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  •  Starting off with DOJ (15+ / 0-)

    After a long drive last night, and lots of time for reflection, I find myself thinking small. I know it seems to make sense to start at the top, but I wonder it a more effective strategy for Congress might not be to start with the crimes at the Department of Justice.  These were blatant and outrageous and, while they surely don't rise to the level of war and Geneva Conventions violations, they also are free from any national security issues and have an intuitive populist appeal.  It's outrageous that Bush/Rove/Gonzalez used the DOJ as they did, it was illegal, and it's important to restore this rule of law as well.  And, it just might be an easier place to start.  Thoughts?

    •  I Agree With You (11+ / 0-)

      Don't forget the employees and former employees of the Justice Dept. who want the mess cleaned up. The first hundred rehires will bring their own new brooms.

      Joe Biden: Get up! Al Gore: Pray, and use your feet! Harriet Tubman: Keep going!

      by JG in MD on Thu Jan 15, 2009 at 04:40:14 AM PST

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    •  Start down low with the underlings (2+ / 0-)
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      who don't have lots of power within the system.  Apply the screws and get them to turn on those above them to obtain reduced sentences.  Work your way up the food chain to the top.

      moderation in everything ... including moderation

      by C Barr on Thu Jan 15, 2009 at 06:17:53 AM PST

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    •  totally agree. That is 1/2 of it (1+ / 0-)
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      Because all the torture bullshit started there.  Almost all the other crimes of the Bush administration started there (or were dealt with there).  

      The other Big One that needs to be investigated is the crimes that occurred as they conspired to lie their way into a war of aggression.  

      To me that's the Big Kahuna and the one for which they are most guilty.  Because so much followed from that -- the war crimes, the war profiteering, the theft of money, simply unforeseen levels of corruption which are still continuing as we shovel money into this money pit called Iraq.

    •  Wise thought - it is the start we need (0+ / 0-)

      and will gain momentum for all the rest to come.

      As a nation we have sunk into apathy, with the only bright light on our horizion our new administration taking over.

      Once "we" are actually in, and the people who could not talk under Bush actually step forward, my hope is this will all take off and gain the power like the Watergate or McCarthy hearings.

      This is God, Do I have to come down there?

      by allenjo on Thu Jan 15, 2009 at 09:57:22 AM PST

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