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Gonzales Installs Bush Loyalists in Key Positions

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Posted on Jan 26, 2007
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Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is exploiting a loophole in the Patriot Act to appoint U.S. attorneys whose principal qualification is their loyalty to the Bush administration. Recently a number of attorneys have been fired, apparently to make way for Bush-friendly replacements.


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WASHINGTON - Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is transforming the ranks of the nation’s top federal prosecutors by firing some and appointing conservative loyalists from the Bush administration’s inner circle who critics say are unlikely to buck Washington.

The newly appointed U.S. attorneys all have impressive legal credentials, but most of them have few, if any, ties to the communities they’ve been appointed to serve, and some have had little experience as prosecutors.

The nine recent appointees identified by McClatchy Newspapers held high-level White House or Justice Department jobs, and most of them were handpicked by Gonzales under a little-noticed provision of the Patriot Act that became law in March.

With Congress now controlled by the Democrats, critics fear that in some cases Gonzales is trying to skirt the need for Senate confirmation by giving new U.S. attorneys interim appointments for indefinite terms. Some legal scholars contend that the administration pushed for the change in the Patriot Act as part of its ongoing attempt to expand the power of the executive branch, a charge that administration officials deny.

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By citizenbfk, March 18, 2007 at 9:37 pm Link to this comment
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I’ve been search for the actualy words in the Patriot Act that allowed the White House to select attorneys without Senate confirmation?

As I understand it now, confirmation use to be required.

If so, I see this as the Bigger Issue than just these nine or seven dismissals, although if done for pure partisian politics that’s bad enough.

But who put these words in the Patriot Act? Who deliberately set up this scam?

Any info on this would be appreciated. I’ll continue searching but any info would be appreciated.

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By Angel Gabriel, January 29, 2007 at 11:37 am Link to this comment
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Chauncey, you are a real piece of Fox New’s hype - at work.
If you had a clue about this story and what’s behind it that concerns everyone that has responded, and more widely all freedom loving American’s, you certainly hide it well.

To respond to your unbelieveable remark “That’s how politic’s work”, I feel like I’m talking to Goebel regarding his sales pitch for the 3rd. reich.

Do you know what Carol Lam is attempting to bring to Federal Court in San Diego currently? Ms. Lam is completing more than 3 years investigation on individual’s involved in the Duke Cunningham corruption case, and she is being shut down by Gonzalez in order to prevent her from prosecutions scheduled to begin in the week she is to be replaced, with the case then filed and shut. Just “The way politic’s work’s?”

Maybe your politic’s pal, but not mine! Your comment is disgusting. You should be ashamed of yourself!

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By Chauncey, January 28, 2007 at 1:19 pm Link to this comment
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I don’t see what the problem is. What, did you expect Gonzalez to install fiery anti-Bush lawyers in those positions? You people need a basic lesson in the reality of politics.

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By Lee Dekker, January 28, 2007 at 10:35 am Link to this comment
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“A Justice Department spokesman said it was “reckless” to suggest that politics had influenced the appointment process.”

“A Justice Department spokesman denied that Gonzales has sought to compromise the independence of U.S. attorneys’ offices by appointing political loyalists. In some recent cases Gonzales has followed the traditional process.”

“Allegations that politics inappropriately interfere with personnel decisions made about U.S. attorneys are reckless and plainly wrong,” department spokesman Brian Roehrkasse said. “... The bottom line is that we nominate experienced attorneys who we believe can do the job.”

“Reckless” seems to be the agreed-upon defensive prevarication in this case.

As I read this short article, it kept reminded me of the Susan McDougal case and Ken Starr. But of course, any notion that Gonzalez and his henchmen are cut from the same cloth and linked to the same agenda would be completely reckless.

Nothing has changed since the stolen 2000 elections. The exact same “take no prisoners”, “big lie mantra” methodology continues.

The opposition, if it deserves to be called that, is also continuing with its methodology of backing down, abdicating responsibility and getting kicked in the teeth for their cooperativeness.

