The Department of InJustice
The New York Times this morning reports that "violent crime in cities" showed a "sharp surge" over the past two years. Kate Zernike writes: "While overall crime has been declining nationwide, police officials have been warning of a rise in murder, robbery and gun assaults since late 2005, particularly in midsize cities and the Midwest. Now, they say, two years of data indicates that the spike is more than an aberration." Is it a coincidence that this two-year period coincides roughly with Alberto Gonzales' tenure as Attorney General of the United States? Probably. But that makes the Justice Department's recent woes no less outrageous.
While murder rates rise sharply, our Justice Department plays loosey-goosey with ethical rules and allows good, decent U.S. Attorneys-- the backbone of the federal justice system-- to be replaced by political hacks chosen by the White House. While meth use in the nation's heartland increases, our Federal Bureau of Investigation is unable to adequately and accurately account for its extraordinary use of National Security Letters to gain subpoena power without prior court approval. It's no wonder that Senate Judiciary Committee member Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) said yesterday: "One day there will be a new attorney general, maybe sooner rather than later."
I'll have more to say on this topic, much much more, in the next week or so when I post a series about Alberto Gonzales and his Justice Department. Stay tuned here for details.
By Andrew Cohen |
March 9, 2007; 9:30 AM ET
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