President Ronald Wilson Reagan wanted Inspectors General "meaner than a junkyard dog." We need Inspectors General to be "watchdogs, not lapdogs," in Senator Jim Sasser's words.
Too often dysfunctional IG offices are sinecures for the insecure, or sad sack symptoms of a government that is "frozen in the ice of its own indifference, " in FDR's words.
Our U.S. Inspector General system is a patchwork quilt, with some federal agencies doing a good job and others participating in coverups, like the one at EPA, whose Clinton-Gore era Administrator Carol Browner in 1990 finally fired EPA IG JOHN C. MARTIN, who served thirteen years in the position, outwearing his welcome. Thanks to the courage of my late client, friend (and expert witness) EPA Inspector General, Senior Special Agent Robert E. Tyndall (Ret.), and his U.S. Department of Labor environmental whistleblower case, EPA IG JOHN MARTIN was fired.
Anyone who interferes with the independence of Inspectors General should be investigated for obstruction of justice. That includes federal officials (like JOHN C. MARTIN), or anyone interring with other Inspectors General, like the nascent aspiring Inspector General office in St. Johns County.
Politicization of Inspectors General is indefensible. This subtle corruption of our government is indefensible, and must be ended at once.
Let justice be done though the heavens fall.
WATCHING THE WATCHDOGS