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By Boggs, January 28, 2007 at 8:06 am Link to this comment
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There should not be any question of who the “real the real Axis of Evil” are. Bush, Alice Gonzales, and the Dick, Cheney. Condy is their 4th cog in the wheel.

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By Rosemary Molloy, January 28, 2007 at 3:30 am Link to this comment
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Did Bush really say “it’s nothing but a damn piece of paper”?  What is the source for this?

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By rabblerowzer, January 28, 2007 at 1:19 am Link to this comment
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For decades the Rabid Right has worked with diligence and determination to establish a Military Industrial Complex dictatorship. But off course, they don’t see it that way. The way they see it, they were merely fighting for their own self-interest. Their own self-interest as opposed to the common good. They sold their own self-interest under the banner of opposition to taxation, and it was an easy sell because nobody likes paying taxes.

Reagan and thousands of others convinced a majority of Americans that government wasn’t the solution, but the problem. Shrink the government they said and we could save all the money that government had been wasting, and thus cut taxes. But once they took control of congress, they didn’t shrink government, they greatly increased spending on the Military Industrial Complex which is the largest component of government. They did cut taxes, but only for Americans with the highest incomes. Which is telling because the people with the highest incomes are the ones who derive most of their income from government contracts. They own corporations that supply the government with everything from toilet paper to software. Microsoft has made billions supplying the government with software.

In order to offset the increased spending on the Military Industrial Complex, which they call “National Defense,” they cut spending for everything else. Things commonly thought of as necessary for the common good. Education, infrastructure, Medicare, Medicaid, thousands of things that benefit the middleclass and poor. To justify the huge increases in spending on the Military Industrial Complex, they waged a media propaganda campaign of fear and hatemongering, constantly warning us of enemies who resist their plans for world domination.

The way they achieved all this is stunning in it’s simplicity. They infiltrated all branches of government and installed zealous and criminal appointees willing to betray their country for career advancement and profit. The day the Supreme Court appointed George Bush as President of the United States, brought all their ambitions to fruition.

We are now ruled by a Military Industrial Complex dictatorship.

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By Oak DeJongh, January 27, 2007 at 11:54 pm Link to this comment
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Alberto Gonzales is a very dangerous man; he works for and is unnaturally loyal/obedient to the untreated alcoholic drug addicted psychopath who occupies the white house.  Other than Nazi Germany & Fascist Italy have we ever seen such an assault on democratic principles and institutions in the recent past?  It’s incredible; the end of the world clock has been moved to within a few minutes to midnight and we are inching toward a totalitarian state.  You think it can’t happen here?  Look around.  When I have to go to the UK, the Guardian newspapers, the BBC, etc. to find out what is happening in my own country, we’re in deep shit.  To hell with impeachment; we need a coup d tat before it’s too late.
Thank You.

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By Angel Gabriel, January 27, 2007 at 8:00 pm Link to this comment
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Everyone should look at this a little more closely. There’s a mention on the reponse #50007 by Particle61 and a link to a “Red State” article below that I think may be the same one that flagged me to this issue with Alberto’s move to cleanse the ranks of infidel non - Bush rhetoric believing U.S. Attorney’s.
The case in particular where he’s done it in California is quite an eye opener. The U.S. Attorney in San Diego- Carol Lam, that broke former Senator - now inmate #2336945 - Duke Cunningham’s Corruption case with the San Diego Property Developer/Contractor, and sent the Senator to the slammer is one of the first one’s to be replaced by a Gonzalez Crony. He’s doing this, it appears, in order to put a lid on the additional GOP corruption by the Contractor that She’s investigating and gaining additional insight on. The same thing is happening in Arkansas and in other State’s where there’s some tell-tale cookie crumbs lying around that could leed the birds back to the nest.

Alberto wants to quiet things down and sweep the corruption card “crumbs” under the carpet because it’s gotten too hot in the room around the boss. What’s that old saying about where all roads leed??

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By trantieungoc, January 27, 2007 at 7:02 pm Link to this comment
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The late President Hussein just got a new buddy who is Alberto Gonzales. We hope they will shake hands very soon !

