Two weeks ago, Montana Rep. Denny Rehberg was convinced that the EPA was using drones to spy on ranchers and farmers. Rehberg had heard it from his constituents and unimpeachable news sources: Alex Jones’ Infowars and a John Birch Society publication. According to the stories Rehberg heard, the drones were trying to find violators of the Clean Water Act.
“Just because some big cities think it’s a good idea to enforce laws using 24-hour surveillance cameras on every street corner doesn’t mean that approach will fly over ranches and farms in Montana. The Obama Administration has, once again, stepped way over the line. First, they wanted to expand their authority to regulate water, and now they want to use air drones to spy on American citizens. Enough is enough,” Rehberg said.
Rehberg even had language inserted in the fiscal year 2013 Energy and Water Appropriations Bill to halt the expansion of “the regulatory authority of that Act to non-navigable waters, which would effectively give federal bureaucrats – and their unmanned drones – virtually unlimited control of water throughout the country.”
Two weeks later, Rehberg admitted that there were not any EPA drones flying over Montana’s farms and ranches. However, Rehberg said that the false claims that he made were not his fault. It was the fault of Barack Obama.
“The Obama Administration rarely reveals its secretive plans to anyone but its closest allies. Since Denny doesn’t vote with the President 95 percent of the time, he must often rely on news reports and constituent input,” wrote Jed Link, Rehberg’s spokesman. “In this case, Denny heard from concerned Montanans, saw reports in the media and took the responsible first step — asking the EPA about it.”
Isn’t that something? Rehberg heard internet rumors so he took the “responsible” step of accusing the EPA of violating the Fourth Amendment. Now that Rehberg has discovered that he has been taken for a ride by conspiracy theorists, he realizes that there is only person to blame for what came out of his mouth: Barack Obama.
Rehberg just stepped into the political equivalent of a Montana cow pie, and he still does not realize that it is still on his own shoes.