Adding the 23,000 claims in the original case to the 80,000 plaintiffs projected to be eligible to participate in Pigford II, and subtracting all of the 1,376 records that admittedly exist, we are being told — presumably with a straight face — that USDA somehow lost all trace of well over 100,000 civil rights complaints, that not even a single name in a database remains of any of those cases. USDA still has records of every person who farmed in America in 1910 — but claims not to know, even within 100,000, the actual number who contacted the department directly to complaint of discrimination between 1981 and 1997.
And, incredibly, this figure accounts for only the blacks who are claiming to meet the statutory requirements in Pigford. Hundreds of thousands of additional plaintiffs in carbon-copy cases for American Indians, Hispanics and women are now or will soon be claiming that they also filed mysteriously missing complaints as those suits progress toward their own inexorable, Obama-imposed payoffs.
Based on the experience of Pigford, it is not at all out of the question that half a million total plaintiffs could be making that claim before all of these shameful settlements are concluded. But the proposed settlements do not require any plaintiff to supply a copy of his complaint, or a single piece of paper from USDA acknowledging that a complaint was actually filed!
No matter how incompetent USDA may have been, this scenario simply beggars belief.
From a strictly numerical standpoint, it would have been impossible for the civil rights staff even to log in and read hundreds of thousands of complaints between 1981 and 1996. Such a crush would have generated whole forests of paper begging for additional manpower and resources — and such memos do not exist. Even just the complaints claimed in Pigford I and II would have swamped the available resources.
Each complaint in the possession of USDA has a log number. If the wall of “privacy” that the government hides its records behind could somehow be breached — for instance, by a congressional investigation — it would quickly become clear that there are no massive gaps in the numbering, that the “lost” hundreds of thousands of complaint never existed, that the department actually received fewer than 1,400 complaints during that period, and that fewer than 1,400 individuals are actually entitled under Federal law to sue in all of the cases combined.
So, what is to be done about this massive fraud? Not just the $2.25 billion for blacks, but $680 million for American Indians under the recent tentative settlement of the Keepseagle case, and billions more for women and Hispanics — who, incidentally, have already lost their bids for class action status in federal court, but will be paid nevertheless under the orders of Barack Obama.
The media will ignore the truth about Pigford and the other lawsuits. If somehow forced to cover these inconvenient facts, the very idea of fraud will be universally condemned by the press as “racism,” and therefore ignored as unworthy of consideration.
Judge Friedman has proven his inability or unwillingness to follow the law by approving the corrupt settlement in the original Pigford case, and there is no reason to believe he will repudiate his own actions by lifting a finger to stop the even more massive, organized fraud of Pigford II. Neither is their much chance that Judge Emmett Sullivan will rejected the Keepseagle settlement.
Eric Holder’s “Justice” Department negotiated the illegal settlements, and clearly has no intention of obeying the law.
Most of our politicians are too cowardly to face the wrath of the organized minorities whose members are raping America’s taxpayers in these phony cases, with the open assistance of the Obama regime. But it is only a public congressional hearing that can possibly expose and stop the fraud in all of these race-based cases.
Is that really too much to ask?
Louis T. March served as an aide to U.S. Senator Jesse Helms. His Harvest of Lies: The Black Farmer Lawsuit Against the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is available at www.repgov.org.
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