Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Newspeak is alive and well

NEW YORK — No criminal prosecutions are planned for former Justice Department officials accused of allowing politics to influence the hiring of prosecutors, immigration judges and other career government lawyers, Attorney General Michael Mukasey said Tuesday.

Mukasey used his sharpest words yet to criticize the senior leaders who took part in or failed to stop illegal hiring practices during the tenure of his predecessor, Alberto Gonzales.

But, he told delegates to the American Bar Association annual meeting, "Not every wrong, or even every violation of the law, is a crime. In this instance, the two joint reports found only violations of the civil service laws."
Move along, folks. Nothing to see here. Just because it's against the law doesn't make it a crime. I have a feeling that this won't be the last time that rationale is used for not prosecuting a crime committed by this administration.

What really pissed me off about this is that these types of hirings are meant to go to the best person available regardless of their political beliefs but the Bushies would only hire the most right wing candidates. So, basically, many of the civil servants hired to career positions tasked with making sure the Justice Department runs smoothly were hired because they supported Bush. Makes you really fell good, huh?
He also ruled out firing or reassigning those who were hired under the now-discarded evaluation process.

"Two wrongs do not make a right," he said. "People who were hired in an improper way didn't themselves do anything wrong."
Unfortunately, even if Obama is elected, it's going to take a long, long time to fix things.

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