Citizens for Legitimate Government, a multi-partisan activist group established to expose the Bush Coup d'Etat and oppose the Bush occupation in all of its manifestations.

'The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers.' --William Shakespeare, Henry VI (Act IV, Scene II). The Bush regime's most recent assault on the law
Compilation by Lori R. Price, Editor, Citizens for Legitimate Government

Ban All the Lawyers --Prisoners at Guantanamo don't really need them, or so says the Justice Department. (The Washington Post) 29 Apr 2007 The Bush administration is ruthlessly exploiting the perverted system of justice approved by Congress last year for foreign prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. By stripping the detainees of the ancient right of habeas corpus, Congress drastically limited their ability to challenge their detentions in U.S. courts. Now the administration is citing that limitation as an excuse to curtail the prisoners' access to the civilian lawyers who have been representing them. As first reported Thursday by the New York Times, the Justice Department has asked the federal appeals court charged with handling all appeals of the detentions to limit lawyers to three visits with their clients; allow their correspondence with prisoners to be opened and read; and give government officials the power to deny the lawyers access to evidence.

Gonzales aide to invoke Fifth Amendment --Goodling will refuse to answer Senate questions on fired U.S. attorneys 26 Mar 2007 Monica Goodling, a Justice Department official involved in the firings of federal prosecutors, will refuse to answer questions at upcoming Senate hearings, citing Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination, her lawyer said Monday.

Republican support for attorney general erodes --Senators question his truthfulness; firing of prosecutor in GOP case is eyed 25 Mar 2007 Republican support for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales eroded Sunday as three key senators sharply questioned his truthfulness and a Democrat [Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.] joined the list of lawmakers who want him to resign over the firing of eight federal prosecutors.

Cheney's Hand Seen in Executive Privilege Fight 23 Mar 2007 Republican insiders see the hand of Vice President [sic] Cheney in the White House's tough stand against allowing political adviser Karl Rove and other senior White House officials to publicly testify under oath before Congress.

Bush, Key Senator Still Backing Gonzales 25 Mar 2007 The White House and a key Republican senator reaffirmed support Saturday for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales even as Democrats questioned his credibility for apparently misrepresenting his role in firing eight federal prosecutors.

Gonzales Met With Advisers on Dismissals 24 Mar 2007 Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales and senior advisers discussed the plan to remove seven United States attorneys at a meeting last Nov. 27, 10 days before the dismissals were carried out, according to a Justice Department calendar entry disclosed Friday. The previously undisclosed meeting appeared to contradict Mr. Gonzales’s previous statements about his knowledge of the dismissals.

New U.S. attorneys seem to have partisan records 23 Mar 2007 Under President [sic] Bush, the Justice Department has backed laws that narrow minority voting rights and pressed U.S. attorneys to investigate voter fraud - policies that critics say have been intended to suppress Democratic votes. Bush, his deputy chief of staff, Karl Rove, and other Republican political advisers have highlighted voting rights issues and what Rove has called the "growing problem" of election fraud by Democrats since Bush took power [*literally,* took power] in the tumultuous 'election' [coup d'etat] of 2000. Since 2005, McClatchy Newspapers has found, Bush has appointed at least three U.S. attorneys who had worked in the Justice Department's civil rights division when it was rolling back longstanding voting-rights policies aimed at protecting predominantly poor, minority voters.

Documents show Gonzales approved firings of U.S. attorneys 24 Mar 2007 Attorney General Alberto Gonzales approved plans to fire several U.S. attorneys in a November meeting, according to documents released Friday that contradict earlier claims that he was not closely involved in the dismissals. The Nov. 27 meeting, in which the attorney general and at least five top Justice Department officials participated, focused on a five-step plan for carrying out the firings of the prosecutors, Justice Department officials said late Friday.

FBI Violations May Number 3,000, Official Says --600 of these violations could be "cases of serious misconduct" involving improper use of "national security letters" 21 Mar 2007 The Justice Department's inspector general told a committee of angry House members yesterday that the FBI may have violated the law or government policies as many as 3,000 times since 2003 as agents secretly collected the telephone, bank and credit card records of U.S. citizens and foreign nationals residing here.

Senate Committee Joins in Authorizing Bush Subpoenas 22 Mar 2007 A Senate panel probing the firing of eight U.S. attorneys joined a House subcommittee in authorizing subpoenas to compel testimony by Karl Rove, President [sic] George W. Bush's top political adviser, and other White House officials.

Subpoenas Force Talks for Testimony Deal 23 Mar 2007 Democrats are pressing President [sic] Bush to allow his political guru Karl Rove and other top aides to answer questions under oath about the firing of federal prosecutors. The brokering has already begun.

E-Mails Show Machinations to Replace Prosecutor --Administration Worked for Months to Make Rove Aide U.S. Attorney in Arkansas 23 Mar 2007 Two months before Bud Cummins was fired as U.S. attorney in Little Rock, a protege of presidential adviser Karl Rove was maneuvering with the Justice Department to take his place... Rove and Harriet Miers, then the White House counsel, were keenly interested in putting him in the position, e-mails reveal. New documents also show that Justice and White House officials were preparing for President [sic] Bush's approval of the appointment as early as last summer, five months before Griffin took the job... The evidence runs contrary to assurances from Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales that no such move had been planned.

U.S. Attorney in Michigan Disputes Reason for Removal 23 Mar 2007 The ousted United States attorney in western Michigan [Margaret M. Chiara] said Thursday that she was told last November that she was being forced out to make way for another lawyer the Bush administration wanted to groom, not because of management problems.

Fitzgerald Ranked During Leak Case --Justice Dept. Fired 2 With Same Rating 20 Mar 2007 U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald was ranked among prosecutors who had "not distinguished themselves" on a Justice Department chart sent to the White House in March 2005, when he was in the midst of leading the CIA leak investigation that resulted in the perjury conviction of a vice presidential aide, administration officials said yesterday. The ranking placed Fitzgerald below "strong U.S. Attorneys . . . who exhibited loyalty" to the administration but above "weak U.S. Attorneys who . . . chafed against Administration initiatives, etc.," according to Justice documents. The chart was the first step in an effort to identify U.S. attorneys who should be removed. Two prosecutors who received the same ranking as Fitzgerald were later fired, documents show.

US ambassador meddled in case: former attorney 23 Mar 2007 The former leader of the US Justice Department team that prosecuted a landmark lawsuit against tobacco companies [Sharon Eubanks] has claimed that Bush Administration political appointees - including the present US ambassador to Australia - repeatedly ordered her to take steps that weakened the Government's racketeering case. "The political people were pushing the buttons and ordering us to say what we said," she said. "And because of that, we failed to zealously represent the interests of the American public."

What Bush is hiding --In the U.S. attorney scandal, Alberto Gonzales gave orders, but he also took them -- from Karl Rove, who plotted to turn the federal criminal justice system into the Republican Holy Office of the Inquisition. By Sidney Blumenthal 22 Mar 2007 In the U.S. attorneys scandal, Gonzales was an active though second-level perpetrator. While he gave orders, he also took orders. Just as his chief of staff, Kyle Sampson, has resigned as a fall guy, so Gonzales would be yet another fall guy if he were to resign. He was assigned responsibility for the purge of U.S. attorneys but did not conceive it... The disclosure of the e-mails establishing Rove's centrality suggests not only the political chain of command but also the hierarchy of coverup. Bush protects Gonzales in order to protect those who gave Gonzales his marching orders -- Rove and Bush himself.

Karl Rove back in the cross hairs again 21 Mar 2007 KKKarl Rove, architect of President [sic] George W. Bush's two election 'victories' [sic - coup d'etats] and the Democrats' favorite target, is back in the cross hairs again -- this time over the firings of U.S. prosecutors. [Well, we certainly hope that this is the *last time* Karl Rove is ever in the cross hairs. (Think about it.) --LRP]

Showdown looms in attorney firings probe 22 Mar 2007 President [sic] Bush and the Democratic-controlled Congress careened closer to a full-blown legal showdown over the firing of federal prosecutors Wednesday as a House subcommittee voted subpoenas for top administration officials in defiance of the White House.

