Ridge will be remembered as the man behind the colors. Now, the post will
be filled by a man who plays the game by the numbers. Here comes the judge!
Michael Chertoff comes highly recommended, unless you ask
for a reference from Hillary Clinton. So just who is this guy? Well, listen
to the NPR - Profile of Homeland Security Nominee Michael Chertoff, for
a glowing interview about this capable former high-ranking federal prosecutor.
What’s going on? All those Klintonistas uptown rebels now coming to
the aid of a downtown Republican reactionary! Did they forget about that
rightwing conspiracy during those Whitewater hearings or are they simply
confused and think they were watching the inquisition from the Watergate.
Shedding light on such disarray, the ubiquitous source of sources, D.C Dave depicts
Chertoff as the Master of the Cover-up. Dave Martin’s account is well
worth reading. Vincent W. Foster was well remembered thanks to the excellent
work of the future elevated barrister to a Federal appeals judgeship. So is
it time for the current loyal opposition to close ranks with the ruling party
and praise the selection as atonement for the Bernard Kerik fiasco? Time will
tell, but the indication that his confirmation will be a breeze speaks well
about politics as usual.
Who can you trust to figure out this appointment, surely you
can rely on USA TODAY. “He played a major role in developing the controversial
USA Patriot Act, which gave the government increased law enforcement and
surveillance powers to fight terrorism.”
"Mike has shown a deep commitment to the cause of justice
and an unwavering determination to protect the American people," said
Bush, who called him "a key leader in the war on terror."
Peddling for Homeland Security
As any good citizen knows, the test of what constitutes protection
is an essential ingredient that every bureaucrat must pass. If a popular
leader says the “war on terror” is the essential standard, who
doesn’t want the best man to fill the role. Fellow jurisprudent bar
member, Elaine Cassel comes right to the point: “A good place to look
for Chertoff's legal philosophy is in the prosecution of Zacarias
Moussaoui, now taking place in the Eastern
District of Virginia. Chertoff is not the prosecutor of course, Paul
McNulty of the Eastern District is. But Chertoff is McNulty's boss and he
is calling the shots. So Chertoff argued the government's case in the super
secret hearing before the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals last week.
The government is trying to block trial judge Leonie Brinkema's ruling that
Moussaoui and his lawyers have access to the government's star witnesses
against him. The government has refused and appealed. Judge Brinkema, who
still believes in the Constitution, rightly ruled that to deny Moussaoui
that access is a blatant violation of the Sixth Amendment right to confront
Now couple the recent pick of White House Counsel Alberto
Gonzales for U.S. Attorney General into the mix for Homeland Defense.
Most of those same good citizens will ignore Gonzales’ role in the
prisoner abuse scandal, but what about the sentiment that seeks to focus
upon the thinking and motivation of the man. From
an Albuquerque Tribune editorial: “The Senate and the public are
entitled to know everything pertinent about who it is that will be charged
with enforcing the laws of the United States and on what basis that person
has made such decisions in the past. Litmus tests aside, Gonzales' record
is the issue, and we the people should know not only where he stands, but
also where he stood when it really mattered.”
Not Welcomed !!!
What's wrong with this conventional analysis? If the issue
is slanted as the character of Kerik, the collusion of Chertoff and the
concurrence of Gonzales, the basic conclusion will be overlooked. All three
are more than willing to support the premise that there is a vital need
for the dictates that make up the Patriot Act. Anyone who equates the draconian
measures within the rush to suspend or eliminate fundamental civil liberties
as the price to protect the homeland, are just as complicit in their zeal
to destroy our civilization as the triplets of primal enforcement. Among
the three, Kerik would have been the most effective and the least offensive.
As lawyers both Chertoff and Gonzales are trained in the practice of pretext.
If Kerik is a modern day Wyatt Earp, Chertoff is a clone of
Bernard Nussbaum and Gonzales is in the mold of Ron Ziegler. What is needed
is not more law enforcement, but more peace keeping. If the savages are
intent upon burning down the fort, what was the purpose of building the
fortress in Indian Territory in the first place? A permanent garrison colony
in every corner of the globe only nourishes more hatred that stems from
interventionism. Where is the security for the homeland when the borders
remain open for inevitable retaliation? The pilgrims will never be safe
as long as the cavalry is off on foreign expeditions. If the American public
really wants security, isn’t it imperative to know and identify the
The numbers just don’t add up. Our “Trail of Tears”
will be worse than that of the Cherokee Nation. The national debate should
address the movement of the ‘Great Federal Father’ of despotism
as it eradicates the wilds of our own self determination. As more time is
wasted on confirmation hearings that avoid the central issues, the agenda
for disinformation just keeps rolling along. The next Homeland Security
shaman won’t heal this society. Instead of being a medicine man he
will function as a snake oil salesman. The color of red isn’t a skin
hue, but is a repression that would make any Marxist proud. It now resides
in the cabinet and is coming to a cabin in your own homestead. Ignoring
the big picture won’t save the frontier . . .
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