It should come as no surprise to anyone that regularly reads this blog to know that I am not a fan of the AOC. It should also come then as no surprise that the reverse would also be true. The AOC is not a fan of the AOC Watcher. How do I know the AOC is not a fan of mine?
The AOC regularly sends out an email that includes headlines and links to various stories that focus on the judiciary and the AOC. They call this their “E-News.” When this blog first began the AOC included a piece that was in the Daily Journal’s online blog called the Legal Pad in which they described the creation of the AOC Watcher. Well, as Cheryl Miller writes for the Daily Journal, somebody at the AOC read the post and realized that the attention I lavish on the AOC is not of the fawning and gushing variety. They sent out an email recalling the E-News they sent out that mentioned the AOC Watcher and then they sent out a second E-News in which any mention of the AOC Watcher was stricken. Gee…was it something I said?
Then I received rumors that the AOC was clamping down hard on its staff and had ordered its IT department to begin monitoring keystroke activity as well as keeping track of employees who were checking their private emails. The IT department was also rumored to be monitoring all forwarded emails and to whom those emails were forwarded.
Now I’ve gotten another doozy of a rumor that says that the AOC’s Executive Office and its Office of the General Counsel paid a visit to the CHP offices located within the same building that houses the AOC’s San Francisco offices. And why did they pay a visit to the CHP? Well, if the rumor is to be believed, the AOC wanted the CHP to use its law enforcement authority to obtain the IP internet addresses of the AOC Watcher as well as those people that have been posting comments. The AOC then wanted the CHP to figure out who the IP addresses belonged to and then turn the names over to them. Supposedly the CHP declined their invitation to participate in their witch hunt.
All of this rumored talk of the AOC on a witch hunt trying to figure out who the AOC Watcher is leaves me wondering exactly how much taxpayer money the AOC is spending on this fishing expedition. Really? A piddly little blog read by a few is a threat to you? Hmm…I guess I should be flattered.
As for you AOC Watcher readers, consider it a warning. Because even if Justice George in his speech on September 12th said, “All voices and constructive views are welcome as we develop policies to meet the challenges ahead,” the rumored actions the AOC has taken so far leads me to believe otherwise.