Panel Approves Five Subpoenas on Top Bush Officials 22 Mar 2007 A House panel authorized subpoenas Wednesday requiring Karl Rove and four other senior Bush administration officials to testify under oath in the inquiry into the dismissals of eight federal prosecutors.

House panel OKs subpoenas for Rove, other White House aides --The move sets up a constitutional showdown over firings of U.S. attorneys 21 Mar 2007 A House panel on Wednesday defied the White House and authorized subpoenas for President [sic] Bush’s political adviser, Karl Rove and other top aides, setting up a constitutional showdown over the firings of eight federal prosecutors.

Bush rejects Senate 'show trials' 21 Mar 2007 US President [sic] George W Bush says he will not allow his advisers to take part in "show trials" in the escalating row over the firing of federal prosecutors. [Right, what we need are not show trials, but REAL trials--of Bush and Cheney for war crimes!]

Why I Was Fired By David C. Iglesias 21 Mar 2007 Although we [United States attorneys] receive our appointments through the political process (I am a Republican who was recommended by Senator Pete Domenici), we are expected to be apolitical once we are in office. I will never forget John Ashcroft, then the attorney general, telling me during the summer of 2001 that politics should play no role during my tenure. I took that message to heart. Little did I know that I could be fired for not being political.

Bush will fight congressional subpoenas on attorney firings 20 Mar 2007 President [sic] George W. Bush said he will fight any attempt by Congress to subpoena his aides in the investigation into the firings of eight U.S. attorneys. "Access to White House staff is always a sensitive issue," In remarks at the White House, Bush said some lawmakers want his aides subpoenaed as part of a "partisan fishing expedition."

President Bush's Comments on the Dismissal of U.S. Attorneys 20 Mar 2007 (Transcript) It will be regrettable if they [the Democrats] choose to head down the partisan road of issuing subpoenas and demanding show trials when I have agreed to make key White House officials and documents available. I have proposed a reasonable way to avoid an impasse. I hope they don't choose confrontation. I will oppose any attempts to subpoena White House officials. [Dictator Bush is ranting about the possibility of "show trials," if KKKarl Rove and his inner circle of hell is subpoenaed! Talk to *David Hicks* about a 'show trial' --trials of terror suspects have begun without a lawyer or reporter in sight --in the kangaroo court that IS Guantanamo Bay!! --Lori Price]

Bush and Senate Clash in Inquiry on Prosecutors 21 Mar 2007 President [sic] Bush and Congress clashed Tuesday over an inquiry into the firing of federal prosecutors and appeared headed toward a constitutional showdown over demands from Capitol Hill for more information about internal White House deliberations... Responding defiantly on a day in which tension over the affair played out on multiple fronts, Mr. Bush said he would resist any effort to put his top aides under "the klieg lights" in "show trials" on Capitol Hill, and he reiterated his support for Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales, whose backing among Republicans on Capitol Hill ebbed further on Tuesday.

Bush Warns Dems to Take Offer in Firings 20 Mar 2007 A defiant President [sic] Bush warned Democrats Tuesday to accept his offer to have top aides testilie about the firings of federal prosecutors only privately and not under oath or risk a constitutional showdown from which he would not back down. Democrats' response to his proposal was swift and firm: They said they would start authorizing subpoenas as soon as Wednesday for the White House aides.

White House Offers Interview With Rove 21 Mar 2007 The White House pushed back Tuesday against Democrats demanding answers on the firings of federal prosecutors, refusing to allow Dictator Bush's top aides to testilie publicly and under oath about their roles in the dismissals.

Senate Limits Gonzales' Hiring Authority 20 Mar 2007 The Senate voted overwhelmingly Tuesday to end the Bush regime's ability to unilaterally fill U.S. attorney vacancies as a backlash to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' firing of eight federal prosecutors. The Senate by a 94-2 vote passed a bill that would cancel the attorney general's power to appoint U.S. attorneys without Senate confirmation.

Justice Dept. worked to contain U.S. attorney fallout --Documents show that officials scrambled to curb bad publicity over the widening scandal. 20 Mar 2007 As the scandal over the firing of a select group of U.S. attorneys was building two weeks ago, the No. 2 official at the Justice Department tried to persuade one of those being removed that Washington was not out to ruin their reputations.

Excerpts From the 3,000 Pp. of Documents 21 Mar 2007 Among the excerpts from 3,000 pages of documents the Justice Department turned over to Congress late Monday night: Oct. 17, 2006 e-mail from Sampson to Elston: Subject: FW: United States Attorneys See below for my list of U.S. Attorneys we should consider replacing. Does it match up with yours.

Bush calls Gonzales to express support --White House denies it's looking for possible successors to attorney general 20 Mar 2007 President [sic] Bush sent a powerful message of support Tuesday for embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, calling his longtime friend to express unwavering support in the face of calls for his resignation.

Tancredo: Time for Gonzales to 'Move On' 20 Mar 2007 Presidential hopeful Tom Tancredo has joined the growing chorus of lawmakers calling for U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign - only not for the usual reason. Unlike others criticizing Gonzales over the recent firing of eight U.S. attorneys, the Colorado Republican said the embattled attorney general should go because of "a series of leadership failures" - chiefly his handling of illegal immigration prosecutions.

Senator Eyes Another Attorney Departure 20 Mar 2007 Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Tuesday she wants answers about the departure of the former U.S. attorney in Los Angeles [Debra Yang], who resigned last October before the Justice Department's dismissal of eight other U.S. attorneys sparked controversy.

Lawmakers warn FBI on surveillance powers --Agency told it could lose broad spying authority after revelations of abuses 20 Mar 2007 Republicans and Democrats sternly warned the FBI on Tuesday that it could lose its broad power to collect telephone, e-mail and financial records to hunt terrorists if the agency doesn’t quickly address widespread abuses of the authority detailed in a recent internal investigation.

House panel OKs subpoenas for Rove, other White House aides --The move sets up a constitutional showdown over firings of U.S. attorneys 21 Mar 2007 A House panel on Wednesday defied the White House and authorized subpoenas for President [sic] Bush’s political adviser, Karl Rove and other top aides, setting up a constitutional showdown over the firings of eight federal prosecutors.

Justice Dept. worked to contain U.S. attorney fallout --Documents show that officials scrambled to curb bad publicity over the widening scandal. 20 Mar 2007 As the scandal over the firing of a select group of U.S. attorneys was building two weeks ago, the No. 2 official at the Justice Department tried to persuade one of those being removed that Washington was not out to ruin their reputations.

Bush calls Gonzales to express support --White House denies it's looking for possible successors to attorney general 20 Mar 2007 President [sic] Bush sent a powerful message of support Tuesday for embattled Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, calling his longtime friend to express unwavering support in the face of calls for his resignation.

Senator predicts Gonzales will be forced out within a week 18 Mar 2007 A top Democrat [Sen. Charles Schumer, N.Y.] predicted Sunday that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales would be forced from his job within a week for the Justice Department's mishandling of the firing of eight U.S. attorneys.

Leahy Wants Bush Aides to Testify on Fired Prosecutors 18 Mar 2007 The Democratic senator leading the inquiry into the dismissal of federal prosecutors insisted today that Karl Rove and other top aides to President [sic] Bush must testify publicly and under oath, setting up a confrontation between Congress and the White House, which has said it is unlikely to agree to such a demand.

Senate may subpoena White House aide Karl Rove 19 Mar 2007 White House political strategist Karl Rove will face a Senate subpoena this week if he does not agree to testify in a dispute over fired prosecutors that has put pressure on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to quit, a Senate committee head said on Sunday.

