On December 6, 2017, a DHS agent and Sheriff’s counterintelligence officer showed up at 9 a.m. on the doorstep of my residence in southwest Florida without any warning – not even a phone call – and coincidentally just six days after I first published my story about corruption at the NLRB.
Prem Aburvasamy and Eric Marks are corrupt government bureaucrats who work together at the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in Washington, D.C. I used to work for them. On November 30, 2017, I published the story, “Killing Whistleblower Retaliators at the NLRB“ that exposed corruption at the $275 million per year taxpayer funded government agency.
At the conclusion of the interrogation, the agents told my wife and me that we should “be careful” and contact them directly if we see anything unusual like our “cats getting killed” or sudden vandalism at our home. They said that they were just, “doing what some SES in Washington ordered,” and acknowledged that it was Prem Aburvasamy, the Chief Information Officer at the NLRB and his deputy Eric Marks, who ordered the intimidation.
I requested and was granted permission to record some of the interrogation. The counterintelligence officer would not speak unless the recorder was off, which I obliged. Each agent was provided a copy of this article. The two agents asked and I agreed to not publish the audio recording or reveal their identities. They said that they fear retaliation if I publish their names together with the details of our conversation and because they don’t want to be seen as co-conspirators for the corruption I exposed at the NLRB. The two agents behaved like good men who were just following ridiculous orders from parasitic bureaucrats in Washington D.C.1 They knew what I knew. If they blew the whistle, nothing would be done and they would be fired.
One of the interrogators even issued a congratulatory, “Keep up the great work” and “expose the bastards!” after he acknowledged the abuse of power he was participating in.
Here is the response to my Freedom of Information Act requests from the NLRB Office of Inspector General dated February 21, 2019.3
To dispatch agents to our home, Prem Aburvasamy and Eric Marks alleged that they fear for their lives because of a story I published. In the complaint, Prem Aburvasamy alleged that I was going to kill him.
On November 30, 2017, I published the story, “Killing Whistleblower Retaliators at the NLRB“ using satirical art in which I described the retaliation that my family suffered at the hands of Aburvasamy, Marks and other corrupt federal government employees in Washington D.C.
In the article, I wrote that, “I believe that [Aburvasamy and Marks] have committed and covered up crimes against the United States of America and should be fired, publicly humiliated and never allowed to work again in any job paid for by taxpayers for the rest of their lives.”
I also explained that, “Working at the NLRB was surreal. At times, I imagined that I was working for the mafia. The NLRB has two classes of employees who work there. The workers who are too afraid to blow the whistle, and the executives who are too corrupt to be held accountable.” 4
For the record, I do not intend to murder Washington swamp creatures Aburvasamy and Marks.
I hope to help inform the public and Congress about their poor character and corruption so that President Trump’s new General Counsel will take action to kill their jobs and #draintheswamp in Washington D.C.
As the law enforcement officers left our home, we recognized the absurdity of the complaint and its purpose. A Senior Special Agent for DHS had to drive many hours from a distant city just to knock on our door to investigate an absurd charge. This latest act of retaliation by Aburvasamy and Marks is just another example of the two conspiring to make ridiculous complaints against a Whistleblower, and then use the investigative resources of a federal government agency to carry it out.
It also proves the power and reach that corrupt federal government employees like Aburvasamy, Marks and their bosses have been provided at taxpayer expense to intimidate federal government employees who blow the whistle, leave the federal government and move far away.
In my opinion, Prem Aburvasamy is a corrupt and dangerous federal government employee who needs to be terminated now. Charles Eric Marks is Aburvasamy’s deputy and should be fired for his scandalous participation and breaking the law. Peter B. Robb5 is their new supervisor who started work at the NLRB on November 17, 2017, after being appointed by President Trump. And, Robb’s deputy is still Jennifer Abruzzo who I think should be fired too.
The whistleblower retaliation story I published was not the only reason that federal law enforcement visited my home to interrogate me. President Trump’s new appointee was involved too.
On December 3, 2017, I emailed NLRB General Counsel Peter B. Robb and offered him congratulations on his new job along with a link to my story. I also wrote, “Your current deputy, Jennifer Abruzzo, was serving a noncareer appointment prior to your arrival there. Sources inside your agency tell me that before your confirmation, Abruzzo was planning to remain at the agency – either as your deputy, or in a career SES position that she created prior to your appointment. As the article explains, I am publishing an investigative series about the corruption that I witnessed at the agency by Abruzzo and her retaliation against me for blowing the whistle. Whether you keep her or not, I would love the opportunity to interview you about your decision before I publish the next article about corruption and whistleblower retaliation at your agency. The focus of that article is either going to be Abruzzo’s retention by you, or her dismissal/departure.”
I followed up with Mr. Robb and the NLRB Public Affairs Office for comment two days later on December 5, 2017, and discovered that my emails to Mr. Robb and Public Affairs were being monitored and blocked by the NLRB CIO [Aburvasamy] and could not be delivered. Using another email account that I verified with Robb earlier, we were able to email this message to him on December 5th and confirm delivery.
