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What Is There to Say When Your Country's Justice Department Breaks the Law?


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Judicial Department, US government, corruption, employment discrimination, Alberto Gonzalez, judicial appointments, judges )

RC
- 3829 days ago - washingtonpost.com
Appalling breaking news on the malfeasance of the US Department of Justice, who screened judicial candidates for the "right" political views.



   

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RC deWinter (418)
Monday July 28, 2008, 9:16 am
I know, I know, the Bush regime has been and still is rife with corruption, but this one comes pretty close to taking the cake. Some justice! Whoever said, "It's not what you know, it's who you know?"
 

AWAY AWHILE Cal Mendelsohn (1065)
Monday July 28, 2008, 9:23 am
THANKS FOR POSTING THIS, CATE!
 

Past Member (0)
Monday July 28, 2008, 9:26 am
I am never surprised by this countries leaders anymore...noted
 

Past Member (0)
Monday July 28, 2008, 9:29 am
Yep, heard this---no surprise------but you do know, Cate, that the "new" guy has taken measures to correct this problem------don't you--ohhhhhhhh yeh---(and if you believe that, have some swamp land near the Mississippi to sell you)---lol---thanks Cate
 

. (0)
Monday July 28, 2008, 9:29 am
Noted, thanks Cate. The only justice I ever see served in this country is done by us-people like us-street justice. I dont trust the legal department anymore than local law enforcement-whom I have no faith in at all.
 

Eternal Optimist (115)
Monday July 28, 2008, 9:37 am
Sadly Noted Cate. Thanks for "bringing it out in the open" How much longer will we have the freedom to do so? "They" are trying so hard to put a muzzle on the internet.
 

James M (190)
Monday July 28, 2008, 9:41 am
Does anyone know if this pertains only to federal laws, or if jobs in the private sector are covered as well? I was recently questioned on my religious beliefs by my supervisor.
 

RC deWinter (418)
Monday July 28, 2008, 9:42 am
James, that's illegal everywhere, I believe.
 

RC deWinter (418)
Monday July 28, 2008, 9:55 am
Your employer cannot fire you for your religious or political beliefs. Federal and state laws (and the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, if you are a public employee) protect workers from this type of discrimination. However, if you bring your beliefs into the workplace in a disruptive way -- for example, by attempting to convert coworkers to your religion or by campaigning for a political candidate on work time -- then your employer may legally put a stop to your conduct. For more information on religious beliefs, see Your Rights Against Religious Discrimination.
Richt to Privacy at Work
 

Past Member (0)
Monday July 28, 2008, 9:55 am
My heart melts for the Just ice Department but more so for their victims...
 

Past Member (0)
Monday July 28, 2008, 10:03 am
Terrible,but,Cate,in my contry sometimes the Justice is blind.Believe me,I know!
 

Jim Phillips (3247)
Monday July 28, 2008, 10:13 am
I am not surprised by this at all. The Justice Department is rife with political corruption geared towards the pukes' favour and needs a thorough house cleaning plus in other peripheral areas as well.

TY, Cate.

 

Thomas Panto (364)
Monday July 28, 2008, 10:15 am

''Laws'' are written to serve the PLANTATION OWNERS, not for their Slaves.

''Laws'' are written to keep the rebellious and disobedient Labors from escaping their captivity, and neglecting their duty to their master.

 

Margaret P (76)
Monday July 28, 2008, 10:17 am
Cate, although it is true that an employer cannot fire you for religious beliefs, they can fire you for not getting along with your coworkers, the way you dress, and other nutzoid things that are NOT covered by federal laws. We are NOT protected by federal law although 'they' would like us to believe that BS....lol.....

thanks for the great info, Cate, noted and forwarded......
 

Thomas Panto (364)
Monday July 28, 2008, 10:27 am

Children are trained to be workers, no one teaches them how to become Human.

The obedient will be issued GREEN PAPER, allowing them to BUY and OWN a piece of the earth that they were born on.

The obedient will be issued WHITE PAPER, allowing them to BUY and OWN a Spouse.

While they labor, their children will be trained to become soldiers and slaves, building the OWNERS EMPIRE, competing against each other for the LIMITED resources issued to them in exchange for their endless slavery.

Those who rebel against theis slavery must discover Truth on their own... in the shadows... cursed as unpatriotic and unworthy... and left abandoned to discover the Truth on their own.

 

. (0)
Monday July 28, 2008, 10:30 am
noted
 

Stephen Hannon (203)
Monday July 28, 2008, 10:37 am
Noted, thanks Cate. It is noted on any application for employment that hiring practices should be based on color, creed, or natioanal origin. It is quite obvious Goodling was looking for people who are apposed to the current abortion law, and this question should never have come up at all. Secondly looking for immigration judges who are in support of giving amnesty to all the illegal immigrants in the US also violates judicial process. They should be charge and jailed for their crime along with Rove, and all the other scum bags in government. Will we ever really be free of George W Bush? I hardly think so for we have to pay for his protection and for the protection of his family for the rest of their lives. I would rather suck a Rattle Snakes ass than to have to pay Bush and his families protection. Who pays the government to protect us from a corrupt government? No one that I know of... Bastards...
 

Brenda H (29)
Monday July 28, 2008, 10:54 am
S.S.D.D.---THANKS CATE!
 

