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MUKASEY: Any CIA agent who acted in good faith reliance on an opinion from the Department of Justice cannot and should not be prosecuted because if they are, any opinion from the Department of Justice to anyone on the frontline is totally and completely useless. […]
DURBIN: What about those who authorized that torture?
MUKASEY: I think its the same answer. … I think what lawyers have to do is focus on what’s legal and not be concerned with what is politically acceptable later on.
Torture is not, and has never been, a political issue. The techniques authorized by Bush administration officials are illegal under both U.S. and international law. Less than a year ago, Mukasey himself said the Bush administration’s infamous torture memo was “worse than a sin, it was a mistake.” Mukasey’s refusal to investigate, however, should not be surprising. Like Gonzales before him, Mukasey does not appear to be concerned with holding government officials accountable for their “sins.”
Originally posted by jmdewey60
Mukasey was in deep in the trial of the original World Trade Center bombing.
He covered up for the government, by not admitting evidence that would implicate the FBI for their illegal doings, as in training the bombers and bringing them into the country and providing them with the bomb.
So, for a reward, he gets the AG job, and everyone can expect him to do more cover up and obfuscation.
The Dems in the Senate are to blame for confirming him, in the first place.
Originally posted by DimensionalDetective
reply to post by Maxmars
They are ALL serving the EXACT same interests and Global Elitists! These people are nothing but Bilderberger / Central Banker / M.I.C. puppets and interest servants.
He has been widely criticized by civil liberties groups and human rights organizations for his role in authoring the USA Patriot Act, his policies as Secretary of Homeland Security, and his role in advising the Central Intelligence Agency on the use of torture.
Article 2, Section 1, Clauses 8 & 9:
Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or Affirmation:
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Article 6, Clause 3:
The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
"..., faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States."
Originally posted by Maxmars
I want in. I want to be a party to the reforging of the American vision. "All men are created equal." No one is above or beyond the law. Public service is just that - service. These people mucking up the lives of Americans, and indeed the world, are OUR EMPLOYEES; and they must be accountable for their failings.
So, despite the belated fuming by Schumer and other senators at the July 9 hearing, Mukasey has long seen his role less as the nation’s chief law enforcement officer than as the chief protector of Bush’s crimes of state – from torture, to warrantless wiretaps of Americans, to exposing the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame, to unleashing the Justice Department against political enemies, etc.
Michael Mukasey has become the Bush administration’s new “Mr. Cover-up.”