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Born at the Crest of the Empire

Monday, April 30, 2007

Purity squads at the DOJ

Reading the AP version of the latest Gonzales memo story, I'm really struck by just how politically driven the Department of Justice actually is/was.

Take a minute and think about the climate. Two, extremely inexperienced but zealous Bush political figures were given absolute and final say so over over all personnel decisions.

(Sampson was so political that he was rumored to take over for Karl Rove at one point.)

Think about this. You're a high level Justice official, and you have these two inexperienced political hacks with total control over you. They can dig into whatever you're doing, order you to take up a case, order you to drop a case, and fire you for no reason.

They were a "purity squad" planted firmly in the middle of the Justice Department that reported to the White House political arm and ensured discipline and adherence to the goals of "the party."

How messed up is that?

(Related: (WaPo) McNulty was on Capitol Hill yesterday.)


  • Hi. We exchanged links way back when, and I just wanted to let you know that my Mad Kane's Notables has split off into two blogs:
    Mad Kane's Political Madness
    and Mad Kane's Humor Blog

    Your site is linked on my Political Madness blogroll:

    I'd appreciate your changing your link to my political blog or, even better, to my home page:

    Thanks so much and keep up the great work!

    By Blogger Mad Kane, at 1:59 AM  

  • You got it. probably later today.

    By Blogger mikevotes, at 7:02 AM  

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