Let every American, every lover of liberty, every well wisher to his posterity, swear by the blood of the Revolution, never to violate in the least particular, the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others.

As the patriots of seventy-six did to the support of the Declaration of Independence, so to the support of the Constitution and Laws, let every American pledge his life, his property, and his sacred honor; let every man remember that to violate the law, is to trample on the blood of his father, and to tear the charter of his own, and his children's liberty.

Let reverence for the laws, be breathed by every American mother, to the lisping babe, that prattles on her lap; let it be taught in schools, in seminaries, and in colleges; let it be written in Primers, spelling books, and in Almanacs; let it be preached from the pulpit, proclaimed in legislative halls, and enforced in courts of justice. And, in short, let it become the political religion of the nation; and Let the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the grave and the gay, of all sexes and tongues, and colors and conditions, sacrifice unceasingly upon its altars.

While ever a state of feeling, such as this, shall universally, or even, very generally prevail throughout the nation, vain will be every effort, and fruitless every attempt, to subvert our national freedom.

- Abraham Lincoln, January 27, 1838
  Address Before the Young Men's Lyceum of Springfield, Illinois

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

DOJ documents prove Sampson deleted email

Here we go again. Do these guys even know how to tell the truth? Department of Justice? Let's start with Department of Truthfulness and try to work our way up from there. And thank God we're not trying for Department of Integrity...

Kyle Sampson deleted an internal DoJ email detailing some of the more controversial parts of the US attorney firing scandal the day after Congress began to focus on the attorney firings. Three months later, he told Congressional investigators that he 'had not destroyed any documents or deleted any records relating to the US attorney firings.'

From truthout.org:

Kyle Sampson, former chief of staff to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales and a central coordinator of the US attorney purge, deleted an official email on January 12, 2007. The email was a correspondence between Sampson and the DOJ White House Liaison Monica Goodling that dealt with the controversial appointment of GOP loyalist Tim Griffin to the post of US attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas.

Three months after this email was deleted from Sampson's computer, he was interviewed behind closed doors by Congressional investigators. According to a Senior Congressional Aide with access to the non-public transcript of the interview, Sampson was asked directly if he destroyed documents or emails relating to the US attorney purge. He answered "No." The Congressional aide asked to remain anonymous because the interview transcript has not been made public.

The DOJ did not respond to repeated inquires into this matter. Kyle Sampson's lawyer did not return requests for comment.

I'm sure he 'doesn't remember that.'

This is getting ridiculous. The Department of Justice is making a total mockery of the law. I cannot believe that Congress is allowing this to continue.

We are losing the very soul of our democracy: our rule of law, our rule of justice. "With liberty and justice for all" only works if our system of checks and balances, our lawyers, judges and elected officials respect the law.

For too long we have just assumed that they would do this; whether out of naivety or innocence, apathy or plain stupidity. Apparently the only thing we have left now, belatedly, is our citizen oversight.

Labels: , , ,


Post a Comment

Links to this post:

Create a Link

<< Home