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Darrell Issa: Beyond The Kid Stuff! Graduates To What May Be Higher Crimes!

Updated on January 21, 2011

Lies Told By Mr. Not So Clean, Darrell Issa!

Of all the lies reportedly told by Darrell Issa, maybe the worst is that he guarded then President Nixon during the 1971 World Series Games. According to the Nixon Library, Nixon did not attend the World Series that year. To couple America's Greatest Pastime with a lie is unforgivable, but with Issa, that lie is the tip of the iceberg! In 1971, Issa was a 17 year old high school dropout who had enlisted in the Army. Records show that while in the Army, he did serve in an exclusive unit for less than six months, but that he was cited for bad conduct, suffered a demotion and accused of auto theft. The San Francisco Examiner ran a scathing article in May of 1998 which helped to derail Issa's then bid for Senate. The article researched Issa's actual military record and compared that to Issa's accounts of his military service and the results were devastating for Mr. Issa. The above allegations were a part of that article.

Further, Andy Cohen, writing for the San Diego News Network, reported on June 4, 2010 that Issa spent six months on a bomb disposal team while in a college ROTC program, which hardly qualified him for elite status.

Lies, open support of Hezbollah, multiple arrests for auto theft and weapons, shady land deals, suspicion of arson, alleged partner shakedowns and firing employees while toting a gun are enough to question the fitness of this Congressman! There is, sadly, for Mr. Issa, more. Mr. Issa made his millions from ownership of Directed Electronics, the largest car security company in the world. The famous Viper alarm carries Issa's own voice. The manner in which Issa obtained the company has been questioned as less than ethical.

Issa reportedly invested $7000.00 in a company called AC Custom, which was owned by Joseph Adkins. Mr. Adkins reports that the company had several millions of dollars in sales yearly. Adkins borrowed $60,000.00 dollars from Issa and used his company as collateral for the loan. When he was late on the repayment of the loan, he says that he asked Issa for an extension and Issa agreed. But a few days after that conversation, Issa appeared in an Ohio court and asked for a judgment of default against Adkins. Issa took advantage of a law in Ohio that allowed a creditor to come into court without notifying the debtor and in that way, obtained the judgment. According to Adkins, Issa then phoned him and told him that he was now the boss. Adkins was shocked and to this day, claims Issa is a thief who cheated him out of his business.

Shortly after assuming ownership of AC Electronics is when the suspicious fire took place, but not before Issa quadrupled the insurance coverage and removed blueprints and a computer from the premises. The fire was determined to be arson and Darrell Issa is still considered a suspect. It was reported in the Daily Kos that one of Issa's brothers who helped in the clean-up of the fire showed up with the hair singed off one of his arms. For more on Issa and arson, link to:

Issa Has Run-In With The Border Patrol!

Maybe not as interesting, but definitely as colorful as all of the other charges leveled against Issa is the story that appeared in the North County Times on April 26, 2002 that details Issa being chased by the U.S. Border Patrol with lights and sirens blazing, and with Issa reaching speeds of over 90 miles per hour on Interstate 5 near San Clemente, California. When he finally pulled over, he reportedly flashed his Congressional ID card and told the officer that he was a Congressman and this was HIS district! When questioned, his staff reportedly denied that the incident ever took place and that if it did, it was politically motivated... What? It never happened, but if it did? What in the world does that even mean?

The LA Times confirmed the story and spoke to Dale Neugebauer, the then Congressman's chief of staff. The Times article printed on April 22, 2002, went on to state that Issa argued with the Border Patrol agent, stating that they had no authority to stop him for speeding.

Dale Neugebauer said someone was attempting to embarrass Issa because of legislation he was sponsoring that would make it easier to fire employees of the Immigration and Naturalization Service, which includes the Border Patrol. Issa also wanted a study done to determine if the San Clemente checkpoint should be closed.

"Obviously, there is a very upset employee who leaked this memo as an act of retaliation," Neugebauer said.

Those people that forced Issa to speed! What were they thinking?

Issa Buys Land And Gets A 3 Million Dollar Bonus!