“Mr Robb, your CIO has taken actions to block our emails to you, and to your Public Affairs Office seeking comment (on my article). Did Aburvasamy do this at your direction? Does this mean that you are going to retain Abruzzo in the agency and join the technology corruption cartel that has existed there for decades? Let us know how best to contact your agency.”
And the next day, on December 6, 2017, I was ambushed by law enforcement at my home to threaten and intimidate my family.
There is clearly a causal link between communicating corruption to NLRB government employees and swift retaliation by them using taxpayer funded investigative services to carry it out. One year ago, it was the Inspector General David Potts Berry who concocted an investigation for Aburvasamy and Marks when I worked for the government and blew the whistle on them. Now, they are using the same playbook with the Department of Homeland Security because I am a civilian now and outside the reach of their corrupt $275 million per year taxpayer budget.
THE BOTTOM LINE
On Wednesday December 6, 2017, the NLRB corruption cartel dispatched a DHS Senior Special Agent and a counterintelligence officer to interrogate me and my wife without Miranda inside our home. The surprise interrogation took place after I published this article on November 30, 2017.
Aburvasamy and Marks have been permitted by their bosses to intimidate my family and threaten me using government resources paid for by taxpayers.
At 7:30 PM on December 6, 2017 the following email message was delivered to the NLRB General Counsel Peter Robb:
Mr. Robb, I was visited by federal law enforcement today. I hope you will read my latest article about that. I see you are continuing to block my emails and have no intention of responding to my requests for an interview or comment.
Please direct your staff to stop harassing me. My wife and I feel threatened and fear for our lives. If the threats and retaliation continue, I will report you to the appropriate authorities and post my complaints online. I am a journalist and you don’t have to respond to my requests for information. But the law (5 U.S.C. § 552) does require that you respond to my FOIA requests which your agency still has not done. And I have rights under the U.S. Constitution that you may be attempting to deny.6
John Stuart Edwards / Journalist
On December 11, 2017, an official complaint was filed by Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) with the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate National Labor Relations Board General Counsel Peter B. Robb, Jennifer Abruzzo, Prem Aburvasamy and Charles Eric Marks for abuse of authority and for violating an investigative journalist’s Constitutional Rights.
Three weeks later, Abruzzo abruptly resigned.
According to a letter dated January 9, 2018, from Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart, the Department of Justice is reviewing the conduct of Prem Aburvasamy, Eric Marks and other NLRB officials involved in the complaint. Aburvasamy and Marks must face justice.
Many Freedom of Information Act -FOIA requests have been made. Read the article FOIA CORRUPTION – by SYNTA KEELING for the latest update on FOIA requests and obstruction of justice by the NLRB.
On February 10, 2019, an official complaint was filed with Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) to request access to many FOIA requests made to the NLRB.
The following response to this story was received from the NLRB Office of Inspector General on February 21, 2019:
The following email was sent to the NLRB Office of Inspector General on February 21, 2019 after the above response was received:
From: John Stuart Edwards
Sent: Thu, Feb 21, 2019 1:30 pm
Subject: re: FOIA response letter
Thank you for your prompt response confirming the corruption cover-up at the NLRB. We have obtained the unredacted reports identified as those requested under the FOIA from sources inside the government with access to the information. Since the OIG neither admits nor denies the existence of the information, those unredacted reports will be published at the appropriate time along with your responses to inform the public and to substantiate additional charges against personnel at your agency.
If you care to comment on any story involving the corruption and cover-up by the OIG and FOIA Officer at the NLRB, please send your responses to the email below.
John Stuart Edwards
Capitol Hellway Media Company LLC
As of Tuesday April 23, 2019, no action has been taken by Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart to address the absence of action by the Justice Department into the allegations about National Labor Relations Board that I officially made to him on December 11, 2017.
As of Tuesday April 23, 2019, no action has been taken by Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) to address my FOIA requests.
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- See DHS FOIA Request Number 2018-NPFO-000152 to substantiate these facts.
- The DHS Senior Special Agent and the law enforcement officer who visited our home on December 6, 2017 were professional and courteous at all times when they spoke with us and they did not make any specific verbal threats to commit murder and end our lives.
- See the article FOIA CORRUPTION – by SYNTA KEELING at the NLRB for details about my FOIA requests.
- See “Obama pick for NLRB was top lawyer for union tainted by mob ties, history of corruption”
- Peter B. Robb (born 01/24/1948) and wife Kathleen K. Robb (born 06/07/1949) – reside at 141 Piney Brook Way, Brattleboro, Vermont; and Sutton Place, Longboat Key, Florida.
- See NLRB FOIA tracking numbers: LR-2017-1152, LR-2017-1264, LR-2017-1283, LR-2017-1297, and LR-2017-1313.