I’m from the Government and I’m Here to Kill You: The True Human Cost of Official Negligence (Skyhorse Publishing; October 10, 2017; $24.99), written by former federal attorney David T. Hardy, is an investigation into how the government imperils the very lives of those it supposedly serves.
Federal employees have, with legal impunity, blown up a town and killed six hundred people, released staggering amounts of radioactive contamination and lied about the resulting cancer, and run guns to Mexican drug cartels in hopes of expanding agency powers. Law enforcement leaders have ordered their subordinates to commit murder, and escaped legal liability. VA medical administrators have “cooked the books” and allowed patients to die, while raking in plump bonuses. Federal prosecutors have sent Americans to prison while concealing evidence that proved their innocence.
The Waco raid is emblematic of this. Among the astonishing evidence revealed in the book:
-The official justification for the initial raid was that David Koresh could not be arrested alone and peacefully because he never left the Davidian building. Agents had been installed in the “undercover house” across the street but they had little idea what he looked like and never saw him leave the building. Wrong! Nine days before the raid, those agents reported up the chain of command that they had gone shooting with David Koresh! Koresh was unarmed until one of the agents lent him a pistol. He could easily have been arrested peacefully
-At the criminal trial, agents testified that the Davidians had raked them with machine gun fire, using five types of machine guns. Several Davidians were given long prison sentences for this. Wrong. The government was concealing an audiotape that showed there was only one burst of machine gun fire, and that the shooter was promptly killed by an ATF sniper.
-After the deadly fire broke out, audiotapes of radio traffic show the FBI commander at the scene shouting desperately for fire engines, while the overall commander was detaining the fire engines at a checkpoint. When the overall commander asked if the fire engines were meant to rescue the children and was told yes, he responded coldly, “No one else, I hope.” He held them up anyway. 29 children and 50 adults died in the flames.
Praise for I’m from the Government and I’m Here to Kill You
“A must-read for every American, regardless of political views and party affiliation.”
—Robert Corbin, former Attorney General of Arizona
“Dave does an amazingly accurate job telling of how our government has taken innocent citizen life and destroyed personal freedoms. I know firsthand. I watched it happen at Ruby Ridge.”
—US Senator Larry E. Craig (retired)
“Hardy asks hard questions about the breadth of American immunity law and proposes a broad set of legal reforms that will make the government accountable for the harm it inflicts.”
—Daniel D. Polsby, JD, former dean, Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University
I’m from the Government and I’m Here to Kill You exposes the lengths to which the U.S. government agencies will go to protect its agents and its interests. It takes a hard look at the realities of a federal leviathan given too much power and not enough accountability. Hardy, a former agency attorney, closes with proposals for legal reforms that will hold the government and its servants accountable when they inflict harm on Americans.
About the Author
David T. Hardy won a three-year Freedom of Information Act lawsuit over Waco, and played a major role in reopening the Waco investigation in 1999. He then appeared on ABC Nightline and other programs, and was cited in the Independent Counsel’s report on Waco.
Hardy practices law in Tucson, Arizona, after spending ten years as an attorney for a federal law enforcement agency. He has published five books, one a New York Times bestseller, and twenty-five law review articles, which have twice been cited as authority by the United States Supreme Court.
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I’m from the Government and I’m Here to Kill You: The True Human Cost of Official Negligence
By David T. Hardy
SOURCE: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
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