Even more recently, Issa has been buying land and one of the parcels came at a $3 million dollar discount. Last summer, according to an article written by Dave Maass for San Diego City Beat on July 7, 2010, Darrell Issa's company purchased a foreclosed industrial property at the McClellan-Palomar Airport for $8.5 million dollars. The controversy, which has sparked a lawsuit against the bank that handled the sale, stems from allegations that the bank declined other offers that were significantly higher than the $8.5 million paid by Issa. Additionally, the bank is accused of discouraging another prospective buyer from placing an offer on the property. That offer was for $11.5 million dollars, $3 million dollars more than Issa paid.

The case has not been decided yet, but Congressman Randy "Duke" Cunningham was brought down by land deals in which the details sound eerily familiar. Cunningham was sentenced in 2005 to 8 years and 4 months in prison. Coincidentally, Cunningham was the Congressman from the 50th district, the next door neighbor to Issa's 49th district.

According to Craig Holman, government affairs lobbyist for Public Citizen's Congress Watch, "This certainly raises red flags.The property could not have lost $3 million in value in two weeks, so there must be some deliberate or careless pricing of the property that benefitted Issa.” Another coincidence? The watchdog group said the same thing when the odd land deals made by Randy Cunningham were first reported.

The Goldman Sachs Connection And There Is One!

According to Darrell Issa's financial disclosure statement, by the end of 2009, he held between $5 million and $15.5 million dollars in investments in Goldman Sachs. After the Securities and Exchange Commission filed a fraud lawsuit against Goldman Sachs in April 2010, Issa launched an investigation, alleging that the SEC may have timed the lawsuit to bolster the Democrats’ push for financial reform. Clearly, Issa is against financial reform. Citizens For Responsibility and Ethics in Washington want an explanation, reported the City Beat article.

“The Goldman Sachs thing is the most troubling,” CREW’s Melanie Sloan says. “That he recently invested money with Goldman Sachs and then is making statements protective of Goldman Sachs suggests his views may be informed more by his own financial holdings than Goldman Sachs’ actions.” Conflict of interest? Of course not!

Issa's Long List Of Legal Troubles May Be Just Beginning!

Darrell Issa's early history has followed and hounded him. What he has dismissed in the past as 'youthful indiscretions' may come home to roost now that he has been thrown into the spotlight of the daily news' cycles. If he thinks that his current activities will escape scrutiny, he is wrong. Issa enjoys attention and the spotlight. He may, over the next few years, grow to hate the attention and may end up even hiding from the light.


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    john rogan 

    7 years ago

    our press is focused on convicting conrad murray for murdering a perverse 50 yr old child molester, one,michael jackson. meanwhile, the right wingnuts from elrushblow to oreally push barack x around using an arab crook like daryl issa to spearhead the prosecution.

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    Donna Lichtenfels 

    8 years ago from California, USA

    Thanks, HSchneider!

    There are some writers on Hubpages for which I have enormous respect. Your articles are always clear, concise, informative and written in a manner that projects your command of both the English language and your knowledge of the subject with which you are dealing. If I see a positive comment made by you on one of my writings, I consider that to be fan mail. Thank you!

    I believe that the land deal made in 2009, currently being litigated, will be investigated and will ultimately be Mr. Issa's undoing. It is always those little things that become someone's undoing. For Issa, whose worth is estimated at over $300 million, securing a $3 million discount is a little thing that he may ultimately regret.

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    Howard Schneider 

    8 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

    Darrell Issa has the nerve to call the Obama Administration corrupt. After reading this, I wonder why there have not been any justice investigations into his business dealings. If he lies like this, you know there are plenty other illegal nuggets in his past. Thanks for keeping us informed about this imposter. Thanks for deleting that fan mail vote. It won't let me go back in right now to post fan mail to you. I'll keep looking.

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    Donna Lichtenfels 

    8 years ago from California, USA

    Thankfully, he lost his try at governor of California and he lost when he ran for US Senate, but I think that in the smaller races, like Congressional rep, most of the candidates (used to) have very little money, with the exception of people like Issa. He is able to throw money at things and the other candidates aren't. As for the corruption, I do not understand it either. I predict he will end up like Cunningham, because he acts as if he is entitled to do what he wants. Thank you, Cathylynn, for reading this.

    I sincerely hope you have some peace and joy in the New Year. Please let me know if you need someone to talk to about your mom's health. I know how hard it is. My mom passed away at 56, far too young, from cancer and I miss her everyday. Moms are the ones who love us when we think no one else does. Of course, they give us our share of grief, too!

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    8 years ago from northeastern US

    how did this fellow ever get elected?


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