Today's news is only the latest and most disturbing sign of the politicization of justice under President Bush. From the abuse of investigative authority under the Patriot Act to the unconstitutional imprisonment of the Guantanamo Bay detainees and illegal torture of prisoners at Abu Ghraib and Bagram Air Force Base, this president has consistently shown contempt for the rule of law.The Arthur Conan Doyle suggests a Non-Barking Dog Award:
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales betrayed his public trust by playing politics when his job is to enforce and uphold the law. By violating that trust, he's done a great disservice to his office. If White House officials ordered this purge, he should have refused them. If they insisted, he should have resigned in protest. Attorney General Gonzales should certainly resign now.
In the short story "Silver Blaze," Sherlock Holmes solves the mystery of a stolen racehorse by observing that the stable's guard dog didn't bark—hence, the intruder was not a stranger.Today's Non-Barking Dog Award goes to the National Review on Line. As of yesterday, you could search for "Gonzales" or "prosecutor" on The Corner. There was not one mention of the prosecutor firing scandal - which currently leads the Fox News web site, CNN, NYT, Washington Post, USA Today, etc.
This is only the latest, biggest and loose-est string in the unravelling of George W. Bush.