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MD nuclear scientist, wife, face life in prison after pleading guilty in nuclear secrets case



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A Maryland couple has pleaded guilty for the second time in federal court on Tuesday for attempting to sell nuclear secrets to a foreign power. Jonathan Toebbe, 42, a nuclear scientist and his wife, Diana, a former humanities teacher at a private school, were first arrested and charged ini October.

Their first plea deal was rejected by a judge who said their sentences were too lenient. Tuesday, the Maryland couple pleaded guilty to one felony count each of conspiracy to communicate restricted data.

“Last month, U.S. District Judge Gina Groh rejected their first plea, saying the punishment did not fit the crime. Jonathan’s attorneys had called for a sentencing range between 12 years and 17.5 years, while his wife would get three years” reports the Washington Examiner.

The new plea agreement, brought before another judge, could result in the couple facing a maximum of life in prison and a $100,000 fine.

The Washington Examiner writes of the case:

Jonathan, who worked for the U.S. Navy, used his top-level security clearance to smuggle out design secrets of Virginia-class submarines to someone he thought was working for an undisclosed foreign entity but who was in reality an undercover FBI agent.

Jonathan communicated with the agent using an encrypted email service and did document drops in Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania. He would download the classified material he smuggled out onto SD cards, often hiding them in peanut butter sandwiches while his wife was on the lookout.

The couple was first arrested after one of these drops in Jefferson County, West Virginia. Shockingly, the Justice Department said Jonathan’s top-secret security clearance was renewed just days before he mailed the first package. He had worked for the “Nuclear Reactors” program since 2012.

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Biden Administration Proposes Rule to Fortify Federal Bureaucracy Against Republican Presidency



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In a strategic move, the Biden administration has unveiled a proposed rule aimed at reinforcing the left-leaning federal bureaucracy, potentially hindering future conservative policy implementations by Republican presidents. This move has raised concerns about the efficacy of democratic elections when a deep-seated bureaucracy remains largely unchanged, regardless of electoral outcomes.

Key points of the situation include:

Presidential Appointees vs. Career Bureaucrats: Of the 2.2 million federal civil workers, only 4,000 are presidential appointees. The vast majority, made up of career bureaucrats, continue in their roles from one administration to the next. This continuity is facilitated by rules that make it exceedingly difficult to discipline or replace them, resulting in a bureaucracy that tends to lean left politically.

Union Political Affiliation: A striking 95% of unionized federal employees who donate to political candidates support Democrats, according to Open Secrets, with only 5% favoring Republicans. This significant political skew among federal workers raises questions about the potential for political bias in the execution of government policies.

Obstructionism and Challenges for GOP Presidents: Some career bureaucrats have been accused of obstructing Republican presidents’ agendas, leading to policy delays and challenges. For example, during the Trump administration, career lawyers in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division declined to challenge Yale University’s discrimination against Asian American applicants, prompting Trump to seek legal counsel from other divisions. The case was subsequently dropped when Joe Biden took office.

Biden’s Countermeasures: President Biden has taken steps to protect the bureaucracy’s status quo. In October 2020, Trump issued an executive order aiming to reclassify federal workers who make policy as at-will employees, but Biden canceled it upon taking office.

Proposed Rule and Congressional Actions: The rule unveiled by the Biden administration seeks to further impede a president’s ability to reinstate Trump’s order. Additionally, some Democrats in Congress are pushing to eliminate the president’s authority to reclassify jobs entirely. This has been referred to as an attempt to “Trump-proof the federal workforce.”

Republican Candidates’ Pledge: GOP candidates such as President Donald J Trump, Vivek Ramaswamy, and Ron DeSantis have pledged to address this issue. According to reports from Fox News, Ramaswamy has gone further, advocating for the elimination of half or more of civil service positions, emphasizing the need for accountability.

Debate on the Merit of the Civil Service: While Democrats and their media allies argue that civil service protects merit over patronage, critics contend that the system has evolved into a form of job security for federal workers with minimal accountability. Federal employees often receive higher salaries and more substantial benefits than their private-sector counterparts.

In summary, the Biden administration’s proposed rule and broader actions to protect the federal bureaucracy have sparked a debate over the role of career bureaucrats in shaping government policy.

Republican candidates are vowing to address these concerns, highlighting the need for accountability and ensuring that government agencies work in alignment with the elected president’s agenda. This ongoing debate raises important questions about the relationship between the bureaucracy and the democratic process in the United States.

Information in this article was retrieved from Fox News.

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