U.S. attorney candidate can't practice law 17 Mar 2007 Former Republican congressman Rick White, one of three candidates the Republicans have submitted to replace John McKay as U.S. attorney for Western Washington, cannot practice law in the state. White's license was suspended by the state Supreme Court in August 2003 for failure to pay his bar dues. He was reinstated to the bar in 2005 after paying a small fee, but currently holds an "inactive" status.

Iglesias: My Firing Was a 'Political Hit' 18 Mar 2007 Today on Fox [Faux] News Sunday, former U.S. attorney David Iglesias beat back several misleading claims by Bush administration officials, and reasserted that his firing was a "political hit," not done for performance reasons. He pointed out that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales agreed to write him a recommendation even after he was fired. "If [my firing] was performance based, there is no way they would have agreed to have allowed me to list them as a reference," he said. "In fact, they agreed, telling me that the true nature was political, not performance."

Amid Concerns, FBI Lapses Went On --Records Collection Brought Internal Questions But Little Scrutiny 18 Mar 2007 FBI counterterrorism officials continued to use flawed procedures to obtain thousands of U.S. telephone records during a two-year period when bureau lawyers and managers were expressing escalating concerns about the practice, according to senior FBI and Justice Department officials and documents. At least one senior FBI headquarters official -- whom the bureau declined to name -- signed these "national security letters" without including the required proof that the letters were linked to FBI counterterrorism or espionage investigations, an FBI official said. The flawed procedures involved the use of emergency demands for records, called "exigent circumstance" letters, which contained false or undocumented claims.

Scandal over lawyers moves nearer to Bush 17 Mar 2007 The scandal over the sacking of eight government lawyers, allegedly for political reasons, moved closer to the White House last night after it was revealed that George W Bush's right-hand man [Karl Rove] was involved in discussions about the dismissals two years ago.

'Hazy Memories' Cited in Attorneys Probe --White House Cites "Hazy Memories" in Prosecutor Firings; GOP Support Erodes for Gonzales 16 Mar 2007 The White House dropped its contention Friday that former Counsel Harriet Miers first raised the idea of firing U.S. attorneys, blaming "hazy memories" as e-mails shed new light on Karl Rove's role. Support eroded further for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

E-Mail Indicates Rove Role in Firings 16 Mar 2007 White House political adviser Karl Rove raised questions in early 2005 about replacing some federal prosecutors but allowing others to stay, an e-mail released Thursday shows. The one-page document, which incorporates an e-mail exchange in January 2005, also indicates Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was considering dismissing up to 20 percent of U.S. attorneys in the weeks before he took over the Justice Department.

Rove was asked to fire U.S. attorney 10 Mar 2007 Presidential advisor Karl Rove and at least one other member of the White House political team were urged by the New Mexico Republican party chairman to fire the state's U.S. attorney because of dissatisfaction in part with his failure to indict Democrats in a voter fraud investigation in the battleground election state.

Phony Fraud Charges (The New York Times ) 16 Mar 2007 In its fumbling attempts to explain the purge of United States attorneys, the Bush administration has argued that the fired prosecutors were not aggressive enough about addressing voter fraud. It is a phony argument... But more than that, it is a window on what may be a major reason for some of the firings. In partisan Republican circles, the pursuit of voter fraud is code for suppressing the votes of minorities and poor people. By resisting pressure to crack down on "fraud," the fired United States attorneys actually appear to have been standing up for the integrity of the election system.

ACLU: Congress Must Investigate Claims Gonzales Shut Down NSA Review to Escape Scrutiny 15 Mar 2007 Following reports by the National Journal that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales advised President [sic] Bush to shut down an internal review of the National Security Agency’s warrantless surveillance program due to the possibility that his own actions would be scrutinized, the American Civil Liberties Union today renewed its call for a special prosecutor to be appointed to investigate the program.

E-Mails Show Rove's Role in U.S. Attorney Firings 15 Mar 2007 New unreleased e-mails from top administration officials show that the idea of firing all 93 U.S. attorneys was raised by White House adviser Karl Rove in early January 2005, indicating Rove was more involved in the plan than the White House previously acknowledged. The e-mails also show that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales discussed the idea of firing the attorneys en masse weeks before he was confirmed as attorney general. The e-mails directly contradict White House assertions that the notion originated with recently departed White House counsel Harriet Miers, and was her idea alone.

Aborted DOJ Probe Probably Would Have Targeted Gonzales By Murray Waas, 15 Mar 2007 Shortly before Attorney General Alberto Gonzales advised President [sic] Bush last year on whether to shut down a Justice Department inquiry regarding the administration's warrantless domestic eavesdropping program, Gonzales learned that his own conduct would likely be a focus of the investigation, according to government records and interviews. Bush personally intervened to sideline the Justice Department probe in April 2006 by taking the unusual step of denying investigators the security clearances necessary for their work.

Panel OKs subpoenas in U.S. attorney probe --Committee postpones authorizing subpoenas for President [sic] Bush's top aides 15 Mar 2007 The Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday cleared the way for subpoenas compelling five Justice Department officials and six of the federal prosecutors they fired to tell the story of a purge of U.S. attorneys that has prompted demands for the ouster of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

GOP Support for Gonzales Erodes Further 15 Mar 2007 Republican support for Attorney General Alberto Gonzales eroded further Thursday amid an intensifying furor over his role in federal prosecutor firings, as new e-mails surfaced indicating that top White House political adviser Karl Rove had an early hand in the dismissals. A Senate panel approved subpoenas for Justice Department officials Thursday in a probe of the firings. Subpoenas for President [sic] Bush's top aides, including Rove, could come next week.

Gonzales's Hold on Job Slips Over Prosecutor Firings 15 Mar 2007 Attorney General Alberto Gonzales's hold on his job is slipping after President [sic] George W. Bush, his chief benefactor, said he has some explaining to do and a Republican senator joined Democrats in urging him to step down.

Leahy says he will subpoena Rove 14 Mar 2007 Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, said Wednesday that he will subpoena Karl Rove to appear before his panel regarding the Bush administration's firing of eight U.S. attorneys, if the White House deputy chief of staff does not do so voluntarily.

All roads lead to Rove --The White House political director was clearly at the center of the partisan plot to fire U.S. attorneys, despite the administration's clumsy attempts to pretend otherwise. By Sidney Blumenthal 15 Mar 2007 The Bush administration's first instinct was to shield Karl Rove from scrutiny when Congress began inquiring about the unusual firings of eight U.S. attorneys... Rove was the conduit for Republican political grievances about the U.S. attorneys. He was the fulcrum and the lever. He was the collector of information and the magnet of power. He was the originator, formulator and director. But, initially, according to the administration, like [Alberto] Gonzales, he supposedly knew nothing and did nothing.

'Quite Unprecedented' --Former U.S. Attorney Mary Jo White explains why the firing of eight federal prosecutors could threaten the historic independence of federal law-enforcement officials. By Julie Scelfo 15 Mar 2007 NEWSWEEK: So it’s atypical to be replaced in the middle of a president’s term? Mary Jo White: It’s quite atypical, absent some misconduct or other quite significant cause. What’s happened here, in my experience and to my knowledge, is quite unprecedented. And, if it turns out to be the case that some of the U.S. attorneys may have been removed for reasons of not bringing, or not bringing fast enough, politically charged cases, or they weren’t "loyal" to the president, then it becomes very, very disturbing.

U.S. attorney scandal widens By Ernie Dumas 14 Mar 2007 A sheaf of Justice Department memos that arrived on Capitol Hill Monday confirmed what had only been a strong suspicion: The White House intended to fully consolidate the entire federal criminal justice system into its political operation. The primary duty of every United States district attorney was to move along the Republican political agenda and see to it that Republicans were elected in the next election.

