A federal agency now acknowledges that it improperly targeted people for administrative scrutiny based on political criteria. The email messages of all the employees involved in that improper targeting have magically vanished from hard drives, servers, and back-up tapes. And this alleged public servant is most concerned that members of a Congressional committee explicitly charged with governmental oversight are being impolite to the head of the implicated federal agency? Beyond parody. We are living through the Caligula era in American government.