Job Description: Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician

Darrel Issa as Diogenes.

History repeats itself. Darrel Issa as Diogenes.

US Representative Darrell Issa, Chairman of the powerful Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, dropped out of high school at 17 and enlisted in the army.  He became an explosive ordnance technician trained to defuse bombs.  He claimed that his unit provided security for President Nixon sweeping the stadium for bombs before the 1971 World Series.   In 1998, investigative reporter Lance Williams of the San Francisco Examiner found that Nixon had not attended any of the World Series games in 1971.  In 1972 Issa was arrested twice.  A Grand Jury indicted him for stealing a Maserati but prosecutors later dropped the charge.  In another incident, he received 6 months probation and a fine after he plead guilty to possession an unregistered firearm.  In 1980, he was once again indicted for grand theft auto but prosecutors later dropped the charge.

Could it be that all these accusations have made Darrell Issa the man he is today?

His Committee is investigating the scandal involving IRS employees who apparently favored liberal groups and obstructed conservative groups seeking “non-profit” status for their organizations.  They may have used their power to audit and request unnecessary information from Tea Party groups as part of this general harassment.

Issa, and his committee have barely scratched the surface of this investigation but he has already appeared in interviews accusing the White House of a cover-up.   Is he looking for attention—for that grand slam home run that will launch his career?  Is he motivated by pure partisan politics?  Yes to all.

Jurisprudence in America includes the presumption of innocence until proven guilty.   Perhaps because of his previous life lessons, Rep. Issa thinks it is payback time and it is now his turn to (falsely) accuse.  It is sad for the American people that the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has found the “truth” even before the investigation begins.

2,500 years ago in Greece, Diogenes, one of the founders of Cynic Philosophy, used a lamp in the daytime to help him find an honest man.  Diogenes had also been accused of a crime in his youth, defacement of currency, and was banished from his parents’ town of Sinpoe.

Human behavior repeats itself.  It is like a Greek tragedy that the one-time explosive ordnance disposal technician is now planting bombs.





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