Watchdogs are an endangered species in the Age of Obama. The latest government ombudsman to get the muzzle: Amtrak inspector general Fred Weiderhold. The longtime veteran employee was abruptly "retired" last month -just as the government-subsidized rail service faces mounting complaints about its meddling in financial audits and probes.
Question the timing? Hell, yes.
On June 18, Weiderhold met with Amtrak officials to discuss the results of an independent report by the Washington, D.C. law firm, Willkie, Farr & Gallagher. The 94-page report has been made publicly available through the office of whistleblower advocate Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa). It concluded that the "independence and effectiveness" of the Amtrak inspector general's office "are being substantially impaired" by the agency's Law Department.
"...Eleanor Acheson is vice president and general counsel at AmTrak, where inspector general Fred Wiederhold resigned Thursday without warning or explanation. Sen. Charles Grassley says Wiederhold's unexpected resignation came after he was asked to provide "specific examples of agency interference with OIG audits and/or investigations."
A bit more Googling shows Eleanor Acheson to be a Friend of Joe - Joe Biden, that is, Amtrak's most famous rider and currently vice president of the United States. Wiederhold has said nothing publicly since his resignation five days ago.
Google doesn't tell us whether the former Amtrak IG's curious silence has anything to do with the well-connected legal honcho at Amtrak. At least, not yet...."
LEE says:Â While you are still pondering the newly reported firing/retirement of ANOTHER Inspector General, I hope there are still some of us who are also keeping this entire issueÂ andÂ Inspector General Walpin in particularÂ in mind.
If you are interested, I'd be glad for you to visit, or revisit, this issue through a Gather, or Google search orÂ by way of these articles of mine:
Inspector General Walpin fired .. videos included
This article is unintentionally the sameÂ as another one of mine (don't ask, it's a boring story), Inspector General Fired? Fired! ; but the comments are different if someone is interested in those.
This one is related to the others irtÂ the fired Inspector GeneralÂ because of the Americorp/ACORN/Obama/Ken JohnsonÂ connection which seems to validate Gerald Walpin's opinions and actions that seem to have gotten him fired.Â Mmmm...