For John, BLUF: The reason there is a Bill of Rights is to protect us from the Government, which, regardless of party, can slip off the rails from time to time. Nothing to see here; just move along.
There is some whinging going around about the Wisconsin John Doe case being thrown out. There shouldn't be. it is just UnAmerican. Heck, the whole thing is UnAmerican, including the lash up of Wisconsin officials with the IRS to go after a particular group of political activists. This kind of thing just gives Democrats a bad name. The Chicago Way.
This is a situation where the police conducted odd hours raids and told people they couldn't even speak to their lawyers. At the same time the Government attorneys were leaking to the media, even inviting them to the scenes of raids. Despicable.♠ And then coordinated with the IRS (what is it, Day 806 of the IRS Scandal? I think Ms Louis Lerner has a lot to apologize for.)
At any rate, here Law Professor Ann Althouse talking about "The Wisconsin Targets Tell Their Story/After victory in court, conservative activists talk on the record for the first time about their 21-month ordeal." And, she recommends a must-read story in The Wall Street Journal by Collin Levy. (No subscription? Google some text.)
And, given the Media's cooperation with the corrupt Government officials, can we say there was some BenSmithing going on?♥ Yes, we can.
Did I use the word despicable? For sure, a Scott Walker victory in 2016 would be nice payback.
Hat tip to Ann Althouse.
Regards — Cliff
♠ And this is why ordinary citizens should be allowed to sue Government Officials, who would no longer be able to hide behind immunity. And, besides, tar and feathers is so Nineteenth Century.
♥ (v) A political tactic that disguises itself as journalism in order to protect Democrats, most specifically Barack Obama.