First Amendment of the US Constitution: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Jofi Joseph, a member of the White House Security Council (specifically negotiations with Iran), went a snark too far for the current regime and was ‘terminated’ last week after it was found out he was using an anonymous Twitter account to bash the Obama Administration. Evidently it was okay when he kept his vitriol for the Right:
Joseph’s snark was not confined to his Obama administration colleagues. He also took aim at senior Republican figures and lowly GOP Hill staffers.
“So when will someone do us the favor of getting rid of Sarah Palin and the rest of her white trash family? What utter useless garbage …. ,” he tweeted last October.
During the 2012 Presidential campaign, he lashed out at conservative journalists and members of the presidential campaign staff of Mitt Romney
“@MiekeEoyang Come on, I expected better of you. @jrubinblogger is CRAZY unhinged while @noonanjo is an overweight paid Romney shill,” he tweeted, referring to the Washington Post’s conservative blogger Jen Rubin and Romney campaign national security staffer John Noonan.
However, when he turned his bombastic rhetoric on the powers that be, well… time for a whupping:
“I’m a fan of Obama, but his continuing reliance and dependence upon a vacuous cipher like Valerie Jarrett concerns me,” he once tweeted.
“Was Huma Abedin wearing beer goggles the night she met Anthony Wiener? Almost as bad a pairing as Samantha Powers and Cass Sunstein ….,” he tweeted on another occasion, insulting a top Clinton aide, a then Congressman, and two White House senior officials in one tweet.
The investigation into this account, according to Politico, began after it tweeted doubts about the information coming from the administration regarding the Benghazi attacks on Sept. 11, 2012.
“Look, Issa is an a**, but he’s on to something here with the @HillaryClinton whitewash of accountability for Benghazi,” @natsecwonk once tweeted, according to Politico (redacted).
One of the tweets reported by Politico read (redacted): “’Has sh***y staff.’ #ObamaInThreeWords.”
Oh, but there is more… From The Daily Beast:
Jofi Joseph, a director in the non-proliferation section of the National Security Staff at the White House, has been surreptitiously tweeting under the moniker @natsecwonk, a Twitter feed famous inside Washington policy circles since it began in February, 2011 until it was shut down last week. Two administration officials confirmed that the mystery tweeter was Joseph, who has also worked at the State Department and on Capitol Hill for Senators Bob Casey (D-PA) and Joe Biden. Until recently, he was part of the administration’s team working on negotiations with Iran.
During his time tweeting under the @natsecwonk name, Joseph openly criticized the policies of his White House bosses and often insulted their intellect and appearance. At different times, he insulted or criticized several top White House and State Department officials, including former National Security Advisor Tom Donilon, Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes, Secretary of State John Kerry, and many many others.
Jofi was very naughty indeed and evidently under the mistaken impression he could get away with free speech. So… since Jofi took swipes at the Benghazi abomination and told the truth, calling for accountability from the Marxists… that’s unforgivable. Gotta toe the Party line, or else. No free speech for Obama wonks. No sir. What do you think this is? A Republic? We don’t need no stinkin’ Constitution comrades!!
But ramifications may have come from both sides of the aisle as his wife, Carolyn Leddy, is a well-respected professional staffer on the Republican side of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Incestuous, no?
In a pathetic attempt to salvage his career in politics, Joseph issued the following apology:
“What started out as an intended parody account of DC culture developed over time into a series of inappropriate and mean-spirited comments,” he continued. “I bear complete responsibility for this affair and I sincerely apologize to everyone I insulted.”
I’m sure this was after further threats and nasty dealings from said White House. Bet on it. This ought to keep White House officials quiet — the fear of censorship and being fired for airing opinions is a strong one on Capitol Hill these days. Only propaganda and manipulated news allowed.