Republican Election Fraud and the Firing of US Attorneys --The Rec Report --By Michael Rectenwald Wednesday, 14 Mar 2007 "Since the 2000 election ended in dispute in Florida," MSNBC reports, "Republicans at the national and local levels have repeatedly raised concerns about possible voter fraud, alleging that convicted felons and other ineligible voters have been permitted to cast ballots to the benefit of Democrats." Imagine that, the Republicans complaining about FRAUD in connection with VOTING! Now isn't that the most ironic idea you can imagine? [A must read]

Senate Republican urges Bush to fire Gonzales 14 Mar 2007 Sen. John Sununu of New Hampshire on Wednesday became the first Republican in the U.S. Congress to urge President [sic] George W. Bush to oust U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Fitzgerald: Rove tried to limit choice 14 Mar 2007 Former Sen. Peter Fitzgerald (R-Ill.) said Tuesday that White House political adviser Karl Rove told him in the spring of 2001 that he should limit his choice for U.S. attorney in Chicago to someone from Illinois. According to Fitzgerald, who was determined to bring in a prosecutor from outside the state, Rove "just said we don't want you going outside the state. We don't want to be moving U.S. attorneys around."

Gonzales Rejects Calls for Resignation 14 Mar 2007 Attorney General Alberto Gonzales rejected growing calls for his resignation Tuesday as scores of newly released documents detailed a two-year campaign by the Justice Department and White House to purge federal prosecutors.

ABC: Hillary Clinton Calls for Gonzales' Resignation --Senator Tells ABC News 'Buck Should Stop Somewhere' Over Issue of Fired Attorneys 13 Mar 2007 In an exclusive interview with "Good Morning America" today, Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination, for the first time called for the resignation of Attorney General Alberto Gonzales.

Justice's Plan for Firing 7 Prosecutors 13 Mar 2007 The Justice Department laid out an elaborate, five-step plan for firing seven U.S. attorneys on Dec. 7. Entitled, "Plan for Replacing Certain United States Attorneys," the step-by-step instructions were sent by Attorney General Alberto Gonzales' chief of staff, Kyle Sampson, as an attachment to an e-mail. Sampson resigned Tuesday. The e-mail was released Tuesday by the House Judiciary Committee.

Fired attorneys say apologies are in order 14 Mar 2007 One of eight U.S. attorneys fired in a controversial Justice Department shakeup said Tuesday that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should rethink the dismissals, and two others said apologies were due.

Politics, Pure and Cynical (The New York Times) 14 Mar 2007 We wish we’d been surprised to learn that the White House was deeply involved in the politically motivated firing of eight United States attorneys, but the news had the unmistakable whiff of inevitability. This disaster is just part of the Bush administration's sordid history of waving the bloody bullhorn of 9/11 for the basest of motives: the perpetuation of power for power's sake... Time and again, Americans have discovered that these powers were not being used to make them safer, but in the service of Vice President [sic] Dick Cheney’s vision of a presidency so powerful that Congress and the courts are irrelevant, or Karl Rove’s fantasy of a permanent Republican majority.

'Mistakes were made' in firing of 8 attorneys, Gonzales says 13 Mar 2007 Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales, in a press conference amid a widening scandal over the Justice Department's firing of eight U.S. attorneys, said today that "mistakes were made" and that Congress was not fully informed of the reasons for the dismissals.

Gonzales Accepts Responsibility in Prosecutor Firings 13 Mar 2007 U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales accepted responsibility for "mistakes" surrounding the firing of eight U.S. attorneys as revelations the White House initiated the dismissals prompted new calls for his resignation.

Schumer: Gonzales Staffer "Will Not Become The Next Scooter Libby" By Paul Kiel 13 Mar 2007 This morning, Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) held a press conference to express their anger at the recent revelations from the Justice Department and White House. In it, Schumer said that the resignation of Alberto Gonzales' chief of staff Kyle Sampson "does not take heat off the attorney general. In fact, it raises the temperature. Kyle Sampson will not become the next Scooter Libby, the next fall guy."

Gonzales Chief Aide Quits After Prosecutor Firings 13 Mar 2007 The chief aide to U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales resigned amid new revelations about the Bush administration's ouster of eight U.S. attorneys. Kyle Sampson is the first high-level official to lose his job over the firings.

White House considered firing all 93 U.S. attorneys 13 Mar 2007 Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., the No. 3 Democrat in the Senate, today called on Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to resign, charging that he misled lawmakers over the dismissal of eight federal prosecutors.

Firings Had Genesis in White House --White House First Suggested Dismissing Prosecutors 2 Years Ago, Documents Show 13 Mar 2007 The White House suggested two years ago that the Justice Department fire all 93 U.S. attorneys, a proposal that eventually resulted in the dismissals of eight prosecutors last year, according to e-mails and internal documents that the administration will provide to Congress today. Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales approved the idea of firing a smaller group of U.S. attorneys shortly after taking office in February 2005.

White House Said to Prompt Firing of Prosecutors 13 Mar 2007 The White House was deeply involved in the decision late last year to dismiss federal prosecutors, including some who had been criticized by Republican lawmakers, administration officials said Monday. White House officials consulted with the Justice Department in preparing the list of United States attorneys who would be removed, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino disclosed.

Congress Demands Rove Testimony on Attorney Firings 12 Mar 2007 Congressional committees are now demanding the testimony of President [sic] Bush's top political adviser, Karl Rove, in the burgeoning investigation into the reasons behind the unusual firings of eight U.S. attorneys last year.

Excerpts From E-Mails on U.S. Attorneys 13 Mar 2007 Excerpts from e-mails regarding the firings of eight federal prosecutors, signed off upon by the White House legislative, political and communications offices...

Democratic senators say Gonzales should go 11 Mar 2007 U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should resign following disclosures of mass firings of federal prosecutors and a report that the FBI improperly [illegally] obtained information on private citizens, top Democratic senators said on Sunday.

Schumer Calls on Gonzales to Step Down 11 Mar 2007 The Senate's No. 3 Democrat said Sunday that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales should resign because he is putting politics above the law. Sen. Charles Schumer cited the FBI's illegal snooping into people's private lives and the Justice Department's firing of federal prosecutors.

'More than anyone in the administration, except perhaps Vice President Dick Cheney, Mr. Gonzales symbolizes Mr. Bush's disdain for the separation of powers, civil liberties and the rule of law.' The Failed Attorney General (The New York Times) 11 Mar 2007 [Alberto Gonzales] has never stopped being consigliere to Mr. Bush’s imperial presidency. If anyone, outside Mr. Bush’s rapidly shrinking circle of enablers, still had doubts about that, the events of last week should have erased them... Mr. Gonzales was disdainful of any attempt by Congress to examine the spying program, let alone control it. The attorney general helped formulate and later defended the policies that repudiated the Geneva Conventions in the war against terror, and that sanctioned the use of kidnapping, secret detentions, abuse and torture. He has been central to the administration’s assault on the courts, which he recently said had no right to judge national security policies, and on the constitutional separation of powers.

White House says Rove relayed complaints about prosecutors 11 Mar 2007 The White House acknowledged on Sunday that presidential adviser Karl Rove served as a conduit for complaints about federal prosecutors as House investigators declared their intention to question him about any role he may have played in the firing of eight U.S. attorneys. White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said Rove relayed complaints from Republican officials and others to the Justice Department and the White House counsel's office.

Fuel to the Firings --Eight U.S. attorneys lost their jobs. Now investigators are assessing if the dismissals were politically motivated. 19 Mar 2007 Was there an attempted cover-up? The disclosure of Bud Cummins's e-mail at a Senate hearing last week only stoked the controversy surrounding a Justice Department already under fire for politicizing the legal process. A key question for investigators now: did Justice officials, with involvement from the White House, fire attorneys in retaliation for actions that didn't favor the GOP?

