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Justice Dept. Cherry-Picked Conservatives

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Posted on Jun 24, 2008
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Here’s another outrage that has stumbled out in the twilight of George W. Bush: Under the leadership of John Ashcroft and, especially, Alberto Gonzales, the Justice Department illegally sought to hire conservative lawyers, according to a preliminary report from the department’s own inspector general.


New York Times:

Applications that contained what were seen as “leftist commentary” or “buzz words” like environmental and social justice were often grounds for rejecting applicants, according to e-mails reviewed by the inspector general’s office. Membership in liberal organizations like the American Constitution Society, Greenpeace, or the Poverty and Race Research Action Council were also seen as negative marks.

Affiliation with the Federalist Society, a prominent conservative group, was viewed positively.

Representative John Conyers Jr., the Michigan Democrat who heads the House Judiciary Committee, saw the report as affirmation that the Justice Department had crossed the line in “putting politics where it doesn’t belong.”

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By msgmi, June 25, 2008 at 8:22 am Link to this comment
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Stacking the deck in order to achieve political control was a successful Soviet and fascist tactic. Unfortunately it has no boundaries.

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By Conservative Yankee, June 25, 2008 at 5:10 am Link to this comment
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While I agree with most of the comments here, I am left with little by which to compare this Justice Department.  Clinton’s wasn’t great, Bush I just kept Reagan’s which was also lacking. Carter’s was notable for what it failed to do, and the Nixon/Ford Justice Departments were laughable…

SO my suggestion is that these remaining candidates (who both say “change” is important) should begin their administrations by revamping the systen starting at Justice!

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By cyrena, June 25, 2008 at 12:14 am Link to this comment

Jobart,

I was just thinking of you the other day, and wondered where you were. Glad to hear from you you. Of course I ditto your comments here, and Purplewolf’s as well.

Thing is, we knew this of course, from when all the shit hit the fan at the time of the firings. Remember when the blondie (whose name I can’t remember) testified (after she received immunity) that she had even asked an applicant if he’d ever cheated on his wife? WTF????

Then it came out that a highly disproportionate number of the white house legal staff, (including interns) as well as the Justice staff, had been recruited from Liberty University, which is Ashcroft’s school, (or he has some kind of a ownership/interest in it) and is like 3rd from the bottom on the list of accredited law schools in the country.

The corruption and insidious nepotism are everywhere.
Sounds like my own former employer. It’s a jungle out there.

Anyway, I’m with you jbart. Glad you’re watching..

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By purplewolf, June 24, 2008 at 3:39 pm Link to this comment

Of course a “select” group with the same mentality were cherry picked by these criminals. Everyone who has been appointed during the Bush2 years should be immediately shown the door. No severance pay, no references, as these people were not picked for their legitimate qualifications, but rather more like the Spoils System in this countries early history, no government perks allowed to follow them. These people are undeserving. They were not hired by legal means and therefore should be considered working those positions illegally. It’s time to clean house, especially the White House.

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By jobart, June 24, 2008 at 3:04 pm Link to this comment
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If the recent past (the “shrub” years) is to be unraveled and undone, investigations like this one needs to be continued. But, once accomplished and proven, punishment needs to be exacting and significant. The avoidance factor needs to become a reality, for all potential future exercises of “power grabs”. This is only one area where this policy of “payment” for past abuses is becoming an environment of “payback” and “retribution” to those that abuse and are willing to take advantage of the American society. There are many more situations and those, I trust, will also “see the light of day” and the punishments for this un-American behaviour, will be punished accordingly.The love of my country, and the freedoms afforded by our Constitution, provides me a passionate energy to do whatever I can to preserve its tenets and ideals. Call me an idealist, if that is your ilk. But, understand this fact,I love my country for the principles it was founded on and detest those ultras that would attempt to be perceived to be more patriotic than I am. Dubya and “Dick” and PNAC and the NEOCONS can suck my patriotic D**K !!!

p.s. I miss you Cyrena.  I’ve been watching,though not commenting.

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