Skip to comments.Obama Homeland Security pick defended Happy Meal Hoaxer [planted rat tail in son's Happy Meal]
Posted on 10/22/2013 12:58:30 AM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Jeh Johnson, President Obamas nominee to head Homeland Security, represented a disgraced scientist who was sentenced to 30 months in prison for planting a fried rats tail in his sons Happy Meal french fries as part of a failed extortion attempt.
Michael Zanakis took a rats tail from the medical research laboratory where he worked, had it fried and then placed it in a package of french fries he bought at a Long Island McDonalds on Jan. 15, 1996, prosecutors said at the time.
Zanakis threatened to go public with accusations that McDonalds served the fried rats tail to his son who he said had bitten into and swallowed part of the tail unless the company paid him $5 million.
He planted the tail and thought he would get away with it, Assistant US Attorney Leonard Lato said. The next day he was on the phone with McDonalds. We had him on tape demanding money.
Despite being represented by the future nominee for Homeland Security secretary, Zanakis was convicted of both the rat-tail fraud and a 1993 scheme in which he had planted bits of grease in a can of Coca-Cola Classic and then taken $4600 from the Coca-Cola Company to keep quiet about it.
Johnson, who will be charged with overseeing DHSs vast domestic anti-terrorism and surveillance apparatus, suggested his client deserved pity because his threats against the company had stopped short of violence, and he also seemed to countenance Zanakis committing fraud in the service of a higher truth.
He didnt threaten to blow up a McDonalds, he didnt threaten to break anybodys arm, Johnson told AP. What he said he was going to do was put a spotlight on something McDonalds wanted kept in the dark.
Johnson, then an attorney with the Manhattan firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, also characterized Zanakis as the victim of a conspiracy by two of the nations largest companies, alleging that Coke and McDonalds convinced the federal government to crush a man who was disturbed that his child might have been harmed by eating a rats tail.
Johnson claimed Zanakis had intended to go to the news media to tell his story about unsanitary conditions until McDonalds brought up the issue of a monetary settlement.
[T]his prosecution is an 80-mile-an-hour freight train bearing down on a single, naive unsuspecting citizen, and the McDonalds Corporation is in the engineers seat, Johnson told Newsday on November 20, 1997.
Coke employees are going to be the very first set of witnesses the government gets to call in this McDonalds-inspired prosecution. Well guess whose soda goes into all those soda machines in those thousands of McDonalds around the country? Johnson added, tying the vast conspiracy together in a neat package.
While Johnson went on to prominent political appointments in the Obama and Clinton administrations, Zanakis appears not to have been as successful. In 2011 he was arrested in Florida on nine counts of giving false information to a pawnbroker. His occupation at the time was listed as Unemployed Med Consultant.
Johnson did not return a request for comment.
ALL lawyers are bottom feeders ... find something else.
Sounds to me this guy will be right at home.
Great. Another piece of Washington Equal Opportunity marxist alinskyist crap candidate to head up a powerful office.
BETTER CALL SAUL!!
So will this be the man who unleashes the Homeland Security troops upon the American people when we revolt? Is this why the government agencies have been stockpiling the ammo? Is this the man we have all been waiting for?
Is Jeh Johnson the man on the left?
Why are we even talking about this? The man is obviously above any possible criticism.
The purpose of the intrusive TSA BS was always about promoting obedience training for the populace, never about public safety.
Do I sense racism here? Obviously, the man is honest and forthright. Why is he being persecuted? He really didn’t do anything wrong. It isn’t like he tried to “transform the nation” or anything.
Seems like the POS was paid to lie to attempt to defend a guilty criminal.
This is probably the skill set Obama is looking for.
Let’s hope the POS fails again.
He didn’t do anything wrong?
He’s Obozo’s pick for a post in an evil government organization that was designed to do only one thing: deny freedom to Americans! This Homeland (in)Security and the abominable TSA is just to pound us into docility. It’s a deliberate effort to tame Americans; to prepare us for the FINAL SOLUTION.
I think that you’re correctly, but you’re facetiously (like I do) referring to the abnormal phony currently occupying the White Hut.
ompared to Clown Prince nobama...everyone is innocent.
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