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Report Assails Political Hiring in Justice Dept.

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posted on Jun, 25 2008 @ 09:50 AM
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Report Assails Political Hiring in Justice Dept.


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WASHINGTON — Justice Department officials illegally used “political or ideological” factors in elite recruiting programs in recent years, tapping law school graduates with Federalist Society membership or other conservative credentials over more qualified candidates with liberal-sounding résumés, an internal report found Tuesday.

The report, prepared by the Justice Department’s own inspector general and its ethics office, portrays a clumsy effort by senior Justice Department screeners to weed out candidates for career positions whom they considered “leftists,” using Internet search engines to look for incriminating information or evidence of possible liberal bias.

One rejected candidate from Harvard Law School worked for Planned Parenthood. Another wrote opinion pieces critical of the USA Patriot Act and the nomination of Samuel A. Alito Jr. to the Supreme Court. A third applicant worked for Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and posted an unflattering cartoon of President Bush on his MySpace page.

Another applicant, a student at the top of his class at Harvard who was fluent in Arabic, was relegated to the “questionable” pile because he was a member of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, a group that advocates civil liberties. And another rejected candidate said in his essay that he was “personally conflicted” about the National Security Agency’s program of wiretapping without warrants.
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posted on Jun, 25 2008 @ 09:50 AM
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This is important and I looked and didn't see any threads about it.

This is highly illegal. Yes the heads of agencies are political appointees and as such are partisan but the rank and file of those agencies, especially justice are (one) not supposed to be involved in partisan politics (I am not sure if that is just at work or not) and (two) the agency itself is supposed to stay above the fray.

This is just another example of the bush regime's corrupting government agencies by trying to not only stack them with like minded people but to use them as branches of the Republican party... There have been many accounts of Rove's people holding siminars at non-partisan agencies on how to help bush minor get re-elected and the like.

Just as for awhile the only talk radio allowed to be broadcast on military radio channels was mush loosebowels.

It is one more attempt of movement conservatism to effectively create a one party state with the branches of the government reinforcing it.

Ya know what that is called?

Fascism.

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