Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Corrupt to the Core

Everyone knows about the firings of eight federal attorneys that led to the resignation of Cheney's judicial bitch, the emasculated pathetic excuse of an Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales, a truly spineless GW Bush groupie who, if all of the truth comes out, will end up in prison.

The eight attorneys form the tip of an iceberg that plunges deep into the water. Some of the truth has started to come out regarding the complete usurpation of the justice department to become a political operative at the hands of Darth Rove and Lord Cheney. They did much, much more than fire eight attorneys.

Cheney and Rove, commanding puppet Gonzales, directly ordered justice department officials to ignore GOP transgressions and INVENT transgressions against justice officials deemed "Democratic," prosecuting individuals in manners unprecedented and if uncovered by the light of day, completely illegal.

I want to keep this post short. The reader can read the piece in today's New York Times about the testimony of Richard Thornburgh. Lord Cheney and Harriet Miers, of course, have declared "executive privilege" about the sordid affair. I can't predict how much will come out, but if we dig to the bottom, we will learn much about Lord Cheney and Darth Rove and their abhorrent lack of regard for every principle on which this country was founded.

To summarize, the justice department conducted "political profiling" and then aggressively sought to prosecute identified targets. Innocence or guilt had nothing to do with anything.

THE QUESTION is not whether we will learn the whole truth. We will learn a large enough representative sample to extrapolate the rest. The big question, and the very nature of the future of this country depends on it, is whether we will learn from this travesty and implement mechanisms to insure our constitution is never raped like this again.

7 Comments:

Blogger Dustin said...

I've never had faith in the ability of people in power to curtail the amount of power they have. I'm afraid the damage is already done. Even worse, there is a not insignificant minority of people who like it that way. The same people that voted for bush twice, and the same people who go around spouting off about "liberals" whatever that is. I've taken it to mean anyone not themselves, or of similar mind to themselves. Hell, how can reasonable debate continue when anything said by a "liberal" is immediately branded as foolish/deceptive? Sadly, restoring constitutional integrity is a "liberal" position, and will be blocked at any cost.

10/24/2007 12:09 PM  
Blogger John Rose said...

To be honest, I think the actual impact of this entire prosecutor-firing scandal has been blown out of proportion. Sure the justice department has been completely ineffective and corrupt, but it's just one of the smaller symptoms of a government that feeds on political strife.

Policy is what really matters - not some mythical standard of department-of-justice neutrality.

10/24/2007 3:57 PM  
Blogger roger said...

We had a speaker on this at the University. My first question was that we should be looking at those who were on "the list" and not fired. What were they threatened with, what did they have to do (or not do). That is the most explosive part of this whole scandal.

10/24/2007 9:28 PM  
Blogger roger said...

Oh and it gets very much at policy. The US Attorneys, despite what people learn in civics, are among the most powerful implementers and even makers of policy in our entire system. Congress makes law, yes. In criminal law, prosecutors are given the power of what to prosecutore or focus on, and importantly, what not to prosecute and focus on. THAT discretion is the place where the policy tire meets the policy road.

Ex. If Paul Charlton had been ordered to stop the prosecution of Rich Renzi or delay it. And he did....lets say this was fictional....isn't that a dramatic dramatic effect on policy. It means that the rule of law is shit.

10/24/2007 9:32 PM  
Blogger Liza said...

The Rule of Law IS shit, Roger. Just look at what the executive branch of the government has gotten away with. And, it's not just Bush II.

10/25/2007 8:39 AM  
Anonymous The Navigator said...

I concur with Roger and Liza, sadly.

John, I think you miss the main point of the post, which is that the 8 firings were nothing compared to all that went on and continues.

x4mr focuses on Rove and Cheney, and he might be right, but I would think it involves a larger number, others complicit in the dismantling of all checks and balances intended by the constitution.

What can we do? Write our congressman? Sorry x4mr, but I'm with Liza about Giffords. I can respect your support for her, but in my opinion, your blog is overly supportive. I will grant you that Giffords causes no harm and some good. I will also concede that she works hard and wants to do good.

I do not believe that she is extraordinary. I just don't see it. You have persuaded me to vote all Democrat in 2008, but under other circumstances, I would require more convincing.

Said another way, on an scale of excellent good fair poor, Giffords occurs to me as a good. She is better than fair, but not excellent.

Who is excellent?

Janet Napolitano. Barack Obama (give him time). Bill Clinton. Mark Warner.

10/25/2007 6:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Ex-Governor Siegelman Put In Prison So Bob Riley Can Be Groomed As A GOP Vice Presidential Candidate".

Bush’s justice appointees used the justice system to kidnap Don Siegelman. An order was sent to the prison 600 miles away that he is to be kept under strict watch 24 by 7 not allowing communicating with no one except for limited communications with his wife, children and attorneys.

(a) When Siegelman was Secretary of State and Attorney General, he referred several irregularities of cash flow to state and federal law enforcement which included sham organizations, Contra drug trafficking, tax evasion and money laundering. The results of the investigations found that much were linked to high ranking politicians in Alabama, Florida, Arkansas and sometimes Georgia, and Mississippi. Siegelman is a very smart attorney. He holds two law degrees. He knows more about Alabama's politics than anyone, being the only person in history to have served the top four government offices in Alabama and he has first hand experience of how a White house backed conspiracy works. This is a partial list of the skeletons that they don't want big media to know about:

(a) Voting fraud- Voting machine expert Dan Gans of Riley's staff is very knowledgeable of "Diebold Optical Scan Voting Machines" and of the "ES&S Central Voting Tabular" used in Alabama elections. He is believed to have altered the election totals on election night in the 2002 gubernatorial election.

(b) Millions of dollars of dirty campaign money was used to defeat Siegelman's Education Lottery and to defeat his gubernatorial campaigns. The money came from big business clients of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, Michael Scanlon, Toby Roth, Rob Riley and William Canary. Several different National GOP associations along with some sham organizations ran by Robin Vanderwall, Preston Gates, Ralph Reed, Glover Norquist and William Canary laundered the money so that it wouldn't be obvious who the donors were.

(c ) The newspaper giant Newhouse/Advance Publications has an arrangement with the GOP and the U.S. attorneys in Alabama to print articles hand fed to them by Alabama GOP operatives and the Bush appointed U.S. attorneys in Alabama to create a corrupt public image of Siegelman, and other top Democratic politicians.

1/11/2008 8:00 AM  

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