Report: Rove Was Pressed on Prosecutor 10 Mar 2007 The chairman of the New Mexico Republican Party was quoted Saturday as saying he urged presidential adviser Karl Rove and one of his assistants to fire the state's U.S. attorney. McClatchy Newspapers reported that Allen Weh said he complained in 2005 about then-U.S. Attorney David Iglesias to a White House liaison who worked for Rove, asking that he be removed, and followed up with Rove personally in late 2006 during a visit to the White House. "Is anything ever going to happen to that guy?" Weh said he asked Rove at a White House holiday event. "He's gone," Rove said, according to Weh.

House panel widens probe in firings of 8 U.S. attorneys --Committee wants to interview White House officials, seeks documents 10 Mar 2007 The House Judiciary Committee sharply broadened its investigation yesterday into the firing of eight top federal prosecutors, calling on the White House to provide legal documents and make current and former senior officials available for interviews -- including former White House Counsel Harriet E. Miers.

Prosecutors' firings slammed as 'purge' --Democrats accuse Justice Dept. of ousting 8 U.S. attorneys who wouldn't toe GOP line 07 Mar 2007 Top Democratic lawmakers Tuesday accused the Bush administration of carrying out a "political purge" by firing at least eight U.S. attorneys, including two from California.

Trials of Guantanamo suspects begin without a lawyer or reporter in sight 08 Mar 2007 Campaigners have condemned the Bush administration's plan to proceed with secret proceedings against 14 "high-value" terrorism suspects currently being held at Guantanamo Bay. The military tribunals, scheduled to begin tomorrow, will take place behind closed doors and away from the scrutiny of the media. None of the suspects will be able to have a lawyer present.

Hearings for 14 Guantanamo Detainees to Be Held in Secret, Officials Say --14 detainees will face separate three-officer panels out of view and without a lawyer. 07 Mar 2007 Military tribunals are scheduled to begin Friday for 14 high-value foreign terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but the hearings to determine whether they are enemy combatants will take place behind closed doors, defense officials said yesterday. The hearings will be the first secret Combatant Status Review Tribunals at Guantanamo. The hearings were to be the first time men such as Khalid Sheik Mohammed made public appearances since their arrests and years-long detention in secret CIA facilities.

Fired U.S. attorneys testify before Congress --One says he 'felt sick' after calls by GOP lawmakers. 07 Mar 2007 A fired federal prosecutor [David C. Iglesias] described Tuesday how two Republican lawmakers from New Mexico made him feel "sick" after they called him — in one case at his home — to ask about criminal charges against Democrats last fall, just as one of the officeholders faced a tight reelection race. [...] The firings have left most of the eight prosecutors angry. At Tuesday's hearings, H.E. "Bud" Cummins III, the former U.S. attorney in Little Rock, Ark., said he was pushed aside to make room for Timothy Griffin, a Republican operative for chief White House political advisor Karl Rove. Cummins also charged that the administration had continued to hound the prosecutors. He said a top Justice Department official warned him last month against talking to the media or Congress about the firings — a "threat" he passed on to his other former colleagues. John McKay, the fired prosecutor in Seattle, said he was incensed by the requests not to go public. Looking around the open hearing room, he told a large group of reporters and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee: "I did not feel at all intimidated. Instead, it made me angry. Hence my presence here."

Prosecutors Say They Felt Pressured, Threatened --Hill Republicans, Justice Dept. Cited 07 Mar 2007 Six fired U.S. attorneys testified on Capitol Hill yesterday that they had separately been the target of complaints, improper telephone calls and thinly veiled threats from a high-ranking Justice Department official or members of Congress, both before and after they were abruptly removed from their jobs.

Prosecutors Describe Contacts From Higher Up 07 Mar 2007 Six ousted United States attorneys told Congressional panels Tuesday new details about lawmakers’ intrusions in sensitive investigations and possible efforts by the Justice Department to squelch their public protests over their firings.

Guantanamo defense lawyer threatened with charges of 'contemptuous words' 06 Mar 2007 The Pentagon-appointed lawyer for Australia's sole inmate at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, said yesterday a chief US prosecutor threatened him with charges that could slow his client's case from going to trial. Marine Corps Major Michael Mori said he was warned last week by the US military's chief prosecutor, Colonel Morris Davis, that he could be charged under Article 88 of the US Uniform Code of Military Justice. The article prohibits officers from using "contemptuous words" against the US president, vice president, secretary of defense and other senior officials.

Fired U.S. attorney cites threat 06 Mar 2007 A high-ranking Justice Department official told one of the U.S. attorneys fired by the Bush administration that if any of them continued to criticize the administration for their ousters, previously undisclosed details about the reasons they were fired might be released, two of the ousted prosecutors told McClatchy Newspapers.

Fired U.S. Attorney: I Felt 'Leaned On' 06 Mar 20007 A fired federal prosecutor told a Senate committee Tuesday that he felt "leaned on" and sickened as Republican Sen. Pete Domenici hung up on him in disgust last fall when told that indictments in a corruption case against Democrats would not be issued before the fall elections.

Former Prosecutor Says Departure Was Pressured 06 Mar 2007 The former federal prosecutor in Maryland said Monday that he was forced out in early 2005 because of political pressure stemming from public corruption investigations involving associates of the state’s governor, a Republican. "There was direct pressure not to pursue these investigations," said the former prosecutor, Thomas M. DiBiagio. "The practical impact was to intimidate my office and shut down the investigations."

Second Lawmaker Contacted Prosecutor --Wilson Complained About Pace of Probes 06 Mar 2007 Rep. Heather A. Wilson (R-N.M.) acknowledged yesterday that she contacted a federal prosecutor to complain about the pace of his public corruption investigations, as the Senate ethics committee signaled that it had opened a preliminary inquiry into a similar communication by her state's senior senator, Pete V. Domenici (R).

Rep. Wilson Says She Contacted Prosecutor 05 Mar 2007 Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.) acknowledged today that she contacted a federal prosecutor to complain about the pace of his public corruption investigations, as the Senate Ethics Committee signaled that it had opened a preliminary inquiry into a similar communication by the state's senior senator, Pete V. Domenici (R).

Senator Admits Calling U.S. Attorney 04 Mar 2007 Sen. Pete V. Domenici (R-N.M.) acknowledged today that he contacted the U.S. attorney in Albuquerque last fall to inquire about the status of an ongoing corruption probe of Democrats, saying he regretted the call but "never pressured him nor threatened him in any way." Domenici also said he had told the Justice Department that U.S. Attorney David C. Iglesias should be replaced, but said that occurred prior to the call about the criminal investigation of Democrats... Iglesias is one of eight U.S. attorneys who were part of a mass firing that has caused an uproar on Capitol Hill, and said he believed the calls were at the root of his dismissal.

Hicks lawyer faces removal from case after threats from US prosecutor 05 Mar 2007 Major Michael Mori, the defence lawyer for David Hicks, could be removed from the case after threats from the chief US prosecutor, Colonel Morris Davis, to charge him under the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Colonel Davis has accused Major Mori of breaching Article 88 of the US military code, which relates to using contemptuous language towards the president, vice-president, and secretary of defence. Penalties for breaching the code include jail and the loss of employment and entitlements. Major Mori denied he had done anything improper but said the accusations left him with an inherent conflict of interest.

White House Backed U.S. Attorney Firings, Officials Say 03 Mar 2007 The White House approved the firings of seven U.S. attorneys late last year after senior Justice Department officials identified the prosecutors they believed were not doing enough to carry out President [sic] Bush's policies on a certain issues, White House and Justice Department officials said yesterday.

A New Mystery to Prosecutors: Their Lost Jobs 04 Mar 2007 The ouster of Daniel G. Bogden and seven other United States attorneys has set off a furor in Washington that took the Bush administration by surprise. Summoning five of the dismissed prosecutors for hearings on Tuesday, the newly empowered Congressional Democrats have charged that the mass firing is a political purge, intended to squelch corruption investigations or install less independent-minded successors.

