Saturday, January 13, 2007



Carol Lam... Carol Lam... Carol Lam... Bush fired her... but why does that name sound so familiar? I did a search of DWT and there was just one mention. Ken brought her up in late November of 2005 in relation to the Randy "Duke" Cunningham case! That's it! She was the San Diego U.S. Attorney-- appointed by Bush-- who went after Cunningham: a Republican law enforcement official going after a Republican criminal-- and nailing him. And as Bush gets ready to pardon one of his own, he has also fired Ms. Lam, who is assuredly not one of his own, despite party affiliation. (Keep in mind, Cunningaham at one time was a go-between who was selling future Bush presidential pardons to convicted criminals.)

"'It's virtually unprecedented to fire a U.S. Attorney absent some misconduct in office,' said criminal defense attorney Michael Attanasio, a former federal prosecutor. 'This office has clearly made a priority of investigating and prosecuting white collar offenses and has had occasional success doing so,' he said. 'One would think that would be valued by any administration, even if it meant fewer resources were devoted to routine and repetitive border crimes.'"

Dan Dzwilewski, the top FBI official in the Sean Diego area, said "I guarantee politics is involved." There is no question that a full airing of the Cunningham corruption allegations would bring down at least a dozen Republican congressmen, including close colleagues and fellow bribe-takers Jerry Lewis, Duncan Hunter, John Doolittle, Virgil Goode, Tom DeLay. There has been a good deal of evidence also pointing to far more serious crimes than just corruption and that Cunningham and some of his GOP allies were involved with other countries, sometimes pushing their interests over the interests of this country-- and being well-paid in the process (treason). Cunningham's intimate relations with several higher-ups at the CIA led to the firing of Porter Goss and to a general shakeup at the agency.

And it looks like the Bush Regime has been firing Federal Prosecutors who were getting too close for comfort all around the country, something of dubious legality. U.S. attorneys are usually appointed by the president and require Senate approval. They typically serve the same term as the president that appointed them, and are replaced when a new president is elected... Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., criticized the Bush administration yesterday for 'pushing out U.S. Attorneys from across the country under the cloak of secrecy... We don't know how many U.S. Attorneys have been asked to resign-- it could be two, it could be ten, it could be more. No one knows,' she said in a statement. Feinstein said the administration was abusing its executive power by trying to circumvent the Senate confirmation process. She and two colleagues proposed legislation yesterday to restore appointment authority to the district court when a vacancy occurs and an interim leader is needed."



At 3:50 PM, Blogger KenInNY said...

Every day it's something else. These people clearly believe they're not answerable to or touchable by anyone.

I'd like to think, though, that mass firings of U.S. attorneys for reasons that are not only political but aimed at covering up crimes, is not something that's going to be swept under the rug.

Two causes for hope in this new year:

* The U.S. Capitol is now overflowing with Democratic committee and subcommittee chairpersons who can back up any outrage they may be feeling with subpoena power.

* As political malefactors seem to keep forgetting, while you may be able to keep them from getting you for the original crime--at least for a while--those coverups can be lethal.

And on both counts, it sounds like there may be a lot of Republicans mad as hell about this and not inclined to take it anymore.


At 8:48 AM, Blogger Wes said...

Well, the Republican S. California Stench has woken up Carl Pope.

Maybe we can find a way to focus attention on Duncan Hunter, he who added his name to malicious mailings in support of Richard Pombo and who has now announced his candidacy for President... laughable were it not so obviously dangerous.

At 3:03 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"'It's virtually unprecedented to fire a U.S. Attorney absent some misconduct in office,' said criminal defense attorney Michael Attanasio, a former federal prosecutor.

Clinton fired ALL 93 US attorney's during his presidency. How is President Bush's firing 9 unprecedented. That is ubsurd. What a double standard!


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