by Eric Martin
I think what we need to do is pass a lawtargeting the entire ACORN organization because some low-level ACORN employees were caught in a video entrapment sting engaging in unethical and, possibly in some instances, illegal behavior (while others behaved quite admirably):
Top executives at Blackwater Worldwide authorized secret payments of about $1 million to Iraqi officials that were intended to silence their criticism and buy their support after a September 2007 episode in which Blackwater security guards fatally shot 17 Iraqi civilians in Baghdad, according to former company officials. [...]
Blackwater’s strategy of buying off the government officials, which would have been illegal under American law, created a deep rift inside the company, according to the former executives. They said that Cofer Black, who was then the company’s vice chairman and a former top C.I.A. and State Department official, learned of the plan from another Blackwater manager while he was in Baghdad discussing compensation for families of the shooting victims with United States Embassy officials.
It is an unthinkable outrage that even one federal dollar could end up going to an organization like ACORN. I expect the media to blanket this comparatively enormous scandal with unrelenting, breathless coverage.