Friday, January 19, 2007

Bush Investiga-phobia Extends to Investigators

The Bush team never met an investigation they liked and if it fell within their purview to actually conduct one, they carried it out with singular incompetence. However as the opposition party won the 2006 mid term elections, investigations may be just around the corner. The best way to put the khay bash on any snooping around in the President’s dirty laundry is to get rid of the housekeepers, in this case U.S. attorney generals and replace them with Bush loyalists.

Paul Krugman of the New York Times had this to say about the newest administration strategy to discourage inquiries:

Since the middle of last month, the Bush administration has pushed out at least four U.S. attorneys, and possibly as many as seven, without explanation. The list includes Carol Lam, the U.S. attorney for San Diego, who successfully prosecuted Duke Cunningham, a Republican congressman, on major corruption charges. The top F.B.I. official in San Diego told The San Diego Union-Tribune that Ms. Lam’s dismissal would undermine multiple continuing investigations.

In Senate testimony yesterday, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales refused to say how many other attorneys have been asked to resign, calling it a “personnel matter.”

Mr. Krugman states it best with “the purge of U.S. attorneys looks like a pre-emptive strike against the gathering forces of justice.” This concerns me as a blogger who requested a Justice Department investigation into the omission of the hospital with the largest number of patient deaths post Hurricane Katrina from the White House Lessons Learned report.

Carlyle Affiliate LifeCare Hospitals’ 24 patient deaths warranted not one mention in the Bush self-evaluation. That Carlyle and the White House share a Pennsylvania Avenue address is a coincidence or not? One can’t find out without further study…

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