Sunday, March 04, 2007

More Republican Hijinx....or, Ode to a Lost Constitution

Just when you think that there must be something they won't do...some level they won't stoop to...

Turns out Pete Domenici, Republican Senator from New Mexico, may have called a U.S. Attorney in his home state to pressure him to issue indictments against Democrats implicated in a kickback investigation before the mid-term congressional elections last fall. The prosecutor, David Iglesias, was later fired, he says (with some evidence), because he resisted the pressure by Domenici and Rep. Heather Wilson, another NM Republican to rush the indictments. Iglesias is one of eight U.S. Attorneys fired in December, some without cause, all under similar circumstances.

There are so many things wrong with this... first off, it is a violation of Congressional ethics for a member of congress to communicate with federal prosecutors about ongoing criminal investigations. But even if Domenici and Wilson skate by on ethics, this kind of behavior smacks of the Gestapo. The Gestapo, during its tenure, operated without any restrictions by civil authority, meaning that its members could not be tried for any of their police practices. This unconditional authority added an elitist element to the Gestapo; its members knew that whatever actions they took, no consequences would arise. Sound familiar...?

At least we hung the Nazis...will we actually let these criminals retire with pensions funded by our taxes, earned with our sweat and labor?

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