Thursday, 8 September 2011

US DOJ: Guardian of justice with a political cancer

US DOJ: Guardian of justice with a political cancer

The US Department of Justice has a good mission statement:

"To enforce the law and defend the interests of the United States according to the law; to ensure public safety against threats foreign and domestic; to provide federal leadership in preventing and controlling crime; to seek just punishment for those guilty of unlawful behavior; and to ensure fair and impartial administration of justice for all Americans."

DOJ has a multi-tasked structure that includes the FBI and ATF and a five year plan.     It also has political cancer at the top whose influence is now being challenged.

Secret testimony yesterday by ATF's Melson is big news.  He doesn't want to take the fall for "Fast and Furious" that moved a couple thousand weapons into Mexico and resulted in officer deaths on both sides of the border.   This was a top down program, not welcomed by the ATF agents, and may have been directed at helping gun control issues at home.
Christian Adams, formerly a DOJ lawyer,  blew the whistle earlier on the Philadelphia voter intimidation case that was derailed by DOJ political management after being won in the courts.   He notes the DOJ piloted the Pigford Settlement through the courts. Compensation to 15000 black farmers who may have been squeezed out of access to farm loans was expanded, fraudulently I believe, to  another 70,000, most of whom were not farmers.
Two improper neglects:
States that make it hard for soldiers to vote are coddled.
Voter list corruption is being ignored.  Harris Country TX      Dead people in Ohio
The integrity of the vote underlies everything else in a democracy.

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