Sources: GOP lawmakers tried to influence federal investigation 01 Mar 2007 Sen. Pete Domenici (R) and Rep. Heather Wilson (R) of New Mexico pressured the U.S. attorney in their state to speed up indictments in a federal corruption investigation that involved at least one former Democratic state senator, according to two people familiar with the contacts. David Iglesias, who stepped down as U.S. attorney in New Mexico on Wednesday, told McClatchy Newspapers that he believed the Bush administration fired him Dec. 7 because he resisted the pressure to rush an indictment.

Subcommittee Votes to Compel Testimony on Firings 01 Mar 2007 A House subcommittee voted today to compel testimony from four U.S. attorneys who were part of a wave of firings by the Justice Department, marking the first high-profile subpoenas from the Democratic-controlled Congress.

Political interference alleged in sacking of a U.S. attorney 28 Feb 2007 The U.S. attorney from New Mexico [David Iglesias] who was recently fired by the Bush administration said Wednesday that he believes he was forced out because he refused to rush an indictment of local Democrats a month before November's Congressional elections.

Attorney Says He Was Pressured on Corruption Probe 28 Feb 2007 The fired U.S. attorney in New Mexico says he was pressured by two members of Congress prior to the November elections about the pace of an ongoing public corruption probe that targets local Democrats. David C. Iglesias -- who is leaving today after more than five years in office -- said he received separate calls in October from two federal lawmakers, whom he declined to identify. Iglesias said he suspects the episode led the Justice Department to include him in a wave of firings of federal prosecutors late last year.

Why Have So Many U.S. Attorneys Been Fired? It Looks a Lot Like Politics By Adam Cohen 26 Feb 2007 Ms. [Carol] Lam is one of at least seven United States attorneys fired recently under questionable circumstances. The Justice Department is claiming that Ms. Lam and other well-regarded prosecutors... who all received strong job evaluations — performed inadequately. It is hard to call what’s happening anything other than a political purge. And it's another shameful example of how in the Bush administration, everything — from rebuilding a hurricane-ravaged city to allocating homeland security dollars to invading Iraq — is sacrificed to partisan politics and winning elections.

Justice Department Fires 8th U.S. Attorney 24 Feb 2007 An eighth U.S. attorney announced her resignation yesterday, the latest in a wave of forced departures of federal prosecutors who have clashed with the Justice Department over the death penalty and other issues.

Court: No habeas corpus for Guantánamo captives 20 Feb 2007 The federal appeals panel in Washington, D.C., sided 2-1 with the Bush regime today, upholding an act of Congress that stripped Guantánamo Bay captives of the right to challenge their detention in lower federal courts. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia handed the White House a key victory as it moves forward with plans to hold war-crimes trials for at least three Guantánamo captives at the remote Navy base in southeast Cuba. In New York, the Center for Constitutional Rights, which filed suits on behalf of many of the prisoners, issued a condemnation of the ruling. "Habeas corpus is a right that was enshrined in the Magna Carta to prevent kings from indefinitely and arbitrarily detaining anyone they chose. The combined actions of the Bush Administration, the previous Congress and two of the three judges today have taken us back 900 years and granted the right of kings to the president." --CCR executive director, Vincent Warren

6 of 7 Dismissed U.S. Attorneys Had Positive Job Evaluations 18 Feb 2007 All but one of the U.S. attorneys recently fired by the Justice Department had positive job reviews before they were dismissed, but many ran into political trouble with Washington over issues, according to prosecutors, congressional aides and others familiar with the cases.

White House Is Reported to Be Linked to a Dismissal 16 Feb 2007 A United States attorney in Arkansas who was dismissed from his job last year by the Justice Department was ousted after Harriet E. Miers, the former White House counsel, intervened on behalf of the man who replaced him, according to Congressional aides briefed on the matter.

Republicans Block Bill on U.S. Attorneys 16 Feb 2007 Senate Republicans blocked a bill Thursday that would curb the Justice Department's power to fire and replace federal prosecutors. Democrats had sought to give the courts a role in the appointments of U.S. attorneys, to GOP opposition. Democrats used the occasion to complain anew about the firings of at least seven prosecutors, some [all] without cause, under a little-known provision of the Patriot Act.

Senate U.S. Attorneys List 16 Feb 2007 U.S. attorneys whose resignations have been sought by the Justice Department in recent months (list)

Fired Prosecutor Disputes Justice Dept. Allegation --He Calls Testimony 'Unfair'; Meanwhile, Senate Panel Votes to Limit Attorney General's Power 09 Feb 2007 A recently fired U.S. attorney based in Seattle said yesterday that he was told of no performance problems when he was asked to resign, and he called critical remarks by a top Justice Department official "unfair" and inaccurate. The comments by former U.S. attorney John McKay add to a growing tide of criticism of the Justice Department's decision to fire seven top prosecutors without explanation, and came on the same day the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13 to 6 to limit the attorney general's power to appoint replacements.

Alberto Gonzalez's coup d'etat --The Constitution be damned, the attorney general has seized control of U.S. attorney appointments for partisan purposes. By Joe Conason 09 Feb 2007 Under any circumstances, the Bush administration's sudden, explicitly political dismissal and replacement of United States attorneys in judicial districts across the country would be very troubling -- both as a violation of American law enforcement traditions and as a triumph of patronage over competence... Again, the White House and the Justice Department have been exposed in a secretive attempt to expand executive power for partisan purposes. And again, their scheming is tainted with a nasty whiff of authoritarianism.

Former U.S. attorney says he was ordered to resign 07 Feb 2007 Former U.S. Attorney John McKay told The Associated Press on Wednesday that his resignation last month was ordered by the Bush administration, which gave him no explanation for the firing. "I was ordered to resign as U.S. attorney on Dec. 7 by the Justice Department," McKay, who had led the department's Western Washington office, said in a telephone interview from Washington, D.C. "I was given no explanation. I certainly was told of no performance issues."

A U.S. Attorney Was Removed Without Cause, Official Says 07 Feb 2007 A top Justice Department official said on Tuesday that one of several United States attorneys forced from their jobs last year was dismissed without a specific cause in order to give the job to a lawyer with close political ties to the White House.

Bush budget seeks $7.5m to fund Guantánamo prosecutors, close down domestic challenges 06 Feb 2007 President [sic] Bush's budget seeks $7.5 million to fund civilian federal prosecutors at the military trials of the most notorious terrorist suspects at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and to close down the captives' domestic court challenges. A $2 million request by the Justice Department, included in the pResident's 2007 supplemental budget released Monday, also provides the first indication of the Pentagon's plans to seek civilian expertise for what are expected to be 'complex prosecutions' [LOL!] of detainees. [The reason the prosecutions are 'complex' is because the US has *no evidence* and is breaking international law.]

'This is the standard approach, this is what happens when a lawless place like Guantanamo Bay is subject to scrutiny.' Guantanamo a lawless prison: lawyer 06 Feb 2007 Guantanamo Bay is a lawless prison run by the CIA and US interrogators using CIA techniques of subjugation and degradation, David Hicks' Adelaide lawyer said yesterday on his return from Cuba. David McLeod, a conservative military lawyer and decorated army legal reservist, said he was "shirt-fronted" by the US military last week because he talked to the media about the conditions in which Hicks was held. "I [the attorney] was subjected to a rather aggressive interrogation by one of the officials there for talking to the media in the way that I have," he said. "This is the standard approach, this is what happens when a lawless place like Guantanamo Bay is subject to scrutiny." Mr McLeod would not reveal details of the interrogation but said Guantanamo Bay was a lawless place that sought to avoid public scrutiny.

Court-martial judge forbids law experts 06 Feb 2007 The judge trying the first U.S. officer court-martialed for refusing to ship out for Iraq barred several experts in international and constitutional law from testifying about the legality of the war.

