Heartland Institute Threatens 71-Year-Old Veteran

HeartlandGary Wamsley writes at the Recorder Online:

When I read the original articles on the release of confidential documents from the Heartland Institute board meeting, (see They’re Coming for Your Kids)  I was infuriated.

I reacted by sending a strongly worded email to the president and all the board members of the Heartland Institute.

Surprisingly, one board member and institute president Joseph Bast responded to my email.

Bast’s response is one that I would consider threatening. He said he was turning the email over to their legal department, the forensic staff and the FBI. He also warned me not to delete any emails.

Apparently, I was supposed to be frightened by the specter of this multimillion dollar non-profit (?) spending resources on an old veteran. The whole idea seems ludicrous and they know it. Still, I am not afraid of the battle if it comes. This is a tactic that big money often used to suppress free speech. See Gleen Greenwald’s article in Salon “Billionaire Romney donor uses threats to silence critics.”

During my career I have been in position for many sensitive positions and have had top secret clearances, I have been investigated by the Civil Service Commission, the FBI and the Air Force Office of Special Investigations. I feel secure that the government knows who I am.

I decided to publish these emails so that you can judge the exchange for yourself …

Read more here.

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  • Mysophobe

    I suppose I can barely see their rationale in contacting the big government FBI just in case, but threatening legal action? C’mon. These recent anti-libertarian tactics are very unbecoming of a libertarian think tank. What happened to the free marketplace of ideas? They need to go back in time to last week and hire a PR firm that specializes in damage control. Or one that specializes in mediocrity. Anything. Making it up as they go along like this is suicide.

  • Mamagriff50

    Mr. Bast sounds paranoid to me….which tells me they must have something to hide.

  • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

    I’d love to see that legal action :-) Air Force colonels, even retired ones, have quiet clout and friends with clout. (Trust me on this…I’m the son of one such colonel). Pressing a nuisance suit against a person with a decades long career of service to the country would fly about as well as a lead balloon. Not to mention…it lines up Heartland for a nice countersuit for filing false/nuisance claims with the FBI and slandering the name of Col. Wamsley.

    • Calypso_1

      Did you grow up in the milieu of SAC?

      • http://voxmagi-necessarywords.blogspot.com/ VoxMagi

        born in 69…yeah. pop would be almost 71 now…if it hadn’t been for cancer. as anti-establishment as I may be…its tempered with a dash of realism about geopolitics, and a soft spot for people who choose to serve their country (even when they have a country that doesn’t serve them well in return…and often uses them for wrongful purposes.) one thing I’m proud of…dad never killed…he served with honor, C-130s in the vietnam era…and his only medals were for rescue and relief flights…including civilian extraction/relocation missions (pulling whole villages out of the path of oncoming genocide). living proof that as bad as our military can be when given terrible orders…they can also be given orders that are nothing short of heroic, humanitarian and uplifting.

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