Ever since a politician decided to tear his African American opponent (in last year’s mayoral race), to shreds in public (and calling her a criminal), we decided to take our focus off national politics, and zero in on a local political scene.
Especially be leery of any politician who tries to bully people; and politicians who try to intimidate people with threats of lawsuits against them.
Our suggestion, again, to every resident in any local municipality ... make sure you have a civilian review board, and report any suspicious activity by politicians and/or police, to federal authorities. Intimidation is what unscrupulous people use to get what they want, and in this day and age, there is a plethora of unscrupulous and dangerous people.
Word to the wise. If after you've criticized a politician, or a member of law enforcement, or some law enforcement agency, ... and police start driving by your house at all times of the day and/or night (and you've never encountered this kind of thing before), jot down that cars tags and anything else that will help authorities identify who the culprits are. If you get audited for taxes, or something having to do with a government agency and it happens within a month or two, or three, etc. of the time you've criticized that politician or member of law enforcement or law enforcement agency, you need to contact your lawyer a.s.a.p., your friends, your family, your congress person, the ACLU, the Center for Constitutional Rights, and anyone else you can think of. Definitely keep your friends close, because they may go after them too, and a pattern of behavior can be documented. If you feel you're being followed, turn into a side street to see if they continue following you.
If you contacted that offending law enforcement agency about a prior matter unrelated to your critique of them ... they may see that as a vulnerability and they may prey on that vulnerability.
Be aware that GPS devices like cell phones and smart cars can pretty much locate you at any time and any place if you are in the same vicinity as devices and cars w GPS installed. Because there are a host of unscrupulous politicians, etc., get some exercise and start walking w/o these devices, etc. around (smile). Sorry if that sounded a bit paranoid (again, smile)
Helpful: Install some good mobile security software on your cell phone
Also be aware that these unscrupulous people have no problem with bugging your car, your home, etc. ... and may even use these and other spy tactics under the guise of homeland security (which will allow them to use the local police or GPS tracking or bugging your property).
Don't let them worry you ... just keep a journal, and note anything that seems suspicious. You can't remember everything, so write it down, and have back-up copies online just in case your home is burglarized. [You may think this is funny; however, if it happens to you in the future, you'll thank us.]
Again, the most important thing is to keep good records and don't keep silent. Put them on the defensive. It's a shame, and while most public employees are good people, all it takes are a few bad apples to ruin an entire profession (as we've seen in the past and present).
It would be great if the offending politicians/agencies/departments clean house.