“Disparate Impact: Government and Governed, Federal agency after agency seems to be ignoring laws…

…No one gets fired. No one gets prosecuted or goes to jail. No one is held accountable.”, Letters to the Editor re. “Oil spill scapegoat Kurt Mix”, The Wall Street Journal, November 12, 2015

“We are kidding ourselves if we expect human beings invested with power over other human beings to behave well, especially when misbehaving promotes personal aggrandizement or ideological bias. Unless there are real penalties for abusing authority, and leaders willing to enforce them, the Justice Department and others will keep doing it. Americans like to think they are a different breed from those in countries that trample human rights, but we are not, and only the brakes on abuse we install and enforce keep us from similar outcomes.” Thomas M. Doran, Plymouth, Mich

Opinion

Disparate Impact: Government and Governed

Federal agency after agency seems to be ignoring laws. No one gets fired. No one gets prosecuted or goes to jail. No one is held accountable.

Regarding Kurt Mix’s “I Was an Oil Spill Scapegoat” (op-ed, Nov. 9): One can feel only empathy for the writer and anger toward the Justice Department. But for me the real issue here is a growing mistrust of our federal government and a perceived inability to do anything much about it.

Agency after agency seems to be ignoring laws, squandering tax dollars and acting like political tools. The IRS, with impunity, goes after conservative groups which did no wrong. The VA stonewalls an investigation and nothing changes. FEMA cannot account for billions and no one cares. The administration ignores laws and defies federal courts on immigration law—and so what? In all these cases, the problem seems to boil down to little or no law and order. No one gets fired. No one gets prosecuted or goes to jail. No one is held accountable. If you are in the federal government, it seems you are innocent not until proven guilty, but even if proved guilty. Something has to change.

Steven Schoenfeldt

Grand Rapids, Mich.

We are kidding ourselves if we expect human beings invested with power over other human beings to behave well, especially when misbehaving promotes personal aggrandizement or ideological bias. Unless there are real penalties for abusing authority, and leaders willing to enforce them, the Justice Department and others will keep doing it. Americans like to think they are a different breed from those in countries that trample human rights, but we are not, and only the brakes on abuse we install and enforce keep us from similar outcomes.

Thomas M. Doran

Plymouth, Mich.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection at Logan Airport revoked my Nexus card (Trusted Traveler Program) after I calmly said in passing that the two broken fingerprinting machines there should be reported to the proper authorities and repaired. I followed all rules and regulations set forth by the CBP that day as always. My Nexus card was revoked for no reason other than the CBP’s attempt to inhibit criticism. Although this pales in comparison to Mr. Mix’s miserable experience, the fact that government agencies can overreach, denying law-abiding, well-intentioned citizens their rights, is horrifying.

R. Lipkind

Cooper City, Fla.

Mr. Mix faced the threat of 40 years in prison for deleting two text messages. It is a good thing for Hillary Clinton that the Benghazi investigation is only about the loss of four American lives and the deletion of 30,000 emails. Had she been involved in an environmental disaster she would be in real trouble.

Robert J. Gault

Endicott, N.Y.

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