Defense Official Resigns Over Detainee Remarks 02 Feb 2007 A senior Pentagon official [Charles ''Cully'' Stimson] resigned Friday over controversial remarks in which he criticized lawyers who represent terrorism suspects, the Defense Department said. The Bar Association of San Francisco last week asked the California State Bar to investigate whether Stimson violated legal ethics by suggesting a boycott of law firms that represent Guantanamo Bay detainees.

Judges Pose Questions on Bush Detainee Policy 02 Feb 2007 In a series of probing and sometimes testy exchanges with a government lawyer, two of three judges on a federal appeals court panel here indicated Thursday that they might not be prepared to accept the Bush regime’s claim that it has the unilateral power to detain people it calls enemy combatants... "What would prevent you from plucking up anyone and saying, 'You are an enemy combatant?'" Judge Roger L. Gregory of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit asked the administration’s lawyer, David B. Salmons.

U.S. court reinstates most serious Padilla charge 30 Jan 2007 A U.S. appeals court reinstated the most serious charge against alleged 'al Qaeda' operative Jose Padilla on Tuesday, reviving a murder-conspiracy charge that could imprison the former "enemy combatant" for life. A federal judge in Miami had dismissed the charge on grounds that it duplicated two others pending against him, and therefore violated the constitutional ban on trying someone twice for the same offense. The government appealed and the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta reversed the ruling on Tuesday.

Potshot at Guantanamo lawyers backfires --Big firms laud free legal aid for detainees 29 Jan 2007 Two weeks after a senior Pentagon official suggested that corporations should pressure their law firms to stop assisting detainees at Guantanamo Bay, major companies have turned the tables on the Pentagon and issued statements supporting the law firms' work on behalf of terrorism suspects.

Appointment called unconstitutional --A lawyer alleges recent U.S. attorney selection violates appointments clause. 25 Jan 2007 A veteran Little Rock, Ark., attorney has lodged the first constitutional challenge to the Bush administration's attempt to appoint a U.S. attorney without seeking Senate approval. John Wesley Hall alleged in a brief filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Little Rock that Atty. Gen. Alberto R. Gonzales' Dec. 20 appointment of Tim Griffin as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas violated the presidential appointments clause of the Constitution. Griffin, who used to work for Bush political advisor Karl Rove, replaced Bud Cummins, a Bush appointee and one of seven U.S. attorneys around the country whom the administration has ousted since late December.

"I am very concerned, because technically under the Patriot Act, you can appoint someone without confirmation for the remainder of the president's term." U.S. attorney was forced out, Feinstein says 19 Jan 2007 U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan, who announced his resignation Tuesday after 4 1/2 years as the top federal prosecutor in coastal Northern California, actually was fired by the Bush administration, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday. The California Democrat made her assertion at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing while questioning Attorney General Alberto Gonzales about federal prosecutors who have been recently removed by President [sic] Bush. Feinstein introduced legislation last week to repeal a provision of the USA Patriot Act that allows Bush to choose replacement prosecutors to serve until his term expires, without Senate confirmation.

Dropping like flies --Resignations of U.S. attorneys raise suspicion of politically motivated Justice Department purge. (Houston Chronicle) 24 Jan 2007 In the past year 11 U.S. attorneys have resigned their positions, some under pressure from their Justice Department superiors and the White House, even through they had commendable performance records... No president should be able to fire top government prosecutors from their positions for political reasons and then install successors without a thorough vetting by the constitutionally charged legislative body.

Surging and purging By Paul Krugman 19 Jan 2007 Since the middle of last month, the Bush administration has pushed out at least four U.S. attorneys, and possibly as many as seven, without explanation... In Senate testimony Thursday, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales refused to say how many other attorneys have been asked to resign, calling it a personnel matter. In case youre wondering, such a wholesale firing of prosecutors midway through an administration isnt normal... Since the day it took power [literally, *took* power] this administration has shown nothing but contempt for the normal principles of good government.

Political Meddling With Justice (The New York Times) 25 Jan 2007 The federal investigation into Congressional corruption is approaching a crucial deadline and potential dead end. Feb. 15 is the last day on the job for United States Attorney Carol Lam of San Diego, the inquiry’s dedicated prosecutor, who is being purged by the Bush administration... Congress must demand a clear explanation from Mr. [Alberto] Gonzales and the White House on why these prosecutors are being ousted. It must search out every shady aspect of this clearly politically motivated purge — with a particular eye on Feb. 15.

Gonzales says the Constitution doesn't guarantee habeas corpus --Attorney general's remarks on citizens' right astound the chair of Senate judiciary panel 24 Jan 2007 One of the Bush regime's most far-reaching assertions of government power was revealed quietly last week when Attorney General Alberto Gonzales testified that habeas corpus -- the right to go to federal court and challenge one's imprisonment -- is not protected by the Constitution. "The Constitution doesn't say every individual in the United States or every citizen is hereby granted or assured the right of habeas,'' Gonzales told Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Jan. 17... Specter was incredulous, asking how the Constitution could bar the suspension of a right that didn't exist -- a right, he noted, that was first recognized in medieval England as a shield against the king's power to dispatch troublesome subjects to royal dungeons.

Let's Impeach Alberto Gonzales NOW By Bob Fertik 18 Jan 2007 Impeaching Alberto Gonzales is a no-brainer for Democrats purely on the merits: Gonzales is at the center of Bush's crimes, including authorizing torture and illegal wiretapping (which wasn't restricted at all by Gonzales' announcement that a FISA judge mysteriously approved the illegal program.) Sign Petition to Impeach Alberto Gonzales by democrats.com.

"I am very concerned, because technically under the Patriot Act, you can appoint someone without confirmation for the remainder of the president's term. I don't believe you should do that." U.S. attorney was forced out, Feinstein says 19 Jan 2007 U.S. Attorney Kevin Ryan, who announced his resignation Tuesday after 4 1/2 years as the top federal prosecutor in coastal Northern California, actually was fired by the Bush administration, Sen. Dianne Feinstein said Thursday. The California Democrat made her assertion at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing while questioning Attorney General Alberto Gonzales about federal prosecutors who have been recently removed by President [sic] Bush. Feinstein introduced legislation last week to repeal a provision of the USA Patriot Act that allows Bush to choose replacement prosecutors to serve until his term expires, without Senate confirmation.

Feinstein claims White House using Patriot Act to oust prosecutors 19 Jan 2007 Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) is claiming that the White House has taken advantage of the Patriot Act to oust the top prosecutor in coastal Northern California and other federal prosecutors.

Official blasts Guantanamo inmate's lawyers 19 Jan 2007 Australia's foreign minister [Alexander Downer] on Friday criticized lawyers representing the only Australian inmate at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay for disputing his report that the man is healthy. David Hicks' Pentagon-appointed lawyer, Maj. Michael Mori, has repeatedly said his client is suffering from severe depression after being incarcerated for five years without a trial.

"This is a shock-and-awe tactic." Blackwater USA countersues attorney representing estates of employees killed in Iraq Private security contractor [terrorists] Blackwater USA is seeking $10 million from the attorney representing the estates of four employees killed and mutilated in Iraq, arguing their families breached the security guards' contracts by suing the company for wrongful death. Dan Callahan, a California-based attorney representing the families, called the claim "appalling." "This is a shock-and-awe tactic," Callahan said Friday.

Gonzales warns judges not to meddle 18 Jan 2007 Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Wednesday warned federal judges not to meddle in cases involving national security, following a string of judicial rebukes of the Bush regime's anti-terrorism initiatives.

Gonzales: Judges unfit to rule on terror policy --Attorney general says federal jurists should defer to president's will 17 Jan 2007 Attorney General Alberto Gonzales says federal judges are unqualified to make rulings affecting national security policy, ramping up his criticism of how they handle terrorism cases. In remarks prepared for delivery Wednesday, Gonzales says judges generally should defer to the will of the president and Congress when deciding national security cases.

