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FBI raids anti-gay special counsel's home and office

Schadenfreude. This news is beautiful as it concerns the homophobic head of the Office of Special Counsel Scott J. Bloch. One of the charges is that he hired Geek Squad to scrub emails from his computer.

The office of the official responsible for protecting federal workers from political interference was raided by F.B.I. agents on Tuesday as part of an investigation into whether he himself mixed politics with official business.

The raid took place at the office of Scott J. Bloch, the head of the Office of Special Counsel. Computers and documents were seized by agents trying to determine whether Mr. Bloch obstructed justice by hiring an outside company to “scrub” his computer files, The Associated Press reported. Investigators were also said to be obtaining a subpoena to search Mr. Bloch’s home.

Marshall Chriswell, Communications Director of the National Whistleblower Center:

“It is shocking that the individual who is primarily responsible for investigating federal whistleblower complaints would be the target of an investigation in which he and his staff are suspected of obstructing justice.”

“The Bush administration must take whistleblower protection seriously, relieve Mr. Bloch of his position, and appoint a Special Counsel who possesses the necessary qualifications and integrity to do the job right.”

More on Bloch’s anti-gay activities on the job below the fold.When he was first appointed to the position, he said he had no legal authority to enforce the Bush administration’s anti-discrimination policies that protected federal employees based on sexual orientation.

“We are limited by our enforcement statutes as Congress gives them,” Bloch said, responding to a question from Sen. Carl M. Levin (D-Mich.). “The courts have specifically rejected sexual orientation as a class protection.”

And that wasn’t all. (WashBlade):

The Blade has reported for several years on Bloch’s anti-gay record and his close association with anti-gay groups.

A high-level gay employee at the U.S. Office of Special Council was among seven OSC employees that received termination notices in 2005 after refusing to be transferred to distant cities in a staff shakeup that critics called a purge of employees considered disloyal to Bloch.

A second gay employee resigned to take a job outside OSC rather than accept the transfer ordered by Bloch, according to sources familiar with OSC.

Sources familiar with the agency said Bloch targeted a total of 12 employees – including the only two known gay staffers – for involuntary transfers, in part, because they disagreed with his decision to curtail OSC’s role in investigating and adjudicating complaints of employment discrimination against gay federal workers.

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