April 01, 2009
Larisa Alexandrovna is properly outraged that the sleazy Alaskan bagman Ted Stevens is catching a break from Obama’s Justice Department while the Bush holdovers who railroaded Don Siegelman, et al., for Karl Rove are still in their DOJ jobs. See it all here.
Misconduct won't be tolerated, right? Then someone explain to me why Alice Martin and Leura Canary are still US Attorneys? And someone also explain to me why Stevens is the priority? No really, not Don Siegelman, not Paul Minor, not Wes Teel, not John Whitfield, and not countless others. Ted Stevens apparently gets to go to the front of the line. Why?
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at April 01, 2009 01:50 PM
It's only slightly unsavory viewing the horrid nature of those injustices, but practical I think. Scott Horton over at Harper's No Comment blog has been following this issue and many other issues of horrid lawbreaking and he views the quick movement in the Stevens case as an easy quick call as a first step and a positive. However, Horton notes that one issue that Justice has to deal with is that of Dick Cheney's snuff squads (among a long lime of them), which many say targeted those inside the US as well as outside of it. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out that if this occurred, if we don't deal with it, it will likely recur as some future time we hope. Remember, snuff jobs were outlawed way back during Gerald Ford's administration. So as much as it pains me, I suspect there are bigger fish to fry and that sometimes the wheels of Justice run slowly. For those interested, the blog, No Comment, is on our sidebar under the "Hall of Fame" section. Snuff squads are supposed to be as un-American and foreign to our form of government as fascism was supposed to be, but leave it up to the Bush administration to do that which seemed any competent child would know create grave international problems for us and completely eliminate our moral standing in the world, assuming we have any after Bush's reign of terror.
My grandfather, himself a man of American corporate international intrigue (and on the wrong side on this issue), attributed the elimination of this horrid program to Jimmy Carter. Although I suspect Carter would have done it if Ford didn't, and perhaps added to the prohibition since I have no idea and never researched the issue since I was a lowly undergraduate during those days and wasn't paying attention to what, to a partying college student, were mundane matters. However if these illegal "snuff" programs were or are still in existence, no doubt they need to be given a first priority and hopefully revisiting the past will be accomplished, whether here or in overseas forums.
It's unfortunate that these other lawbreakers are on the second track, at least for now, but Horton says the Public Integrity Section is quite lacking in what it's supposed to be best at and even guilty men are sometimes "railroaded", as in Steven's case (although ultimately entitled to real Justice). So a housecleaning may eventually happen in the "Public Integrity" section, which according to Horton, appears to now have little, if any of what the names suggests. Not that it helps, for Siegalman and others, having to wait for those who were steamrolled by the Karl Rove destruction machine to get their day of exoneration and victory of the dark forces still working on the sidelines and hiding, for now, under rocks, piles of dog manure, and whatever else may serve as a place to hide for those lacking in any semblance of integrity and apprently, in evidence suppression. AT least we know when the finally do get the message, they may end up in the same position as Gonzales and others who, now that the extent of the evil is slowly coming to light, are seen as monsters and not wanted by virtually any employer.