Elizabeth de la Vega
The Politicization of the Department of Justice
Tue Sep 4, 2007 13:42
 

Elizabeth de la Vega on the politicization of the Department of Justice under Bush and Cheney; Truthout's Geoffrey Millard interviews Phyllis Bennis on politics, policies and the war in Iraq; Ted Glick reflects on a history of fasting; lawyers behind California ballot proposal have ties to Swift Boat group funder; Jeffrey Rosen on Jack L. Goldsmith and his fight against an expansive view of executive power from inside the DOJ; Dean Baker on holding the Fed accountable; Maurice Lemoine on the international arms trade; documents reveal pattern in civilian deaths caused by US soldiers; troop buildup fails to reconcile Iraq; and more ... Browse our continually updating front page at http://www.truthout.org

t r u t h o u t | 09.04

Elizabeth de la Vega | The Politicization of the Department of Justice
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/090407A.shtml
Elizabeth de la Vega writes for Truthout: "The truth is, the high-level decay and politicization of the DOJ that has been so starkly exposed in the past months did not begin with the arrival of Alberto Gonzales in 2005. It began with the arrival of Bush and Cheney in January of 2001. From the moment they moved into the White House, they set about to pervert the functions of the office of the attorney general to advance not only their own personal and political agendas, but also those of the Republican National Committee."

Phyllis Bennis: Turning Public Opinion Into Policy
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/080607T.shtml
Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Washington, DC think tank the Institute for Policy Studies, sat down recently with Truthout's Geoffrey Millard to discuss politics, policies and the war in Iraq.

Ted Glick | Thoughts on Fasting
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/090407C.shtml
Ted Glick writes for Truthout, "As I prepare myself mentally and spiritually for the long fast I will be undertaking on September 4 as part of the Climate Emergency Fast, I find myself thinking back to the first time I consciously and deliberately went without food because of an issue about which I felt strongly."

California Ballot Proposal's GOP Ties
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/090407D.shtml
The Associated Press reports, "Lawyers behind a California ballot proposal that could benefit the 2008 Republican presidential nominee have ties to a Texas homebuilder who financed attacks on Democrat John Kerry's Vietnam War record in the 2004 presidential campaign."

Jeffrey Rosen | Conscience of a Conservative
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/090407E.shtml
Jeffrey Rosen writes for The New York Times Magazine: "In the fall of 2003, Jack L. Goldsmith was widely considered one of the brightest stars in the conservative legal firmament.... No one was surprised when he was hired in October 2003 to head the Office of Legal Counsel, the division of the Justice Department that advises the president on the limits of executive power.... Nine months later, in June 2004, Goldsmith resigned. Although he refused to discuss his resignation at the time, he had led a small group of administration lawyers in a behind-the-scenes revolt against what he considered the constitutional excesses of the legal policies embraced by his White House superiors in the war on terror."

Dean Baker | The Dirty Toilet Principle
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/090407F.shtml
Dean Baker writes for Truthout: "Fortunately for them, central bankers are not like custodians: To a very large extent, they get to assign their own grades. As a result, the Fed folks are likely to suffer few consequences even as millions of people lose their homes, tens of millions lose most of their life's savings and the economy stumbles into a recession. Being a central banker is good work, if you can get it."

Maurice Lemoine | To Arms!
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/090407G.shtml
Le Monde diplomatique's Maurice Lemoine contrasts the UN's and the EU's stated goals of controlling the international arms trade with the flourishing condition of that business.

Pattern Cited in Killings of Civilians by US Troops
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/090407H.shtml
The Associated Press reports, "New documents released Tuesday regarding crimes committed by U.S. soldiers against civilians in Iraq and Afghanistan detail a troubling pattern of troops failing to understand and follow the rules that govern interrogations and deadly actions."

Troop Buildup Fails to Reconcile Iraq
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/090407I.shtml
Tina Susman of the Los Angeles Times reports, "The US military buildup that was supposed to calm Baghdad and other trouble spots has failed to usher in national reconciliation, as the capital's neighborhoods rupture even further along sectarian lines, violence shifts elsewhere and Iraq's government remains mired in political infighting."

VIDEO | Phyllis Bennis: Turning Public Opinion Into Policy
http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/080607T.shtml
Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Washington, DC think tank the Institute for Policy Studies, sat down recently with Truthout's Geoffrey Millard to discuss politics, policies and the war in Iraq.

 

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