Resignation of Lawyers At FEC Raises Concern 18 Jan 2007 The announcement yesterday that the top two lawyers for the Federal Election Commission [FEC General Counsel Lawrence H. Norton and Deputy General Counsel James A. Kahl] had resigned helped spread an undercurrent of concern about the diminishing role of a once-prominent public voice on the intersection of money and politics.

2 U.S. Attorneys in Calif. quit, critics say Bush forced them out 17 Jan 2007 Two U.S. Attorneys in California [Kevin Ryan and Carol Lam] announced they are stepping down, as critics alleged political pressure from the Bush administration was pushing them and others out of their jobs. The two are among 11 top federal prosecutors who have resigned or announced their resignations since an obscure provision in the USA Patriot Act reauthorization last year enabled the U.S. attorney general to appoint replacements without Senate confirmation.

Did Specter Give WH Power to Replace Prosecutors? By Paul Kiel 17 Jan 2007 In order to replace several U.S. Attorneys with handpicked successors, the Bush Administration has relied on a tiny, obscure provision tucked into last year's USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act... Former Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter (R-PA) slipped the language into the bill at the very last minute, according to one of the Republican managers of the bill.

WH Moved Swiftly to Replace US Attorneys By Paul Kiel 16 Jan 2007 The administration is replacing U.S. Attorneys throughout the country... It was an obscure provision in the USA PATRIOT Improvement and Reauthorization Act, and it didn't take them very long to use it. The president [sic] signed it into law in March of last year -- by June, they were already moving to replace unwanted prosecutors.

Ex-Guantanamo Navy officer arraigned on charges of passing secrets 17 Jan 2007 A Navy lawyer charged with passing secret information about Guantanamo Bay detainees to an unauthorized person was arraigned Wednesday in military court. Lt. Cmdr. Matthew M. Diaz, who was stationed at the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay from July 2004 until January 2005, could face more than 36 years in prison if convicted.

Lawyer tried over detainee leak 18 Jan 2007 A US navy lawyer accused of leaking the names of detainees at a US prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to a non-governmental organisation will be court-martialled. Lieutenant Commander Matthew Diaz, 40, is accused of copying and transmitting secret documents about war-on [of]-terror detainees at the US naval base in Guantanamo to unauthorised persons.

Gitmo Defense Counsel Stand Accused By Andrew Cohen 17 Jan 2007 Here is how our executive branch last week waged its legal war on terrorism against the detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. While federal lawyers and intelligence officials earnestly prepared behind the scenes to put on trial some of the major terror suspects, a skuzzy Pentagon lawyer was front and center on the radio attacking the motives and integrity and even the patriotism of detainee defense attorneys and the law firms that support them... [Cully] Stimson should be immediately fired for what he said last week and, furthermore, he should be investigated for breaching the code of professional ethics... What Stimson said, and why, and how, constitutes conduct unbecoming a member of government and a member of the bar. [A must read]

Pentagon Aide Regrets Stance on Law Firms for Detainees 18 Jan 2007 A senior Pentagon official apologized on Wednesday to the lawyers of Guantánamo Bay detainees for suggesting that corporations should consider severing business ties with law firms that represent the detainees.

An Apology to Detainees' Attorneys By Cully Stimson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs 17 Jan 2007 During a radio interview last week, I brought up the topic of pro bono work and habeas corpus representation of detainees in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Regrettably, my comments left the impression that I question the integrity of those engaged in the zealous defense of detainees in Guantanamo. I do not... I apologize for what I said and to those lawyers and law firms who are representing clients at Guantanamo.

'This is prejudicial to the administration of justice.' Official Attacks Top Law Firms For Representing Detainees 13 Jan 2007 The senior Pentagon official in charge of military detainees suspected of terrorism said in an interview this week that he was dismayed that lawyers at many of the nation’s top firms were representing prisoners at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, and that the firms’ corporate clients should consider ending their business ties. The comments by Charles D. Stimson, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs, produced an instant torrent of anger from lawyers, legal ethics specialists and bar association officials, who said Friday that his comments were repellent and displayed an ignorance of the duties of lawyers to represent people in legal trouble.

Unveiled Threats --A Bush appointee's crude gambit on detainees' legal rights (The Washington Post) 12 Jan 2007 In a repellent interview yesterday with Federal News Radio, Mr. Stimson [Cully Stimson, deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs] brought up, unprompted, the number of major U.S. law firms that have helped represent detainees at Guantanamo Bay ...[I]t's offensive -- shocking, to use his word -- that Mr. Stimson, a lawyer, would argue that law firms are doing anything other than upholding the highest ethical traditions of the bar by taking on the most unpopular of defendants. It's shocking that he would seemingly encourage the firms' corporate clients to pressure them to drop this work. And it's shocking -- though perhaps not surprising -- that this is the person the administration has chosen to oversee detainee policy at Guantanamo.

Round Up the Usual Lawyers (The New York Times) 13 Jan 2007 ...[T]he administration’s new attack on lawyers who dare to give those prisoners the meager representation permitted them is contemptible. Speaking this week on Federal News Radio... Cully Stimson, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for detainee affairs, tried to rally American corporations to stop doing business with law firms that represent inmates of the Guantánamo internment camp. It does not seem to matter to Mr. Stimson, who is a lawyer, that a great many of those detainees did not deserve imprisonment, let alone the indefinite detention to which they are subjected as "illegal enemy combatants." And forget about the fundamental American right that everyone should have legal counsel, even the most heinous villain.

U.S. attorney general says Guantanamo trials delayed because of legal challenges 16 Jan 2007 Attorney General Alberto Gonzales on Tuesday blamed delays in trying terror detainees at Guantanamo Bay on legal challenges filed by their lawyers. Those trials may start by this summer, Gonzales told Associated Press reporters and editors. In the wide-ranging interview that lasted an hour, the attorney general defended a number of Bush regime policies criticized by Democrats and civil libertarians as overstepping legal boundaries, including intelligence gathering and the recent firing of U.S. Attorneys. Gonzales bristled at the suggestion by Democratic senators that the Justice Department's request for the resignations of several U.S. attorneys was politically motivated or was intended to circumvent the Senate confirmation process.

Terror suspects can be imprisoned, convicted or put to death based on hearsay evidence or coerced testimony --Pentagon sets rules for detainee trials 18 Jan 2007 The Pentagon has drafted a manual for upcoming detainee trials that would allow suspected terrorists to be convicted on hearsay evidence and coerced testimony and imprisoned or put to death. According to a copy of the manual obtained by The Associated Press, a terror suspect's defense lawyer cannot reveal classified evidence in the person's defense until the government has a chance to review it.

New Law Could Subject Civilians to Military Trials 15 Jan 2007 Civilians, government employees, and journalists serving with U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan could be subject for the first time to military courts-martial under a new federal provision that legal scholars say is almost certain to spark constitutional challenges. The provision, which was slipped into a spending bill at the end of the last Congress, is intended to close a long-standing loophole that critics say puts contractors in war zones above the law. But the provision also could affect others accompanying U.S. forces in the field, including civilian government employees and embedded journalists.

CIA says it cannot reveal interrogation method documents 11 Jan 2007 The CIA cannot reveal "alternative interrogation methods" used on terrorists [*suspects*] because doing so would cause exceptionally grave damage to national security by telling enemies how the agency gathers intelligence, the government has told a judge.

Newly released FBI files document widespread torture at Guantánamo By Tom Carter 08 Jan 2007 The FBI has declassified under the Freedom of Information Act detailed documents regarding the torture of detainees at the infamous Guantánamo Bay facility... Reading these documents, one gets the sense not only that torture is sadistically and widely practiced at Guantánamo, but that a whole culture has developed around its employment.

Pentagon conducting probes in U.S. --It has been asking financial and telecom firms for data on people. 14 Jan 2007 The Pentagon has been requesting information from financial institutions and telecommunications companies to investigate people within the United States suspected of spying or terrorism, the Defense Department said Saturday.

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