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Obama DOJ more secretive than Bush DOJ?

You’ve probably heard by now about the current flap concerning the Obama administration’s upping the ante on secrecy at the DOJ – even worse than the Bush administration’s fancy footwork to circumvent the Constitution.

When Obama admirer Keith Olbermann, Daily Kos, and others complain so loudly, the new administration should listen and make other plans. Legal ones would be good.

My worst suspicion is that the US government (no matter who is in the Oval Office) has many things to hide and the Obama adm has realized how awful they are and think that the White House will crumble if we-the-people find out about them.

And perhaps they’re not quite ready for us en masse to be in the streets.

What say you?

Written by Jude Cowell

April 12, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Eric Holder has a mess awaiting at Justice Dept


Over at Slate Magazine, Dahlia Lithwick has written an informative article on the mess being left behind at ‘our’ Justice Department by Attys General Michael Mukasey and his predecessor, Alberto Gonzales, a Bush compadre I have often referred to as a ‘weasel’ in previous posts…not that others haven’t, too, but I confess to being snugged deeply among them, primarily at my other blog, Stars Over Washington.

At one point, when forgetful Gonzo was mooning Congress with his ‘testimony’ about the politicizing of the DOJ, it seemed likely that the blog’s title would morph into Weasels Over Washington, but with Alberto’s resignation (given none too soon) I just barely avoided the change in time to save SO’W from its crooked-politician fate.

The only upside would’ve been being able to abbreviate its title to WO’W, and since I haven’t had pork in my diet for over 30 years, pehaps a WO’W would’ve been nicer than SO’W – especially with all the political weasels and other vermin infesting DC (my favorite city) these days.

More Disclosure: I have also been known to refer to Al Gonzales as ‘Gonzo.’ I just thought you should know, but don’t let knowing my Gonzo secrets keep you from reading Ms. Lithwick’s excellent article on what Holder – or whoever – is facing come January 20, 2009:


And as far as speculations going around about Eric Holder’s suitability as US Attorney General, I’m in my usual wait-and-see-what-they do-not-say mode until the new administration gets officially underway and the piper begins to play what may yet turn out to be much too similar a tune.


Image: the drawing above is a detail from ‘Dahlia’ by jude cowell 2008.

You may find a full view of ‘Dahlia’ and other examples of Chiffonery Art (for the 17+ers among us) at:


if you wish. So does my ‘Dahlia’ favor Dahlia Lithwick in the least? I doubt it but I can’t be certain!

Obama the heartbreaker? + Bush the torturer

Slip-Sliding Away

By Charley Reese

The present administration has a bad habit of questioning the patriotism and loyalty
of people who disagree with it. It spies on everybody without any judicial restraint.
It has riddled the government with partisans who are incompetent. It is the most
secretive administration in American history. It lies like a drunken fisherman.
It puts people in jail and holds them incommunicado without charges. It tortures
people. It is contemptuous of the Constitution and especially of the principle of
checks and balances.


Obama and the Empire

By William Blum

I’m afraid that if Barack Obama becomes president he’s going to break a lot of young
hearts. And some older ones as well.


You know I’ve asked this before: even if Obama wanted to change America’s course completely – who in Washington will cooperate with him?

Obviously there’s a ‘higher plan’ underway as evidenced by Bush’s success at dissolving and undermining America’s foundations in every way he can (and ruining the DOJ has been one of his main tasks) so will the enabling rats of Washington simply roll over and squeak yes! under the warm glow of Barack Obama’s rockstar mojo?

When Kyle Sampson testified

Yes, Goodling and Sampson, servers of George W. Bush, are in the news again so you may wish to check out a previous post written the day Sampson testified concerning ‘purgegate’ by clicking here:

http://starsoverwashington.blogspot.com/2007/03/capitol-hill-mar-29-2007.html  where you’ll find some astrological details for March 29, 2007 on Capitol Hill.

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