Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism Lam helpfully discloses how he's been "involved in GOP politics here in Indiana for 18 years" adding that the "situation in WI presents a good opportunity for what's called a 'false flag' operation." Here is the text of the e-mail:
“If you could employ an associate who pretends to be sympathetic to the unions’ cause to physically attack you (or even use a firearm against you), you could discredit the unions. Currently, the media is painting the union protest as a democratic uprising and failing to mention the role of the DNC and umbrella union organizations in the protest. Employing a false flag operation would assist in undercutting any support that the media may be creating in favor of the unions. God bless, Carlos F. Lam.”There is a difference between the parties, not only on policy but in how they conduct political operations. Democrats will concentrate their energy and resources — volunteers, many of them from unions, for phone banks, distributing campaign literature — into getting out the vote, driving voters to the polls, informing them of the issues and running factual campaign ads. The GOP, on the other hand, has always been about suppressing the vote, with voter intimidation and harassment at the polls, outrageous robo-calls, and corporate-funded campaign ads that spread lies and misinformation about Democrats aimed, not only at ginning up their base, but keeping Democratic voters home and not voting. Because you see, there are more of us than there are of them.
And so GOP activists are ready to deploy their Rovian bag of dirty tricks. These include passing out pamphlets in heavily Democratic black or latino districts directing voters to go to the wrong precinct, or vote on Nov. 3rd rather than the 2nd, representing themselves as the Democratic candidate with some outrageously false claim against the community that is too big a lie to pass muster in TV ads, or trying to scare voters away from the polls by distributing a sheet with an official-looking state logo falsely informing them photo IDs or driver's licenses are required to vote. These are the "false flag operations" officially sanctioned by the GOP that Lam boasts of in his e-mail, in which individuals and groups will represent themselves to voters under a false and misleading cover: "If you could employ an associate who pretends to be sympathetic to the unions’ cause to physically attack you (or even use a firearm against you), you could discredit the unions."
Is it just a coincidence that on the same day the e-mail went out, Jeffrey Cox, an Indiana deputy attorney general tweeted that police should "use live ammunition" against the protestors? He was fired the next day and Lam was forced to resign. So the next time wingnuts breathlessly pass along some ginned-up story about union "thuggery" you'll know what the brown-shirted pros in the GOP war rooms call it: a "false flag operation."
PS - What kind of sickness, what kind of insanity is spreading from wingnuts like Beck and Limbaugh to GOP law enforcement officials working in a state attorney general's office, that they will suggest the use of "LIVE AMMUNITION" and "employ an associate who pretends to be sympathetic to the unions’ cause to physically attack you (or even use a firearm against you)"? Anyone, wingnuts? *CRICKETS* — What a bunch of sickos.