They’ll probably charge him with terrorism

Finally, finally, a public servant is ready to stand up and say what everyone not overdosing on the koolaid knows:

Bush justice is a national disgrace

As a longtime attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, I can honestly say that I have never been as ashamed of the department and government that I serve as I am at this time.

The public record now plainly demonstrates that both the DOJ and the government as a whole have been thoroughly politicized in a manner that is inappropriate, unethical and indeed unlawful. The unconscionable commutation of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby’s sentence, the misuse of warrantless investigative powers under the Patriot Act and the deplorable treatment of U.S. attorneys all point to an unmistakable pattern of abuse.

In the course of its tenure since the Sept. 11 attacks, the Bush administration has turned the entire government (and the DOJ in particular) into a veritable Augean stable on issues such as civil rights, civil liberties, international law and basic human rights, as well as criminal prosecution and federal employment and contracting practices. It has systematically undermined the rule of law in the name of fighting terrorism, and it has sought to insulate its actions from legislative or judicial scrutiny and accountability by invoking national security at every turn, engaging in persistent fearmongering, routinely impugning the integrity and/or patriotism of its critics, and protecting its own lawbreakers. This is neither normal government conduct nor “politics as usual,” but a national disgrace of a magnitude unseen since the days of Watergate – which, in fact, I believe it eclipses.

Well, he goes on from there.

And he doesn’t say anything that surprises or shocks me, although I do think it’s about time someone sacked up and said it. So, “good on ya” to Koppel for saying it, but it should have been said sooner and by a lot more people.

He ends with this:

I realize that this constitutionally protected statement subjects me to a substantial risk of unlawful reprisal from extremely ruthless people who have repeatedly taken such action in the past. But I am confident that I am speaking on behalf of countless thousands of honorable public servants, at Justice and elsewhere, who take their responsibilities seriously and share these views. And some things must be said, whatever the risk.

It will be interesting to see what happens to him in the next 16 months or so. You’d think the sheer publicity would protect him, but then… well, see that last post.

  2 comments for “They’ll probably charge him with terrorism

  1. David Allspaw
    July 10, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    I’m thinking he will charged with treason in the conservative media.

    As forceful and elequent Koppel’s article was, I am afraid it will not compel any Democrat in Congress to do unto Bush what was done unto Clinton.

  2. July 10, 2007 at 3:26 pm

    Yes, I sadly have no doubt that the wingers will paint him with the old “criticizing our side is nothing but giving aid and comfort to the enemy” line.

    I kind of wish that we could find a way to settle it once and for all that dissenting is not just an important right in a democracy, but that it’s an important responsibility.

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