Daily Archives: April 4, 2008

Misadventures in Politicized Justice

The list of crimes committed by the Bush administration continues to grow while Congress idly sits by and does nothing about it. President Bush has done a thorough job of politicizing virtually every facet of his administration, including the ‘Justice’ Department.

As noted by Daily Kos, crimes include warrantless wiretapping, retroactive immunity, Operation Total Information Awareness, passport file breaches, meaningless oversight committees stacked with crooked cronies, and a plethora of war crimes, including illegally starting a war. Each crime is part of the monster known as the Bush administration’s approach to intelligence that trumps the Constitution every time.

Typical of the Bush administration is the preference to place the blame for their horrific idiocies on everyone else, not taking any responsibility for their incompetence or stupidity and the consequences of their actions.

As noted by Vanity Fair, the Bush administration has always taken refuge behind a “trickle up” explanation: that is, the decision was generated by military commanders and interrogators on the ground. This explanation is made up of falsehoods and lies. The origins lie in actions taken at the very highest levels of the administration — by some of the most senior personal advisers to the president, the vice president, and the secretary of defense. In some cases, origins lie in actions taken by the President and politically appointed lawyers from the Justice Department.

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