Friday, March 16, 2007

More News From That Wretched Hive Of Scum And Villiany

About a month ago rumblings of some questionable firings of several Federal prosecutors began to surface. The allegations were that the prosecutors weren't moving fast enough on some investigations against Democrats. The White House naturally denied any involvement in the matter, and Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez assured Congress that the prosecutors in question were fired because they were "underperforming" (Insert Viagra joke here).

Earlier in the week we learned that it was indeed the White House which first pressed for the firings some two years ago. The blame for the fiasco (the firings fiasco, which is not to be confused with the Iraq fiasco, or the neglected Veterans fiasco, or the Scooter Libby fiasco, or the Hurricane Katrina fiasco) was originally directed at former White House counsel Harriet E. Miers. This was convenient, since Ms. Miers was no longer working there.

New emails uncovered today, however, indicate that top presidential adviser Karl "Jaba the Hut" Rove had a role in the firings. According to this new email from 2005, the White House was looking to get rid of prosecutors who weren't "loyal Bushies."

Hmmmm.... Nothing wrong with that.

Adding to the White House's woes is the news from last week that the FBI had been improperly gathering information on Americans. This cuts to the very heart of one of the main arguments against the so-called Patriot Act, which was adopted in the weeks after 9-11: You can't trust the FBI to properly restrain itself, and that's why it's dangerous to NOT require court orders.

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