Sunday, February 04, 2007

BUSH FIRING FEDERAL ATTORNEYS, REPLACING WITH LOYALISTS: SHOWDOWN ON TUESDAY AT SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE

"From time, to time we make an evaluation as to whether we believe we can put in people who can produce better results, who can do a better job [Ed.-...by ignoring their criminal behavior.]."
--Attn. General Alberto Gonzales


WASHINGTON D.C.--The showdown is coming on Tuesday between the Senate Judiciary Committee chaired by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.). In a story headlined "U.S. Attorney Firings Set Stage for Congressional Battle", the Washington Post reported:

A little-noticed provision passed last year allows Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales to appoint interim U.S. attorneys indefinitely without seeking approval from the Senate. Fearing an attempted end run around congressional prerogatives, both House and Senate Democrats have introduced legislation to repeal the provision. (Washpo, 02.04.2007)

I'd sure like to know which bill this was hidden within, wouldn't you? Oh wait, it was the Patriot Act, which is easy to believe. The article seems to be implying that the firings are being done to hamstring other ongoing corruption investigations into GOP incumbents. When the law doesn't work in-their-favor, they change the rules. It's going to be a cold day in hell before anyone takes the GOP seriously on "law and order", as they've clearly illustrated their contempt for civil society and the social contract.

It also appears that some of the firings are due to the conviction of former congressman, Randy "Duke" Cunningham, with others looming. Does this mean Mark Foley still gets to fondle children? Now we have a little bit better idea for Vice President Cheney's shit-eating grin during the State of the Union address. This is what desperate criminals do. Call or email your representatives, this is scandalous.

WASHPO Finally Doing Their Jobs: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/02/03/AR2007020301349_2.html?nav=hcmodule