not giving him critical information about his case. If you are interested, a copy of the certified letter sent to Chairman of the Judiciary Grassley is attached for you to read.
Mr. O’Keefe’s call was greeted by a staffer on the other end of the line. Mr. O’Keefe asked the staffer about the status of the letter. When Mr. O’Keefe tried to explain his situation and why a response to the letter was so important he was told, “We don’t have time for this.” Amazingly, when Mr. O’Keefe asked the staffer if Senator Grassley would help him he was told, “What’s in it for us?” It was not until three minutes into the call before Mr. O’Keefe asked the Grassley staffer if he was interested in taking his name in order to follow-up. The staffer never took Mr. O’Keefe’s name and telephone number. The call ended with the staffer sarcastically saying to Mr. O’Keefe, “If you’ve got a problem, call the whistleblower hotline!” By the way, we have contacted Senator Grassley’s “hotline” tens and tens of times on behalf of our clients with absolutely no response.
It is very reminiscent of the treatment I personally received from Senator Grassley’s Chief Investigative Counsel on the Judiciary Committee, Mr. Jason Foster, when I asked for help after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) stole my trade secrets, duplicated my company’s products, and drove us out of business. When I asked Mr. Foster why Senator Grassley never responded to any of our letters, (tens and tens of them) he told me that he really did not know or care. He told me that he personally, not Senator Grassley, decided what would be investigated by the Committee as he hung up the phone in my ear. Mr. foster’s arrogance and total disregard for the people who pay his salary was well on display that day.
It is too bad that Senator Grassley has forsaken his leadership responsibility by allowing his own staff to treat the American citizens he works for (at least theoretically) in this shoddy way. We wonder if Senator Grassley is aware of the conduct of his own staff let alone the critical matters now before the Judiciary Committee and the nation. All we can say is, “God, please save America.”
John Hnatio is the principal investigator for the John Galt Program for Investigative Studies which is a division of the non-profit Institute for Complexity Management (ICM). John Hnatio worked for the federal government for 30 years prior to his retirement in 2004 including stints on Capitol Hill. Since his retirement, Dr. Hnatio has been involved in small business start-ups and conducts his own philanthropic work to help small businesses that have become the victims of unfair U.S. Government competition.