Where is our outrage over Obama administration threats to liberty?

The Obama Administration constantly throws business and civil rights restrictions against the wall to see what sticks. Many of these policies are destructive to business and our economy. One such example is the Obama Administration demanding FedEx and UPS police the legitimacy of sealed packages.

The Obama Justice Department, known for its selective prosecution, is threatening, but has yet to file, criminal charges against the two carriers for “not flagging shipments of illegally prescribed drugs.” According to one FedEx official, “At the heart of the investigation are sealed packages that are being sent by, as far as we can tell, licensed pharmacies. These are medicines with legal prescriptions written by licensed physicians. So it’s difficult for us to understand where we would have some role in this. We are a transportation company that picks up and delivers close to 10 million packages a day. They are sealed packages, so we have no way of knowing specifically what’s inside and we have no interest in violating the privacy rights of our customers.” So why does the government want them to violate your privacy right? Do you really think shipping companies should have law enforcement authority?

FedEx has offered to stop shipping for companies the government has put on an industry-wide No Ship List, but the DOJ won’t divulge what companies they want the shippers to stop working with. So why does the government want a company to act as law enforcement, knowing full well that without legal authority the shippers would be sued almost immediately? This is the DOJ that can’t shoot straight, from an administration that constantly violates transparency in government.

Now think about selective prosecution. The government is going after two carriers but not the U.S. Post Office, and not the thousands of container shippers, which may be unknowingly transporting counterfeit products. What does the government want these two carriers to do? Do they want shippers to open up sealed containers to test the contents? Maybe they want UPS and FedEx to investigate your medical records to ensure you ordered the products? The two carriers are complaining that the government is asking them to violate civil protection. What other products will the government add to the list? Perhaps they’ll go after Washington State exports. After all, software is easily counterfeited, and agricultural product certifications can be falsified.

Is this intimidation? You bet! It’s possible the Obama Administration has an ulterior motive to punish these two carriers for their political or labor policies. Maybe it’s a shakedown for the companies being successful while the Post Office is failing. The point is, those who cherish privacy rights, and equal justice should be outraged. The press should be all over this issue as an assault on freedom. Why aren’t our elected officials, including our newly elected Congressional representative, speaking out about the intrusion on our rights. Why aren’t they defending the rule of law?

I’ve no doubt the Administration has overreached — again. But consider how many of these arbitrary rules are being proposed and implemented without public awareness and press revelation.

Randy Dutton is a resident of Montesano