- - Wednesday, February 28, 2018


By David T. Hardy

Skyhorse Publishing, $24.99, 264 pages

Upon seeing the title “I’m From The Government and I’m Here To Kill You” one might be forgiven for assuming the book is a self-published screed from an anti-government misanthrope. David T. Hardy’s background as a Washington, D.C., insider, an attorney working to aid federal law enforcement, and a noted First and Second Amendment scholar whose work has been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court and 11 of the 13 U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeals dissolves that concern. Once reassured, one wants to know if it is indeed true, even possible, that the government really is “here to kill you.”

The careful, documented drumbeat of chapters shocks, numbs and then frightens the reader with case after case of tens of thousands of American citizens who have been blown up, poisoned, shot, burned, radiated, assassinated and used as human lab rats — killed through negligence, through hubris, through agency-building and often as publicity events designed to increase government funding.

Case studies document how the federal government has lied, destroyed evidence, committed perjury, demoted whistleblowers and much more, with the frequent result that those individuals committing such crimes receive awards, promotions and pay raises.

Mr. Hardy names agencies and individuals, documents the cover-ups, the misdeeds, the murders, the mendacity and the mechanism which created this situation.

A constantly-growing wall of protection makes it nearly impossible to hold responsible the individuals or agencies involved. That protection nurtures the willingness of government agents to inflict legal, financial and physical destruction on citizens. An experienced attorney and researcher, Mr. Hardy lays out the laws and court decisions which have been woven into Kevlar-like armor protecting the government from responsibility of even the most heinous acts.

Basically, if an action is or even could have been (though it was not) part of the governmental process, it’s protected. The “discretionary function exception” says, in effect, that the government can do any amount of harm to whomever it wants as long as it falls within an agency’s operational discretion. If they say they can do it, they can do it.

Mr. Hardy begins with the leveling of Texas City, Texas, by an explosion of 2,200 tons of weapons-grade ammonia nitrate (1,100 times the amount used by Tim McVeigh in the Oklahoma City bombing) which was mishandled and relabeled by the government to facilitate cheaper and faster shipments. The same product which had been made as explosives in WWII was labeled “fertilizer.”

The resulting blast destroyed almost 1,000 buildings and killed about 600 people. A circuit court held the government responsible, but the Fifth Circuit Court and the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the government was protected in its negligence, citing the discretionary function exception.

The well-documented Tuskegee “study” where poor, black men infected with syphilis were denied treatment as a way to study the long-term effects of the disease stands as a particular low point in government abuse of citizens. Government agents and doctors conspired to allow 600 to die from a curable disease.

In the Ruby Ridge and Waco disasters, however, we see government abuse grown to epic size, with “shoot on sight” assassinations of U.S. citizens ordered, where agents machine-gunned a 14-year old in the back, shot and killed a mother holding her infant, and pumped flammable gas into a building resulting in the burning deaths of dozens. In many cases, these agents and supervisors were not punished, but rather were awarded medals, promotions and pay raises. Author Hardy was pivotal in unearthing hidden evidence in the Waco affair through dogged used of FOIA requests.

Eric Holder’s “Fast and Furious” gun-running program, which many believe was created as a mechanism to support the Obama/Clinton/Holder initiative for increased gun control, exposes the depth of depravity of government agents. One even dismissed the prescient warning that Mexican and American citizens, including law enforcement, would probably die from the guns this program delivered to drug cartels with a callous “To make an omelet, you have to break some eggs.” Mr. Hardy offers this summation: “Operation Fast and Furious established that the bureaucracy was indeed utterly out of control.”

As depressing and terrifying as the willingness of the government to kill its citizens is, Mr. Hardy offers a short list of moves Congress could make which would remove the impenetrable protections causing the toxic culture in many agencies.

“I’m From The Government and I’m Here To Kill You” should shock a nation, and Congress, into action. There may be no one in Washington, however, who wants these reforms, and that is the most frightening takeaway from this riveting ground-breaking book.

Tom Gresham hosts the nationally-syndicated radio talk show “Tom Greshams Gun Talk”

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