Marian E (152)
Monday July 28, 2008, 11:11 am

Many times that happens in all walks of federal and state employment.
Quietly of course.

Thank you Cate.

David, the appropriate response to that is, "that is a personal
issue and I would not want to risk exposing both of us to possible
legal recriminations by discussing it in an employment situation".

 

Marian E (152)
Monday July 28, 2008, 11:14 am

Sorry Cate, (and David) that last comment was directed to James.
David....you must be on my mind. LOL!
 

Carolyn T (234)
Monday July 28, 2008, 11:52 am
Noted. One will logically assume s/he won't get the job if the response you suggest is given, lol, but I do wish this would be the line in the sand we each are willing to draw. We don't know for certain whether we are espousing a principle or whether we live by our principles until the moment comes to stand on them. Point made and agreed with, Marian. Thank you, Cate, for the story and this forum for discussion.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday July 28, 2008, 12:08 pm
Fly spray keeps me at bay...Clear your mind ...So long Marian :) MLOL
 

Dusty K (1339)
Monday July 28, 2008, 12:33 pm
Not surprising at all. Just put on your job app that you're wiccan and.....its become an issue with some employers.
 

Rachel D (57)
Monday July 28, 2008, 12:57 pm
When right-wingers talk about clearing out the "inefficient federal bureaucracy", this is what they mean
 

Timothy Brown (1)
Monday July 28, 2008, 1:28 pm
Also on npr this morning. I can see where someone who has left the agency had violated policy and can only be reprimanded within the agency not be pursed. But for many, who not only broke laws but then lied to congress in their testimony are still getting free passes. Alberto Gonzales resigned over a year ago. He must have gotten a plea agreement to serve his time as a partner in a washington law firm. When is this administration going to be held accountable for its lies and abuse of power?
 

J S (0)
Monday July 28, 2008, 1:29 pm
Every system and department and agency in this nation is broken. Government is not going to fix any of it. All they will do is superficial "Bandades". Only the people of the USA can fix it. I am not talking revolution but rather for people to get their collective heads out of the sand, unite and demand fixing of each and every broken entity and citizen oversight. Demand nationalcitizen initiatives and monitoring. The people have more power than the government has if wo will just use it. Form little community groups that are part of the larger county, state and national group.
 

Louise L (48)
Monday July 28, 2008, 1:39 pm
This is absolute corruption at its worst. So you have to be Republican, straight, and pro-life to get a job there? In the words of an old country song "They can take that job and shove it"! The very first person that suspected this discrimination should have turned them in---but, why should they? A-P-A-T-H-Y. The true enemy. Thanks, Cate.
 

Blue Bunting (855)
Monday July 28, 2008, 2:25 pm
Sometimes I feel like it's just the same story over and over again, you know? "Justice Department Report on Hiring Finds Violations Get away! They did? "A
new Justice Department report concludes that politics illegally
influenced the hiring of career prosecutors and immigration judges, and
largely lays the blame on top aides to former Attorney General Alberto
Gonzales. Monday's report singles out the department's former White
House liaison, Monica Goodling, for violating federal law and Justice
Department policy by discriminating against job applicants who weren't
Republican or conservative loyalists. 'Goodling improperly subjected
candidates for certain career positions to the same politically based
evaluation she used on candidates for political positions,' the report
concludes." Oh, wait, it is the same old story - for every damned thing. TPM's Kate Klonick has updates.
 

Joycey B (750)
Monday July 28, 2008, 3:17 pm
Noted with thanks Cate.
 

Spooky Cat (403)
Monday July 28, 2008, 3:55 pm
I was listening to NPR on the way home from work. I heard this story. Ugh!
 

Jirata p (0)
Monday July 28, 2008, 5:48 pm
Wake up humankind and save those beautiful creatures from extinction!
Wake up humankind your planet is dying!
 

Denice G (45)
Monday July 28, 2008, 9:24 pm
thanks Cate.
 

Dolores H (2)
Tuesday July 29, 2008, 3:37 am
I had to chuckle Cate at your subject line, "Breaking News on Justice Department Corruption". Not news, really. This whole administration is above the law. Nothing, absolutely nothing surprises me anymore. And yes, it makes me mad, damned mad!
 

RC deWinter (418)
Tuesday July 29, 2008, 4:47 am
Ok, D, it's not news...it's just new evidence...LOL
 

Past Member (0)
Tuesday July 29, 2008, 9:24 am
diyet

tansiyon


care
 

RC deWinter (418)
Tuesday July 29, 2008, 11:03 am
OFF TOPIC REMINDER: If you haven't yet signed Justice for Julie please do! We have just over 700 signatures and we're getting closer to letting Connecticut's state's attorneys hear our voices of support. Thank you!
 

Deborah Hooper (59)
Tuesday July 29, 2008, 2:26 pm
Our entire government is corrupt, from the top down or the bottom up there are only a handful of politicians and the people that work for them that might not need to be indicted for something. We are so used to it we just hohum, oh well. We need to get pissed off and start shutting the government down until they figure out that they are only temp hires working for us. Damn, this apathy drives me crazy and I don't have that far to go. Get Mad, Dammit!
 

Rachel D (57)
Wednesday July 30, 2008, 11:51 am
Considering how shamelessly partisan the Bush administration is, I won't be surprised when, months down the line, we get reports on how the administration wiretapped and read emails of democrats and left-leaning activists under the guise of terrorist surveillance.
 
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