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Sunday, September 11, 2005

Since NYFW looks like a monumental bore, yours truly will do a politics detour for now...

You probably noticed that mainstream "freedom-loving" US media quickly zeroed on FEMA head Mike Brown as the scapegoat for the Katrina debacle - while his boss, M Chertoff, strangely escaped untouched from any serious critisism. The media quickly discovered obscure "mistakes" in Brown's resume - but found nothing wrong with Chertoff's past...

Chertoff used to work for the Justice Department - Bush's original choice for Homeland Security failed to get the nomination after the media discovered that he employed an illegal alien... Chertoff was choice #2 and got nominated very quickly, without any member of Congress (including the "liberals") expressing reservations about his past policies and actions.
As you can see here, Chertoff "...at Justice, helped to write the civil liberties-shredding Patriot Act. He was John Ashcroft’s honcho in the indiscriminate grilling of over 5000 Arab-Americans after 9/11, cooked up the use of “material witness” warrants to lock up people of Middle Eastern descent and hold them indefinitely without trial, and on behalf of the Justice Department wrote a brief (in Chavez v. Martinez) arguing there was no Constitutional right to be free of coercive police questioning.
Moreover, Chertoff wrote legislation, known as the Feeney Amendment, which gutted federal sentencing guidelines -- under which federal judges were allowed to use some discretion when sentencing criminal defendants -- by preventing judges from shortening sentences--and, worse, required judges who deviated from the Feeney Amendment to have their names and actions reported to the Justice Department, thus establishing what Sen. Teddy Kennedy denounced as a judicial “blacklist.“
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Also, Chertoff "...was responsible for the badly botched prosecution of al-Qaeda terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui, who has yet to be brought to any type of justice even though he was arrested three-and-a-half years ago. Under his leadership, the Justice Department pursued a theory that Moussaoui was 'the 20th hijacker' -- despite zero evidence to support that claim. However, that argument has been used as an excuse to deny the American public from information that might prove what really happened to Flight 93 on 9/11...".
Strangely enough, Chertoff was far more forgiving to a terror suspect who happened to be his client, according to this.
Chertoff was also involved in the conviction of US defense attorney Lynne Stewart - as detailed here "...During the wiretaps of conversations between Rahman and Lynne Stewart, the FBI and DOJ and especially Chertoff and Ashcroft could have learned of information communicated to Lynne Stewart by the Muslim cleric Abdel Rahman revealing possibly incriminating details of how the FBI and DOJ knew in advance of the 1993 WTC bombing through monitoring of Rahman’s cell with FBI informants and paid provocateurs that included the bomb maker Salem..."
Finally, Chertoff may have tried to cover up the torture of "American Taliban" John Walker Lindh, as reported by both the NYT and the Washington Post. Despite the expectation that he "...may Face Questioning Over John Walker Lindh" no such questioning materialized.

Bob Novak, who is also a neocon but not necessarily supportive of Chertoff's political agenda, openly asked " Is there any validity to charges that he misused FBI mob resources in New Jersey?"
Obviously, US senators don't read his columns...as you can see from the links, Chertoff is a future Supreme Court prospect, so he needs to come out of this crisis undamaged.

2 Comments:

At 9/12/2005 2:16 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is less boring?

 
At 9/12/2005 8:05 PM, Anonymous Just Curious said...

FV, I don't mean to be condescending or to subscribe to stereotypes about those working in the fashion industry, but I'm impressed by your analysis of this situation! I guess I didn't expect that someone so interested in mods would be also as genuinely interested in politics.

Do take these words as the compliment they are intended to be.

 

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