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By vet240, January 27, 2007 at 6:47 pm Link to this comment
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in 1933. Hermann Göring, the Prussian minister of the interior, detached the espionage and political units of the Prussian police, and staffed them with thousands of Nazis.

Now Gonzales wants to fill the ranks of the nation’s top federal prosecutors by firing some and appointing conservative loyalists from the Bush administration’s inner circle who critics say are unlikely to buck Washington.

I don’t like Gonzales. I’m afraid he has the same attitude displayed in pre-WW11 in Deutschland (Germany). “Der Zustland Uber Allen”, The State over all. He should go back to private practice as soon as possible.

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By Doreen Mann, January 27, 2007 at 12:31 pm Link to this comment
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Why is he doing this? So that these attorneys can make bad judgements like President Bush and put our country in more termole???

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By lawlessone, January 27, 2007 at 12:28 pm Link to this comment
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Confirmations by Congress used to be required for each key appointment, but thanks to the so-called Patriot Act and some provisions noone apparently bothered to read at the time, Gonzales is now free to install his own “heckofajob Brownie” types in office.  It is not clear whether is it simply the usual Bush Administration contempt for competence or a pre-emptive strike against efficacy of future criminal investigations into Bush activities.  Either way, it seems to prove the Republican eternal insistence that they are the “anti-crime party” is a myth.

[more irreverence at reistence-is-possible.blogspot.com]

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By 127001, January 27, 2007 at 11:58 am Link to this comment
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Ummm…

Isn’t that sort of what Nixon did just before the impeachment process was started? He got rid of the ones who were investigating or attempting to prosecute or something?

Isn’t it time to impeach this entire administration before its too late?

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By Quy Tran, January 27, 2007 at 11:52 am Link to this comment
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Tony Blair is Bush’s poodle and how about Alberto
Gonzales ? Adopting two loyal dogs is a difficult job. Bush is a pro in the art of breeding dog.

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By yours truly, January 27, 2007 at 11:37 am Link to this comment
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Are we going to allow this, Nazi Germany being born again right here in our midst?  No problem,  though, since all we have to do to rid ourselves of this nightmare is force Congress to cut off all funding for the Iraq, after which the impeachment of President George Bush is a sure thing. 

“But what’ll bring this about?”

“TROOPS OUT NOW”
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By particle61, January 27, 2007 at 10:17 am Link to this comment
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see story:
Gonzalez Denies Federal Prosecutors Were Dismissed With Prejudice http://www.redstateupdate.net/

http://www.redstateupdate.net
funny, frightening, free
and ‘it’s all true’

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By anonymous, January 27, 2007 at 8:01 am Link to this comment
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gonzales is a war criminal.

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By A.C., January 27, 2007 at 7:03 am Link to this comment
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I have learned that when this administrations officals deny something, that something is usually the truth. We all know from what this president has been doing/signing there is an attempt to expand the power of the executive branch.  I would not doubt that this administration may even have plans to provide another “incident” such as 9/11, so that Bush can declare marshall law and become dictator.  He did say that if anyone was to be dictator of this country he wanted it to be him. We’ll see.  He says he has no plans to attack Iran…why the build up?  This man is a dangerous lier and Anti-American Constitution per his remark, “it’s nothing but a damn piece of paper.”  With statements like these, can he really be trusted to keep his oath of office to protect and defend the Constitution of America and Americans?  Look at our southern border…why doesn’t he stop THAT invasion and protect our society…these people have no legal right to be in our country demanding rights, social services, jobs or anything.  But we do have to remember, he quietly signed agreements with Canada and Mexico to dissolve our borders.  So tell me, is he not a dangerous traitor to his oath of office and to the sovereignty of America and to Americans?  He MUST be impeached and everyhing Anti-American Constitution that he has signed MUST be made null and void and disregarded.

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By Davr, January 27, 2007 at 1:40 am Link to this comment
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What a joke this administration is. The United States Attorney General is no more than a political hack.

Of course if he were a real attorney General he would have to investigate and prosecute, Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld, Rice and all the rest of the Bush/Republican thugs for treason.

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