I wonder when Chief Deane was conducting his discussions with a number of foreign governments in regards to the Rule of Law Resolution, whether he was aware of the following:
18 U.S.C. § 953 (2004)
Private correspondence with foreign governments.
Any citizen of the United States, wherever he may be, who, without authority of the United States, directly or indirectly commences or carries on any correspondence or intercourse with any foreign government or any officer or agent thereof, with intent to influence the measures or conduct of any foreign government or of any officer or agent thereof, in relation to any disputes or controversies with the United States, or to defeat the measures of the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both.
This section shall not abridge the right of a citizen to apply himself, or his agent, to any foreign government, or the agents thereof, for redress of any injury which he may have sustained from such government or any of its agents or subjects.
Because Chief Deane has refused to disclose what he was doing with these foreign agents, we don’t know whether he is in violation of this federal law, known as the Logan Act. The Government of Mexico clearly wishes to undermine federal immigration laws, and has expressed on numerous occasions their interest in the defeat of the Rule of Law Resolution in Prince William County. Any discussions with agents of the Government of Mexico or any other foreign nation about defeating the Rule of Law Resolution or the efforts to implement it would appear to constitute an attempt to “defeat the measures of the United States”.
So what is Chief Deane hiding in his refusal to answer questions about his activities with agents of foreign governments? Can we reasonably interpret his refusal to answer questions posed by his superiors as an attempt to ensure that a federal prosecution under 18 U.S.C. § 953 cannot be effectively undertaken?
If Deane is interested in keeping his job, he’s going to have to start answering these questions pretty quickly. It is beyond unseemly that the Chief law enforcement officer of Prince William County has been engaging in activity that has the appearance of a violation of federal law. His role as the Chief of Police for Prince William County involves the fair and effective enforcement of our laws, and does not include diplomatic responsibilities with a host of foreign nations of which we are deliberately kept in the dark. The more Deane hides what he has been up to, the more it appears that what was done was improper and may have been unlawful.
What is it going to take to have Chief Deane tell us what governments he has been having secret meetings with, what the nature of those discussions were, and what happened as a result of those meetings? Let’s hope it doesn’t require an indictment.
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