"Everyone is treating the I.R.S. issue as a bigger deal, but the Justice Department scandal is worse. This was a sweeping intrusion that makes it hard for the press to do its job. Who is going to call a journalist to report wrongdoing knowing that at some future date, the government might feel perfectly free to track the phone records and hunt you down? I would have thought a dozen Justice Department officials would have risen up and splashily resigned when they learned of the scope of this invasion. Aren’t there some lawyers in the Justice Department, and, if so, did they go to law schools where the Constitution is left unassigned?" David Brooks
Brooks has it right here. In the last years I have had occasion to watch the Justice Department increasingly behave not as a servant of the constitution but rather as a single minded instrument for obtaining convictions desired by the administration, and willing to lie, cheat and suborn witnesses in order to get them. In one case in which I was a witness, (now long settled) Justice Department lawyers with the support of an FBI agent changed the status of a character witness to that of a fact witness and then carefully abstained from informing the defeense of that change until after the defendant had been convicted and sent to prison. This change in status was accompanied by the promise of a fee to be paid to the witness after conviction of the accused. The amount of the fee was many times that allowed by federal guidelines. Several months elapsed before this malfeasance was discovered by the US Attorney for that district when the miscreants submitted a voucher for payent of the fee. In that period the convicted man had resided in prison. If you think that is an isolated case theink of the case of Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska.
And then we have the behvior and language of Erc Holder testifying before a House committee this week. His behavior was contemptuous and insulting and he should have been so cited. pl