The second Indiana Republican to leave his jobs in the last several weeks over suggestions of violence regarding the Wisconsin protesters, Indiana deputy prosecutor and Republican activist Carlos F Lam resigned Thursday after being busted for sending an email to Governor Scott Walker in which he suggested planting a “false flag” against the protesters by having an associate fake a physical attack — even using a “firearm” — against Governor Scott Walker in an effort to smear union protesters as violent thugs.
The Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism discovered Lam’s email to Walker in the thousands of emails requested from Governor Walker by both Isthmus and the Wisconsin AP. Governor Walker refused to cooperate with the FOIA until ordered to do so by a court, and the state of Wisconsin has been ordered to pay $7,000.00 for the court costs of the plaintiffs.
The Cap Times reports:
Carlos F. Lam submitted his resignation shortly before the Center published a story quoting his Feb. 19 email, which praised Walker for standing up to unions but went on to say that the chaos in Wisconsin presented “a good opportunity for what’s called a ‘false flag’ operation.”
“If you could employ an associate who pretends to be sympathetic to the unions’ cause to physically attack you (or even use a firearm against you), you could discredit the unions,” the email said.
“Currently, the media is painting the union protest as a democratic uprising and failing to mention the role of the DNC and umbrella union organizations in the protest. Employing a false flag operation would assist in undercutting any support that the media may be creating in favor of the unions. God bless, Carlos F. Lam.”
God bless indeed. So much for thou shall not bear false witness against thy neighbor, eh?
At 5 a.m. Thursday, expecting the story to come out that day, Lam called Cooper and told him he had been up all night thinking about it. “He wanted to come clean, I guess, and said he is the one who sent that email,” Cooper said…..
Madison criminal defense lawyer Michael Short said that if Lam wrote the email, he should be investigated for a possible breach of the Indiana Rules of Professional Conduct, for “suggesting that officials in the Walker administration commit a felony,” namely, misconduct in public office. Those rules state that “conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation” amount to professional misconduct. They are the rules to which lawyers are held accountable by the Indiana lawyer discipline system.
Lam’s resignation came after a day of moral indignation and denial, coupled with breathless “oh, geez, I just want everyone to know that I would never do such a thing!” as he played his “I’m out shopping for a mini van with my family” card to no avail. Lam, of course, claimed to be fearful for his family’s safety, implying that some horrible political operative had set him up and was out to get him. Lam also claimed his email had been hacked.
Those things turned out to be untrue, but this shouldn’t surprise anyone. Here’s a hint for Republicans: Law enforcement can determine the origin of your email. Perhaps we should call Lam the “U” boy, in honor of the 2008 hoax of “B” girl who tried to pull a false flag against Obama supporters, claiming she was attacked for her McCainness during the 2008 campaign. The B, having been carved backward, was the first clue that the lady did protest too much. But that didn’t stop McCain’s Pennsylvania campaign communications director from alleging to the press that the attacker said, “You’re with the McCain campaign? I’m going to teach you a lesson,” in what was dubbed a racially motivated charge that was unsubstantiated and proved, ultimately, to be a lie.
And then we have, caught on tape, a burly Tea Party Republican man kicking a petite Move-On protester in the head as she lay held down on the pavement by another Paulite during a Rand Paul “event”. Apparently, they thought she might do something, though she was only exercising her 1st amendment rights by holding a sign critical of Mr Paul.
Context is not irrelevant, as we have a Republican movement led by political leaders calling for second amendment remedies and referring to hunting down Democrats and the President, along with crosshairs placed on Democrats by other leaders. We’ve also had the horrific Arizona tragedy just two months ago. These are the facts and it would be irresponsible to view the latest evidence of high placed Republicans calling to deceive and endanger the public in order to get better press for their indefensible attacks on all but the uber-wealthy in a vacuum. This is a trend. There is violence afloat, and it is coming from the leaders of only one political party.
After all, Lam wasn’t exactly barking up the wrong tree with his suggestion of a false flag, as Walker was heard admitting that he had considered using a plant to make the protesters look bad in the prank Koch phone call that first revealed Governor Walker to be the cold-hearted, dishonest, corporate shill he has since proven himself to be.
And then we have Indiana state Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Cox who tweeted that riot police should “use live ammunition” to clear the Capitol of protesters who was subsequently fired for his suggestion of violence.
If union members are the awful “thugs” Republicans claim they are, why do self-proclaimed “Christian” Republicans feel compelled to use deceitful, felonious, unlawful means in order to set protesters up to appear violent after weeks of peaceful protests? Had any of the various Republicans considering using violence chosen to actually do so, who knows what sort of further violence it could have inspired. Apparently the safety of their constituents means nothing to Republicans in their war on the working class of this country. Governor Walker should be investigated for claiming that he thought of using a false flag to discredit protesters. Such behavior is grossly inappropriate for an elected official; it violates the public’s trust in law, order, and fairness.
Shame on these Republicans who are so desperate to smear hard working Americans that they would fake an attack against themselves in order to get sympathetic press. Playing the victim is apparently the only way they feel they can justify being such corporate crooks. I’m beginning the think the entire GOP is as self-pitying and self-absorbed as Sarah Palin, playing the victim when they are the perpetrator.
Shame, shame, shame.